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iPhone 8 & iPhone X the #2 and #3 most popular Google searches in 2017

Google has published its annual list of the most popular searches of the year. This year’s new iPhones took the #2 and #3 slots after Hurricane Irma …


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Searches for the iPhone 8 beat out those for the iPhone X, but that’s not surprising: Apple managed to keep the iPhone X name a surprise, so earlier searches for this year’s flagship iPhone would have been performed as ‘iPhone 8.’

Rounding out the top ten were Matt Lauer, Meghan Markle, 13 Reasons Why, Tom Petty, Fidget Spinner, Chester Bennington and the India National Cricket Team.

In consumer tech, this year’s iPhones naturally took the top two positions, followed by the Nintendo Switch, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Xbox One X.

Google put a positive spin on the year, saying that we were both more curious and more willing to help those in need than ever before.

This year we searched “How” [and “How to help”] more than ever before. The questions we asked show our desire to understand, and ultimately improve the world around us.

‘How to help refugees’ and ‘How to help flood victims’ were among the examples given.

You can explore all of the trending topics here.

Google’s top tech searches in 2017: iPhone 8, iPhone X, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Galaxy S8, and Xbox One X

Just like every other tech company interested in playing the holiday PR game, Google puts together end-of-year lists for its various properties. Google may have a ridiculous number of these properties, but the one best associated with the company is still Search.

Google today released the 17th installment of its year-end zeitgeist meter. There are a myriad of categories, which you can dive into deeply to satisfy your curiosity. Year in Search results are provided by analyzing Google Trends data to see what the world was searching for throughout the year.

First and foremost, let’s start with the winners overall. Here are the top 10 global trending searches for 2017:

  1. Hurricane Irma
  2. iPhone 8
  3. iPhone X
  4. Matt Lauer
  5. Meghan Markle
  6. 13 Reasons Why
  7. Tom Petty
  8. Fidget Spinner
  9. Chester Bennington
  10. India National Cricket Team

For reference, the top three trending searches last year, in order, were: Pokémon Go, iPhone 7, Donald Trump, Prince, Powerball, David Bowie, Deadpool, Olympics, Slither.io, and Suicide Squad.

The category we really want to see is, of course, technology. Google pulled from the global list and offered the top 10 consumer tech searches for 2017:

  1. iPhone 8
  2. iPhone X
  3. Nintendo Switch
  4. Samsung Galaxy S8
  5. Xbox One X
  6. Nokia 3310
  7. Razer Phone
  8. Oppo F5
  9. OnePlus 5
  10. Nokia 6

Unsurprisingly, eight of the top 10 were searches for phones. Consoles grabbed the remaining two spots.

And again for reference, the top consumer tech searches last year, in order, were: iPhone 7, Freedom 251, iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S7, iPhone 7 Plus, Note 7, Nintendo Switch, and Samsung J7.

More broadly, here’s this year’s list for global news:

  1. Hurricane Irma
  2. Bitcoin
  3. Las Vegas Shooting
  4. North Korea
  5. Solar Eclipse
  6. Hurricane Harvey
  7. Manchester
  8. Hurricane Jose
  9. Hurricane Maria
  10. April the Giraffe

For fun, this year’s top searched-for memes:

  1. Cash Me Outside Meme
  2. United Airlines Meme
  3. Elf on the Shelf Meme
  4. What in Tarnation Meme
  5. Spongebob Mocking Meme
  6. Romper Meme
  7. IT Meme
  8. Joe Biden Meme
  9. Game of Thrones Meme
  10. Hot dog meme

Let’s do one more; the top “how to” searches of 2017:

  1. How to make slime
  2. How to make solar eclipse glasses
  3. How to buy Bitcoin
  4. How to watch Mayweather vs McGregor
  5. How to make a fidget spinner
  6. How to watch the solar eclipse
  7. How to freeze your credit
  8. How to play Powerball
  9. How to screen record
  10. How to lose belly fat fast

Interestingly, all of the “how” searches in the above video were searched at least 10 times more this year than ever before, Google found. “These questions show our shared desire to understand our experiences, to come to each other’s aid, and, ultimately, to move our world forward,” the team concluded.

The other Google property that has interesting end-of-year lists is YouTube — my colleague Chris O’Brien covered the 2017 installment here.

Google Play Store starts showing free and premium filters for searches

Some users have been seeing these green suggestions when performing a search on the Play Store app for almost a year, but the feature began rolling out more widely in June (I still don’t have it). However, it only seemed to provide keywords to further specify your search, not proper filters to separate the results according to price. Now it looks like Google is testing the latter kind.

Reader teh Jax is seeing “free” and “premium” filters among the options when he performs a search on the Play Store. Sometimes, they show up from the first go, like here:

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Other times it takes a first step of narrowing down to get them to show up, like when looking for an MP3 player:

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The behavior isn’t super consistent though. As teh Jax pointed out, some searches don’t show the “free” and “premium” filters at all, like in the cases below:

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I’m also a little intrigued by the “top rated” and “no ads” filters that are showing up in some of these searches as well. As far as I recall, those weren’t there previously either, but I could be mistaken.

These filters are so useful that it baffles me that Google has taken this long to add them, and they’re still server-side enabled for only some users. Ugh. Goodness now Google, for a search company that knows exactly which results to surface, the Play Store searches are absolute garbage. Filters for free, premium, IAPs or not, ratings, download numbers, ads or not, and category should be mandatory to make the gazillion titles easy to parse through.

Google Play Store starts showing free and premium filters for searches

Some users have been seeing these green suggestions when performing a search on the Play Store app for almost a year, but the feature began rolling out more widely in June (I still don’t have it). However, it only seemed to provide keywords to further specify your search, not proper filters to separate the results according to price. Now it looks like Google is testing the latter kind.

Reader teh Jax is seeing “free” and “premium” filters among the options when he performs a search on the Play Store. Sometimes, they show up from the first go, like here:

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Other times it takes a first step of narrowing down to get them to show up, like when looking for an MP3 player:

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The behavior isn’t super consistent though. As teh Jax pointed out, some searches don’t show the “free” and “premium” filters at all, like in the cases below:

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I’m also a little intrigued by the “top rated” and “no ads” filters that are showing up in some of these searches as well. As far as I recall, those weren’t there previously either, but I could be mistaken.

These filters are so useful that it baffles me that Google has taken this long to add them, and they’re still server-side enabled for only some users. Ugh. Goodness now Google, for a search company that knows exactly which results to surface, the Play Store searches are absolute garbage. Filters for free, premium, IAPs or not, ratings, download numbers, ads or not, and category should be mandatory to make the gazillion titles easy to parse through.

Some Google searches are now answered by selfie videos from celebrities

Available first on mobile with Mark Wahlberg, Gina Rodriguez, Seth MacFarlane, and others.

Google’s always testing out new features here and there for making its many services as great as can be, and the latest one has to do with its bread and butter, Google Search. In a blog post that was published on December 7, Product Manager Rami Banna announced that some searches on Google will now showcase selfie videos from your favorite celebrities.

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This is something that’s launching first on mobile, and when asking something such as “Can Will Ferrell really play the drums?”, you’ll see a video that you can play in which Will Ferrell answers that question directly through a selfie video. This is something that seems to have come completely out of left field, but after messing around with it for a couple minutes, it’s actually kind of fun.

You can pause a video once it starts by tapping on your screen, and swiping through the cards near the bottom or letting the video finish playing will take you to the next question.

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Celebrities that you’ll find video responses from include Priyanka Chopra, Will Ferrell, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gina Rodriguez, Kenan Thompson, Allison Williams, Nick Jonas, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Yeo and Dominique Ansel.

The video responses don’t show up when asking questions via Google Assistant, but they work fine when searching through the main Google app.

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Las Vegas shooting: Internet searches, missing hard drive could be …


Vegas shooter reportedly removed hard drive from laptop

Counterterrorism expert Aaron Cohen reacts to reports about a laptop found in Stephen Paddock’s hotel room.

The Las Vegas gunman reportedly searched for details about the techniques used by police to breach rooms during standoff scenarios, suggesting the mass killer was preparing for officers to rush his suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Stephen Paddock wanted to know how Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department SWAT teams force their way into rooms and buildings, but it was unclear if the shooter used any of that information, a law-enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

The revelation came after investigators found a laptop belonging to Paddock in his hotel room that was missing its hard drive, the official added.

In a stunning development, the missing hard drive has not been located – and it could be key in finding out why Paddock killed 58 people in the Oct. 1 attack.

FULL COVERAGE OF MASSACRE IN LAS VEGAS

More than three weeks after the shooting, no manifesto or anything else indicating Paddock’s motive has been found, and Las Vegas police officials – who are approaching two weeks since the last time they gave an update to the public about the investigation – are remaining tight-lipped.

In addition to the searches, Paddock had set up cameras inside and outside his hotel room so he could see the hallway, authorities said, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Workers board up a broken window at the Mandalay Bay hotel where Stephen Paddock shot out of.

 (Reuters)

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joseph Lombardo had said Paddock may have been using them to monitor officers descending upon his room.

He also had left a handwritten note in his room with numbers on it, which investigators believe were calculations of the distance and trajectory of his targets at the Route 91 Harvest music festival, which was taking place across the street from the resort property.

STEPHEN PADDOCK’S BROTHER ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORN

Mandalay Bay, meanwhile, has been hit with lawsuits from victims whose lawyers have been blasting MGM Resorts International for allegedly not keeping close enough tabs on Paddock.

“It’s inconceivable to us that the perpetrator was capable of transporting what amounts to an actual armory of weapons into the hotel, especially in an era in which shooting incidents and terrorism are front page news on a daily basis,” attorney Richard Bridgford said in a statement to Fox News earlier this week.

Las Vegas shooting: Internet searches, missing hard drive could be key to motive


Vegas shooter reportedly removed hard drive from laptop

Counterterrorism expert Aaron Cohen reacts to reports about a laptop found in Stephen Paddock’s hotel room.

The Las Vegas gunman reportedly searched for details about the techniques used by police to breach rooms during standoff scenarios, suggesting the mass killer was preparing for officers to rush his suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Stephen Paddock wanted to know how Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department SWAT teams force their way into rooms and buildings, but it was unclear if the shooter used any of that information, a law-enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

The revelation came after investigators found a laptop belonging to Paddock in his hotel room that was missing its hard drive, the official added.

In a stunning development, the missing hard drive has not been located – and it could be key in finding out why Paddock killed 58 people in the Oct. 1 attack.

FULL COVERAGE OF MASSACRE IN LAS VEGAS

More than three weeks after the shooting, no manifesto or anything else indicating Paddock’s motive has been found, and Las Vegas police officials – who are approaching two weeks since the last time they gave an update to the public about the investigation – are remaining tight-lipped.

In addition to the searches, Paddock had set up cameras inside and outside his hotel room so he could see the hallway, authorities said, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Workers board up a broken window at the Mandalay Bay hotel where Stephen Paddock shot out of.

 (Reuters)

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joseph Lombardo had said Paddock may have been using them to monitor officers descending upon his room.

He also had left a handwritten note in his room with numbers on it, which investigators believe were calculations of the distance and trajectory of his targets at the Route 91 Harvest music festival, which was taking place across the street from the resort property.

STEPHEN PADDOCK’S BROTHER ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORN

Mandalay Bay, meanwhile, has been hit with lawsuits from victims whose lawyers have been blasting MGM Resorts International for allegedly not keeping close enough tabs on Paddock.

“It’s inconceivable to us that the perpetrator was capable of transporting what amounts to an actual armory of weapons into the hotel, especially in an era in which shooting incidents and terrorism are front page news on a daily basis,” attorney Richard Bridgford said in a statement to Fox News earlier this week.

Federal agency searches Nederland health clinic


Officers from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration are executing a search warrant at Optimum Medical Weight Control and Family Wellness, Nederland Police Chief Darrell Bush said. 

Nederland PD and the Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force are assisting, Bush said. 

The Nederland Ave. business specializes in “personalized weight loss tailored for the individual,” according to its website. The site lists Kevin G. Morgan as the clinic’s chairman. 

The DEA is tasked with enforcing controlled substance laws and regulations. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas said no further information about the search is currently available. 

This story is developing, check back for updates.

Internet searches for Taiwan Jones, a Howard University student who allegedly failed his midterm

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The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?

The internet is desperate for the truth; did a supposed Howard University student named Taiwan Jones really fail his exam or not?


Photo: Twitter


A frantic fact finding mission has begun on Twitter after an Atlanta-based photographer claimed a Howard University student named Taiwan Jones failed an exam.

Photographer Roy Handy (@Old_Orleans) claims he was on a flight to an unknown location Thursday when he saw a Howard professor grading Jones’ exam.

“This professor graded tests next to me the whole flight. If there’s a Taiwan Jones at Howard, boy you failed the f**k out ya midterm,” Handy tweeted


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The message would collect nearly 54,000 retweets and 186,000 likes from folks in disbelief. 

“I just feel bad cuz lil buddy finna enjoy his weekend just come back to class, life in shambles,” Handy added on Twitter.

Handy’s tweet also resulted in two different people claiming they were Taiwan Jones; @taiwanjones_ and @jonestaiwan_.  A request for comment has been placed with @JonesTaiwan_.

As of Friday morning, “Taiwan Jones” has been tweeted more than 48,000 times, with folks equally frustrated and entertained by the search for the truth.

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The noise surrounding the tweet was so great the NFL linebacker Taiwan Jones, who is currently a free agent, even weighed in on the drama. 

“I was not the Taiwan Jones that failed the midterm but I hope the one that did gets some extra credit lol,” Jones tweeted Friday morning.

Swipe through the slideshow above to see the funniest reactions to the Taiwan Jones mini-saga.

Why searches for “iPhone problems” spike near new releases

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), along with 10 other countries including Russia, are leaning towards extending an oil supply cut for another nine months, according to a Reuters report.

Why it matters: The deal, which was extended previously in May, planned to cut oil supply by around 1.8 million barrels daily until early 2018 in order to return oil stock levels to the five year average, which has not yet been accomplished. The purpose is to raise global prices, which have taken a hit due to excess supply.

What to watch for next: OPEC and allies could meet in early 2018 if a decision isn’t reached this November, Reuters reports.

Why searches for ‘iPhone problems’ spike near new releases

Peter Navarro, President Trump’s top adviser on trade policy, circulated two diagrams internally claiming without evidence that decreased manufacturing is causing divorce, spousal abuse, increased abortion rates, increased drug use and more, according to the Washington Post, which obtained the documents.

Why it matters: President Trump and Navarro are aligned on trade, both contending that broad agreements like NAFTA are killing U.S. manufacturing. Two White House officials told the Post of concerns that “such unverified information could end up steering White House policy.”

Go deeper: The art of the deal-breaker.

Mastering file searches on Linux

There are many ways to search for files on Linux systems and the commands can be very easy or very specific — narrowing down your search criteria to find what just you’re looking for and nothing else. In today’s post, we’re going to examine some of the most useful commands and options for your file searches. We’re going to look into:

  • Quick finds
  • More complex search criteria
  • Combining conditions
  • Reversing criteria
  • Simple vs. detailed responses
  • Looking for duplicate files

There are actually several useful commands for searching for files. The find command may be the most obvious, but it’s not the only command or always the fastest way to find what you’re looking for.

Quick file search commands: which and locate

The simplest commands for searching for files are probably which and locate. Both have some constraints that you should be aware of. The which command is only going to search through directories on your search path looking for files that are executable. It is generally used to identify commands. If you are curious about what command will be run when you type “which”, for example, you can use the command “which which” and it will point you to the executable.

$ which which
/usr/bin/which

The which command will display the first executable that it finds with the name you supply (i.e., the one you would run if you use that command) and then stop.




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