Facebook Wants You To “Ask”, ‘Hi, Are You Single?

Is your relationship status so “it’s complicated” that you haven’t even said so on Facebook? Well, now your nosey friends and frenemies can press you to tell all and demand to know why you’re being so secretive in a new “ask” button.

The button is a new feature the social media site has been quietly rolling out over the past few months but it appears to have arrived on some profiles over the weekend.

The “ask” button appears next to categories of a user’s “about” section that have been left blank. This includes information such as where a user lives, place of employment and, yes, relationship status.

A user cannot see the button on his or her own profile.

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When a user finds a blank spot on a friend’s page, they can click on “ask” and a little window pops up that allows them to explain why they’re asking for that information. Once you hit “send request” only the user who’s subject to your prying can see the question. They can choose to ignore you, make that information either public or known only to you, or reply with an old-fashioned “none of your beeswax.”

Google’s Street View Update Can Scroll Through Time

A new feature launched few days back allows users to scroll back through historic images and see how familiar views changed through time

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Google’s Street View service now allows users to scroll back through time to see how certain views appeared in the past.

Since it was launched in 2007 Street View has allowed people to see images taken by special camera cars on roads and paths around the country. These images are periodically updated as and when the cars pass back over a previously covered area. But from today users will be able to scroll back through historic images taken from any point.

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This image from Kyoto shows trees in blossom and in autumn

In a post on the official Google blog, Google Street View product manager Vinay Shet said: “If you’ve ever dreamt of being a time traveller like Doc Brown, now’s your chance.

“Starting today, you can travel to the past to see how a place has changed over the years by exploring Street View imagery in Google Maps for desktop. We’ve gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world.

“Now with Street View, you can see a landmark’s growth from the ground up, like the Freedom Tower in New York city or the 2014 World Cup stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil.

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Street View now shows construction phases of One World Trade Center

“This new feature can also serve as a digital timeline of recent history, like the reconstruction after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Onagawa, Japan. You can even experience different seasons and see what it would be like to cruise Italian roadways in both summer and winter.”

When using Street View people will see a clock icon which, when clicked, allows them to scroll back through historic images. The oldest currently available date back to the service’s launch in 2007, but in future all data will be kept and help to gradually build up an extensive archive.

 

Source – https://www.google.co.in/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/

Facebook To Shut Down Messenger For Windows Desktop, Firefox On 3 March

Facebook Messenger for Windows Desktop will be shutting down from March 3, according to a report in The Next Web. The report comes within days of Microsoft’s announcement that the official Facebook Messenger app will be coming to Windows Phone 8 devices within weeks.

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 According to the report, Facebook’s Messenger app began showing a link saying that it would shut down from March 3. “We’re sorry, but we can no longer support Facebook Messenger for Windows, and it will stop working on March 3, 2014. We really appreciate you using Messenger to reach your friends, and we want to make sure you know that you can keep chatting and view all your messages on http://www.facebook.com,” the message stated at the top of the application.

 A Facebook spokesperson also confirmed the same to the website.

 Facebook Messenger for Windows was released in March 2012. An OS X version was expected to be launch but given that the Windows version has shut down, it seems unlikely. Facebook is likely to concentrate on Messenger for Windows Phone devices, and other mobile devices, instead of focusing on desktops.  Another report on the The Next Web also said that Facebook Messenger for Firefox is also shutting down on March 3.

 This isn’t the only service to get the axe in Facebook recently. Facebook also announced that it would be killing off the email service @facebook.com admitting that it had failed to take off amongst users.

Source – TheNextWeb

Are You Ready For YouTube TV ?!!

Google is making a big push to boost YouTube usage in India and is in talks with direct-to-home cable providers to bring the service to televisions screens, its global director of platform partnerships, Francisco Varela, said.

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Varela, who is on his first trip to India, said the country was among the video service’s fastest-growing markets and that talks were on with partners to boost usage further. Strategically, YouTube is an important part of Google’s revenues, which crossed $50 billion (about Rs 3.1 lakh crore) in 2012.

About 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube and about 100 hours of video are uploaded to the service every minute. “When we talk to direct-to home providers or television makers or device makers, it’s so that you can watch YouTube on every screen you have, in a fully scalable way”.

Varela declined to name the DTH providers he was in discussions with and would only say the company was working on a tie-up “as soon as possible”. The video platform receives more than 55 million unique monthly users from India, up from 15 million in 2011, a number set to grow as internet and mobile penetration in the country rises.

What Is BITCOIN?

Bitcoin is an innovative payment network and a new kind of money.

 

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Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks; managing transactions and the issuing of bitcoins is carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is open-source; its design is public, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin and everyone can take part. Through many of its unique properties, Bitcoin allows exciting uses that could not be covered by any previous payment system.

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Explore favorite Bitcoin sites

  1. Bitcoin.org
  2. Bitcoin Charts
  3. Blockchain.info
  4. Bitcoin Wiki

 

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Weekend Interesting Websites !

Website 1:

See how tobacco changes people (compare the difference between smokers and non-smokers,

http://tobaccobody.fi/m_en.php

 

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Website 2:

Improve your brain performance and live a better life

http://www.lumosity.com/

 

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Website 3:

It’s easy to point out that there’s something wrong with a system, such as the design of an urban street or neighborhood, but it’s another thing entirely to come up with a design that would be better. But when it comes to re-imagining the streets in your neighborhood, that process just got quite a bit easier, thanks to a new web app.

http://streetmix.net/

 

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The Evolution of The Facebook Profile

 

 2005 – The Facebook

Back in the days when The Facebook was only available to select networks, the News Feed didn’t exist. Users hopped between profiles like this one.

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2006 – Mini-Feed

With the September 2006 launch of Facebook’s News Feed, user profiles contained mini-feeds that displayed user activity.

 

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2007 – Interaction

While not a huge year for profile redesign, users began to interact more with each other’s profiles — remember Facebook Gifts?

 

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2008 – The App Era

Users were able to add application tabs to their profiles (e.g. Bumper Stickers). Facebook also introduced the Publisher tool bar, which allowed a user to publish a status update, photo or link to his profile.

 

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2009 – Pages

A new kind of user profile, Pages launched in 2009. Users could “become a fan” of a Page (until 2010, when they could “like” a page) to see that individual’s or business’ updates in their news feed.

 

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2010 – A Visual Redesign

Late in 2010, Facebook launched a new profile that, up until this week, remained pretty much unaltered. Users took advantage by getting creative with the new photo banner at the top of the page. Also, Facebook told you what friends/fans you had in common in the upper right-hand corner of each page.

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2011 – Ticker

As of Sept. 20, Facebook’s new ticker has the ability to follow a user around to every page, including profiles. The company also introduced a “View As” widget in the upper right-hand corner that allows a user to preview how others see her page.

 

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2012 – Timeline

Announced Thursday at Facebook’s f8 conference, the new profile will act like a virtual scrapbook, featuring important milestones that have occurred since your time on Facebook. Compared to the evolution of the social network’s profile thus far, this redesign appears the most significant.

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Few Facts About GOOGLE

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#1  Why Android is named after desserts and sweets?

Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and recently KitKat- why do Google name Android versions after desserts and sweets? Google doesn’t want to explain why, but Randall Sarafa, a Google spokesman said, “It’s kind of like an internal team thing, and we prefer to be a little bit – how should I say – a bit inscrutable in the matter, I’ll say.” “The obvious thing is that, yeah, the Android platform releases, they go by dessert names and by alphabetical order for the most part,” he added.

To celebrate new version release of Android, a giant mock-up of the dessert that matches the codename is usually delivered to the Google Campus and put on display. You can see the mockups of all the Android versions placed together in the campuses; there is a mockup of KitKat Android too between them.

#2  Google Doodle

The first Google Doodle, which is when the Google logo is altered on the site’s homepage, was in celebration Burning Man festival in 1998.

In May 2012, Google unveiled its first interactive Google Doodle to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the arcade game Pac-Man, in association with Namco. Searchers play Pac-Man within their browser by clicking the ‘Insert Coin’ button. The game got viral with the users; so that Google made it a permanent site after the Doodle had been removed.

Later the same year, Google unveiled its first animated Google Doodle to mark John Lennon’s 70th birthday with a short clip of his song ‘Imagine’. A similar Doodle was launched, using a clip of Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ song, to mark Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday in September 2011.

 

#3 Google’s green data centers

 

Inside the Council Bluffs, Lowa data center there is over 115,000 square feet of space. There are 9 more such data centers owned by Google. These data centers are basic to run Google’s internet services like Google Search, Google+, Gmail, its cloud services and others.

At the Georgia data center, Google built an evaporative cooling system, which uses both outside air and chilled sprayed water to cool servers. Google in its blog post said that this evaporative cooling process commonly uses “hundreds of thousands of gallons of water a day.”

To counter such a huge waste of water, Google has turned to chilly outside air and even seawater for greener ways to cool its data centers. The search giant has also tapped into recycled waste water to cool a data center in Douglas County, Georgia. It’s the first time Google has used recycled waste water for a data center in the U.S. and the system was financed by Google and owned by the local water authority.

 

#4 “I’m feeling lucky”

Google’s first official tweet was the words “I’m feeling lucky” in binary.

The “I’m Feeling Lucky” button, which bypasses the results page to take users directly to the first result of their search, has been estimated to cost Google around $100m in lost ad revenue every year.

 

#5 Google’s Slogan

Its mission statement from the outset is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”, and its unofficial slogan is “Don’t be evil”.

 

#6 Google data

Google’s search index is more 100 million gigabytes in size. It would take 100,000 one-terabyte personal drives to contain the same amount of data.

 

 

Now, Computer That Teaches People Social Skills

Scientists have developed an automated personal-computer system that can help people enhance their social interaction skills.

The programme called MACH, or “My Automated Conversation coacH” has been developed by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) mainly to help those who suffer from social phobia linked to autism.

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It uses a computer-generated face that simulates a conversation. Using a standard web camera, MACH scans facial expressions, listens carefully to patterns of speech, and

reads behavioural cues. MACH keeps track of weak language, like utterances of ‘Mmm’, ‘Uhh’, and ‘Basically’. It also provides feedback about how effectively the user has been communicating.

The software plays back a video of their speech, alongside charts monitoring intonation, head movements, and other coded gestures. “MACH must appear and behave human like, adapting its behaviours to changes in the interaction,” researchers said in their paper to be presented at UbiComp conference in Zurich this month.

To achieve that level of realism, the animation of the virtual coach incorporated arm and posture movements, facial expressions, gaze behaviour and lip synchronisation.

The software was constructed over two years and tested on 90 MIT undergraduates seeking to improve their self-presentation in front of prospective employers, the ‘New Yorker magazine’ reported.

The team’s paper stated that MACH led to a significant improvement in social interaction, based on a before-and-after evaluation of subjects by a professional career counsellor. Beyond job interviews, the programme could be useful for helping people with social phobia linked to autism – the root of the project – as well as public speaking or even dating, according to M Ehsan Hoque, who led the research.

While the prototype runs locally on computers, Hoque, whois now at the University of Rochester, would like to make it widely available online, which he said would take between six months and a year for two or three engineers to develop.