By Cody Lee on Mar 11, 2014
Yahoo has updated its official Search client for iOS this morning, bringing the app to version 3.1. The update doesn’t include much, but is instantly noticeable thanks to the all new design. Yahoo calls it ‘minimalist,’ but we often refer to this as iOS 7-style.
For those who aren’t familiar with it, the app is pretty much your standard web engine with a built-in browser, but of course with Yahoo’s services. So for folks invested in the ecosystem with either Mail or Tumblr, it could offer more than Google or Bing… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2014
Google has struck an interesting partnership with FOX allowing fans of American Idol, the popular reality-singing competition series, to vote for their favorite performers right through the Google.com search engine and inside the official Search app for iOS and Android. On-air voting is as easy as searching for ‘american idol’ or ‘idol’ during the voting window and selecting from your fav finalists.
You can cast up to 50 votes for each contestant and vote for as many contestants as you want, Google explained yesterday… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 12, 2014
One of my favorite OS X utilities is Alfred. Alfred is a search utility, launcher, and workflow executer rolled into a simple interface that’s accessible from anywhere via a keyboard shortcut. It’s a tool that has saved me countless hours of time, and it’s among the first apps that I install on my Mac whenever I do a system restore.
Weasel is sort of like Alfred for iOS. Obviously, it’s doesn’t feature as wide of a scope as Alfred, but it does its best to mimic some of the features that makes Alfred, or any launcher utility, so nice to have. Have a look at our walkthrough inside for more details. Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 2, 2014
It’s been more than a year now since Facebook first launched Graph Search for desktops, and nearly 4 months since we first saw evidence that it was testing an iPhone version of the tool. But it looks like it’s finally about ready to go mobile.
Following a hint by Mark Zuckerberg last week that Facebook’s Graph Search would be hitting mobile devices soon, the social network has begun testing the new feature. Some users are even beginning to see the search tool on their smartphones… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 30, 2014
Yahoo’s shopping spree continues as the company announced Thursday its newest acqui-hire: San Francisco based Incredible Labs, the team behind a rather compelling virtual assistant app named Donna.
Incredible launched Donna on iOS last summer. Named after Donna Moss, the popular assistant from the TV show The West Wing, the software is basically a cross between Google Now and Siri.
The application strives to manage your day with features like smart notifications, an anticipatory calendar and in-app directions, to mention but a few. Donna would proactively tell you about upcoming appointments, dial into conference calls for you, let others know when to expect you by analyzing traffic conditions and your frequent locations – even taking into account the little things like the current parking situation.
In November, Donna got updated with Lock screen calling, smarter meeting scheduling and other features. Nothing indicated at the time that Incredible would slow the pace of Donna development, let alone sell out to Yahoo.
Unfortunately, there is some bad news for Donna fans out there: the Internet giant will be shutting down the application following the acquisition… Read More
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
By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 18, 2014
One of the worst things about Safari’s autocomplete for search is that you can’t build on a query like you can do with Google Chrome. Once you select a suggested query in Safari’s omni-box, it auto submits the search.
While suggested queries are definitely a helpful service, the way that Safari goes about the implementation isn’t very efficient. A recently revamped jailbreak tweak called Platinum seeks to improve Safari’s search capabilities. Have a look at our full video walkthrough inside to see what I mean. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2014
CNET reported last summer that Google Now cards were heading to Google’s Chrome browser for the Mac. Six months later, Google releases a brand new Google Canary build with Google Now cards functionality nested right inside the browser’s notification center which sits in your Mac’s status bar.
Although not all Google Now cards are available in this alpha release of Chrome, the search company has integrated a few of the most popular ones like sports scores, real-time weather updates, and travel information… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2013
Google’s standalone Search application has been updated with barely visible iOS 7 styling and a pair of under-the-hood improvements allowing for the native fluid Image Search experience on the iPad as well as smarter integration with the Google Maps app.
Other than that, release notes mention no new features for Google Search version 3.2, which is now available as a free download from the App Store. I’ve included additional tidbits right below, if you’re interested… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 17, 2013
Google’s Zeitgeist has become something of an annual tradition as the Internet giant wraps up each year by giving us a glimpse into what the world’s been searching for using its search engine. Surprisingly (or not?), Apple’s iPhone 5s took the top three slots in global search trends (#5 in the U.S.), behind Nelson Mandela and Paul Walker.
Google’s review of 2013 searches also shows the iPhone 5s leading 2013 search trends in the Phones category, although it’s been edged out in the Gadgets category by Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and Sony’s PlayStation 4… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 5, 2013
Google issued a major mid-August update to its free Search app for the iPhone and iPad with new Google Now cards for flights, reservations, package delivery information and more.
And last month, the firm followed up with another sweet update that implemented ‘OK Google’ hands-free voice control functionality, support for single sign-on, reminders, alerts for delayed flights and upcoming appointments/events and other perks.
This afternoon, the Internet giant pushed a minor update which expands international support to three new languages: French, German and Japanese… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2013
Rivals often point to Apple’s sub-20 percent share of the global smartphone market as a proof of sorts that the iPhone has run its course. In reality, the device remains the most sought-after item in technology which people searched for most on the web throughout the year, at least among the British.
According to Yahoo UK’s annual roundup of trends and stories gleaned from the billions of online searches throughout the year 2013, the iPhone was the most searched-for technology item this year. After the Apple handset, Yahoo’s UK users were most interested in Amazon’s second-ranked Kindle e-reader and Samsung’s third-placed Galaxy brand.
Apple’s iPad and Sony’s new PlayStation 4 round up the top five most searched-for tech items on Yahoo UK (the Xbox One ranked sixth)… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2013
Yours truly is a huge fan of Google Now so it goes without saying I’ve long been yearning for that kind of hands-free voice searching on my Mac desktops and notebooks. Available via Google’s free Search app for the iPhone and iPad since November 5, the cool feature dutifully listens to the ‘OK Google’ keyword which initiates a voice search. It’s severely crippled, too, as ‘OK Google’ only works if the Search app is running, as opposed to the always-on implementation on the Nexus 5 and Moto X.
Blame it on Apple’s strict policy that prohibits third-parties from listening to the microphone input in the background. Well, there are no such restrictions on Macs (yet) and Google has taken advantage of the fact and released a nice little extension for its browser allowing you to talk to Google (when you’re using Chrome) hands-free, no typing required… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2013
Apple is tweaking the App Store’s search algorithm pretty much all the time so people have an easier time finding a needle in a haystack.
Three months ago, Apple deployed an improved algorithm for iTunes and App Store rankings, boosting the relevancy of search results up a notch.
And back in the summer, the iPhone maker gave the App Store storefront on iPads a new lefthand bar for easy alphabetical sorting of your Purchased items.
It’s now come to light that Apple’s team has once again made the App Store search better by automatically correcting for your mistakes and other misspellings. That’s right, you no longer have to type in the exact app name when searching as the App Store will now list apps with fairly similar names… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 5, 2013
So, you’ve got apps spread out everywhere throughout your device. Some are scattered about multiple pages, and some, courtesy of iOS 7’s lax folder restrictions, are scattered throughout multiple pages of folders. How’s a guy to keep tabs on all of this activity?
One easy way to do so is to simply use iOS’ built in Spotlight search. Obviously, you can use Spotlight to search for a number of different items on your device, including apps. Inside, I’ll show you how to quickly list every installed application on your device, along with the folders that they reside in.
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2013
Google has just updated its native Search app for the iPhone and iPad with a slew of new features, starting with a number of new types of Google Now cards and the ability to activate the voice search handsfree, simply by saying “OK Google” like on Android. This feature works on the iPhone 4s or later devices. You can now enjoy one-touch sign-on and elect to receive alerts for delayed flights and upcoming appointments and events, as well as for public transit reminders.
The app now supports new types of reminders for movies, actors, TV shows, musicians and web content updates, including location-based and time-relative entries like “Remind me to buy coffee beans at Starbucks,” or “Remind me to check out the fair this weekend”. Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More
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
By Sébastien Page on Oct 23, 2013
A feature that could have easily gone unnoticed with yesterday’s release of iOS 7.0.3 is the return of web and Wikipedia search directly from Spotlight. The feature had been missing since the first beta release of Apple’s latest mobile operating system.
To access it, simply pull your Home screen down to reveal Spotlight Search. Then start typing whatever you’re looking for. If necessary, scroll all the way down. In my experience, I’ve found that some common searches usually return tons of emails first, making the feature a little less convenient to use than I would want to… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2013
Google today invited a bunch of reporters to a garage where the Internet giant started it all, a convenient setting given Google Search turns fifteen tomorrow.
The company’s SVP of Search Amit Singhal let us in on some notable updates concerning the mobile Search app for iOS and Android. For starters, the new version sports a refreshed user interface and such enhancements like new comparison filters.
More importantly, the iOS app will gain push notifications for reminders that will pop up on your screen when due. You’ll be also able to use the ‘OK Google’ phrase for hands-free Google Search access on your iOS devices, the company said, and more… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 23, 2013
Ever since Apple in February 2012 bought Chomp, an app discovery engine, and subsequently killed both its Android and iOS apps, the rumor-mill has been abuzz with the supposed improvements to the App Store discovery stemming from the acqui-hire.
Disregarding the occasional tweaks to the App Store search algorithm here and there, the experience of discovering popular software beyond the apps Apple exposes on the main App Store pages remains a very tedious affair.
To put it perfectly bluntly, it often feels like finding a needle in the haystack. But according to a new report out Friday, things could soon improve as the company’s apparently been experimenting with new algorithms for iTunes and App Store rankings… Read More