Upscaling the oldest recorded video using neural networks

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Using an ensemble of neural networks, YouTuber Denis Shiryaev upscaled the oldest recorded video: Louis Le Prince’s Roundhay Garden Scene which was shot in October of 1888. His source wasn’t even a video, but this glass copy negative he pulled from the Science Museum Group website:

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There are a lot of weird artifacts, but the results are pretty damn impressive considering the source was just a single image of 20 frames. At this rate eventually you’ll be able to pull three images off somebody’s Facebook page and let computers spit out a feature length film. And in my case the film would be about a man’s love affair with store-bought frozen pizzas. Where do I collect my Academy Award?

Keep going for the full video which includes an explanation of Denis’ process.

Source: Geekologie – Upscaling the oldest recorded video using neural networks

Owlcam’s new owner says it's not bricking smart dashcams

Callpass, the new company behind the connected dashboard camera Owlcam, wants to make one thing clear: It’s not bricking devices. For the past few months, some users have complained about their Owlcams going dark and not turning on. Many drew a conne…

Source: Engadget – Owlcam’s new owner says it’s not bricking smart dashcams

The Great Captain Planet/Hitler Face-off of 1995

The cartoons of the 1980s produced some of the most iconic villains of all time: Skeletor. Cobra Commander. Megatron. Shredder. How could a less-intriguing ‘90s cartoon like Captain Planet and the Planeteers ever hope to create bad guys so memorable, so significant as to compare with these pillars of animated evil?…

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Source: io9 – The Great Captain Planet/Hitler Face-off of 1995

How To Install Apple's macOS Big Sur Public Beta On Your Mac Right Now

How To Install Apple's macOS Big Sur Public Beta On Your Mac Right Now
Back in early July, Apple released the first public beta for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. What was conspicuously missing, however, was any sign of the first public beta for macOS Big Sur. Well, a month later, after Apple has already released four developer betas of Big Sur, the company is ready to move forward with its first public beta of Big Sur.

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Source: Hot Hardware – How To Install Apple’s macOS Big Sur Public Beta On Your Mac Right Now

Apple Launches Public Beta of macOS Big Sur, Its Biggest Desktop OS Update in Years

The public beta of macOS Big Sur, the next major release of Apple’s Mac operating system, is now available. From a report: The new update brings a big visual overhaul to macOS while also adding a number of brand-new enhancements. If you’re thinking about installing the macOS Big Sur public beta, be warned that it’s still, well, a beta. That means you could experience some unexpected bugs, and software you rely on may not work with the new OS just yet. Before you install Big Sur, make sure all of your important documents are backed up somewhere safe, and if at all possible, you should only install this on a secondary Mac. But if you do roll the dice and install the Big Sur beta, you’ll immediately see that it looks much different than previous versions of macOS, as Apple has made significant design changes across the entire operating system. Windows have a whole lot more white, for example (unless you’re using dark mode, in which case, there’s still a lot of black). Apple’s app icons have received a major facelift and are now rounded squares, like iOS’s app icons. And the menu bar is now translucent, blending into your wallpaper.

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Source: Slashdot – Apple Launches Public Beta of macOS Big Sur, Its Biggest Desktop OS Update in Years

This Devious—And Mostly Legal—Ad Scam Is Bleeding Small Businesses Dry

For the past few months, a lot of folks—this reporter included—have watched their favorite local bookstores, pizza joints, and coffeeshops get systematically gutted by the economic tumult that came with the current pandemic. Back in April, academics predicted that this economic carnage would result in over 100,000 of…

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Source: Gizmodo – This Devious—And Mostly Legal—Ad Scam Is Bleeding Small Businesses Dry

The iOS-ification of the Mac Is Almost Complete

If you’re anything like me, you have multiple Apple devices in your home and have become accustomed to seamlessly handing off tasks between them. I can start searching for furniture on my phone and then click Safari to pick up the search on my larger MacBook screen. Or I can send a text on my iPad and then resume the…

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Source: Gizmodo – The iOS-ification of the Mac Is Almost Complete

'Apex Legends' will include crafting in season six

Season six of Apex Legends is fast approaching. Along with the kinds of updates you’d expect — a new legend, weapon, cosmetics, battle pass and ranked season — there’s a feature that could drastically shake up how you play. Respawn is adding crafting…

Source: Engadget – ‘Apex Legends’ will include crafting in season six

How To Build a Nuclear Warning For 10,000 Years' Time

Faizdog writes (edited for clarity): The BBC has a fascinating story about the struggle we are facing today as we work on finding ways to warn future generations about nuclear waste dumps. How does language or knowledge survive over 300,000 years? Even today, only about 6% of the world’s population recognizes the nuclear danger symbol, and we’ve forgotten the purpose of Stonehenge. Language, culture, history all change and are forgotten in a relatively short period of time on a nuclear scale. From a report: “This place is not a place of honor,” reads the text. “No highly esteemed dead is commemorated here… nothing valued is here. What is here was dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.” It sounds like the kind of curse that you half-expect to find at the entrance to an ancient burial mound. But this message is intended to help mark the site of the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) that has been built over 2,000 feet (610m) down through stable rocks beneath the desert of New Mexico. The huge complex of tunnels and caverns is designed to contain the US military’s most dangerous nuclear waste. This waste will remain lethal longer than the 300,000 years Homo sapiens has walked across the surface of the planet. WIPP is currently the only licensed deep geological disposal repository in operation in the world. A similar facility should also open in Finland in the mid-2020s. When the facility is full sometime in the next 10 to 20 years, the caverns will be collapsed and sealed with concrete and soil. The sprawling complex of buildings that currently mark the site will be erased. In its place will be “our society’s largest conscious attempt to communicate across the abyss of deep time.”

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Source: Slashdot – How To Build a Nuclear Warning For 10,000 Years’ Time

Trump's threat to ban TikTok might be legal, but it's super shady

On Friday July 31st, aboard Air Force One, Donald Trump issued a bold proclamation: “As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States,” he told the assembled reporters, asserting that “I have that authority. I can do it with an…

Source: Engadget – Trump’s threat to ban TikTok might be legal, but it’s super shady

How to Change Someone's Mind

It seems everyone prefers digging their heels in and remaining steadfast in their opinions (even if they happen to be, say, scientifically invalid and disproven), so the idea of changing someone’s mind about something feels pretty close to impossible. Of course, not everyone has to agree with you on everything, so…

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Change Someone’s Mind

Facebook joins Twitter, deletes Trump campaign’s false COVID-19 claims

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Source: Ars Technica – Facebook joins Twitter, deletes Trump campaign’s false COVID-19 claims

Microsoft’s Your Phone Update Now Lets Some Users Run Android Apps On Windows 10

Microsoft’s Your Phone Update Now Lets Some Users Run Android Apps On Windows 10
Crazy times we live in, isn’t it? No, I’m not talking about virus outbreaks or anything political, though that whole toilet paper shortage was certainly interesting (thankfully it looks like that’s well behind us now). Instead, I mean the ability to run Android apps on Windows 10. Not in every situation, but with Microsoft’s Your Phone app,

Source: Hot Hardware – Microsoft’s Your Phone Update Now Lets Some Users Run Android Apps On Windows 10

Covid-19 Sent a Healthy 40-Year-Old Man Into Life-Threatening Catatonia, Doctors Say

A man’s encounter with covid-19 likely led to him experiencing life-threatening catatonia that erased days of his memory, according to doctors in Sweden. Though the man was able to recover without serious brain damage thanks to prompt treatment, the doctors warn that the man’s case may highlight a never-before-seen…

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Source: Gizmodo – Covid-19 Sent a Healthy 40-Year-Old Man Into Life-Threatening Catatonia, Doctors Say

Twitter adds labels to state-backed media and government accounts

Twitter wants to make it easier for users to identify official government accounts and state-affiliated media. The company will begin adding labels to accounts representing government officials and state-backed media.Twitter says it’s starting with “…

Source: Engadget – Twitter adds labels to state-backed media and government accounts

Don't Expect Disinfectant Wipes to Be Stocked For a While

In the olden days of 2019, disinfectant wipes had a small but dedicated market. Germaphobes and parents bought them regularly; for many of the rest of us, they were either an occasional or unnecessary thing. Now everything has changed, and the companies that make the wipes are struggling to keep up.

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Source: LifeHacker – Don’t Expect Disinfectant Wipes to Be Stocked For a While

Isaias Shows Our ‘Dinosaur Energy System’ Isn’t Ready for Climate Change

It’s been two days since Hurricane Isaias swept over the East Coast, but thousands of people are still without power. In Massachusetts, National Grid estimates some may not have their utilities back on until Saturday afternoon. In parts of New York City, which is facing its largest power outage since Hurricane Sandy,…

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Source: Gizmodo – Isaias Shows Our ‘Dinosaur Energy System’ Isn’t Ready for Climate Change