New version of Windows uses Bing as the default search engine
As previously rumored, Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 with Bing. Aimed primarily at original equipment manufacturers like Dell and other similar companies, the offering brings lower-cost Windows 8.1 to devices with the search engine defaulting to Bing. The end-user can choose a different search engine default, but the OEM is prevented from doing so.
New design, functions bring smarter searches with more options for users
Privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo has undergone an overhaul of its design in an attempt to build smarter searches for users. The design changes the look of the site completely, to move away from the previous cluttered look of the service. Functionality has also been addressed, adding a number of community requests to improve the quality of searches. One thing that hasn't changed, however, is the team's stance on privacy.
Front and back camera shooting app now available for Android devices
Frontback, a "selfie"-focused photo capturing app originally released for iPhone, is now available for Android users. The app captures two shots: one of the subject with the rear camera, and one of the user's face, a second later, with the front-facing camera (though varying combinations of shots can be paired). The second photo intends to add context much like a caption, and both images can be posted to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr, as well as Frontback's own newsfeed.
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 (and Bing to power Siri inquiries). Mayer may seen an opportunity to advance Yahoo's already-friendly relationship with Apple, given its fight with Google over Android and patents.
Algorithm quietly activated in August
Google has announced that its web search engine is now being driven by a new algorithm, known as Hummingbird. The transition to the updated technology occurred sometime last month, affecting approximately 90 percent of worldwide searches, however the company waited until its 15th anniversary this week to make a formal announcement.
Blog post decries FTC actions; calls it 'missed opportunity'
In the wake of the Federal Trade Commission's announcement of the conclusion of its probe of potentially anti-competitive actions by Google, Microsoft has chimed in on the ruling. A blog post by Microsoft Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Dave Heiner slams the "weak" ruling by the FTC, calling it "troubling" and "unusual." The Microsoft attorney believes that the FTC erred by not forcing Google to submit to a document enforcing consequences if the search engine giant reverted to its previous practices.
Could herald revamped app search
Apple has bought both the team and technology behind Chomp, a mobile app search engine that could find apps for users based on vague descriptions of what the apps actually do rather than by title or publisher, TechCrunch is reporting. Some of the 20-plus Chomp employees are already showing on LinkedIn as Apple employees, and the technology may be used as part of a rumored App Store redesign to help focus app searches.
Offers reviews as well as link to download
Yahoo has launched an app filtering tool to its search engine. Yahoo's main page now gives a user a tab for Apps as well as the traditional Web, Images, Video, Local and More. With it, users can get app only search results and filter them for either iOS or Android apps.
Will expand to cover web courses, more
Wolfram Research, well known in education and academic circles for its Wolfram Mathematica product and Wolfram|Alpha statistical search engine, has launched a dedicated portal for educators and students called the Wolfram Education Portal that is planned to offer online web courses, teaching materials, interactive textbooks, videos, demonstration slideshows, community features and more. The company is teaming up with the CK-12 Foundation to produce free content.
Baidu to use ad revenue to compensate musos
China search engine provider Baidu has made has signed a deal that with the music industry after years of tension over the way its site handles music searches. Baiduís music search service delivers results for illegal music downloads as well as allows users to stream music through its website. According to the Wall Street Journal [sub. req.], it has now agreed to pay songwriters who belong to the Music Copyright Society of China when users download or stream their songs using Baiduís search engine.
Leap 2.0 launches
Ironic Software has added a new search engine and revamped interface to its updated file-browsing software, Leap 2.0. Version 2.0 eliminates the use of databases, enabling expanded scalability and faster performance. The update uses the OpenMeta metadata standard, allowing users to tag and rate files without changing the contents of the file. Appleís Spotlight and other metadata search tools support the OpenMeta standard.
Searchme on App Store
Searchme, Inc. has released Searchme 1.0, a new iPhone app that provides an internet search engine with a user interface designed specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app presents users with stacks of web pages that can be flipped through after a search and can be expanded with finger touches, without requiring the iPhone to open the pages in a web browser. When a user finds the results they want, they then double-tap to load the page.
RAGE SERank jumps to v1.8
RAGE Software has announced Rage SERank 1.8, an update to its search-engine tracking software. The software allows users to track website rankings over numerous search engines including Google, yahoo and MSN. Over a dozen new search engines have been added to v1.8, bringing the total search engine count to over 60, and a major bug fix relating to Google's recent algorithm change has been instituted.
MS search for Facebook
At its annual meeting for financial analysts on Thursday, Microsoft announced it will start offering its search service on the social networking site Facebook. The agreement should further the working relationship of the two entities, as Microsoft owns 1.6 percent of Facebook's shares, allowing it to be an exclusive banner-ad provider. Under the new agreement, a part of Facebook's 90 million members will also have access to Microsoft's search engine.