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More Painful Quarters for European Automakers

European automotive majors could see more struggle in coming quarters as the automobile sales have been dropping in the recent months. With bleak outlook for future months, the auto majors are having no option but to cut staff and reduce plant costs.

Major auto companies operating in European region are expecting years of low sales due to austerity measures by European governments. With continued plunge in sales of new vehicles, the companies have to reduce their operating costs.

In year 2012, the car sales dropped 8.2 per cent in the European Union nations. The new vehicle registrations in Germany were down by 10% this February compared to last year. For the same period, the sales in France were lower by 12% and in Italy were lower by 17percent.

Many companies are betting on the growing markets like India and Brazil. By shifting production base to these countries, the automobile companies are able to maintain a strong hold in the developing nations.

Adobe Photoshop: The Photographers’ Delight

The world of photography has advanced rapidly over the years. Nowadays, photography is more like an art, passion, whatever. It’s an amateur profession where people find hobby striking with living. Modern celebrities and models photographers and photo journalists in fashion magazines and adverts are buffed with using digital polish, day in day out. They are up for any sort of challenge coming their way. Be it moderate restyling like colors brightened, red eye removal, a placing a stray hair in apt order and healing a pimple, or maybe a drastic shedding of weight, say around 10 or 20 pounds, erasing all blemishes and wrinkles, and adding a few inches of height – all are no problem when done with Adobe’s Photoshop software, the magic wand of photo experts.

While expressing his opinion regarding the highly effective version of Adobe Photoshop software and all the effective operations one can carry out on it, a professor of computer science and a digital forensics expert from Dartmouth, Hany Farid said: “Fix one thing, then another and pretty soon you end up with Barbie”.

Though there exist some issues in it as the feminist legislators from Britain, Norway and France claim that they want a special labeling on all digitally altered photographs. Earlier in June, the American Medical Association was abiding by a policy on advertising and body image that wanted advertisers and all other involved in the process to “discourage the altering of photographs in a manner that could promote unrealistic expectations of appropriate body image”.

Dr. Farid revealed that he was immensely intrigued by the issue once he read regarding the photo-labeling suggestions in Europe. For him, categorizing photos as either modified or not was too dull for an approach.

In this regard, he carried out a research for calculating the extent to which fashion and beauty images have been modified. The reports have been made available in this week’s edition of the journal “The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”.