Covering everything from the latest social media news and digital trends to tech reviews, The Digital Bakery team works hard each week to bring our readers a range of fresh, exciting and engaging content. So, whether they’ve been getting the most love on social, caught our eye in the email, or are #trending online, we’ve rounded up the top stories from the past week, in case you missed any…
1) Microsoft Saves Paint By Making It A Downloadable App
Microsoft signalled an about-face in a blog post Monday night by Megan Saunders, a general manager within the Windows Experiences group. Instead of deprecating Paint in Windows 10 (which seemed to many to be the first step toward oblivion), Saunders said Microsoft would release MS Paint in the Windows Store as a free app. “MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free,” Saunders wrote.
Paint was born with Windows 1.0 in 1985, as a licensed version of ZSoft’s PC Paintbrush. Microsoft updated Paint over subsequent versions, adding support for JPEG, TIFF, and other file formats. Though far more sophisticated imaging tools have risen around it, Paint always served as a quick-and-dirty photo editor and drawing tool.
We’ll never know whether Microsoft always planned to bring Paint back as a Store app, but there’s no doubt the company kick-saved what appeared to be an embarrassing goal against the company.
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2) How To Take The Perfect Selfie Just Got A Lot More Scientific Using A New App
In the never-ending quest to take the perfect selfie, a new smart algorithm-powered app might be the best solution. A team of researchers from the University of Waterloo in Canada believe they have curated an app that can finally allow people to take the perfect selfie.
Presenting their findings to a conference in Scotland recently, computer scientists Dan Vogel and Qifan Li revealed a smartphone app powered by an algorithm that directs the user where to position the camera, allowing them to take the best shot possible. To achieve this, the pair acquired 3D digital scans of people, and then took hundreds of ‘virtual selfies’ by writing code to control a virtual smartphone camera and computer-generated lighting.
This allowed them to explore different composition principles, including lighting direction, face position and face size.
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3) Researchers At Facebook Shut Down AI That Invented Its Own Language
While it’s not exactly the same as taking control of a nuclear arsenal and firing off missiles to wipe out humanity so as to bring forth robotic supremacy, this is still pretty scary. A research program at Facebook created two artificial intelligence systems with the goal of having the two communicate negotiate with each other. Eventually, the two AIs began communicating with one another in a broken form of English, whereby they dropped words that weren’t necessary for communicating with each other. This meant that it was more and more difficult for the researchers observing them to understand.
While there’s nothing dangerous – so far, anyway – of AIs creating their own language, it does present a problem in that their language could be seen as more efficient than what humans have used for centuries. More to the point, if AIs learn to speak to each other in codewords that blocks out human understanding, then it’s getting somewhat troubling. The ultimate goal of the research program was to build an AI that could talk to and understand humans, but the fact that the AI created its own language – all by itself – is something that nobody really expected.
Either way, we’re still a long way away from Skynet or HAL 9000.
Read The Full Story Here #AI #Language #Facebook #Chatbot #Skynet
4) Goodbye To The Windows Phone, We Barely Knew You At All
The demise of the Windows Phone and how enterprises should respond
After a long drawn out period Microsoft has finally announced what many predicted as inevitable for a long time, the demise of the Windows Phone. When it’s revenue fell from one quarter to the next by $730 million, down to a mere $5 million, the writing was on the wall for many observers. Naturally, this has posed a problem for those enterprise organisations who backed Windows Phone as their chosen system for their teams. Windows Mobile had been over indexed in enterprise with a (slightly) higher percentage of workers using it as it offered lower costs and integration with their in-house Microsoft stack.
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5) Amazing 4K Footage From Outer Space Was Shot By Sony’s New Camera
Sony released the first 4k footage shot from the International Space Station (ISS) with the a7s II full -frame mirrorless camera.
Amazing footage has been shot in 4k (QFHD 3840X2160) from outer space. The International Space Station orbits approx. 400 kilometers (249 miles) above the Earth at a speed of roughly 8 km/sec. (5 miles/sec.), and completes one orbit of the earth in approx. 90 minutes (16 orbits/day) recording a variety of 4K videos and still images from outer space.
Read The Full Story Here #Sony #4K #ISS #Space #Tech #Camera
6) Viral Of The Week: This ‘Plumber V Electrician’ Prank On A Building Site Is Brilliant But Oh So Dangerous
Definitely one to play with caution (and steel-toed boots).
We knew that building sites could be dangerous places but we didn’t know just how much rivalry there was between the tradesmen involved. We can only assume that ritualistic showdowns like this happen on a daily basis.
At least the electrician was a good sport about it.
#Plumber #Versus #Electrician #Pipe #Prank
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