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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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Microsoft’s mistaken Bing update takes down Yahoo search

Microsoft’s mistaken Bing update takes down Yahoo search

You might not have noticed since it was Friday afternoon immediately after a holiday when most people are still on vacation into the weekend, but both Bing and Yahoo search engines went down for a few hours. The good news is that the downtime didn't last long, and wasn't the result of some nefarious hackers' campaign to disrupt our lives. It was actually just an accident caused by a bad update from Microsoft to the Bing engine, and since Yahoo's search is powered by Bing, it was interesting example of the domino effect among internet giants.

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Facebook search tool gives Bing the boot

Facebook search tool gives Bing the boot

Bad news for Microsoft's search engine was revealed last week, as Reuters reported that Facebook has stopped showing Bing web results when users conduct a search on the social network. Facebook confirmed the information on Friday, but to add insult to injury the company noted that the deal with Bing had ended some time ago, but nobody really noticed until now.

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Bing adds international hotel booking, improves mobile search

Bing adds international hotel booking, improves mobile search

Microsoft is winding the week down with another two Bing announcements, this one most notably including the arrival of international hotel booking in 22 countries with support for 14 languages. This allows users to book accommodations from Canada, Mexico, throughout Europe, in Hong Kong, and more, and is done in partnership with TripAdvisor. Also joining this new feature are some improvements to Bing's mobile search results.

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