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  • Music Video: Selena Gomez — <I>Back to You</I> August 17, 2018
    Good Company ( in Los Angeles recently produced and posted a new video for Selena Gomez that draws inspiration from the works of French director Jean-Luc Godard. Back To You appears more as a short film than a music video. Directed by Scott Cudmore, who is represented in the United States by Good Company, the video has […]
  • IBC: <I>Post</I> readers save 20 percent off conference pass August 17, 2018
    AMSTERDAM — The annual IBC show, which focuses on media, entertainment and technology, will take place in Amsterdam from September 13th through the 18th . Post readers are being offered a 20 percent discount on a conference pass. Just enter code POST20 when  registering online.
  • Finalists named for 2018 Student Academy Awards August 16, 2018
    LOS ANGELES — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ( recently announced the list of 2018 Student Academy Awards finalists. The Student Academy Awards is an international student film competition conducted by the Academy and the Academy Foundation. Each year over 1700 college and university film students compete for awards and cash grants, […]
  • Foundry launches Nuke 11.2, updates Mari & Katana August 16, 2018
    VANCOUVER — Creative software developer Foundry ( has launched Nuke 11.2, bringing a range of new features and updates to the compositing toolkit. The latest version will let artists work quicker through upgraded UI features and performance capabilities, alongside a new API for deep compositing that can increase the speed of script processing. 
  • Chaos Group premieres Project Lavina realtime raytracing technology August 16, 2018
    VANCOUVER — At SIGGRAPH 2018, Chaos Group ( gave the world its first look at Project Lavina, a new technology designed for photorealistic realtime ray tracing – what is often considered ‘the Holy Grail of computer graphics.’ By leveraging the dedicated RT Core within Nvidia’s Turing-based Quadro RTX GPUs, Project Lavina fundamentally changes the direction of computer graphics, […]
  • Vicon shows location-based VR solution, Origin August 16, 2018
    VANCOUVER — At the SIGGRAPH show this week, Vicon ( showed off Origin, a comprehensive location-based virtual reality (LBVR) system that blends the company’s Academy Award-winning tracking abilities with tools that make it easy for anyone to setup and operate. Building on nearly 35 years of R&D, Vicon’s new, fully-scalable solution is designed to empower […]
  • Nvidia, RTX & Unreal Engine partner on Porsche's <I>Speed of Light</I> August 16, 2018
    VANCOUVER — At the SIGGRAPH conference, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang revealed The Speed of Light, a realtime cinematic experience using Nvidia’s Turing architecture, RTX technology and new Unreal Engine ( rendering advancements, and featuring the Porsche 911 Speedster Concept. The forward-looking technology unveiled onstage is the culmination of a joint development effort to unlock offline-quality […]
  • Reallusion brings mocap & character-creation tools to SIGGRAPH August 16, 2018
    VANCOUVER – Reallusion showed innovations in motion capture and character creation at this year’s SIGGRAPH show, including the standalone character creation tool Character Creator 3, the realtime motion capture solution Motion Live, and 3D face motion capture with Live Face for iPhone X. The company’s goal is to present a total solution to build, morph, […]
  • New Boxx workstation features AMD's Threadripper processor August 16, 2018
    VANCOUVER — Boxx Technologies ( has introduced Apexx T3, a new workstation featuring the 32-core/64 thread 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processor. AMD’s highest performing desktop processor ever, 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors are built on the Zen+ architecture, offering significant performance increases over the previous generation. Boxx is one of the first workstation […]
  • OptiTrack previews latest mocap technology August 16, 2018
    VANCOUVER — At SIGGRAPH 2018, OptiTrack ( previewed the lightweight Active Puck Mini, its latest advancement in VR player tracking and full body motion capture. With a reduced form factor and the added tracking benefits of an inertial measurement unit (IMU), OptiTrack’s newly designed pucks build on its technology already implemented by leading location-based entertainment […]

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  • Quality Scores for Queries: Structured Data, Synthetic Queries and Augmentation Queries July 30, 2018
    Augmentation Queries In general, the subject matter of this specification relates to identifying or generating augmentation queries, storing the augmentation queries, and identifying stored augmentation queries for use in augmenting user searches. An augmentation query can be a query that performs well in locating desirable documents identified in the search results. The performance of an […]
  • Learning to Rank July 16, 2018
    My last Post was Five Years of Google Ranking Signals, and I start that post by saying that there are other posts about ranking signals that have some issues. But, there are other pages that you may want to look at while you are learning to rank webpages, and I didn’t want to turn people […]
  • Five Years of Google Ranking Signals June 22, 2018
    Organic Search Google Ranking Signals 1. Domain Age and Rate of Linking 2. Use of Keywords 3. Related Phrases 4. Keywords in Main Headings, Lists, and Titles 5. Page Speed 6. Watch Times for a Page 7. Context Terms on a Page 8. Language Models Using Ngrams 9. Gibberish Content 10. Authoritative Results 11. How […]
  • Google Patent on Structured Data Focuses upon JSON-LD June 17, 2018
    Search Using Structured Data Structured Data is information that is set out in a way which makes it easy for a search engine to read easily. Some examples include XML markup in XML sitemaps and schema vocabulary found in JSON-LD scripts. A search engine that answers questions based upon crawling and indexing facts found within […]
  • Schema, Structured Data, and Scattered Databases such as the World Wide Web June 14, 2018
    Visiting Seattle to Speak about Structured Data I spoke at SMX Advanced this week on Schema markup and Structured Data, as part of an introduction to its use at Google. I had the chance to visit Seattle, and tour some of it. I took some photos, but would like to go back sometimes and take […]
  • Google to Offer Combined Content (Paid and Organic) Search Results June 7, 2018
    Google Introduces Combined Content Results This new patent is about “Combined content. What does that mean exactly? When Google patents talk about paid search, they refer to those paid results as “content” rather than as advertisements. This patent is about how Google might combine paid search results with organic results in certain instances. The recent […]
  • PageRank Updated April 24, 2018
    PageRank Updated by Google A popular search engine developed by Google Inc. of Mountain View, Calif. uses PageRank.RTM. as a page-quality metric for efficiently guiding the processes of web crawling, index selection, and web page ranking. Generally, the PageRank technique computes and assigns a PageRank score to each web page it encounters on the web, […]
  • 3 Ways Query Stream Ontologies Change Search March 5, 2018
    How Query Streams Might be Used to Build Ontologies What are query stream ontologies, and how might they change search? Search engines trained us to use keywords when we searched – to try to guess what words or phrases might be the best ones to use to try to find something we are interested in. […]

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