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Recommender Systems are used in a variety of applications. The most popular ones being probably movies, news, and e-commerce. However, recommendation systems are used in many applications more. To get an initial idea of what recommender systems are and what they can do, have a look at the following blog posts.

Google adds personalization features to its Pixel phones

Harrison Lingren from Google announced a number of new features for Google’s Pixel phones, some relating to personalization. These features include Adaptive Sound, which adjusts the sound of your phone based on the surroundings. Adaptive Battery, which “automatically saves even more power if a user is likely to miss their next charge”. It also automatically […]

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Apple introduces Fitness+, a “new engaging and personalized fitness experience”

Apple announced Fitness+, a new app that is supposed to enable personalized fitness workouts and hence competes with Peloton. According to Apple’s press release: Apple Fitness+ intelligently incorporates metrics from Apple Watch for users to visualize right on their iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, offering a first-of-its-kind personalized workout experience. Everyone from beginners to committed […]

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Ocilion and Xroad Media launch a recsys for TV shows

ocilion – provider of IPTV solutions – and Xroad Media – provider of ‘content discovery solutions’ – partner up. They integrate Xroad Media’s recommender system Ncanto into the TV streaming products of ocilion. The first pilot partner is the Grman Salzburg AG, which offers its customers a ‘Plus‘ service with recommendations for TV shows and […]

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Spotify considers the interests of artists when recommending music to users

Spotify announced a new feature that allows artists and music labels to influence how their music is recommended to the users of Spotify. In this new experiment, artists and labels can identify music that’s a priority for them, and our system will add that signal to the algorithm that determines personalized listening sessions. This allows […]

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arXiv now has a recommender system, provided by CORE

arXiv — the preprint repository — and CORE — no, not the Australian conference and journal ranking but the “world’s largest collection of open access research papers” — announced a partnership. This partnership allows arXiv to provide research-paper recommendations to its users, provided by the CORE recommendation API. arXiv readers now have a faster way to […]

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StrainBrain: A Recommender System for Weed

I just stumbled upon StrainBrain, a Cannabis Strain Recommendation Engine. According to their website, they are supported, among others, by Google Cloud for Start-Ups. The system seems to be simple. You choose a number of characteristics … … … and then you get your recommendations. StrainBrain claims to use deep neural networks for their recommendations. […]

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Mozilla is Crowdsourcing Research into (Harmful) YouTube Recommendations [Ashley Boyd @ Mozilla]

YouTube recommendations can be delightful, but they can also be dangerous. The platform has a history of recommending harmful content — from pandemic conspiracies to political disinformation — to its users, even if they’ve previously viewed harmless content. Indeed, in October 2019, Mozilla published its own research on the topic, revealing that YouTube has recommended harmful videos, […]

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A prototype of a “Similar Shoe” (Sneaker) Recommender-System with Source Code [Josh Barua]

Josh Barua created https://runningshoe4you.com/, a recommender-system for shoe recommendations. Users can provide as input either a specific shoe model or their preferences (comfort; weight; looks; …) and then receive 3 recommendations for shoes. Josh explains the recommender system in a blog post, and also releases the source code. It’s not a super sophisticated system but […]

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Google Podcast gets Personalized Audio News Recommendations [Liz Gannes @ Google]

“Your News Update” is coming to Google Podcast as announced by Liz Gannes, Product Manager News at Google. “Your News Update” was originally introduced in late 2019 for the Google Assistant. When you say, “Hey Google, play me the news” on any Assistant-enabled phone or smart speaker, Your News Update will begin with a mix […]

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Bingie is an app for all your streaming recommendations and debates [Anthony Ha @ TechCrunch]

If you’re overwhelmed trying to choose the next movie or TV show to watch on Netflix,  Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max or any other streaming service, Bingie could be the app for you. You may recall a previous wave of TV recommendation apps from a decade ago, like Viggle and GetGlue. Those apps have largely disappeared, with most of us relying on […]

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