Livestream Video Like a Pro

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

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Dr. Mac has been live-streaming video since time immemorial—here are some tips he’s developed over the years to make his live streams look cooler and more professional.

Coconut Portable Waterproof Light: $36.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Coconut Light on a beach

We have a deal on the Coconut Light, a portable, waterproof light made of silicone. It’s a perfect sphere with an LED, whose light diffuses through the silicone shell. it has small feet on the “bottom” to keep it from rolling around, but it’s also waterproof, so you can toss it in the pool. The Coconut Light is $36.99 through our deal.

‘Mirage’ Helps You Detect Edited Photos Using Machine Learning

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Mirage is a cool app I discovered today that uses machine learning to detect edited photos. Not only that, it can also undo the editing. However, it requires a face to be present in the photo, so it won’t work on any image. It’s based on this research paper [PDF]:

We present a method for detecting one very popular Photoshop manipulation – image warping applied to human faces – using a model trained entirely using fake images that were automatically generated by scripting Photoshop itself. We show that our model outperforms humans at the task of recognizing manipulated images, can pre- dict the specific location of edits, and in some cases can be used to “undo” a manipulation to reconstruct the original, unedited image.

App Store: Mirage – US$2.99

‘Mirage’ Helps You Detect Edited Photos Using Machine Learning

'The Morning Show' Star Gugu Mbatha-Raw Discusses Shooting Series' Most Harrowing Scenes

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Actor Gugu Mbatha-Raw has given a revealing interview to Deadline. During the conversation, she discusses shooting harrowing sexual assault scenes in The Morning Show,  in which she played the character, Hannah. The conversation with Pete Hammond also takes in the meaning of  Ms. Mbatha-Raw’s name and her filmography.

You Can Now Port Facebook Photos to Google

· Andrew Orr · News

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As part of the Data Transfer Project, customers can now port Facebook photos to Google Photos. Here’s where to find that option.

Private Messenger ‘Signal’ Now Automatically Blurs Faces

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Private messenger app Signal added a feature that lets it automatically blur faces in your images.

Thousands of people are protesting against police brutality and to support the Black Lives Matters cause. If you are a part of the protests, you might post photos of the demonstration around you on social media or send them to your friends — and that’s not entirely safe, because it could help identify people there and put them in danger.

A great feature. I’ve been trying to create a shortcut that can obfuscate faces.

Sonos Arc Review Part 1: Oh, That Wide, Glorious Sound

· Dave Hamilton · Reviews

Sonos Arc below TV with Text: Sonos Arc Review Part 1 Oh That Wide Glorious Sound

Sonos’ latest home theater speaker, the Sonos Arc, begins arriving in customers’ homes later this month. We’ve had a few days to take a look—and a listen—to what essentially becomes their “Pro” soundbar, and we are duly impressed.

Dads & Grads, Mind Mapping, Work at Home Tips, with Bob LeVitus - ACM 531

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin is joined by Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus to discuss some of his Dads & Grads gift recommendations. They also discuss mind mapping software and how Bob found his connection for using it. And, they go over some of Bob’s tips for working from home.

Camera+ 2 Adds Machine Learning for Photo Editing

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

In its latest update, Camera+ 2 adds machine learning for photo editing. Dubbed “Magic ML” it’s a one-tap non-destructive editing option that analyzes aspects of your photos that can be improved. It also adds a Magic ML preset so your photos will be automatically enhanced as you take them. You can watch a YouTube video about it here, and read the company’s blog post here.

Some people, like myself, tend to like vivid colors so they are frequently the subject of some of the photos I take for fun. Others prefer a more subdued style, others emphasise texture or geometry. We wanted for Magic ML to “just” look at the optical qualities of the image and come up with reasonable suggestions regarding exposure and color balance, and then have the user apply their own style on top.

App Store: Camera+ 2 – US$4.99

Camera+ 2 Adds Machine Learning for Photo Editing

X-Mirage AirPlay for Mac: $9.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

X-Mirage AirPlay from iPad to Mac

We have a deal on X-Mirage, software that turns your Mac into an AirPlay receiver for mirroring whatever on your iPhone, iPad or iPod screen – apps, games, photos, videos, presentations, websites, and more to the bigger screen. It also offers real-time mirroring and media control. A lifetime license for this software is $9.99 through our deal.