Madison fashion startup pitches its artificial intelligence software to retailers

Markable’s technology, as shown above in a screenshot of its demo, can parse any image to figure out what items of clothing are pictured One year ago, the Madison startup Markable rolled out its signature product: an app that could take photos of dresses, shirts, handbags or heels and tell you where to buy the clothes in the picture. Today, that initial game plan has been scrapped. Instead of using its sophisticated artificial intelligence for a consumer fashion app, Markable is now selling its technology to online fashion retailers. “People don’t…

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THE DIVINE TASTE OF TEMPLE FOOD

Shojin ryori or the vegan cuisine of Zen Buddhist monks in Japan makes for a meal that is a combination of simple processes and surprising flavours If you look up the phrase shojin ryori online, the most simplistic translation would be vegetarian food. Typically, the term refers to traditional Buddhist cuisine that spread from China in the 6th century. Described as ‘devotional cooking’ or ‘Zen Buddhist temple food’ by various sources, it is generally associated with the vegan food cooked by Buddhist monks across Japanese temples. Not surprisingly, food cooked…

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Hectic lifestyle push Metro Manilans to dine out more

QUICK-SERVE MEALS Diners often consider a restaurant’s accessibility to work and home, fast service and affordable prices when they eat out, a Nielsen survey said. —INQUIRER PHOTO It used to be that eating out was a way of celebrating special occasions.  These days, it has become a routine among Metro Manila consumers who have to contend with a hectic lifestyle and the worsening traffic. Online information on new dining places and food offerings has also fueled this phenomenon, according to the latest report by the market research firm Nielsen, which…

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