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Facebook Graph Search takes on Google: CNET Update

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CNET Update: Facebook Graph Search takes on Google

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Facebook's new smart search tool challenges Yelp, LinkedIn and Google. Also, new car tech unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show includes eye tracking, and hand gestures to change radio stations.

-Searching for tech journalists who live in New York and like StarTech? Well, I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. Facebook has unveiled a new way to search within the site and your connections. It's called Graph Search. Unlike Google where you type in a keyword, you can hand for things more naturally by narrowing down different fields. The Graph Search has focused on people photos, places, and interest. A simple example is searching for restaurants in Chicago or music my friends like. Take it to another level and you can search for friends in New York that like the show Friends. Another example Mark Zuckerberg gave was searching for Mexican restaurants in Palo Alto that his friends have been too. That way, you could reach out your friends to get recommendations that the place is any good. If you meet someone, but you forgot their full name, there's a way to do that too. Search for people name Chris who are friends of Lars and went to Standford University. The search can also help in professional connections. One example given was a search for NASA employees who are friends with Facebook employees, or maybe you wanna search for a doctor or dentist liked by your friends. Facebook is taking on Yelp and linked in with this new Graph Search. It also is taken on Google by leading you search for some things outside of your circle of friends. For example, search for restaurants in your area liked by graduates of the Culinary Institute of America and you just found something that not even Google can give you. But you have to sign up on a waitlist to try out the new feature. It's still a data product. The Detroit Auto Show is going on now and we're seeing more cars unveiled with advance technology. They can assist with driving and heavy traffic. The Mercedes Benz E-Class update features things like brake assist and cross-traffic assist to help a driver avoiding accident. In 2014, Infiniti Q50 uses cameras to help keep the cars centered in its lane. A Hyundai concept car called the Genesis takes things a bit further and uses eye-tracking technology with a display located near the center of the windshield. The idea is that drivers glance to icon they want and confirm it with a knob by the controls. Drivers can also change radio stations by waiving their hand or just the volume by twisting an imaginary knob. I hate to see what happens as there's a flyer trying to show your way, but honestly I think it will be a long time before we see this kind of technology manifest itself in a safe way in a real car. And today, we're looking at the iPhone app birthday cards by Cleverbug. It's another app that let's you send personalized paper greeting cards from your phone, but it uses Facebook to let you know who has an upcoming birthday and you can insert photos from Facebook. Sending the physical card costs you $3, but you can also post a digital version on a timeline. It's a much more unique way to wish someone a happy birthday than the usual wall post. That's your tech news update. You can get links to all of the stories I mentioned at our blog cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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