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OM sweet OM: Olympus OM-D E-M10 review

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The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is the third incarnation of Olympus' popular range of high-end mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. The E-M10 boasts some impressive DNA, using the same excellent 16MP Four Thirds sensor as its E-M5 sibling. We've been shooting with it extensively over the past few weeks, hoping to find out whether this 'digital' OM is as capable as the two that preceded it. Those are two solid acts to follow - how does the OM-D E-M10 perform? Find out in our review

 
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Facebook’s DeepFace Facial Matching System Is Almost Perfect

Published on March 18, 2014 by in News

It can tell if two faces are the same person 97.25% of the time

If you're paging through a big set of photos, you probably don't have much trouble spotting if the same person pops up multiple times. In fact most humans can match two faces 97.55% of the time. Now Facebook's DeepFace technology has almost matched this, correctly recognizing the same features 97.25%—within spitting distance of human performance.

Keep in mind, this technology isn't facial recognition (putting a name to a face), but facial verification (matching two faces together). But given Facebook's unparalleled collection of photos tagged with your identity, moving from one to the other wouldn't be hard.

DeepFace works by looking at a photo of your face, then correcting the angle of it using a 3D model of an "average face". From there it can identify key features and a "description" of the face, which can be compared to other, similarly analyzed images.

For now, DeepFace isn't coming to your Facebook timeline. As the Technology Review reports:

However, DeepFace remains purely a research project for now. Facebook released a research paper on the project last week, and the researchers will present the work at the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in June. “We are publishing our results to get feedback from the research community,” says [AI team member Yaniv Taigman], who developed DeepFace along with Facebook colleagues Ming Yang and Marc’Aurelio Ranzato and Tel Aviv University professor Lior Wolf.

But sooner or later, you can be sure it'll transition to helping you tag photos—assuming the intense processing power behind it can be tamed to the point where it can be used to crunch the numbers on the obscene volume of images that get uploaded to Facebook daily.

[via Gawker]

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Photo by: Popular Photography Magazine Editor

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Nikon D4s studio samples added to first-impressions review

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We just added studio test scene images to our First Impressions Review of the Nikon D4s. The D4s is a refined version of Nikon's flagship DSLR, incorporating several changes - large and small - resulting from feedback from professional users. As well as minor ergonomic refinements and a slightly improved video mode the D4s also offers a highest ISO sensitivity of 409,600 (equivalent) - the highest we've ever seen. Click through to see for yourself what that looks like. 

 
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Red Giant offers subscription to video editing tools

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Using a similar model as Adobe’s Creative Cloud, video effects maker Red Giant - creators of Trapcode and Magic Bullet - is making their post-production tools and plugins available via subscription. Instead of buying individual software licenses, Red Giant's service called Universe allows you to pay monthly or yearly for access to their suite of products that work in popular video editing software such as Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere. Learn more

 
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VSCO announces $100K scholarship fund for artists

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Visual Supply Co., the makers of the popular VSCO Cam smartphone app, has announced the VSCO Artist Initiative which is a $100,000 (~£60,082/~€71,757) scholarship fund 'providing artists the resources to pursue their creative vision.' If you could do with a few extra dollars to fund your art and think you've got what it takes, you can apply on the VSCO website. Learn more

 
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