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Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google’s search engine this year.
Three of the world’s four fastest-rising search requests on Google were triggered by the deaths of famous men.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died earlier this month, occupied the top spot, followed by “Fast & Furious” movie star Paul Walker, who died in a Nov. 30 car crash. “Glee” TV series cast member Cory Monteith, who died of a drug overdose in July, ranked fourth in an annual retrospective released Tuesday.
The Boston Marathon bombings in April that killed three people ranked sixth.
The iPhone 5S, the latest upgrade in Apple’s most popular product line, finished third in Google’s rankings. A rival smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4, took the eighth spot. PlayStation 4, Sony Corp.’s newest video game console, held the ninth position.
The Top 10 was rounded out by the “Harlem Shake,” a song that inspired a procession of amusing dance videos, at No. 5; “royal baby” Prince George, the heir to England’s throne, at No. 7; and North Korea, whose saber-rattling has become a source of international tension, at No. 10.
Google’s review follows annual round-ups compiled during the previous two weeks by its main search rivals – Microsoft Corp.‘s Bing, Yahoo Inc. and Ask.com. Although its list usually comes last each year, Google’s breakdown typically provides the greatest insight into the world’s collective mindset because the company’s technology processes about two out of every three search requests made on the Internet.
Bing ranks a distant second with 18 percent of the U.S. search market, and even less in most other countries. Yahoo, which relies on Bing’s technology, handles the third most search requests.
Because the same inquiries tend to crop up from one year to the next, Google tries to keep its list fresh by focusing on the queries that post the biggest annual gains – a measurement that the Mountain View, California, company calls “trending.”
Google also is slicing its vast database of search requests into a hodgepodge of other categories spanning 72 countries, up from 55 last year. In the U.S. alone, Google is compiling more than 90 different lists examining the hottest inquiries about everything from finances to pop culture.
A handful of the rankings are based on the total number of requests entered into Google’s search engine, instead of breaking them down by the variance from last year.
Google’s pecking order of the most-searched people in the U.S. consists exclusively of singers, with the exception of reality-TV show star Kim Kardashian, who is engaged to be married to one of her peers on the list, hip-hop artist Kanye West (she ranks No. 3, while he came in at No. 10). The top spot is held by Miley Cyrus, who also was No. 1 in Yahoo’s search rankings for this year (Kardashian ranked second on Yahoo’s list).
Cyrus, Kardashian and Justin Bieber were the only three people to appear in each of the most-searched lists from Google, Bing and Yahoo. The lists of most-searched people on Google and Bing shared the most in common, with six stars appearing in both categories. Beside Cyrus, Kardashian and Bieber, the other three to make the cut on both Google and Bing were Beyonce Knowles (No. 1 on Bing, No. 5 on Google); Rihanna (No. 3 on Bing, No. 6 on Google); and Taylor Swift (No. 4 on Bing, No. 7 on Google).
The Web surfers who use Bing evidently have quite different tastes in television from those who search on Google.
Only two series, “Big Bang Theory” and “Big Brother” appeared in each of the two rivals rankings’ of the year’s most-searched TV shows. “Big Bang Theory” ranked first on Bing’s list, a distinction held by “Breaking Bad” in Google’s rankings. The two search engines couldn’t agree on the most popular morning news show either, with NBC’s “Today Show” making it on Bing’s list of most frequent TV requests and ABC’s “Good Morning America” securing a spot on Google’s list.
Google was on its own list of trending stocks this year, ranking No. 4. That’s not a big surprise, given the company’s market value has surged by about 50 percent so far this year, its biggest gain on Wall Street since 2008. That was still not enough to surpass Google rival Facebook Inc. on the list of trendiest stocks. Facebook’s shares have more than doubled so far this year. After Facebook came electric car maker Tesla Motors, whose stock has more than quadrupled this year, and online messaging service Twitter Inc., whose stock has more than doubled since its Wall Street debut last month.
1. Go to Your Profile
Head to your Facebook profile and click the “Activity log” option at the bottom right of your cover photo.
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2. Activity Log
Your activity log is a list of your posts and all Facebook activity, including your search history.
3. More Options
Next, click on the “More” option on the left-hand menu, under “Photos,” “Likes” and “Comments.”
4. Search Activity
Scroll down the expanded list until you see “Search.”
5. Your Search History
Press shots of the much-rumoured Nokia smartphone, dubbed the Lumia EOS, have been leaked courtesy of serial leaker EVLeaks. The leaker also referred to the device as theLumia 1020 in his Twitter post with one of the image, but has stated in another tweet that the phone may instead be called the Nokia 909. The pictures give us closer looks at both the display and the much-anticipated 41 megapixel camera on the back.
As is evident from the pictures, the Lumia 1020 will a xenon flash and a polycarbonate unibody. The pictures also show the AT&T logo on the top of the device, meaning that it will be available with the carrier in the US.
We’ve already seen a picture of the handset leaked last month that showed that the design of the handset will be similar to that of the Lumia 920. The picture also showed a rather large camera module on the back of the device.
cast: Ali Zafar, Siddharth, Taapsee Pannu, Divyendu Sharma
Direction: David Dhawan
‘Chashme Baddoor’ is exactly like any other film David Dhawan film, it is a good time pass. There is no clever humour but there is enough comedy to assure a few genuine laughs.
Omi (Divyendu Sharma), Jai (Siddharth) and Siddharth (Ali Zafar) are three close friends who fall for the same girl. While the other two are just looking to have fun, Siddharth is genuinely in love with the new next door neighbor. Omi and Jai decide to play villains when they realize that their best friend has managed to win over the girl that they both had set their eyes on. Confusion and misadventures ensue as we try to figure out a way to get the lovers back together.
‘Chashme Baddooor’ cannot boast of any smart writing, the comedy is mostly situational. The plot seldom digresses from the point except to include the sub-plot about Joseph (Rishi Kapoor) – Josephine (Lillete Dubey) romance. The problem, however is that the side story is not strong enough to contribute either substantially to the narrative or to provide any extra laughs.
The performances are strictly okay except Anupam Kher who in a double role is twice as much fun as the rest of the actors put together. The music too doesn’t really make an impression except the ‘Har ek friend kamina hota hai’ song which is quite a catchy number. David Dhawan’s humour is slapstick but never cringe-worthy. ‘Chashme Baddoor’ is definitely a fun watch.
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The event — which kicks off at 7:00 p.m. ET at Radio City Music Hall, just blocks away from competitor Apple’s flagship store — will be live streamed viaSamsung Mobile’s YouTube page and broadcast in Times Square. We’ve also embedded the stream above for your viewing pleasure.
For those following along on Twitter, Samsung is urging fans to use the hashtag #Unpacked, a reference to its much-hyped “Unpacked” marketing campaign.
There has been a lot of fanfare leading up to the event. First, it handed out paper invitations at Mobile World Congress conference last month — a move we’d expect from Apple — by drawing attention away from the show and onto its upcoming launch. Then, the company organized a flash mob.
So what are we expecting? If leaked images and videos are any indication, we will likely see the device run on Android 4.2.2. and tout a quad-core 1.8GHz processor, 5-inch (1080p) display, 13-megapixel camera and 2GB of RAM. Features such as Floating Touch, Eye Scroll and SmartPause are also rumored, as well.
Image courtesy of Samsung
Mumbai: Sep 10, 2012
Sachin’s first post on Facebook read, “Hello friends, I’ll like to welcome you to my facebook family. As a child I always dreamt of playing cricket for India and I chased my dream of winning the World Cup for 22 years. It wouldn’t have been possible without your support.
“I wanna take this opportunity to thank all of you for having prayed for me and wish well for me. I look forward to sharing my experience with you, join me on my facebook so that we both can share this experience and go through this journey together,” he wrote.
On his official page on the world’s biggest social networking platform, the batting maestro will be interacting with his fans through posts and videos as well, along with giving updates of his matches.
The page (https://www.facebook.com/SachinTendulkar) will also have some exclusive pictures of Tendulkar, reports said.
His official page on Facebook will be managed by Seven3Rockers.
For those who may have privacy concerns over this exchange of personal information, the social network said the process is secure.
What this means is Facebook isn’t giving any of your data away, it’s taking existing numbers and addresses from businesses and letting those businesses use the information to target its ads.
On the flip side, Facebook won’t be gaining any new data from businesses. When advertisers give Facebook your data, it is hashed — a security technique that scrambles your data — before it is fed into the advertising machine. Once the ads are placed, Facebook dumps the hashed data, so that if an advertiser wants to do another ad, the process starts over again.
Facebook continues to figure out how to improve its advertising service amid revenue reports and forecasts that have not been up to par.
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