Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Web Digging: Photo-sharing app protects your pics from screenshots

Via cnet

Popular photo sharing app Snapchat may notify you when the recipient of your image takes a screenshot -- but it doesn't actually make it harder to grab that screenshot in the first place.

New iOS app Yovo is looking to make a change in that direction. Created by privacy software company ContentGuard, it uses a novel solution to protect your snaps from screenshots: because it can't do anything about controlling user behaviour, it uses an optical illusion on the images themselves.

The illusion it uses is simple -- the Barrier Grid illusion. This is similar to what you might experience driving past a picket fence: as you speed past, your eyes tend to see the stationary scene behind the palings, rather than the palings themselves. Related articles

When you take a picture, the app overlays a blurred grille over the image. When the receiver opens the image, the grille moves, allowing them to see the picture -- but if they try to take a screenshot or a photo of the screen, it will always result in an image with blurred sections.

"Everyone is becoming more conscious of the digital trail they leave. It seems as though there isn't a day that goes by where we don't see a headline about the consequences of inadvertent or malicious digital publication of our private lives," said ContentGuard's Scott Richardson.

"Let's face it -- not every moment or message is meant to be shared or stay online forever. Yovo represents a new way to create and share photos and messages in a more private, fun and interactive way."

The app also allows you to send photos from your camera roll, selectively blur portions of an image, choose who sees what and for how long, and set a self-destruct timer on messages and photos from one second to up to 24 hours.

As for whether the company keeps and stores user images, it only does for the duration you select, and it uses a proprietary file format that can only be viewed from within the app. It also uses 256-bit AES encryption to keep your images safe. Read more here via cnet

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Web Digging: A Seattle news station confused Peyton Manning, Gary Payton

Via si

A Seattle area news station made one of the best photo mistakes in recent history after Peyton Manning broke the all-time passing touchdowns record on Sunday, accidentally putting up a photo of longtime SuperSonics point guard Gary Payton.

Still hurting from the Broncos Super Bowl loss to the Seahawks, a Denver station was all too happy to publicize the photo error. Read more here via si

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Web Digging: Refold Portable Cardboard Standing Desk

Via likecool

Refold has created a unique cardboard standing desk. It is a portable desk, that is both lightweight enough to be carried by a single person and also 100% recyclable. Created by New Zealand-based design company Refold. It is on the Kickstarter website for US $115. “This desk enables your lifestyle. It folds into a lightweight, compact carry case, allowing you to work and live the way you want. The flexible, user-friendly design caters to endless applications. It could be used for offices, schools, creative studios, events, or even mobile offices and disaster relief. The desk is yours to decide how it can work for you. The desk is designed to take everything you can throw at it, and then some. Capable of holding the weight of a person and made using durable 7mm thick, twin cushion, kraft cardboard, this desk will last! The portability facilitates a modern workflow, allowing flexibility and aiding collaboration. It enables project teams to assemble a unique collaborative working environment in minutes and adapt it to their needs as they change.” Read more here via likecool

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