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Adobe’s newest tech finds and removes distractions from photos

Adobe’s newest tech finds and removes distractions from photos

Researchers with Adobe and Princeton University have revealed new technology that automatically identifies distracting objects in photographs and removes them. Such abilities are nothing new -- photographers can manually edit photographs to remove objects using, for example, Adobe Photoshop. That's not always a simple process, however, and may require technical skill the user doesn't possess. Thusly enters this new one-click technology.

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Adobe says stop using ‘Photoshop’ as a generic term

Adobe says stop using ‘Photoshop’ as a generic term

When a company’s product so thoroughly corners a market that it becomes well-known even by those who have never used it, the company faces a problem: generic use of that product’s name. You’re likely to hear the term “dumpster” used generically, for example, as it is now a genericized trademark due to its common usage. Other trademarks have suffered the same fate — yo-yo, for example, and aspirin. Adobe doesn’t want its popular photo-editing software Photoshop to suffer the same fate, but it may be too late to stop it.

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Amazon will start rejecting Flash ads next month

Amazon will start rejecting Flash ads next month

The Internet’s collective move against Flash — the frequently vulnerable software that increasingly has more downsides than up — just gained a big new ally: Amazon. The Internet retailer announced this week that it will soon stop accepting Flash advertisements, making it the latest company to gravitate away from Adobe's longstanding and much-maligned software. This announcement follows news earlier this month that Yahoo’s advertisements were used to spread malware that, ultimately, used vulnerable versions of Flash for success.

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Study: Ad-blocking software use is rising at breakneck speed

Study: Ad-blocking software use is rising at breakneck speed

AdBlock and apps like it are the bane of ad-supported websites, and an occasional bit of browser extension-based guilt for users. On one hand, no one wants to deal with ads, at least not the poorly utilized ads found on many websites. At the same time, many users recognize that their favorite websites probably depend on those advertisement dollars, and so they may disable AdBlock for certain websites. Many ad-blocking users don’t bother doing the latter, however, and that makes a new report from Adobe and PageFair particularly worrisome for companies.

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Yahoo’s ads spread malware via hackers, vulnerable Flash

Yahoo’s ads spread malware via hackers, vulnerable Flash

Yahoo was recently hit by hackers who used its advertisements to deliver malware to an unspecified number of visitors on several of its own websites, it has been revealed. The malware campaign carried on for a full 7-day week before Yahoo, having been alerted by the researchers who discovered it, took it down. Yahoo says it is investigating the matter, and though it has not revealed how many people were affected, it said through a spokesperson that the initial reports "grossly misrepresented" the scale of the attack.

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Lightroom for Android gets slew of bug fixes, new features

Lightroom for Android gets slew of bug fixes, new features

Adobe has pushed out an update to its Lightroom for Android app, improving the mobile photography offering by both fixing some bugs that plagued the previous version and adding in new features that increase the app's usefulness. This brings the app up to Lightroom 1.2. Image editing, among other things, is promised to be faster in this version by allowing users to copy adjustments from one photo and paste them onto another. We’ve details on the rest of the changes after the jump!

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Adobe fixed Flash’s zero-day flaws but it still needs to die

Adobe fixed Flash’s zero-day flaws but it still needs to die

Adobe has pushed out a Flash Player security update to fix the latest critical vulnerability that garnered it attention today. This certainly isn't the first time Adobe has been forced to fix critical problems with its Flash software, but has spurred individuals and companies alike to call for the software's death. This update covers multiple versions of Flash player across a few platforms, but many in the industry still agree: it is time for Adobe to make its Flash Player fade away.

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Firefox browser blocks all vulnerable versions of Flash

Firefox browser blocks all vulnerable versions of Flash

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser, has announced that it has blocklisted all versions of Flash that are vulnerable to security issues in the Firefox browser. The move comes after numerous security flaws that leave users running Flash vulnerable to hackers have been discovered on the Flash platform. The change to Firefox was announced by Mark Schmidt, the head of Firefox support, via Twitter recently.

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Adobe Creative Cloud reboots trials to lure in users

Adobe Creative Cloud reboots trials to lure in users

Adobe has been pushing its Creative Cloud, which gives users access to Adobe software and services in exchange for a subscription fee. Despite some grumblings about the service, it has been going strong for a few years now and has been updated regularly. Adobe is still trying to get more users on board with it, though, and so it is dangling a new piece of incentive: a second round of free trials. The company recently announced that it has reset the Creative Cloud trials in honor of the 2015 release.

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Adobe Stock images joins Creative Cloud 2015

Adobe Stock images joins Creative Cloud 2015

While all of the existing applications in Adobe's Creative Cloud suite received new features and overall enhancements this week, the 2015 update does introduce one brand new app. Stock is Adobe's new attempt at a marketplace for stock photos, built right into apps that already make up Creative Cloud. Since a majority of professional photographers who sell photos through stock imagery services use Photoshop and other Adobe apps, the company though to become its own image dealer, with a goal of simplifying the buying process.

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Adobe announces 2015 update to Creative Cloud suite

Adobe announces 2015 update to Creative Cloud suite

Adobe has announced this year's updates to Creative Cloud suite of applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere Pro, and more. While the 2014 versions were all about making the cloud the central component to all the software, the 2015 Creative Cloud update brings about refinements and performance enhancements. One example includes Linked Assets, which allows content within Creative Cloud Libraries to be automatically updated when one member of a team makes changes, even from within multiple applications.

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