News in Short: E-Books take longer to read, Facebook to recognize faces in photos

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News in Short

Study claims e-books slows pace of reading

Web-usability mastermind Jakob Nielsen of Nielsen Norman Group conducted a study that pitted the Kindle 2 and iPad against print. The study found that reading speeds declined by more than 6% on the iPad and by nearly 11% on the Kindle.

Facebook looks to implement face-recognition technology

The social networking giant is renowned as a prime place to upload and manage photo albums. With this in mind, the team at Facebook is testing face detection technologies to implement on their popular website in an effort to reduce the tediousness of tagging people in photos.

The process will work simply: identify a face once as a certain person, and the beta technology will search your entire photo album and tag matching results. It's quite similar to standard digital camera technology—so it's not new or innovative, but still a welcome improvement on the site.

The company also says that face detection is just the first of several enhancements that they're testing. 

Company:
Amazon
Website:
http://www.amazon.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc., seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of... more

Company:
Facebook
Website:
http://www.facebook.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more




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