Yahoo has Acquired IQ Engines, a company that develops image recognition software capable of categorizing pictures based on the people and objects featured in them. IQ Engines first made headlines back in 2010 when it snapped up a $1 million in funding for crafting an API that would allow its customers to provide a visual search engine of all sorts that could automatically categorize images on the go.
IQ Engines is supposed to be rolled into Yahoo’s Flickr team, to help and improve the widely used photo services search feature. It is the latest acquisition for Yahoo and some of the others are Tumblr, Xobni, Rockmelt, and Summly. Flickr is one of the best online resources available for photographers of all interests, but navigating through its massive photo catalog is not much user friendly. Yahoo’s purchase of IQ Engines might change that. According to the image recognition startup’s website, IQ will be applying its skills to improving photo organization and search functionality to the online photo repository. Hopefully new features will reflect in Flickr’s upcoming change log.
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