Category Archives: photo sharing

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Study reveals UK visual tech habits

A recent study by Ofcom called “The communications market report” bubbles up a flurry of data  regarding UK’s usage of communication devices, whether TV, tablets, smartphones, laptops or desktop. Besides the obvious trend we see in all other developed nation – a sharp increase of mobile usage – the report also reveals some interesting usage habits, particularly in the visual tech space. We expose some of the most significant findings: Despite its multiple uses, the smartphone remains primarily a communications device. Almost three-quarters (72%) of the time…

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The true reason behind Instagram’s decision to break the frame

Instagram cracked the restrictive barriers of its iconic square format, announcing to the world that it intends to remain the dominant platform of the visual content world. Initially created so that the every picture could be seen full screen on any device and any orientation, the square frame also incidentally made reference to the Polaroid format, adding another touch of the nostalgia that made Instagram so popular. So why change it? 14 million whitespaces a day Numbers speak: 1 in 5 images posted on the…

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Third-party photo apps edging to new frontiers

Native smartphone camera apps – those provided by Apple and hardware manufacturers on their respective phones – now do much more than enable basic camera functions. They include features such as HDR, burst, dual focus/exposure points, exposure compensation and panoramic image capture that were once the exclusive domain, and the main value proposition, of third party camera apps. While this might appear to doom prospects for these third party camera apps Reinventing the Camera App Market, the latest study from mobile photography research firm Suite 48…

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10 Questions to a founder : PicsArt

The world of  photo apps is a crowded place.  With thousands of different photo-taking/editing/sharing apps to choose from and more being launched every day, it is a surprise when any of them break off from the pack and gather a strong following. 3 years old  PicsArt is part of that privileged group, gaining impressive traction and recently raising in the process back to back significant funding. While its co-founder Hovhannes Avoyan is no stranger to successful company building, we wanted to learn more about the…

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10 questions to a founder : Imagewiki

With billions of photos uploaded and shared daily on a variety of photo sharing sites,  monitoring copyright is a nightmare for both visual companies and content owners alike. On one side, photo sharing platforms cannot physically police every upload and on the other, content creators cannot spend their days policing the web for illegal usages. While legislators are starting to reconsider the text of the law, a Los Angeles startup might just have the right automated solution to make everyone’s’ life easier and generate revenue…

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10 questions for a founder : Bespoke

You discover, you save, you share. What should be a series of simple 1-2-3 tasks on your mobile devices can become a real hassle, especially if you are running iOS. Each step requires you to close and open different apps with the risk of losing it all in the process.  Newly launch mobile app Bespoke eliminates all the technological roadblocks, allowing users to focus solely on inspiration and creation. Via a dedicated browser, users can now simply navigate back and forth from curating, sharing and browsing…

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Survey Reveals Photo Editing Habits of Men and Women

PicMonkey, the leading photo editing website, in conjunction with LEWIS, recently conducted a survey with over 2,000 respondents about the photos they edit and post on social media. Respondents were asked questions regarding photo quality and personal preference and use. Not surprisingly, 91 percent of all respondents said they have posted pictures to social media within the last year. However, when it came to gender, it turns out that men have posted photos nearly as often as women within the last year (87 percent vs.…

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LDV Vision Summit : The videos

For those who couldn’t make it, LDV has just posted videos of the panels held at its latest Vision Summit, in New York this past month of May.  Since the summit lasted 2 days this year, with over 80 international expert speakers, 40 sessions, and 2 competitions, there is a lot to view. Curating a must-see list is a challenging task since it greatly depends on the specific interest of the viewers but  here are a few tips:  Since Day 1 was focused on the…

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Study on Instagram Advertising

A new report from L2 Insight has just been released, covering Instagram’s recent efforts into the advertising space. The Facebook-owned company has made slow and careful steps over the last few years, carefully managing its user base while increasing its offering to advertisers. The result is paying off: In 2014, Instagram generated $700 million in revenue and is projected to make $5.8 billion by 2020. Using specific user case, the L2’s report sheds a deep inquisitive light on what appears to be a very well-crafted and…

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Teens and Instagram : Study

An insightful study about teens and Instagram was recently published by the Pennsylvania State University. In it, Jin Yea Jang,  Kyungsik Han, Patrick C. Shih, and Dongwon Lee of the College of Information Sciences and Technology division, reveal some interesting facts on how teenagers interact with the photo sharing platform. Using a combination of tag mining and facial recognition, the team managed to extract key findings without ever reaching out to any of their subjects. In an effort to save you time and avoid  sometimes very…

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