1. Google's Night Sight Computational photography is the future, at least for now. Since it's not convenient to strap big hunks of glass to our phones, we're not using artificially intelligent bits to accomplish far more than the lens and sensor atoms are actually capable of. We've already got Portrait Mode for depth effect, Portrait Lighting for studio effects, and even Portrait Backgrounds in the Clips app for that green screen effect. But what Google's done with Night Sight adds a whole new level to the, capturing more light for longer than is usually possible, and using machine learning to do everything from removing motion blur to achieving as natural a white balance as possible. And it can literally turn night into day. Now, with Night Sight, as with its single camera portrait mode, Google is willing to apply these processes as after effects. Apple, currently, is not. Everything on the iPhone camera has to also work in preview and in real time. Even the new lens models and depth … [Read more...] about Nine features Apple should steal for iPhone in 2019
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Year In Review The year. In review. It’s here! It’s finally here! Every year it seems like the big day will never come, but it’s here. It’s the day to gather with your family and friends ‘round the hearth, warm beverages and sweet treats at the ready, and have a hearty chortle over the things America stuck inside itself and couldn’t remove without the help of trained medical personnel. All reports are taken from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s database of emergency room visits, all descriptions are verbatim, and none of those things belong in there. As always, objects are sorted by orifice, working south: Ear NECKLACE “PLACED CRAYON IN EAR ON A DARE” “WAS BORED AT SCHOOL, PUT PART OF A PEN IN EAR” DRAIN PLUG MATCH END OF A COMB “ALWAYS PUTS TOILET PAPER IN EAR WHEN SHOWERING. CAN’T REMOVE” FLOAM TAPIOCA BALL TOY MOUSE “POPCORN KERNELS IN BOTH EARS, ‘FEEDS HER EARS BECAUSE … [Read more...] about What Did We Get Stuck In Our Rectums Last Year?
If you Google dancer Harper Watters, you’ll come up with a variety of results: His work as a soloist with the Houston Ballet, his hilariously candid YouTube channel and Instagram page, his growing profile as an influencer, and many, many mentions of stilettos. It’s a fitting amalgamation of the multifaceted approach Watters is taking to his career, turning the sometimes rigid world of ballet on its toe shoes by being authentically, unapologetically himself. “You know, I think that I’ve always been very opinionated and I’ve always been very outspoken,” Watters told The Glow Up. “But it was learning how to apply that to my work and my life, and knowing when to really push that and just hone it in to my advantage and to use it to my best. And that has been something that has taken me lots of time to learn—I’m still kind of learning that. But the confidence and acceptance of myself happened quicker outside of the dance studio than it … [Read more...] about Pointe in Platform Heels: Harper Watters Is Breaking the Boundaries of Ballet
Semblance’s world wobbles and jiggles, but it’s a solid puzzle-platformer in a whimsical world that packs in tiny moments of triumph. It’s indie studio Nyamakop‘s debut title, and it started out as a student project. Semblance went on to pick up awards and nominations from festivals like SXSW, Brazil’s Independent Games Festival, and BitSummit, where it took home the award for Excellence in Game Design. The developer teamed with publisher Good Shepherd Entertainment to release the game on PC as well as Nintendo Switch (it’s out now), which is the platform I reviewed. The dazzling colors would look fantastic on a monitor, but a portable console like the Switch is the ideal way to play Semblance. Its quick levels and brainy puzzles are great for a morning commute, and for the trickier challenges, you can set it down, chew it over, and pick it back up to play. Check out our Reviews Vault for past game reviews. What you’ll like … [Read more...] about Semblance review — this wobbly platformer sticks the landing
Ever wonder how supermodels stay supernaturally young looking? Some of it’s genetics. A lot of it’s not. Face taping is a trick that I’ve seen and admired while on set with a lot of my fellow supes and hanging with my drag queen mister-sisters, but I haven’t tried it till now. Admittedly at 53, fatigue shows up on the face and neck. When Glow Up friend, make-up artist Marc Cornwall, suggested that I add tape to my face on a shoot for a little extra lift — I thought, why not? Got an occasion where you want to play the younger games? Maybe that high school/college reunion, a wedding or profile picture? Face Taping is a cheap non-invasive option for a little lifting. I used Mark Traynor’s Temporary Face and Neck lift kit from Alcone pro makeup $29.50, Amazon has options as well like 3-1/2 star consumer rated Secret Lift for $17.95. It’s just two bungee cords attached to a piece of surgical adhesive tape on one end with a little tab that slips … [Read more...] about Get Lifted: An In-Home Face Lift At Your Fingertips