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Microsoft Torque search app heads to Android smartphones

Android Wear search app spreads to mobile phones, adds more answer options

The Microsoft equivalent of Google Voice Search is now available on Android. Initially released from Microsoft Garage for Android Wear devices, Torque is a search app which provides card-style answers to questions in a similar manner to Google's own voice-controlled product, though instead of being triggered...


European Parliament confirms wish to break search away from Google

Vote pressures European Commission to fix Google search dominance issue

The European Parliament has voted in favor of making Google break apart its search business from the rest of the company. With 384 approving the motion to 174 against with 56 abstentions, the Parliament is indicating to member states and the European Commission it wants something done about Google's...


European parliament wants to break Google search from rest of company

Search separation proposal set to be finalized, voted on next week

The European Parliament is looking to break Google apart into multiple sections, according to a draft motion discovered by the Financial Times. The proposal seeks to separate Google's "search engines from other commercial services," in an attempt to curb the power gained from being the most dominant...


Mozilla, Google break up, Yahoo now the default Firefox search

Five-year partnership ends decade long deal that made Google the default Firefox search

Mozilla made a major announcement today, letting the world know that its 10-year default search relationship with Google is coming to an end. However, that doesn't mean


Apple web crawler discovered: may augment Siri, Spotlight searches

Simple website indexing bot suggest Apple increasing its bypassing of search engines

Apple has its own automated bot for crawling and indexing HTML websites, and the crawler has been operating since at least October 15, according to the developer who discovered it. The simplistic bot only requests info on HTML pages, ignoring CSS, JavaScript or image files, thus making it unlikely that...


Google starts removing 'Right to be Forgotten' requests from search

European search results for names carry warnings of possible removed listings

Google has started to remove search results in Europe, in accordance with a recent ruling over the "Right to be Forgotten". After receiving requests from Internet users wanting links to be removed from search listings, Google is not only leaving out the URL, but also warning users their search results...


Amazon builds Firefly quick item, sound search into Fire Phone

Dedicated phone button allows for product search, keeps history for future purchases

During the unveiling of Amazon's most recent piece of tech, the Fire Phone, Jeff Bezos introduced a feature called Firefly. The technology will allow phone users to search for items through the camera by holding a button on the phone. The accompanying app will pull up an Amazon listing for a product...


US Supreme Court hears arguments about warrantless cellphone searches

Is a warrantless cellphone search a Fourth Amendment violation?

This iteration of the US Supreme Court gathering has not only heard the Aereo case, but also a pair of cases discussing the requirements of police officers searching suspects' phones. Two cases heard before the court this week -- one involving a flip phone, the other a smartphone -- were heard back-to-back...


Mayer: Yahoo should be Apple's default search engine

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...


Chrome Beta version 34 adds hands-free 'OK Google' voice search

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...


Briefly: Markzware's InDesign search tool, Later for iOS

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...


Google updates search with music videos, alters Android search app

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...


Google reaches online search agreement with European Commission

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,...


Google revamps search app with iOS 7 styling, full-screen browsing

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.


Microsoft: We'll complete CEO search by early 2014

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...


Google updates mobile search, improves Knowledge Graph

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...


Microsoft creates Bing Boards curated content to search results

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...


Sony adds voice search via remote microphone to Google TV set-top box

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...


Briefly: Yahoo search redesign, Tweetdeck for Web, Chrome updated

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...


Voice search coming to Chrome for iOS in 'coming days'

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,...


European Commission seeks Google search proposal comments

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 motion: Google patent discovery search methodology flawed

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...


Microsoft brings Pinterest support to Bing image search

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...


Digg mistakenly removed from Google search results [u]

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...


Google updates Search app for Android 4.1

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...


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