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We need a new photo file format

Photos are too short and videos are too long. Photos say too little and videos too much. In an age where we can link data so quickly and easily, it is amazing to see that photos are still just the online equivalent of their printed version : A flat 2D representation of the offline world with a little editorial text around it. It is an aberration that in 2015, photos still need text captions to explain their content. Photos should not only be able to carry…

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Adobe’s golden opportunities

The recent news of Adobe’s acquisition of microstock company Fotolia has sent ripples throughout the photo licensing world. The software company purchased the 11-year old company operating in 23 countries in 14 different languages for $800 million in cash,  in return for 34 million images. While the public announcement clearly aimed at integrating it into its Creative Cloud solution boasting 3.4 million subscribers, there is much more that Adobe can do with it. Adobe is best known for its hugely popular Photoshop product and its directly…

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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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Drop the i, keep the photos

iPhoto is dead. Let’s celebrate. For a company that has build so much on or around photography, Apple took too much time to kill the ugly beast in its mist. With the release of “Photos”, the company finally turns the page on what was probably a shameful oversight in development. The release of Photos clearly signals  that Apple is going to take the photo bull by its two horns and dedicate itself to creating the best seamless experience for its users across platforms. After all,…

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Behind the curtains of Apple’s annoucement

         Apple has mastered the art of hiding its shortcomings by using the magician trick of attention distraction. Larger screen, faster processor, better camera, all are features Apple presented as extraordinary while already in the market in various Android phones. Same with the watch. What Apple did not release, for example, is the ability to multi function : Not to have to close apps to use other apps. Sure, it is an OS feature but still something that puts the iPhone way…

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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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Can Google + Photo become the Instagram killer ?

:O By announcing the separation of Google photo from the Google plus social media platform, the  giant search  company has clearly announced  its intention to intensify the battle for domination of the online photo space. And for a good reason: Photos are the number one activity on smart phones, second on Twitter and obviously the only one on Instagram. It is also the number one group social interaction on all social media. Finally it offers huge potential in revenue generation as engagements are notoriously very high.…

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The photos might disappear but the battle is real

The battle of the ephemeral photo is heating up. At stake is the control of the 500 + million photos exchanged daily on Snapchat, more than Facebook and Instagram combined. Ephemeral photography shows huge potential. Not only because of its vast and growing popularity, but mainly because it mostly reaches teenagers, a $200 to $300 billion/year market in the US only.  Around 30% of 18-29 year old smartphone users use Snapchat compared to 5% for the 30 to 49 year old group. In countries like Norway,…

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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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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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