Google stepping up searchMicrosoft mixes a projector with Kinect, Amazon sinks its teeth into Netflix with Shark Week, and Google is planning a major revamp for its search engine.
It's Thursday, March 15th, 2012. I'm Bridget Carey on cnet.com and its time to get loaded. Google is revamping its search function to stay competitive according to the Wallstreet Journal. The new Google Search will apparently dish out information that's more relevant to how we think. For example Google is working improving semantic search. It means searches will better match with entities like people, places and things. So, when you search for Lake Tahoe, you won't just get the website for Lake Tahoe, but also get facts about the lake like location , altitude, average temperature and salt content. There is no specific timeline yet though for the launch. Microsoft is working on a new way to blend physical and virtual worlds with something called the Beamatron. Microsoft research teams combined a projector with a Kinect sensor and it beams the image of a toy car into a room. The sensor can quickly detect 3D objects in a room like walls or even someones foot and that toy car image react to real things. It can drive through a wall, but it could say drive over your shoe. Researchers posted a video showing the Beamatron car navigating a room, bumping into obstacles and reacting to real world ramps. Aside from games, researchers are thinking this technology can be used to project pop up alerts and notifications about objects in our view. Attention cable cutters, Amazon added 3000 titles from the Discovery Networks to prime instant video library. That bring this whole numbers of videos available to prime subscribers to 17,000. Cake Boss, Mythbusters and Shark Week are just a few of the titles being added. New titles give Amazon a boost to compete again Netflix and if you didn't already know, Amazon prime customers pays $79 a year to access the videos streaming library and receive free 2 days shipping on orders from Amazon. NASA has released a new atlas of more than 560 million stars and galaxies, many never seen before. Collected by the wide field infrared survey explorer mission or called WISE for short. The snapshots from WISE have been combined into an atlas of more than 18,000 images covering the sky . WISE observations have led to the discovery of WISE dwarf stars which are so faint and cool in temperature they don't shine in visible light. All your questions about the federal reserve can now be answered in 140 characters or less. The federal reserve is not on Twitter. The board launches official Twitter account to share news and announcements and it will Tweet that information like the federal reserves weekly balance sheet and even share answers to frequently asked questions. Those are your headlines for today. I'm Bridget Carey for cnet.com and you've just been loaded.