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Galaxy S8’s Bixby will feature Pinterest’s visual discovery tech

Galaxy S8’s Bixby will feature Pinterest’s visual discovery tech

Samsung has finally, fully, and officially unveiled the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, and with them comes the first iteration of Bixby, Samsung's homegrown voice-controlled personal assistant. Naturally, Bixby is promised to be able to do more than your average voice-controlled personal assistant, but while we still have to wait for confirmation of its greatness, it will at least be able to do one thing others can't. It will be able to visually identify objects in the real world and then let you do all sorts of things with that information. Like searching for related things on Pinterest, thanks to Pinterest's own Lens visual discovery tool.

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Pinterest Lens beta goes live for everyone in the US

Pinterest Lens beta goes live for everyone in the US

Pinterest was created as a place to collect and search for interesting things, usually images and pictures, on the Internet. But not every interesting thing has to or can be found online. Sometimes inspiration strikes us when we see an object in the real world. For those occasions, Pinterest has been developing its Lens visual discovery feature, which it is now making available to everyone in the US, though still in its beta form.

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Pinterest Lens taps AI to power new visual search tool

Pinterest Lens taps AI to power new visual search tool

Pinterest has introduced a new ‘visual discovery’ tool that uses your phone’s camera and artificial intelligence to find pins related to whatever you’re interested in. Taking a photo of your kitchen, for example, will result in Pinterest quickly parsing the image to determine the various things in it, then presenting pins related to the particular elements and items it picks out of the photograph.

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Pinterest’s new feature helps track things you’ve already tried

Pinterest’s new feature helps track things you’ve already tried

Have trouble remembering which recipes, projects, and other things you’ve already tried? Pinterest is here to help with its new ‘tried it’ feature, enabling users to mark pins they’ve completed as ‘tried’ for both your and other users' future info. Those who mark something as tried can leave feedback about their results, as well, helping others decide whether the project or recipe is worth their own time and effort.

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Instapaper Premium goes free for everybody

Instapaper Premium goes free for everybody

Instapaper just announced that its Instapaper Premium service is now free for everybody, something we have to thank that somewhat recent Pinterest acquisition for. According to the company’s Brian Donohue, the company is able to make Premium open and free because the Pinterest acquisition has enabled the team to “focus on just delivering the best product to our users.”

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Pinterest acquires Instapaper, the ‘save anything’ service

Pinterest acquires Instapaper, the ‘save anything’ service

Instapaper, the service that advertised itself as a 'save anything' tool, has been acquired by Pinterest, marking the latest evolution in both companies' platforms. With Instapaper, users are able to save anything from around the web to read later -- articles, recipes, etc -- on whatever device they'd like, whether it is their laptop, Kindle, smartphone or whatever else. For the average Instapaper user, nothing about this changes.

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Microsoft Thinga.me takes a stab at Pinterest’s market

Microsoft Thinga.me takes a stab at Pinterest’s market

Although Microsoft has had apps on iOS for a long time now, most of those have revolved around its Office productivity suite and related products. Of late, however, it has dabbled in rather strange new ventures, like the Selfie app, literally its name. Now it has another oddly named app, again for iOS only, called Thinga.me. And like Selfie, which sort of stepped on the toes of oh so many camera and social networking apps, Thinga.me is daring to set foot in a "collection" market dominated primarily by Pinterest.

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Pinterest update: Visual Search searches images with pics

Pinterest update: Visual Search searches images with pics

Pinterest has launched a new version of their app that'll make it far easier for you to find products based only on what you've seen. Put an image into this app and you'll find markers on said image, allowing you to find products like what you've Pinned. Today Pinterest launches not only "buyable Pins on web", they're also adding visual search, enabling you to search without typing.

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Pinterest’s updated mobile profiles make searches easier

Pinterest’s updated mobile profiles make searches easier

Pinterest, following its new — and quite interesting — visual searching feature, has announced updated user profiles. Users often pin things they want to save for later: gift ideas, decorations, and the like. Finding those pins when you want them isn’t always easy, though, and that’s why Pinterest has announced a new update to user profiles. With this change, users won’t struggle to find the pins they want…if they use the service on mobile, that is.

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Pinterest can now search visually within pins for similar items

Pinterest can now search visually within pins for similar items

Pinterest has just announced a useful new feature that will make it easier for users to find items they discover in pins. Following recent additions that brought shopping and buying features to the social network, Pinterest's website and mobile apps are getting a tool that will visually search for things within images. If users see something like a lamp or chair in a photo that they are interested in, Pinterest will search it database to find the exact item, or those that are visually similar.

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Pinterest (finally) brings Buyable Pins to Android

Pinterest (finally) brings Buyable Pins to Android

Back in June, Pinterest began rolling out its Buyable Pins on its iOS app, limiting the feature to the service's iPhone and iPad users. Now, nearly half a year later, Pinterest has announced that Buyable Pins are rolling out on Android, giving those on Google's platform the same opportunity to shop within the app. At this point, Pinterest says there are more than 60 million Buyable Pins on its service, so Android users will, at least, have ample pins to explore.

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Pinterest vows to boost workforce diversity

Pinterest vows to boost workforce diversity

Companies have increasingly detailed their workforce diversity numbers — we’ve seen them from Facebook, Google, and more. Some companies have more favorable numbers than others, but most of them are paltry at best, and progress is slow. Pinterest has pointed toward that slow progress, and today announced detailed plans and timelines for increasing its own workforce diversity. Pinterest is perhaps the first tech company to detail such precise hiring goals, which includes several improvements targeted for 2016 and more for beyond.

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