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Now you can use emoji to look up cat videos on YouTube

In a move that makes it possible to seamlessly combine your love of emoji with adorable animal videos, a group of researchers has built a prototype of a search engine that uses the tiny icons to search videos.

Called Emoji2Video, the search engine was made by researchers at the University of Amsterdam and Qualcomm Research as a way to show how emoji can be used to give a dense, easy-to-understand representation of what's happening in images and videos — something that you can comprehend no matter what language you speak, or whether or not you can read.

Visitors to the site can click on one or more emoji from a curated list of 385 (the current full list curated by a group called the Unicode Consortium contains nearly 1,300 of them, but the researchers excluded ones they didn't think would be that relevant to video searches, like symbols and numbers, and ones that were somewhat duplicative)The pictograms you choose will be used to search a data set of 45,000 YouTube videos for relevant matches. Read more...

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Which should you buy – LED or CFL, and why?

When we consider home or office lighting, all of us are keen to save power and go green. So, switching from age old incandescent bulbs is a necessity. However, today, we have two alternatives to saving energy and going green – CFLs and LEDs. Hereon, let us see which should we switch to and why?

When we visit a home improvement store to source bulbs, the argument of CFL Vs LED is always at the forefront. This argument goes neither way since LEDs are more efficient than CFLs, but CFLs are comparatively much cheaper than LEDs. LEDs will pay for themselves over time, but many of us are not willing to invest today, at least not as much the difference that there is.

In the real world, the scenario is a little different. We need to understand that all of the above mentioned facts are true; however these are based on optimized laboratory environments. In real life, they do translate to truth; however, most of the stated efficiencies may not be as much.

As an example, a LED manufacturer claims to have developed an LED chip that can deliver 230+ lumens per watt. The same manufacturer does not sell LED bulbs in the market that are rated above 75 lumens per watt. Why? Because, the development was in a controlled environment and under entirely different conditions, far different from reality.



The above comparison chart shows that LEDs are far more efficient, however, some real world factor come in play here.

  1. Price: This is the clinching factor for the CFL. Though, it does not last as long, the cost of a CFL is about 33% of an LED. So, for replacement, a consumer might consider the end-of-life of a CFL before opting for an LED. Hereon opting for an LED will be a better choice although the price is three times since the cost of operation and the life of the LED beat the CFL hands down.
  2. Maintenance: In this scenario, LED bulbs are recommended since they come with zero maintenance costs and need to be replaced at the end of their life which is considerable at 25,000 hours.

Also, consider that an LED is non-toxic and gives out much cooler light compared to the CFL. LED is technical marvel and is the future of domestic as well as commercial lighting considering that it is an eco-lighting solution in addition to being cost effective and efficient.

All in all, the price of an LED lamp may deter the best of customers, but once they stop and think in terms of energy savings and shelf-life, the decision would certainly go in favour of the LED.

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21 Instagram photos that capture common objects as works of art


Last week, we challenged you to combine everyday objects with doodles to create unique works of art. This theme was inspired by Christoph Niemann, a world renowned artist who specializes in mixed media illustration.

"It was a lot of fun to look at all those different submissions," said Niemann, who hosted our challenge. "I've always found that setting tight rules makes for the best results in series like these, and it's exciting to see such a range of approaches despite the limitations I gave to the artists."

Niemann, known as @abstractsunday on Instagram, has had his work featured in numerous publications. In 2010, he was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame Read more...

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We watch a crazy amount of cat videos — and that’s not a bad thing


According to, a website about video marketing, there are more than two million cat videos on YouTube. People have watched these videos more than 25 billion times, which equates to an average of 12,000 views per cat video.

The statistics speak for themselves, but they don’t tell the whole story.

Perhaps it’s because I’m a dog lover with a cat allergy, but the staggering amount of cat media available to internet users came as a surprise to me. With numbers like that, I couldn’t help but wonder: Who, exactly, is so drawn to this type of content? And what effects do cat-related media have on viewers? Read more...

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Project Lightning: Twitter’s secret plan to bring live events to its platform


Twitter may be stepping up its live events coverage, after all.

The company is planning to release a new feature, called Project Lightning, later this year. The photo-centric tool will allow users to browse tweets based on live events. Company executives, including outgoing CEO Dick Costolo, outlined their vision for the new Twitter experience in a recent interview with Buzzfeed.

Project Lightning will be curated around live events, almost like Twitter's version of Snapchat Stories. They can include everything from major sporting events and music festivals to breaking news, such as the #BlackLivesMatter protests. In Twitter's app, these events will live in a new menu where users can browse as many as seven to 10 curated events a day, according to Buzzfeed. Read more...

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Twitter wants you to ‘favorite’ tweets with hearts instead of stars


If Twitter has its way, you could be seeing less stars and more hearts

Twitter's latest feature experiment sees the social network swapping out stars in its Android app for hearts to "favorite," or save, tweets. The social network is testing the change in two variations: circled hearts or borderless hearts.

Like Twitter's previous (and numerous) tests, only a small group of users will notice the change. For many other users, it's business as usual

While Facebook eventually rolls out most of its so-called "experiments" to all of its users, that's less of a guarantee with Twitter Read more...

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