In case you didn’t know, Twitter actually has an updated list of trending topics in its home page. These trending topics are based on a proprietary algorithm that factors in both the number of tweets and recent increases in that number. But a group of researchers from MIT were able to create an algorithm for Twitter than can reportedly predict the trending topics better. The researchers, led by Associate Professor Devavrat Shah, claims that the newly created algorithm is 95 percent accurate and around 90 minutes faster than Twitter’s existing service.
Essentially, the algorithm will scan a number of tweets and will compare the gathered data with the latest information available to detect the patterns. If an older tweet will continue to have matching tweets, then there’s a high chance that the topic is trending. The researchers say that the algorithm works like the stock market and that it can be applied to almost anything. Twitter could benefit from the new algorithm and the social platform could even charge a premium for ads linked to popular topics. “But it also represents a new approach to statistical analysis that could, in theory, apply to any quantity that varies over time: the duration of a bus ride, ticket sales for films, maybe even stock prices,” says Larry Hardesty from the MIT News Office.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Skydrive images posted natively on Twitter timeline, Tweetphony is symphony of tweets,
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Back in the good old days of the Nokia 3310, battery life on mobile devices was never really a big issue. Phones could be used for days on end, even weeks with minimal use, but with our smartphones these days featuring 4G LTE connectivity, displays with high resolution and amazing colors, and the ability to run 3D games, having your smartphone last you one full day is considered to be good already. Well if you think that?s not good enough and think that our batteries should last much longer, you might be interested to learn that startup company, Eta Devices, has claimed to have solved a power efficiency problem that is decades old.
Both the company?s founders claim to have invented a new power amplifier design that will apparently double the battery life on popular electronic devices, such as smartphones. Eta devices is hoping to make their technology commercially available in the beginning of next year in LTE base stations before scaling down their technology to microchips. Unfortunately this doesn?t really give us a date as to when we can expect to see this technology in our smartphones, but if Eta Devices is successful, hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: MouSensor Project sees mice trained to be landmine detectors, Genetically Modified food linked to tumors [scientific study],
We?re sure that many thought that the original Galaxy Note was a novelty device when it first launched. After all the device seemed a little too big for a handset, but yet too small for a tablet, leading many to dub it a ?phablet?. As it turns out the Galaxy Note held its own, leading competitors like LG to come up with their own phablet, the Optimus Vu. Well Samsung recently launched the Note?s successor, the Galaxy Note 2 and if you think that phablets are still novelties, perhaps some sales figures might change your mind. According to Samsung, it seems that the South Korean company has managed to sell a pretty impressive 3 million units of the Galaxy Note 2 a little over a month since its launch. Samsung claims it took them 37 days to hit that figure and we expect that Samsung will go on to sell many more, and possibly dominate their rivals, LG and HTC, both of whom have launched ?phablets? of their own recently as well.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 has LTE radio built-in, 1,400 Samsung Galaxy Note 2 gone missing in Malaysian heist,
A few days ago we reported on a mysterious HTC handset spotted in benchmarks by the name of ?Operaul?. As it turns out, the name could actually be ?Opera UL? and according to Pocket-lint?s sources in Taiwan, this handset is an ?OEM product? for Facebook. As some of you guys might remember, there were rumors that suggested that Facebook could be looking at making another smartphone. Previously there have been attempts by HTC to make a Facebook phone (i.e. the HTC ChaCha) but it did not turn out so well, so we?re not sure how this attempt will go.
However if you were looking forward to seeing the HTC Opera UL made a reality, their source has indicated to them that the device has been delayed, although no specific reasons were given. Whether or not it really is the Facebook phone, it seems that we can expect to find a 1.4GHz processor (not sure if it?s a dual-core or quad-core), a Qualcomm Adreno 305 GPU, a HD display with a resolution of 1280×720 and it should run on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. We suggest you take this with a grain of salt for now, because it was back in September that Mark Zuckerberg stated that a Facebook phone did not make any sense, so why the sudden change of heart?By Ubergizmo. Related articles: HTC's Facebook phone to debut next year? , HTC and Facebook rumored to be working on another Facebook smartphone,