Currently, all iOS devices come with the Mobile Safari search provider set to Google. For most users Google works, and the thought of changing it will never cross their mind. For others who prefer to use Bing and Yahoo, changing the default search engine is preferred. This simple guide will show you how to change the default search engine on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. … Read more
Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET for Thursday, May 19.
Twitter beefs up your control over third-party apps Social network will provide more details on what specific account information a third-party app is requesting, while apps that want to access your direct messages will again need permission. More
Microsoft's Bing search engine director, Stefan Weitz, made his stance on search very clear in a recent interview with the Huffington Post.
"Search itself hasn't changed fundamentally in the past 12 years," he told the Huffington Post in the interview published yesterday. "Traditional search is failing. The standard notion of search...looking at the texts in the page, the backlinks, all that stuff doesn't work anymore."
Weitz specifically targeted Google, saying that the company's idea of the "connection between" Web sites to determine results ranking was a "brilliant, brilliant … Read more
To make results more relevant, Microsoft is launching a new feature in Bing search that bakes in recommendations from Facebook friends.
The new feature, making its debut tomorrow, will elevate results that have received a thumbs-up "like" from a friend on Facebook. So if a user is searching for a Thai restaurant in San Francisco, for example, a particular spot that received kudos from that person's Facebook posse will climb in the results.
Microsoft, which likes to call Bing a "decision engine" to distinguish it from Google, wants Bing to mimic the real world, where … Read more
Facebook gets busted for actually hiring a PR agency to try to plant anti-Google stories in the press. Wow. What are you guys, like 14? Oh, wait. Kind of, yeah. In other rant bait, an FCC commissioner who blocked any conditions regulating the NBC/Comcast merger got a lobbying gig at Comcast! How ... sleazy. Plus, the sad story of the other Mark Zuckerberg, and I finally finish my Keynote presentation about my spring break to Alaska. --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Microsoft's Bing eked out 14.1 percent of all searches in the U.S. in April, according to the latest ComScore data, released yesterday.
That's still a far cry from market leader Google, which holds a commanding 65.4 percent of the market. But those numbers show a trend over the past year in which each month Bing grabs a slightly bigger slice of the U.S. search engine pie, while Google sheds a tiny amount or stays flat.
For the month, Microsoft's market share gain was just 0.2 of a percentage point, while Google's … Read more
A new iPhone app from Microsoft can create full panoramas from a series of individual photos that you snap with your device's camera.
Compatible with the iPhone 3Gs and 4, the iPad 2, and the iPod Touch 4G, Photosynth is simple to use since Microsoft does most of the hard work.
You simply point your device at the subject and tap the screen to snap the first photo. The app then prompts you to position your device to take the next shot. You can then either tap the screen to shoot again or wait for the app to automatically … Read more
Microsoft and Google each grabbed a tiny sliver more of the U.S. search market last month, according to ComScore.
Both companies gained three-tenths of a point of market share in March, compared with February.
Overall, Google sites accounted for 65.7 percent of the 16.9 billion searches in the U.S. last month, ComScore said yesterday. Microsoft sites snagged 13.9 percent, while Yahoo sites held 15.7 percent. As always, ComScore's figures specifically track "explicit core" searches, which are search terms that people manually enter on a Web page.
Beyond the core search numbers, … Read more
Cisco Systems shuts down production of the Flip video camera
You can now rent movies in your browser through Vudu
HTC launches the Sensation with a video-streaming service called HTC Watch
Nokia releases two new phones with Anna, the newest iteration of Symbian
Sprint kicks off a streaming music service and store called Music Plus
Microsoft hopes to rival Google Maps Street View with Bing Maps Streetside, which has started image capture in London
The Firesay Firefox extension lets you use voice control in Facebook
Apple announces Final Cut Pro X
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Microsoft's Bing captured 30 percent of all searches run in the U.S. last month, market researcher Experian Hitwise said yesterday.
Looking at the U.S. search engine market in March, Experian Hitwise found that the number of searches at sites powered by Bing rose by 5 percent since February. That includes searches run on Bing's own site as well as those on Yahoo sites powered by Bing. Individually, Bing.com itself accounted for 14.3 percent of all searches, while the ones on Yahoo tallied 15.7 percent.
Market leader Google continued to dominate in the U.… Read more