Spindly Short Thursday Afternoon Buzz


Social network Mobli has launched a real-time image search engine. “Now available on the web and as a mobile app, EyeIn’s algorithms filter out content like selfies to return the most relevant results to users almost as soon as they are posted on social networks.”

A new seed selection tool is available for farmers in Hawaii. “The Seed Variety Selection Tool will aid gardeners and small-scale farmers in Hawai’i in choosing crop varieties that are the most likely to succeed in the geographic area they are being grown.”


YouTube is getting more into eyewitness video. “Today, more than 5 million hours of news video is watched on YouTube every day, and the role of the eyewitness has never had a more vital place in the newsgathering process. We live in a world where anyone can bear witness to what is happening around them and share it with a global audience, and YouTube has become a primary home for this powerful, first-person documentary footage.” I’m not sure how this is going to work against Meerkat or Periscope.


So, um, yeah. The US National Vulnerability Database? Had an XSS vulnerability. “The NVD serves as a definitive source of information on CVE security flaws. The XSS vulnerability meant that a skilled hacker could present surfers with content from arbitrary third-party sites as if it came from the NVD itself.”

From The Times of India: Using Google Maps to resolve land conversion disputes. “Mohammed Ali, revenue divisional officer, Thrissur, says the Google Earth Map which has data on land pattern since 2002, is the way forward in resolving such issues.
‘Earlier when an application for building a structure over a converted land came up, agricultural or village officers were told “to inspect and report”. Now using demarcated satellite map and GPS coordinates of the plot we search the Google Earth Map to identify the current status of the land and its pattern of use in 2008,’ says the Thrissur RDO.”


Facebook suggesting status update topics? What could possibly go wrong.

Google has launched a “companion app” for Ramadan. “You can find out the sunset time in your location and plan your day accordingly, check out the traffic in your area, navigate to the closest charity Iftar, find and share recipes, and enjoy Ramadan content on YouTube ranging from drama series and comedy sketches and health tips to stay fit during the 30 days of fasting.”

Social network Ello has finally gone mobile.

Several orchestras are putting some of their live recordings on Google Play.

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