Google Image Search now has license tagging


Google has added a feature to their image search whereby users can choose to only search for images that are available for reuse.

The advance search option gives users the option to only show images that have been tagged with licenses like Creative Commons or GNU Free Documentation making it easier to find images that, legally, they are free to use on their blogs or webpages.

Creative Commons licenses allow the rights holders to further define how their images can be used. It’s possible to license images for general reuse, or for non-commercial reuse only. They can also choose whether to grant the right to change their images.

Personally, I think that if someone publishes a picture on the web then they have given up any rights they may have had regarding its redistribution. The web is a huge sharing portal and once a picture is published it is bound to be reused over and over again. If people do want their images to remain exclusive they should add a watermark or block image saving on it.

The new Google search options should suit everyone though. People who aren’t fussed about image rights can continue to search for images the usual way and people who do have concerns can use the new functionality. Everyone’s a winner baby.

(via Google)

Google presents incredible image recognition tool


Google is today presenting a paper at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Miami that indicates a huge step forward in image recognition technology.

The paper describes a system, not available in Google labs as of yet, that Google has developed using a complex indexing system that draws on data already available on the web to identify famous landmarks.

Currently their project can identify up to 50,000 landmarks with an accuracy rate of 80%. Impressive stuff eh?

It’s early days but Google’s announcement hints that the area of photographic recognition could develop incredibly over the next few years. They say: “We expect the insights we’ve gained will lay a useful foundation for future research in computer vision.”

(via Google)

Adobe pleases poor designers and bloggers with the release of the free Photoshop Express


As we wrote about last September, Adobe has been working on a not-so-secret online version of their Photoshop program for a fair amount of time. Thankfully, they’ve saved us from the trauma of having to use SnipShot when in dire need of a free online image editing program, by releasing Adobe Photoshop Express today.

Having fooled around with it for the better part of today, I must say I’m hugely impressed. In the above screenshot you can see I’ve used several effects on poor Gates and Jobs, including ‘distort’, ‘pop color’ and ‘sharpen’, along with standards such as cropping and resizing. Flash 9 is the driving force behind it, which…

Kodak announces KAC-05020 Image Sensor technology that could revolutionise mobile handsets

KodakLogo1%282%29.jpgAny company that promises convergence is bound to get column inches, particularly if it’s regarding 5-megapixel cameras within mobile phones.

Kodak is the manufacturer to give us that – hopefully – with its KAC-05020 Image Sensor reported to be the world’s first 1.4 micron and 5-megapixel sensor. Not only is this good for consumers, downsizing on the number of gadgets we carry day to day, but manufacturers are rejoicing, as the sensors…