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Photoshop at 30
Number 3721
Broadcast Date FEBRUARY 19, 2020
Episode Length 29:55
Hosts Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang
Guests Scott Johnson

Popular image manipulation tool Photoshop turns 30. We examine the various developments in Adobe’s breakout application through time.

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Quick Hits

The Android app for Mozilla's VPN service is now available in the Google Play store. The Firefox Private Network is powered by Mulvad which has a no-logging policy and uses the WireGuard standard. It offers servers in more than 30 countries for a limited time beta price of $4.99 a month.
Google announced the release of Android 11 Developer Preview 1. Developers will need Pixel 2 or 2 XL, Pixel 3 or 3 XL, Pixel 3a or 3a XL, or Pixel 4 or 4 XL, or they can use the device emulators in Android Studio, which will need the new Android 11 Preview SDK and tools. The preview includes new display types, 5G experiences, conversational experiences, the Neural Networks API 1.3, and privacy improvements.
The Internet Society's Chapters Advisory Council will vote this month whether to recommend that the society not proceed with the sale of the .ORG domain registry business unless a number of conditions are met. The conditions include more details around the proposal to sell the .ORG domain registry to Ethos Capital. While the sale can go through without the council's support, the registry relies on public support to justify its non-profit status.
The new Office app for iOS is now available after its Android release Tuesday. The app was announced last year and has been in beta testing for a couple of months, combining Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into a single experience.

Top Stories

TikTok announced a new set of parental controls, called “Family Safety Mode,” so parents can set limits on their children’s app use. The features include screen-time management controls, limits on direct messages and a restricted mode that limits the appearance of inappropriate content. These features were already available in the app for users to set for themselves, this allows a parent or guardian to take over toggling the switches on or off for their teens. The new features are available in the UK now and will roll out to other markets over the next several weeks. Remember, TikTok was fined by the FTC in February last year for not screening for children younger than 13.
The European Commission has set out a number of proposals for a new digital strategy in the EU targeted at promoting European tech businesses and providing a regulatory framework for AI. Use of AI in high risk sectors like health or policing would need to be “transparent, traceable and guarantee human oversight.” AI would be required to use unbiased training data. Other proposals include: AI certification and safety test for consumer protection and a voluntary labeling scheme for low risk AI. A proposal to ban facial recognition in public spaces for five years was not included. Instead, the proposal calls for a "broad European debate" about the use of facial recognition. The other proposal for a European data strategy called for a regulatory framework to encourage responsible data sharing between businesses and government, opening up of public sector data sets to foster innovation and incentives for energy-efficient European cloud infrastructure. The European Commission will start drafting legislation based on these proposals and comments at the end of 2020.
The Verge's Sean Hollister has an excellent article on the glass used in the Galaxy Z Flip, and yes it is glass. The glass is made by a German manufacturer called Schott and it has a plastic layer on top which is leading to failure on scratch test. To make glass bendable you have to make it thin which puts less tensile strain on it. Glass that's aluminum foil thickness can bend like a flip phone. The Z Flip glass is 30 microns thick. You also have to get rid of imperfections that can lead to breakage and prevent imperfections from showing up later, like scratches. Hence the need for a plastic coating. Corning says it has bendable glass that won't need the protective cover and expects it on devices in the market within 12-18 months. Samsung also says it injects the glass it gets from Schott “with a special material up to an undisclosed depth to achieve a consistent hardness.” It works with a partner called Doowoo Insys on this system and is making the final product available for other companies to purchase for their devices.
Twitter acquired Chroma Labs which makes iOS photo editors targeted at Instagram and Facebook Stories and Snapchat. Twitter does not have a similar ephemeral post feature. Chroma Labs is shutting down its products and will only update in the future if an iOS update breaks it. Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour said Chroma Labs' employees will join the product, design and engineering teams "to give people more creative ways to express themselves on Twitter."
TechCrunch reports Facebook is testing a tabbed version of the news feed page for mobile. It includes the current Most Relevant feed, moves the "Most Recent" feed from the sidebar to a tab and adds a tab for Already Seen previously only available at the URL facebook.com/seen. The prototype was found in the Facebook for Android code by engineer Jane Manchun Wong. Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that it is testing the tabbed interface internally.

Discussion

On the 30th anniversary of the launch of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe announced updates to the photo editor. Photoshop for the iPad now has object selection which first came to the desktop three months ago. It uses AI to detect objects in an image. The iPad version also gets additional typesetting and formatting controls. On the desktop, the lens blur feature now runs on the GPU providing a more realistic bokeh effect. And the content-aware fill workspace now lets you make multiple selections and apply multiple fills at once.

Mailbag

Howdy folks, I'm at (small government organization) and we've recently rolled out Teams; the following retention policy was set after lots of head bashing between HR, Legal, and (gestures vaguely at deployment team)

Personal chats: automatically deleted after 3 days
Team chats: automatically deleted after 90 days
Team files: stored forever until a better policy is decided.

This was the compromise they came up with so people could use Teams for short-term projects and immediate collaboration but not so much that it became a burden for data storage.

Considering we're pretty smoothly using this as a full-on internal email replacement, it doesn't seem that we're generating any more data than we would otherwise; adoption has been mostly embraced whole-heartedly after we pointed out the GIF button...
Sent by Adam


Hi! This is David from sunny Phoenix, AZ and I wanted to write in about the Teams conversation that you all are having.

I work for a fairly large non-profit in Phoenix. We are in the middle of a Skype to Teams transition as Microsoft is killing Skype for Business. Previous person wrote in about their org not allowing them to create teams. The challenge we had was people were creating team names that were not useful for finding teams like “test” or “test test” or “Joe’s house of monkeys.” Also every time you create a team, it creates a SharePoint site, email address, OneNote library etc. It makes it difficult for an IT person to keep things tidy and organized in an Active Directory environment when it is the Wild West of random names and groups being created. That is more likely the reason for the limitation I am guessing.
Sent by David from sunny Phoenix, AZ

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