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Aladdin Spring Cleaning 5 w/ OS X support

Aladdin Spring Cleaning 5 w/ OS X support

Aladdin Systems today announced the availability of Spring Cleaning v5.0 for Mac OS 9/X, an update to the well-known software uninstaller. This version is optimized for Mac OS X and provides new Internet-specific features that help protect privacy. Spring Cleaning 5.0 can edit cookie files, perform custom...


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,...


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...


Siri voice search tech may play big role in iOS 5

Siri voice search said likely for iOS 5

Apple's plans for iOS 5 may lean heavily on its buyout of Siri if a rumor on Monday proves true. The acquisition's voice-guided, multi-step searching is believed to be "deeply integrated" into the OS and would be shown off at WWDC in June. A possibility exists that it would...


AT&T moves to Yahoo search for phones, iPhone exempt

ATT moves to Yahoo search

AT&T announced it will be using Yahoo oneSearch as the default search engine on the majority of its cell phones, excluding the iPhone, according to InformationWeek. With the rapid growth of mobile internet, both search engine giants have been working to lock into exclusive...


Google announces Universal Search

Google Universal Search

Search engine giant Google today announced Universal Search, calling it a breaking down of the "silos" that shelter websites, media, and other content from each other during a search. Visitors to the site will now see both regular web results as well as visual links to photos,...


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...


Google misses analyst profit estimates, seeing declining growth

Cost per click dropping, growth rate slowing for dominant search engine

Google today announced financial results for the quarter that ended in March. The search engine giant reported consolidated revenues of $15.42 billion for the quarter, an increase of 19 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013. Operating income in the first quarter of 2014 was $4.12 billion, or...


Briefly: App Store 'related' testing, 'Your Verse' gains new stanza

Apple briefly caught testing 'related' suggestions on App Store searches

On Monday, various users reported seeing a new feature during their visits to the iOS App Store -- a "related" keywords feature not previously present, seen when searching for apps. The test only appeared on devices running iOS 7, possibly limited to iOS 7.1 and OS X only, and quickly reverted to normal....


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 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...


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,...


Google updates Play app, briefly leaks sign-up page for new Maps

Google Maps preview page shows maps customized by searches

Google has updated its Google Play app store, just before the first day of the company's developer event, Google I/O. A new sign-up page for Google Maps also briefly appeared online before an expected reveal at the conference, which gave more information about the search giant's plans for its navigational...


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...


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