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Bing Android app’s Snapshot preempts Google Now on Tap

Bing Android app’s Snapshot preempts Google Now on Tap

At I/O 2015 in late May, Google revealed its concept for putting the power of search inside each and every Android app. Called "Google Now on Tap", the still upcoming feature lets users search for information relevant to their current context, like the current song, artist or video, without having to leave the app. It seems, however, the Microsoft is beating Google to the punch in its own territory, updating its Bing Android app with a new "Snapshots" feature that is almost the same yet different from Google Now on Tap.

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Bing Maps: big redesign brings predictive routing, more features

Bing Maps: big redesign brings predictive routing, more features

Microsoft has completely redesigned Bing Maps, it has announced, doing so from a place of ample user feedback and big ambitions. The updated maps are currently in a preview that is available to anyone who wants to opt-in to it, assuming that person is located in the US/UK, Canada, Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, or South Africa. Anyone outside of those regions will eventually get access to it, but it won’t be for a little while. The update pulls in a bunch of data and presents it all in one place, including a new layout and handy “results card”.

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Bing Pong is Microsoft’s own search engine game

Bing Pong is Microsoft’s own search engine game

At some point Google thought it would be fun to turn its logo into a game, and since then we’ve seen different browser-based games that can be played directly on the search engine’s website. Microsoft has decided to do something similar with its own search engine, but it is starting small: with Pong, which involves just two paddles and a square ball bouncing between them. It is the same as the classic game, and can be found simply by searching for it.

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Bing gives its video search a makeover

Bing gives its video search a makeover

Microsoft's underdog search engine, Bing, wants to be your destination for video searching on the Internet, especially music videos. This isn't the 90s when music videos were relegated to television. Music videos are consumed online at a pace that rivals actual songs. Thanks to some new improvements, Bing can help you find the video you're looking for faster, with less junk in the way. Now, Bing's video search results feature larger thumbnails, making the results easier to scan at a glance.

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Bing to Encrypt all search traffic by default

Bing to Encrypt all search traffic by default

There are a lot of reasons why you might not want people to have access to your search traffic. Maybe you are looking at a disease or medical condition you have, or perhaps you just don’t want people to know how often you search for cat videos online. Whatever the reason, Bing has announced that it is moving to encrypt all search traffic by default making what you search for much more secure than it was in the past.

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Bing image search gets How Old tool

Bing image search gets How Old tool

Not too long ago a tool was making the rounds on social media that allowed people to upload photos of themselves or others and the tool would tell you how old it thought the people were. Microsoft has now announced that it has integrated a similar tool in its Bing image search results. The tool not only approximates age of the person in the photo, it will also give the gender.

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Bing to revamp its search algorithm, favoring mobile-friendly sites

Bing to revamp its search algorithm, favoring mobile-friendly sites

Mobile internet searches are surpassing desktop searches, leading search engines to adapt their results to the smaller screens of mobile users. Last month, Google announced that it reworked its search algorithm to favor mobile-friendly sites. This left website owners scrambling to make their sites mobile-friendly by the April 21st deadline, lest they get buried behind competitors in search results. Not to be left out, Bing announced that it is revamping its algorithm too, giving mobile-friendly sites a boost in search results.

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Bing Maps updated with expanded transit coverage

Bing Maps updated with expanded transit coverage

Bing Maps has received another update, this one proving useful for commuters all over the world. Earlier this week, Microsoft added transit coverage from more than 3,000 transit agencies in several countries. With this, commuters are able to better plan out their transportation for the day, or for a special event like when on vacation or traveling for work. This includes expanded transit coverage in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Australia, and more (there's a total of 30 countries).

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Cyanogen, Microsoft partnership brings more Bing to Android

Cyanogen, Microsoft partnership brings more Bing to Android

Cyanogen and Microsoft have an interesting relationship. After passing on a funding round to help Cyanogen ‘take Android away from Google’, Microsoft is now partnering with the upstart Android development house to bring their services to Cyanogen OS. With future iterations of Cyanogen OS, users will find Microsoft services bundled natively. In addition to Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office, users will also be subject to Bing search results on Cyanogen. The collaboration will also see Microsoft build “native integrations” for Cyanogen OS.

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Bing adds product purchasing options inside of image search

Bing adds product purchasing options inside of image search

Microsoft has updated Bing with a load of new features, and among them is a new BETA feature that puts product purchasing options directly inside of Image Search. The feature is akin to the rumors we've been hearing about Pinterest's future, giving those who look at an image in the search results a way to directly purchase it from somewhere like Amazon, depending on where it is available. Also coming with the update is the ability to view pages using the image, related searches, and more.

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Microsoft dangles OneDrive incentive to boost Bing

Microsoft dangles OneDrive incentive to boost Bing

Yesterday, Google enticed users to update their account security details by offering a couple gigabytes of Google Drive storage in return, leaving users with both a potentially more secure account and a little more storage space in their cloud account. That seems to be something of a trend for the week, with Microsoft having also rolled out some extra cloud storage space to users in return for an action -- though, in this case, the reward is 100GB of space rather than 2GB.

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Twitter rolls out tweet translation feature

Twitter rolls out tweet translation feature

Twitter has tapped Microsoft's language translation tool to make reading tweets in languages you don't speak a bit easier. The company announced the new translation feature in a tweet yesterday, saying that the service is being provided using Bing Translator. Those who do not want to see the translations have nothing to fear, with Twitter also tossing in the ability to disable translations if desired. We have got all the details on enabling the feature and more after the jump.

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