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Canvas fingerprinting, Evercookies and Cookie Synching, the “technologies” web developers should boycot

Canvas fingerprinting

The KUL in cooperation with Princeton University are releasing a white paper “The Web never forgets: Persistent tracking mechanisms in the wild” that discusses the new threats to our privacy. Canvas Fingerprinting, Evercookies and Cookie Synching are the three new tracking mechanisms that are hard to detect and circumvent. Browsing the web and disabling cookies in our browser won’t suffice anymore.

Offloading images and videoclips without the wait: the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution

Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution

With the proliferation of video frame sizes beyond 1920×1080 pixels, memory card readers have become a major bottleneck in the production process. The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution is a high-speed reader system that lets you transfer images from up to four memory cards simultaneously. The solution consists of a four-bay reader hub and independently sold reader modules that can be used both as a module and a stand-alone reader.

Amarra 3, the high end audio player

Amarra 3

Amarra is an audiophile music player for the Mac. I tested the full Amarra player, which allows you to play FLAC as well as DSD music files. Sonic Studio also released Amarra sQ, an equaliser specifically developed to enhance streaming music such as iTunes Radio or Spotify streams.

Report: CatDV Production DAM

CatDV video production DAM

How you manage your digital assets in large part determines how much money and time you lose over finding the right image, audio or video clip for a job. That’s the reason why DAM (Digital Asset Management) systems were developed in the first place. However, not all DAM systems are created equal. Generally speaking, there are two kinds of DAM: systems that are designed mainly to find, use and archive assets, and systems that also optimise the production process. CatDV belongs to the second kind.

Operational benefits of UV LED technology

Image courtesy Phoseon Tech.

LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology was invented in 1927 and has been used since 1962. Initially, LEDs were only used as indicator lights and in lab equipment, but today they are available in the visible, ultra-violet and infrared spectra. LEDs are everywhere, and for a whole bunch of good reasons.

Alien Skin Exposure 6 offers more effects, better workflow

Exposure 6

You can enhance your photos by giving them an accurate look of film with or without grain. You can opt to composite using textures, add borders, and change bokeh, but rarely will you get all those features in one filter that you can use from within the major image catalogue apps such as Lightroom and Aperture as well as Photoshop. Alien Skin Exposure 6 has everything you need and works as a stand-alone application with batch processing functionality as well.

Your virtual design assistant: xScope 4

xScope 4 text tool front image

Designing layouts, measuring design elements, inspecting on-screen graphics and layouts, and sending screenshots of these elements across workgroups can be challenging. A couple of years ago, the IconFactory and Artis Software developed xScope for this purpose. The first versions of this app gave users a simple tool to work with rulers, guides and screens across all applications. It was better than competing products, which were limited by bad design and limited feature sets, but at least the first version of xScope had a limited feature set of its own. Version 3 was a big improvement and now there’s xScope 4 with no less than 80 improvements and new features.