Remains of the Day: Amazon Wants to Judge Your Outfit
Amazon has a new tool in their mobile app that lets you get feedback from an actual stylist about your outfits. I suspect the stylist might be a robot, but you literally send them pictures of your outfit and then you get feedback in just a minute.
It's called "Outfit Compare" and is available to Amazon Prime customers.
You just snap pictures of yourself in two different outfits and then someone (?) responds to you in a few minutes to say which outfit is better. Amazon says the advice comes from stylists, but given the number of people that will use this and the speed of the response, there must be some kind of automation or perhaps mechanical turks. Oddly, the feature has nothing to do with actually shopping on Amazon. But as long as the magic style robot says I look good I'll be happy. [TechCrunch]
news, Google has cool new JPEG compression algorithm that can reduce file sizes by 35 percent without compromising image quality. Yes, I just described a compression algorithm as "cool." It works by using a "psychovisual" model that factors in human perception to devote data where it matters most. The cool thing is that it's not a new format; it's compatible with any browser and the current JPEG standard. [Ars Technica]
Secret Service agents lost a laptop.
Whoopsie! The laptop contained floor plans of the Trump Tower as well as info about the investigation into Hillary's emails. They say it's encrypted though. [Gizmodo]
Nintendo is going to double production of the Switch.
Good, because I've been refreshing a bunch of retailers' websites for the past couple weeks and still have come up empty. [Wall Street Journal]