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Google Now gets third-party app support with update

Google Now gets third-party app support with update

After yesterday’s earnings report, which brought news that Google may not be as strong in Search as they once were, the company is announcing changes to Google Now. The mobile-first search skin, which brings in cards packed with information based on your usage, will now allow third-party apps to deliver info to you. Google says over 40 new cards will be available to users, and the info sharing is a one-way street; app Developers won’t be able to cull data from Now.

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NFL, Google huddle to bring Super Bowl to YouTube, Search

NFL, Google huddle to bring Super Bowl to YouTube, Search

The team-up that many have been waiting for is happening at long last. The NFL and Google have signed up a deal that will bring the upcoming SuperBowl XLIX front and center in Google's world. But don't get the wrong idea. The deal in place only covers search results, clips, and, of course, ads, with revenue being shared by the two. Official NFL content must still be consumed from NFL's own source or partners, with Google providing only a teaser and a gateway to the Super Bowl world.

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Spotlight for OS X Yosemite has glitch that may expose your info

Spotlight for OS X Yosemite has glitch that may expose your info

If you use Spotlight search in OS X Yosemite, we encourage you to stop and read this before you proceed. A glitch has been discovered that could give up sensitive info about your location without your knowledge. The info finds its way to hackers via spamming, where those who find themselves in your email box may then see their way to Spotlight search. In Spotlight, the email sender can gain access to your IP address as well as system details.

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Google’s search loss is Yahoo’s gain

Google’s search loss is Yahoo’s gain

We know you ‘Google it’ when you’re not sure what’s going on, or you need an answer you just can’t find. We do it, too. Everyone does it. What nobody seems to do is ‘Yahoo it’, but that seems to be changing. In the last month, Google has given up a full 4% of search traffic, their largest slip-up since 2009. Google still hold sway, with literally three-fourths of the overall search traffic, but Yahoo picked up where Google left off.

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NY Public Library shares pre-Internet reference questions

NY Public Library shares pre-Internet reference questions

If you have a question about any little thing that crosses your mind, there's a good change you pull out your phone and consult Google, being dished up a bunch of answers in no time at all. Of course, that convenience has only been around for a brief out our inquisitive history, and before such options existed people had to resort to slower, more limited resources. The New York Public Library was one such source as shown by a bunch of reference cards from the 1940s through 1980s.

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Google Search now has song lyrics via Play Music

Google Search now has song lyrics via Play Music

If you’ve ever wondered what was actually said in a sing, Google can now help you figure it all out. Google has baked song lyrics into search via knowledge graph, so you’ll be able to search for those mysterious song lyrics all on your own without the embarrassment of asking a friend. Or singing the wrong lyrics out loud when you’re alone in your car. In an effort to drive more people to Play Music, Google offers to take you there for the full lyrical breakout.

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Google 2014 Year in Search results are in

Google 2014 Year in Search results are in

This week Google has released its yearly run-down of what's been popular in search terms over the past 12 months. This 2014 Year in Search was topped - above all else - by Robin Williams, whose life ended in August of this year. Searching for Robin Williams was followed by searches for "World Cup", then Ebola, then Malaysia Airlines and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Flappy Bird, Conchita Wurst, and ISIS. As for the break-down into categories, Google sorted out People, Athletes, Consumer Electronics, Global News, Google Doodles of 2014, "Loss", World Cup Matches, and YouTube Videos.

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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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Google’s iOS app gets Material Design, Maps

Google’s iOS app gets Material Design, Maps

Material Design sure is pretty, but if you’re on iOS — you’re not getting the full effect. You can still take advantage of Google’s new visual design with the Google Search app for iOS, which has been updated today to take full advantage of Material Design. It’s not just better looking, though. It’s also smarter, and will have you searching and re-searching faster than ever. Google has also baked Maps right into Search, giving you street view imagery and optional directions, all from the search app.

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