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The Cyclope’s IPO

Snapchat’s impending IPO is significant as it is the first photo-based business to become public. Unlike Instagram, who preferred the welcoming arms of Facebook along with its pocketbook and audience, Snap is looking for the stock market for validity and growth fuel. Part of it might be due to investors’ pressure to cash in (Snapchat funding is over $1,5 billion), worried that the app might just be a generational fad. Nevertheless, for the visual tech world, this is a first to keep an eye on.…

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Q&A with the founders of Haystack

Calling all photo buyers: Are you sick of having a gazillion tabs on your desktop while toggling through different photo agencies for the stock image you need? Former  Vanity Fair and Travel + Leisure contributing photographer Andrew Rowat and technology developer Vache Asatryan created Haystack— which launched its beta in October– because they believed the previous technology was “like searching for a flight in 1999.” Here’s why they’re banking on what has already been billed as the Google Image search for stock photo agencies. What was…

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10 Questions to a GM : Picscout Insights for Business

We live in a world dominated by visual content. Yet, we have little to no knowledge on what and how that content works.  We publish, share and consume thousands of images a day, yet we have no idea why a particular image has so much engagement and the other, none. That is about to change. Mixing analytics with A.I., Israeli-based company Picscout is breaking the chains of ignorance and promises to inject science where instinct previously ruled. With Insight for Business ( and it’s consumer version…

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10 Questions to a CEO : PixelRights

The greatest challenge facing photography online is the complete lack of persistent attribution. While sharing of visual content has exploded, with companies like Pinterest taking advantage of it while building multi-million dollar businesses, no one, whether amateur or professional, is given credit . Of the billions of images being shared today, the vast majority will live a life of anonymous orphans, forever separated from its original creator. Beyond its obvious disregard to original creation, it is an issue affecting hundreds of thousands of photographers worldwide whose only…

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2016 Mobile Photo Connect Awards go to Funimate, Keepy, Regaind, and Beamr

At Mobile Photo Connect 2016, the premier conference for executives and entrepreneurs in the mobile photography ecosystem, a panel of high-powered industry players presented the four Mobile Photo Connect Awards to the most outstanding among 31 products competing in the event’s three show-and-tell sessions. The Mobile Photo Connect 2016 Awards winners are: Best of Show Award: Funimate, by Funimate Best Business Potential Award: JPEGmini, by Beamr Best Technology Award: Keegan, by Regaind Special Recognition Award: Keepy, by Keepy Turkey-based Funimate offers a video editing app that enables users to create highly engaging videos,…

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10 Questions to a founder : Beautifeye

While we are all aware photos have a massively dominating position on the web, we are also painfully aware of how little is done to tap into this massive source of data.  What people photograph and share reveal a lot about what they can and will consume. Few  startups offer solutions, mostly because the task is not simple.  The massive volume, the separated ( and walled) locations, the current limitations of content recognition makes it extremely difficult to return meaningful and actionable results. However, some jump…

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Innovative entrepreneurs to participate in “The Future of Visual Storytelling” panel at Mobile Photo Connect

As an industry, we’re still grappling with the fact that today people primarily take photos with their smartphone, store them in many places (phone, cloud, tablet and PC) and expect the ability to share them in interesting ways with friends, family, or the world at large.  We’re still searching for the best ways to serve and monetize these fast-evolving demands through apps or services, and to figure out how our offerings must adapt to stay relevant in the months and years ahead. At Mobile Photo Connect…

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Facebook Head of Immersive Media Eric Cheng to share insights on the VR revolution at Mobile Photo Connect conference

Under the heading of “Pushing the photo and video boundaries,”Eric Cheng, Facebook’s Head of Immersive Media, will discuss his endeavors in VR and other transformative imaging technologies – including drone and light field photography – in a special fireside chat session at Mobile Photo Connect. The world’s premier conference for the mobile photo ecosystem will be held October 25 at the Presidio Golden Gate Club in San Francisco. Eric Cheng has been at the forefront of some of the most revolutionary imaging technology innovations of…

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Mobile Photo Connect announces its program and speaker lineup for October 25 San Francisco conference

Mobile Photo Connect, the leading forum where entrepreneurs, investors and senior executives gather to discuss the key technology and business issues driving the surge in mobile imaging and visual communication, announces its program and speaker lineup for its October 25 conference. The event’s theme, “Shaping the world of smart mobile imaging,” will be explored through a mix of presentations, panel discussions, and technology demonstrations: Fireside Chat Session How to get your photo app covered by the major hi-tech sites How to get your photo app covered by the…

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Freeing images from the page paradigm will change – yes – everything

We’ve all witnessed a scene like this: a toddler inspects a magazine and taps the paper, expecting to see a larger version of her favorite photo appear, just as it does on her smartphone. Soon, she’ll also expect the ability to navigate that photo – or video – from all angles, whether by tilting her viewing device or using a convenient headset that will also allow her to see it in 3D. Images are escaping the constraints of the page – whether physical or virtual…

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