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Google Now Answers Health Questions, RapidShare Shuts Down [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 11-02-2015

Google has health concerns, RapidShare goes offline, Forbes hacks readers, Flipboard flips switch on Web, Scribd adds comic books, and teenagers react to the Nintendo Power Glove.


A Healthier Google Knowledge Graph

Google is adding a range of health-related information to its Knowledge Graph. This means that when someone searches for the answer to a common health question, Google will present the relevant information at the top of the results page.

Information presented in this way includes “typical symptoms and treatments … how common the condition is … whether it’s critical, if it’s contagious, what ages it affects, and more.” Some results will be augmented by helpful illustrations.

The good news for hypochondriacs The Dangers Of Searching For Medical Information Online Searching for and relying on online medical information to diagnose/treat yourself, someone you know, or even a pet, can prove costlier than you think. Here's why... Read More is that all the information has been compiled, curated, and reviewed by real medical doctors. Even so, Google is at pains to point out that the medical information Where Can You Find Reliable Medical Advice Online? Read More contained in its Knowledge Graph should only be considered the first step, and people should still consult a healthcare professional if they need to do so.

RapidShare Rapidly Disappears

RapidShare, which was the most popular file-hosting service on the Internet, is shutting down on March 31, 2015. Anyone still using RapidShare How to Download Files From RapidShare the Easier Way Read More to host or share files is advised to secure their data as soon as possible, as all accounts will be automatically deleted.

As noted by TorrentFreak, RapidShare was founded all the way back in 2002, making it one of the first one-click file-hosting sites available. This led to people using the service to share copyrighted content Top 10 Largest File Sharing Websites On The Net Right Now According to Google’s search engine rankings, only 2 of the top 10 most visited file sharing websites are related to BitTorrent. This isn’t to say that torrents aren’t still popular, but five years ago the... Read More , and RapidShare consequently fought numerous legal battles.


In recent years, RapidShare changed its approach to illegal file-sharing, and transformed into a personal cloud storage service. But that led to its userbase abandoning the site for pastures new, which is likely what has led to the planned shutdown.

Forbes’ Hack of the Day

Forbes’ Thought of the Day, which is presented to readers when they first land on the site, was used to send malicious code to visitors’ computers. As reported by The Washington Post, security researchers have discovered the widget was compromised for several days at the end of last year, starting on Nov. 28.

It is believed that Chinese hackers used the Thought of the Day to launch an attack primarily aimed at financial institutions and defense contractors. Vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer Is Internet Explorer Making A Big Return In 2015? Microsoft no longer has to offer EU Windows users a choice of browsers. Moreover, Microsoft is working on a new browser. Nevertheless, we'll show you how to install your favorite browser without touching IE. Read More and Adobe Flash were used (surprisingly!), both of which have since been patched.

Flipboard Lands on the Web

Flipboard, the popular news-gathering app which presents stories as your own personal magazine Supercharge Your Online Reading With The New Flipboard The third generation of Flipboard comes with a brand new design – and the claim to be called the world’s best personal magazine. Read More , has landed on the Web. Having amassed 50 million monthly users on mobile, Flipboard hopes to carry on expanding with a move to the desktop.


Moving to the Web means Flipboard has had to adapt the way it works. This means you scroll rather than flip through stories, and use your mouse rather than your finger to trigger page interactions. While it’s launching without ads, Flipboard hopes to include these in the future.

Scribd adds 10,000 Comic Books

Scribd has added 10,000 comic books and graphic novels to its line-up thanks to new partnerships with 10 publishers, including Marvel, IDW, and Archie Comics. This means anyone paying the $8.99-per-month subscription fee now has access to The Avengers, X-Men, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, to name just three classics.

Teens React to the Nintendo Power Glove

And finally, decades before Nintendo changed the world of gaming with the Wii What to Do With an Old Nintendo Wii: 12 Fun DIY Ideas and Projects Got an old Nintendo Wii cluttering up closet space and no idea what to do with it? Here are some ways to repurpose your old Wii. Read More and its motion-based controls 6 Crazy, Interesting Or Useful Ways To Use a WiiMote When Nintendo released the WiiMote, it was arguably a console industry game changer. The concept of interacting with a game using your physical body was born. Lifelike motion controls enabled it to appeal to a... Read More , the Japanese company released the Power Glove. Sadly, the technology was slightly ahead of its time, and was pretty much useless as a result.

This video shows teenagers reacting to the Nintendo Power Glove. And they seem impressed with the retro-futuristic piece of kit, at least until they try controlling a game with it. It really is no surprise the Power Glove didn’t take off in a big way. Because it sucked.


Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Do you ever use Google to answer your health questions? Are you sad to see RapidShare shutting up shop? Do you remember the Nintendo Power Glove?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. A41202813GMAIL
    February 12, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Do You Want To Retrieve Your Data From RAPIDSHARE ?

    Good Luck With That.

    They 'Do Not Know' Your Email Address Anymore.