Sunday, April 14, 2019

Here Are the Top 10 Most Searched Sneakers in the US - Footwear News

Here Are the Top 10 Most Searched Sneakers in the US - Footwear News

Here Are the Top 10 Most Searched Sneakers in the US - Footwear News

Posted: 11 Apr 2019 12:37 PM PDT

The Nike Air Max running line has featured some of the most popular sneaker searches in the United States over the past 12 months.

According to a new study released by SEMrush, five models in the line made in the top 10 list. The tracking platform compared the total number of searches for more than 1,000 sneakers across a variety of brands to identify which of them were the most searched on Google.

Here, the ones that made the cut:

  1. Nike Air Max 97
  2. Nike Air Max 270
  3. Vans Old Skool
  4. Nike Air Max Plus
  5. New Balance 574
  6. Nike Air Max 90
  7. Nike Air Max 95
  8. Adidas Superstar
  9. Adidas Stan Smith 
  10. Nike React Element 87

The classic Nike Air Max 97 came out on top, followed by the Swoosh's Air Max 270, which made its debut as part of last year's Air Max Day celebrations. At the time, the shoe featured the tallest-ever Max Air unit at 32 millimeters. More Air Max styles that fans searched were the Air Max Plus (No. 4), Air Max 90 (No. 6) and the Air Max 95 (No. 7).

It should come as no surprise that Vans made the list following last month's viral challenge, which claimed that the shoes would always land right side up regardless of how one tossed the pair. The Old Skool model was at the forefront of the video that now has more than 12.4 million views on Twitter.

Boston-based sportswear company New Balance was ranked fifth through its popular 574 model, boasting the brand's signature gray color palettes on a sporty silhouette.

The third brand to be ranked was Adidas, coming in at the eighth and ninth positions with the Superstar and the timeless Stan Smith tennis sneaker, respectively.

At the final spot was what many sneaker fans deemed to be 2018's sneaker of the year: the Nike React Element 87. The original run generated a huge amount of buzz prior to its debut last year and is currently reselling for upwards of $450 on the secondary market like StockX.

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'Game of Thrones' Season 8: What people are searching for - Fox News

Posted: 13 Apr 2019 11:43 AM PDT

Winter is here and so are the searchers.

As "Game of Thrones" gets set to premiere its eighth and final season this Sunday on HBO, internet users are turning to Google to get their fill. According to data compiled by Google Trends for the week ending April 4, the most searched characters overall are Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark, Gregor Clegane and Sansa Stark.

The data doesn't really change all that much depending upon where the searchers are coming from: either Jon Snow or Daenerys are the most searched-for characters across all 50 states.


Searchers are also asking a number of queries about the different characters, including whether and how Jon Snow and Daenerys are related, who is Jon Snow's father and what is Jon Snow's real name.

For Cersei Lannister, users are wondering why she blew up the sept, how old she is and whether Gendry (Robert Baratheon's bast*rd son) is actually her son.

The tech giant has created a gif to show the increase in popularity for each character since the show premiered in 2011.

The most searched-for House is House Stark, though perhaps not surprisingly, House Targaryen is right behind it. Rounding out the top five include House Lannister, House Baratheon and House Greyjoy (what is dead may never die, but it's last, I guess).

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, has said the show ends perfectly, but he hasn't seen anyone guess it completely correctly.

Coster-Waldau appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" earlier this week to discuss the ending of the hit series.

"I've never read anyone who got the whole thing," he told the late-night host. "And when I read it the first time, I was blown away."

"I wrote Dan and David, the two creators, and I was like, 'I really don't know how you did it, but I can't imagine a better way of ending the show,'" he added.

The season 8 premiere is set to air Sunday on HBO at 9 p.m. EST.


Fox News' Ann Schmidt contributed to this report.

Google It: Bitcoin Searches Highest Since November on Google - Toshi Times

Posted: 14 Apr 2019 03:35 AM PDT

The volume of bitcoin searches on the world's largest search engine has spiked along with this week's price, with the site recording the highest in 6 months.

The bitcoin price isn't the only thing spiking this week it seems, as data from Google's trend analytics shows that bitcoin is currently at its most-searched since November 2018.

This week saw the price of the original cryptocurrency shoot up by more than 20% – there has been much speculation about what caused this, including algorithmic trading, and that it took place after a suspected order of a combined $100 million was placed and acted as a catalyst for the market in the early hours of Tuesday.

90% of November Rate Reached

Data from Google Trends shows a massive spike in the number of searches over the last week, with the volume reaching up to 90% of that of November 2018.

With bitcoin's sudden rise to the highest levels this year over just a few hours this week, it began grabbing headlines everywhere as pundits began speculating on whether this was the sign of a greater bullish trend to come, or just a price spike, characteristic of the cryptocurrency.

The highest-searching global locations include (curiously) St. Helena – the small island in the South Atlantic to where Napoleon was exiled, the Netherlands, South Africa, Nigeria and Austria.

Search Engines and Market Cycles

Google searches are a good indicator of market cycles, as spikes in searches tend to be indicative of certain occurrences in the markets. Some investigations indicate that market spikes are preceded by periods of low search volume. That is certainly evident here, where dwindling search volume was more or less consistent since December last year.

Bitcoin searches were not just relegated to Google during this week's boom. Baidu, China's biggest search engine also recorded bitcoin as the no.1 trending search on its site. Despite outlawing ICOs and heavily regulating crypto trading, China is still a huge bitcoin mining hub and before the law clamped down on it, was the largest location of bitcoin trading in the world.

However, headlines lead inevitably to google searches and it is to be expected that an asset spiking 20% should capture people's interest – especially one with such a renegade reputation as bitcoin. Whether it will hold this interest remains to be seen; higher volatility will likely be the most effective attribute to keep it in people's minds so if bitcoin finds a floor at $5,000 or is able to push on up to $6,000 is probably what will make the difference in whether it continues to hold the headlines or if it disappears until the next big pump.

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We answer Google's most searched-for food questions -

Posted: 08 Apr 2019 04:34 AM PDT

How many times a week do you reckon you turn to Google to help you solve all of life's problems? After all, it's not just a great place to remember the lyrics to your favourite song, or finding out how much Brad Pitt is worth. The search engine is the go-to place for all our 'how to' questions, from the perfect recipe, to household advice, and everything in between.

So we took a deep dive into Google users' searching habits, to find out exactly what food related questions they were asking the search engine - and it was eclectic!

From how to boil an egg, to how to cook the perfect turkey, our expert cookery team gave their advice to getting it right every time!

How to boil an egg

Boiled eggs

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Is it surprising that this is the highest search? A simple thing to do, but get the timings wrong and you can be left with an egg yolk runnier or harder than you anticipated.

To get the perfect boiled egg, you want to use a small pan of simmering water (enough to cover the eggs), lowering them into the water using a spoon. For soft boiled eggs cook for 3 ½min for medium or 4min for large and then serve immediately.

If you want hard boiled eggs, cook for 8-10min, depending on the size. Once cooked, drain and cool quickly under cold running water to stop a black rim forming around the yolk. When ready to serve, crack the shell and peel.

How to cook asparagus

Raw fresh asparagus

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Asparagus is a versatile ingredient, and adds a delicate flavour to a variety of dishes. But to cook it properly we recommend cutting the spears about two inches from the stalk end, before putting them into a large pan of salted water that will allow them to sit in a single layer. Cook for about 5-8mins until tender.

How to cook steak

Filet mignon

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    Steak isn't cheap, so ensuring it's cooked perfectly is the key to a good meal. Remove your steak from the fridge about half an hour before cooking as it's best cooked at room temperature. Pat it dry with kitchen paper, and then oil the meat rather than the pan.

    For medium-rare to medium, cook for roughly two to three minutes per side, while for well done it's about five minutes per side, turning the heat down once the steak gets to medium rare. Always rest the steak for a couple of minutes before serving to allow the juices to reabsorb.

    How to cook roast beef

    Sirloin of beef on wooden cutting board

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      Remove your beef joint from the fridge an hour before roasting, patting the joint with kitchen paper to dry, and ensuring it's well seasoned.

      Before going into the oven, we recommend browning small joints in a frying pan to give it good caramelisation without over-cooking it. If you've got a larger joint, blast it in the oven on a very hot temperature for 15 minutes before lowering.

      Unfortunately, there's no straightforward method for cooking, but as a general rule, weigh your joint, and following timings depending on the joint you have. Check the meat often, at least 30 minutes before the expected cooking time is up and invest in a digital thermometer. For medium-rare the internal temperature of the beef should be 54-57°C.

      How to cook pasta

      Italian pasta collection on rustic wooden table

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        If you want to cook pasta like a proper Italian, you should boil your fresh pasta in salted water for no longer than 5min. If you're using dried pasta, just follow the pack instructions. It's important to always add a generous amount of salt to your boiling water, no less than 1.5 tablespoon of salt to every 500g pasta to help with the flavour.

        How to cut a mango

          Thanks to the hard core, mangos are actually quite tricky to cut. We do it by cutting lengthways down the mango, either side of the flat stone, as close to it as possible. Score the flesh of each piece with a criss-cross pattern, before pushing the skin upwards to expose the flesh.

          How to cook rice

          Directly Above Shot Of Rice In Bowl Over White Background

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            Add long grain rice to a pan with a pinch of salt and twice the volume of water. Bring to the boil, cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Cook without uncovering the pan for around 15 minutes to keep in the steam. The rice is ready when it's just tender and steam holes appear on the surface.

            Once the rice is cooked, fluff up the grains gently by tossing with a fork, this keeps grains from sticking together. Remove from the heat and serve.

            How to cook a turkey

            Roast turkey breast on rustic wooden chopping board

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              Remove the turkey from the fridge an hour before you stuff it to let it come to room temperature. Once stuffed, spread softened butter all over the breast, legs and wings, layering bacon rashers over the entire bread of the bird.

              Cooking times are based on weight, but make sure to weight the turkey once it's stuffed, calculating 30-35 minutes per kg. Line a roasting tin with two sheets of foil to cover the turkey, and cook the turkey in oven at 190°C (170°C fan) mark 5, removing the foil for the last 45min of cooking.

              To check the turkey is cooked, insert a fork into the thicket part of the thigh and check juices run clear.

              How to cook quinoa

              Bowl of quinoa with wooden shovel on wood

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                Quinoa should be rinsed well before use, to remove its bitter coating. Once you've done that, put it into a pan and cover with cold water (1 part quinoa to 2 parts water). Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes until fine, thread-like germ separates from the seed. Cooked quinoa will be soft with a slight bite to eat it. If any excess liquid remains, drain off before serving.

                How to cook red cabbage

                Slices of red cabbages, close-up

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                Red cabbage is best braised not boiled to stop the colour running. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large pan, and add one large shredded red cabbage and cook for a minute or two on medium heat. Add 300ml (1/2pint) vegetable stock and a pinch each of salt, pepper and sugar. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes, removing the lid for the final 10-15 minutes of cooking to allow the juices to evaporate.

                Cookery Editor Emma Franklin suggests adding all sorts of flavour twists to this, for example softened onion at the beginning, or thyme or rosemary to the cooking liquid. You can even replace the stock with wine or orange juice, spice it up with juniper, allspice or star anise as red cabbage takes bold flavours really well.

DC’s ‘Shazam!’ works its magic to enter Google Philippines’ most searched lists - InterAksyon

Posted: 03 Apr 2019 12:00 AM PDT

Screenshot of Shazam trailer
Screenshot from 'Shazam' (2019) trailer.

"Shazam!" landed on Google Philippines' top trending searches for its daily trends and realtime trends which indicate how popular it is on the country.

As of writing, the DC-produced superhero film is on the fourth spot of the search engine giant's daily search trends for April 3, Wednesday and on the second spot of the realtime search trends for the past 24 hours.

Shazam daily search
A screenshot of Google Philippines' daily trending search list as of April 3, 2019.
A screenshot of Google Philippines' realtime trending search list for the past 24 hours as of April 3, 2019.

The daily search trend list shows a link to a Forbes article titled "'Shazam' Shows Why DC Films No Longer Needs Batman To Compete With Marvel" while the realtime search trend list offers a link to a Gulf News article titled "'Shazam!' review: Holiday adventure films get a new face."

Google Trends show what keywords or topic are being searched about the most by users.

The daily search trend list features a particular day's trending topic while the realtime search trend list features a minute-by-minute update on the hot topics being searched about.

"Shazam!" premiered in Philippine cinemas on April 3, Wednesday, two days before it is released in the United States.

The movie tells the story of a 14-year-old foster boy who transforms into an adult superhero by shouting the word "shazam!" courtesy of an ancient wizard who gives him powers.

He revels in his newfound abilities but he will have to master them soon in order to defeat the forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

The movie might have been trending in Google Philippines but it was previously overshadowed by the hype of two more trailers with a larger fanbase — "Game of Thrones" and "Avengers: Endgame."

"Game of Thrones" released its trailer for the final season on March 6 while "Avengers: Endgame" released the trailer for the last movie of its franchise on March 14.

Popularity of 'Shazam!' 

The cast of "Shazam!" previously invited Filipino fans to watch their movie in a video released by Warner Brothers Philippines, the official distributor of the movie.

"Shazam" also inspired a cafe in Mandaluyong to release a special menu with food choices having names attributed to the movie.

These are the Wisdom of Solomon Beef Kebabs, Strength of Hercules Baby Back Ribs, Stamina of Atlas Mango Float, Power of Zeus Grilled Pork chops, Courage of Achilles Honey Butter Drumstick and Speed of Mercury Macaroni Soup, among others.

In July 2018, the movie's teaser was simultaneously released with "Aquaman," exciting some Filipino fans who renewed their hopes in the whole DC Films franchise.

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