David Schonauer

Legal Brief: Apple Will Now Support California's Right to Repair Legislation

The Sacramento Bee   Wednesday August 30, 2023

Tech giant Apple has dropped its opposition to SB 244, a California “Right to Repair” bill that would require electronic and appliance manufacturers to provide product owners and service and repair shops the means to diagnose, maintain and fix those items. The move represents and reversal of position for Apple, notes The Sacramento Bee, though, adds PetaPixel, the company has been warming up to the idea of self-repair in recent years with the Self Service Repair Store launching last year.   Read the full Story >>

Books: The Story of One Hiroshima Survivor

Blind   Wednesday August 30, 2023

On Sunday, August 6, while millions flocked to see Christopher Nolan’s new biopic Oppenheimer, which tells the story of the “father of the atomic bomb,” Japan commemorated the 78th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. More than seven decades after the bombings, the survivors are still burdened by the past, notes Blind, which spotlights Hiroshima Graph: Everlasting Flow, in which photographer Yoshikatsu Fuji tells the story of his grandmother, a survivor.   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: MidJourney Adds Image Inpainting, Matching Adobe's Generative Fill

Decrypt   Wednesday August 30, 2023

AI image generator MidJourney has announced a new inpainting feature called "Vary (Region)” that allows users to select and change portions of an image using prompts. The tool also offers the capability to add elements, such as adding accessories to a portrait. The new tool is much like Adobe’s Generative Fill. Decrypt tests out the feature and compares it to others, including Stable Diffusion’s inpainting function.   Read the full Story >>

State of the Art: How to Stop People from Spreading Misinformation on Social Media

By David Schonauer   Wednesday August 30, 2023

Thirty-eight percent of views of text misinformation and 65 percent of views of photographic misinformation come from content that has been reshared twice, meaning a share of a share of a share of an original post. The biggest sources of misinformation, such as Steve Bannon's War Room, exploit social media's popularity optimization to promote controversy and misinformation beyond their immediate audience. But, notes the …   Read the full Story >>

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