NASA: NASA Unveils New Searchable Video, Audio and Imagery Library for the Public

New from NASA, and I hope you have a spare couple hundred hours: NASA Unveils New Searchable Video, Audio and Imagery Library for the Public. “NASA officially has launched a new resource to help the public search and download out-of-this-world images, videos and audio files by keyword and metadata searches from NASA.gov. The NASA Image and Video Library website consolidates imagery spread across more than 60 collections into one searchable location. ASA Image and Video Library allows users to search, discover and download a treasure trove of more than 140,000 NASA images, videos and audio files from across the agency’s many missions in aeronautics, astrophysics, Earth science, human spaceflight, and more. Users now can embed content in their own sites and choose from multiple resolutions to download. The website also displays the metadata associated with images.”

TechCrunch: Matroid can watch videos and detect anything within them

TechCrunch: Matroid can watch videos and detect anything within them. “If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth that times the frame rate. Matroid, a computer vision startup launching out of stealth today, enables anyone to take advantage of the information inherently embedded in video. You can build your own detector within the company’s intuitive, non-technical, web platform to detect people and most other objects.”

TechCrunch: Google is working on a new social app for small groups to edit photos together

TechCrunch: Google is working on a new social app for small groups to edit photos together. “While Google continues to add more features to its two social communication apps Allo and Duo, TechCrunch has learned that it has quietly been working on least one more social app. Google has been developing a new social app that lets small groups edit photos together and then organise them for future enjoyment: think Path meets Snapchat-style filters and edits meets Google’s imaging smarts.”

Barbara Feldman: 3 Easy Ways to Compress Images that are Too Big to Upload to WordPress

Barbara Feldman: 3 Easy Ways to Compress Images that are Too Big to Upload to WordPress. “In order to control site loading times, disk space used, and as a security measure, WordPress limits the file size of any image uploaded to the Media Library. The default maximum size is 2MB. You can change this limit (in php.ini, .htaccess, or wp-config.php) if you wish, but that’s a lesson for another day. Here are three free online tools for optimizing images that are too big to upload.”

CNET: Google works to make JPEG graphics smaller but not sucky

CNET: ​Google works to make JPEG graphics smaller but not sucky. “Google thinks it’s found a better way to compress JPEG. In research published Thursday, it details technology called Guetzli that cuts JPEG file sizes by 35 percent in its testing. The idea isn’t to replace JPEG, but tweak its settings to minimize the likelihood we’ll notice problems when files are squeezed.”

Yahoo Launches Similarity Searching for Flickr

Yahoo has launched similarity searching for Flickr. “With billions of photos on Flickr, finding the ones you want – by searching based on tags and descriptions – only gets you so far. Today, we’re introducing similarity search, which uses advanced technology to allow you to discover visually similar photos without much work on your end. Here’s how it works: after your initial search, whether you’re looking for your favorite succulent or the perfect image of a ‘67 Mustang (not the horse), just click the ‘…’ in the upper right of the photo you’re excited about. We’ll surface similar images for you.”