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Some of our latest articles on visual tech:

 

  • LDV Vision Summit ’18: 10 questions to an AR research scientist : Facebook


    LDV Vision Summit ’18: 10 questions to an AR research scientist : Facebook

    With the fifth edition of the LDV Vision summit right around the corner ( May 23-24, discount tickets available on the right =>), we approached some of the speakers to get a hint of what they are working on and what they will be speaking about. First of the series is Krishnan Ramnath, Research Science Manager and Technical Lead Mobile at Facebook whose work  for the social media platform is pioneering how most humans will experience AR in the years to come: – A little about…

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  • Flickr / Smugmug: The frog that ate the bull


    Flickr / Smugmug: The frog that ate the bull

    Flickr’s acquisition by Smugmug, if anything, has reminded us that the grandfather of photo sharing site is not dead. Yet. Almost hidden in the weekend lull, the news surprised almost everyone paying attention to this space: It’s been a long while since Flickr grabbed the headlines. But beyond the unconventional lack of details, what does this acquisition forecast? Let’s look at the available numbers. Smugmug and Flickr, while sharing photos as a common denominator, have not much in common.  With 90 million monthly users, Flickr is 18 times bigger…

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  • Going blockchain? Two imaging examples


    Going blockchain? Two imaging examples

    Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Global Blockchain Forum and immersing myself in this for me mostly new world of ICO seekers, self-proclaimed investors, blockchain developers, VCs suffering from FOMO, and libertarians and anarchists from all over the world for which the prime method of communication is Telegram – because you never know who’ll be looking over your shoulder… And yes, there were two interesting implementations of blockchain in the imaging world. [If you also have one or are working on one, please let me know so we could possibly…

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  • 10 questions to a founder: Imatag


    10 questions to a founder: Imatag

    Publish an image online today and there is a very good chance that within a few days, there will be hundreds, if not thousands of copies of it throughout the internet.  None, unfortunately, will bear any information on who is the creator and how he/she can be found. This is not just an issue for professional photographers, who make a living by licensing images, but anyone who creates visuals to communicate, like marketers or social media manager. Because with each reuse comes the damaging potential…

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  • is Unsplash the new Instagram ?


    is Unsplash the new Instagram ?

    About a week ago, Unsplash announced that they had raised $7.25 million, along with plans to bring cryptocurrency to its free stock photo service. While most see their move as a potential Shutterstock killer,  Unsplash  could end up becoming a  potent competitor to Instagram, Pinterest, and Snap as they share more DNA . A short review of the hard numbers as those are explicit enough: Over 2,083 Unsplash photos are viewed across the web every second. 1,231 API partners (  include: Trello, Medium, InVision, Google Slides, Lonely…

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  • 10 Questions for a Founder : TruePic


    10 Questions for a Founder : TruePic

    With each iteration of Photoshop, it is easier and easier to alter images, making it impossible to spot the alterations. Soon, with AI generated images taking over in many fields, it will be impossible to trust if an image is an actual photograph or a complete fabrication. Photography is in danger of losing its essential tie to reality and truth. Enters TruePic. With an array of patented technologies, the company offers a solid counterbalance to this seemingly unstoppable wave of reality-altering technologies. It certifies that a photograph is 100%…

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  • 2 research that will change photography forever


    2 research that will change photography forever

    A couple of research papers were recently published, both touching on advancement in computer vision and machine learning. While research papers are a common occurrence in this field, these two are worth reviewing a bit deeper, as their implication will have a wide impact once they mature. The first is a research organized by Nvidia for presentation at the upcoming International Conference on Learning Representation to be held in Vancouver this coming April. The purpose is to build a more efficient GAN  by growing both the generator and discriminator progressively.…

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  • 18 Visual Storytelling Trends That Will Take Off in 2018


    18 Visual Storytelling Trends That Will Take Off in 2018

    Who better to predict where visual storytelling is going than those who handle it on a daily basis? With 2018 right around the corner,  Libris by Photoshelter asked a few to make predictions on what they see as the dominating trend of the upcoming year. While there is no major group consensus, one thing is for sure, whatever it is, it will happen under our thumbs.Read on…. Dustin Drankoski | Art Director at Mashable | @downsmileyface 2018 is going to be a big year for vertical story. From Instagram…

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  • Visual Tech Losers of 2017 and Winners of 2018


    Visual Tech Losers of 2017 and Winners of 2018

    Sometimes, great things come out of failure. Especially in the startup world. As we look back at the year past, we take one last look at what failed, with the hope that they will generate great, unsuspected outcomes.   As well, we take a peek at 2018 and its probable heroes, with the firm understanding that our vision just might not be that accurate. Losers of 2017   Ads in images.  A long time coming. And while we will certainly continue to see them for many years to come – bad ideas die…

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  • Statistics: How filters are used by Instagram’s most successful users


    Statistics: How filters are used by Instagram’s most successful users

    To facilitate execution of global, large-scale influencer marketing campaigns at Relatable we rely a lot on data to give us insights. Using a sample of about 2 million Instagram accounts (with a minimum of 1,000 followers) and 40 million posts I’ve been digging deep compiling statistics, finding insights, or just discovering some quirky facts. I will share those findings in a number of articles. Instagram filters are used to enhance photos, to give them that extra edge or just set the mood. But to what extent are they used?…

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