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Google's Art Transfer lets you add famous art styles to pictures
by Paul Hill
Google has announced that its Arts & Culture app will let you apply characteristics of well-known paintings to the pictures you take, in the latest update. The new feature, called Art Transfer, is available in the Camera menu in the bottom bar of the Google Arts & Culture app.
Once you’ve selected Art Transfer in the Camera menu, you’ll be able to choose from dozens of masterpieces and transfer styles onto your image. If you want to apply the effect to just part of the picture, you can use the scissor tool to select the area you want to apply the effect to. In order to inform users a bit more, Google will provide a bit of background information about the artworks they decide to take the effect from.
Explaining how the function works, Google said:
Google said it has worked with cultural institutions from around the world including the UK’s National Gallery and Japan’s MOA Museum of Art. This has allowed the company to feature artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Edvard Munch, and Leonardo da Vinci.
If you want to test out the new feature, download the Google Arts & Culture app for Android or iOS. If you’ve already got it installed, check for available app updates in the Play Store or App Store.
By Namerah S
An artist is selling a laptop containing six of the world's most dangerous malware
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Guo O Dong, a Chinese internet artist has put up a very interesting laptop for sale online. Duly christened "The Persistence of Chaos", the old Samsung laptop isn't your average used PC - it's running some of the deadliest computer viruses in existence. Totalling up to six in number, the pieces of malware have caused damages measuring up to $95 billion over the course of their collective existence. For safety purposes, the computer has been isolated and air-gapped to prevent the malware it contains from spreading.
The infected laptop was created in collaboration with DeepInstinct, a privately owned New York-based cybersecurity company. The highly destructive collection of cyberweapons is currently available for purchase to the highest bidder in an online auction with a minimum bid of $1,200,750. Buyers can view the laptop in real-time as it is being streamed live on the auction's website.
And what exactly will the buyer get for his/her money? The answer: an air-gapped Samsung NC10-14GB 10.2-Inch Blue Netbook running Windows XP SP3 and six deadly viruses, a power cord and a restart script. Since the sale of malware for operational purposes is illegal in the U.S., the Samsung laptop is being sold as a "piece of art" or for academic reasons. Once the auction is over and a buyer has been established, the computer’s ports and internet functionalities will be disabled.
Here is a detailed list of the six pieces of malware contained within the laptop:
ILOVEYOU - The virus was distributed via email and file sharing, affected 500,000+ systems and caused $15B in damages total, with $5.5B in damages being caused in the first week. MyDoom - Potentially commissioned by Russian e-mail spammers, MyDoom was one of the fastest spreading worms. It's projected that this virus caused $38B in damages. SoBig - SoBig was a worm and trojan that circulated through emails as viral spam. This piece of malware could copy files, email itself to others, and could damage computer software/hardware. This piece of malware caused $37B in damages and affected hundreds of thousands of PCs. WannaCry - WannaCry was an extremely virulent ransomware cryptoworm that also set up backdoors on systems. The attack affected 200,000+ computers across 150 countries, and caused the NHS $100M in damages with further totals accumulating close to $4B. DarkTequila - A sophisticated and evasive piece of malware that targeted users mainly in Latin America, DarkTequila stole bank credentials and corporate data even while offline, incurring damages worth millions to many users. BlackEnergy - BlackEnergy 2 uses sophisticated rootkit/process-injection techniques, robust encryption, and a modular architecture known as a "dropper". It was used in a cyber attack that prompted a large-scale blackout in Ukraine in December 2015. Artist Guo O Dong described his hazardous creation as “a kind of bestiary — a catalogue of historical threats”. He described the ideology behind his project: “We have this fantasy that things that happen in computers can’t actually affect us, but this is absurd. Weaponized viruses that affect power grids or public infrastructure can cause direct harm.”
Dong went on to state that the WannaCry virus serves as the perfect example of how cyber attacks can cause physical harm. He said:
At the time of writing, the highest bid for the Samsung laptop capable of incredible amounts of physical and financial damage stands at $1,200,749, with approximately one day and ten hours left for the auction to conclude.
Source: The Persistence of Chaos via The Verge
Samsung's The Frame TV gets additional masterpieces thanks to new partnerships
by Paul Hill
Samsung has announced a deal with Uffizi Galleries, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and The Van Gogh Museum, in order to bring art masterpieces directly to customers of The Frame TV. The Frame already had more than 1,000 works available in the Samsung Art Store but this partnership will make available an additional 62 new pieces of art.
Discussing the partnership, Seline Han, Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics, said:
From the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, users will have access to works by Anthony Copley Fielding, Frank Edward Clarke, and Johannes Keulemans with works such as Sunset, Hastings, Hypoplectrodes semicinctum 1876, and Three Huia.
From the Van Gogh Museum, users will have access to works by Van Gogh including The Yellow House, The Bedroom, and Sunflowers.
In August, Samsung partnered with Magnum Photos to bring 28 specially-curated photos to the Art Store. The Frame is mainly a TV but when you switch it off to stand by the TV will sip energy to display a piece of art on the grand screen. The Frame is available in several editions with screen sizes ranging from 43”, 49”, 55”, and 65”. Prices start at £999/$1299.99.
Google rolls out app to see which piece of art you look like
by Paul Hill
Image via Google Google has announced that it is making the Art Selfie feature available globally for Android and iOS via the Google Arts & Culture app. The app uses computer vision technology based on machine learning to match your selfie with a piece of artwork in Google’s collection. Google can match you with tens of thousands of artworks from collections belonging to its partner museums from around the world.
Once you snap a picture, you’ll be presented with a selection of artworks and you’ll be given a percentage based on the accuracy between you are the art. Once you get the results, you can tap on the pieces of art to discover more information about the artist. It’s a pretty interesting way to get people introduced to art as it can sometimes be difficult to relate or understand the relevance between different pieces of art.
According to Google, users should stay on the lookout for the feature cropping up in the Google Lens app for Android next time you use Lens on artwork.
In order to use Art Selfie, just grab the latest Google Arts & Culture update and scroll down the homepage until you see the feature.