Google Play has better search than the iOS app store, but Apple has better app discovery and content curation. It’s also much better at helping users evaluate app options, but trails the Amazon app store in a key usability score.
A new Apple patent details how Siri, the company’s digital assistant, could use crowdsourcing to provide smarter, human-powered answers in the future. The patent, however, sounds almost exactly like what existing crowdsourced search engine ChaCha is doing today.
The newest search engine in the world is hidden in the shadows of the Internet, but it shines a light on those shadows that ordinary search engines like Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo can’t.
Editor’s Pick Hummingbird shows that the Google of the future will be mobile-focused and question-oriented.
TheFind crossed the “1 billion shopping searches” mark, and shoppers have browsed over 100 billion products. The database includes 500,000 stores and 500 million products, and it updates 100 million listings a day to reflect new items, price changes, and current discounts. Whew.
This “search-as-a-service” startup has closed $7.5 million, just six weeks after announcing a $1.7 million seed round.
Tencent, China’s largest web company, announced today that it has poured $448 million into rival Chinese search engine Sugou, a move that further consolidates China’s big Internet firms.
Google had a firm grasp on the top spot for a few years, making this a huge coup for Yahoo.
Microsoft has launched a new ad-free version of its Bing search engine that targets schools and educators. It claims to remove all ads, block adult content, and include more privacy protections than normal Bing search.
Swiftype provides solutions that help companies integrate search engines onto their websites, no coding required.
Want to know when your mom’s gift will arrive? How about what your plans are for tomorrow? Google knows and will be more than happy to tell you.
Google has altered its search results to give users a handful of in-depth articles on certain topics and subjects, the company announced today.
If you spend a lot of time in Google Drive documents, you’ll appreciate this update
Guest Post While paid search still holds the top position, its potential for advertisers and search engines alike is hitting a glass ceiling.
Research group Forrester and Shop.org released a report today on the state of online retail and how retailers are spending their marketing dollars.
“A year ago we were having the discussion that Facebook doesn’t work, and GM is pulling its ads,” AdRoll president Adam Berke told me this morning. “Now we’re having the conversation on whether this rivals Google!”
The National Association of Attorneys General says Google permits ads and YouTube videos for sellers of counterfeit drugs and dangerous (but legal) drugs — you know, the good stuff, like Adderall or Oxycontin — without prescriptions.
The new UI is available in the U.S. only for now. It’s a slight change from other interfaces, but it’s just a bit prettier — and when dealing with millions of users, incremental change can be a good thing.
Nara is a personal restaurant recommendation engine. Today the startup announced the expansion of its service into nationwide and unveiled a redesigned website and iOS app.
WhitePages has some big plans for integrating Mr. Number into its 50-million-unique-visitors-per-month website — plans that should help you avoid spam calls.
In the good old days, Apple’s app store had a few thousand apps, and you could probably browse all of them to find what you wanted. That lasted about 30 seconds.
With little fanfare, Google has added its cool new conversational search feature to Chrome on desktops, following a demonstration last week at Google I/O.
Who needs SQL? In fact, who needs databases?
Normally, when a company claims that it’s bringing the helpfulness of a Federation starship’s onboard computer to everyday technology, I sort of roll my eyes and prepare to be disappointed — except this time that didn’t really happen.
Big data startup LucidWorks has raised $10 million to help enterprise companies “turn multi-structured data into business gold.”
Zoobean launched a curated catalog of children’s books today to make it easier for parents to find books that are the most relevant for their children.
Here’s some news that will sadden the few hundred tech-savvy people still using feature phones to grab information from the web.
Yahoo is focusing on interfaces and voice controls for search, not the heavy-duty algorithmic machinery that powers it all.
If you’re looking for high volumes of users, mobile ad networks can deliver them.
Google has for the past decade or two been training us to search with keywords rather than natural phrases. But Facebook is taking a different approach.
Google’s proposed concessions mean you could one day see a little Bing in your Google.
Wavii, a content summary startup, is likely going to close a deal to be acquired by Google in the next week.
Newly-launched startup SRCH2 is not focused on standard web search, a space inhabited by Google and Bing, but is offering a new take on ‘enterprise search.’
Yahoo updated its app today to include technology from recently acquired “summary” startup Summly.
Google has proposed a settlement to the European Commission that involves making legally binding changes to its search results in Europe. If this agreement is adopted, Google will change its results page by clearly highlighting search results from its own services and including links to rivals.
Microsoft may knock Google’s search results, but its Google that’s doing a better job of blocking malicious sites.
Prollie is a social search platform that tracks how “well” people use social media platforms and makes connections with others who share the same interests and passions.
We’ve been saying this for a while now: Foursquare isn’t about badges and mayorships anymore. You need only look at the company’s latest round of funding for confirmation.
Google wants to make Glass as great as possible — but it’s got to kill search spam first.
Guest Post What if Siri could help us modulate the emotional tone of our messages? Would it make the world a better place with less conflict and argument, or would it leave piles of unread messages?