Hide your face in online photos

hide your photo

Don’t personally share the exhibitionist traits now so common on the web? Here’s an interesting new free service: PhotoHide.com will blur your face in online photos. 

PhotoHide is the only online service in the world to hide the face in your personal photos,” the site says. “This service is suitable for every situation in which you want to keep your privacy.”

Well, perhaps not so interesting: the site merely lets you upload one image, and download a new version with the face blurred — something anyone can do in any number of free image editing tools.

It does point the way to what might be a popular tool, however, if it were possible: a service at which you have your face recognized, and then give permission to have your face blurred in pictures anywhere on the web…


Flickr shares everywhere


Flickr updated its share functionality to make the site “the hub for your photos on the Internet.”

Most photographers “probably have multiple places out there on the Internet where you express yourself,” the company says. “Maybe you use Facebook to connect to your college friends, Twitter for people who share your interests, or your blog as your megaphone to the world.” And so the site integrated options to share photos “as a key part of the photo page, making it easier for you to access and get your photos out to the places you want.”

Flickr's made it easier to share on other sites the images it hosts.


It particularly improved flexibility of sharing to Facebook, and users can share non-public content with Facebook friends, without making the pictures public on Flickr. And accounts can be set up to automatically share public uploads directly to a Facebook feed. Flickr also serves images to Twitter and Tumblr.


Tamron USA launches MyPhotoExhibits

Tamron MyPhotoExhibits

Photographers can create customizable online 3D exhibits of their work “with a vibrant interactive experience,” says Tamron USA. “MyPhotoExhibits transforms the way images are viewed and shared.”

Photographers upload high-resolution images, and create a personalized exhibit space, the company says. After organizing the exhibit and captioning the photographs, users can put the finishing touches on their exhibit space, choosing from a variety of gallery spaces (wall and floor textures and colors), photo frames, furniture, and lighting options.

Exhibits can be viewed by “invitation only” or remain open to the public. An viewing application is also available for the iPhone.

To kick off the launch of MyPhotoExhibits, Tamron is sponsoring a photo contest, and the winning exhibit will be featured in the September/October 2011 issue of American Photo magazine. The winner will also receive a Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD 15X all-in-one zoom lens (valued at $649).


Intel invests in InVisage

InVisage Technologies, which demonstrated its “QuantumFilm” sensor technology at our 2010 6Sight Future of Imaging conference, will use an investment from Intel Capital to bring its products into mass production.

“Image sensors for smart phones and handheld devices are a huge market opportunity and InVisage is well positioned to capture significant market share,” Intel Capital says.  “InVisage is the first company in a while to think differently about image sensors and we are confident that its products will lead the imaging market on a new vector of innovation.”

InVisage is a fabless semiconductor company developing quantum dot imaging technology designed to replace conventional CMOS silicon image sensors. The company was incorporated in 2005 and is based in Menlo Park, California.

Intel Capital is Intel’s global investment organization, and makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide.

Woodside Capital Securities LLC acted as a financial advisor to InVisage. Managing partner Rudy Burger also presented at 6Sight, in our financial analyst panel — a transcript of which is in the Jan-Feb issue of The 6sight Report.

Also covered in that issue is the conference’s Camera panel, which featured InVisage CEO Jess Lee.

Silicon Hive also presented a Showcase at 6Sight last fall — and received an investment from Intel.


AP: Kodak CEO compensation fell 66 percent in 2010

Antonio Perez, CEO and chairman of Eastman Kodak Co. saw his pay package drop 66 percent to $3.5 million in 2010, compared to $10.2 million in 2009, according to an Associated Press analysis of a proxy statement. The report said Perez’s performance-based cash bonus slumped 80 percent to $341,000 and the value of his stock awards when they were granted fell 72 percent to $1.7 million, from $6.2 million in 2009. In 2009, he received stock options valued at $1.1 million when they were granted, but he received none last year. His compensation also included $320,194 in perquisites, up 38 percent from 2009, including for personal use of company aircraft, $7,000 in financial counseling and $3,034 for home and personal security. His base salary of $1.1 million rose 11 percent from the previous year.

Since taking the helm in 2005, Perez’s salary has remained unchanged, except in 2009 when it was reduced to $988,600. The company trimmed the salaries of top executives that year as the global downturn sapped demand for digital cameras, film and other photography products, the report said.

A.C. Moore reports higher net losses

A.C. Moore Arts and Crafts Inc., Berlin, N.J., reported fourth-quarter sales decreased 4.4 percent to $143.2 million, from $149.7 million during the fourth quarter of last year. This decline was primarily attributable to a decrease in comparable store sales of 4.3 percent during the quarter. Net loss was $4.8 million compared to a net loss of $500,000 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.

Sales for fiscal 2010 were $448.1 million, also a 4.4 percent decrease, compared to sales of $468.9 million for fiscal 2009. This decline was primarily due to a decrease in comparable store sales of 5.4 percent during the year. The net loss for fiscal 2010 was $30.2 million versus a net loss of $25.9 million in fiscal 2009.

In addition, the company announced tt renewed its asset-based credit facility for an additional five-year term.

Albelli acquires Nordic photo brand

Albelli, part of the European photo book specialist, Albumprinter, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has signed an agreement to acquire Önskefoto of Sölveborg, Sweden, an important photo consumer photo brand in the Nordic region. The transaction follows Albelli’s recent acquisitions of Fotobook and Bonusprint in the United Kingdom. According to a press release, Albelli takes control of Önskefoto’s operations with immediate effect. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Albumprinter CEO Kees Arends commented: “The acquisition of Önskefoto provides us with a very attractive platform for growth in the Nordic countries. Since its foundation in 1975, Önskefoto has been a well-recognised, respected and loved consumer brand in Sweden and Norway. We are confident that its valued customers will enjoy the greater range of products and our enhanced photo product creation software that will soon be available. ”

“The photo industry is in need of consolidation. We consider Albumprinter a worthy purchaser capable of taking the strong Önskefoto brand one step further,” said Monika Dagberg, President of Online Brands Nordic AB, from which Albelli has acquired Önskefoto. “The future of the photo industry lies in various types of pictorial products sold online. One of the major products for the future is photo books.”

Media-Saturn Group takes over redcoon

German consumer electronics retailer Media-Saturn, part of the Metro Group, has taken over redcoon, an international online retailer of electronic products. With the acquisition, the Media-Saturn Group is further expanding its online strategy, adding a pure player to its portfolio, which also includes a multichannel concept for Media Markt and Saturn. The acquisition is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities. According to a press release, the parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

In the future, customers will be able to make purchases and utilize services at Media Markt and Saturn stores and online.

 As a pure player, redcoon will only operate in the online segment. The Internet retailer will continue to be managed by its founder Reiner Heckel as an independent subsidiary of the Media-Saturn Group and will continue to compete with Media Markt and Saturn, the companies said. 
Redcoon was founded in 2003 in Aschaffenburg, Germany, and carries approximately 24,000 different products covering the categories consumer electronics, computers, cameras, telecommunications, household appliances, books, DIY and gardening, sports and fitness, music instruments and accessories exclusively via the Internet. The company operates in ten European countries and reported a customer base of more than three million people and revenues of Euro 354 million (US$ 503.3 million) in the 2009/2010 business year.

Rite Aid reports March sales decrease

Rite Aid Corp., Camp Hill, Pa., announced sales results for the four weeks ended March 26, 2011. Same store sales decreased 0.1 percent over the prior-year period. Front end same stores sales decreased 1.8 percent, negatively impacted by a later Easter this year compared to last year (April 24, 2011 versus April 4, 2010). Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 176 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 0.8 percent. Prescriptions count at comparable stores increased 0.6 percent over the prior-year period.

Total drugstore sales for the four-week period decreased 0.9 percent to $1.949 billion compared to $1.968 billion for the same period last year. Prescription revenue accounted for 69.4 percent of drugstore sales, and third party prescription revenue represented 96.5 percent of pharmacy sales.

May opening for photo competition winners

Japan’s Ricoh Co. has announced the opening of an exhibition of prize-winning works from the Project Basho photography competition “Onward” on May 4, at the Ricoh Photo Gallery Ring Cube in Tokyo’s Ginza.

Run by the Project Basho Photography Center in Philadelphia, Pa., since 2007, Onward is an annual photography competition which garners entries from around the world, promoting emerging photographers. The competition has been held every autumn and invited entries of works that challenge new possibilities in artistic photography.

Ring Cube will show 70 prize-winning works from 63 photographers – among them the two grand prize winners – selected from among about 2,300 entries.