Tag Archives: Matt Mireles


SpeakerText: serious about subtitles

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… link that starts playing the video at the time where the quote appeared. Hours of fun, huh?

CEO Matt Mireles (whose previous jobs include paramedic, firefighter and journalist) has admitted that when he started the company in 2008, he had no idea what he was doing. Three years, an office in Mountain View and $600,000 of angel funding later, he seems to be getting the hang of things.

The stampede of funders for SpeakerText shows that video publishers are desperate to get their content on …

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A (cryptic) case for the crowd

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… desperate plea: can anybody out there crack this code?

It sounds like fiction, right? Just add Matt Damon, a car chase and a deadlocked high-security vault, and you’ve got a guaranteed summer blockbuster. But in reality, this is the exact scenario currently being acted out by America’s premier crime fighting (and conspiracy-theory-generating) agency: The FBI.

Mental man hunt

The FBI has a long history of working with the crowd. Ever since agents nailed up the first Most Wanted …

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Picture this: introducing the Descriptive Camera

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… new perspective to photography.

Say ‘Crowd!’

The brainchild of ‘creative technologist’ Matt Richardson, the prototype Descriptive Camera does exactly what the name suggests. You point the camera and press the shutter button, but instead of a photograph, the built-in printer spits out a short text description of your image (it turns out a picture is in fact worth about 150 words).

So how does it work? Advanced pattern-recognition software? Quantum Entanglement? A tiny prehistoric …

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All I want for Christmas is you clear terminology

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As you are all no doubt well aware, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, every song on the radio, every elevator conversation and every piece of advertising stuffed into our mailboxes must be Christmas-themed. It’s enough to ruin what should be a fun time of year. Which is why this blog post is definitely, absolutely not going to be about Christmas.

Ok, I lied. This is …

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Read all about it! Crowd makes the news

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“Researchers have always wondered what made hit songs, books and movies, just that, hits. What they’ve found is that quality had only little to do with it.”

At first glance, these 27 words look fairly ordinary. An interesting idea, but hardly revolutionary journalism. Even so, this innocent-looking sentence has caused quite a stir in the blogosphere. Why? Because it …

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