Bing Improves Its Video Search With High-Res Pop-Out Previews, Improved Filters And Navigation

Microsoft’s Bing today launched a major update to its video search experience that gives the service’s video search results pages a complete overhaul. The update, which Microsoft says was “designed from the ground up,” introduces a new lightbox-style video overlay with a list of related searches on the right and a carousel with related videos on the bottom.

Bing now also features pop-out, high-resolution video previews that are significantly larger than before and also offer more information about the video. For YouTube videos, for example, this means you can immediately see how many views a video had and a short description of the video with your search terms bolded. The previews now also feature audio controls and the favicon of the site they are coming from.

With this update, Bing also introduces a new set of filters that allow you to just view videos with 720p or 1080p resolutions, for example. You can also use this tool to filter your favorite Disrupt videos by date, length and source.

Bing’s video search has long been a standout feature of Microsoft’s search engine, and it can easily compete with Google’s video search, especially given that its feature set is now actually a step ahead of Google’s.

In the past, Bing’s video search caught some flak for making porn searches a bit too easy. Since then, Bing has gotten better at using its safe search feature to completely remove or pixelate adult content (depending on your setting) on the service. Still, with its new high-res previews, channels and related searches, Bing can now easily compete with the best of the tube site aggregators. It’s not something the company is likely to advertise, of course, but Bing isn’t exactly shying away from this “use case,” either.

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Amazon’s Relational Database Service Adds High-Memory Instance With 244GB Memory

Amazon’s Relational Database Service (RDS), which gives developers access to MySQL, Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server database engines, added a new instance type for applications that need a lot of memory. With 244GB of memory, the new High-Memory Cluster DB Instance Class offers 3.6x as much memory as the “quadruple extra large” instance, which has 68GB of memory. But for now, this new instance only supports MySQL databases.

The new instance is also significantly more powerful and offers — using Amazon’s measurements — the equivalent compute power of 88 2007 Intel Opteron or Xeon processors running at 1.0-1.2 GHz. Amazon says it uses two Intel Xeon E5-2670 eight-core processors to power these instances, which operate on a high-bandwidth network. Overall, the company argues, this new instance will allow developers to realize speed increases of about 60 percent compared to the smaller instance. As Amazon’s Jeff Barr notes, he believes that this new instance type “opens the door to database-driven applications that are even more demanding than before.”

As Amazon notes, this massive amount of memory will allow developers to configure MySQL to fit most online transaction processing databases into memory, which should make this instance type perfect for this kind of usage. Because Amazon’s RDS offers support for SQL and Memcached API access, developers can use the service for complex SQL transactions, as well as high-performance NoSQL operations that draw from a single database.

Unsurprisingly, this new instance type also comes at a relatively hefty price, starting at $2.074 per hour with a three-year commitment and just over $3,000 in upfront costs. On-demand usage in Amazon’s US East and West regions start at $4.725 per hour.

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Samsung Reveals The Galaxy Gear, Will Be Available Starting On September 25

Well, there we go ladies and gentlemen. After much anticipation, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear is here and at first glance it’s not nearly as strange as some earlier reports made it out to be.

In a brief press address delivered before Samsung’s New York livestream event kicked off in earnest, Samsung Telecommunications America president Gregory Lee very briefly flashed the Galaxy Gear on his wrist. That’s all it took confirm suspicions that the images leaked over the weekend were of a very early version of the wrist-worn gadget.

“I believe it will become a new fashion icon around the world,” said Samsung chief JK Shin, after confirming that the device would let users make and receive calls, notify people about their SMS updates, and snap photos

Now this is all well and good, but there’s still one question Samsung’s little presentation couldn’t answer: what is actually like to use this thing?

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