We investigate two key components of an image that guess its popularity, namely the image content and social context. Using a dataset of about 2.3 million images from Flickr, we demonstrate that we can reliably predict the normalized view count of images with a rank correlation of 0.81 using both image content and social cues. In this paper, we show the importance of image cues such as color, gradients, deep learning features and the set of objects present, as well as the importance of various social cues such as number of friends or number of photos uploaded that lead to high or low popularity of images.
Unfortunately it wasn’t working when I tried it out.
The Journal notes that Amazon is “several years away” from becoming a full-fledged US delivery company — assuming the company decides to pursue such a significant and challenging venture. But job listings suggest that Jeff Bezos is giving it serious thought. “Amazon is growing at a faster speed than UPS and FedEx, who are responsible for shipping the majority of our packages,” reads one recent posting cited by the Journal. “At this rate Amazon cannot continue to rely solely on the solutions provided through traditional logistics providers. To do so will limit our growth, increase costs and impede innovation in delivery capabilities.”
Anything is an improvement over the options we have right now (looking at you, UPS and Fedex).
Who is the product?
Facebook said that mobile ads represented 59 percent of its ad revenue in the first quarter, up from 30 percent in the year-ago period. Facebook’s overall revenue grew 72 percent year-on-year to $2.5 billion in the first quarter, above the $2.36 billion expected by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
“They’ve got the right products for what advertisers are looking for and that’s manifesting itself in the results you’re seeing,” said JMP Securities analyst Ronald Josey.
Facebook’s newsfeed ads, which inject paid marketing messages straight into a user’s stream of news and content, have ignited Facebook’s revenue growth and bolstered its stock price during the past year. The ads are ideally suited for the smaller-sized screens of smartphones and other mobile devices.
We are the product.
I was thinking about this earlier today: if I had the chance to have lunch with Tim Cook, what would I talk to him about?
Interesting story about a place few people knew about.
The apple farm Jobs took frequent trips to is called All One Farm, and to this day it still operates. Though they’re secretive about the exact location of the place (they don’t really want visitors poking around), I have heard it is somewhere off the beaten path about 10 miles north of McMinnville, near Gaston, Oregon. This is the same farm where Steve is rumored to have come up with the name “Apple” for his company when returning to the Bay Area after a trip.
“We’re very proud of our quarterly results, especially our strong iPhone sales and record revenue from services,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re eagerly looking forward to introducing more new products and services that only Apple could bring to market.”
I feel like we’ve heard that last sentence before.
If you’ve always wanted to try beta versions of OS X (without paying $99), here’s your chance.
Join the OS X Beta Seed Program and help make OS X even better. Install the latest pre-release software, try it out, and submit your feedback.
Netflix is planning to raise prices by a buck or two.
In his company’s Q1 letter to shareholders, CEO Reed Hastings said, “Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only.” Hastings then noted that existing customers will be able to stay at current monthly rates (e.g. $7.99 in the US) for a “generous” period of time. “I don’t think it’s a huge difference,” he said of the price change during Netflix’s afternoon earnings call.
You can still lock in the older rate by signing up now.
It includes improvements to the Touch ID sensor, a bug fix for keyboard responsiveness and a fix for using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver.
A great update to an app I use all the time.