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  • tech
    Tuesday, 15 April, 2014 - 15:52
    All of you have probably heard a lot about the OpenSSL "Heartbleed" bug in the last week or so and are by now really tired of websites saying you should reset your passwords. Sorry. But we have to ask you to reset your password on Demotix.com. Demotix.com was running (like a lot of the rest of the internet) the version of OpenSSL which had the "Heartbleed" bug, so we were vulnerable. So what did we do about it? * We updated our software quickly, fixing the bug. * Re-issued...
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  • tech
    Tuesday, 20 November, 2012 - 18:48
    Almost every week our tech team releases many updates, changes and new features, a lot of them on Tuesdays (but sometimes at other points in the week too), without anyone noticing! We also work hard improving our development systems and processes and in the last weeks we've also added an automated testing system. This system is able to sign up for new accounts, upload and even buy photos on our development systems, insuring key functionality stays working between updates. However, this week,...
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  • tech
    Friday, 9 November, 2012 - 15:36
    Today we're proud to announce the launch of our new Android app! The new Demotix Android app will let you: - Add stories, upload and edit them in a clean and easy to use interface. - Upload a maximum of 25 images and videos per story, just like the full website. - Create a story and upload it directly from other applications that support sharing. - With a high-end camera, you can now upload directly from the field. This allows us to publish and sell your media faster! - Works across a wide...
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  • tech
    Monday, 1 October, 2012 - 15:01
    As you may have noticed, we are now displaying and categorising hubs in a totally new way. Go Live Changes: -Dynamic new hub designs -Only selected content appears in the hubs -All content is still on our improved search engine, but not all is displayed in the hubs Latest Changes: -Improved layout code, fewer white spaces -Maximum of 3 images per story, giving more variety per page Still to come: -Maps -More RSS feeds We're incredibly excited about these changes and hope you...
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  • tech
    Tuesday, 26 June, 2012 - 17:51
    It turns out that moving our entire company on to new servers is harder than we anticipated. It took us four tries. Yeeuurgh! On the morning of Friday the 22nd, we finally did it (YAY!) ... but in the meantime we have driven you INSANE with upload problems and the like. SOOOOO ... We want to say we’re sorry. We want to tell you that, by this time tomorrow, we will have fixed all the last bugs relating to pageview numbers, profiles not saving, files going missing and media pool portrait images...
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  • tech
    Tuesday, 19 June, 2012 - 17:00
    UPDATE (22/07/12 10:20) : Move complete The move is now complete. The tech team are monitoring things closely, bugs so far : Our SSL / HTTPS certficate isn't working correctly yet, so you get a scary red message before you can log in. Fixed @ 13:15 These bugs will be fixed over the next few hours. 5am-9:30am 22/06/2012 (NO UPLOAD) Once again, we are going to lock the site for a few hours to improve our systems. Our previous scheduled maintenance didn't quite go as...
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  • tech
    Monday, 18 June, 2012 - 14:48
    A lot of users have been experiencing upload difficulty this week, but let me assure you, we hear you and we are handling the problem. Our tech team is automatically alerted every time your actions within the site fail and anytime you run into problems uploading your stories. On top of that, our staff is using the site every minute of every hour of every day, and if there are issues with site performance we don’t hesitate to bring it to the tech team’s attention. The main problem is that we are...
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  • tech
    Monday, 28 May, 2012 - 16:32
    29 May, 5:00 - 10:00 BST (GMT+1) Our tech team has been working more hours than are healthy to bring 7 new servers online to power demotix.com! That work is now complete and we are about to smash the champagne over the lot of them... but to do this we need to do some “scheduled maintenance”. We plan to do this tomorrow, starting at 5am and finishing at around 10am (all time UK, BST). During this time, you won’t be able to login, upload or buy images direct from the website. ALL APOLOGIES......
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  • tech
    Thursday, 10 May, 2012 - 11:30
    Our servers are currently under massive strain. Record breaking month after record breaking month is taking its toll, and May is already looking to be our biggest to date (it’s only the 10th for crying out loud!) All this means a large scale server upgrade is long overdue, and we’re all over it like a rash! As of today, we have a CDN enabled: so when you’re viewing pages on Demotix the images you see are not coming all the way from London, but from a server much closer to you. This will both...
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  • tech
    Thursday, 26 April, 2012 - 09:02
    Hazrid is a Syrian entrepreneur and activist. He lives in one of the larger cities in Syria, where he is part of the revolution’s tech team. Hazrid isn’t a real name but a nom de guerre pulled from the world of HP Lovecraft – Abdul Alhazred is the imaginary ‘Mad Arab’ author of the Kitab al-Azif – and Hazrid himself has much of that dark Lovecraftian humour. I interviewed him over Skype a few days ago. Hazrid is a tech revolutionary or “e-mundas”, his enemies the “e-shabiha”. Activists call...
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  • advice
    Tue, 04/11/2014 - 06:15
    Craig Ferguson has been a Demotix contributor since 2009, and has been taking some pretty terrific shots along the way. All photographers should take interest in Craig's story as he took in over $13K from one single image he uploaded from a care-...
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  • shout
    Wed, 27/08/2014 - 16:42
    As we are sure many of you know, the journalism community was rocked by the tragic, violent, and graphic execution of American photographer, James Foley, by Islamic State militants. We at Demotix are deeply saddened by this event and send our...
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  • advice
    Fri, 06/06/2014 - 18:38
    Blog Post Via Corbis: Time-lapse cinematography is making leaps. Everyone has seen traditional time-lapse, where stationary cameras squeeze hours into seconds on screen. Recently, small motorized dollies have allowed for pans, tilts, and camera...
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  • advice
    Tue, 04/11/2014 - 06:15
    Craig Ferguson has been a Demotix contributor since 2009, and has been taking some pretty terrific shots along the way. All photographers should take interest in Craig's story as he took in over $13K from one single image he uploaded from a care-...
    587 Views
  • shout
    Wed, 27/08/2014 - 16:42
    As we are sure many of you know, the journalism community was rocked by the tragic, violent, and graphic execution of American photographer, James Foley, by Islamic State militants. We at Demotix are deeply saddened by this event and send our...
    731 Views
  • advice
    Fri, 06/06/2014 - 18:38
    Blog Post Via Corbis: Time-lapse cinematography is making leaps. Everyone has seen traditional time-lapse, where stationary cameras squeeze hours into seconds on screen. Recently, small motorized dollies have allowed for pans, tilts, and camera...
    1,017 Views

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