Posts Tagged ‘Amazon’

Load-Control: Semantria Takes On The Social Media Surge Infrastructure Challenge

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Semantria is tackling some of the challenges that come with being a cloud-based social media services provider startup. The company offers a text and sentiment analysis service (which you can read about here) to clients and partners. That includes companies like Sprinklr, which manages the social customer experience for other brands with the help of Semantria’s API for analyzing social signals about those clients.

The good news is that with growing social data volumes, there’s a growing need for semantically-oriented services like Semantria’s that help businesses make sense of that information for themselves or their clients. The downside is that a huge surge in volume of social mentions around a company, its product, or anything else can hit such services hard in the pocketbook when it comes to acquiring the cloud infrastructure to handle the tidal wave.

“Everybody suffers from this kind of thing,” says Semantria founder and CEO Oleg Rogynskyy. “We experience it daily.”

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Amazon Fires Up Fire TV Featuring Voice Search And Content Viewing Prediction Capabilities

retAmazon today unveiled its Fire TV streaming video device. During the announcement event in Manhattan, company vice president Peter Larsen called the $99 set top box “tiny, incredibly powerful and unbelievably simple.” For users, that power and simplicity are designed to be evident in features such as the device’s ability to project and preload the content users will want to see and to navigate via voice search.

A statement by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos reads that, “Our exclusive new ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) feature predicts the shows you’ll want to watch and gets them ready to stream instantly.” Movies or tv shows are buffered for playback before users hit the play button, the company says; those choices are made by analyzing users’ watch lists and recommendations. As users’ viewing habits change, the caching prediction algorithm will adjust accordingly, and personalization capabilities should get better over time as buyers use the Fire TV device.

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Semantic Technology Jobs: Amazon

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Amazon.com is looking for a Research Scientist, Social Shopping Technology and Machine Learning in Seattle, WA. The post states, “Amazon needs a seasoned research scientist to join customer reviews development team in Seattle, WA. We own Amazon’s famous Customer Reviews – one of the world’s largest community driven products. User contributed reviews are a tremendously visible aspect of Amazon’s brand and a key competitive advantage. Millions of shoppers use customer reviews every day to make buying decisions through our global websites and mobile apps. This translates to a direct impact to Amazon’s core business and customer experience… You’re a scientist looking for a career where you’ll be able to lead, to deliver, and to influence. Read more

Off Semantic Tech Goes Into The Wild Blue Yonder

rsz_amprimeLook, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no – it’s an Amazon drone!

Admittedly, Amazon Prime Air’s unmanned aerial vehicles in commercial use are still a little ways off. But such technology – along with other recent innovations, such as the use of unmanned aircraft in crop-dusting or even Department of Homeland Security border applications, or future capabilities to extend the notion of auto-piloting in passenger airplanes using autonomous machine logic to control airspace and spacing between planes –needs to be accounted for in terms of its impact on the air space. The Next-Generation Air Transportation System is taking on the change in the management and operation of the national air transportation system.

And semantic technology, natural language processing, and machine learning, too, will have a hand in helping out, by fostering collaboration among the agencies that will be working together to develop the system, including the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, under the coordination of the Joint Planning and Development Office. These agencies will need to leverage each other’s knowledge and research, as well as ensure – as necessary – data privacy.

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Open The Door To Bringing Linked Data To Real-World Projects

ld1Linked Data: Structured Data on the Web is now available in a soft-cover edition. The book, authored by David Wood, Marsha Zaidman, Luke Ruth, and Michael Hausenblas, and with a forward by Tim Berners-Lee, aims to give mainstream developers without previous experience with Linked Data practical techniques for integrating it into real-world projects, focusing on languages with which they’re likely to be familiar, such as JavaScript and Python.

Berners-Lee’s forward gets the ball rolling in a big way, making the case for Linked Data and its critical importance in the web ecosystem:“The Web of hypertext-linked documents is complemented by the very powerful Linked Web of Data.  Why linked?  Well, think of how the value of a Web page is very much a function of what it links to, as well as the inherent value of the information within the Web page. So it is — in a way even more so — also in the Semantic Web of Linked Data.  The data itself is valuable, but the links to other data make it much more so.”

The topic has clearly struck a nerve, Wood believes, noting that today we are “at a point where structured data on the web is getting tremendous play,” from Google’s Knowledge Graph to the Facebook Open Graph protocol, to the growing use of the schema.org vocabulary, to data still growing exponentially in the Linked Open Data Project, and more. “The industry is ready to talk about data and data processing in a way it never has been before,” he continues. There’s growing realization that Linked Data fits in with and nicely complements technologies in the data science realm, such as machine learning algorithms and Hadoop, such that “you can suddenly build things you never could before with a tiny team, and that’s pretty cool….No technology is sufficient in and of itself but combine them and you can do really powerful things.”

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Semantic Technology Jobs: A9.com

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A9.com is looking for a Senior Software Engineer – Search Relevance in Palo Alto, CA. The post states, “A9.com, headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, is the search technology subsidiary of Amazon.com. We value all the positive traits of a successful startup — creativity, a fast pace, high energy, and a fun environment where everybody and their work is important. These traits, combined with the history of success and the resources of Amazon.com, are a winning combination for the team and for our customers. Our Search Relevance team is looking for strong and talented engineers who can make a difference in the quality of Amazon’s product search. As part of A9′s Relevance team, you’ll participate in all parts of the R&D process, from experimenting with new ideas and exploring new techniques to implementing features used by millions of Amazon.com customers every day.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Amazon

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Amazon.com is looking for a Principal Data Engineer in Seattle, WA. The post states, “Are you a data analysis ninja? can you seamlessly transition between OLAP/Relational, Graph/RDF and Hive/EMR without breaking a sweat? want to dive deep into the world’s largest financial/contract transaction system and help formalize our ability to make it automatically actionable for our mission critical LOB systems? This is a new effort within Vendor Systems that requires the ability to work independently and efficiently and come up with solutions that are sustainable and efficient and directly impact Amazon’s bottom line, if you want to leave a mark on the future of Amazon, this is your chance.” Read more

The New World of Books: E-Reading Gets Robust

Cast your vote yet for The Booksmash Challenge? If not, you’ve got a chance to pull the lever for semantic technology for the contest, which is sponsored by HarperCollins and asks developers to create proof-of-concept apps using its OpenBook API that includes full access to select authors’ work.

Entered in the challenge is the KEeReader, a browser-based e-reading platform that brings the ability to identify concepts, entities and relationships within content and allow users to interact with it. Its chief architect is Eric Freese, who gave audiences at this past spring’s SemTech conference in San Francisco a first look at the platform, and who will be providing attendees at the upcoming Semantic Technology & Business Conference in NYC the latest insights on its place in the evolving world of knowledge enhanced e-reading. KEeReader adds a semantic angle to its book discovery one, opening the door to a vastly richer experience, says Freese.

“The two main goals of this are first to bring e-books into being first- class citizens on the web,” he says, benefitting from search engine optimization techniques for discovery, subscription to open Web standards to leverage the world of web resources like Wiktionary, and even analytics about book use for publishers to use in their business strategies. “The second goal is to unlock knowledge contained within the book.”

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Nuance’s Voice Is Heard: Its Tech Featured In Samsung Galaxy Gear SmartWatch And Surfi AI Answer Engine

Nuance Communications is high-profile this week. The company has announced that Samsung’s new Galaxy Gear wearable smart watch and Galaxy Note 3 tablet will integrate its voice and language capabilities. Additionally, word comes from SpeechTrans that its new natural language processing application for Windows 8 and Windows RT, which – like Apple’s Siri – leverages Nuance’s speech recognition smarts, has been released.

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Nara Applies Its Neural Networking Tech To Personalize Hotel Recommendations

Nara, the service that to date has leveraged its neural networking technology to automate, personalize and curate web dining experiences for users, is making good on its previously-stated intentions to help users find and take action across various consumer lifestyle categories. (See our original story on the company here.)

The company today is adding personalized hotel recommendations to its portfolio. Consumers now will be able to find hotels conforming to their’ “Digital DNA” – the sum of what its technology learns of what they do and don’t like – in 50 high-volume cities in the U.S. and Canada. It’s entered into a non-exclusive partnership with Expedia to take care of booking on the back-end and TripAdvisor for its reviews, with both capabilities available to users without their having to leave the Nara site. The company expects to add additional locations in North America in the future, as it did for its restaurant recommendations.

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