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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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Study reveals where to find success in digital video landscape

A new L2 intelligence report show cable prices rose a staggering 231 percent from 1998 to 2013, despite limited increases in underlying innovation.1 Like sharks sensing chum in the water, a host of well-funded companies entered the content fray, pioneered by YouTube in 2005. From 2006 through 2011, Netflix, Hulu, Apple, Roku, HBO, and Amazon all introduced on-demand, digital video substitutes for live TV broadcasts. These platforms have been wildly successful in going “over- the-top” of traditional TV and cable networks. Audiences are watching more…

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The second generation photo storage : Google Photos

That’s it. It’s official. Google photos is now free from G+ and starting a life of its own. For those who subscribe to our weekly newsletter, you might have noticed that we called what would be the key differentiator: free unlimited storage. With so many of the other features ( with variations) available via competitors, it was the only true unique play Google could make. And while a major draw for any mobile user, it is not the only attractive feature.  Let’s review. Not really…

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LDV Vision Summit

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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10 questions for a computer vision scientist : Andrea Frome

With the LDV Vision summit fast approaching, we want to catch up with some of the computer vision scientists/researchers who work deep inside the internet giants and who will be speaking at the event. Their research might not be  as well-known as the features they power but they however deserve as much credit as the ceo’s who had the insight to hire them. Andrea Frome from Research at Google took time on her busy schedule to answer some of our questions:  A little bit about…

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Google throws Photos + into the battle

That’s it. It’s official. After months of maybes, wild rumors, executive defection, Google finally announced the splitting of Google + into independent platforms, Stream and Photos. While there might be a future for Stream, we are only interested in the development of Photos, possibly named Photo +. The trigger of this announcement is certainly Apple’s imminent launch of Photo for OS X, already available in beta release. Due to replace the clunky iPhoto and the well liked Aperture, the Apple service will use iCloud as…

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The LDV Vision Summit is returning. Here is why

We sat down with investor and creator of the LDV Vision Summit Evan Nisselson, so he could tell us more about the upcoming 2015 edition of the Summit, as well as his thoughts about the visual web. What worked well last year ? Last year, we organized the first LDV Vision Summit. It was the first time that an event combined all the important aspects of technology and business across the visual technology ecosystem.  This visual ecosystem includes any individual or business that works with images…

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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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Privacy and Photo:Tech

You are strolling down the beach with your 5-year-old son, happily taking pictures on your brand new  iPhone 6, sharing the best ones on your Instagram feed. The sun is glowing, you are on a well deserved vacation, your family is happy …But miles away, in a dark basement, a computer server is rapidly chirping at all incoming photos on Instagram and has selected your photos because your son’s swimsuit happens to be from a brand that has hired the services of a company that…

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