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Mobile Photo Connect announces all-star speaker lineup for third annual conference

Suite 48 Analytics, organizers of the annual Mobile Photo Connect conference, today announced that this year’s conference will be held September 29 at a new and larger venue, the Golden Gate Club in San Francisco’s Presidio Park. Mobile Photo Connect brings together entrepreneurs, investors and senior executives active in the global mobile photo and video ecosystem. This year the conference will take a deep dive into the driving forces behind today’s unprecedented surge in mobile imaging and visual communication, featuring panel discussions on opportunities to:…

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A requiem for Photoshop Touch: the app that users loved or hated

Adobe announced that they will discontinue Photoshop Touch, its comprehensive photo editing app, as part of a strategy to release apps with narrower use cases, such as Photoshop Mix (compositing), Photoshop Sketch (drawing), Adobe Shape (bitmap-to-vector conversion), and soon-to-be-released Rigel, for retouching. Before I share my take on this, it might be good to share some data about what Photoshop Touch users thought of the app. We did a qualitative analysis of 125 iTunes reviews in March of 2013, back in the heydays of Photoshop…

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LDV VISION SUMMIT, DAY 2, OVERVIEW

Different day, different crowd : If day 1 of the LDV Vision Summit was all about science, research and data ( massive amounts of data), Day 2 opened the doors to more practical applications of visual tech, mostly around revenue. In other words, how companies are using the discoveries of researchers to extract value, information and monetary rewards. As in the previous day, panels were a flowing mix of individual presentations and group discussions. Here are some elements of day 2 which particularly caught our attention. Opening…

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LDV Vision Summit, Day 1, Overview

Another LDV Vision Summit  just ended yesterday and with it, the conclusion of 2 full days of discussions about visual tech and its impact on our world. While it has become a cliché to point out the huge amount of photos/videos  taken, posted and shared daily, what is much less understood is the multiple ramifications into our lives. This summit took a deep dive into the current and upcoming state of visual tech and offered a glimpse onto potential answers. There was too much said…

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Image content recognition: A Stillbirth ?

Content recognition in images has made great thrives over the last few years and shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, as more graduate students pour out of prestigious schools across the world, the more the field is experiencing healthy competition. To add fuel, major companies like Yahoo, Google, Apple  have thrown multi million acquisition dollars at pre revenue startups, greatly activating VC’s potential to fund new ones. However, at the same time as the scope of research increases, a couple of hurdles might…

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10 Questions for an Investor: Andrew Cleland

Ex-DJ, ex-start-up entrepreneur and now full-time investor, Andrew Cleland manages the Comcast Ventures fund that counts in its portfolio such companies as Flipboard, Half.com,  About.com, Tivio and WhoSay.  Given its parent company, his fund is particularly interested in visual tech which makes Andrew extremely knowledgeable in this space as well as an ideal speaker for the upcoming LDV Vision Summit. He gave us a slice of his extremely busy time to answer 10 questions. First, a little bit about yourself. What was your path to Comcast Ventures…

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Photo cloud services: watch out – Flickr is on a roll

It took a while and a few false starts, but Flickr has not only caught up with the leading photo storage and syncing providers; they’ve actually just steamed ahead and left others in the dust – for now – with the release of ambitious new photo organizing and syncing features, as well as an overhauled user interface for its website, apps and desktop software. Flickr now fully syncs the user’s photos and videos across devices, auto-uploads them from smartphones, features a timeline browsing interface, automatically…

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10 Questions for a Social Editor : BBDO

Dave Krugman  builds online communities. Using his talent as a photographer and his social media insight, he rallies huge amounts of followers around a particular topic or location. As you can imagine, for a brand, he is a golden child. After many successes with such prestigious clients at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, as well as participating at Esquire magazine’s event,  he now lends his talents at the advertising agency BBDO as Social Editor. We caught up with him while he was taking a break from his…

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10 Questions to a founder : ViSenze

According to a study made in the UK,  40%  of people  under 35s said they have used their mobile device to take a picture of a specific item on the street to buy once they get home.  By answering two questions – what is in the image and where can I buy it- Singapore-based ViSenze, a spin-off company of the National University of Singapore,  wants to add value to the results. While not the only company trailblazing in that space, it is certainly one of the…

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Selfies are not going away any time soon

Love them or hate them, selfies are here to stay. According to a recent study by Suite 48 Analytics, the mobile photography phenomena seems deeply embedded in the daily practices of the average North American.  84% of the 1,021 North American smartphone photographers surveyed said that they have taken at least one selfie in the last month. And it’s not just Americans. A similar  study on the French population shows that selfies represent 50% of the pictures taken on mobile phones. While selfies have the same…

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