All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Image’
The JPEG has been around for more than 20 years now. When technology gets that old, you either take it out back or teach it some new tricks. Mozilla is opting for the latter even as it prepares for a future where the former is a reality. Mozilla announced Wednesday that it’s working on a new project called mozjpeg that …
If you have been paying attention to what Google has been doing as of late to improve its user experience, you might be noticing something strange. It seems that almost every time that Google makes an improvement in its aesthetic appeal, it looks more and more like Bing. Remember the short-lived attempt to customize the Google home page recently which has since been removed?
That it’s near the corner of Cedar and Shaft doesn’t help, and that Google Maps picked it up makes it a legendary prank. And if aliens happened to be flying over Hazelton, Pennsylvania around the same time the aerial photograph was taken, this is what they saw.
It seems like Digg users have been asking for–and Kevin Rose promising–a category for images and photos forever. Well the long wait is now over and you can finally uploaded your favorite lolcats image.
At the Digg blog, Kevin Rose announces the launch of image support and also better organization of existing categories. Here’s what Digg users are waking up to today:
Joint Photographic Experts Group, which owns the JPEG standard, has voted to make Microsoft’s HD Photo their new standard, under the name JPEG XR.
Internet bandwidth can be a scarce commodity in the midst of a product launch, so “hotlinking” or having someone post one of your images, audio or video from their website, blog or forum can reduce your total available Internet bandwidth. Here are a couple of fixes for this issue.
Last week a Google engineer told us “The next big thing for image search would be the ability to search based on visual concepts, such as a picture of a house on a mountain with a river in front of it.” And now, Google Images allows you to restrict your search to a specific category – albeit in an “unofficial” mode only – and one of these categories may well be powered by actual image recognition (as opposed to textual keyword analysis). Right now, the available modes are (at least) the following:
Yahoo! Search Blog: Famous Landmarks Get the Flickr Treatment in Yahoo! Search The Yahoo Search Blog is reporting that Flickr has recently added thumbnails of Flickr images for popular domestic and international landmark searches into Yahoo Search.
A political video featuring John McCain has been removed from YouTube, and MoveOn.org is not happy about it. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether the group is trying to preserve free speech or let an opponent embarrass himself, but the matter speaks to larger issues in either case.
Asian search competitor Baidu is funny. When you use their image search engine and click on a thumbnail, they’ll open a new page on their server which displays the large version of the image, with an additional link to the source page… an interesting interpretation of “fair use.” (There’s some sort of copyright notice on the page’s footer, though automatic translation programs fail to get the precise point across… part of it sounds like “This picture may be copyrighted.”)
The Next Net: What’s Hot at Yahoo (And What’s Not) Over at blogs.business2.com they have an update on the year over year gain/loss for Yahoo search properties. I’m not sure I understand the methodology entirely, but one number that did stick out for me was that Yahoo! Image Search is down 3% year over year.
Your newsletter reply to one visitor included: "I would also avoid using more than 2 or 3 alt tags on a single page if you can help it." I designed and manage a site for a visually impaired friend who writes children’s books: www.gate.net/~labooks/francesindex.html
A new study by the Email Experience Council says that images and links in emails are often not visible because of email reader restrictions and coding errors. The EEC Rendering Report examined 1,000 emails from business-to consumer and business-to business to find out the renderability of the messages.
The term “work in progress” applies to almost everything in eBusiness, but it might be especially applicable to image search. Some big advances may come in the near future, however, courtesy of a Swedish company named Polar Rose. It has announced that it’s capable of “computing 3D portraits from 2D photos,” and that its software will be able to recognize the people in those photos.
IBM has announced that it has teamed up with Circuit City to construct an online replica of the retail store within the virtual world of Second Life. The venture is geared at experimenting with the introduction of virtual worlds and 3-D technology into a cross-platform retail environment.
PodZinger has announced the results of its proprietary research into consumer behavior and online video advertising viewing preferences. The research reveals that not only will viewers tolerate advertisements that appear during their search for online audio and video content, they willingly accept that short ads come with the territory.
As GOOG climbs above $500 per share, as predicted to happen about this time last year before the great January plunge, questions as to just how high Google can get, in terms of stock, search share, and visits, get more intense. Last week, a Citigroup analyst predicted Google would overtake Yahoo in visits by the end of 2007. Hitwise disagrees.
Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) have thrived on the concept of providing a completely autonomous virtual world. With the prospect of such a captive audience plugged in to a digital community, marketers are looking for new, more socially relevant ways to showcase their products
A June 2006 joint study conducted by Yahoo and the Consumer Electronics Association asserts that seventy-seven percent of all consumer electronics purchases were influenced by online research. The study also examines the role of search in consumer research.
Hitwise will announce in an upcoming press release that for the week ending October 14, over 66% of users who accessed the Join RED website continued on to visit the campaign’s merchandising partners. The Product RED campaign raises money to support the Global Fund to fight AIDS.
It’s interesting that, just before I get ready to discuss online reputation monitoring at SES San Jose, Reuters is facing a blog storm.
Last night Ask.com hosted an afterparty at club LQ here in New York. Being the intrepid and dedicated souls we are, Jason Miller and I took one for the team and braved the hazards and horrors of open bars and loud music… and cool fighting robots and video games and well, you get the idea.
Google suffered a setback in court last Friday as US District Judge Howard Matz ruled that thumbnail displays retrieved by the company’s image search feature were a likely violation of copyright law. Links to third party sites and the practice of “framing” the image above those sites, however, were not considered to be in violation.
So far only 4 percent of those polled say they use RSS (really simple syndication). Yahoo Senior Director of Personalization Products, Scott Gatz, says that number should be closer to 27 percent, as many use RSS and don’t know it. Yahoo began publishing RSS feeds via Yahoo News and Yahoo Buzz back in 2003.
Adobe announced they’ve added four new collections to its stock photo service. All these images will be added into the Adobe Creative Suite 2 and include a number of major image groups to choose from the JupiterImage collections and you can help maneuver through all these photos with their new search tool.
As everybody in the Google and Microsoft camps has been Kai-Fu fighting, the logical thing to relay to you this morning was the report that Google anticipated a lawsuit and was prepared to pay Dr. Lee, lawsuit or not, work or not, for up to a year. But as I was searching for these court documents, I came across something very interesting. MSN and Google are delivering search results about the case with opposing messages. Hmmmmm.
Are you losing visitors to your web site due to slow page load times? Is your site being penalized because the images on your site are too large? Are you able to capture your visitor’s attention in the first 10-15 seconds that they are on your site?
In their efforts to further their commitment to turning the web into one large community, Yahoo Search has begun listing the most popular image searches on their Image Search homepage.
A number of people have been receiving email invites to download a demo of Google’s upcoming mapping service, Google Earth. One of the bigger announcements concerning Google Earth was the introduction of 3 dimensional representations of different cities.