10 questions for a founder : SportLogiq

When you introduce advanced visual technology within an already existing lucrative market, you have the potential to create an explosive reaction. That is exactly the model SportLogiq is using, introducing image analysis into the multi-million market of sports analytics. Estimated at $125 million in 2014, sports analytics is anticipated to reach $4.7 billion by 2021. Mostly done manually using banks of humans processing hours of videos, it is now on the verge of being completely disrupted, thanks to the efforts of the Marc Cuban-backed, Montreal-based…

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The dark world of mobile photography

While the numbers are familiar – 1.8 billion images uploaded daily, over a trillion in a year – what they hide is not. A recent study by Kodak Alaris ( unfortunately only limited to the UK) shows that the vast majority of photos taken are never processed and worse, end up being lost forever. While there are many reasons for this, it is interesting to note that the size of the photo universe is probably 5 times bigger than anyone believes, even if most of…

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Data driven stock photography

While there has never been so many photos taken and shared online, the world of professional photo licensing is not striving. In fact, most legacy companies have seen their revenue freeze or decline in the last decade, with rare exceptions.  While at first contradictory, a closer analysis reveals that part of the issue seems to be linked to antiquated business model that are ill-fitted to our all digital, mobile world. The few companies in this space that continue to grow, and some as much as 40%…

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Photobucket’s mobile arsenal: photo sharing, photo output, multimedia cards, and now mobile partnerships

If any cloud photo storage provider knows how overwhelmed its customers are by the sheer quantity of their photos and the challenges they face to find the photos that matter, it’s Photobucket.  No wonder that, in the last few years, they’ve allocated substantial resources to solve these problems for their users. 12-year-old Photobucket is headquartered in Colorado, a long way away from the startup buzz at the coasts’ technology hubs. Still, each month, Photobucket quietly serves 60 million unique users 120 billion photos and videos through…

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Facebook and visual content : Whatever the format

In our weekly newsletter, we looked at how Apple is ingeniously using Facebook to help launch and support their new visual format called Live Photos.  However, there is a bigger picture appearing here, one that is surreptitiously putting the social media giant at the center of the online visual experience, whether familiar or new. There is a very valid reason why Facebook wants to remain the primary location for visual media: After all, it owes its  original success, and its continued attention, almost entirely thanks to photos. Mark…

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Mobile Photo Connect announces cutting edge program

Mobile Photo Connect, the leading annual forum for entrepreneurs, investors and senior executives driving the technologies and businesses behind the surge in mobile imaging and visual communication, today announced its full program along with a stellar speaker lineup for its upcoming September 29 conference. The event’s main theme, “Prospering in the emerging ‘Photos at your fingertips’ era,” will be explored through a mix of presentations, panel discussions, and technology demonstrations: Special Presentations David Vaskevitch David Vaskevitch is a visionary software architect, business innovator, author, former…

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Study reveals UK visual tech habits

A recent study by Ofcom called “The communications market report” bubbles up a flurry of data  regarding UK’s usage of communication devices, whether TV, tablets, smartphones, laptops or desktop. Besides the obvious trend we see in all other developed nation – a sharp increase of mobile usage – the report also reveals some interesting usage habits, particularly in the visual tech space. We expose some of the most significant findings: Despite its multiple uses, the smartphone remains primarily a communications device. Almost three-quarters (72%) of the time…

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10 questions to a CEO: Slyce

Mobile shopping represents today  30% of all US e-commerce sales, and with 60% of consumers using their smartphones while in a store, the opportunity to scale is impressive. Unlike more patient desktop users, mobile consumers seek fast answers   and minimum  clicks to get there. Using the built-in cameras and image matching technology, companies like Slyce offer the possibility to easily snap and shop any item ( or similar) that crosses the path of an avid shopper.  But that is only the beginning of the mobile…

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10 questions to a founder: Kuznech

Image recognition, visual search and content classification  have been around for a while with various degree of success. With mobile shopping exploding, as well as myriads of photo/video based platforms, it is now  at the core of almost any online experience. While Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Microsoft throw millions in research for their own gain, independent companies offer powerful solutions to the rest of the market.  4 years old Russia-based  Kuznech is one of them. We spoke with co-founder and CEO Michael Pogrebnyak to learn more:…

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The true reason behind Instagram’s decision to break the frame

Instagram cracked the restrictive barriers of its iconic square format, announcing to the world that it intends to remain the dominant platform of the visual content world. Initially created so that the every picture could be seen full screen on any device and any orientation, the square frame also incidentally made reference to the Polaroid format, adding another touch of the nostalgia that made Instagram so popular. So why change it? 14 million whitespaces a day Numbers speak: 1 in 5 images posted on the…

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