Google Similarity Disatnce : A Project Report

Google Similarity Distance
-A Project Report

This project report includes a detailed analysis and implementation of the Google Similarity Distance algorithm given by R. Cilibrasi and P. Vitanyi in their research paper .

Further details about the project and the algorithm can be found here.

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'Let It Snow' Google Easter Egg Will Frost Up Your Search Results

Let It Snow Google
When searchers type "let it snow" into Google, their wish is the search engine's command.
Google's newest Easter Egg drops a flurry of snowflakes over the results page and quickly frosts up the screen when you query "let it snow." You can wipe away the frost by using your curser as an ice scraper or pressing the "Defrost" button, which appears in place of the blue "Search" button.
It was hard to imagine what Google would come up with after "do a barrel roll," a search goodie discovered by Google users in November. Here's how the Easter Egg works: When you query Google with the phrase "do a barrel roll", a reference to the 1997 videogame "Star Fox 64," the whole search screen would flip over like a fighter pilot executing an in-flight barrel roll in the wild blue yonder.
Of course, Google is no stranger to whimsy. The company has changed its logo over 1,000 times to honor special events such as artists' birthdays and lunar eclipses. Now, fans of these Google Doodles can even get them printed on t-shirts, skateboards and other items at the brand-new Doodle Store.

Harald Haas: Wireless Data From Every Lightbulb

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Watch the University of Edinburgh's Harald Haas discuss how future wireless data can be transmitted through lightbulbs.

When we use smartphones or tablet PCs to surf the internet, check emails, share pictures, engage in social networking, or store information in a cloud, we make use of wireless communications technology.
Traditionally, all the information we move around with these devices is transmitted using radio frequency spectrum. The more data we generate, the more radio frequency spectrum we need.
It is forecast that by the year 2015, we will transmit six exabytes -- six billion, billion bytes -- every month through wireless networks. This is a ten-fold increase on the amount of data we send now.

Hands On: iTwin

The USB Drive Reinvented - that’s the bold claim of iTwin, a USB dongle for Mac and PC which allows remote connection of two computers without the need for the usual network headaches. Plug one iTwin into your first computer at home, the second into the remote computer, share files and folders. Remote file sharing for the masses? Sounds too good to be true? Let’s find out.
Swap €99/$99 for your iTwin courtesy of Amazon or the company’s online store, and it’ll land on your doormat in a matter of days. As seen increasingly nowadays, iTwin’s packaging designers have spent far too much time in the Apple store, as the product’s branding (and indeed name) leans a little too heavily in the direction of Cupertino – black and white? Check? Heavy use ofMyriad Pro? Check. For a product that only recently announced support for OS X, then the brand design inspiration is a little cheeky.
Open up the pack, and you’ll find  a Getting Started guide and the iTwin itself. At first glance, it looks like someone has glued two USB drives together at the bottom. Indeed, that’s almost exactly what has happened – except for glue, read a proprietary connector that looks a little like a fat SATA connector. iTwin is in fact a pair of USB dongles that connect snugly during initial configuration, and then pull apart easily for remote use. One side stays connected to your local computer, the other connects to your mobile computer. That’s the principle.