Category Archives: flickr

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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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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 to an Artificial Intelligence Architect: Flickr

Flickr started it all. At it’s core, the simple idea of a place where people can share they favorite photographs. A lot has been written about what it could have been and missed opportunities. With 93 million users sharing 1 million photos daily, rejuvenated by a photo enthusiastic leadership and infused with recent high-tech acquisitions, it is breathing a second life. While there is a lot to do to catch up to its mobile-generation rivals, it is actively shedding its static image to become one…

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5 predictions for 2015

With 2014 now behind us, it is time to look at the new year with innocent crisp  new eyes, full of hope and wishful thinking. As tradition demands, let’s jump into the prediction bandwagon and look at what the Photo:Tech space will bring  in 2015. 1) The majors will enter the image advertising space. Up to now, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft as well as Facebook, Twitter and Amazon have stayed on the sidelines of in-image advertising. Amazon did come out with a beta product that automatically…

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Flickr and the unwritten rules

There is an unwritten rule in the photo:tech space that says if you are going to monetize the content on an individual basis, you have to compensate the creators. No way around it. After all, it is the way multi hundreds of  million dollars companies like Getty or Shutterstock operate as well as a multi billion industry called stock photography. Tech companies, those created by programmers, developers, or serial entrepreneurs do not like this idea. In a VC-funded economy, where capital comes at a premium…

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Embedding Images: A Contextual Ad Delivery Model?

Embeddable images through online publishers can be a tactic for extending the reach and brand of publishers, who are the direct recipients of its traffic-building and presence. As you allow sharing, your content network grows, as do link-backs and overall web-imprint of a publisher’s site and branding. More often than not, the image owner and publisher are not the same entities. What’s in it for the image owner?            UGC aggregators that welcome the outbound embedding of images from their platform…

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Photoshop for the masses

Adobe’s acquisition of Aviary is no surprise really. For a long time Adobe has been  the desktop in the photo editing tool  space and even strong efforts by Microsoft and Apple have made only little dents. However, they have been playing catch up in the consumer space for a while with little success. Let’s face it, Adobe should have come out with Instagram. They were the master of photo filters and are credited in inventing them in the first place. Thing is, as much as Adobe…

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Brand sponsored photography

What happens in the music world does not stay in the music world. In fact, it has always been a precursor and a very good indicator of upcoming trends in other digital media evolution. While last week’s partnership between Apple and the band U2 was mostly covered for its massive release of a free music album, it is important to view it as it might impact the photo tech market. When done properly, an image – or a series of images – can become inseparable…

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10 questions for a founder : Olapic

Not many companies are able to successfully monetize the visual web yet. Many ideas, but not many cash flow positive results. With its Visual Commerce, Olapic is part of those few that have seen their growth match the excitement around photography, especially in the e-commerce space.  We caught up with co-founder and ceo Pau Sabria to find out what has made them successfully ride the wave of social media photography. How was Olapic created and what issue are you trying to solve?  The idea for…

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is Flickr serious ?

Flickr’s recent announcement that it will offer licensing tools to its user base should come as no surprise to the readers to Kaptur. We predicted such a move a while back. At a time when more and more photo tech companies are putting their content for licensing,  from 500px to EyeEm , Flickr, the grandfather of them all, had to react.  However, having a large pool of images ( over 6 billion images) is not enough to break-in the photo licensing world . To be successful,…

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