2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
The standout news & pop obsessions gleaned from your search habits
Year in Review 2012: Top 10 Searches
Chalk up another one for the voter: People may have been wearied by the negative campaigns, but they persevered through the slog of politics and made "elections" the year's most searched term. The fifth iteration of an Apple smartphone, a glorious gathering of athletes, the passing of a superstar, and a bevy of celebrities—including one duchess—also mesmerized online audiences in 2012.
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- Can Samsung Finally Outsexy Apple with This Phone?
Samsung's smartphones are often considered less handsome than iPhones because of all the plastic involved. Multiple leaks and reports have surfaced about a possible metal handset that could rival the iPhone's premium aesthetic, and the latest rumor points to the potential Galaxy Alpha launching Aug. 13. According to SamMobile's sources, the Galaxy Alpha will feature a 4.8-inch, 720p display and will carry a fingerprint scanner, just as the Galaxy S5 does.
- Say 'cheese' (and a few four-letter words): Sky divers leap from 33,000 feet
Two French sky divers leapt from a plane, about 33,000 feet in the air, and captured this breathtaking photo.
- Divided House abandons vote on border bill
- World Ebola fears grow with Europe and Asia on alert
Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents grew with European and Asian countries on alert and a leading medical charity warning the epidemic was out of control. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said the crisis gripping Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone would only get worse and warned there was no overarching strategy to handle the world's worst outbreak of the disease. US Christian charity Samaritan's Purse was temporarily withdrawing its non-essential staff from Liberia, it said, citing regional "instability and ongoing security issues". Hong Kong announced quarantine measures for suspected cases, although one woman arriving from Africa with possible symptoms tested negative, while the EU said it was ready to deal with the threat.
- Chefs Cook Steak Over Molten Lava
Two professors from Syracuse University, Robert Wysocki and Jeff Karson, dreamed up — or we should say, ignited? — a project to create manmade lava three years ago. They customized a 3 million BTU bronze furnace they had bought used in Canada for $2,500. To create the lava, they start with Dresser trap rock and use the furnace "like a Crock-Pot" to melt it. It takes about 60 hours to melt enough materials to create a flow that lasts seven to nine minutes.
- Ebola-infected doctor's extraordinary sacrifice
- Dow plunges as multiple worries vex investors
- This is one iOS 8 feature you’ll absolutely love
Apple’s iOS 8 will ship with a bunch of new features and improvements, including a way for apps to communicate between each other to share data, which is something Apple has not supported in the past. One app that will make use of Apple’s iOS 8 extension feature is the popular password manager 1Password, which will make logging into websites in other apps and web services even easier than before. Agilebits has announced its own 1Password app extension for iOS 8, demoing the feature in a short video. In short, instead of users having to copy passwords stored in the 1Password iOS app and paste them in the app they need to sign into, or a certain web service, the app extension will