By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2014
At WWDC back in June, Apple announced several nice-to-haves aimed at improving the oft-criticized app discovery with new App Store features. Among them: trending searches.
It should be noted that first mentions of this feature being active date as far back as a week ago. It’s however unclear whether everyone on the latest iOS 8 beta is seeing hot searches or just a subset of Apple’s registered iOS developers.
Be that as it may, trending searches are tremendously useful and bound to help developers get their apps found in the App Store. As the name suggests, the feature surfaces hot search queries at any given time… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014
Users of Apple’s iPad, back when the device debuted in 2010, were used to seeing holes on websites in place of Adobe Flash content.
But not for long as those holes were getting plugged real fast – even more so after Steve Jobs penned his famous critique of Adobe’s proprietary runtime, titled ‘Thoughts on Flash’.
Though most web videos no longer require Flash, some websites and web applications continue to rely on Adobe’s technology for interactivity, animations and what not. From now on, it’s easier to identify Flash items in search results because Google Search now flags Flash content, saving you clicks… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 11, 2014
With about 24 hours left until the 2014 World Cup Brazil opening game between Brazil and Croatia, developers are feverishly updating their apps with soccer-related content.
The Internet giant Google has just issued a World Cup-themed update to its standalone Search iOS app, adding useful Google Now cards for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The cards show up-to-date information like match statistics, group standings and scorers and are available by swiping up to choose your favorite team to follow… Read More
By Jake Smith on Apr 16, 2014
Yahoo wants to increase its presence on mobile by convincing Apple to ditch Google for Yahoo as the default search service on iOS devices, according to Recode.
Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, has been preparing several staffers within the company to begin a big offensive against Google and sway Apple to adopt its search engine. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2014
Apple has made another high-profile hire, having poached Benoit Dupin, Vice President of Amazon A9′s Search Technology group, according to the executive’s professional business profile on LinkedIn.
Benoit, who brings over fifteen years of international technology industry experience within a wide range of disciplines, has left Amazon to help Apple improve search features in its own mapping service, sources speculated on Tuesday.
He isn’t the first Amazon executive to have left for 1 Infinite Loop. Back in October 2012, Apple hired away another prominent Amazon search technologist, William Stasior, who is now working with the Siri team… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2014
With over a million apps now available in the App Store, discovering software related to your needs outside the charts and featured sections increasingly feels like finding a needle in the haystack. Apple two years ago bought a company called Chomp, presumably to make app discovery easier, but thus far the acquisition – apart from a few functional tweaks here and there - hasn’t yielded visible improvements to how folks discover iPhone and iPad applications.
Then on Tuesday, one developer noticed a sweet new feature in the App Store storefront on his iPhone which offers a way to filter search results based on Apple-provided suggestions. I was able to test this on my iPhone 5s and though the feature appears a bit rough around the edges, it pretty much works as you’d expect.
Read on for the full reveal… Read More
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