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Instagram starts warning users about wildlife abuse when they search certain hashtags

07 Dec

Instagram has announced a new wildlife protection measure following a New York Times report on how some traffickers are using the platform as part of the illicit animal trade. In a blog post published earlier this week, Instagram said that it will start presenting a content advisory screen to users who search for hashtags that are, “associated with harmful behavior to animals or the environment.”

This advisory, shown below, links to both the posts and a page where additional information on the matter is provided. That page, which discusses both environmental considerations and wild animal interactions, further links to TRAFFIC, the World Wildlife Fund, and World Animal Protection agencies.

In addition to encouraging its users not to damage the environment in order to get the perfect shot, Instagram says:

We also encourage you to be mindful of your interactions with wild animals, and consider whether an animal has been smuggled, poached or abused for the sake of tourism. For example, be wary when paying for photo opportunities with exotic animals, as these photos and videos may put endangered animals at risk.

Users who come across a video or photo they believe to be violating Instagram’s guidelines on this matter are urged to report it. The company explicitly states that it does not allow endangered animals to be sold via its platform, nor does it allow content featuring animal abuse.

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Search for Spoke: 8 Closed & Abandoned Bicycle Factories

27 Mar

[ By Steve in Abandoned Places & Architecture. ]


These closed and abandoned bicycle factories are relics of a bygone era before two-wheeled vehicles were supplanted by those with four wheels and an engine.






One of those old-timey bike factories was Memphis Cycle & Supply.  Flickr user Robby Virus captured the still majestic though graffiti-marred exterior of the building in April of 2016. ADANAY documented the interior while helping to clear the place out three months later.


Memphis Cycle & Supply appears to have closed around 2010-11 as photos taken before that time show un-boarded windows with stock on display. Flickr user Joe Pusateri (Jo Teri) snapped the building after dark on June 19th of 2011… a brave endeavor as the neighborhood is a tad sketchy to say the least. Curiously, the slipping “S” of the signage was repaired by the time Robby Virus snapped his photos in 2016, after drooping perilously for roughly a decade.

Hungary No Longer



Schwinn is perhaps the most iconic brand name in American cycling history. Founded in 1895, the company’s products enriched many a child’s formative years. Schwinn declared bankruptcy in 1992 after losing a long battle to remain competitive with lower-cost manufacturers in the Far East. A failed joint venture with post-communist Hungarian firm Csepel shows the company didn’t go out without a fight, however. The images above by Flickr users Karl Eerola (keerola) and Waterford Precision Bicycles (waterfordbikes) were taken on November 28th of 2010 and July 26th of 2012, respectively.

Philadelphia Freewheelin’




The Haverford Bicycle Factory at 448 North 10th Street in Philadelphia made Black Beauty bikes “The bicycle with a national reputation” but that didn’t stop it from shutting the doors when the flow of red ink proved unquenchable. Why the company went under in 1924 – in the midst of the Roaring Twenties – is a mystery; the grand red brick factory wasn’t more than twenty or so years old at the time. Flickr user Neil Fitzpatrick (joiseyboyy) captured the color-saturated image above on July 9th of 2010.





After sitting abandoned for years, the imposing building together with its smaller white adjunct was finally sold in 2015 for $ 2.75 million. Construction is currently underway to re-purpose the gutted structure as an “office/creative space” overlooking the newly-gentrified Callowhill neighborhood. Nice that the developers saw fit to retain the building’s historic painted-brick signage; appropriate that future tenants should bike to and from work.

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Flickr rolls out neural-network-based Similarity Search

08 Mar

Flickr has announced a new feature called Similarity Search, a deep neural network-based discovery engine that is designed to uncover a wider range of related image results than is possible under the current search system. It lets users search for a photo and use the results to dig deeper for additional similar photos.

Powered by Yahoo’s computer vision technology, this new function expands the depth and level of search results, and not coincidentally, will derive additional advantages to users of Flickr’s 13 billion-plus photo database. To use similarity search, just hover over a photo on the search result page to reveal a three-dot (“…”) Similarity Pivot button at the upper right corner. That exposes a menu giving you the option to search for additional similar photos.

Neural networks are used to map raw pixels of a photo into relevant tags. Credit: Flickr

This spells more potential exposure for both aspiring and professional photographers, where search results can go far beyond anything that may be obvious, popular or trending. Similar to a web searching or browsing experience, users will likely encounter a wider array of different, unexpected, and hopefully valuable results to choose from without having to conduct increasingly elaborate text searches.

‘One of those major problems is that of discovery,’ said Clayton Mellina, Flickr’s software developer engineer, in the blog post explaining the new tech. ‘We understand that the value in our photo corpus is only unlocked when the community can find photos and photographers that inspire them, so we strive to enable the discovery and appreciation of new photos.’

Points nearer to the query image are semantically similar; points further away are not. Credit: Flickr

What is similarity?

While similarity can mean the same person or thing or color or style, Flickr goes into deep neural network territory with semantic similarity — similarity based on the content of photos to help users discover new images and better use Flickr’s tools to find what they’re looking for from its huge database. Flickr has some experience with neural networks and already uses them for object recognition, NSFW prediction, and aesthetic quality. In addition, neural networks power Flickr’s style filters, which allow filtering by styles like ‘minimalist’ or ‘patterns.’

Because visual searching often does not translate well to text, the new Similarity Pivot button now gives users a way to more deeply explore visual concepts. ‘With similarity, we are understanding the photo abstractly with specific aspects that are related to the visual experience and layout of the scene,’ Mellina said.

Similarity search rolls out today to all Flickr users, and results will be available immediately. Mellina says that the Flickr collection is still in the process of being indexed, but that indexing should be completed by the end of this week. 

Similarity search will reveal only public photos, so there should be no security issues, Mellina says.

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Google Sunroof: Search to Save Money With Home Solar Power

26 Dec

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ]

google sunroof

Google has rolled out a search engine with a specific target in mind: your house, more specifically how much area of your roof could be covered in solar panels, what that would save you and where you can look for companies to install a system for you.

Interested homeowners can input their addresses and get realistic illustrations of how many solar panels would fit and what their potential cost savings on energy bills are likely to be.

google solar savings calculation

A complex data comprising everything from your home’s location and orientation to the presence of shade from adjacent trees or buildings – but this set is broken down into simple information for users.

google solar energy savings

Google, of course, is well-positioned to make this Sunroof tool effective, combining its Google Maps and Earth data that can sort out not just the footprint of a building but its 3D space too, and thus shadows. It also has all of the other information at hand, like average temperatures, sun exposure, cloud cover.

new google solar energy

Users of the tool can tinker with variables, but ultimately are given a recommended installation that maximizes the potential output and thus puts more back in homeowner pockets long-term. For now it is limited to the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston and a few other locations, but they have plans to expand around the country.

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Terrapattern: Satellite Image Search Engine Matches Similar Places

31 May

terrapattern shipyard

A powerful tool for artists, designers and researchers, Terrapattern lets users seek out similar-looking locations from an aerial perspective, finding connections and patterns between disparate landscapes and built environments.

terrapattern culs de sac

The premise is simple: start with a single place, be it a park or street, stadium or shipyard, then let the tool work its magic. The results are uncanny: colors, textures and shapes tied together by computer vision and clever algorithms. The broader use cases are infinite, but specific ones are possible too, like: a user could look for abandoned ships floating around the island of Manhattan.

terrapattern abandoned ships

The system works by looking at its subjects in layers, looking for identifying features like curves, edges and shadows that indicate height. In a way, its task is similar than some pattern recognition software since it is not called upon to identify the subject, just match it.

terrapattern street grids

“For our purposes,” explain the creators, “‘interesting’ features are anthropogenic or natural phenomena that are not only socially or scientifically meaningful, but also visually distinctive—thus lending themselves ideally to machine recognition. Examples could include things like animal herds, methane blowholes, factories, destroyed homes, or logging roads. Many other patterns await discovery.”

terrapattern buses

The system draws on data from OpenStreetMap, combing through hundreds of thousands of images looking for something like whatever you submitted. Researchers can use tools like this to monitor natural habitats or make archaeological finds, but ordinary people can employ this tool to create art or make inquiries about the cities they live in. Even a quick tour around the engine reveals emergent macro-patterns from individual tiles, some worthy of wall art treatment.

terrapattern golf courses

Terrapattern’s creators are indeed excited for more non-standard and unexpected uses: “Terrapattern is ideal for discovering, locating and labeling typologies that aren’t customarily indicated on maps. These might include ephemeral or temporally-contingent features (such as vehicles or construction sites), or the sorts of banal infrastructure (like fracking wells or smokestacks) that only appear on specialist blueprints, if they appear at all.”


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Adobe announces Technology Previews for Lightroom on the Web with subject-identifying Search feature

19 Mar

Adobe has launched Technology Previews for Lightroom on the Web, allowing Lightroom users to test new features before they are officially rolled out. To get things started, Adobe has released a Technology Preview that introduces ‘Search,’ a feature that uses new image analysis technology to identify photos based on subjects. 

According to Adobe, the search function lets users search for any photograph that has been synced online using Lightroom on the Web, Lightroom for mobile, or one of the Lightroom desktop applications. Search terms like ‘food’ or ‘flowers’ will reportedly be indexed whether or not the photos contain any keywords. Users can access the feature by first logging into Lightroom on the Web, then clicking the ‘Lr’ menu in the top left corner and selecting ‘Technology Preview’ from the menu. Search will then index synced photos.

The new search function is only available in English, though Adobe says it will be provided for other languages once the final version is officially rolled out. Before that happens, though, Adobe plans to expand Search’s functionality, adding support for metadata searches and more. 

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Instagram updates Explore page and search

25 Jun

Instagram has launched a major update to its mobile app that offers a redesigned Explore page and search function. The former will offer trending tags and places, the latter makes it easier to find people, places, and tags. Read more

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Art Wolfe: In search of Emperor Penguins in Antarctica

20 Apr

Renowned nature and landscape photographer Art Wolfe has been all over the world during his 40+ year career. In this article he describes his first visit to Antarctica in late 1992, where he went in search of emperor penguins. Braving freezing conditions and dangerous under-maintained airplanes, Art spent $ 25,000 to take the trip – as it turned out, the first of many. Click through for the full story

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Google Search Engine – What is My IP Address?

01 May

Need to find your public IP address? It’s just a Google search away.

For playing online games or accessing particular Internet services, it might prove useful to know your public IP address (the address that other computers / devices on the Internet can use to contact your machine and the address given out when contacting other computers / devices). If you are using an ISP (Internet Service Provider) that provides dynamic IP addresses, this may change every time you go online. And, if you use a proxy server or VPN (virtual private network), displaying your “public” IP address can help ensure you are actually accessing the Internet via the connected service.

Instead of going through computer settings to display your public IP address, finding this information is just a Google search away:…

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Internet Explorer 11 – Change the Default Search Provider to Google, Yahoo!, or Something Else

17 Apr

Tired of IE11 always searching the web with Bing? Learn how to easily change the default search provider to something else.

By default, when you search the web with Internet Explorer 11, the Bing search engine from Microsoft is used.

While some enjoy using this website, others would rather search the web with Yahoo!, Google, or another search provider by default….

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