Google Wants To Begin Integrating Your Food Photography Into Google Maps

15823736135_acd48cbd27_kLast week we reported on new laws in Germany which could make photographing your meal from certain dining establishments a breech of the chef’s copyright. It was a story that led to an interesting conversation about just what should and shouldn’t be copyrighted. Most of you agreed that food should be eaten, not protected by copyright law–and, it looks like Google might agree. [Read more…]

Google & MIT’s New Algorithm Uses Edge Detection To Remove Reflections From Photos

A Computational Approach for Obstruction-Free Photography

A Computational Approach for Obstruction-Free Photography

A team of researchers from MIT (Tianfan Xue, Michael Rubinstein, Ce Liu and William T. Freeman) are teaming up with Google with to present a new algorithm that is able to extract photographic inconveniences such as glares and reflections from photographs. The algorithm can then reproduce the image free of any reflections, in addition to being able to create an additional image of the reflection itself. This kind of problem solving would be especially useful when shooting behind glass or a fence, for example. [Read more…]

Google Finally Caving In To Vertical Video

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You know we are not big fans of vertical videos, and up until lately, google were not a big fan of this either, noting camera users to flip the phone when shooting vertical video.

They also ‘made’ the youtube app play vertical video on roughly half the screen. I am not sure if this was a bug or a feature, but it is about to change.

Android Police reports that google are finally caving in and the new version of mobile youtube (Android | iOS) will enable playing a vertical youtube on a full screen when the phone is held vertically.

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Google + Photos To Officially Shutdown Starting August 1st

CaptureYou may recall the pandemonium that broke loose earlier this month when Google’s new photo service, Google Photos, shamefully tagged two black people as gorillas; However, that isn’t stopping Google from funneling new users into using the service. In a Google+ post made by the company, they informed the public they would be officially discontinuing their Google + Photos in hopes those users would migrate to the new Google Photos. [Read more…]

African Americans Tagged As “Gorillas” By Google Photos App

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Google apparently is not the most politically-correct mind on the planet.  As a recent incident with the Google Photos app illustrates, the artificial intelligence engine is still learning…and making giant mistakes along the way.

Computer programmer and hobbyist photographer Jacky Alciné recently tweeted, “Google Photos, y’all f@#ked up. My friend’s not a gorilla,” along with a screen shot.  Jacky had uploaded a photo of himself and a friend to Google Photos, and the automatic tagging feature got it completely wrong.

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Google to Fight Revenge Porn; Will Remove Photos from Search

Revenge_PornGoogle hates messing around with its search engine, stating the company’s involvement should be limited to ensuring the relevance of the results, it usually removes search results only once legally forced to do so.

In an uncommon move, however, Google has taken initiative in this matter announcing that it will remove photos of ‘revenge porn’ victims from its search engine’s results.

“In the coming weeks we’ll put up a web form people can use to submit these requests to us,” said Amit Singhal, the senior vice president in charge of Google Search in the company’s blog.

What caused Google suddenly take responsibility for its search results and does this mean Google’s becoming more lenient towards photo take-down requests?

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Google Teams Up to Release 360-Degree Virtual Reality Film ‘HELP’

google-helpIf we look at the progression of motion pictures over the last 100 years, it’s almost like night and day. (Then again, the same could be said for the last century of computer technology as well.)

As we previously reported, Google is staying its course for diabolical virtual reality domination. Now, taking it one step further, the tech giant that owns more of your dirty secrets than the NSA has teamed up with visual effects studio The Mill to release a 360-degree virtual reality film called, ironically, “HELP.”

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Google Announces 3D Virtual Reality Rig, Says They Will Share Plans

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“What will they think of next,” was a phrase I used to hear my grandmother say. While civilization is still busy committing the oldest of sins in the newest of ways, Google has teamed up with GoPro to bring a truly new revolution to the world of virtual reality (in case real reality was just too boring for you).

Yesterday, at Google’s I/O event, they unveiled a collaborative project called JUMP. The JUMP camera rig pairs the ever-popular GoPro camera (or, rather, 16 of the bloody things) with Google’s JUMP assembler, a high-powered video processing platform, to create 360-degree, 3D stereoscopic video that can be viewed on your smartphone using Google Cardboard. Basically, you can “look around” the video in the same way that you would look around your real world (just with a cardboard box pressed to your face).

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Time Lapse Mining Automatically Creates Flawless Videos from Photos Found Online

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Time lapse is possibly the best way to show change over time, be it the construction of a skyscraper or an otherwise unnoticeable change that occurs over a long period of time.

The problem with this popular technique is that it usually requires careful planning, a single photographer or a dedicated team and a decent amount of editing. However, a team of researchers from the University of Washington and Google seems to have overcome these difficulties.

The method used by the researchers takes advantage of the endless amount of photos found online, automatically detects popular subjects and edits them into seamless time lapse videos.

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