Erase Obstructions from Photos with a Click

Researchers at Google and MIT came up with an algorithm that could make taking pictures of obstructed scenes like taking a panoramic photo.

If your attempts at mimicking Ansel Adams with your smartphone camera have been foiled by things like reflective windows or chain-link fences, researchers at Google and MIT may have a solution: an algorithm that can separate the foreground from the background and delete the obnoxious obstruction.

Google is opening a physical YouTube store in London


Google is opening a physical YouTube store in London

Google is set to open a physical YouTube store in London where popular YouTubers will be able to sell their merchandise to members of the public.

The “Creator Store”, due to open within the next four weeks, will be part of the new YouTube Space, which launched this week on the ground floor of Google’s 11 storey office in King’s Cross.

The store will sell t-shirts, books, mugs, photo frames, and other items that have been dreamt up by designers and branding teams working with some of the most popular creators on YouTube.

It will also be used for book signings and product releases.

Darlington Howard, a YouTube senior programme strategist at Google, told Business Insider that all profits from the store will go to the creators.

The YouTube Space also contains three studios for popular YouTubers to use, as well as a barista bar and a community area that can be accessed by the public.

The space is designed to help YouTubers improve the quality of their videos, be it by offering them access to workshops or giving them access to equipment they wouldn’t otherwise be able to get their hands on.

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Nucleus debuts first Alexa-enabled touchscreen video device


Nucleus debuts first Alexa-enabled touchscreen video device

The rollout of Amazon Alexa-enabled devices that transcend the Echo continues to grow, this time with its first touchscreen video device called Nucleus. 

Roughly the size of a tablet (9 inches x 7 inches and just 2.1 pounds), the Nucleus combines touchscreen video screens with embedded cameras that can be accessed via app on your smartphone, allowing you to communicate with any room in your home or office equipped with a Nucleus device. 

Those features alone are widely accessible through some existing, high-end home communications systems as well as something as simple as FaceTime through an iPad and iPhone. But by embedding Alexa in the Nucleus system, suddenly your communication screen-enabled home is also powered with the voice commands and information available to Alexa, as well as the inventory of Amazon’s online store.  Read more…

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