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PC Magazine August 2018

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2 min.
the (technical) state of photography

When digital cameras first started becoming mainstream, pros were not impressed. I remember more than one experienced photographer back around the early part of the 21st century saying that digital would never come close to film. That started to change with the advent of sophisticated digital SLRs and mirrorless cameras, which offered interchangeable lenses, large sensors, and other features resulting in high-quality output. They have all but replaced film cameras, with just a few outliers. And then, of course, smartphones came along, and their built-in cameras just keep getting better. PCMag’s senior analyst for digital cameras, Jim Fisher, elaborates: “Digital versus film is no longer a discussion. When we talk about photography in 2018, we talk about digital photography. For the vast majority of professionals, there is no question, especially those who…

3 min.
is apple in denial?

It was the lack of ports that convinced me to stick with my four-year-old MacBook Air. At least the OS upgrades easily and seamlessly (not like Windows 10 on my Surface Pro). It was ludicrous to leave USB 3.0 out of the equation—hundreds of dollars in dongles would be useless. Plug in a dock? Ridiculous. Touch Bar instead of Touch Screen? Laughable. Maybe they will get it right in the future, but they seem to be stuck in a “form instead of function” mindset. —Firewallbill There are some things I like about macOS, such as apps that are single ZIP files without needing to install to registries or smear their files across the OS. I like the soft color palette they use. I think the underlining Unix OS renders graphics nicely. But…

2 min.
adobe’s scott belsky on the ‘creative professional’ evolution

Today, Scott Belsky is Adobe’s Chief Product Officer. But he started out in finance before founding Behance, an online community for creative professionals acquired by Adobe in 2012, and launching the 99U conference. He recently stopped by PCMag Labs to discuss trends in digital design and why Adobe chose to make XD, its new interface design suite, available for free. “The term ‘creative professional’ is going to be a weird term in the future,” Belsky says. “What company doesn’t say that design and creativity [is] important to them?” As Belsky sees it, labor is increasingly becoming commoditized and automated. AI is going to do everything for us. “Everyone needs to be outfitted to be a creative,” Belsky says, and Adobe XD is going to be a part of that toolset. “I think…

2 min.
ai that can erase noise from photos

Taking a photo in poor lighting can often result in something too pixelated and noisy to be useful. Advanced software processing on some phones and cameras can fix moderate noise, but a new project called Noise2Noise from Nvidia, MIT, and Aalto University uses AI to correct for extreme levels of noise. Even if Noise2Noise has never seen an image before, it can de-noise it to get something very close to the original. Noise2Noise is a neural network, which means you need to train it with lots of data. The team used 50,000 images from the ImageNet database, which contains clear, high-resolution images. Of course, the network needs to see noisy images to understand how to remove the noise. So, the team added artificial noise to the images and used those to…

1 min.
a century of tech adoption in a single graph

Sometimes innovation happens gradually, and sometimes it happens all at once. When you look at more than 100 years of technology adoption in one picture, the trends come into focus. Our World in Data looked at technology diffusion and adoption in the United States, measured by the percentage of households in the US owning a particular technology. Beginning with the landline telephone in 1903 and going all the way to smartphones, tablets, and social media today, there are a host of ways to slice and dice the data. One thing that’s quite obvious: The adoption curve has accelerated dramatically over the past century. In the first half of the 1900s, technologies such as telephones, electric power, and radio reached majority household adoption slowly, over decades. If you look toward the late 90s and…

3 min.
gear envy: inside the bag of pcmag’s camera expert

Despite the name, PCMag reviews more than just computers. I cover the digital photography space, reviewing scores of new cameras and just as many lenses every year. Because of this, I’ve got a different camera in my bag almost every week. They range from entry-level mirrorless models to pro-grade SLRs. Here’s a look inside my bag, including the camera and other items I carry. THINK TANK SIGNATURE 13 I have too many camera bags, a common problem among photographers. But my daily driver is the Signature 13 ($279) from Think Tank Photo. It’s attractive, with a slate-gray finish and brown leather accents, and it’s spacious inside without being too bulky to use for a public transit commute. SONY A7R III The Sony a7R III ($2,999.99) the company’s high-resolution full-frame mirrorless model, packs a 42MP image…