Facebook rachète Instagram, l’appli de partage de photoLundi, Mark Zuckerberg, PDG de Facebook, a annoncé que le réseau social avait racheté Instagram, l’application de partage de photos destiné aux appareils mobiles. Un rachat qui lui a coûté un milliard de dollars en actions et en numéraire. Alors qu’elle vient tout juste de débarquer sur les dispositifs Android, c’est un nouveau tournant pour l’application de partage de photos Instagram. Lundi, Facebook a en effet annoncé par la voix de son PDG Mark Zuckerberg qu’il venait tout juste de racheter l’application créée il y a presque deux ans. “Je suis heureux de partager avec vous la nouvelle que nous avons accepté de racheter Instagram et que leur talentueuse équipe va rejoindre Facebook”, a indiqué le directeur sur sa page Facebook. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Pendant des années, nous nous sommes concentrés sur l’architecture du meilleur système pour partager des photos (…). Maintenant nous allons pouvoir travailler encore plus étroitement avec l’équipe d’Instagram qui offre les meilleures expériences pour partager de belles images prises sur des appareils mobiles”, a t-il également ajouté cité par l’AFP. De leur côté, les créateurs d’Instagram se sont également réjouis du rachat : “Quand Mike (Krieger) et moi avons créé Instagram il y a presque deux ans, nous avons voulu changer et améliorer la manière dont le monde communique et partage. Nous avons pris beaucoup de plaisir à voir Instagram se transformer en communauté vibrante à travers le monde”, a commenté Kevin Systrom, directeur général d’Instagram, dans un communiqué.Quant au devenir de l’application, le directeur a voulu rassurer les utilisateurs, elle gardera son indépendance. “Instagram ne va pas disparaître. Nous allons travailler avec Facebook pour bâtir un réseau. Nous allons continuer à ajouter des caractéristiques au produit pour trouver de nouvelles manières de créer une meilleure expérience photo”, a t-il précisé. Un projet confirmé par Mark Zuckerberg : “Nous pensons que ces systèmes différents vont se compléter” mais pour cela “nous devons avoir en tête de garder et solidifier les forces et les caractéristiques d’Instagram plutôt que d’essayer de tout intégrer à Facebook”. Alors que le réseau social prépare son entrée en bourse, le PDG a ajouté que “c’est la première fois que Facebook fait l’acquisition d’une entreprise avec tant d’utilisateurs”. Toutefois, “nous ne prévoyons pas d’en faire beaucoup d’autres de la sorte, s’il y en a d’autres”.Le 10 avril 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambert
Google announces creepy/useful features by Martin Brinkmann on May 17, 2017 in Companies, Google – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 14 commentsCreepy? Useful? Both? Google announced a slew of new features coming to Google Photos, Gmail and other company products designed to make life just a tad easier.Google Photos got Suggested Sharing and Shared Libraries for instance. Suggested Sharing is a new feature that suggests contacts to share photos with based on who is on these photos. If you take a photo of your friends at a party, Google Photos might identify those on the photos, and suggest you share the photos with them.Shared Libraries on the other hand brings photos from different phones together in a single library based on things or people that you want to share with another person. A couple could select to share photos of their children for instance, or their dog. For that, all that it would take is to select photos that show people or objects, so that Google may identify them in future photos taken on the device or uploaded to Google Photos.Gmail’s Smart Reply feature on Android or iOS makes replying to emails easier by suggesting short answers.If you look at these features, you may find them useful, or not, depending on how you use Google services and devices.If you like to share photos for instance, you may find the two new Google Photos features useful. Gmail users who get a lot of emails that require just a simple response, may like the new Smart Reply feature.If you dig a bit deeper however, you will realize that Google needs access to information for that functionality. If Google cannot read emails for instance, its algorithm cannot come up with replies to messages.And if it does not use facial recognition or object identification when you upload new photos to Google Photos, it cannot really help you with the sharing functionality. Also, it needs access to contact information to connect people or objects to the list to find suitable sharing candidates.As Alex Cranz points out correctly on Gizmodo, Google’s business is to know as much as possible about each and everyone in order to make as much money as possible using those information.This does not mean that Google users don’t benefit from these information as well, as Google pushes out a constant stream of new features or apps that makes life easier for Google users who use them.But how easy is easy enough, especially if you weigh this against the privacy implications? Do you really need reminders by an algorithm when it comes to sharing photos on your devices? Or automatic replies for emails?You might say that it does not really matter anymore at this point, as Google is already reading your emails, and probably also using object identification algorithms to find out more about what is shown on photos.Still, you may wonder where all of this will end. Will an AI take over the sharing, emailing and communicating for you in the future?Google revealed today that more than 500 million people are using Google Photos to back up more than 1.2 billion photos and videos per day.Now You: Do you find these features useful? Do you use others that Google or other companies rolled out in the past?SummaryArticle NameGoogle announces creepy/useful featuresDescriptionCreepy? Useful? Both? Google announced a slew of new features coming to Google Photos, Gmail and other company products designed to make life just a tad easier.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
For the time being, says Andrew Fabian of the Institute of Astronomy at the United Kingdom’s University of Cambridge, chairperson of Hitomi’s science working group, reports that the satellite is permanently lost are “groundless speculation.”X-ray astronomers were eagerly awaiting observations from Hitomi, because it is the first major x-ray observatory launched since 1999. An earlier attempt by Japan to launch such a spacecraft failed in 2000 and a 2005 follow-up lost a key instrument after a few weeks because of technical failure. Hitomi also carries a soft x-ray spectrometer that has 30 times the resolution of previous instruments and is expected to revolutionize the field. X-ray astronomer Ken Pounds of the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom says “if lost it would be a tragedy for our Japanese colleagues and a significant disappointment for U.S. collaborators working on the microcalorimeter.” Japan’s space agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is desperately trying to re-establish communications with its recently launched Hitomi x-ray observatory (formerly known as ASTRO-H) following a loss of contact on 26 March. Hitomi is a groundbreaking telescope that will be able to image emissions from black holes, the swirl of hot gas in galaxy clusters, and supernova remnants through high-energy photons—including x-rays and gamma rays—with unprecedented accuracy. It was launched 17 February and was still being commissioned, but at the start of operations on Saturday it failed to respond as normal. The U.S.-based Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC), which tracks orbiting objects with radar, reported on 27 March seeing five separate objects at Hitomi’s location. But JAXA spokesperson Azusa Yabe says that the agency had received short signals from Hitomi after JSpOC reported its possible breakup.Ground-based amateur satellite watchers also reported seeing Hitomi in a slow spin. Chisato Ikuta, deputy director of Institute of Space and Astronautical Science/JAXA’s press office in Kanagawa, says “these may help us to understand the status of Hitomi. 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Source = American Airlines American Airlines took home the top prize once again in Global Traveler magazine’s GT Tested readers survey. For the fifth year in a row, the readers of Global Traveler magazine have named American “Best Domestic First Class Airline.” oneworld also earned top honors as “Best Airline Alliance” for the second consecutive year. The annual GT Tested Awards program surveyed more than 35,000 business and leisure travelers with an open-ended reader survey to determine the best in business and luxury travel for 2011. The GT Tested Awards were presented on Dec. 1 in Los Angeles and are featured in the December issue of Global Traveler. American was also honored in August in Global Traveler’s annual “Wines on the Wing” awards, taking the top award for Best North American Wines on the Wing, Best North American Sparkling Wine and Best North American Red Wine. Global Traveler’s panel of wine experts and consultants selected American as serving the Best Sparkling Wine in the North American Premium Class category for its Gloria Ferrer Brut Sonoma, while the California Pellegrini Family Blend won among red wines. American provided tastings of its award-winning wine to attendees at the GT Tested Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Dec. 1.