- Chrome features the TinEye extension
Yes, we love our Chrome users and they love us. The extension works similarly to the other TinEye plugins and bookmarklets for Firefox and IE. Just click the TinEye button on your Chrome toolbar, select which image on the page you want to search for, and presto you’re done!
Of course once Chrome supports right-click functionality we’ll be rolling out an update for that, too!
Check out our quick tutorial video below, or mosey on over to Chrome extensions and get the *featured* TinEye extension now!
- Rock your Firefox with our TinEye add-on
Mozilla just launched Rock Your Firefox which is their campaign to feature Firefox Add-ons. Not surprising since Mozilla pioneered the personalized Web browser with Firefox Add-ons. And our TinEye Firefox Add-On has just been featured!
Keep an eye on Rock Your Firefox as the site will feature reviews, feedback, and insights from people around the Web who are using Firefox Add-ons to make their online experience better. And you may find one or two Firefox add-ons that will transform your browsing life!
- TinEye on CNN
Thanks for TinEye fans for pointing out that TinEye got some prime time air on CNN this week. For all the TinEye curious fans out there, here is the video clip:
- HackTO: API hacking in Toronto!
On Saturday May 15, Toronto’s finest hackers and developers gathered at the ideeplex in Toronto for some serious geekery at the first ever HackTO hack-a-thon.
The challenge? Build a sexy web application using any combination of open APIs made available by our fantastic sponsors: Canpages, Freshbooks, Idee, OPENapps and PostRank. Oh, and build it in UNDER FOUR HOURS.
The reward? Besides total geek-cred, the top three applications received either an iPad, a $500 gift certificate for the Apple store or a $250 gift certificate for Amazon. All applications developed remained property of their creators, of course… this event was for people-meeting and stuff-strutting!
As part of the HackTO schedule we decided to introduce an unconference component: developers put their application ideas up on a white board and specified if they were looking for a team member to work with, or if they were going “rogue” independently. We ended up with a pretty good combination of rogue developers and teams. A total of 13 applications were outlined on the board by 10:30, which was our coding start time.
Off to the races. Competition was stiff, coffee was flowing, laptops were clacking, and some creative work spaces began to sprout up…
Of course somewhere along the way we needed to break for food, although it was hard to tear some hackers away from their laptops just when they’d hit a groove! But two, three, or TEN slices of pizza later it was back to business.
Shortly after lunch, it was serious CRUNCH TIME. The only sounds to be heard were furious fingers flailing on keyboards, the clinking of coffee spoons, the crunching of carbs, and the occasional %#$@! For some, helmets were required gear for getting down to the nitty gritty.Buckle up, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.
Several pints of blood, sweet and tears later, finishing touches were made and laptops were closed. Each team presented their awesome application to the crowd, and to our wonderful panel of judges whom we would like to thank from the bottom of our collective geeky hearts: Jonas Brandon, April Dunford and Joe Stump. Thanks, dudes!
There were so many great apps, it was hard to choose the winners. But without further ado, here is what the judges selected:
Honourable mention (for lolz)
Pick a topic and a city in Canada (e.g. dating in Toronto), then fill out a form to instantly assemble a web site complete with content, local business listings and advertising. Uses the CanPages API.
Honourable mention (Application by a sponsoring team)
Submit an image, and Soleil breaks it down into a grid of colour, then replaces each colour in the grid with a similarly-coloured image to create a mosaic version of the original image. Uses Idee’s Piximilar API.Submitted imageResult mosaic image!
Image Statter by Rida Al Barazi
Grab a set or feed of images, identify those images that come from the highest-ranking source (e.g. sources with many incoming/outgoing links or flagged as interesting), and extract the image colours to create colour templates. Get a pie-chart breakdown of how each colour is used proportionally within the image. Uses the PostRank and Piximilar APIs.
Third place (winner of the $250 Amazon gift certificate)
Submit any web site address with an RSS feed, or provide your Google Reader feeds to receive a list of suggested feeds based on your interests. Uses the PostRank API.
Second place (winner of the $500 Apple store certificate)
Take a photo with your iPhone or select a photo from your iPhone’s image gallery, and find visually similar images on the web (e.g. images with the same look, feel, colours, etc.). Uses the Piximilar API.
First place (winner of a 32GB iPad)
Submit a colour palette from colourlovers.com and retreive images that contain either all of the colours in that palette, or images matching individual colours in the palette. Click on your result images to find even more palette-inspired images. Uses the Piximilar API with colourlovers.com.Who doesn’t love colour?!
Congratulations to the winners, and a huge round of applause to everyone who participated in this very first hack-a-thon. It’s amazing what can be accomplished with great minds and a tight deadline!
It was great to meet you all, and we hope you had fun. If you are looking to connect with anyone that you met at HackTO, don’t forget that the names, faces and Twitter accounts of everyone at the event are available right here.
We are already excited about planning the next event, so we’ll see you again soon… keep hacking!
P.S. PostRank: here’s some love for you courtesy of Soleil!
- We are hiring!
Despite our best efforts compute clusters and robots still need help and TinEye can’t build all it needs on its own. So we need help. We are hiring for a number of positions but our first need is live on our website: we are looking for an awesome system administrator. Learn about Idée, TinEye – our great reverse image search engine – and our environment before dropping us a note. Would love to hear from you!