Pinterest recently acquired VisualGraph, a company that develops object recognition technology. This recent purchase of VisualGraph makes apparent that Pinterest want to leverage its 70 million users and associated pins to better serve the users who are searching Pinterest for topic-specific images.
With image recognition, Pinterest can go one step further and help algorithmically group images based on machine code, instead of having to rely on users pinning the two images together under a single banner. VisualGraph could help optimize the serving of relevant Pinterest ads without the need to collect endless image meta data.
Google may be a tough opponent for Pinterest-still Google currently does a pretty good job with their image search, one thing their results lack is an association with a large image based community. Pinterest’s defining feature may give the social media site an edge in the image-search game.
Google announced that it is adding a feature to Gmail and Google calendar that will let users download their data from the services. Google also offers the option to download a single archive of all account data across Gmail calendar, Google+, YouTube, Drive and more.
As announced in a post over at the official Google blog, users can now export their calendar data in the iCalendar format and Gmail archive in the MBOX format, both readily acceptable by Apple’s OS X/iOS calendar app and the stock OS X Mail program respectively.
It’s also possible to choose a subset of labels and/or calendars to export, for Gmail and Calendar respectively, if there’s only a particular part that you’re interested in keeping. That’s handy for maintaining separate work and personal archives, for instance.
As before you can also download a single archive file for multiple products with a copy of your Gmail, Calendar, Google+, YouTube, Drive and other Google data.
Google says that the option to download Gmail data will be rolled out to all the users over the next month, while the calendar data is available to download starting today.