In Defense of Videogame Selfies (Yes, Really)

In Defense of Videogame Selfies (Yes, Really)

Sora, the protagonist, could take selfies to complete various quests in the Disney worlds, and the game's loading screens featured shots of in-game Disney characters in an Instagram-like photo app .

The Imperfect Truth About Finding Facts in a World of Fakes

The Imperfect Truth About Finding Facts in a World of Fakes

Before the online era, you would need to shell out a lot of money to print a fake newspaper, or it would look like an obvious counterfeit. We need to find digital equivalents, especially to verify the time and place of documents, photographs, and videos, as well as to authenticate individual identities.

A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes and Tampering

A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes and Tampering

With this approach it’s binary: Either the hash matches or it doesn’t, and it's all publicly verifiable." "We can show that there are ways to ensure that all parties have faith in the video and how it was captured." Josh Mitchell, Amber Security Consultant A tool like Amber has obvious appeal for human rights activists, free speech advocates, and law enforcement watchdogs wary of potential abuse coverups, but governments also have an interest in video integrity tools.

How to Figure Out a Drone's Angular Field of View

How to Figure Out a Drone's Angular Field of View

How to Figure Out a Drone's Angular Field of View DJI; Wired You know what happens when I get a new toy? But with this new toy, I am going to determine the angular field of view for the Spark camera.

YouTube Will Crack Down on Toxic Videos, But It Won’t Be Easy

YouTube Will Crack Down on Toxic Videos, But It Won’t Be Easy

The company announced the shift in a blog post on Friday, writing that it would begin cracking down on so-called "borderline content" that comes close to violating its community standards without quite crossing the line.

Have Phones Become Boring? Well, They’re About to Get Weird

Have Phones Become Boring? Well, They’re About to Get Weird

Vivo calls this particular feature the Elevating Front Camera, which makes it sound like it hovers above the phone in an act of magic.

YouTube Boomers Show #VanLife Isn’t Just for Millennials

YouTube Boomers Show #VanLife Isn’t Just for Millennials

By August they had moved in, ready to strike out in the new home they’d christened “Forever Lost,” according to Guy, or “Miss Carry Van,” according to Ann. Wells showed the way, and his promises were manifold—by shacking up in a vehicle and committing to a frugal, minimal, and itinerant life, you could drop out of the rat race, make meaningful experiences, and join a tribe of like-minded individuals who’d thrown off the shackles of hollow, middle-class consumerism.

Get Ready to Hear a Lot More About 'XR'

Get Ready to Hear a Lot More About 'XR'

That might help developers, but you could hardly be blamed if you’re still scratching your head every time you see “XR” attached to an image of a person wearing a face computer, or used in the naming convention of a new camera you’re thinking of picking up.

That Viral Video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dancing Is a Meta-Meme

That Viral Video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dancing Is a Meta-Meme

Dozens of copycat clips were uploaded to YouTube, all featuring people doing The Breakfast Club dance to “Lisztomania,” including Ocasio-Cortez at Boston University.

The Best Music Moments of 2018

The Best Music Moments of 2018

—Brian RafteryRobyn Finally Releases 'Honey'It was the Chinese Democracy of Swedish pop: The final season of Girls featured a then-unfinished song called "Honey" from too-long-absent dance phenom Robyn.

Is This Photo Real? AI Gets Better at Faking Images

Is This Photo Real? AI Gets Better at Faking Images

NVIDIA These people, cats, and cars don’t exist—the images were generated by software developed at chipmaker Nvidia, whose graphics chips have become crucial to machine learning projects. Generative adversarial networks usually have to be trained to create one category of images at a time, such as faces or cars.

2018 Proved Game Streaming Can Still Get Bigger—and Messier

2018 Proved Game Streaming Can Still Get Bigger—and Messier

In March, popular Fortnite streamer and no-talking-to-girls-er Ninja invited the rapper Drake onto his stream, and racked up 1.5 million viewers in a record-setting display for Twitch, the biggest streaming platform in the videogame world.

Grande Arrival: The Year Digital Native Pop Stars Took Over

Grande Arrival: The Year Digital Native Pop Stars Took Over

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Within the first 24 hours that Ariana Grande’s music video for “thank u, next,” went live in late November, it broke the internet. Grande’s response, though, wasn’t elation or even concern: it was a practiced online apathy so palpable you could almost see the eye roll.

YouTube Is a Metaphor for the Great American Dumpster Fire

YouTube Is a Metaphor for the Great American Dumpster Fire

Its problems reflect and contribute to our culture like a big, scandalous, Tide Pod-and-condom-slurping ouroboros.So it’s fitting that YouTube’s most persistent bugaboos this year have been America’s: out-of-control celebrities and our cultural addiction to them, racism and conspiracy theories, and policies that disproportionately impact vulnerable groups like the LGBTQ community.But as much as 2018 was a year beset by scandal and frenzied backpedaling, it was also a year in which YouTube started trying in earnest to reckon with its own problems.

Use a Slo-Mo Video to Calculate How Fast Glass Shatters

Use a Slo-Mo Video to Calculate How Fast Glass Shatters

Oh, don't forget to change the frame rate in the video.Here is the plot of the position of the leading edge of the crack as a function of time.Rhett AllainI should point out that I converted the distance to meters instead of feet because I'm not a barbarian (but if you are a barbarian, I'm OK with that).

Targeting Black Americans, Russia's IRA Exploited Racial Wounds

Targeting Black Americans, Russia's IRA Exploited Racial Wounds

But New Knowledge’s report, released Monday, shows a much more sustained and purposeful focus on black Americans—as the IRA went about instigating mistrust in law enforcement and political institutions, while cultivating seemingly authentic narratives of black pride.The report details how black Americans were among the most exploited online communities by the IRA, cataloging how the Russian firm developed an “expansive cross-platform media mirage” that specifically targeted black people by leveraging popular social media sites.

How WhatsApp Fuels Fake News and Violence in India

How WhatsApp Fuels Fake News and Violence in India

New research shows that WhatsApp usage can exacerbate groupthink, sometimes mobilizing groups into acts of violence.Starting last spring, the platform began being linked to incidents of mob killings, most of which fit a similar pattern: People deemed to be “outsiders” were targeted by large mobs accusing them of being child kidnappers after rumors to be on the lookout circulated on WhatsApp. Some of these false rumors appeared in the form of highly convincing doctored bulletins from local police; others used the photos from Syria and manipulated videos.Killings occurred in May and June, but the high death toll in the Dhule incident marked a tipping point for the government.

Rapper 2 Milly Sues Fortnite Over a Cribbed Dance Move. But Can He Win?

Rapper 2 Milly Sues Fortnite Over a Cribbed Dance Move. But Can He Win?

The case fuels ongoing controversy over video game companies’ unlicensed use of existing hip-hop dances, which players can purchase to customize their in-game avatars.

YouTuber David Dobrik's Biggest Crush Is Still Ariana Grande

YouTuber David Dobrik's Biggest Crush Is Still Ariana Grande

(Her video for "thank u, next" has gotten more than 118 million views in less than a week.) For years, he's been tweeting at the pop star and in a recent WIRED Autocomplete Interview revealed she's still his celebrity crush.

SpaceX’s Failed Landing Still Ended With a Clean Plop

SpaceX’s Failed Landing Still Ended With a Clean Plop

But unlike Monday’s textbook touchdown, today’s landing didn’t quite go as planned.The Falcon’s first stage, the largest and most expensive portion of the rocket, was expected to navigate itself back to land after launching the Dragon spacecraft.

Kyrie Irving's Crazy Lean (Sort of) Explained by Physics

Kyrie Irving's Crazy Lean (Sort of) Explained by Physics

He calmly returns to a normal upright standing position, shakes out his arms and stretches his neck, and then leeeeeeans a ridiculous amount to the side. Again he holds the position in what looks like a brazen defiance of the laws of physics.

Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

We eventually found scores of American-veteran-focused Facebook pages producing politically polarizing content from outside the United States.Vietnam Veterans of America produced a report on our earliest findings for 11 committees in Congress and a host of alphabet agencies.

Aquaman's Insane Leap out of Water Has One Foot in Reality

Aquaman's Insane Leap out of Water Has One Foot in Reality

It is this scene that I will analyze.Aquaman might be able to swim super fast, but once he leaves the water and enters the air there is only one force acting on him—the gravitational force that pulls straight down.

YouTubers Are Going to Go Nuts for the New DJI Osmo Pocket

YouTubers Are Going to Go Nuts for the New DJI Osmo Pocket

During a brief demo of the new Osmo Pocket, the camera module swiveled around to keep me in frame when FaceTrack mode was enabled, like a tiny robot head following me around the room.Other capture settings will be available in DJI’s newest mobile app, called Mimo.

How to Deconstruct a Football Tackle With Physics

How to Deconstruct a Football Tackle With Physics

This says that the total force on an object (or football player) is equal to the rate of change of momentum. I can find that Thompson force by looking at his change in momentum in that same time interval.

Inside the Pricey War to Influence Your Instagram Feed

Inside the Pricey War to Influence Your Instagram Feed

None of the codes and links posted below Gutierrez’s Lashify video include a disclosure beyond the phrase “AFFILIATE SHIZ!” Nubounsom did not respond to a request for comment.$50,000 for a YouTube VideoPayments for influencers are rising so fast that some advertisers feel priced out of the market.

Yaeji's "One More" Hops Languages, and Codes, With Purpose

Yaeji's "One More" Hops Languages, and Codes, With Purpose

Yaeji's "One More" Hops Languages, and Codes, With PurposeThough she was raised and resides in NYC, Yaeji spent portions of her formative years in Atlanta, Seoul, and Pittsburgh—and her music can feel like putting a puzzle together.Micaiah CarterKathy Yaeji Lee creates in the multihyphenate.

Welcome to the Age of the Hour-Long YouTube Video

Welcome to the Age of the Hour-Long YouTube Video

It is now entirely standard to have pre-, post-, and multiple mid-roll ads in long-form videos, which puts more dollars in YouTube’s (and its creators’) pockets and is only as annoying as commercial breaks on television.But that strategy shake-up requires YouTubers—already at the mercy of the internet’s ever-changing yens—to upend their format, their aesthetic, and the norms of their industry.

How an InfoWars Video Became a White House Tweet

How an InfoWars Video Became a White House Tweet

It’s notable that neither Watson’s nor Sanders’ video has sound, as the source video for both appears to be a three-second GIF circulated in conservative circles moments after the actual event took place.At 12:34 pm Wednesday, ForAmerica, a conservative group popular on Twitter, posted this three-second GIF of the press conference lifted from C-Span’s feed.https://twitter.com/ForAmerica/status/1060224093604245504?ref_src=twsrc%5EtfwTwelve minutes later, the Daily Wire, a right-wing news and opinion blog, posted the same GIF.

Urban 20: Cities at the center of local solutions to global development challenges

Urban 20: Cities at the center of local solutions to global development challenges

As a strategic partner of the summit and the overall Urban 20 (U20) Initiative, the World Bank Group – including the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – is committed to helping global cities bring their expertise, needs, and voices to the center of global discussions on sustainable development.

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