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Wed
16
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

Bing's New Visual Search: Attractive, but Limited

Microsoft has launched a new feature for its Bing search engine that displays results as images rather than a list of websites. While the images are attractive, its appeal is likely to be limited. This isn't the same feature as the image search ... options available on most major websites, including Bing (which was recently accused of using explicit language to attract visitors). Those look specifically for images which best match the search term. Instead, the image results involve displaying specific categories of information in a visual form. For example, somebody searching for information on ... (view more)

Mon
07
Sep
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Microsoft Rallies for Bing, iPhone Integration

Microsoft wants more iPhone applications to use Bing as their default search tools. While not developing apps itself, Microsoft has released a toolkit to allow independent firms to power their apps' searching with Bing. At the moment, Google is the ... default search engine on the iPhone, with Yahoo the alternative option. Anyone wanting to use Bing must use the web browser to type in the site's address rather than using search bars. That's not easy with smartphones such as the iPhone where small and fiddly keyboards make manual searches inconvenient. Many users prefer to use dedicated ... (view more)

Mon
31
Aug
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'Vista Services Optimizer', and 'Search Select'

Vista Services Optimizer By default, Windows Vista (out of the box) runs very slow on a new PC. To optimize Vista, you can disable unwanted Windows Vista services, reduce CPU usage and save system memory using Vista Services Optimizer. ... http://smartpcutilities.com Search Select Select text in a document or website and then search for it with favorite search engine using CTRL + SHIFT + C. No more having to copy the text, open a web browser, go to Google (or similar), paste text into search box, and hit enter. Just highlight and press a key combo. Easy! Switch search engines with a click of the ... (view more)

Wed
26
Aug
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Yahoo Reasserts Identity, despite MS-Yahoo Search Deal

After making strides to revamp their search functions in order to better compete with Google and Bing, Yahoo has gone on public record to describe their current deal with Microsoft as "purely business." It's an effort by the company to show the ... public that it is not (yet) merely a 'subject' of the Redmond-based software giant's spreading kingdom. Yahoo plans to "put a new face" on Yahoo Messenger and Mail, while adding even more functions to its search engine. This doesn't mean that Yahoo will not rely on Microsoft to power their search queries. Yahoo only wishes to clarify that, as one ... (view more)

Fri
07
Aug
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'CopyMark', and 'Firefox Super Search'

CopyMark CopyMark is a benchmark program used to simulate of real world file transfer performance. It generates files and then transfers them using the Windows Shell or Finder in Mac's OS X. A report can be generated into .CSV (comma space delimited ... file) and has an optional plotting feature. http://sourceforge.net Firefox Super Search FSS is a Firefox add-on that combines over 160 of the top search engines and people searches in one convenient utility. It includes 67 searches that can be done right from the toolbar without having to visit each site and retype the name or search term. http:// ... (view more)

Fri
31
Jul
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MS Uses Internet Community to Improve Bing Results

In an effort to solve a number of early computational problems, Microsoft has now called upon the Internet community to help improve the accuracy of current and future Bing -generated search results. Microsoft is set to release a new online game ... called Page Hunt that is designed to illicit user interaction and responses. The information extracted from this game will provide query alterations for use in search refinement and identify other vital issues. (Source: yahoo.com ) Generate a Hit Word, Find the URL The game seems quite fun. A player is shown a random web page with only the URL missing ... (view more)

Fri
17
Jul
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MS, Yahoo Rehash Search Merger, Deal 'Closest Yet'

Some senior Microsoft search bosses have reportedly flown to California for face-to-face talks with Yahoo management over a search merge. The two sides are said to be at their closest point to a deal to date. According to a report by the All Things ... Digital site, the two sides are being even more secretive than usual. However, it quotes a source as saying "It is down to the short strokes, for sure; it is just a question if we can finally close this." (Source: allthingsd.com ) Naturally, the finer points of any potential deal are under wraps at the moment. However, some general principles have ... (view more)

Mon
06
Jul
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Microsoft Introduces Bing-Twitter Searches

Microsoft's new search engine Bing has been receiving pretty impressive reviews since it launched a couple months back, and now the company is introducing one more reason to skip Google: using Twitter updates. In a blog post by Sean Suchter, the ... general manager of its Silicon Valley Search Technology Center, Microsoft revealed that it would present the most recent Tweets of popular celebrities when users enter a relevant name into the search engine. In other words, enter "Al Gore" into the search field and you'll receive the former vice president's last few Tweets -- probably something about ... (view more)

Fri
19
Jun
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Ballmer Backs Microsoft Bing With $5B Budget

The head of Microsoft says he isn't getting overconfident about Bing' early success. CEO Steve Ballmer says he's prepared to be patient while building Microsoft's search business and says the firm may spend almost $5 billion a year on search ... technology. Speaking to the Executives Club of Chicago, Ballmer said "In our industry, the No. 1 mistake that people make is that they quit too early. If you look back at any great technology business, it took a while to build up." A good example: according to Ballmer, MS Windows (which was introduced in 1983) didn't become a mainstream hit until around ... (view more)

Mon
15
Jun
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Google Plans Twitter Search; Spam Likely to Ensue

Google is working on a way to search microblogging sites such as Twitter. But the news has led some experts to warn that such real-time searching might lead to a major flood of spam. Twitter already has its own service allowing people to search any ... term mentioned by any user. However, while these people get almost instant updates of posts from other users, messages don't appear in search results until around 20 minutes after their original posting. Google, which updates in seconds rather than minutes, sees this as a market gap. The independent site Google Operation System notes a line in some ... (view more)

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