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ImageTagging Company Stipple Raises 3 Million

first_imgPublishers and marketers are using it to provide mouse-over callouts to social share tags and e-commerce capabilities as well. Whether an image is used as entertainment or as a marketing or commerce prompt, Stipple remains neutral, but its revenue is generated from the marketing and commerce-oriented initiatives. Image content is monetized in two ways, through affiliate deals where clicks on a “shop” tag are paid out, or through straight advertising campaigns that marketers initiate through enticing viewers to like a brand tagged in the image or click through to a video. Revenue shares are split 50/50, says Flemings.So far, Flemings says Stipple has 100 million tagged product images in its database. The company claims it’s tagging 1 million photos per day, with brands such as Nike, L’Oreal, Zappos and Nordstrom using the service. When a publisher uses those images on its website, the affiliate payments begin as visitors engage with the photos. And since the introduction of Twitter Cards, which allow publishers to embed rich media “cards” in their tweets, including a tweet-sized photo card, Flemings says publishers can tweet a photo instead of a static link, and Stipple’s API carries over the embedded callouts in that photo. “Photos can contain teasers, be shoppable and so on, and now all of those can be used in Twitter.” Further, Flemings notes engagement rates with Stipple-tagged images far surpass standard display ads. “The advertising model today is based on interruption,” he says. “Publishers provide their content for free and users tolerate being interrupted by an ad as part of the service. And the engagement rates with those ads continue to plummet, which is forcing marketers to be even more interruptive.”Stipple-tagged photos, Flemings counters, average 78 mouse-overs and 35 clicks per thousand—rates that translate to 7.8 percent and 3.5 percent, respectively. “Our business model is very simple,” he says. “We don’t spam people and we put accurate information in photos. We protect the social contract with people, which has allowed us to get these engagement rates.”Stipple’s latest financing came from Sands Capital. The company previously raised $5 million in the first part of its series A round and $2 million in seed capital in 2010. Other backers include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Floodgate, Relevance Capital and Justin Timberlake. Images are one of the most sharable formats across the web, but the data associated with those images gets lost each time they’re shared from one platform to another. Stipple, which just received $3 million in the second part of a series A round, plans to expand its service, which allows publishers, marketers and users to tag images not just with author attributions, but social and e-commerce calls to action.To get a sense of what Stipple does for images, founder Rey Flemings offers this scenario: “You pull out your cell phone and take a picture. At that moment, your phone knows where you are, the time and location and saves this information to the file. You upload the image to Facebook and does that information stay with the photograph? No.”Flemings cautions that Stipple is not a DRM solution—”We’re not a photo cop company”—but the service does do more than simply provide sticky attribution tags. last_img read more

CES 2019 Bowflexs smart coaching app brings a digital trainer to your

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Smart Home Sport and Outdoors See also CES Products Tags Share your voice 1:22 Over-the-air wireless charging will come to the smartphone Samsung’s CES 2019 robots just want to give you a helping hand The weirdest, wackiest products from the show See all our CES coverage Post a comment These are the weirdest products of CES 2019 0 Download the app for Android or iPhone — it costs $15 per month or $149 per year — and complete Bowflex’s “fitness assessment.” This gives the software a baseline to determine the length and difficulty level that’s best for you.It also claims predictive capabilities that are supposed to automatically adjust your next workout based on your previous one. I got to try it out for myself and found the app fairly intuitive to navigate with straightforward workout stats and other data. Services like this are part of a growing trend in fitness equipment — tools to keep you motivated while you workout at home — and it isn’t the only home fitness device we’ve seen here at CES 2019. CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Bowflex Max Intelligence coaches you through your workout CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 26 Photos The Bowflex Max Intelligence Platform service is supposed to keep you motivated when you exercise at home. Angela Lang/CNET Bowflex, makers of a wide range of fitness equipment, has something new for your home gym — the Max Intelligence platform. The Max Intelligence platform is an optional service that’s compatible with Bowflex’s Max Trainer M8 and M6 machines. The platform is supposed to act as a digital personal trainer in your home, keeping you motivated and adjusting your workouts for you based on your level of fitness.last_img read more

VW Type 20 electric concept is a slick batteryelectric microbus

first_img Share your voice Concept Cars Electric Cars Classic Cars Vans 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags 3:28 VW’s adorable I.D. Buzz charms us on the California coast 10 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Comments More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageIt might be a little too SEMA-y for some people’s tastes, but those weird orange bits are made using some unique methods. Volkswagen VW’s undergoing a bit of rebranding, taking its Electronics Research Laboratory in Silicon Valley and turning it into the Innovation and Engineering Center California, which will be its largest R&D facility outside Germany. To commemorate the occasion, it’s rolled out a wicked new concept that mixes both new and old.Volkswagen on Tuesday unveiled the Type 20 concept. Starting with a 1962 Type 2 11-window microbus, the automaker ripped out its guts and replaced it with something just a little more up to date. It sports a 10-kilowatt-hour battery, a 2,500-watt onboard charger and an electric motor that makes 120 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque. There’s more than just a new powertrain in there. A clever pneumatic suspension, developed with Porsche, allows the Type 20 to change its ride height through software, rising as the driver approaches. Using a 720p wide-angle camera in the driver’s second window, the concept uses facial recognition to allow the driver entry to the vehicle.It keeps getting weirder, too. There are direction microphones in three locations — outside in the front, by the driver and in the back where the passengers are. These feed into a voice assistant that is capable of understanding more natural language commands than what VW currently offers in its passenger cars. If a command is given from the exterior, the vehicle “responds” with LED-light feedback through the headlights and the VW badge on the front end, but it can respond to certain questions like, “Are you ready to go?” Facial recognition technology means that the Type 20 will greet you by name as you approach and unlock the door for you. A quick look at the pictures below shows some weird, wild structures both inside and outside the Type 20 concept. These were created with the help of Autodesk, using something VW calls “generative design,” which creates some very organic shapes for the wheels, steering wheel, side mirror stanchions and the supports for the rear seats. Volkswagen determined a set of physical parameters and let a computer design around them. Designers then drilled down further until they had look that you see here. Weird, but still really cool. There’s also a holographic display in the dashboard that doesn’t require special glasses, likely an extension of the GTI concept VW created for this year’s Wörthersee show.Volkswagen will bring the Type 20 to Monterey Car Week later this summer, but its permanent home will be at the new Innovation and Engineering Center California to show visitors and employees alike what is possible using off-the-beaten-path ideas. Other historic and prototype cars will be on display alongside it, as well. 2 VW Type 20 concept takes what’s old and makes it new again Volkswagen Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Volkswagenlast_img read more

Microsoft wants Project Scarlett to focus on frame rate and playability

first_img See It The 28 best games on the Xbox One Amazon Mentioned Above Microsoft Xbox One X Microsoft In the console space, generational leaps are traditionally associated with increased visual fidelity. Think about the jump from the Nintendo 64 to the GameCube or the original PlayStation to the PlayStation 2.Those leaps have grown increasingly incremental in recent years and, with the upcoming Project Scarlett, Microsoft is focusing on how games play as opposed to how they look. To be specific, Microsoft is concentrating on improving frame rates, according to Xbox head Phil Spencer”I think the area that we really want to focus on next generation is frame rate and playability of the games,” Spencer told CNET sister site GameSpot in a series of exclusive interviews. “Ensuring that the games load incredibly fast, ensuring that the game is running at the highest frame rate possible.”The idea of “playability” is quite nebulous, but Spencer seems to be referring to the notion of games running as smoothly as high-end PCs and reducing loads times as much as possible. That’s slightly different than the goals of current-gen consoles like the Xbox One X, which was focused on hitting 4K resolutions.”The thing that’s interesting is, this generation, we’ve really focused on 4K visuals and how we bring both movies through 4K Blu-ray and video streaming, and with Xbox One X allowing games to run at 4K visuals will make really strong visual enhancements next generation. But playability is probably the bigger focus for us this generation. How fast do [games] load? Do I feel like I can get into the game as fast as possible and while it’s playing? How does it feel? Does this game both look and feel like no other game that I’ve seen? That’s our target.”Another priority for Microsoft: backwards compatibility, or the ability for Project Scarlett to play all your old games.”Making sure that all four generations of content… all run on the next platform is important to us. We want to respect the games that you’ve bought from us.”GameSpot currently has a broad series of articles with Xbox head Phil Spencer talking about the future of games and Microsoft’s role in that future. Check them out here. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice See it Post a comment $319 Microsoft Xbox One X Tags Preview • Xbox One X coming November 7 for $499: Everything we know Microsoft Nintendo $369 28 Photos Review • Xbox One X review: Is it worthy of the hype? Gaming Culture 0last_img read more

Quack beats cancer patient to death

first_imgMap of CumillaA cancer patient has died as he was beaten for refusing to take more after gulping 60 bottles of rose water in the name of spiritual treatment by a quack, locally known as kabiraj, at Chhatadda village of Chandina upazia in Cumilla, reports UNB.The deceased is Shamim Khan, a resident of the village.Locals said Shamim had been suffering from cancer for long.He went to Abul Kalam, who was locally known as master of spirits (Jiner Badshah), for the treatment of his cancer spiritually while Kalam asked him to collect 107 bottles of rose water and eight towels for the treatment.Kalam told Shamim to drink all the 107 bottles of rose water at once, while Shamim managed to drink a total of 60 bottles on Monday night.As Shamim was unable to drink more rose water, Kalam started to beat him brutally and at one stage, Shamim collapsed on the ground and died.After Shamim’s death, his father filed a case with Chandina police station and police arrested the quack, said officer-in-charge of Chandina police station Shamsul Islam.last_img read more

125000 Unemployed Texas Workers Have Filed Claims After Harvey

first_imgJorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUTAmong the costs of Hurricane Harvey are lost jobs.Early projections say Hurricane Harvey will end up costing $190 billion. Damages, disruption to businesses and increased gas prices all contribute to this. Another factor: lost jobs due to the storm.Lisa Givens, a spokesperson for the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), tells News 88.7 about 125,000 people in Texas have applied for Disaster Unemployment Assistance since Harvey hit.Givens says not all of those claims will be paid, as they’re still processing eligibility requirements. “As we move through the recovery process, we’re certainly looking to place people in employment,” Givens said. “We are anecdotally hearing many times these claims are for temporary situations of unemployment. But we just won’t know until the long term plays out.”More federal money is on the way to help with the situation. The Department of Labor has awarded a $30 million grant to the workforce commission to fund temporary jobs to aid cleanup, demolition and other Harvey recovery efforts. The commission is working with workforce development offices called Workforce Solutions to determine needs.“The Workforce Solutions offices can determine by looking at individual skills and assessing their skill level, they’ll be able to appropriately place them in employment that fits their needs, as well as the employers’ demands,” Givens said.Grants like these have been awarded to TWC in the past. An estimated $88 million in federal grant money was allocated to help after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. A $13 million grant was awarded specifically for dislocated workers after the downturn of the gas and oil industry.Pre-Harvey, the Texas workforce was ticking up, adding 5,500 jobs in August. And annual employment growth for Texas was at 2.5 percent, which was more than double the annual growth rate set the previous year. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:34 Sharelast_img read more

With Dawn Ostroffs Exit Condé Nast Names Sahar Elhabashi Interim Head of

first_imgElhabashi joined Condé Nast Entertainment as COO in April 2012, after serving as COO of Discovery Networks International. Prior to joining Discovery in September 2007, she worked at Viacom’s MTV Networks for 15 years, most recently as EVP of strategy and digital media for MTV Networks International. Earlier in her career, Elhabashi was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and an analyst at Salomon Brothers.Read Sauerberg’s full memo to staff about Ostroff’s departure:Team –It is with mixed emotions I share the news that Dawn Ostroff, president of CNE, will be leaving at the end of July to take on a new role as global chief content officer for Spotify.I first talked to Dawn back in 2011 about joining Condé Nast to establish our video business when it was no more than an idea we sketched on my white board. In short order, she built Condé Nast Entertainment, a thriving digital and social video business that reaches an average of 50 million unique viewers, generating more than 1.1 billion views per month, and a burgeoning TV and film studio. We currently have eight TV series in production or on the air, including the multiple award-winning “Last Chance U” on Netflix, and our fourth feature film, “The Old Man and the Gun,” starring Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck, which will be released by Fox Searchlight on September 28 and already is generating award buzz and new revenue for the company. We were well ahead of all our competitors when we launched CNE, and in large part due to Dawn’s prescience, leadership and the CNE team, remain so today.Simply put, our video business is one of the most important assets to our company’s future, recognized by our audiences and advertising partners alike. It is the fastest growing revenue stream here at Condé Nast and we are committed to tripling it in the next few years. I am extremely proud of what Dawn and the team at CNE have accomplished and we are in a great position to continue this growth trajectory long into the future. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Sahar Elhabashi, the chief operating officer, will serve as interim head of CNE and lead our video strategy until we name Dawn’s replacement.Please join me in both congratulating Dawn on her new global role at Spotify and thanking her for the innumerable contributions she made to Condé Nast. You can read more about Dawn’s new role here.Bob Condé Nast Entertainment will be led on an interim basis by Sahar Elhabashi, COO of the video entertainment division, until Condé Nast hires a replacement for Dawn Ostroff — who is joining Spotify as chief content officer at the end of July.Ostroff, a veteran TV exec, cofounded Condé Nast Entertainment in 2011 and has built a growing stable of original digital productions as well as a handful of longer-form TV series. At Spotify, she will be in charge of content partnerships spanning music, audio and video, including all of its original programming.In a memo to staff Tuesday, Condé Nast CEO Bob Sauerberg praised Ostroff’s leadership at CNE. He cited video as the media company’s fastest-growing revenue stream and a critical component of its future.“I am extremely proud of what Dawn and the team at CNE have accomplished and we are in a great position to continue this growth trajectory long into the future,” he wrote.last_img read more

Gorilla fossil suggests split from humans as far back as 10 million

first_img Journal information: Nature Scientists have been trying for quite some time to nail down the earliest parts of human evolution, but have been stymied by a lack of fossil evidence. Geneticists have shown that humans and great apes share a common lineage, which has led to efforts by archeologists and others to find evidence of when splits occurred between gorillas and later chimps, our closet ancestor. Genetic evidence has suggested that humans split from chimps as recently as 5 million years ago and with gorillas approximately 7 to 8 million years ago. But these findings have conflicted with archeological findings. In this new effort the rift has widened even further as new evidence suggests at least one of the splits may have occurred much farther back in time.Back in 2007 a team of researchers found nine ancient gorilla teeth fossils at the Chorora Formation—the extinct species was given the name Chororapithecus abyssinicus. Since that time the researchers with this new effort have been working on ways to date the teeth—they have examined volcanic rock samples and particles of sediment that are known to have been magnetized at one point, from areas both above and below where the teeth were found. In analyzing their data, the team has come to believe that the teeth are from approximately 8 million years ago. Their findings suggest that the fossilized teeth represent the oldest mammalian fossils found south of the Sahara desert area, which, the team claims, adds credence to the theory that apes and thus humans originated in Africa, not Eurasia as some have claimed. Citation: Gorilla fossil suggests split from humans as far back as 10 million years ago (2016, February 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-gorilla-fossil-humans-million-years.html More information: Shigehiro Katoh et al. New geological and palaeontological age constraint for the gorilla–human lineage split, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature16510AbstractThe palaeobiological record of 12 million to 7 million years ago (Ma) is crucial to the elucidation of African ape and human origins, but few fossil assemblages of this period have been reported from sub-Saharan Africa. Since the 1970s, the Chorora Formation, Ethiopia, has been widely considered to contain ~10.5 million year (Myr) old mammalian fossils. More recently, Chororapithecus abyssinicus, a probable primitive member of the gorilla clade6, was discovered from the formation. Here we report new field observations and geochemical, magnetostratigraphic and radioisotopic results that securely place the Chorora Formation sediments to between ~9 and ~7 Ma. The C. abyssinicus fossils are ~8.0 Myr old, forming a revised age constraint of the human–gorilla split. Other Chorora fossils range in age from ~8.5 to 7 Ma and comprise the first sub-Saharan mammalian assemblage that spans this period. These fossils suggest indigenous African evolution of multiple mammalian lineages/groups between 10 and 7 Ma, including a possible ancestral-descendent relationship between the ~9.8 Myr old Nakalipithecus nakayamai8 and C. abyssinicus. The new chronology and fossils suggest that faunal provinciality between eastern Africa and Eurasia had intensified by ~9 Ma, with decreased faunal interchange thereafter. The Chorora evidence supports the hypothesis of in situ African evolution of the Gorilla–Pan–human clade, and is concordant with the deeper divergence estimates of humans and great apes based on lower mutation rates of ~0.5 × 10−9 per site per year.* Press release © 2016 Phys.org Explore further (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers studying fossils unearthed in Ethiopia’s Chorora Formation in the Afar rift has dated some gorilla teeth fossils to approximately 8 million years ago, which the team suggests, shows that the human gorilla split had to have occurred at least 10 million years ago. The team has published a report of its findings and theories in the journal Nature.center_img Closer look at teeth suggests Columbian mammoth was actually a Eurasian steppe mammoth The team’s findings also suggest that because C.abyssinicus dates back to 8 million years ago, the split with humans must have occurred at least 10 million years ago, much further back than any other evidence has shown to date. Credit: Wikipedia Team analysis of these 8-million-year-old Chororapithecus teeth fossils provided insights into the human-gorilla evolutionary split. Credit: Gen Suwa This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Puducherry scam case CID recovers 2 new SUVs from city

first_imgKolkata: In a major development in the investigation of the fraud case lodged at Puducherry in which the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had arrested a person on Saturday, the state investigating agency on Monday recovered two new SUVs from the city.”The two vehicles were brought to the city to carry cheated money. They have not been registered yet,” a senior CID official said.It may be mentioned that CID had arrested one Shyam Maitra from near a five-star hotel on EM Bypass on Saturday. He had posed as the AGM of SAIL on a marketing business web portal and used to ask customers to buy its products and send money to his account through RTGS. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn the course of investigation, the CID sleuths have found that Maitra had impersonated Bholanath Biswas, AGM Marketing of SAIL.A complaint was lodged with the Puducherry police in this regard and following it, they called up Additional Director General (ADG) CID, seeking assistance in this regard as they learnt through their source network that Maitra had taken shelter in Kolkata.It has been learnt that M/S Pasupati Engineering of Puducherry had placed an order for 35 MT of steel, but the accused had informed them that SAIL does not supply less than 100 MT of steel. Eventually, the victim had made a payment of Rs 58,32,000 through RTGS. The case was registered in Puducherry on July 26. The complaint was lodged by Prashant Banshal, the owner of the company.The arrested person is a resident of Sukantapalli in Durgapur. He had been in the business of duping people by various means since 2014.Preliminary investigation has revealed that he had cheated a number of people to the tune of a few crores.last_img read more

Relish Navaratra special

first_imgNavaratra is about to come to an end and if one wishes to not miss out on the delicacies of this festival, they can taste it at The Imperial’s Daniell’s Tavern and Shangri La’s Tamra  in the national Capital. Navratra special dish, which will be available on six-eight hours of prior request, will bring in flavours of Satvik cuisine in a traditional thali at Daniell’s Tavern. A delicious Navaratra buffet will be available which will comprise of Executive Chef Neeraj Tyagi’s special dishes such as Sabudana ki tikki, Tarboos ka ras, Paneer kesari tikka, Shakarkandi tawa chaat, Khasta aloo chaat, Sitaphal ki sabji, Aloo ka halwa and  Lauki ki kheer amongst others. Chef Prem Pogakula- Executive Sous Chef, The Imperial New Delh, has shared the recipes if going out is a hard task for food lovers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kheere ke pakodaIngredients· Kuttu ka atta-60gms· Kaloungi-5gms· Sendha Namak –to taste· Grated boiled potato-80gms· Grated cucumber-80gms· Shredded Spinach-60gms· Water-80ml· Oil to deep fry· Dahi Aur Kheerre ke chutney· Thick curd-100gms· Grated cucumber-40gms· Sendha Namak-to taste· A pinch of turmeric tempered in a tea spoon of hot gheeMethod for chutney· Mix all the ingredients and check for seasoningMethod for pakoda· Mix all the above ingredients and make thick batter consistence and check for seasoning Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix· Heat oil in a pan and make small dumpling from the mixture· Now Deep fry the dumpling till golden brown and till cooked from inside· Serve hot with dahi chutneyTamra @Shangri La’s- Eros hotelLunch Buffet: 12 pm – 3:30 pm Dinner Buffet: 7 pm-11:30 pm Price: 1200 plus taxes per person for Navratra buffetlast_img read more