Posts by 'FT Labs'
Listen to the FT
A rather lovely subscriber-only, audio article player, in the form of a progressive web app.
Ad Blocking Experiments
In an interesting coming-together of serious and whimsical, FT Labs worked on some Ad Blocking ideas to help the Ads team address this thorny issue on FT.com. The prototypes we built helped trigger some excellent internal debate, teasing out the issues and subtleties of a very thorny topic.
Training the Archive OCR with better characters
After achieving a significant improvement in the accuracy of text extracted from the FT Archives (scans of every page of every issue since 1888) using just the default settings of Tesseract (see previous blog post), we still had whole decades …
Improving text extraction from the FT Archives with Tesseract
Good quality OCR for very little effort.
Animating 123 years of FT banners
From our archives, 1m31s of changing prices, fonts, layouts, and ads
Recently Interesting Links – September 2016
A varied and inconsistent list of recently interesting items (for some definition of recent, and some definition of interesting): AI / Machine Learning “machine intelligence will sit between our actions and the world”[http://motherboard.vice.com/en_uk/read/the-arrival-of-artificially-intelligent-beer] “Enhance that image (just like in the …
Recently Interesting Links – August 2016
An incomplete and eclectic list of recently interesting items (for some definition of recent, and some definition of interesting)
Finding Hidden Haiku
There are accidental haiku sitting in plain sight but unrecognised in FT articles, until now...
Helping prioritise performance, accessibility and security aspects of FT products by exposing these usually “invisible” properties in the UI of the websites.
GMail Signatures Extension
We appended links to the latest FT articles to make our prospect emails more enticing.