Apple Begins Testing a "Related Search" Function for App Store Update

Apple has begun testing a new "related search suggestion" in the App Store, which may actually help make finding things easier. This is good news because as it is, the search function couldn't be much worse. Read More >>

"OK Google, Make a Boat Go. NO! Take a PHOTO."

Google thinks fumbling for the voice input button and talking to your phone is somehow easier than fumbling for and pressing the camera icon. Hmm. In a G+ post, Google reveals that saying "OK Google, take a photo" is the new, exciting and easier way to make your phone take pictures via the search box. It's not. Even boss Larry Page thinks speech input is rubbish. [Google] Read More >>

Google Voice Search Now Features in Chrome Browser

Hands-free Google voice search is now available in Chrome. It will be rolling out to US users in the next few days with other regions being included soon. Read More >>

What's the One Thing You Keep Searching for But Can't Find Online?

On a road trip about four years ago, I heard this great song on the radio. It was unique, catchy, and it stuck in my head. Ever since, despite Googling the lyrics, humming the melody to Shazam, and poring over Youtube, I still can't identify it. It's my internet white whale. What's yours? Read More >>

DuckDuckGo Handled 1 Billion Search Queries in 2013

Ever since Edward Snowden pulled back the curtain on the NSA's relentless snooping, the anonymous search engine DuckDuckGo's been breaking traffic records practically everyday. The privacy-friendly site just announced that it answered a whopping one billion search queries last year. Read More >>

30 Per Cent of the Internet is Just a Copy of Itself

Sometimes it feels like the internet's just the same thing over and over. Google agrees: According to the search giant, 25-30 percent of everything online actually is a duplicate of something else somewhere else online. Read More >>

Chrome is Finally Getting Hands-Free "OK Google" Search

Even if your family gets bored and stops listening to you this Christmas, at least your computer will still have open ears. Just in time for the dark nights of winter, Google has officially released voice recognition for Chrome browsers in the form of a Chrome extension. Read More >>

Google Announces Massive New Restrictions on Child Abuse Search Terms

Following no small amount of pressure from the UK's Prime Minister David Cameron, Google has announced a new initiative which will see it clean up search results for queries relating to underage sexual abuse. Read More >>

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Uh Oh, Chrome's Incognito Mode Is Broken on iOS 7

Better be careful what you search for on your iPhone. Chrome's incognito mode on iOS 7 is leaky, and your embarrassing searches might not be as safe as you thought. Read More >>

Google and EU Ready to Call Off Anti-Competition Battle

The EU and Google might be ready to end their fight over the search giant's manipulation of results to favour listings for its own stuff, after Google suggested some alterations to its methods that seem to have gone down quite well with European Commission bosses. Read More >>

Google Search Is Getting Even Smarter

Today, 15 years after Google launched, the company's SVP of Search Amit Singhal let us know where the search giant is heading. Not surprisingly, the primary focus is the engine's ability to understand what you want, however you say it. Read More >>

Topsy, Twitter's Google, Now Searches Every Tweet Ever Sent

Twitter's been around since 2006. If it was a kid, Twitter would be in 2nd grade, and totally grounded for having such a potty mouth. But trying to search through old tweets is a major frustration, because Twitter's built-in search function favours messages it thinks are newest and most relevant. Topsy changes all that, with a robust search setup that, as of today, has indexed every tweet ever tweeted. Read More >>

Meet the Man Who Invented Google Autocomplete

It's been almost a decade since Google started reading our minds. Now, it's become so second nature that we hardly even think about it. There was a time before autocomplete existed though; someone had to invent it. AllThingsD sat down with the mastermind to chat about its fascinating genesis. Read More >>

Google's Word Definitions Just Got Way More Useful

While Google's word definitions may literally be a little odd at times, the "define word" search command is incredibly convenient — and it's now got a whole lot more useful, too. Read More >>

Google's Not Getting Its Fancy Dotless 'Search' Domain

ICANN's loosening up and getting ready to roll out a whole new batch of .whatever generic top level domains, but Google wanted more. Google was pushing for crazy, dotless domains like http://search. But the dream is over. ICANN just smacked it down.
On Friday ICANN New gTLD Program Committee decided to confirm and all out ban on domains without dots in them, so http://whatever is off the table as a functional address option, for now. Ideally, http://search wouldn't have just been a shortcut to Google, but to a space where users could pick their own search engines (i.e. Google) but ICANN wasn't jazzed on the concept, citing technical and security concerns. Read More >>

Google Search Can Now Answer Questions About Your Specific Life

With the promise of conversational search, it's pretty clear that Google's ultimate goal is to become your very own, sci-fi, voice controlled personal assistant. And the new features Google's adding to search bring us even closer that reality. Read More >>


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