It turns out that the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year — the largest and most prestigious press photography award — was, in actual fact, a fake. The World Press Photo association hasn’t yet stripped the photographer, Paul Hansen, of the title, but presumably it’s just a matter of time. Rather than discussing the politics of photo manipulation, though — is it faked, or is it merely enhanced? — we’re going to look at how Hansen managed to trick a panel of experienced judges with his shooping skillz, and how a seasoned computer scientist spotted the fraudulent forgery from a mile off.
Having lost the 2012 presidential election — and his bid to build a manned moon base by 2020 — Newt Gingrich is turning his sights on pressing issues a little closer to home. “We’re really puzzled,” Gingrich says in a new video, clutching a small handheld device. “Here at Gingrich Productions, we’ve spent weeks figuring out what do you call this? You probably think it’s a cellphone.” It’s a smartphone, of course, but at no point in the former House speaker’s two-and-a-half minute video does he utter the phrase. “But think about it,” Gingrich says. “If it’s taking pictures, it’s not a cellphone. If you can get Wikipedia or go to Google, that’s not a cellphone.”
“Here’s a video of two seconds of computer stock trading slowed down to 5 mins. It’s scary how much is done.” - @DavidCBreland
A billboard in Spain created by an organization dedicated to aiding abused children shows a different message to children and adults, even if both see the ad at the same time.
Read more: Mashable
Allan Savory: How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change
Not at all what I expected. For just over half his talk, Savory discusses the issue of desertification, which many of you are familiar with. He (like many others) makes the case for restoring these deserts.
Then, in the last six minutes, he completely blows everyone’s minds. You just gotta see it.
A Reddit Users Meme Ends Up Sparking Possible FBI Investigation
A seemingly harmless meme “Confession Bear”, which was previously used to confess trivial feelings and admit unpopular viewpoints, turns into a full legal investigation as user “Naratto” confessed murder. The FBI has been tipped off and an investigation is “likely”.
What Twitter looked like seven years ago today.
The Washington Post, one of the last holdouts against the trend of charging readers for online access to newspaper articles, is likely to reverse that decision in 2013, according to people familiar with the matter.
N00b to Photoshop and GIF making. Here’s one of my firsts. If you have any tips for me, feel free to share : )
“This 10-year-old offers better analysis on Samsung than most tech reporters (myself included)” - @sfiegerman