Tag Archive: Search


Siri now uses Google to search instead of Bing

Bye bye, Bing — Apple is now using Google as its default for Siri and Spotlight web search results.

Yes, it has finally happened. According to a statement released by Apple today, now when you ask Siri a question and it falls back on a web search, the default search engine used will be Google instead of Microsoft’s Bing. The company had the following to say about the change, citing the consistency of search results as the reason behind  [Read More…]

Google now rolling out video previews in search results

Ever see videos in your search results and wonder what they’re all about, but you don’t want to press play and sit through each one? Google’s rolling out a new feature to help with that.

Google is launching video previews in search results. When you’re using the Google app for Android or Chrome for Android and video results show up in the video carousel, you’ll now see GIF-like video previews. These will help show you what a video is about  [Read More…]

Google Search will now alert users to pollen levels

Google Search will now integrate pollen forecasts.

Google Search has long been able to alert users of various weather conditions, from thunderstorms to flash foods and and everything in between. One more weather condition will be available for search starting today.

Google has announced that users will be able to search for pollen levels near their location. I tried this on my OnePlus 3T by searching for both “pollen levels” and “pollen forecast.” All this  [Read More…]

Google’s new SOS Alerts in Search and Maps deliver info in times of crisis

Google wants you to always be safe, so this week it has rolled out a new tool called SOS Alerts in Maps and Search, which display emergency info in case of disasters. In Search, an SOS Alert will appear at the top of results if a user performs a search on a location that has […]

Google Instant Search is dead

Google wants search to be consistent across all devices, and that means killing off Instant Search after seven years.

First launched just way back in 2010, Google Instant Search was supposed to be the future of search, saving countless precious seconds each day by loading results dynamically as you typed, freeing users from the chains of the enter key. The feature was big news at the time — and not just in the tech world, but the  [Read More…]

Google’s mobile search app now has a personalized news feed

Google launches a news feed of its own within its mobile search app.

Google is increasingly looking to make its products more social, and its latest attempt is to create a feed within its mobile search app that will show you news stories, sports scores, and videos, all based on your previous searches. The company introduced news stories in the Google app back in December, and today’s update sees Google building upon that by leveraging its AI smarts.

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Google removes private medical records from search results

Personal medical records are supposed to stay between you and your doctor, but in a digital age that’s not always what happens.

Healthcare systems get hacked, insurance providers suffer massive data breaches, and clerical errors lead to medical records being put up online for the world to see, and more importantly search for. Keeping your medical records private is something protected by law in many parts of the world, including HIPAA privacy laws in the United States, so it  [Read More…]

Google wants you to (what else?) use its search engine to find things to do

Feeling droll and aching for something new to do? Ask Google.

Google doesn’t want you to use a separate app or scour the depths of the internet to find something interesting to do. Instead, it wants you to give its ol’ search engine a try. The latest update to the Google app and mobile website enables the search engine to tap into feeds from services like Eventbrite, Meetup, and Songkick to directly  [Read More…]

Kodi 18 on Android TV will have voice search and recommendations

Kodi 18 Leia will be getting even tighter integration into Android TV. Which is awesome.

Kodi 17 Krypton hasn’t been officially around for long but work is already well underway on the next release. Version 18, Leia — named after everyone’s favorite princess — is in the development stage right now and the dev team has given us a sneak peek at what’s headed to Android TV: Voice Search and recommendations.

It’s a neat addition that makes  [Read More…]

Hiya Business Profiles lets Galaxy S8 users search for businesses right from the dialer app

In anticipation of the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ global release on April 21, caller ID and call blocker specialist, Hiya announced it’s expanding its partnership with the Korean tech giant in order to bring the new Business Profiles product onboard the new devices. Business Profiles offers a novel way of finding and contacting business without having […]