Facebook to Support Spherical Interactive Video in News Feed

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These 360-degree interactive videos are shot with up to 24 cameras at a time, allowing the viewer to change the point of view in any direction. It is much like Google Street View, except you can look up or down as well, and you do so while the video keeps playing.

The immersive videos will also be available on the Oculus Rift 3D goggles headset, made by Facebook’s recent acquisition, Oculus VR.

Despite Virtual Reality being associated mainly with gaming, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he expects VR video to be more engaging.

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A Hacker Discovered A Way To Delete Every One Of Your Facebook Photo Albums Using Four Lines Of Code

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There are millions of photos are posted to Facebook every hour and a large part of the people posting the images don’t even think twice about just how secure the social media giant is going to keep to their images once they are uploaded. That’s exactly why the bug discovered by white hat hacker, Laxman Muthiyah, should serve as a reminder to us all not to take internet security for granted, even when dealing with huge corporations such as Facebook.

Muthivah, released his findings on his blog, and posted a video to YouTube (below) showing exactly how he was able to permanently delete any photo album on Facebook, including my photo albums, your photo albums, even Mark Zuckerberg’s photo albums. And he was able to do this startlingly easy using just four lines of code. [Read more…]

Facebook Users Bombard Cancer-Struck 16 Year Old With Dog Photos. Restore Faith in Humanity.

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Too often we hear stories about the internet being used to bully, scam harass or humiliate. This time I am delighted to share with you a wonderful example of the pure awesomeness that can be achieved on the web.

Anthony Lyons is a 16 year old kid from Phoenix Arizona, and sadly Anthony has been fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia since he was diagnosed back in July. After going to be checked due to back pain, he is currently going in and out of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital undergoing chemotherapy.

In order to keep Anthony’s spirits up, he started getting visits by therapy dogs. These visits definitely got the job done, but they were happening only twice or so a week, while Anthony spends a week at a time at the hospital.

Now this is where things get amazing.

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How To Become A Pro Photographer In Four Steps

With the rise of digital cameras it is becoming increasingly easy to become a photographer. It is not enough to own the gear for the job anymore and you need to bring something extra to the plate.

With this in mind we shared a tongue in cheek post a while back demonstrating how you can become a wedding photographer in ten easy steps. It looks like satire facebook page Being Satan did us one over and is now sharing an easier way to become a pro in only four steps.

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Have you had a job taken by a pro photographer like that?

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The Types of People You Find in a NEW Photographer Facebook Group

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Lynn Cartia (AKA Missy Mwac) wrote this wonderful list and we are happy to share it with you.

The Expert: This is the photographer so eager to prove that they know all the things, that they jump into almost every thread with their advice. The advice is normally given with all the smoothness of sandpaper. The Expert is the end-all, be-all in his/her opinon and when questioned, will more than likely respond with, “You’re wrong. I’m pretty much always right.”

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A Free Photoshop Panel For Hassle Free Facebook Perfection

Many of us photographers are using Facebook on a daily basis. It is quite a brilliant tool both for sharing photos and doing some marketing. It is free(ish) and extremely widespread .

Sadly, facebook still has a major issue – especially for the ones who using it to showcase their work –  Image quality.

Facebook applies some heavy compression to uploaded pictures. Maybe it’s because over 90% of these images are cell phones snapshots of cats, babies and cars (or sometimes all combined).  I guess facebook does not really have a choice when it comes to managing such a big amount of “cute” images. They have to compress them. Sadly, they also do it with our pieces of art.

You can find a few tips to improve the quality online, some better than others. The topic “Facebook messing up images” is incredibly omnipresent.

A few days ago I discovered a new tool for managing the quality of facebook uploads and wanted to share it.

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Gawker Reporter Launches a Witch Hunt, Attacks a Photographer Allegedly Using Ferguson For Self-Promotion

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Over the past month, the events taking place in Ferguson have become a significant catalyst for rising tensions between the public and the media. With the emotional responses that issues of racism trigger across the political spectrum coupled with the response to police brutality that we’re already so familiar with, there’s an unsettling amount of conflict for the journalists and photographers involved.

Just recently, that crossfire hit 30-year-old freelance photographer Leo York, who was present in Ferguson during the riots. An Al Jazeera writer posted an article discussing his contempt for the media’s reaction to the events, and mentioned how an unnamed reporter asked him if he could take a picture of him and Anderson Cooper. That same reporter also mentioned how he was there for the “networking opportunities”.

“One reporter who, last night, said he came to Ferguson as a ‘networking opportunity.’ He later asked me to take a picture of him with Anderson Cooper.”

– From Ryan Schuessler’s original article on Al Jazeera

After the post went viral, grabbing attention from multiple online blogs, Gawker reporter J.K. Trotter posted an article asking readers to find out who the people being referred to in the post were since the Al Jazeera writer, Ryan Schuessler, wouldn’t give out any names. Eventually, a few readers managed to deliver on the request, finding pictures of Leo York posing with Anderson Cooper on the former’s personal Twitter account.

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Slingshot: Facebook’s New App Takes Snapchat Head-On

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Facebook’s been expanding like no other social network before it for quite a while now; with the acquisition of apps like Instagram, or companies like Oculus, it’s clear that this is a website relentless in its business strategies. Just about a year back, Facebook attempted to purchase Snapchat for $3 billion, and Snapchat declined. After that, they successfully snagged WhatsApp in exchange for an unbelievable sum of $16 billion. And I’m not too much of an expert on the matter, but if a company’s paying four times what the Star Wars franchise was sold for for an app, it’s safe to say they’re not messing around when it comes to expansion.

Considering Snapchat turned down the company’s offers, Facebook decided to develop something of their own: a new app called Slingshot. Designed to be similar to Snapchat in terms of its basic concept, Slingshot has now officially been unveiled.

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New Study Highlights Just How Misleading One Profile Picture Can Be

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Back when social media was still something establishing its foundations, things were a bit different. People didn’t care what they typed as comments on MySpace, or how many seizures they’d cause others to have from their profile’s flashing black-and-white Fall Out Boy skin(face it: that was why we all learned HTML in the first place.) Where once profile pictures were something you’d only expect high school kids to worry about, things have changed today.

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How a Band Responded in the Most Immature Manner Possible After Stealing a Photographer’s Work

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It’s a sad reality for small business photographers that there will be times where their work is stolen by others. Most of the time they’ll barely be able to fight it, either, and they’ll drop charges just because they can’t go on with them.

But its not everyday that you hear about that work being stolen by other artists.

That’s what happened to Rohan Anderson, a photographer from Australia whose work was just recently posted on the Facebook page of a band called The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Featuring one of the band’s guitarists, the photo was cropped, filtered, and put up on the page with nothing other than the caption “SHREDDER.” [Read more…]