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Artist Paints Murals on N.Y.C. Rooftops for Google Earth Viewing

Molly Dilworth wanted to expose her art to a wider audience, so she decided to paint giant murals on three rooftops in New York, in the hopes that people might stumble upon them while browsing Google Earth. The paintings eventually showed up in Google's satellite images, but didn't look quite as vibrant as Dilworth had anticipated -- nor did they reach a very wide audience. The experiment wasn'...

How to Make an Animated GIF from a YouTube Video

Animated GIFs are on the rise again, blanketing Tumblr, Twitter and much of the Switched team chatroom. Some sites offer GIF-making tools, but most, at best, do little more than take multiple screencaps of a video, leaving you with a five-frame result that's not going to get you any Internet cred. Amazingly, there still isn't a dedicated app for making amazing works like these, so you'll have to ...

Flickr Accidentally Deletes 4,000 Photos, Offers Polite Apology to Photographer

A Zurich-based photoblogger named Mirco Wilhelm is really, really upset today, because Flickr accidentally deleted his account, along with some 4,000 of his online photographs. The mishap occurred a few days ago, after Wilhelm sent in a support ticket to complain about a user who was posting photos that appeared to be stolen. The Flickr staff member who received the complaint mixed up the two u...

Animating Your Twitter Avatar Is Easier Than Ever -- Consider Yourself Warned

Want to turn your Twitter avatar into a living, breathing and persistently annoying animation? Greg Leuch can help you. First, you'll have to use 3fram.es to create an animated GIF, which you'll save to your computer. Then, just re-size the saved image using Leuch's automated uploader, download the tailored animation, and voilà. You've got your very own dynamo of an avatar, just itching to ...

Facebook Brings Facial Recognition to Photo Tagging

Over the next few weeks, Facebook will be rolling out a new feature that brings facial recognition technology to the photo tagging process. Here's how it works: Whenever you upload a photo and want to tag a group of friends in it, Facebook will use facial recognition software to generate a list of suggestions, based on similar photos. If, for example, you upload a bunch of photos with the same pe...

DropMocks Offers Easy Drag and Drop Image Sharing

DropMocks, an HTML5 project from Google's Glen Murphy, is a wonderfully simple image sharing site. To use, just drag a set of images from your desktop into the open DropMocks window (Firefox 4 and Chrome will work best) and the images will automatically upload and display in a CoverFlow-style gallery that can be shared with anyone. DropMocks galleries aren't private and don't offer many display, ...

Wonders of the Digital World: Behold Wikipedia's Largest Image!

Here's a nice stop for your next Internet scavenger hunt: Wikipedia's largest image. (We had luck opening the 25-megabyte pic, although Boing Boing didn't, apparently.) The record is held by the Georgetown Powerplant Museum in Seattle, Washington, for whatever that's worth. (Chat room bragging rights, we'd imagine.)...

'MovieReshape' Can Make Actors Look Even Better Onscreen

Hollywood actors may no longer need to worry about getting in shape for their next big screen roles, thanks to a new image-manipulation program that can magically chisel their physiques in post-production. The software, called MovieReshape, was developed by Christian Theobalt, of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics. After generating 3-D scans of 120 men and women of various body shapes an...

Google WebP to Take on JPG Image Format

It's not enough that Google has its own video codec in VP8, or its own protocol for transferring websites in SPDY, or its own programming language in Go (not to mention two operating systems, a browser, and countless sites and services). Now, the world's largest Internet company is taking on the field of image formats with WebP. This hopeful successor to the JPG crown is actually 40-percent small...

Computer Glitch Sketches Burglary Suspect with a 'Lettuce Head'

Police in Hampshire, England are asking citizens to be on the lookout for a suspected burglar who doesn't have neon green hair. The suspect, who is wanted for stealing about $93 (£60) from an elderly woman, was originally described as being in his 40s, with wavy blond-grey hair. But when police used this data to create a computer-generated, E-FIT (Electronic Facial Identification Technique) ...

AP Drops LOLcat Talks, Can Haz Journalistic Integrity

The Associated Press has seemingly been undergoing some sort of nervous breakdown over the last couple of years. In between being usurped by Twitter as the premier source of breaking news and battling it out with aggregators like Google, the wire service has lost sight of what is truly important: integrity. At least that's what we assume following the collapse of talks between the AP and Pet Hold...

Inventor of the Square Pixel Apologizes, Creates Newer, Better Version

You might not realize it, but you live everyday with an arbitrarily imposed, but very real limitation on the quality of digital images. Russell Kirsch created the first digital image, over 50 years ago, when he scanned a photo of his then infant son (on the right in its original size). When deciding how to render the ones and zeros, Kirsch decided on the seemingly logical choice at the time -- s...

'Quoted' and Embedded Tweets Get All Up in Your Blog Posts

Whenever a small tweet becomes a big story, you're all but guaranteed to see the same, individual screenshot pop up on blogs across the Web. It may look rudimentary, but it's always been the easiest way to visually structure an article around an important tweet, or series of them. Now, however, those screenshots may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to Twitter's decision to make its tweets full...

Airport Body Scanners Store and Transmit Images, Contradicting TSA Statements

When full-body scanning started popping up at airport security checkpoints last year, travelers and privacy groups were up in arms. After all, who wants a revealing image of himself or herself stored on Transportation Security Administration (TSA) computers? Since then, the TSA has reassured us that the scanners neither store nor transmit images. But according to a report from CNN, transportati...

New iPhone Apps Translate Text in Photos -- and Live Speech

If you aren't well-versed in a native language, traveling to another country can be intimidating. But two new iPhone applications seek to remedy that anxiety by translating foreign languages on the fly. More interesting, the apps use two different methods -- audio or images. PicTranslator, which supports more than 10 languages, can translate text that appears in a picture you've taken with the...