Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Facebook Just Declared War on Google: Meet Your New Search Engine (Updating Live)

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5976014/facebook-just-declared-war-on-google-meet-your-new-search-engine-updating-live

Facebook Just Declared War on Google: Meet Your New Search Engine (Updating Live)Today's big bad Facebook revelation is a search engine—not for the web, but for your life. And it's just another step in Facebook's attempt to conquer the entire Internet. Meet Graph Search.

Facebook's search has been convoluted and weak for years until now—it's hard to expect what you get when you type anything in, even if it's your best friend's name. People, pages, maybe places. Boring and often broken. But with today's search monster, Zuckerberg isn't just offering you a way to find your friends (or college frenemies). And it's beyond just some attempt at a Google replacement. It's an attempt to do what Google failed at doing—pulling all the information that matters to you within the context of your social life, skipping the results that are popular to The Internet, in favor of the results that are popular within a group you actually give a damn about. Not a horde of strangers. Everyone you know uses Facebook, and now those people are going to work for you when you search.

For example: searching for a sushi restaurant won't just bring up a well-linked list a la Google. Instead, your restaurant query will be answered with a little help from your friends, presenting you with suggestions based on where your relations have checked in. Or if you're looking for music, the recent selections of your pals will inform the results. For any occasion, the answer doesn't lie with some invisible algorithm pointed out toward the web void, but at the people you know, who are doing or have done the thing you're talking about. Your friends' experiences will give you answers to what you're wondering. At least that's the idea. And if it works, we'll have all the reason to skip opening a new tab headed to Google.com—an enormous victory for Facebook, and a profound change in how we all use the Internet every single day.

Facebook Just Declared War on Google: Meet Your New Search Engine (Updating Live)

So how does Graph Search work?

Graph Search is a live, constantly updating list of results, triggered from a nice thick search box at the top left of the page. It changes as you type, a la Google's autocomplete queries.

Facebook Just Declared War on Google: Meet Your New Search Engine (Updating Live)

As you start typing, say, "photos of my friends," results will pop up. If you add "taken in 2008," you'll get those photos.

Facebook Just Declared War on Google: Meet Your New Search Engine (Updating Live)

Searches are built using simple, natural language searches. "Friends who like Star Wars and Harry Potter." "What music do my friends like?" Even more complicated questions, like "People named Brian who went to Princeton and like Star Wars."

Facebook Just Declared War on Google: Meet Your New Search Engine (Updating Live)

It looks incredibly fast, and allows for the kind of spastic hopping around that's become natural on Facebook. Every piece of data you share on Facebook, now searchable, will be privacy aware—meaning it's only available to the friends you want it to be available to, not the web. You won't be dumped into some Internet database.



Rezhound Will Fetch You a Table at [Insert Exclusive Restaurant] Anytime

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5976140/rezhound-will-fetch-you-a-table-at-[insert-exclusive-restaurant]-anytime

Rezhound Will Fetch You a Table at [Insert Exclusive Restaurant] AnytimeHave you been trying to get a table a Babbo since the beginning of time? Stop calling that snooty hostess incessantly a month in advance. Instead, try Rezhound, a new site that will alert you when a spot opens up on OpenTable.

Pick your region, then pick the restaurant you want to go to, the size of your party, and the time and date you want to go. Give Rezhound your email, and they'll let you know when that exclusive restaurant you've been dying to get into for months has a table for you. Magic. Delicious, ingenious magic. [h/t Twitter]


Exynos-powered Kite tablet flies Android 4.0 and Ubuntu 12.04 for รข¬309

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/15/exynos-kite-tablet-android-ubuntu/

DNP Exynospowered Kite tablet flies Android 40 and Ubuntu 12 for 309

Italian electronics firm DaVinci Mobile Technology is now accepting pre-orders for its Kite Full-HD tablet. This European slab features a 10.1-inch 1,920 x 1,200 IPS display, a Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a front-facing VGA camera and a rear-facing 2-megapixel shooter. In addition to packing some decent specs, the device also dual-boots Ubuntu 12.04 for ARM and Android 4.0. While there's no telling if this switch hitter will ever officially make its way to US soil, our friends abroad can fly this Kite for €309 (around $413 USD).

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Via: Notebook Italia (translated)

Source: DaVinci Mobile Technology (translated)


Udacity to announce partnership with San Jose State University, will trial for-credit online classes

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/15/udacity-to-announce-partnership-with-san-jose-state-university/

Udacity to announce partnership with San Jose State University, will trial forcredit online classes

Working alongside college professors at San Jose State, online course start-up Udacity will launch a pilot program for remedial and college-level algebra. Importantly, these classes won't simply result in a nice certificate, but genuine college credit. Students will have to stump up $150 for each three-unit course, with the intake limited to 300; half will come from San Jose State, while the remaining places will be given to those attending nearby community colleges and high schools. The online course start-up, founded by former Stanford professor Sebastian Thurn, says that its own mentors will assist university staff in administering the course, which will include instructional video and web-based quizzes.

MIT and Harvard's similar EdX course saw promising results during its own pilot tests at San Jose. While 40 percent in the traditional class arrangement got a C grade or lower, only 9 percent using the blended online course picked up the same grades. California Governor Jerry Brown hopes that the courses might help reduce barriers to college education entry -- more than 50 percent of entrants are unable to meet the college's basic requirements in math and English.

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Via: The Verge

Source: New York Times


Huawei's dual-SIM Ascend D2 for China Telecom priced at $640, available online tomorrow

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/15/huawei-ascend-d2-china-telecom/

Huawei's Ascend D2 gets a price and a date for China,

It's only been about a week since the Ascend D2's official debut at CES, but according to Huawei's latest announcement on Sina Weibo, the manufacturer will already be offering its unsubsidized 5-inch 1080p flagship at its online store right after 5pm local time tomorrow. Specifically, this will be a China Telecom (CDMA2000) variant with dual-SIM support, so Huawei fans outside China may want to wait for the WCDMA flavor (there's always the Oppo Find 5 as well). If you happen to be in China and don't mind using China Telecom, then feel free to fork out ¥3,990 or about $640 to be one of the first handful of owners of this 32GB, 1.5GHz quad-core device. That is, if you manage to get your order through "while stocks last."

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Via: Sina Weibo

Source: Vmall


Foremay claims to have the first 2TB, 2.5-inch SSDs

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/15/foremay-claims-to-have-the-first-2tb-2-5-inch-ssds/

Foremay claims to have the first 2TB, 25inch SSD

It's been relatively easy for awhile to get a solid-state drive with 2TB or more of storage -- if you've been willing to buy a large PCI Express card, that is. Foremay is bringing that kind of capacity to a more portable form. It claims that both its TC166 (for end users) and SC199 (industrial) drives are the first to stuff 2TB of flash memory into a 2.5-inch SATA enclosure. The 9.5mm thickness should let them fit into many laptop hard drive bays and space-sensitive machinery without having to give up all those valuable extra bytes. Before reaching for a credit card, however, we'd warn that there aren't many details so far -- we don't know the performance, or how much it costs to buy either model. We've reached out and will get back if there's firmer details, but at least corporate customers who want speed and ample storage in one drive will be glad to hear that Foremay's new SSDs are already in mass production.

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Doodle 4 Google 2013 challenges kids to dream big, describe their best day (video)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/15/doodle-4-google-2013-challenges-kids-to-describe-their-best-day/

Doodle 4 Google 2013 challenge invites kids to

Google loves inspiring kids to go wild with ideas in its annual Doodle 4 Google competition, and that tradition is carrying on for 2013. This year's just-started drawing exhibition asks American kids to visualize what they imagine would be their best day ever -- no mean feat, as you'll see in the video after the break. The K-12 student who wins on the national level may find all that daydreaming worth the effort, however, as the top prizes are about as grand as they were for 2012. Along with seeing their drawing become the homepage doodle for a day, the top-ranking child gets a $50,000 technology grant for their current school, a $30,000 college scholarship, a Chromebook and a Wacom tablet to foster that now-obvious creative talent. Budding young artists need to get their entries to Google's real or virtual doorsteps by March 22nd; we have a hunch the winner's best day ever will be May 23rd, when millions of searchers will catch a glimpse of that early magnum opus.

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Via: SlashGear

Source: Doodle 4 Google


Quantum dots help return 'Triluminos' RGB LED lighting to Sony HDTVs

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/14/sony-triluminos-quantum-dot-qdvision/

Quantum dots power the return of 'Triluminos' RGB LED lighting to Sony's 2013 HDTVs

While 4K TVs are excellent, for the next couple of years most of us will still be selecting a 1080p model when we're out shopping, and now we've got a little more detail about some of the new ones Sony announced last week. After letting its "Triluminos" RGB LED lighting technology fall by the wayside after 2009 because of its high cost, Sony has brought the brand back in this year's HDTVs. Noted in the press release and highlighted today in the MIT Technology Review, this iteration uses QD Vision's quantum dot technology to enhance the red/green/blue LED backlighting the series is known for. According to the CTO of QD Vision, the TVs start with a blue backlight -- instead of the standard white LED -- which stimulates quantum dots that emit "pure green and pure red." Sony was very proud of its Triluminos tech at the show and our experience at demonstrations seemed to validate the quality of the approach. While we've been hearing about quantum dots for years, this is reportedly their first appearance in a mass produced consumer product, once it hits homes we'll be able to tell if the wait was truly worth it.

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Source: MIT Technology Review


Garmin announces new dog collars, talks up 'Bark Odometer'

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/14/garmin-barklimiter/

Garmin announces new dog collars, talks up Bark Odometer

Garmin's not content with just a spot on your dashboard -- the company's also hoping to help you out with your pet problems. The GPS-maker's got a couple of new additions to its line of dog collars, including the BarkLimiter series, which offers up an accelerometer-powered bark identification system and a Bark Odometer to help you keep track of your canine's woof mileage. The collar is lightweight and waterproof and promises to increase "stimulation" as barking continues. The collar'll run you $80 for standard and $100 for the deluxe edition. You can also get the BarkLimiter technology in the company's Delta series of collars, which let you set a virtual leash up to three-quarters of a mile. That line runs $200 without the bark limiting and $250 with.

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DCM Dealer software platform mines social media for stock sentiment, Wall Street licks its chops

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/14/dcm-dealer-software-platform-social-media-stock-investment/

DCM Dealer software platform mines social media for stock sentiment, Wall Street licks its chops

In this episode of "What could possibly go wrong?!", allow us to introduce you to DCM Dealer. Billed as an "online trading platform," this here project was whipped up by the same London-based investment outfit (DCM Capital) that went belly-up after losing some $40 million in assets in just one month during the summer of 2011. Granted, that was a pretty tough time in the market, and it did manage to squeeze out a 1.9 percent gain in the period it was open, but it's still worth keeping in mind. Now, the firm is hoping to catch a second wind with a tool that mines Twitter, Facebook, and the whole of social media in order to pick up clues about the public's view on a stock. Reportedly, it'll spit out real-time ratings from 0 (negative) to 100 (positive), giving investors yet another "leading indicator" on what to invest in flip for a quick buck.

Founder Paul Hawtin confesses: "This is not some kind of holy grail of buy-sell signals that's guaranteed to make you money. This is an additional layer of market information...markets are driven by greed and fear, so if you can understand fear and quantify it in real-time, you could use that to protect yourself." We'll leave it to the 99 percent to comment on the idea below.

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Source: CNBC, DCM


Huawei G520 outed as an inexpensive, quad-core smartphone for China

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/15/huawei-g520-smartphone/

Huawei G520 outed as an inexpensive, quadcore smartphone for China

Huawei put its best foot forward (twice) last week at CES, but it seems that the company has yet another smartphone up its sleeve: a 4.5-inch Android device known as the G520. According to Gizchina, the phone is said to wield a quad-core 1.2GHz Mediatek MT6589, but its key selling point will be the price -- it's said to be in the neighborhood of ¥1,399 ($225). The specific resolution of the G520 is currently known, and the same is true for the version of Android it'll ship with. That said, Ice Cream Sandwich seems most plausible, as the smartphone includes just 512MB of RAM. The Huawei G520 also includes a 5-megapixel rear camera and is said to go up for sale on January 21st within China. Hopefully by then, we'll know a bit more about this one.

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Via: Unwired View

Source: Gizchina


China adds 51 million internet users in one year, mobile numbers increase by 18.1 percent

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/15/china-adds-51-million-internet-users-in-2012/

China's internet dealt with 564 million users during 2012, increasing its user base by 10 percent. Despite continued efforts to monitor residents and restrict access to subversive content, these substantial gains were apparently driven by mobile internet access, with the number of Chinese users tapping into the web from phones and tablets rising by 18.1 percent, now totaling 420 million. That's 75 percent of all internet users.

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Source: Yahoo News (AP)


Man Goes On 60-Day Juice Fast To Save His Life

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/joe-cross-fat-sick-and-nearly-dead-2013-1

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Australian businessman Joe Cross tipped the scale at 310 pounds when he realized he needed to regain control of his life. His solution? A 60-day juice fast. 

To do this, the 40-year-old traveled halfway around the world to America, home to some of the the fattest people in the world

See how Joe lost 90 pounds > 

Under the supervision of a doctor, Joe drank his way across the country while interviewing Americans about their diet and attitudes toward food.  

Joe's transformation and his quest to understand why people are electing to live an unhealthy lifestyle is chronicled in the film "Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead," released in 2010. 

Following the film's success, Joe founded Reboot Your Life, a health and wellness company that helps people lose weight by teaching them how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diets. 

We downloaded the documentary on Netflix and have pulled out the highlights. 

You can learn more about J! oe's per sonal journey on the official website.  

This is Joe Cross. Joe hails from Australia where he is an entrepreneur and investor. Joe's poor eating habits over the last decade have made him fat and sick.

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At 310 pounds — 100 pounds overweight — Joe is finally ready to take control of his life.

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Joe has come to America, the fattest country in the developed world, to lose weight.

Watch the film here >

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Monday, January 14, 2013

What The iPhone 6 Will Need To Truly Impress Users (AAPL)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/iphone-projector-trick-2013-1

There's been a lot of talk lately about Apple losing its edge and being out-innovated by rivals like Samsung.

It's at the point now where it seems like nothing Apple does is good enough.

Reddit user Inspector-potatoeface hilariously points out what the next iPhone will have to do in order to truly satisfy users.

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New Lighting Could Replace Fluorescents, CFLs, and LEDs As The Light Source Of The Future

Source: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-12/new-kind-lighting-could-replace-fluorescents-cfls-and-leds-light-source-future

FIPEL Lighting Could Replace Fluorescents Ken Bennett, Wake Forest University photographer
FIPEL technology produces the soft, white light our eyes crave without that annoying fluorescent hum.

Like the desktop printer and the fax machine, the fluorescent overhead light might soon see a diminished role around the office. Researchers at Wake Forest University have developed a field-induced polymer elecroluminescent (FIPEL) lighting technology that silently gives off a soft, white glow, sans the annoying hum and yellow tint of fluorescent bulbs or the sharp, bluish hue of LED light fixtures.

FIPEL technology is by no means brand new, but turning it into a viable light source has taken some time. The Wake Forest team used a multi-layer white-emitting blend of polymers imbued with a small amount of nanomaterials that glow when stimulated with an electric charge. This nano-engineered polymer matrix is essentially a whole new type of light bulb, different from both the filament-filled Edison bulb and mercury-exciting fluorescent, as well as the LEDs and compact fluorescents (CFLs) that have been slowly replacing some traditional light sources in recent years.

Moreover, it is at least twice as efficient as CFLs (which are filled with hazardous materials that can leak into the environment if the bulb is broken--FIPELs are not) and roughly on par with LEDs, both of which emit light that is not quite suited to the human eye. And the FIPEL technology is tunable--it can be manufactured to give off the soft, white light human eyes prefer or to emit any other color, making it potentially useful for billboard lighting and other displays. Its form factor is even customizable--it can be molded into bulbs with Edison connections to fit existing fixtures, but also into large sheets or panels that could fit into ceiling tiles or wall spaces to provide lighting that is unobtrusively embedded in the spaces around us.

Perhaps best of all, FIPEL technology has been around for quite a while and is already well-understood, meaning two things: Firstly, we know the technology is long-lasting (one of the researchers has had a prototype FIPEL light source that he claims has worked for a decade), and secondly we already know how to produce it. This kind of FIPEL lighting could be on the consumer market as early as next year.