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Why I like StumbleUpon?

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StumbleUpon is a kind of discovery engine that can help in finding and recommending contents to its users on the basis of their likeness for certain interests. It is a social bookmarking site and users can save links to interesting articles for later use or reference. Its technology is very interesting as it is using a toolbar to take its users to other interesting sites. It has changed its icon but it is still StumbleUpon. Continue reading Why I like StumbleUpon?

Site that will certainly entertain you for the next few moments

Baby pointing towards the cursor in the site

Finding an interactive yet funny site is a kind of good luck. Surfing and surfing the internet but there are rare chances of finding such site.

Here, I have found an interesting site for you that will automatically tell you about the pointer on the screen by utilizing the real images.

You can check the site here: http://www.pointerpointer.com/

If you know any interesting interactive site, you may write in the comments.

Social networking sites have specific communities and distinctive languages

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Main Points:

Researchers have found the emerging “tribes” – communities – on the social networking sites such as Twitter. These communities have common characters, occupation or interest and have their own particular languages.

Journal:

EPJ Data Science

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Internet-addiction and reduced functional brain connectivity in youngsters

Network of decreased brain functional connectivity in adolescents with internet addiction (Credit: PLoS ONE)
Network of decreased brain functional connectivity in adolescents with internet addiction (Credit: PLoS ONE)

Researchers have found the reduced functional brain connectivity in internet-addicted youngsters.

PLoS ONE published this research.

They worked with functional magnetic resonance images (fMRI) on cortico-striatal connection in the brain of 12 participants, who were diagnosed with internet addiction, and 11 healthy participants. Cortico-striatal circuitry in the brain is associated with the usual addiction related disorders.

Researchers found decreased functional connectivity between frontal and parietal regions of the brain. They found about 24% of reduced connections between the subcortical regions and frontal regions while nearly 27% of reduced connections between the subcortical regions and parietal cortices as compared to the healthy participants. Based on these findings, researchers are of the opinion that decreased functional connectivity between the frontal and parietal regions of the brain could also be found in the different types of addiction.

“Internet addiction is associated with a widespread and significant decrease of functional connectivity in cortico-striatal circuits, in the absence of global changes in brain functional network topology.” Researchers noted.

Researchers wrote that dopamine could be an important chemical in the brain about the functional connectivity differences.

Researchers in this study worked on male participants. However, further research can be done on the differences of the addiction-related consequences on the brain of different genders.

“We may test a hypothesis that structural differences in the brain of men and women would affect the function (e.g., addiction-related symptoms or behaviors) in different manners when they get addicted.” Prof. Soon-Beom Hong, first author of the paper, told SayPeople.com in an email interview.

“Another possibility is that, when men and women get addicted, they may show different clinical features.

“For example, when they get addicted to the “internet”, men may favor online gaming and women may favor social networking.

“If this is plausible, then we may expect different fMRI findings. But we’ll need to question whether the difference is due to gender or other factors.” Soon-Beom Hong added. Continue reading Internet-addiction and reduced functional brain connectivity in youngsters

Yahoo is closing down its seven products

Yahoo on BlackBerryYahoo Inc. is planning to shut down seven of its products including BlackBerry app. According to the company, the shutdown is among the regular efforts to evaluate and review the series of products.

“The most critical question we ask is whether the experience is truly a daily habit that still resonates for all of you today,” wrote Jay Rossiter, Yahoo’s executive vice president of Platforms.

This is the second group shutdown by the company.

At an investor conference last month, Chief Executive Marissa Mayer signaled about the removal of unwanted apps noting that 60 to 75 mobile apps would be reduced to 12 to 15 important apps. Continue reading Yahoo is closing down its seven products