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CEO to make pitch to Apple to make Google search optional
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who has worked diligently to turn around the veteran search engine's fortunes with some success, is planning on appealing to Apple to make Yahoo's search engine the default choice on the Mac and iOS. Currently Apple offers Yahoo as a option for search, but uses Google as a default...
Hands-free voice search could hit public Chrome release in near future
Google has updated the beta version of the Chrome browser to add hands-free voice search, among other updates. Version 34 of the beta adds the same voice search functionality the company added to the Chromium browser last month, and allows users to search for items using the "OK Google" command, without...
PageZephyr Search Mac released, a search tool for Adobe InDesign
Software developer Markzware has released its content search tool, PageZephyr Search Mac. Allowing users to search InDesign files for specific text content, PageZephyr Search Mac can index content easily within Macintosh storage volumes that have Spotlight enabled. The search tool software supports...
Music videos given more prominence in related searches
Google has made two updates to search, for desktops as well as its Android search app. Web-based Google searches will now more prominently display YouTube videos for searches using musical terms, while the Android search app introduces a number of Google Now tweaks, with the option to set specific on-demand...
Search results proposal acceptance ends three-year antitrust investigation
The European Commission has settled with Google over its antitrust allegations for anti-competitive behavior in search. The tentative agreement between the search company and the regulator will see Google display the search results from competing services, among other proposals for promoting other companies,...
Faster image search for iPad
Google has finally released an iOS 7-optimized search app for iPhone and iPad. Version 3.2.0 brings a refreshed interface to match Apple's iOS 7 styling, along with a true full-screen browsing experience that reduces clutter by omitting the battery status and other information from the top menu bar.
Search for Ballmer's replacement still has handful of candidates
Microsoft's ongoing search to replace departing CEO Steve Ballmer is proceeding apace, the company revealed on Tuesday. Posting to the company blog on Tuesday, Microsoft's lead independent director John Thompson expressed confidence that the search will wrap up some time early in the next year, but he...
Search giant celebrates 15 years in business
Google has introduced an updated search experience for mobile devices, along with several new features for its Knowledge Graph tool. An upcoming update to the company's iOS app will provide notifications across any devices, regardless of platform, enabling users to add a reminder from an iPad and then...
Experiment will provide curated links, videos, images to specific searches
Microsoft has added curated content to its Bing search engine, in the form of Bing Boards. The experimental item is a visual collection of images, videos, and links that are organized by users about a specific topic, rather than being created algorithmically, and are designed to be complementary to normal...
Voice search main addition to Google-powered smart TV addition
Sony has announced it is adding voice search to the next generation of its Google TV set-top box. The NSZ-GS8, the updated version of the NSZ-GS7, has a relatively unchanged trackpad and keyboard-based remote design from its predecessor, but the addition of a microphone allows it to be used for the vocal...
Yahoo redesigns search page, improves loading times
Yahoo has redesigned its search page with a more streamlined appearance. The update, which will roll out to US-based users today, uses a much flatter design than before, pushes the search results higher up the page, and also introduces a navigation bar to other Yahoo services at the top. Aside from changing...
May eliminate need to jump to separate Google Search app
A voice search option is being added to the iOS version of Chrome in "the coming days," according to Google. Users will just have to tap a microphone icon and ask the same sort of queries Google supports in Android and the iOS Google Search app. The change should in fact reduce the need to use Search,...
Feedback requested on search labeling agreement
The European Commission has opened itself up to comments from Google's competitors, concerning how the search giant should display links to rival services next to its own. The feedback request comes after Google struck a deal with the EC to end its two-year antitrust investigation into its search practices,...
Apple decries quality of documents returned by search engine
As part of the 2014 Apple versus Samsung smartphone patent trial motions, Apple has filed a request to compel discovery from Google. In support of the motion, Apple filed a reply brief saying that the response from the search engine was poor, and that it "wants to work cooperatively with Google to correct...
Search engine gets tie-in with popular sharing service
Users of Microsoft's Bing will now have access features integrating the search engine with popular image-sharing service Pinterest. Microsoft tipped the new feature in a post to the Bing Search Blog last week, noting that the ability to share to Pinterest flowed out of previous meetings the company had...
Social news site does not appear in Google search
(Updated with Google response) Social news website Digg has disappeared from search listings on Google for reasons unknown. Searches for the site on the search engine appear with listings that refer to Digg, but nothing for Digg itself, with the extra search using the query "site:digg.com Digg" coming...
Update adds music search, fixes bugs, Fandango movie passes
Google is in the process of pushing an update to its Search app for owners of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and above. The new version of the app adds the Google Now search widget, movie ratings, real estate listings, and Fandango movie pass retrieval. Additionally, US users have a music search button added...
Feature searches within profiles
Facebook has gathered members of the media at its Menlo Park headquarters, where CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced the new Graph Search feature. The new search tool is geared for users, enabling the entire social network to be used as a database for search queries.
New search feature in beta, shows other Google products
Google announced today an expansion of the search capabilities built into Gmail and its standard search, giving users more access to other Google products. The feature is now in field trial mode, but Gmail and Google users will soon be able to view relevant files from Google Drive and Google Calendar...
User searches will be logged, but kept private, deletable
Facebook will be retaining and giving users access to a log of searches they make on the social network. The site announced today in a news post changes to its Activity Log, giving users the ability to review searches conducted on the site as well as their other activities on the site. The social network...
Unified search removed to avoid patent injunction
The T-Mobile model of Samsung's Galaxy S II has received a software update that removes the unified search feature from the device. As was the case with the Galaxy S III, the upgrade to Android 4.0.3 takes away users' ability to search locally through their smartphones' contents, though they still retain...
Swedish, Icelandic, and Bulgarian added to Voice Search
Google has added 13 more languages to Voice Search for Android users. The additional languages will join the existing 29 supported by the service, bringing the total number supported up to 42 languages and accents in 46 countries. It is claimed that the extra language options open up Voice Search to...
Will take content complaints into account for search results
Google is set to become more aggressive against sites hosting allegedpirated material. From next week, the search engine will start to factor in the number of valid copyright notices it receives against a site, penalizing those with high numbers by placing them lower in search results. The ranking will...
Autocomplete, filtered searching featured
Twitter today announced alterations to its search feature that are aimed at making searching on the site easier and more intuitive. In a post on the site's blog, Twitter explained the addition of search autocomplete and filtering options. Twitter hopes the new features will improve the speed and accuracy...
New changes shift focus of search, limit 'junk' app positioning
Apple appears to have made three changes in a week to its App Store search algorithms which are used to fine-tune search results. A change made earlier this week scores apps higher by user ratings and app descriptions, rather than by application name (as was the case before the changes). A change made...
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