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  1. ak_singh25

    Lost Photos from gallery

    Hi, I clicked so many pictures from my smartphone, after going through gallery of my phone I am not able to see some pictures which I clicked there. Is there any way to get back those photographs?
  2. Cauptain

    Serviio 1.9.2 Released!!

    Serviio is a free and premium media server. It allows you to stream your media files (music, video or images) to renderer devices Features streams audio, video (SD & HD) and image files in their native format or transcoded in real-time streams content from online sources, like RSS feeds, live audio/video streams, web page content includes a plugin system to support streaming from non-trivial online sources supports most known playlist formats supports subtitles automatically updates the media library when you add/update/remove a media file or a metadata file supports RAW camera images wide array of localized library browsing options supports different editable renderer profiles supports automatic renderer detection and per-IP profile assignment extracts metadata of your media files the way you want it, incl. embedded metadata tags, local metadata files, online metadata sources (in preferred language), XBMC, Swisscenter, MyMovies supports video thumbnails, CD covers, DVD posters, etc. categorizes video files into movie and/or series and marks last viewed episodes of a series available for Windows, Linux and Mac (with the possibility to run the server part on one platform and console on another) Supported renderers Samsung TVs and Bluray players (supports additional features, e.g. subtitles) Sony TVs and Bluray players Panasonic TVs Playstation 3 Playstation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One LG TVs and Bluray players Toshiba TVs Sharp TVs Philips TVs WDTV Live (supports subtitles) Oppo BDP-83 Roku 4 MusicPal DirecTV DVR Pure Flow deices Android phones, iOS phones ... and many more Supported media files Audio: MP3( .mp3), MP2 (.mp2), Windows Media Audio (.wma), AAC (.m4a), OGG (.ogg, .oga), FLAC (.flac), Wawpack (.wv), Musepack (.mpc), Monkey's Audio (.ape) Video: MPEG-1 (.mpg, .mpeg), MPEG-2 PS (.mpg, .mpeg, vob, mod), MPEG-2 TS (.ts, .m2ts), MPEG-4 (.mp4, m4v, mov), AVI (.avi, .divx), Windows Media Video (.wmv, .asf), Matroska (.mkv), Flash (.flv, .f4v), DVR-MS (.dvr, .dvr-ms), WTV (.wtv), OGG (.ogv, .ogm), 3GP (.3gp, .3g2), RealVideo (.rm, .rmvb) Image: JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg), GIF (.gif), PNG (.png), RAW (.arw, .cr2, .crw, .dng, .raf, .raw,. rw2, .mrw, .nef, .nrw, .pef, .srf, .orf) Playlist: PLS (.pls), M3U (.m3u, .m3u8), ASX (.asx, .wax., .wrx), WPL (.wpl) Subtitles: SubRip (.srt, .txt), SSA/ASS (.ssa, .ass), MicroDVD (.sub, .txt), SAMI (.smi), VTT (.vtt), MOV open text ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Version 1.9.2 changelog: reload the profiles when Start Server is clicked in the Console; ticket #1004 profiles in user-profiles.xml are detected with higher priority than those in profiles.xml; ticket #1022 better register playback progress events from MediaBrowser; ticket #966 fixed MediaBrowser playback on Internet Explorer 11; ticket #1048 fixed MediaBrowser failing to close the player window on iOS; ticket #1048 PS4 now plays FLAC audio natively fixed parsing user rating with decimal comma character; ticket #1055 fixed library stopping being updated after 24 hours; ticket #1054 Homepage: http://www.serviio.org/ Trial Download: http://download.serviio.org/releases/serviio-1.9.2-win-setup.exe ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ MEDICINE (Credits to RU.BOARD and DVT): Just stop serviio service using "services.msc" and replace serviio.jar file into Program Files\Serviio\lib\ or Program Files (X86)\Serviio\lib\ Site: http://bit.ly Sharecode: /2IvqEz5 MIRROR: Site: http://www.mirrorcreator.com Sharecode: avaliable soon!! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ WORKAROUND (Credits to Renegade) If you have 14 day trial reset problem (medicine not work) follow the steps below: 1. Stop service 2. Uninstall Serviio 3. Remove folder "Serviio" from "Program Files" or "Program Files x86" for 32bit Windows version 3. Remove Serviio-Console-Wrapper folder from "C:\Users\YOURUSER\AppData\Roaming" 4. For clean Registry i use Registry Mechanic (try witout this tool - this tool is discontinued) 5. Delete all from "C:\Windows\Temp" and from "C:\Users\YOURUSER\AppData\Local\Temp" 6. Restart your PC 7. Install Serviio 1.9.2 8. When install is complete simply STOP "Serviio" from "Services" 9. Replace serviio.jar (RU or DVT medicine) file into "Program Files\Serviio\lib\" or "Program Files (X86)\Serviio\lib\" 10. Restart your PC 11. Open "Serviio console" and your Serviio is now licensed ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Enjoy it. Claudio
  3. 16 Free Image Hosting Websites for Your Photos Reviews of the Best Image Hosting Websites BY STACY FISHER A good free image hosting website will give you a convenient place to store your photos so you can access and share them quickly and easily. Some of these free image hosting websites also include basic editing capabilities like resizing, cropping, and adding effects. It can be a great way to share to your photos with others. Each image hosting website works a little bit differently so be sure to read the specifics before deciding on one. You'll want to consider the storage size, file size, types of files you can upload, and ease of uploading your photos. Some additional features you'll come across included allowable direct linking, image galleries, HTML links, editing features, and privacy settings. 01 Imgur ••• Use Imgur to store an unlimited number of your photos without ever worrying about them expiring. All your images are kept online forever until you decide to remove them. Anyone can upload images to Imgur but you can also create a free account to manage privacy, create albums easier, add captions, and upload images via email attachments. The following image file types can be uploaded to Imgur: JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, APNG, TIF, TIFF, BMP, PDF, and XCF. Non-animated files can be up to 50 MB in size while GIFs can be as large as 200 MB. Upload pictures to Imgur by pasting them onto the website, selecting one from your computer, or entering the URL of the image. There are plenty of Imgur apps that make it easier to upload images from desktop and mobile devices. Direct linking is allowed and you're also given links for embedding the image in HTML or adding it to message boards and forums. 02 imgbox ••• imgbox offers unlimited storage and zero expiration dates for images you upload. Files can be up to 10 MB in size and of the JPG, GIF, or PNG file type. Direct linking, drag and drop uploading, image galleries, and simultaneous uploads are supported through imgbox. In addition to direct links you can also find get HTML and message board friendly codes. A free imgbox account is optional but is used to revisit your images and galleries to find their public links. 03 Use ••• Image files uploaded to Use stay for an indefinite period of time and can be of any size, but they're displayed at a maximum of 8 megapixels. The bulk upload feature allows up to 100 images to be sent to Use at once. After uploading, you can send links to your email or view a gallery link if you've uploaded more than one image, copy HTML thumbnail links, and see links that can be used for message boards and full-size views. Direct image links are not given. Create a free account with Use to retrieve images you've uploaded, remove images from your account, and change privacy settings. 04 Uploads.im ••• Uploads.im supports multiple image uploads at once with a single file limit of 10 MB. You can also import images from a URL. The following are the supported file types: JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, PSD, and PDF. Before uploading, you can choose to shorten the URL and/or adjust the width of an image to resize it without distorting its proportions. After an upload, direct, HTML, and BBCode links are given. There are browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox to enable context menu uploading from any website. Images uploaded to Upload.im are not removed after a certain period of time and there are no restrictions on the number of picture files you can upload. However, you can not delete a photo once you've uploaded it to Uploads.im. 05 ImageBam ••• ImageBam supports unlimited uploads and downloads for JPG, GIF, and PNG files that are under 10 MB. You can alternatively upload a ZIP file full of images so long as the archive is less than 250 MB. Direct linking is not supported with ImageBam. You can register to edit images, organize photos into galleries, and add a title and description to galleries. 06 Postimage ••• A list of URLs or multiple local images can be uploaded to Postimage at once. This can be done through the website as well as with the desktop software for Windows. The maximum upload size is 8 MB, and the images can be resized before finishing processing. Postimage supports PDF and PSD files in addition to more common images files like JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, and TIFF. Multiple image uploads creates a gallery that can be shared with others via a unique link. Individual files can be shared via a direct link. A free account can be created to resize and keep track of your uploads as well as create custom galleries and delete existing uploads. 07 Photobucket ••• You must register for a free account to upload images to Photobucket. Users will get 2 GB of storage for hosting images. You may even qualify for 8 GB of extra storage by downloading the mobile app. You can upload images from your computer, a URL, or from your Facebook account. Uploads from a computer can be in the form of a whole folder or just single files. GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG and BMP file types are supported with no restriction on the size. However, GIF images must be under 5 MB and/or not exceed 800 frames. You're able to view links for images that have been uploaded but true direct linking isn't supported. Albums can be created with Photobucket and shared with others over email and with the public. 08 TinyPic ••• Use TinyPic to upload images by URL or ones from your computer. Only one image can be uploaded at once and they can not exceed 1600 pixels in length or width. Anything larger is automatically resized. Acceptable formats include JPG, PNG, GIF, and BMP. Before an upload, you can choose to resize it to one of six preset sizes. You also need to enter a captcha code before sending photos to TinyPic. Images that are not viewed for 90 days will be removed from TinyPic. You can register with TinyPic for free to upload multiple images, edit uploads, store pictures indefinitely, delete photos, and create albums. 09 GifyU ••• You can use GifyU to host files from your own computer or ones from a URL. This hosting site accepts PNG, JPG, GIF, and BMP image files, no larger than 100 MB in size. GifyU supports multiple image uploads so you don't have to select single files - you can add more images at one time for quicker uploads. Direct links are given after uploads as well as view links, HTML codes, and BBCodes. Also, your images are posted to the gallery, here, when uploaded. Create a free account with GifyU and you can create private and public photo albums. 10 IMGHST ••• This is probably one of the easiest image hosting websites to use. There are no user accounts you have to create and the website has a very simple design. Just drag and drop up to 10 files at once that are each less than 10 MB in size onto the IMGHST website, and they'll immediately begin uploading. You'll get the direct links to each of them once they're fully uploaded. 11 ImageUpper.com ••• ImageUpper.com has no hosting expiration, accepts multiple uploads at once, doesn't limit bandwidth, and accepts 3 MB files that are in GIF, JPG, or PNG format. Before uploading pictures, you're able to choose to optimize the images for faster downloads by stripping tags and other unnecessary things from the file, reportedly without a loss in quality. Direct links to images are not given but you're able to right-click them and copy the URL to use for linking. You can optionally make a free account with ImageUpper.com for viewing all your images, getting URLs for sharing them, and deleting any past upload. 12 ImageBin ••• Only one image less than 3 MB can be uploaded to ImageBin at one time. The file type can be JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, or BMP. You're able to add image tags, adjust the thumbnail width, enter a title for the image, and choose how long the picture should stay online. The expiration can be 1 day, 1 week, 6 months, or completely disabled so it's available forever. Direct linking is available if you choose the "Download Image" link after it uploads. 13 ImageVenue ••• ImageVenue supports uploading JPG and JPEG files as long as they are under 3 MB. Multiple uploads are supported with no limitation on bandwidth or storage capacity. However, direct linking is not acceptable. Files that haven't been accessed in 1 year will be removed. 14 ImageTitan ••• ImageTitan only allows uploads that don't exceed 1.5 MB. You can use a web browser to upload images one at a time or connect to ImageTitan through an FTP client to send up to 100 picture files at once. GIF, JPG, JPEG, and PNG are the allowed file types. There is no expiration on your uploads as well as no bandwidth limits. Direct link addresses aren't given out for ImageTitan uploads. Pictures display on a webpage with other text and links. Something I don't like about ImageTitan is that you must enter a captcha code to upload images. Also, because you can't create an account, you must retain the deletion code to remove your images at a later date. 15 ImageFra.me ••• You must sign up with ImageFra.me to upload images and they can not be more than 2 MB. You're able to upload multiple images at once, make uploads private, and optionally create an album. Images can be in any of these file types: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, and PDF. HTML links and direct URLs to the pictures are given. SOURCE
  4. Looks like a new problem with pictures, that don't show up ! Have no idea why, since all of them are linked to my POSTIMAGE account. Hi @Undertaker Long time not to see ... I let PostImage service copy the link to my clipboard, and then just pasted it here. Could you maybe suggest what I could do in particular to get rid of that space ? (I'll try reposting all pics in the meantime, hope it helps...)
  5. Facebook has started rolling out an update to its photo tagging system that will now scan newly uploaded photos and alert all the users it recognizes in that image by default. "These new features help you find photos that you’re not tagged in and help you detect when others might be attempting to use your image as their profile picture," said Joaquin Quiñonero Candela, Director, Applied Machine Learning at Facebook. Feature may actually prove helpful The Facebook photo tagging system works by scanning each image users upload on the site, looking for human faces. The system detects faces and computes a string of numbers (called template) for each face. It then compares this template to the face templates of other Facebook users and uses the results as friend suggestions for the photo tagger system. If a user wishes to tag a friend in the photo, that friend will receive a notification. The new system that Facebook has started rolling out will send notifications to all users found in newly uploaded photos, not just those that have been actively tagged. Facebook hopes this new tool will help curb abuse, bots, and account impersonators. A variation of this facial recognition system will also be deployed for users with visual impairments as well. Facebook will use the same facial recognition scanner to detect people not tagged in an image and inform the user who's in the photo. Rollout information The system will roll out to all countries except Canada and the EU, where the company has not deployed its photo-tagging mechanism —a basic facial recognition algorithm— due to local user privacy laws. The state of this new facial recognition system will be synced to the photo tag suggestions feature. Facebook says that if a user has photo tagging notifications disabled, he won't receive notifications when others upload photos of the user. The user must visit the Facebook settings page and change the status of the new Face Recognition option to his liking. https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/technology/facebook-will-alert-you-when-someone-else-uploads-a-photo-of-you/
  6. Cauptain

    Serviio Pro 1.9 Released!!

    Serviio is a free and premium media server. It allows you to stream your media files (music, video or images) to renderer devices Features streams audio, video (SD & HD) and image files in their native format or transcoded in real-time streams content from online sources, like RSS feeds, live audio/video streams, web page content includes a plugin system to support streaming from non-trivial online sources supports most known playlist formats supports subtitles automatically updates the media library when you add/update/remove a media file or a metadata file supports RAW camera images wide array of localized library browsing options supports different editable renderer profiles supports automatic renderer detection and per-IP profile assignment extracts metadata of your media files the way you want it, incl. embedded metadata tags, local metadata files, online metadata sources (in preferred language), XBMC, Swisscenter, MyMovies supports video thumbnails, CD covers, DVD posters, etc. categorizes video files into movie and/or series and marks last viewed episodes of a series available for Windows, Linux and Mac (with the possibility to run the server part on one platform and console on another) Supported renderers Samsung TVs and Bluray players (supports additional features, e.g. subtitles) Sony TVs and Bluray players Panasonic TVs Playstation 3 Playstation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One LG TVs and Bluray players Toshiba TVs Sharp TVs Philips TVs WDTV Live (supports subtitles) Oppo BDP-83 Roku 4 MusicPal DirecTV DVR Pure Flow deices Android phones, iOS phones ... and many more Supported media files Audio: MP3( .mp3), MP2 (.mp2), Windows Media Audio (.wma), AAC (.m4a), OGG (.ogg, .oga), FLAC (.flac), Wawpack (.wv), Musepack (.mpc), Monkey's Audio (.ape) Video: MPEG-1 (.mpg, .mpeg), MPEG-2 PS (.mpg, .mpeg, vob, mod), MPEG-2 TS (.ts, .m2ts), MPEG-4 (.mp4, m4v, mov), AVI (.avi, .divx), Windows Media Video (.wmv, .asf), Matroska (.mkv), Flash (.flv, .f4v), DVR-MS (.dvr, .dvr-ms), WTV (.wtv), OGG (.ogv, .ogm), 3GP (.3gp, .3g2), RealVideo (.rm, .rmvb) Image: JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg), GIF (.gif), PNG (.png), RAW (.arw, .cr2, .crw, .dng, .raf, .raw,. rw2, .mrw, .nef, .nrw, .pef, .srf, .orf) Playlist: PLS (.pls), M3U (.m3u, .m3u8), ASX (.asx, .wax., .wrx), WPL (.wpl) Subtitles: SubRip (.srt, .txt), SSA/ASS (.ssa, .ass), MicroDVD (.sub, .txt), SAMI (.smi), VTT (.vtt), MOV open text ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Version 1.9 changelog: MediaBrowser now used HTML5 video renderer, instead of Flash; ticket #952 enabled giving Renderers user-friendly names; ticket #970 enhance trakt.tv XBMC episode tracking; ticket #983 added User Rating browsing category; ticket #387 use Unknown for video metadata entities only when the Descriptive metadata is used for the Shared folder; ticket #976 All Music (and other virtual categories) are now possible to be turned-off; ticket #980 added Edit context menu to the Console input fields; ticket #924 users can now store their profiles in user-profiles.xml file; ticket #766 added new Roku profiles; ticket #994 fixed retrieving genres on mySQL engine; ticket #997 fixed folder share browsing in the Console to properly deal with ampersands in the folder name; ticket #978 correctly detect character encoding of playlist files; ticket #985 fix multi-track audio transcoding; ticket #986 fixed detection and displaying of Hebrew subtitles fixed type in serviio.hdThumbnailResolution system property; ticket #1006 fixed subtitles not delivered completely for some renderers; ticket #956 updated FFmpeg to 3.2.4 updated Java to 1.8.0_131 Homepage: http://www.serviio.org/ Trial Download: http://download.serviio.org/releases/serviio-1.9-win-setup.exe ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ MEDICINE (Credits to RU.BOARD and DVT): Just stop serviio service using "services.msc" and replace serviio.jar file into Program Files\Serviio\lib\ or Program Files (X86)\Serviio\lib\ Site: https://dailyuploads.net Sharecode: /rlpz0a815n7w MIRROR: Site: http://www.mirrorcreator.com Sharecode: /files/YNN9MK06/Serviio_Pro_1.9_Medicine.7z_links ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ WORKAROUND (Credits to Renegade) If you have 14 day trial reset problem (medicine not work) follow the steps below: 1. Stop service 2. Uninstall Serviio 3. Remove folder "Serviio" from "Program Files" or "Program Files x86" for 32bit Windows version 3. Remove Serviio-Console-Wrapper folder from "C:\Users\YOURUSER\AppData\Roaming" 4. For clean Registry i use Registry Mechanic (try witout this tool - this tool is discontinued) 5. Delete all from "C:\Windows\Temp" and from "C:\Users\YOURUSER\AppData\Local\Temp" 6. Restart your PC 7. Install Serviio 1.9 8. When install is complete simply STOP "Serviio" from "Services" 9. Replace serviio.jar (RU or DVT medicine) file into "Program Files\Serviio\lib\" or "Program Files (X86)\Serviio\lib\" 10. Restart your PC 11. Open "Serviio console" and your Serviio is now licensed ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Enjoy it. Claudio
  7. Export, Download and Backup your Instagram photos 4K Stogram is an Instagram Downloader for PC, Mac and Linux. The program allows you to download and backup Instagram photos and videos, even from private accounts. Just enter Instagram user name or photo link and press 'Follow user' button. Open up wide new vistas of imagery all from your desktop. Try it! Homepage: https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-stogram Download + Portable: Site: http://95.141.193.17 Sharecode[?]: /noload2/files/068/4K.Stogram.rar Usrname & Pwd: rsload.net Alternate patch igorca URET: Site: https://yadi.sk Sharecode[?]: /d/ulVfWEEJ3HEsfM
  8. Export, Download and Backup your Instagram photos 4K Stogram is an Instagram Downloader for PC, Mac and Linux. The program allows you to download and backup Instagram photos and videos, even from private accounts. Just enter Instagram user name or photo link and press 'Follow user' button. Open up wide new vistas of imagery all from your desktop. Try it! Homepage: https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-stogram Download + Portable: Site: http://95.141.193.17 Sharecode[?]: /noload2/files/068/4K.Stogram.rar Usrname & Pwd: rsload.net Alternate patch igorca URET: Site: https://yadi.sk Sharecode[?]: /d/ulVfWEEJ3HEsfM
  9. igorca

    4k Stogram v.2.4.1.1296

    Export, Download and Backup your Instagram photos 4K Stogram is an Instagram Downloader for PC, Mac and Linux. The program allows you to download and backup Instagram photos and videos, even from private accounts. Just enter Instagram user name or photo link and press 'Follow user' button. Open up wide new vistas of imagery all from your desktop. Try it! Homepage:https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-stogram Download patch from URET TEAM: Site: https://yadi.sk Sharecode[?]: /d/ulVfWEEJ3HEsfM
  10. Google has a new feature Google is rolling out a cool new feature that allows you to perform searches through your personal data - from Gmail or Photos - straight from the search engine interface. First spotted by Search Engine Roundtable, this new "Personal" tab shows you content from private sources, including emails and photos you've taken and uploaded to the cloud. There's nothing particularly difficult to figure out about this new tab because it works just like any other tab on Google. You first have to type whatever it is you want to look for like "flowers," and switch to the "Personal" tab, which you can find in the "More" tab at the end of the line. There, you'll find any emails you have received featuring this word, as well as any pictures stored in your Photos account containing flowers. As mentioned, this is a tab that you'll have to look for specifically if you want to look through it, as it's not included among the main ones. Incoming to you The feature seems to be rolling out slowly to users all over the world and looks like a great and interesting addition. After all, who doesn't like to be able to search through their personal data so easily and from a single interface? The feature works on both the web and the mobile versions of Google, so you can enjoy it wherever you are and whenever it happens for you to need to find something in your personal data without opening up loads of extra apps or, depending on what device you're using, tabs. To alleviate any worries people may have, the company added a notice on this new feature which states that "only you can see these results." This, of course, should make anyone concerned with seeing their private photos in a Google box relax some. Source
  11. A weasel clinging onto a woodpecker's back as the bird flies through the air A weeping willow that looked suspiciously like a nose A truck was driven off a bridge in Kunming city, southwest China's Yunnan province Eat and swallow crack cocaine in front of drug agents A metal spoon fished out of her stomach after accidentally swallowing it A woman was arrested after allegedly smuggling $39,000 (over £25,000) of heroin in her bra and knickers Egg-streme sport: Kung Fu master Zuo Chongyang stands on four eggs while lifting three buckets filled with water in Changsha, Hunan Province, China Burger King's Halloween Whopper. The burger, inspired by the Black Burger in Japan, is made with "A-1 steak sauce and food colouring, with a pitched-black bun covered with sesame seeds" The Queensland police service comes in all shapes and sizes and as you can see we have the long arm of the law in Cairns, North Queensland, Australia. Spider-Man travels by underground train to the 2015 MCM London Comic Con at London's ExCel Arena Residents in Dartmouth, Devon have been getting spooked after the shadow of a hanging man mysteriously appeared at a place called Dead Man's Cross - the spot where criminals were hanged Funeralcare dressed as Star Wars' Darth Vader leads the funeral cortege May the Force be with you....and turn out the lights! An outdoor bar in Nanjing city in China has set up these leggy stools to attract customers A slurp of coffee is often one of the first things that touches our mouths in the morning At first glance, this picture just looks like a cliff face leading into a lake, yet turn the image 90 degrees and it takes a sinister twist. This haunting image of the skull-like face was taken in one of the Lake District's most secret places, the disused Hodge Close slate quarry near Coniston, Cumbria. A man poses with the human-shaped kudzu vine tuber in Shiyan, Hubei Province, China. Pan Yi said he dug the tuber up when deep in the mountains while out with a friend. Kudzu's root, flower, and leaf have been used in traditional Chinese medicine since at least 200 BC. Artist Dai Yun of Xi'an has built a Mercedes Benz car out of bricks at a park in Shanghai, China 100-year-old gran Georgina Harwood jumped out of a plane to celebrate her 100th birthday over Cape Town, South Africa. This was the third time Georgina has skydived, she made her first jump when she was 92. A Chinese construction company have built a 57-story building in just 19 days in Changsha, capital of southern China's Hunan Province. The building, Mini Sky City, is 200 metres high. Xiao Changgen, vice general manager of the company that built the block, said 95% of the building parts were premade in the factory, and at the site 1200 workers assembled the parts like stacking Lego. Source
  12. Baikonur, Kazakhstan: Cordoba, Spain: Gauhati, India: Los Angeles, California: London, England: Sydney, Australia: Phoenix, Arizona: Cannon Ball, North Dakota: St. Louis, Missouri: South El Monte, California: New York, New York: Baikonur, Kazakhstan: Sapporo, Japan: source
  13. The sight of a plane taking off is pretty impressive, but it's not exactly new. The sight of hundreds of planes leaving the runway at the same time however is definitely something we've never experienced before, until now that is! Take a look at this stunning series of "Airportraits" to see what we mean. They were taken by Mike Kelley, an LA-based architectural photographer who spent the last two years taking pictures of planes departing the tarmac at eighteen different airports around the world. Afterwards he compiled the images to create these stunning compositions that serve to remind us just how busy our skies are. "From some locations I had thousands of pictures that needed to be culled, color corrected, extracted, and composited,' he wrote on his blog. "It was absolutely one of the most challenging projects I’ve worked on." : Mike Kelley Source
  14. Photographer and kayaker Paul Zizka set up his camera to create breathtaking self-portraits on the lake The surface of the water is so still the lake and the sky seem to become one - a dazzling array of twinkling stars against a deep blue backdrop - as a lone kayaker gently drifts across. A stunning series of pictures show photographer and kayaker Paul Zizka paddling through calm waters against the beautiful backdrop of the Canadian Rockies. In one stunning image he's bathed in the eerie glow of the Northern Lights. He had been planning the trip for a while, and after checking the weather would be just right he set up his camera and took to the water to create stunning self-portraits. Zizka, from Alberta, Canada, said: 'It was an incredibly still, clear night - the stars danced across the surface of Goat Pond in Kananaskis, making it seem like I was paddling through the night sky. 'The clear, dark skies and no wind meant the stars reflected perfectly on the water. 'The main challenge was keeping myself and the kayak still enough so I would appear sharp in the image. I'm really happy with the result.' Bathed in the eerie glow of the Northern Lights, a stunning series of pictures show photographer and kayaker Paul Zizka paddling through calm waters against the beautiful backdrop of the Canadian Rockies He had been planning the trip for a while, and after checking the weather would be just right he set up his camera and took to the water to create stunning self-portraits 'The clear, dark skies and no wind meant the stars reflected perfectly on the water,' Zizka said of his night-time journey Zizka, from Alberta, Canada, added: 'It was an incredibly still, clear night - the stars danced across the surface of Goat Pond in Kananaskis, making it seem like I was paddling through the night sky' Source
  15. Talented Russian nature photographer Vadim Trunov has had close encounters with squirrels before, but this is the first time we’ve seen his photos of squirrels playing or shooting photos of each other! The photographer recently published some photos he’s captured of squirrels that seem to be building snowmen or playing volleyball with nuts. The truth is a bit different, however – it’s winter, these squirrels are hungry, and they want food! In fact, the ones with the pine cone and the nut are fighting over the winter food, which Trunov left in a clearing so he could photograph the squirrels. Trunov takes wonderful wildlife photos whether it’s winter or summer – check out his macro nature photography as well! More cutest squirrel images here
  16. Not your average airplane views. Traveling at 30,000 feet can certainly have its perks. Christiaan van Heijst and Daan Krans run the photography firm Amazing-Aviation, and have captured some amazing photos from the cockpit of planes of some of the most breathtaking weather events on earth. From the Northern Lights to neon lightning, they have seen it all. “Ever since I started my first job as a pilot, I felt the need to capture the atmosphere of the unique views that I had from the cockpit,” van Heijst told Caters News Agency. “I feel very privileged that I can somehow translate these views with my camera into something that can be shared, viewed and appreciated by anyone.” Check out more of Heijst’s work below and on Instagram. An amazing view of the northern lights from the cockpit. Thunderstorms light up the insides of clouds. Lightning streaks across the sky like cracks in a windscreen. An incredible view of thunderstorms light up the insides of clouds near a beautiful skyline. Thunderstorms light up the insides of clouds. A breathtaking view of the night sky with city lights underneath it. Source
  17. There were two in the bed: One exhausted father managed to fall sleep sprawled in his son's tiny cot Flour power: A little boy appeared ashamed after he covered his parent's lounge in flour Don't flush! Finding your child stuck in the toilet bowl is all part of being a parent Well, that's awkward: A father attempted to have a nap with his baby sprawled across his face Tea for two: Sitting down for dinner will never be the same, as one father proudly showed himself dining at a hot pink table with his daughter Let it snow: These children appeared more interested in pulling the stuffing out of their parent's lounge than playing with their toys Parenting reality: Falling asleep on the job is inevitable after nights spent up and down with the baby Gross: One mum shared a photo of herself holding her baby, who had just vomited all down her back Who needs a fork? This baby covered themselves in baked beans after eating their meal with their hands Craft time: 'I can't leave my tot for more than two minutes, even in that time she can destroy a whole room,' one woman said Safe keeping: A cheeky toddler threw his books and parents' magazines down the toilet Face painting: Leaving your child alone with a permanent marker could be a hilarious recipe for disaster Source
  18. Upcoming iPhones Could Collect Fingerprints and Photos of Thieves Apple is working on enhanced security tools Apple filed a patent application for a method of storing biometric information of an unauthorized user, so that smartphone security would be enhanced. The patent surfaced over at Patently Apple and it will apparently make it very easy for authorities to identify thieves. iPhones will be able to capture pictures and record videos of thieves, as well as collect their fingerprints. The patent states that the feature could be triggered by repeated failed attempts to unlock the device or if the phone owner enables protections using Find My iPhone feature from another device. The patent also mentions that smartphones will be able to capture more than one fingerprint, photo or video of the thief, as well as audio files, forensic interface use information and more. Apple also offers Activation Lock and Find My iPhone security features This new feature would join all other tools that Apple has for helping users find their phones. The Find My iPhone feature helps users mark their devices as lost and their locations tracked, so that they could have a strong chance at recovering them. Aside from this, Apple also offers Activation Lock feature that doesn't allow anyone to reset smartphones without the approval of the owner using their Apple ID and password. Apple also offers its users the option to remotely wipe phones in case of loss or theft or to secure information using high end encryption. One must take into consideration that smartphone manufacturers often patent various projects and ideas, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they will be implemented into future products. However, considering that this is a security feature, Apple would have all the more reasons to actually incorporate this tool into its devices. Source
  19. It’s not uncommon for new operating systems to have bugs that need to be worked out, and iOS 9 is proving no exception. There’s a way to take advantage of Siri to access locked devices under iOS 9, without any need for the passcode. As the video below shows, the hack works by entering an incorrect code several times, then invoking Siri. Once she’s active, ask her for the time. Type a random word in the Choose the City field and share it. Once you share that information, you can also add a photo to a post — which, in turn, opens up the entire Photos library. It’s also possible to create a new contact in order to access the phone’s list of contact information, The Guardian reports. This might seem like a minor bug, but it actually has significant privacy implications. In the wake of actions by the NSA and other government agencies at home and abroad, it’s clear that issues like this aren’t harmless flaws — they’re exploits that local and federal law enforcement are absolutely willing to exploit in order to gather evidence, even if doing so is illegal. Multiple local police departments have been challenged over their use of stingrays and other devices, and have often chosen to mislead judges over how such devices will be used, assuming they admitted to using them at all. As license plate readers have become more common, law enforcement has explored the idea of allying with private companies that have fewer restrictions on how they gather and keep data. Users who are concerned about which features of the device are available for use when locked can control these settings from the Touch ID & Passcode section of the Settings” menu. Disabling functions like Siri may be a touch more inconvenient, but it may also prevent any similar hacks from functioning, if any are discovered. Apple’s recently released 9.0.1 update for iOS 9 does not address this problem, but the upcoming iOS 9.1 (now in beta) may solve it in the not-too-distant future. This is far from the first lock-screen bug to crop up on Apple or Android devices, but the fact that you must possess the device makes it less risky then flaws that give attackers remote access to personal information. For all its features, security in Apple’s latest OS (and to be fair, security in general) remains a work in progress. extremetech.com
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  21. If you’ve been skeptical of the iPhone 6 leaks and information that has surfaced so far, perhaps today’s very plausible leaked mockup of the forthcoming handset in silver will pique your interest. Sure, with so many months to go until the purported release of the handset, we cannot be entirely sure of what’s in store, but given how lifelike this particular leak appears to be, it’s also hard to ignore the fact that we may already know what Apple has its up its sleeve. Not that it particularly needs to be reiterated, but we expect that the iPhone 6 will offer a curved rear shell akin to the iPod touch / iPad Air, as well as a repositioned power button to help the average hand wrap around the more sizeable form factor. The reason the device will be increasing in size is because it may pack a larger display, and reportedly, there’ll be two different size configurations – 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch. From what we can make out, this leak depicts the smaller of the two size configurations, and the color is of white and silver. We’ve already seen a mock-up of a very similar handset in black / space gray, which emerged earlier on this week, and if you were wondering what the next-gen iPhone might look like when held in your hand, this is the closest thing you’re likely to get for the time being. This unverified leak cropped up on Baidu, adding to an abundance of leaks we’ve already seen emerge from China. Given that each new tidbit of info seems to tie nicely in with most of the other evidence we’ve already accumulated, it’s certainly tempting to get carried away and allow ourselves to get excited about the iPhone 6. But as I said earlier, it’s still very much early days, and while we’re inclined to believe that the iPhone 6 will be larger, thinner, faster, and look just a bit like these leaks, it’s also imperative to remember that it’s easy for schematics, cases and housing mock-ups to be faked. Lest we forget that back in 2011, the tech world was braced for an enlarged, redesigned successor to the iPhone 4, and instead, it got the rudimentary refresh of the iPhone 4s. Still, if what we’re seeing here is indeed the iPhone 6, do you plan on picking it up? SOurce
  22. New documents released by the FBI show that the Bureau is well on its way toward its goal of a fully operational face recognition database by this summer. EFF received these records in response to our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information on Next Generation Identification (NGI)—the FBI's massive biometric database that may hold records on as much as one third of the U.S. population. The facial recognition component of this database poses real threats to privacy for all Americans. What is NGI? NGI builds on the FBI's legacy fingerprint database—which already contains well over 100 million individual records—and has been designed to include multiple forms of biometric data, including palm prints and iris scans in addition to fingerprints and face recognition data. NGI combines all these forms of data in each individual's file, linking them to personal and biographic data like name, home address, ID number, immigration status, age, race, etc. This immense database is shared with other federal agencies and with the approximately 18,000 tribal, state and local law enforcement agencies across the United States. The records we received show that the face recognition component of NGI may include as many as 52 million face images by 2015. By 2012, NGI already contained 13.6 million images representing between 7 and 8 million individuals, and by the middle of 2013, the size of the database increased to 16 million images. The new records reveal that the database will be capable of processing 55,000 direct photo enrollments daily and of conducting tens of thousands of searches every day. NGI Will Include Non-criminal as Well as Criminal Photos One of our biggest concerns about NGI has been the fact that it will include non-criminal as well as criminal face images. We now know that FBI projects that by 2015, the database will include 4.3 million images taken for non-criminal purposes. Currently, if you apply for any type of job that requires fingerprinting or a background check, your prints are sent to and stored by the FBI in its civil print database. However, the FBI has never before collected a photograph along with those prints. This is changing with NGI. Now an employer could require you to provide a "mug shot" photo along with your fingerprints. If that's the case, then the FBI will store both your face print and your fingerprints along with your biographic data. In the past, the FBI has never linked the criminal and non-criminal fingerprint databases. This has meant that any search of the criminal print database (such as to identify a suspect or a latent print at a crime scene) would not touch the non-criminal database. This will also change with NGI. Now every record—whether criminal or non—will have a "Universal Control Number" (UCN), and every search will be run against all records in the database. This means that even if you have never been arrested for a crime, if your employer requires you to submit a photo as part of your background check, your face image could be searched—and you could be implicated as a criminal suspect—just by virtue of having that image in the non-criminal file. Many States are Already Participating in NGI The records detail the many states and law enforcement agencies the FBI has already been working with to build out its database of images (see map below). By 2012, nearly half of U.S. states had at least expressed an interest in participating in the NGI pilot program, and several of those states had already shared their entire criminal mug shot database with the FBI. The FBI hopes to bring all states online with NGI by this year. The FBI worked particularly closely with Oregon through a special project called "Face Report Card." The goal of the project was to determine and provide feedback on the quality of the images that states already have in their databases. Through Face Report Card, examiners reviewed 14,408 of Oregon's face images and found significant problems with image resolution, lighting, background and interference. Examiners also found that the median resolution of images was "well-below" the recommended resolution of .75 megapixels (in comparison, newer iPhone cameras are capable of 8 megapixel resolution). FBI Disclaims Responsibility For Accuracy At such a low resolution, it is hard to imagine that identification will be accurate.1 However, the FBI has disclaimed responsibility for accuracy, stating that "[t]he candidate list is an investigative lead not an identification." Because the system is designed to provide a ranked list of candidates, the FBI states NGI never actually makes a "positive identification," and "therefore, there is no false positive rate." In fact, the FBI only ensures that "the candidate will be returned in the top 50 candidates" 85 percent of the time "when the true candidate exists in the gallery." It is unclear what happens when the "true candidate" does not exist in the gallery—does NGI still return possible matches? Could those people then be subject to criminal investigation for no other reason than that a computer thought their face was mathematically similar to a suspect's? This doesn't seem to matter much to the FBI—the Bureau notes that because "this is an investigative search and caveats will be prevalent on the return detailing that the [non-FBI] agency is responsible for determining the identity of the subject, there should be NO legal issues." Nearly 1 Million Images Will Come From Unexplained Sources One of the most curious things to come out of these records is the fact that NGI may include up to 1 million face images in two categories that are not explained anywhere in the documents. According to the FBI, by 2015, NGI may include: 46 million criminal images 4.3 million civil images 215,000 images from the Repository for Individuals of Special Concern (RISC) 750,000 images from a "Special Population Cognizant" (SPC) category 215,000 images from "New Repositories" However, the FBI does not define either the "Special Population Cognizant" database or the "new repositories" category. This is a problem because we do not know what rules govern these categories, where the data comes from, how the images are gathered, who has access to them, and whose privacy is impacted. A 2007 FBI document available on the web describes SPC as "a service provided to Other Federal Organizations (OFOs), or other agencies with special needs by agreement with the FBI" and notes that "[t]hese SPC Files can be specific to a particular case or subject set (e.g., gang or terrorist related), or can be generic agency files consisting of employee records." If these SPC files and the images in the "new repositories" category are assigned a Universal Control Number along with the rest of the NGI records, then these likely non-criminal records would also be subject to invasive criminal searches. Goverment Contractor Responsible For NGI has Built Some of the Largest Face Recognition Databases in the World The company responsible for building NGI's facial recognition component—MorphoTrust(formerly L-1 Identity Solutions)—is also the company that has built the face recognition systems used by approximately 35 state DMVs and many commercial businesses.2MorphoTrust built and maintains the face recognition systems for the Department of State, which has the "largest facial recognition system deployed in the world" with more than 244 million records,3 and for the Department of Defense, which shares its records with the FBI. The FBI failed to release records discussing whether MorphoTrust uses a standard (likely proprietary) algorithm for its face templates. If it does, it is quite possible that the face templates at each of these disparate agencies could be shared across agencies—raising again the issue that the photograph you thought you were taking just to get a passport or driver's license is then searched every time the government is investigating a crime. The FBI seems to be leaning in this direction: an FBI employee email notes that the "best requirements for sending an image in the FR system" include "obtain[ing] DMV version of photo whenever possible." Why Should we care About NGI? There are several reasons to be concerned about this massive expansion of governmental face recognition data collection. First, as noted above, NGI will allow law enforcement at all levels to search non-criminal and criminal face records at the same time. This means you could become a suspect in a criminal case merely because you applied for a job that required you to submit a photo with your background check. Second, the FBI and Congress have thus far failed to enact meaningful restrictions on what types of data can be submitted to the system, who can access the data, and how the data can be used. For example, although the FBI has said in these documents that it will not allow non-mug shot photos such as images from social networking sites to be saved to the system, there are no legal or even written FBI policy restrictions in place to prevent this from occurring. As we have stated before, the Privacy Impact Assessment for NGI's face recognition component hasn't been updated since 2008, well before the current database was even in development. It cannot therefore address all the privacy issues impacted by NGI. Finally, even though FBI claims that its ranked candidate list prevents the problem of false positives (someone being falsely identified), this is not the case. A system that only purports to provide the true candidate in the top 50 candidates 85 percent of the time will return a lot of images of the wrong people. We know from researchers that the risk of false positives increases as the size of the dataset increases—and, at 52 million images, the FBI's face recognition is a very large dataset. This means that many people will be presented as suspects for crimes they didn't commit. This is not how our system of justice was designed and should not be a system that Americans tacitly consent to move towards. For more on our concerns about the increased role of face recognition in criminal and civil contexts, read Jennifer Lynch's 2012 Senate Testimony. We will continue to monitor the FBI's expansion of NGI. Here are the documents: FBI NGI Description of Face Recognition Program FBI NGI Report Card on Oregon Face Recognition Program FBI NGI Sample Memorandum of Understanding with States FBI NGI Face Recognition Goals & Objectives FBI NGI Information on Implementation FBI Emails re. NGI Face Recognition Program FBI Emails from Contractors re. NGI FBI NGI 2011 Face Recognition Operational Prototype Plan FBI NGI Document Discussing Technical Characteristics of Face Recognition Component FBI NGI 2010 Face Recognition Trade Study Plan FBI NGI Document on L-1's Commercial Face Recognition Product 1. In fact, another document notes that "since the trend for the quality of data received by the customer is lower and lower quality, specific research and development plans for low quality submission accuracy improvement is highly desirable." 2. MorphoTrust's parent company, Safran Morpho, describes itself as "[t]he world leader in biometric systems," is largely responsible for implementing India's Aadhaar project, which, ultimately, will collect biometric data from nearly 1.2 billion people. 3. One could argue that Facebook's is larger. Facebook states that its users have uploaded more than 250 billion photos. However, Facebook never performs face recognition searches on that entire 250 billion photo database. Source
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