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25 June 2018

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at the Pierre De Gigord collection, Article 13, Downsizers, detecting image manipulation, the PowerElf and a BorrowLenses deal.

  • In Unfolding Narratives in the Pierre De Gigord Collection, Hande Sever reviews a collection of photographs from Ottoman Turkey, many of which were taken by Armenian photographers, that offer a complex encounter with collective memory.
  • Paul Melcher asks Article 13: What Does It Mean for Photos ?. Last week the European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs approved amendments to the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, including Article 13. "For too long, tech companies have been able to build multi-million dollar companies on the back of visual content creators, denying them of any revenue. In the photography world, they have greatly benefited from the complete absence of a central organization (unlike music TV or film). This is what the EU is trying to reverse," he writes. But there's a but.
  • Adam Osbourne used to say you don't have to be the best, just good enough. And in Downsizers, Thom Hogan makes the same argument to explain Canon's success despite sensors that don't quite live up to the competition.
  • In Spotting Image Manipulation With AI, Vlad Morariu, senior research scientist at Adobe, explains how the copy is identifying edited images using artificial intelligence. "Using tens of thousands of examples of known, manipulated images, we successfully trained a deep learning neural network to recognize image manipulation, fusing two distinct techniques together in one network to benefit from their complementary detection capabilities."
  • Derrick Story has been Testing the PowerElf Waterproof Portable Power Station. The $150 device features "a mega-capacity of 46,800 mAh battery, IP64 waterproof shell, compact design (2.65 lbs.) and 10 layers of power protection" as well as "a 45W Type-C port (for laptops!), 2 USB ports, 1 DC output port and a cigarette lighter socket.
  • BorrowLenses is offering Extended Holiday Rentals of the Fourth of July weekend with 20 percent off any 5+ day rental and an extra day added free when your rental includes the Fourth itself. Just use code SUMMER18 at checkout.

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