04/30/2010, Have you ever been in the scenario where you’re using a friend’s computer and want search for something on Google in a different language, only to be deterred by the lack of a supportive keyboard? Google is trying to make things easier for you, as the search engine giant has integrated virtual keyboards into its search, allowing you to formulate searches in your own language.
04/29/2010, We weren’t joking when we said that there is an acquisition by either Google or Apple almost every other week, and hot on the heels of Google’s acquisition of LabPixies, Apple has just acquired Siri, a company that makes a virtual assistant app. The app is capable of suggesting places for you to go enjoy a romantic dinner or help you get tickets for a movie, very much like your […]
03/17/2010, Interesting – US search market figures for last month by Nielsen points towards the ascension of Microsoft’s Bing with Google’s market share figures dropping. With Bing being the default search engine for Internet Explorer and Motorola’s range of Android-powered handsets, Microsoft must be doing something right to keep ‘em coming back for more. Proportionately speaking, Bing experienced a 14.7% increase compared to Google – which is a totally different story […]
03/08/2010, Despite Yahoo getting the jump on it with AT&T, it seems that Google has managed to bite back, as T-Mobile has ended its year-old exclusive deal with Yahoo, and replaced it with Google. Now when BlackBerry users visit the T-Mobile portal, it’s obvious that Google is the search provider at the top of the screen. A Yahoo spokesperson has confirmed that it is not longer working with T-Mobile for search, […]
03/02/2010, No matter how you phrase it, you’ve really got to appreciate the irony of the whole situation. This is probably one of the downsides of having an open OS, as the Motorola Backflip offered by AT&T will have Yahoo Search plastered all over the phone. The home screen widget has been replaced by a Yahoo version, and almost any search you perform via the phone will be using Yahoo to […]
02/09/2010, Search by SMS never really took off, but by referring to a patent that was recently filed by Yahoo, the company seems like it wants to take a crack at the challenge. In the patent, it’s mentioned that users will be able to use the system by sending a search query as a text message to a predetermined number, after which the search query is processed, and the results delivered, […]
01/28/2010, Google’s Social Search experiment is being prepped to duke it out with the big boys, where it has now entered beta status. You will need to have a Google profile before being able to obtain results from Social Search, but this could very well be a double-edged sword depending on how you look at it. For the uninitiated, Social Search can add information and images from users’ public pages to […]
12/07/2009, It seems like the camera on your Android-powered phone is going to become even more important than it already is. What are we talking about? Well, it’s Google Visual Search for Android, of course. Simply put, the service will allow users to take a picture of a location on their Android-powered device, and it will trigger a Google search, which will then pull up information related to the image. Imagine […]
11/10/2009, Forget about Google – fans of World of Warcraft will be pleased to know that there exists a search engine that was specially designed to sniff out World of Warcraft information. Would that make your WoW experience all the better, or is this a novelty that will fizzle out in due time?
10/21/2009, [Web 2.0 Summit] Just when we thought that Bing was going to get an edge over Google by accessing Twitter’s data, Marissa Mayer announces that Google too will have access. Google will integrate tweets in selected searches. I guess that Google wants to dip its toes before using this all over the place. Does it mean that Twitter will crash even more often with the new traffic influx?
10/21/2009, [Web 2.0 Summit] Twitter just made it official that Microsoft will have access to Twitter’s data in real-time. This new deal was demonstrated during a Bing demonstration. A similar deal with Facebook is also said to be in the works, although we will have to see what the details are. Microsoft is taking steps to gain an edge against Google when it comes to “real-time” web. No financial details were […]
07/29/2009, Microsoft has finally convinced Yahoo to use its search engine (Bing) in the web’s most trafficked property. For Microsoft, this will be a great way to show its search engine, Bing, to a large internet audience. Yahoo will be able to stop spending in search-related items, including R&D, and expects the deal to boost its annual profit by $500M. Yahoo will continue to sell ads for the Bing-powered Yahoo Search, but […]
07/23/2009, DeviceVM is literally putting search at the forefront of the upcoming version of Splashtop, the quick boot Linux-based OS that is embedded in millions of PCs. In the new home screen, users will find a search box right on the main screen, making the search function one click closer. The update should appear in new computers in September. It is up to each PC maker to decide if existing users […]
05/28/2009, There were a lot of interesting things at Google IO, Google’s developer conference held in San Francisco over the past two days. There was something for everyone, from SEO basics to new Widget products to the geeky Google Wave that aims to be a “new” way to communicate. Google knows that it needs a very strong developer community to be successful outside of search, email and maps. Providing a lot […]