Wednesday, February 21News That Matters

Breaking News

A system to tell good fake bokeh from bad

A system to tell good fake bokeh from bad

Breaking News
 The pixel-peepers at DxOMark have shared some of the interesting metrics and techniques they use to judge the quality of a smartphone’s artificial bokeh, or background blur in photos. Not only is it difficult to do in the first place, but they have to systematize it! Their guide should provide even seasoned shooters with some insight into the many ways computational bokeh varies in quality. Read More
The Atlantic says it will hire up to 100 new staffers

The Atlantic says it will hire up to 100 new staffers

Breaking News
 It’s a gloomy time in media, with frequent announcements of layoffs and shutdowns (it even happened today). That’s why it seems remarkable for an established publication to announce ambitious plans for newsroom expansion. The publication in question is The Atlantic, the magazine in which Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective bought a majority stake last year. The… Read More
Onward helps businesses automate their customer service

Onward helps businesses automate their customer service

Breaking News
 How much can customer service be automated? Onward has some straightforward targets — 40 percent of tickets and 40 percent of messages should be automated, and average response times should be 40 seconds on average. Founders Rémi Cossart and Pramod Thammaiah describe this as Automation40 — basically, a set of goals for businesses looking to bring more automation into the… Read More
UpWest Labs just raised $18 million more to bring Israeli founders to the U.S.

UpWest Labs just raised $18 million more to bring Israeli founders to the U.S.

Breaking News
 The micro venture firm UpWest Labs was founded nearly six years ago in Palo Alto with one mission in mind: to bring Israeli founders to the U.S. when their companies are still nascent and provide them with enough financial and other resources to get going. Why do this? UpWest’s founders, Shuly Galili and Gil Ben-Artzy, say it’s because startups can lose their shot at greatness if… Read More