How playing too many video games could help prepare you for a career as a surgeon
The Huffington Post reports that “scientists at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston pitted high school sophomore gamers, college gamers, and medical residents against each other to see which group would perform better using virtual surgery tools.” The results were clear: the high school gamers performed better virtual surgery than the medical residents.
All the same, the Huffington Post says that the study “measured skills in 32 categories, including hand-eye coordination, pressure on the controls, and time,” so it seems that playing games does give people practice in useful skills that could help them one day if they choose to become medical professionals.
‘Gangnam Style’ Defeats Bieber to Become Most-Viewed YouTube Video of All Time
Korean singing sensation Psy has unseated pop idol Justin Bieber on the YouTube charts.
“Gangnam Style” officially became the most-viewed video in YouTube history Saturday, beating out previous record-holder, the Biebs’ “Baby.”
Clocking in at 805 million views, the video that spawned invisible horse dancing bests “Baby,” by about 1 million views (the latter currently has close to 804 million).
“Gangnam Style” has experienced a meteoric rise since its July debut, gaining an average of 11 million views per day — the “most viral, fastest-growing video of all time” — according to data aggregator Starcount. The electronic dance hit cracked YouTube’s top 10 list just last month. “Baby,” on the other hand, was released two-and-a-half years ago.
Should Twitter Ban Hamas?
Should Twitter allow named terrorist groups to continue to tweet? Not according to a group of Republican House members, who have asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to force the San Francisco-based social communications company to ban accounts of organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah. “The FBI and Twitter must recognize sooner rather than later that social media is a tool for the terrorists,” said a letter from Rep. Ted Poe of Texas.
Google Maps Adds Indoor Floor Plans for Desktop
“Before heading home for the holidays or out to shop on Black Friday, check out indoor maps of the airport or shopping mall on your desktop to better plan your trip,” Google Maps posted in a message on Google+.
Floor plans for over 10,000 locations worldwide are available on your web browser, such as stores, train stations, airports and museums. You can use it to plan the fastest route through the mall, or make sure you know how to get from the taxi to the airport gate without running all over the airport.
“Simply zoom in on a building on Google Maps and you’ll automatically see a detailed floor plan with helpful labels for gates at the airport, stores within the mall, departments within a retail shop, as well as ATMs, restrooms and more,” Google wrote.
Google also offers a tool to let venue owners add their own floor plans to Google Maps. You can see a list of participating locations across the globe right here.
Searching For Hotel? Google Pushing Google Hotel Finder
There is a screen shot of me removing the 2 or 3 AdWords ads, just so I can clean up space here on this post. Note, you can click on the image to enlarge.
These started popping up in the Google search results last December but recently they have been coming up more and more often - virtually for all hotel travel based searches.
A WebmasterWorld thread has many SEOs and Webmasters not happy. Of course, those who are in the hotel aggregation business are not happy. But some searchers are not happy also.
Mozilla quietly kills Firefox 64-bit for Windows, despite an estimated 50% of testers using it
Mozilla Engineering Manager Benjamin Smedberg last Friday quietly posted a thread over on the Google Groups mozilla.dev.planning discussion board titled “Turning off win64 builds.” By Wednesday, Smedberg had declared that the 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows would never see the light of day, unless Mozilla decides to revert the decision at some point in the future.
Mozilla’s manager listed the following reasons as to why the nightly builds should get the axe:
Many plugins are not available in 64-bit versions.
The plugins that are available don’t work correctly in Firefox because we haven’t implemented things like windowproc hooking, which means that hangs are more common.
Crashes submitted by 64-bit users are currently not high priority because we are working on other things.
This is frustrating for users because they feel (and are!) second-class.
It is also frustrating for stability team triage because crash-stats does not easily distinguish between 32-bit and 64-bit builds in the topcrash lists and other reports. We basically ignore a set of nightly “topcrashes” because they are 64-bit only. (See bug 811051).
Google Nexus 4 owners reporting strange 'buzzing' issue
Some buyers of the new Google Nexus 4 Android smartphone have complained of a 'faint buzz' emanating from around the phone's earpiece.
Phandroid is reporting that a 'small, but growing number' of early adopters are hearing a strange buzz or click even when the phone is not in use.
Some are also claiming that voice calls are distorted, with "static and hissing", especially at a higher volume.
Over 80 users have reported the issue to Google on its Android Issues site, but neither Google nor LG have so far commented.
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