Technological World for November 6: Photoshop on the iPad, problematic GPS trackers, NRA employees editing Wikipedia

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This week, cheap child GPS trackers are a problem. Also a problem? NRA employees editing Wikipedia entries. But first, Adobe’s finally got Photoshop on the iPad.

Full-featured Photoshop on the iPad, and Illustrator is coming

This week at the Adobe Max conference, the software company revealed Photoshop on iPad, a version of the popular image editing app that has been designed to provide most of the features professionals need on the iPad. And because Adobe has also changed the file format used by Photoshop, it means that work done on the iPad will sync with computers, allowing users to pick up where they left off on a different device.

While the iPad version of the software doesn’t provide everything that the computer version does, Adobe says that iPad Photoshop allows for the same kind of compositing, layering, and retouching that before has only been possible on computers.

What may be most important is the interface, which is very similar to what computer Photoshoppers are used to, with tools on the left and layers on the right. The controls have been designed for the touch interface, and Apple Pencil is supported.

If you already have a subscription to Photoshop, the new iPad version is included. A subscription to Adobe’s “photography” software is $10 USD a month, and gives you Photoshop on both computer and iPad, as well as Lightroom.

Adobe also announced that it has a team working on an iPad version of Illustrator, which is the software of choice for many artists and designers. The company said that it will also allow for creatives to work across devices with the same file and file format.

NRA employees suspected of editing Wikipedia to make the gun-rights org look better

In a shocking investigative story, journalists at Splinter News were able to establish that edits to some Wikipedia articles were being made from within the headquarters for the U.S. National Rifle Association (NRA).

By comparing the edits made by IP addresses that were associated with computers in the NRA facility in Fairfax, Virgina, Molly Osberg and Dhruv Mehrotra showed that some of “the additions quite regularly inserted NRA promotional materials into Wikipedia under the guise of fact.”

One anonymous editor from within the NRA building attempted to edit the Wikipedia page of former NRA president Marion Hammer, adding the following text:

“Tough. Professional. Skillful. Persistent. Honest. A person whose word you can count on. A legendary leader whose community service, devotion to America’s youth, and legendary leadership are all qualities that make Marion P. Hammer one of the most successful and respected Second Amendment freedom fighters of our time.”

Not very neutral, is it? The edits were live on Wikipedia for about five hours, before being rejected by other, more credible editors.

When it comes to child GPS trackers, opt for trustworthy over price

News from Avast, the technology privacy and security company that provides software solutions for personal users and businesses, that not all GPS trackers are created equally.

The company’s Threat Labs have discovered that 29 models of trackers being produced in China and sold on various online stores are not providing necessary security, so the devices are sending information to the cloud, “including the exact real-time GPS coordinates of children.”


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