Posts Tagged ‘mobile search’

Studio Ousia Envisions A World Of Semantic Augmented Reality

Image courtesy: Flickr/by Filter Forge

Image courtesy: Flickr/by Filter Forge

Ikuya Yamada, co-founder and CTO of Studio Ousia, the company behind Linkify – the technology to automatically extract certain keywords and add intelligent hyperlinks to them to accelerate mobile search – recently sat down with The Semantic Web Blog to discuss the company’s work, including its vision of Semantic AR (augmented reality).

The Semantic Web Blog: You spoke at last year’s SEEDS Conference on the subject of linking things and information and the vision of Semantic AR, which includes the idea of delivering additional information to users before they even launch a search for it. Explain your technology’s relation to that vision of finding and delivering the information users need while they are consuming content – even just looking at a word.

Yamada: The main focus of our technology is extracting accurately only a small amount of interesting keywords from text [around people, places, or things]. …We also develop a content matching system that matches those keywords with other content on the web – like a singer [keyword] with a song or a location [keyword] with a map. By combining keyword extraction and the content matching engine, we can augment text using information on the web.

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Linkify Announces General Availability for Cutting-Edge SDK

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Tokyo (PRWEB) February 20, 2014– Linkify, an innovative startup aiming to change the way people search for information, announced the general availability of its SDK for mobile application developers to download and use. Available immediately, the new SDK supports both the Android and iOS platforms. Linkify offers developers a different approach to mobile search that delivers users relevant results faster. Instead of submitting a traditional word-based query via a search engine, Linkify’s technology is able to recognize, extract and convert “things of interest” to a user and connect them with relevant information from the web. With its new SDK, Linkify is the first to reach an important milestone that the young startup has coined “Semantic AR” (augmented reality). Read more

Sprylogics Announces Release of Next Generation Poynt Product with Built-In Sharing

sprylogicsTORONTO, Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Sprylogics International Corp. (“Sprylogics”) (TSXV: SPY), a technology provider of local mobile search and messaging solutions for consumers and businesses announces the availability of its next generation Poynt mobile app, combining the power of local search with sharing, via a single app.

This new product is the result of integrating the power of Poynt’s local search content technology with Sprylogics’ semantic data aggregation and natural language processing capabilities, resulting in a unique consumer App that offers the richness of web content, coupled with the convenience of sharing with friends when there is intent to search or plan. Read more

Sprylogics Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Poynt Inc.

TORONTO, July 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Sprylogics International, (“Sprylogics” or “the Company”) the international provider of innovative mobile search and messaging monetization services announces that, further to the Company’s press release of May 31, 2013, it has signed a definitive share purchase agreement (the “Agreement”) to acquire Poynt Inc (“Poynt”).  Closing of the acquisition is scheduled to occur on or before July 15, 2013. Closing of the acquisition of Poynt by Sprylogics remains subject to satisfactory completion of all closing conditions as set out in the Agreement, including receipt of all third-party and regulatory approvals. Read more

Search Engines Focus on Mobile Devices, Get Local

Laurie Sullivan of SearchBlog reports, “Local search continues to be the focus of engines looking to capture market share. Blekko and Yandex launched mobile browsing features Tuesday that serve up information on nearby businesses. Blekko released izik (pronounced Isaac) for smartphones, bringing search to iOS and Android users. The company’s first app for smartphones features a new ‘What’s Nearby’ option to serve up information on gas stations, restaurants, movie theaters and other places of interest.” Read more

Sprylogics Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire Poynt Inc.

TORONTO, May 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Sprylogics International, the international provider of innovative mobile search and messaging monetization services announces that it has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Poynt Inc. (“Poynt”).

Under the terms of the deal, Sprylogics will provide the following consideration to the owners of Poynt: (i) issue a two (2) year note in the amount of $2.5 Million (CDN) with an annual interest rate of 6.5% payable quarterly in cash and / or stock, which will be secured against the assets of Poynt; and (ii) issue up to $500,000 in Sprylogics shares.  Additionally, the current owners of Poynt will retain a 10% interest in the exploitation of Poynt patents. Sprylogics will assume liabilities and fees associated with the purchase transaction as well as costs associated with management of the assets.  The parties have further agreed that under certain circumstances within the deal structure, payment of the$2.5 Million (CDN) may be accelerated. Read more

Edamam Food Knowledge Site Takes To The iPad, Improves Desktop Experience

Edamam, which has built a food ontology for its food knowledge site (which The Semantic Web Blog initially covered here), is adding an iPad version of its app to its existing iPhone and Android versions. The company also did a full relaunch of its web site to optimize the experience for desktop users, as well, with improved browsing and search.

Originally, the web site app mirrored the mobile versions. But, says co-founder and CEO Victor Penev, “We realized that people wanted to be able to access recipes and search on the desktop, and they should have a holistic experience from anywhere.” While the company had been more focused on the mobile arena, Penev says building traffic for the website is going to be a priority too. Among the capabilities users should see in the near future are functions like one that will let people save recipes on their iPhone or Android mobile devices and then access them on their iPads or desktops, or vice verse.

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Kickvox Launches iOS and Andriod Search Apps

Ken Yeung of The Next Web writes, “Kickvox, a company that dedicates itself to ‘reengineering’ mobile search, has launched its iOS and Android applications in an attempt to show smartphone users what it thinks mobile search should look and act like. Alan Nowogrodski, the company’s co-founder and CEO says that it’s a broken feature: ‘the search industry is conceivably the only industry that looks virtually the same as it did a decade ago, yet the platforms that we use to search the web have changed significantly.’ To that end, what Kickvox is offering is an app that has a ‘visually stunning’ interface that was created specifically for the mobile device. Through its development, the company says that results will be displayed faster allowing for easier browsing and better navigation.” Read more

Edamam’s Semantic Smarts Help Serve Up Dinner Plans

Edamam wants to be the one place where all the food knowledge of the world is organized. That’s the goal of co-founder and CEO Victor Penev, who launched the site in April, and recently updated the several hundred major recipe sites in its knowledge base to also include some smaller blog sites that add additional variety.

Semantic technology is helping the company reach its goal. “A big problem is that data about food is very messy,” says Penev. “It’s hard to find something, what you find often contradicts other information of what is good for you and what the calories are. So we set out to solve that problem. We played around with different approaches but settled on using semantic technology.”

The confusion arises in part from the fact that recipe sites themselves usually just hire services to calculate nutritional data. But that may lead to mistakes when calculations aren’t undertaken with exactitude — substituting white cream for heavy cream nutritional details changes the whole profile of the recipe, he says.

So, what is that right semantic stuff? One piece of it is that, in conjunction with Ontotext, Edamam built a food ontology. An ontology can be the foundation for a lot of things, such as extracting the knowledge of the chemical composition of a particular recipe and thus inferring its flavor and texture. And Edamam means to grow its own to include various datasets such as chemical data (for flavor and texture), geolocation (for local and seasonal recipes), product data (for e-commerce). and more.

But initially, it’s taken the simple approach, with the core of the ontology focused around classifying ingredients, nutrients and food. “We have started with the simplest ontology and focused on the most common use case — mobile recipe search,” he says.

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Exploring the Semantics of Yahoo Search Direct

A couple of weeks ago Yahoo debuted a beta version of its Search Direct technology, which was seen as a competitor to Google Instant in that it shows search options as users begin typing in a query. There were also questions raised among those in the industry about how this relates to Yahoo’s search deal with Microsoft.  There was less chatter about its semantic footprint, but that’s a question worth addressing as well.

So the Semantic Web Blog took these questions to Raghu Ramakrishnan, chief scientist for Yahoo Search, whose background includes expertise in data management and mining, the cloud, and, of course, the semantic aspects of search. As Ramakrishnan sees it, Search Direct exemplifies Yahoo’s search slogan of providing answers, not links. Meaningful answers, whatever form they take, are the new direction in search, he says, and Yahoo wants compete “at the next level where technology is young and there is room for differentiation and market opportunities in being the best.”

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