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May 27, 2015

Mark Gurman

- May. 27th 2015 9:59 am PT


After several years of quiet development, Apple is readying a majornew iOS initiativecodenamed “Proactive,” which willleverage Siri, Contacts, Calendar, Passbook, and third-partyapps to createa viable competitor to Google Now for Android devices . LikeGoogle Now, Proactive will automatically provide timely information based on the user’sdataand device usage patterns, but will respect the user’s privacy preferences, according to sources familiar with Apple’splans.

As an evolution of iOS’s Spotlight search feature, Proactive is the fruit of along-term initiative that involved the acquisition of small app developers, and integration of core iOS apps. It willalso work withApple’sMaps application to display personally relevantpoints of interest using anaugmented reality interface, and integratewitha third-party Siri API codenamed “Breadcrumbs”…

How Spotlight Will Become AGoogle Now Rival

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in 2013, seeking to relevantly broaden iOS’sSpotlight and Safari search results. iOS 8’s ability to display Wikipedia Search results within Spotlight was the first tasteof the Proactive initiative, andwaspartially designed to reduce iOS’s search reliance on Google. Sources say that Apple’s internal iOS usage metrics indicate thatGoogle clicks have indeed fallen since iOS 8’s release last fall.

Now Apple wants to take Proactive to the next level, and it may doso with iOS 9’s introduction at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 8.While Apple has positioned Siri as an “intelligent personal assistant” since the fall 2011 launch of the iPhone 4S, Proactive will go much further to integrate with your data. To begin with, Proactive will become a new layer withinthe iOS operating system, replacing the pulldown Spotlight menu currently found on theiOS Home screen.

Interestingly, Proactivewill be foundto the left of the first Home screen, just asSpotlight was prior to iOS 7’s major redesign.According to sources, Apple’s usage metrics for iOS suggest that Spotlight isnot used as frequently as it could be because it is hidden abovethe Home screen without any indication of its location. Addingthe feature back to the left of theHome screen will presumably boost usage, and consequently, take searches away from Google’s window within Safari. Sources note that some builds of iOS 9 allow Proactive to be accessed both with pulldown and left-of-Home screen gestures, so it’s possible that pulldown Spotlight-style access will be retained.

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Within the new Proactive screen, users will have a dedicated Search Bar at the top to access the established features ofSpotlight: users will still be able to search for names, launch apps, and find audio tracks. Sources indicate thatProactivewill includea greater emphasis on displaying news stories as search results, and will more reliably display news results when you search for information, including news on current topics and famous people.

Title: A Data-driven Prior on Facet Orientation for Semantic Mesh Labeling
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Comments: Accepted at 3DV2018
Subjects: Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (cs.CV)

Mesh labeling is the key problem of classifying the facets of a 3D mesh with a label among a set of possible ones. State-of-the-art methods model mesh labeling as a Markov Random Field over the facets. These algorithms map image segmentations to the mesh by minimizing an energy function that comprises a data term, a smoothness terms, and class-specific priors. The latter favor a labeling with respect to another depending on the orientation of the facet normals. In this paper we propose a novel energy term that acts as a prior, but does not require any prior knowledge about the scene nor scene-specific relationship among classes. It bootstraps from a coarse mapping of the 2D segmentations on the mesh, and it favors the facets to be labeled according to the statistics of the mesh normals in their neighborhood. We tested our approach against five different datasets and, even if we do not inject prior knowledge, our method adapts to the data and overcomes the state-of-the-art.

Title: Deep Pictorial Gaze Estimation
Authors: Seonwook Park , Adrian Spurr , Thierry Lasry printed square sunglasses Collections jNeu5P1
Subjects: Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (cs.CV)

Estimating human gaze from natural eye images only is a challenging task. Gaze direction can be defined by the pupil- and the eyeball center where the latter is unobservable in 2D images. Hence, achieving highly accurate gaze estimates is an ill-posed problem. In this paper, we introduce a novel deep neural network architecture specifically designed for the task of gaze estimation from single eye input. Instead of directly regressing two angles for the pitch and yaw of the eyeball, we regress to an intermediate pictorial representation which in turn simplifies the task of 3D gaze direction estimation. Our quantitative and qualitative results show that our approach achieves higher accuracies than the state-of-the-art and is robust to variation in gaze, head pose and image quality.

Title: Instance Segmentation by Deep Coloring
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Comments: 10 pages, 6 figures, 3 tables
Subjects: Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (cs.CV)

We propose a new and, arguably, a very simple reduction of instance segmentation to semantic segmentation. This reduction allows to train feed-forward non-recurrent deep instance segmentation systems in an end-to-end fashion using architectures that have been proposed for semantic segmentation. Our approach proceeds by introducing a fixed number of labels (colors) and then dynamically assigning object instances to those labels during training (coloring). A standard semantic segmentation objective is then used to train a network that can color previously unseen images. At test time, individual object instances can be recovered from the output of the trained convolutional network using simple connected component analysis. In the experimental validation, the coloring approach is shown to be capable of solving diverse instance segmentation tasks arising in autonomous driving (the Cityscapes benchmark), plant phenotyping (the CVPPP leaf segmentation challenge), and high-throughput microscopy image analysis. The source code is publicly available:

Now I suppose I could end this piece here, but as I indicated above, I firmly believe that climate change will eventually result in increased incidence and size of wildfires in the west and so I was wondering if any signal was yet evident of that trend. Being a scientist, I decided to get the data and see what it had to say. Specifically, I downloaded the NRC National Forest Database, Forest Fires Tables- Statistics by Province . Because the files are not spreadsheet ready I had to fix them up and then I ran them through a statistical software package for environmental applications (called Pro-UCL) that I happen to have on my computer. Specifically, I looked at the data for area burned (in hectares or ha) in the Province of Alberta from 1990 through 2015. What I found was a dataset with a lot of variation.

The mean area burned for the 26 year period was 170,961 ha while the standard deviation was 229,086 ha. Any statistician looking at those numbers would recognize that we have a messy set of data with a huge difference between the lowest value (1961 ha in 1996) and the highest value (806,055 ha in 2011). Looking at that information, the 2015 value (491,768 ha) isn’t even particularly high for this dataset. To see if any trends existed in the data I ran some Mann-Kendall tests on the data. A Mann-Kendall is a test used to try and identify trends in data where you have no basis for believing the data fits a known distribution. The results of the Mann-Kendall analysis was that the number of hectares burned does not show any evidence of a significant increasing or decreasing trend over the time period covered (1990-2015). When I shortened the time period covered to start at year 2000 the p-value actually got worse (approximate p-value of 0.482). That p-value represent is pretty definitive indication that no trend exists in the recent data.

So what is the take-way from this blog post? Well the climate models indicate that in the long-term (by the 2091-2100 fire regimes) climate change, if it continues unabated, should result in increased number and severity of fires in the boreal forest. However, what the data says is that right now this signal is not yet evident. While some increases may be occurring in the sub-arctic boreal forests of northern Alaska, similar effects are not yet evident in the southern boreal forests around Fort McMurray. As for Mr. Holthaus, I would recommend that he edit his article to better reflect the citations he provides since he certainly does not do them justice in his article’s current iteration.

My final word is for the activists who are seeking to take advantage of Albertans’ misfortunes to advance their political agendas. Not only have you shown yourselves to be callous and insensitive at a time where you could have been civilized and sensitive but you cannot even comfort yourself by hiding under the cloak of truth since, as I have shown above, the data does not support your case.

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Many spokescharacters have been created as live-action people portrayed by actors. Among the most enduring has been the laconic Marlboro Man created in 1955 by Leo Burnett Co. for Marlboro cigarettes. Other long-running live-action presenters include the lonely repairman from Maytag (also from Burnett), the elderly New England farmer for Pepperidge Farm ( AFVandevorst crossbody saddle bag Looking For Cheap Price Best Cheap Online Limited Edition Online With Mastercard IF2FD1F
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Characters also can be categorized according to origin. Advertisers can license characters that have non-advertising origins—for example, those from comic strips, TV programs and books—to promote their products. Such characters are called celebrities and include the Pink Panther for Owens Corning. Non-celebrity characters are created specifically for advertising purposes, such as the Pillsbury Doughboy, a creation of Burnett.

In fact, few agencies have developed more imaginary presenters than Burnett, starting in the early 1940s with "Chico" for the Santa Fe Railroad. Burnett developed a particular reputation for its "critters," a collection of animals and cartoon creatures that covered product categories from cereals (Tony the Tiger for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes) to banks (Hubert the Lion for Harris Bank).

Finally, spokescharacters are categorized according to their role in product promotion as active or passive. Active promotion includes speaking for the product or demonstrating it; active characters usually are featured in the ads themselves. Passive characters do not act or speak; often, they appear only on the product packaging. Characters may change from active to passive and back again over time based on advertiser needs and consumer response. For example, Elsie the Cow first appeared in ads speaking for Borden milk, then became a figurehead on the package and in the late 1990s returned to an active role once again.

There are three major reasons why advertisers choose trade characters over other ad appeals: Characters create product identification, give a product personality and provide continuity over time. Spokescharacters create product identification by forging a link between the product, the packaging and the advertising in the minds of consumers.

Beyond product identification, spokescharacters add personality and emotional appeal to a product. Characters can give a product personality by symbolizing the product's attributes or benefits. For example, Betty Crocker has come to stand for reliability, while the Energizer Bunny symbolizes endurance. Spokescharacters add emotional appeal to an impersonal brand by lending the warmth of a recognizable personality to the product. Thus, Smokey Bear provides an emotional link between consumers and the seemingly remote problem of forest fires.

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