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Google and Bing are already quite good at predicting what you're thinking and giving you relevant suggestions. But it's slow and the predictive algorithms just aren't quite good for actual real-time suggestions. So a graduate student from Cornell wants to speed things up considerably, making things potentially awesome, yet incredibly creepy.
We all like our personalized suggestions when shopping or even when searching for things. It legitimately helps us, despite the privacy concerns related to it. But those results don't show up instantaneously. There's a significant amount of background work going on that links your actions to those personalized results. Wenlei Xie has come up with an algorithm that could potentially speed things up to near real-time.
Search engines and their underlying suggestions generally use a weighted node graph which is examined analyzed to see just how appropriate the suggestion is based on years of collecting and correlating information. The problem that Xie has found is that there's just so much information to walk through, that it's incredibly slow. So to make it faster and more relevant even sooner, he's proposed simplifying those graphs. In essence they're assembling only the most pertinent information, and discarding a lot of the fluff, to make it quicker.
The search engine parses through nearly 3 million screenshots from every season and shows the appropriate dialogue beside it. You can easily make a meme out of it just by clicking the appropriate button. So if you've ever been curious when any word has been said, just type it in and you'll get every result you'll ever need.
And now you'll never have an excuse not to quote The Simpsons. The search engine itself is fast and efficient with a good layout that's easy to use. It's all very Simpson's-esque as well. This is perfect for those fans that need a quick reference. It's also an example of what could be useful for any number of other shows or games. The program itself was written in Go and works in a fairly simplistic way, according to the blog post by the creator, Paul Kehrer.
We're finally seeing the fruits of Alphabet's labor with YouTube Red, with the company promising original content for subscribers who cough up $10 per month.
Well, the first YouTube Red original series features none other than infamous YouTuber 'Pewdiepie', with 'Scare Pewdiepie' being the first show off the rank. Pewdiepie's "reality-adventure" will continue his work from YouTube, but there will also be three movies released onto YouTube Red from Astronauts Wanted and Lilly Singh, AwesomenessTV and Rooster Teeth.
There'll also be a release from Lazer Tech, a documentary called A Trip To Unicorn Island, which covers Singh's 30-city world tour. When YouTube Red's original shows were announced in November 2015, we were promised 10 projects - so we should expect 7 more programs and movies to be released, including a project from CollegeHumor.
Alphabet confirmed it has over 1 billion monthly active Gmail users, something the company announced during its latest fiscal results.
It might sound like a lot, but considering Facebook reached the 1 billion milestone last summer, it's surprising that something as universal and useful didn't hit 1 billion users quicker. Alphabet also said that around 10% of the replies from Google Inbox are automatic, so you might think you're getting a thoughtful response from someone, but it's an AI-generated message. So, ha.
It used to be that private gun sales were acceptable through any such medium on the Internet, Facebook included. But with the new laws in place in the US, Facebook is cracking down on overt advertisements for the private sale of firearms. Licensed gun-dealers are still fine, however.
Facebook is a burgeoning marketplace, it would seem."Over the last two years, more and more people have been using Facebook to discover products and to buy and sell things to one another," head of product policy Monika Bickert told Reuters. "We are continuing to develop, test and launch new products to make this experience even better for people and are updating our regulated goods policies to reflect this evolution."
And so as a result to help curb illegal activity, they've put programs (literal software) in place to check listings and flag them for review. I'd imagine they might be leveraging the deep learning projects they have going on, utilizing NVIDIA hardware to do so. It could allow for quick and timely identification with few errors (over time).
Most of you have either heard about or have been in the middle of Snowzilla - which reached the East Cost of the United States in a big way between January 22 and 24.
Well, mega porn giant Pornhub had a noticeable increased in their traffic, with the company focusing a new report on the four East Coast cities, which were plowed by Snowzilla the hardest. Pornhub's report sees the traffic in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington were swollen, compared to usual.
Washington had the largest increase in traffic, with 22% more on Friday, 21% more on Saturday and the tip of it happened on Sunday, with a 25% increase in traffic compared to an average day for Pornhub. If you want to get into the nitty gritty, Pornhub has traffic by the hour over Snowzilla, too.
Back in October last year, Sanmay Ved noticed that "Google.com" was available on Google Domains, so he snapped it up for $12. Yeah, $12 for Google.com - a steal, right?
Ved owned the most iconic domain name of all time, for all of 60 seconds. After they noticed that the Google.com domain had been purchased, Google cancelled the purchase - and then provided Ved with an undisclosed reward. Well, we have found out through a blog post that Google paid him $6006.13, which is "Google" spelled with numbers - nice one, Google.
Ved donated the reward to The Art of Living India, and once Google found out about this, they doubled the reward amount. Good work there, Google!
Besides arguments about politics and fresh memes, sometimes Facebook can be used for other things. In this case, witness someone showcase their amazing musical skills by playing the whole Star Wars theme, solo.
SkillzPosted by Peanut Butter Wolf on Saturday, December 19, 2015
Here's hoping that he doesn't ensure the sacking of a full orchestra with these amazing one-man skills. You can view the video by clicking this link.
The citizens of Down Under haven't had a great run with internet speeds throughout their time in this hot country, with local internet users often taking to social mediums in order to express their frustration at the lack of internet speeds available locally.
Taking matters into their own hands, Reddit user 'asscopter' made a few pro-NBN (National Broadband Network) 'advertisements', highlighting some of the advantages that a high speed, fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) setup may provide.
These advertisements, as seen on Gizmodo, aim to show not only a difference between current infrastructure offerings and what FTTP could bring, but also showing advantages over the Government's current plans to offer a nation-wide fibre-to-the-node upgrade instead.
Last week Netflix announced it would be cracking down on users employing VPNs to get around the company's geographic restrictions, and has since made good on that promise. However, VPN provider uFlix has demonstrated how futile those efforts may be, releasing a fix just days after informing its users they were affected by the new measures.
Before its announcement, Netflix chief product officer Neil Hunt stated at this year's CES that going after VPN providers was "likely to always be a cat-and-mouse game."