Category Archives: mobile

Exchanging photos

Questions for a founder : Sharalike

While we were exploring Techcrunch Disrupt in New York last week, we were welcomed by two French entrepreneurs based in Boston who showed us Sharalike, an impressively simple yet powerful  app to manage and share mobile photos slideshows: We decide to learn more and sat down with Etienne Leroy, Co-founder, CMO, CPO of Sharalike In a few words, what is Sharalike ? Sharalike’s technology was designed to revolutionize photo and video sharing through its simple, one-stop-shop approach. Within seconds users can store, sort, enhance, create and edit…

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Questions for a funder : Seene

We fell on the Seene  app by accident while we were reading an article about new apps. It was love at first sight . Particularly when we saw this video : We couldn’t resist knowing more so we sat down with Mike Evans, COO and co-founder of Obvious Engineering, makers of the Seene app. What was the original inspiration for Seene. What made you come up with the idea? What were you trying to solve? We develop computer vision technology, and during our R&D we…

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Startup alley at Disrupt NY 2014

Walking the aisles of disruption

There are two types of tech start-ups in the photo space: Those who enhance the photographic experience and those who use photos as a starting point. The first are your editing, filter, archiving apps and web services like Instagram, EyeEm or VSCO, the second are usually in the social media realm, like Facebook, Pinterest or G+. Walking the aisles of Techcrunch’s Disrupt NY mostly confirmed this division. Most new photo/tech companies present offered solutions to the photographic flow, allowing users to better managed their ever-growing…

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The picture taking market

In 2014, there will be 2.25 billion picture-taking devices sold

In 2014, there will be  2.25 billion picture-taking devices sold . According to a slide shown by  Christian Müller-Rieker, the Executive Director of the Photoindustrie-Verband (The German Imaging Association), this will be  a 9% increase over the 2.05 billion sold during 2013. Overwhelming numbers What is even more spectacular is the huge difference between smartphones and traditional cameras. For 2013, only 83 million of global sales were of  digital cameras ( Dslr, point and shoot)  versus 1.948 billion for mobile ( smartphones and tablets). For anyone still doubting where the…

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Tablet

The Uncharted territory

Mobile phones with cameras are certainly becoming ubiquitous and with them a flurry of apps battling to take control of their mini desktop.  But what about Tablets? They might not be the most practical tool to take pictures but they are certainly perfect for  everything else . Bigger screens, higher resolutions makes them ideal viewing, editing and sharing ( especially with people physically next to you).  Worldwide  sales of tablets to customers reached 195.4 million units in 2013, a 68%  increase on 2012, according to Gartner, Inc.…

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battle of the internet giants

And the battle heats up ( updated )

It didn’t last long. Less than a week after Dropbox and Twitter announced new photo oriented features, the other major players responded. Loud and clear. Google bets on Email First Google. Today, it announced a tighter integration of its very popular Gmail with it’s  photo backup solution Google Photo album. Now, it will be even easier to attached photos to any email directly from  your drive account. One click easy. Since email is still the most used online communication tool – that is changing too*-,…

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Dropbox

DropBook, TwitFace, what is it going to be ?

We all know that photos are key to engagement. Tech companies know it, but more important, the advertising world knows it. And although no one has fully mastered its potential, everyone knows that photography is the most important asset of the web today. That is why, more and more, we see a converging effort by tech companies to become the center of our photography life. Whomever controls your photo stream, controls your social life. The battle has raged between Facebook and Google + to be…

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Mobile first

Mobile first, Mobile only

Let’s face it. The next successful photo tech company will be mobile first and mobile only. The key mistake most photo tech companies are currently making is trying to monetize on the laptop web. Besides traditional media, this is no longer the place where people  consume images. They want to take, alter, share and view images on their mobile devices. Twitter knows this and it’s recent new feature release is proof. One can now put 4 images in a tweet, viewable immediately in a feed, as…

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Flickr buddies rememe 2.0

Getty / Flickr calls it quits

Busy week for Stock photography behemoth Getty Images. After opening up half of its images to free embedding, making a partnership with EyeEm, they have now announce that they are terminating their deal with Flickr. What does this mean ? On an individual level, photographers from Flickr who have images on Getty will continue to be represented by Getty according to their agreement. However, Getty will not continue to mine Flickr for new photos or photographers.  Instead, they recommend Flickr users to pick up the…

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ellen degeneres oscar selfie

The selfie heard all around the world

The most seen picture of last night’s Oscars was not neither taken by a Dslr, nor a professional photographer and was not published (at first) in any publication. It was a selfie taken on a Samsung Note 3 by an actor and published on Twitter. If any one needed a confirmation of where photography is heading, last night was a prime example. Relegated to taking full length fashion shots behind barricades, or shooting the stage from a balcony, pro photographers were by far outclassed by…

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