Thursday, 24 January 2013

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Google Unveils ‘Faster’ Image Search”

Mashable: Latest 29 News Updates - including “Google Unveils ‘Faster’ Image Search”

Google Unveils ‘Faster’ Image Search

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 01:42 AM PST

Google has revamped its image search for faster and better results, the company announced Wednesday.

In the next few days, images will be displayed in an inline panel so that users can quickly flip through a set of images using their keyboard, Google announced in a blog post.

"Based on feedback from users and webmasters, we redesigned Google Images to provide a better search experience," Hongyi Li, Google's associate product manager, wrote.

As a result, it will be "faster, more beautiful and more reliable," he added.

With Google's updated image search, users will see one main image framed by a display of smaller images above and below.

What's more, rather than getting sen…
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Free Database of the Entire Web May Spawn the Next Google

Posted: 24 Jan 2013 12:58 AM PST

Common Crawl supplies a database of more than 5 billion web pages in the hope that it will inspire new research or online services.

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Watch Extreme Physical Stunts in ‘People Are Awesome’ Viral Video

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 11:58 PM PST

Flips, flops, twists and turns are brazenly displayed in a new video that shows extreme stunts performed by people just like you and me (except they have a Chuck Norris-level of daring).

Called "People Are Awesome 2013," the four-and-a-half-minute video shows daredevils jumping over moving cars, parkouring across rooftops, cliff diving, as well as doing a myriad of tricks using skateboards, BMX bikes, surfboards, motorcycles, unicycles and their own bodies.

Since being uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, it has attracted more than 800,000 views.

What's your favorite stunt in the video? Let us know in the comments below.

Image via YouTube screenshot

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Pakistan Bans ‘Black Ops II,’ ‘Warfighter’ for Portraying Country as Terrorist Haven

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 11:33 PM PST

Pakistan has banned both Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Medal of Honor: Warfighter for their reported portrayal of the south Asian country as a haven for terrorists.

Pakistani shop owners have complained that the games suggest the country's Inter-Services Intelligence agency supports Al Qaeda.

"The problem is that there are things that are against Pakistan and they have included criticism of our army," said Saleem Memon, president of All Pakistan CD, DVD, Audio Cassette Traders and Manufacturers Association. "They show the country in a very poor light."

SEE ALSO: Pakistan Closes Mobile Networks Amid Fears of Terror Attacks

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More About: Call of Duty, Gaming, Pakistan, video games

Did Social Media Over-Sharing Lead to a Chinese Teen’s Death?

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 11:02 PM PST

After a high-school student from Shenzhen, China, died earlier this month, some netizens speculated that over-sharing online led to the young girl's death.

Lai Zengyutong frequently shared her locations to Sina Weibo, China's Twitter clone, which has few security settings. Police are now investigating whether the 16-year-old's online activity played a part in her disappearance.

SEE ALSO: Facebook After Death: What Should the Law Say?

The day after Lai went missing, her body was found in a junk shop. So far, police have arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the case.

Do you think it's risky to share personal details on social media? Tell us in the comments below.

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‘Temple Run 2′ Arrives For Android

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 10:03 PM PST

Temple Run 2 has arrived for Android.

The app launched for iOS last week, and quickly rose to the top of the App Store charts, securing an astounding 20 million downloads in just four days. Within that time, fans played the game a mind-boggling 210 million times -- that's 1,775 years of gameplay.

"The response from fans has been overwhelming," Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi (Temple Run's creators), said in response to the game's popularity on iOS. "We are thrilled players want more of the Temple Run universe, and we hope to grow and expand the game over the coming months."

Shepherd launched the app's Android version at 12 a.m. ET on Thursday.

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Nokia Launching True PureView Windows Phone, Report Says

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 09:46 PM PST

Nokia is reportedly working on a true PureView Windows Phone, which will include a sensor similar to the one found on the company's 41-megapixel 808 handset.

According to The Verge, the phone will be made out of aluminum rather than the polycarbonate typically found in Nokia's Lumia line. Slated to launch on AT&T later this year, the handset –- code-named EOS -- will be one of several Lumias sporting a new design. Nokia is also reportedly working on its own Windows 8 tablet to debut later this year.

The Lumia 920 also bears the PureView name. Arguably one of the best smartphone cameras available on the market today, the 920 has a backside-illuminated sensor and fixed f/2.0 apert…
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IBM Creates Weapon to Destroy Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 09:01 PM PST

Biofilms -- groups of microorganisms that adhere to a surface -- can be a real problem. When bacteria form a biofilm, it's difficult to treat since the cells are so densely packed. But now IBM has created a new substance that can break through biofilms such as plaque and drug-resistant bacteria, killing them while not harming humans.

IBM Research and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology created a antimicrobial hydrogel -- a highly absorbent substance made from synthetic polymers -- that annihilates bacterial biofilms on contact. IBM claims the hydrogel is 100% efficient in destroying biofilms. The gel forms spontaneously when heated to body temperature. It's also biodegr…
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Unlocking Cellphones Becomes Illegal Saturday in the U.S.

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 08:00 PM PST

The clock to unlock a new mobile phone is running out.

In October 2012, the Librarian of Congress, who determines exemptions to a strict anti-hacking law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), decided that unlocking mobile phones would no longer be allowed. But the librarian provided a 90-day window during which people could still buy a phone and unlock it. That window closes on Jan. 26.

Unlocking a phone frees it from restrictions that keep the device from working on more than one carrier's network, allowing it run on other networks that use the same wireless standard. This can be useful to international travelers who need their phones to work on different networks. Other…
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12 Face Freezingly Cool Snow Creations

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 06:58 PM PST

Snow Monster on a Leash

Image courtesy of Imgur

Click here to view this gallery.

Time to deal with the prospect of two more solid months of winter. That's 60 days of snow, slush and eyeball-freezing temperatures. Make the best of an icy situation by venturing outside armed with warm mittens and artistic skills.

SEE ALSO: 10 Dogs That Are Better at Winter Than You

If you can't decide how to tackle the pile of white fluffy stuff, find inspiration -- no wool socks needed -- in the gallery above.

Alternately, you can just stay inside curled up in a Snuggie flipping through photos of what other people did outside.

Image courtesy of Imgur

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Fitness Gadgets: Cheaper Than a Gym Membership?

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 05:58 PM PST

No one ever said staying or getting fit was easy -- or cheap.

There are so many fitness tracking gadgets to chose from these days, and many more reasons why you might want one. Wearable trackers offer convenience and constant motivation. But price-wise, how do they compare to your gym membership? How do they compare to each other?

Nike+ Kinect, naturally, wants to convince you its Xbox-based system is an effective price proposition. Below is their gym cost infographic; we've gone further and added the details and cost of other fitness gadgets.

The fee listed for an average gym membership seems high to us (living in San Francisco, I still pay slightly less than that and go to…
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The Force Is Strong With Star Wars Engagement Rings

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 05:43 PM PST

George Lucas got engaged to his girlfriend of seven years, Mellody Hobson, earlier this month -- but that was hardly the only Star Wars-related engagement of 2013.

Indeed, if these rings are anything to go by, we're seeing a miniature boom in intergalactic proposals.

The rings above are part of a set available on Etsy. Most are versions of the Rebel Alliance and Imperial logos. And then there's the set above, which celebrates the most romantic moment from Empire Strikes Back.

(Random Star Wars trivia time: in the original script, Princess Leia's declaration of love for the about-to-be-carbonized Han Solo was met with a less memorable "just remember that, 'cause I'll be back." The…
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Super Bowl Coach Jim Harbaugh Was Once on ‘Saved By The Bell’

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 05:20 PM PST

Who's got it better than us? Screech! Watch fiery 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh play Screech's cousin in a 1996 episode of 'Saved by the Bell: The New Class.'

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WikiLeaks Movie ‘The Fifth Estate’ Starts Production

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 05:13 PM PST

Principal photography for The Fifth Estate -- a film based on the WikiLeaks saga -- kicked off Wednesday.

The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Bruhl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Bill Condon, best known for Dreamgirls, Kinsey and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, is directing.

Two books are serving as the basis for the film: Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy by David Leigh and Luke Harding.

According to DreamWorks, the studio spearheading the film, it will chronicle the early days of WikiLeaks leading up to the release of the Afgha
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Put Down the Keyboard and Pick up a Pen for Your Next Tweet

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 05:10 PM PST

When's the last time you wrote someone a letter? Not typed, not dictated, wrote -- with a pen or pencil. Yeah, we thought so. So in honor of Wednesday, National Handwriting Day, we thought we'd provide some inspiration.

First of all, why is it National Handwriting Day? It's the birthday of John Hancock, the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. His signature became so famous, as you probably have heard, that his name is now shorthand for any old person's signature.

Think about how much you use the written word in your daily life. Chances are, much of your day is spent typing on a keyboard or tapping letters on a virtual keyboard while texting. Not much time to show off your l…
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Access to Broadband Is the New Access to Ports, Rail, Electricity

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 04:58 PM PST

In the 21st century, a small business in Kansas City, Mo., has at least one very important thing in common with a small business in Seoul, Korea: Both have access to ultra high-speed Internet -- Kansas City via Google Fiber and Seoul on account of its government championing the rollout of fiber optic internet for over a decade.

That's one way to look at Akamai's quarterly "state of the internet" report, in which the content serving company samples requests to its own servers to reveal internet connectivity speeds all over the world.

As usual, countries with the most people with Internet connections faster than 10 megabits per second are the densely populated, rich economies of…
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Men Brought to Tears During ‘Going Into Labor’ Simulation

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 04:57 PM PST

A pair of male TV hosts in Amsterdam undergo electro 'child birth' stimulations. Crying and screaming ensue.

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Hillary Clinton’s Very Long Day Testifying to Congress

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 04:42 PM PST

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent Wednesday in Congress, splitting her time between Senate and House hearings on the September 2012 attack against an American consolate in Benghazi, Libya.

Her treatment in both hearings was split along party lines: Most Democrats praised her service while many Republicans criticized her for what they see as a failure to prevent the attack that took four American lives including that of Ambassador John Christopher Stevens.

Here's what Clinton's day looked like:

Clinton choked up discussing the State Department's lost employees during her opening statement during the Senate hearing:

Video courtesy NowThisNews

She defended U.S. Ambassador…
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3 Charged in Bank Malware Scheme That Hit Thousands of Computers

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 04:17 PM PST

Three people were indicted Wednesday in New York for being behind a complex international operation that used a virus called 'Gozi' to infect thousands of computers worldwide, stealing citizens' bank information.

The FBI has disclosed details of a two-and-a-half-year investigation that has led to the indictment of three Eastern Europeans: Nikita Kuzmin, Mihai Paunescu and Deniss Calovskis. The three have been charged with various counts involving bank and wire fraud, access device fraud and computer intrusion, and are facing a maximum penalty of 95, 60 and 67 years in prison, respectively.

According to the FBI, Gozi "infected at least 1 million computers worldwide and 40,000 in the U.S…
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Watch This Near-Death Experience With a Biplane

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 03:52 PM PST

It always seems like a good idea until someone gets hurt, or nearly hit by a plane speeding toward them on the tarmac.

These guys, also known as "Those Crazy Texans," seem to think hanging out on an active runway is no biggie. Cue screams of adrenaline and most likely terror, as a low-flying biplane comes barreling down within two feet of them.

Just an inch more and it could've been an entirely different scene.

Staged or not, the Texans definitely live up to their name.

Video via YouTube, ThoseCrazyTexans. Thumbnail photo courtesy of Flickr, warrenski

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Hockey Puck Somehow Lands in NHL Fan’s Beer

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 03:07 PM PST

NHL game. Puck lands in fan's beer. How is this even possible? Is this real life?

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State Department Is Fighting Jihadist Propaganda With Social Media

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 03:02 PM PST

Video courtesy of NowThisNews

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday the U.S. State Department is actively countering online propaganda posted by terrorists groups such as al-Qaeda by posting videos and other content of its own. Clinton's comments about the digital propaganda duel came during her testimony to the House of Representatives regarding the September 2012 attack on an American consolate in Benghazi, Libya.

Clinton's full comments (which you can also view in the video above):

"Social media is a great tool. We've begun trying to use it much more in the State Department -- and not to communicate with just leaders and officials but really to get down ... into t…
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Apple’s Q1 by the Numbers

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 02:59 PM PST

The world's most valuable company does everything at a grand scale. For instance, consumers send some 200 million iMessages a day.

Not all of Apple's numbers were mind-blowing, though. The company's stock price fell as much as 10% in afterhours trading after narrowly missing some Wall Street targets for its fiscal first quarter. However, as usual, Apple's conference call with analysts gave a glimpse into how big exactly the company has become. Below are some numerical highlights:

Apple sent 4 trillion notifications to customers in the quarter.
Some 450 billion iMessages were sent.
Game Center has 200 million users.
Apple has $137.1 billion in cash on hand.
The company sold 22.9…
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12 Ways to Get Banned From Gmail

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 02:51 PM PST

Just how bad do you have to be to get banned from Gmail? How many terms of policy do you have to violate to get suspended, or have your domain terminated by Google?

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Tim Cook Debunks Reports That Apple Has Cut iPhone 5 Orders

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 02:44 PM PST

In recent weeks, there have been several reports that Apple had slashed orders for iPhone 5 parts in the coming quarter, suggesting to some that demand for the latest iPhone was lower than expected. However, during Apple's earnings call on Wednesday, CEO Tim Cook urged investors to "question the accuracy" of these reports.

"I know there have been lots of rumors about order cuts. I don't want to comment on any particular rumor because I would spend my life doing that," Cook said. "I would suggest that it's good to question the accuracy of any rumor of bill plans."

"Even if any particular data point were factual, it would be impossible to interpret what the data point meant for our overa…
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The Drowning: A First-Person Shooter You Can Play on a Tablet

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 02:35 PM PST

We've seen all kinds of gaming genres make the move to mobile, first-person shooters chief among them. But anyone who has tried playing one on a tablet knows it can be frustrating to navigate with gestures in a game world created around a keyboard and a mouse.

Ben Cousins of Scattered Entertainment thinks he has a solution for tricky tablet controls. His upcoming mobile game The Drowning is a horror-shooter hybrid; the world is being infected by terrifying reanimated creatures that gain their power from oil spills. The game is set some time after the main events of this apocalypse, and so the only people who remain are scavengers able to survive off the scraps. The game's protagonist is o…
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McDonald’s Nutrition Info Now in QR Code Form

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 02:29 PM PST

McDonald's is launching a new global packaging design that uses QR codes to give consumers nutritional information about their food. It is the latest brand to promote informed decisions about health, as Coca-Cola made headlines last week for an ad that aims to tackle obesity.

The designs will be featured on all carry-out bags and fountain beverage cups, communicating "brand stories" and delivering facts with a mix of text and illustrations. If the QR codes are anything like the Trackmymacca app in Australia, they could also include information about where the food comes from.

"Our new packaging is designed to engage with customers in relevant ways and celebrate our brand, " said Kevi…
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Revenge-Porn Website Victims Launch Action Against Texxxan and GoDaddy

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 02:24 PM PST

Victims of a so-called "revenge porn" website, which allows users to upload naked pictures of other people, identifying them by their name and hometown, have sued the site as well as its hosting company, GoDaddy.

Last week, a class-action lawsuit was brought against the hosting giant and the website The plaintiffs are arguing that that these kind of "involuntary" or "revenge" porn websites violate Texas State privacy laws and are a "blight upon society" that serve "no useful, social or economic purpose," the lawsuit states.

The suit was brought forth by 16 named plaintiffs who are also seeking class-action status for all the rest of women appearing on the website.

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Surprising Matter Found in Sun’s Million-Degree Atmosphere

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 02:18 PM PST

A NASA space telescope revealed magnetic braids of super-hot matter in the sun's outer atmosphere, a find that may explain its mysteriously hot corona.

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Adele to Perform ‘Skyfall’ Live for First Time at Oscars

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 02:16 PM PST

Adele will sing "Skyfall," the theme song for the latest James Bond movie, live for the first time during the 85th Academy Awards on Feb. 24.

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