Archive for the 'Technology' Category

2012: The Year in Graphics

Great work by NYT. Graphics and interactives from a year that included an election, the Olympics and a devastating hurricane. A selection of the graphics presented include information about how they were created. HERE

2012: The Year in Graphics

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Evolution of the New York City’s Street Grid, 1876-2013

Impressive find. Read the full article here.

Picture: A ‘South East View of the City of New York in North America,’ ca. 1763, by Thomas Howdell. The tallest spire is Trinity Church. (Museum of the City of New York)

Google handwrite search

Pretty awesome and recognizes handwriting amazingly accurate. Handwrite lets you write your search right on the Google homepage.

Chic Engine Helps You Find That Dress You Saw on Pinterest

It is not new but the story behind impresses me in terms of idea creation and also it represents new ways how information can be found closer to the real-life search approach: “I saw this white dress the other night, and want to get results for a this type of white dress and not just a dress which has the same shape.” Jonathan Allen wrote about Chic Engine on searchenginwatch.com:

What does breast cancer screening have to do with fashion? More than rubber bracelets or ribbon broaches.

Adrian Rosebrock, from Catonsville, Maryland, has put into action insights from his day job as a developer at the National Cancer Institute unit to make a visual search engine.

Working in the breast cancer screening unit, Rosebrock has been developing metrics to detect cancer in images and taking those learnings about computer ‘vision’, namely histology, and applied it to the problem of shape and color in visual search in the fashion vertical.

His project, Chic Engine, matches the shape and color of any image led query you input, either via a image file upload or a hosted image URL – provided you are looking for clothing matches. Currently the index of returned products comes mainly from ShopStyle but what is available so far is an impressive demonstration of how visual search could be something to look out for.

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Most liveable city: Zurich

Nice movie by monocle about Zurich.

For a small city, Zürich’s 50 museums, theatres and concert halls are a subtle hint that there’s more than beautiful architecture, clean living and stunning scenery in Monocle’s favourite city of 2012. A strict corporate culture with a village-style feel that means Zürich is a microcosm of a well-balanced city that larger neighbours could learn from.

Bump Launches Payments App Powered by PayPal to Share Money

Bump, the app that lets users “bump” smartphones together to share contacts and photos, is launching another service to let users pay the same way. It’s called Bump Pay.

It’s a simple solution, powered by PayPal, and designed to solve the headache of splitting drink or dinner tabs. Similar solutions exist, including one from Venmo and even PayPal’s own Bump-enabled app which came out in 2010. (ING Direct’s tech is also made possible by Bump.) But now Bump, an app that’s been downloaded by more than 80 million users, has decided to introduce a new app, rather than update its original.

Read the full article on FastCompany

Dropbox re-designs webpage and partners up with HTC

Dropbox Redesigns WebsiteDropbox has pared down its website to allow users who visit their Web accounts to navigate it more easily. It’s the latest in a series of small changes and additions Dropbox has announced, following the auto-update Android app feature for photos and a partnership with HTC for the HTC One phones.

(via FastCompany)


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