Category Archives: photo sharing

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First Adobe Revel, now Dropbox Carousel – a requiem for photo syncing?

Dropbox announced today that it will shut down its Carousel photo syncing app as of March 31, promising that key features of Carousel will make their way into the main Dropbox app. This follows in the footsteps of Adobe Revel’s demise announced just three weeks ago. The bottom line: like Revel, Carousel didn’t get much traction. In the past 90 days, it didn’t even make it in the top 200 free photo apps in the US iOS and Google Play app stores. Dropbox’ expectations were certainly…

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Understanding Images

Our relationship with the camera, the lens and the image is evolving. The static stance of capturing a moment in a photograph is still there, but this is rapidly changing. With the help of new emerging technologies, photography is becoming ubiquitous and pervasive. The advent of machine vision, deep learning, semantic search, augmented reality and virtual reality among other exponential technologies will inspire us to discover, create and experience more great imagery than ever before in human history. Intelligent algorithms will inspire and teach us to…

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Photobucket’s mobile arsenal: photo sharing, photo output, multimedia cards, and now mobile partnerships

If any cloud photo storage provider knows how overwhelmed its customers are by the sheer quantity of their photos and the challenges they face to find the photos that matter, it’s Photobucket.  No wonder that, in the last few years, they’ve allocated substantial resources to solve these problems for their users. 12-year-old Photobucket is headquartered in Colorado, a long way away from the startup buzz at the coasts’ technology hubs. Still, each month, Photobucket quietly serves 60 million unique users 120 billion photos and videos through…

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Facebook and visual content : Whatever the format

In our weekly newsletter, we looked at how Apple is ingeniously using Facebook to help launch and support their new visual format called Live Photos.  However, there is a bigger picture appearing here, one that is surreptitiously putting the social media giant at the center of the online visual experience, whether familiar or new. There is a very valid reason why Facebook wants to remain the primary location for visual media: After all, it owes its  original success, and its continued attention, almost entirely thanks to photos. Mark…

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Mobile Photo Connect announces cutting edge program

Mobile Photo Connect, the leading annual forum for entrepreneurs, investors and senior executives driving the technologies and businesses behind the surge in mobile imaging and visual communication, today announced its full program along with a stellar speaker lineup for its upcoming September 29 conference. The event’s main theme, “Prospering in the emerging ‘Photos at your fingertips’ era,” will be explored through a mix of presentations, panel discussions, and technology demonstrations: Special Presentations David Vaskevitch David Vaskevitch is a visionary software architect, business innovator, author, former…

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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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