Tumblr makes it easier to find GIFs with new search tool

tumblr gif search 3
Finding the perfect reaction GIF is difficult enough from an editorial standpoint, but making matters worse was the fact that before today, there really wasn’t an easy way to sift through the microblogging/social network’s mountainous collection of those looping bundles of joy. But the Yahoo-owned site debuted a new tool, a search engine for GIFs, that’ll hopefully do away with the problem of wittily responding to your Internet friends once and for all.

It’s pretty barebones as far as search engines go. You click the new GIF button, a search box appears, and you type what you’re looking for. That may not help if you’re starting from square one – GIFs, visual spectacles they are, are sometimes hard to describe in worded search terms – but admittedly still a lot better than searching among the detritus on any of the major Web search engines. Plus, if you find a GIF you like enough to republish, its creator will get a nice little toast notification informing them of their work’s inclusion. Warm fuzzies all around.

It’s not the first big enhancement Tumblr’s gotten in recent years, and likely won’t be the last. Tumblr launched a redesigned client two years ago that added handling of multiple tags in queries, related blogs in search results, a new filter menu to filter by post site, and a toggle to hide its infamously NSFW content. Earlier this year, Tumblr rolled out enhanced post creation tools with “a more refined user experience” and a new tool bar with buttons to insert multimedia.

GIFs support, oddly enough, has dominated the news about social media lately. Facebook finally added support for animated images on the Web this week, and image-sharing service Imgur launched an Android app with, among other features, the ability to display GIFs in all their motion glory.

Ready to get your multi-frame groove on? Tumblr’s rolling out GIF search to all users today, but only on the Web – mum’s the word on a mobile equivalent right now. Stay tuned.

Home Theater

Google Chromecast returns to Amazon just in time for the holiday shopping crunch

It's been a chilly few years between Google and Amazon, but things may be improving. You can now buy two versions of Google's Chromecast on Amazon, something that hasn't be possible since 2015.

You don't want to sleep on these red-hot bedding deals

We've rounded up some of the best discounts and sales happening right now, so you can buy yourself (or your loved ones) new bedding without breaking your budget. Trust us when we say these are deals worth losing sleep over.

Apple MacBook Air vs. Microsoft Surface Pro 6

The MacBook Air was updated with more contemporary components and a more modern design, but is that enough to compete with standouts like Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 detachable tablet?

The best smartphone stocking stuffers for a very techy Christmas

If you've got a tech-loving smartphone enthusiast to buy for, we can help you out. Here's a selection of top phone accessories that would make amazing stocking stuffers so you can have a very Merry Christmas.

Fujifilm brings the X100 series up to speed with faster, higher resolution X100F

The X100F uses the same 24MP Xtrans III APS-C sensor and X-Processor Pro from the X-Pro2 and X-T2 along with a new 325-point AF system. Performance has been improved across the board, with faster focusing, shutter delay, and start-up times.

The new Fujifilm X-T20 is the X-T2’s fraternal twin, with a friendlier price

Fujifilm repackaged the high-end X-T2 to shave $700 off the price -- yet the camera still includes the same sensor, processor, and even 4K video. Announced today, the X-T20 sits between the budget X-A3 and flagship X-T2.
Social Media

It takes a team to make Zuckerberg’s Facebook page look better than yours

If Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page looks better than yours, it's probably not just because he's the social media site's CEO -- he also has a team of people managing his page, from writing the posts to taking the photographs.
Social Media

Snapchat will soon use ‘creepy’ ad targeting on you, but here’s how to opt out

Despite publicly denouncing an abundance of ads as “creepy,” Snapchat is now embracing ad-targeting in the vein of Google, Facebook, and Twitter via its new deal with Oracle Data Cloud to obtain offline purchasing data.

Screen Gems used the Sony A7S II to shoot an entire motion picture

The Sony A7S II plays a big role in the indie film scene, but now it's been used to shoot a feature. Screen Gems used the camera to shoot its entire upcoming thriller 'Cadaver,' a decision that both saved money and boosted efficiency.

Chinese photo-editing app Meitu faces privacy concerns over data collection

Meet Meitu, the Chinese app taking the world by storm with its instant beautifying effects that turn you into whomever you want to be -- in your photographs, that is. Meitu is now facing a host of privacy concerns over data collection.

The first photograph of a presidential inauguration required a mobile darkroom

If you time traveled back to the presidential inauguration 150 years ago, you'd be swapping that smartphone camera for a wet plate camera that required bringing along an entire darkroom.

Think science can be art? The Hubble Telescope thinks so with its new gallery

On Friday, the Hubble Space Telescope organization announced a traveling gallery of images from the telescope. The gallery, which includes photos as well as paintings and sculptures, will be coming to the U.S. at a later date.
Social Media

Simplify your workflow: Vimeo launches new video review functionality

Video sharing giant Vimeo announced some new review functionality aimed at making the important process of feedback and collaboration easier than ever. Colleagues across the globe can now collaborate in real time.

MIT research looks into why AI has trouble recognizing diverse faces

According to MIT research, facial recognition programs don't recognize minorities as often as they do Caucasian faces and it's likely because the photos used to train the artificial intelligence were limited.