How to change default search engine in Safari

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 15, 2016

Apple’s Safari browser has a unified search/address field at the top of the page, called the Smart Search Search field, which lets you enter a URL or search term, access search suggestions, history items and more.

We’ve already detailed the process of turning off Search Engine Suggestions for those who don’t want to see suggested search terms and today we’re going to take a closer look at a setting that permits you to select your default search engine in Safari. Read More


Bing for iPhone gains barcode scanner for comparison shopping, Uber and GIF support

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 16, 2015

Microsoft today pushed a nice update to Bing for iPhone, just in time for your holiday shopping spree. The refreshed app brings some welcome enhancements to iPhone users of the app, including a barcode scanning feature for in-store price comparison, Uber integration with real-time data, support for animated GIFs and other user experience changes and optimizations. Bing 6.1 for iPhone is available free in the App Store. Read More


Microsoft completely overhauls Bing for iPhone, implements iOS deep links and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2015

In an effort to increase pressure on Google, Windows giant Microsoft today pushed a completely overhauled Bing for iPhone into the App Store. The software features a new branding identity reflected on the app’s Home screen icon and a matching new-look interface with tight iOS integration via deep linking.

In addition, the app now works offline so you can go back to your bookmarks and search history even when you don’t have an Internet connection.

“We designed the app to bring together the information you need, connected to the apps you trust, to help you ‘find’ and ‘do’ faster and easier than ever before,” wrote the team. Read More


Bing for iPhone picks up Interests and News, gains private searching, Apple Watch app and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2015

Microsoft’s Bing for iPhone app was updated last evening with several new features such as Bing Interests, Bing News, a private searching mode, the Popular Now section on your Apple Watch and other enhancements.

I typically use Google’s native search app on my iPhone, but Bing saw some rather interesting improvements in recent months. In my personal opinion, Microsoft’s search-based app is better designed than Google’s with richer descriptions and prettier images.

More importunely, Bing’s popular searches feature produces way more relevant results than Google, at least for me. Read More


Bing for iPhone gains private mode, revamped Image search, app links in search results and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2015

Microsoft today refreshed Bing for iPhone, adding more than half a dozen useful new features and enhancements, beginning with the Private Search Mode which will not remember your search history and sites you have visited.

Other new features include better management of your search history settings, the ability to launch native iPhone applications right from the search results page, inline previews of clips in Video search and more. Read More


Search images faster without typing in Bing

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Windows maker Microsoft today announced that Bing for iPhone and Android now makes it easy to find images faster than before, without typing or by typing less.

The new search experience is now live on iPhone and Android devices in mobile browsers and lets you search images with “no typing required to discover more”. Read More


How to get 100GB of free OneDrive storage

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2015

Microsoft’s cloud storage thing called OneDrive has been on fire lately. The service has been generous with free space in the past few months. For starters, each account gets fifteen gigabytes of free storage and Office 365 subscribers get to enjoy unlimited storage as long as they continue paying their subscription. For some time now the Windows maker’s been offering free OneDrive storage to US residents who’ve signed up for Bing Rewards program.

Starting today, this offer is now available globally so everyone can now get 100GB of free OnDrive storage for two years. Here’s how you can claim your free storage. Read More


Bing’s iOS apps get a facelift, translate extension now available on iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2014

Microsoft’s mobile Bing apps for the iPhone and iPad are getting a major makeover today, with the translate extension that debuted in the iPhone app two months ago at last available on iPads.

On the iPhone, you can now tap anywhere underneath the search box to check out Bing’s image of the day in uncluttered full-screen view. You can also swipe from the left to see yesterday’s image of the day.

Another handy addition: weather information, trending news and images of the day zoom to full screen smoothly when swiping from the bottom of Bing’s Home screen. Read More


Microsoft updates Bing Search app with translation widget in Safari and Notification Center

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 23, 2014

First demoed at WWDC 2014 back in June, Microsoft’s Bing translation widget and custom actions for Safari and the Notification Center in iOS 8 is now available by way of an update to the free Bing Search app for the iPhone and iPod touch devices. Available free of charge in the App Store, the new Bing Search 5.0.1 also contains bug fixes.

As shown on the screenshots top of post, enabling the Bing Search Translation action in Safari requires that you bring up the Share sheet in Safari. Read More


Bing iOS app updated with Safari integration, new search features and more

By Cody Lee on Feb 24, 2014

Microsoft has updated its mobile Bing client for iOS today, bringing the app to version 4.4. The update brings about a number of new features and improvements that both current Bing and potential future Bing users might find worth checking out.

Perhaps most interesting of the additions is a new shake-to-discover feature, which allows you to shake your iPhone about to discover random ‘Trending’ news topics. Microsoft also added the ability to copy URLs and open URLs in mobile Safari… Read More


Microsoft’s Bing Rewards program now available on iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2014

Microsoft launched Bing Rewards in September 2010 in a desperate attempt to get people search the web with Bing. Bing Rewards provides credits to users of major desktop browsers through regular Bing searches and special promotions.

Today, Bing Rewards is going mobile as the program has just been extended to owners of iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

Rather surprisingly, the Windows maker said that Bing Rewards was “coming soon” to Windows Phone devices. Bing Rewards replaced Microsoft’s similarly conceived initiatives, SearchPerks! and Bing Cashback… Read More


Bing for iPad updated with new iOS 7 design, SkyDrive bookmarks and more

By Cody Lee on Dec 7, 2013

Microsoft has posted a significant update for Bing for iPad this evening, bringing the app to version 2.0. The update includes a number of improvements, including an all-new design for iOS 7 and new SkyDrive bookmarks.

The new design features flat images and text, and a lot of open space (good news though, it’s not all white). And with the new bookmarks feature, you can now save bookmarks and images, and access them via SkyDrive… Read More


Microsoft’s Bing gets its iOS 7 revamp and flat icon

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2013

I’m not using Microsoft’s Bing search engine much on the web, but really meant to fall in love with the iPhone and iPad app, and long before Google’s Search iOS software became sleek. The problem is, Redmond was rolling out those updates way too slow for my taste.

I last checked Bing out some time last year and was disappointed that it still had certain non-Retina elements to it, such as the logo graphics. Today, Bing for the iPhone and iPad has gotten a fresh coat of paint, a nice new flattened logo and a completely revamped user interface re-created from scratch with iOS 7 in mind… Read More


Apple makes Bing Siri’s default search engine

By Cody Lee on Jun 10, 2013

“The enemy of my enemy, is my friend.” That proverb seems fitting for the new Bing partnership Apple announced today, which sees Microsoft’s lackluster search engine tapped as the default search engine for the snarky digital assistant Siri.

The entire audience went silent during the keynote this morning, as Apple’s SVP of Internet software and services Eddy Cue announced that new in iOS 7, Siri will be able to respond to queries with integrated Bing web search results… Read More


Microsoft recaps its ‘milestones’ in 2012

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2012

Microsoft, once the mighty Apple archival, in ways more than one is now directly or indirectly supporting Apple’s war on Android. With that in mind, let’s check out Microsoft’s recap video highlighting its milestones in 2012, one for each month. I’d call only two Microsoft products milestones: Halo 4, which raked in $220 million in sales in the first 24 hours, and the Xbox console with Kinect, which got Windows support in February.

As much as I like Windows Phone’s originality, it’s failed to make a dent and clings to a single-digit market share. The Surface is a flop (even the CEO agrees) and major software launches like Windows 8 and server products have not met the management’s internal expectations. Besides, Apple’s iPhone biz recently became worth more than all of Microsoft. How’s that for a milestone? Read More


Microsoft rolls out Bing social sidebar on iPads

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 14, 2012

Microsoft recently overhauled its Bing search engine around a new social bar to let desktop users “find people who are relevant to your search based on what they’ve shared, publically blogged or tweeted about”.

Friday, the Bing team announced that the feature is now available on the iPad and iPad mini via browser support for iOS Safari. The new UI adapts to landscape or portrait orientation automatically, with the social bar on the right.

If you’re a big Bing fan, this addition makes it easy to learn what your friends shared on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Klout related to what you’re searching for… Read More


Microsoft to Safari users: Google screwed you, use Bing instead

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 20, 2012

Exploiting a record $25 million settlement Google negotiated with The United States Government over the iOS Safari privacy breach that erupted back in February 2012, software giant Microsoft put together a little web page meant to convince Apple users to use Bing as their default search engine.

The Windows maker is reminding us of Google’s failed promise of not tracking Safari users without their permission, suggesting Google’s credibility has been tarnished beyond repair. Want to do something about it?

Use Bing instead, the company proposes… Read More


How much Google pays Apple to get its search onto iOS devices

By Oliver Haslam on Mar 10, 2012

While it’s true that users can switch between Google, Bing and Yahoo when deciding which search engine to use in Safari on iOS, it’s debatable as to whether anyone does actually change it. We’re going to put our money on the percentage being on the low side!

That’s why being the default search option on iOS is so important. If you’re the one chosen out of the box, then the chances are you’ll be the one that gets the vast majority of hits from users. Right now, that default choice is Google, and they pay handsomely for the privilege according to Macquarie analyst Ben Schachter.

Just how handsomely, you ask? Read More


InstaURL: Search Google, Bing, or Yahoo From Anywhere

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 25, 2011

InstaURL is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to perform web searches from anywhere on your iDevice.

Similar to QuickGoogle and QuickSafari, InstaURL isn’t alone when it comes to tweaks of this nature.

Is it different enough to warrant paying the $0.99? Check inside for the full video walkthrough… Read More


Siri Can Also Search Bing and Yahoo

By Oliver Haslam on Oct 21, 2011

If you’ve spent any time with Siri, you may have noticed that you can actually ask it to search the web for pretty much anything. At this point, Siri fires up a Google search and populates the search field with whatever it thinks you asked. The degree of accuracy here very much depends on your accent and whether it’s a full moon or not, but on the whole, it does the job fairly well.

But did you know that you can also have Siri work its magic with both the Microsoft Bing and Yahoo search engines? Well, you can… Read More

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