Today is Google’s 15th birthday and the big G is in giving us a few presents to celebrate. To start, Google is launching some new useful search features that make use of the company’s knowledge graph. The example Google provides to show off its new knowledge graph integration is by performing the query, “tell me about impressionist artists” which would provide you with details in a search card, similar to the cards you see in Google Now. I tried this feature just now and didn’t have much luck getting it [...]
Google just announced a brand new feature to its search engine — the ability to search for all kinds of personal information such as your flights, photos, purchases, reservations, and much more. No more digging through your email to find your flight number and then having to look to see if it’s on-time before you head to the airport. No more having to find that tracking number in your email and then pasting it into Google search. Nope, none of that. Now you can just ask Google.
There’s one small catch to all [...]
Earlier this month at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, one company walked away as the winner of the Disrupt Cup — that company was Enigma. I had the opportunity to drop by their offices and get an inside look at what they are building, and let me say — it’s impressive. But before we get to what the Enigma team is working on, let’s identify the problem they are looking to solve: public data.
Public data is far from easily searchable, in fact it’s all over the place. To solve that problem, Enigma has indexed [...]
Facebook announced Graph Search back in January, a new type of search engine that lets you search through people, photos, places, and interests using natural language queries such as “Friends who live in New York City.” One of the major limitations of Facebook’s Graph Search is that it relies on the data that people share with the service to help improve its usefulness, so the less information people share, the less useful the results will be. However, given the vast amount of information people have put on their [...]
We just received a tip from someone that Google is indexing 80,000 printers that are connected to the Internet. Using a little Google search magic, it becomes apparent that you can really find anything using Google. To top it off, aside from just being indexed by Google, you can easily print something to any one of these 80,000 printers surely giving the owner of the printer quite a scare. Obviously the people who configured these print servers skipped firewall 101 class.
Several of the print servers appear to be hosted at [...]
At Facebook’s press event today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg opened by saying that Facebook has three pillars: the News Feed, the Timeline, and a third: “Graph Search,” which is Facebook’s new, super-charged search product. He pointed out that, at this point in time, Facebook users can only search through content that has been shared with them, either by being made public or by those you are “friends” with on the service. Zuckerberg made it a point to differentiate Graph Search from a normal Web search, [...]
In a report by The Next Web published today, it appears that Lycos is planning a comeback in 2013. That’s right, one of the former search giants from the early 1990’s, is going to be releasing its own proprietary search engine in the coming year.
While the details of the search engine are currently scarce, Lycos CEO Rob Balazy did tell The Next Web that, “In the coming year you will see us introduce a new proprietary search product. I don’t want to say too much about it as it’s still in the planning stage but we have [...]
Did you know that DuckDuckGo, a search engine that focuses on user privacy, has a super cool (and geeky), search engine terminal emulator? Like most modern search engines, DuckDuckGo provides a nice modern graphical user interface to make searching the web easy and user friendly, but sometimes you just want to geek out and use the terminal or command-line interface.
Now with DuckDuckGo’s terminal emulator you can do just that. Go ahead, channel your inner geek (I’ll wait…). Ok, are you feeling geeky? Now head over to [...]
Don’t get Scroogled says Microsoft in its latest Bing campaign, and its most recent effort to woo users away from Google. The company even put out this (somewhat amusing) video displaying how you could get “Scroogled” this holiday season.
Now I understand where Microsoft is coming from with this new campaign, typically Google has been very clear about what was an advertisement on its site and what wasn’t, with Google Shopping it isn’t as clear. And despite the warning in the footer and the “Why [...]
DuckDuckGo, a search engine, that focuses on user privacy, is challenging Google on privacy issues with the recent launch of a video that accuses Google of putting its users in a “filter bubble” of personalized results that make them miss out on results they may want to see or that would be more useful.
The video hits on some of the company’s main talking points as it continues its quest to educate searchers on privacy issues and the benefits of using its own search engine instead of Google. The video also features the [...]