August 13, 2009

MyHeritage updates its Family Tree Builder

myheritage-logoAyelet NoffMyHeritage is a social network and software for genealogists. Launched in 2005, MyHeritage has since accumulated 33 million users worldwide. The company helps people build family trees, share them with their relatives and stay in touch with their loved ones. They are the most popular free family tree website, according to Family Tree Builder, their geneology software program, is the most popular free geneology application.
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July 27, 2009

Photos of Brainstorm:Tech

Ashton Kutcher

Here are 32 Flickr photos of participants in the Fortune Brainstorm:Tech conference late last week in Pasadena, Calif., with images of actor Ashton Kutcher (3 million Twitter followers), Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Bill Gross, John Chen, CEO of Sybase, Mark Hurd, CEO of HP, Jeffrey Katzenberg of DreamWorks, and others.

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April 5, 2009

Photos of Web 2.0 Expo

Girls in Tech

JD LasicaAnyone who attends the annual Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco knows that you go for the connections. And while there were plenty of worthwhile sessions and talks this year, I wound up spending more time meeting and reconnecting with a good number of technology influencers.

I’ll be posting video interviews soon with Adriana Gascoigne and Robyn Cohen of Girls in Tech, Jeanette Gibson of Cisco and Oli Barrett, who headed up a 20-company delegation from London to Silicon Valley. (I’ll be returning the favor in July when the Traveling Geeks visit London.) Meantime, here’s a 43-shot Web 2.0 photo gallery on Flickr.

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March 24, 2009

Photo Finder will find you wherever you are

Ayelet NoffThe Facebook photos application has been by far Facebook’s biggest success: The easy to use interface for uploading pics from your computer and then brilliant point-and-click tagging of friends has proved intensely viral. There are now more than 15 billion photos on Facebook, making it the largest collection of pictures in human history. More than 850 million new photos are uploaded a month with no signs of slowing down, and Facebook’s servers display 20 billion photos every month.

The question is: How many of those pictures are of you? Well, you know how many of them you’ve been tagged in but how many photos are out there that you have no idea about? A new application launched today aims to answer that question.

Photo Finder will go through all the albums in Facebook that your account has access to — their fast, powerful and accurate facial recognition technology will scan Facebook to find untagged photos and let you browse through the results. There’s no need to train Photo Finder, it does it all automatically. Photo Finder shows you all of the results sorted by accuracy or date, letting you review its findings so that future searches become more accurate. With Photo Finder you also get notified whenever a photo of you gets posted, even if no one tagged it. Photo Finder lets you know first and gives you the chance to hide potentially embarrassing photos from other Photo Finder users.

Photo Finder also has the ability to push information on newly discovered photos to your FB news feed, giving this app a real chance to go viral as more and more people discover pics they never knew about.

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