Posts Tagged ‘tablets’

Zemanta Debuts Content Discovery Network

Zemanta, a semantic service that extracts entities within the text of a publisher’s content and suggests related media, links and tags to add to a work as it’s being written, has launched a content discovery network to complement its suggested recommendations for which authors create original content.

The focus here is on providing editorial control. Publishers can feature content recommendations from their site, other web sites (Zemanta has 300,000 publishers in its network), and advertisers, taking advantage of the option to let Zemanta’s semantic algorithms automatically make those selections for them or to take the manual content selection route. Another option is to blacklist sites that they don’t consider appropriate content sources.

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Whisk Lands U.K. Food Network, More Funding; Looks Next To U.S. Shores And Using Its Semantic Sense To Propel New Foodie Features

Whisk, the U.K.-based service for matching online recipes with online ingredients-shopping, went live in a big way at year’s end, with a partnership with TV channel and recipe publisher Food Network. As its iOS and Android apps rolled out to accompany its browser plug-in, Food Network in the U.K. featured a button on its recipe search engine for a widget that taps into the service, which is underpinned by semantic technology and a cloud infrastructure. A recent second round of angel funding also has taken the service’s total investment to more than £500,000.

Whisk co-founder Craig Edmunds reports about 12,000 app downloads so far, and about a 1.5 percent steady click-through from the button on the publisher’s site – right where it expected to be at this point, he says. Getting the big-name Food Network signed on actually changed plans a bit for the service, which The Semantic Web Blog covered earlier here, and whose co-founder Nick Holzherr was a keynote speaker at the London SemTech event.

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Google TV 3.0: Knowledge-Graph Smart Platform Debuts On New TV Devices

In the fall Google updated its Google TV platform to Version 3.0, touting features like its new Voice Search. This week, expect to hear about a slew of new products with the technology onboard launching at the CES show in Las Vegas.

Google recently reported on its Google TV blog that new partners added to its Google TV list include Asus, Hisense, and TCL.  LG, Sony, Vizio and others will have refreshes of their set-top boxes, integrated TVs, and IPTV boxes with the latest Google TV platform on board.

Consumers that buy into these offerings also will be increasing their exposure to Google’s Knowledge Graph. The Google TV platform’s advanced voice control for changing channels or finding content of personal interest to watch (live or via Internet streaming), its new programming guide app, and its other smarts deliver results with the help of the vendor’s own Knowledge Graph, according to GIGAOM. With the Knowledge Graph, search queries run against a database of entities and relationships — it’s the search engine’s way of, as Google says, understanding “things, not strings.”

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HP Buys Autonomy, Looks to Sell its PC Business

A new article reports that “Hewlett-Packard is looking to dump — er, spin out its PC business, and confirms that it has bought database and analytics vendor Autonomy for $10.3 billion. Plus, it is discontinuing its WebOS-based tablets and smartphones. Prepare for a major shift in the tech business and an acceleration of the ‘consumerized IT’ trend in which business users increasingly drive technology adoption and usage — and traditional IT moves further and further into the back office.” Read more

iPad App is Evri’s Next Stake in the Mobile Arena

Semantic discovery engine Evri continues is about to put another stake in the mobile arena. It began its major push into the mobile space last year, focusing particularly on connecting consumers to vertical topic content such as tech news, baseball, football and celebrity gossip on the iPhone and Android platforms. The next big launch? Evri for the iPad.

By month’s end Evri expects to have available a private beta version, primarily for journalists and bloggers to try, with an App Store entry to follow shortly thereafter. It will be a content discovery app that, like its web site, finds trending and popular news stories on the web, distills that into topical content streams that users can browse through, and also follow favorite streams based on personalized interests.

“We’ll proactively push all new content we find around the topics you are interested in to your iPad,” says CEO Will Hunsinger. “Much like our current platform we are able to understand each individual piece of content and structured data associated with it and make recommendations of additional content, topics, news streams, or people, places and things you might be interested in based on the entities you extract in the context of articles. We become the discovery and recommendation engine in this format.”

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