- TinEye status
TinEye fans: TinEye may not have been available to some of you late last night. TinEye is back online now but if you are experiencing any issues, please ping us firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a comment.
- Happy Holidays! Happy Searching!
Just in time for the holiday: We have added 15 million images to the TinEye index which is today 1,800,781,909 images. Happy searching.
Photograph (c) by Alex Eylar
- Crunchies Nominations are still open!
TinEye fans help TinEye by nominating our little reverse image search engine as the Best Technology Achievement for 2010! You can nominate everyday and the deadline for nomination is Friday December 24th at midnight.
- Is the TinEye index weird?
I can’t stop being surprised at what is in the TinEye index but hey if it helps out AskReddit then that’s just awesome!
- If you don’t know TinEye you should! Joe Pantuso
- Small Business Forum 2010
Are you ready for Toronto’s entrepreneurial event of the year?
Join Chris O’Neill of Google Canada, Austin Hill of Brudder Ventures, Leila Boujnane of Idée Inc., Nancy Peterson of Homestars, Darren Anderson of Vive Nano, Erin Bury of Sprouter, Mike McDerment of Freshbooks and many, many others at the Small Business Forum – Toronto’s entrepreneurial event of the year!
On October 19th, more than 2,000 entrepreneurs, prospective entrepreneurs and small business owners will attend Enterprise Toronto’s 10th annual Small Business Forum. This year’s theme – finding and retaining customers!
When: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front St W, Toronto, ON, Canada
- TinEye Chrome Extension
Hey TinEye fans and Chrome users. Many of you have asked why when installing our TinEye Chrome Extension, a popup warns you that our extension can access “Your data on all websites” and “Your browsing history”. What? Does this mean that TinEye is keeping track of all the webpages you visit?
Well no, TinEye does not, and never will. It is simply that our TinEye extension needs access to the page you are browsing in order for TinEye to be able to add a context menu to perform a TinEye search. Basically, in order to access the image’s URL, our TinEye extension needs to be able to read the page your browser is on. The warning is simply Google’s way of being cautious and letting you know what an extension could access. There is no way for TinEye to add an image context menu without having this warning appear. Drop by the Google Support forum for all the nitty gritty details http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=30636989775092ba&hl=en
Ok, this explains the “data on all websites” warning, but what about my browsing history? Why do you need to access that? Well, as it turns out, to be able to open your TinEye results in a new tab, our TinEye extension needs to access your browser’s history! Again this is just the way such extensions work in Chrome and not an attempt on TinEye’s part to access any of your data.
So happy and safe searching!
UPDATED: To view the source code of the TinEye extension, simply download the extension, rename it from *.crx to *.zip, and then extract it.
- TinEye Image Analytics
At the TinEye headquarters we are constantly thinking about image search features for our reverse image search engine and of course how to make TinEye the best reverse image search engine in the world. We like building useful software for our fans.
So listening to you all sending in feature requests, ideas, suggestions etc. one feature constantly makes it to the top of the request list (after a larger index) and that is what our fans call an image alert. This basically would be a service that would allow TinEye users to find out of where their images are appearing on the web via an automated notification mechanism. Similar to Google Alerts but for images.
So today I would like you to tell us what comes to mind when you (our TinEye fan) think about when you think about image alerts and how would such a feature make your image searches easier.We have heard that as a professional and amateur photographer you would like to find out where your images are appearing and figure out if they are being used according to how they were licensed. But surely you would probably want to use an image alert service for more than just a copyright tracking tool! At least we think so because we believe analytics to be an incredible tool to drive your decision making (why fly blindingly to your destination, when you can get a compass to direct you?).
How we envision an image analytics service is simple (in principle): you would upload a set of images to the service and get a notification each time your image is spotted on the wild web. But as we are gathering data for this service we can’t help but think about what other features could make you love TinEye even more. We have a number of ideas but we would love to hear from you all. So drop us a line in the comments and tell us about your dream features for an image analytics service.
We are listening. And would like to engage in a conversation with you all.
- TinEye Chrome extension: Right-click functionality is here!
Simply right-click an image to search using the Chrome extension.
This means that instead of clicking the TinEye button in your Chrome toolbar to select a web image to be searched, you can simply right-click on any web image and select “Search Image on TinEye” from Chrome’s new right-click context menu.
UPDATE: If you would like the old version of the Chrome extension which uses the toolbar button and popup window, you can get that, too.
- HackTO2: It is a wrap! Until next time.
Another successful HackTO has come and gone; we hope you had as much fun attending as we did hosting! There was so much talent packed into the ideeplex, I’m surprised zombies couldn’t smell the steaming brains from miles away.
Many of you have put your completed HackTO projects online, and I have included links to those projects here to share with the rest of the HackTO gang. If your project is missing from this post, please drop us a line and we’ll add it.
Nom Nom Nom Rank (Winner: First Place)
Using: Yellow Pages API, Google Weather API, and the Foursquare API
Description: Most work places in dense urban areas are surrounded by plenty of restaurants. With too many options, lunch decision paralysis is a very real problem. With “Nom Nom Nom Rank“, we rank the restaurants and determine your best choice based on predefined metrics such as weather, popularity and how busy the location is.
Note: Their domain was just registered, so the link may not work right away. Follow Nom Nom Nom Rank on Twitter
Fun Thing (Winner: Second Place)
By: Logan Aube
Using: Cadmus API
Description: Fun Thing is a Small Platformer that uses the Cadmus API to turn HackTO’s Twitter feed into a cool level of a game!
Note: After you click play you’ll probably need to click the screen again to get the controls working! Left, Right and Space to Jump. Catch the icons of your friends to invert the screen’s colours but also to gain points! If you stay on a tweet for too long it will start to fall.
wp-instapaywall (Winner: Third Place)
By: Mo Jangda
Using: Freshbooks API
Description: Mo has written up an awesome post about his project on his blog! In its simplest form, the plugin lets you paywall your blog posts and make money by charging readers for full access to them.
Jira (Honourable Mention)
Using: PixMatch API and ISBNdb API
Description: Jira is an iPhone application that allows you to upload a photo of a book cover and using the PixMatch API, return the ISBN and book cover of the book. Then by using the ISBNdb API, it returns the book title, author, publisher, and stores with prices. You can then select one of the stores and go directly to the website for purchase.
Note: Visit this project using your iPhone — requires the Quickpic application
Using: OANDA/FxTrade API
Description: Cash $oup! WTF? uses the HTML5 canvas and the Processing.js framework to draw floating organisms in a Primordial soup where each organism represents a currency exchange rate. The organisms grow and shrink in real time to reflect real time foreign exchange rates pulled from OANDA’s FxTrade API.
Note: The demo points to the development server so the rates being used are not current. The github repo is here.
Using: OANDA/FxTrade API
Description: currency_bot is a twitter bot announcing the value of one Canadian dollar in other currencies.
Description: 4square for media – check in for books, movies, music, etc.
By Brian Smith
Using: OANDA/FxTrade API and Freshbooks API
Description: Multi-currency time tracker is a tool which tracks time for billing in multiple currencies, then
submits it to Freshbooks.
Note: The Freshbooks functionality no longer works, but Brian will leave the OANDA stuff up as long as their API stays the same.
Using: OANDA/FxTrade API
Description: Trend-Blaster 3000 plots a currency’s value over the course of a year on a graph. By zooming in on sections of the graph and clicking on data points, New York Times articles for that time period are listed below. Using this information, it is possible to draw conclusions regarding the fluctuations in the currency.
Using: OANDA/FxTrade API, Yellw Pages API and Google Maps API
Description: Tyke Tycoon is a children’s game prototype for mobile touch screen devices. It lets kids track the money they find or receive (how much and where), shows them where the nearest bank is, and shows them how much their money is worth in various international currencies.
Note: The currency conversion has been removed from this project as it no longer connects to OANDA
Thanks to all the folks who submitted project information for this post. Once again, if we are missing your project info, please let us know!
We hope you enjoyed HackTO2, and keep on hackin’!