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Google Search now tells you how to make a proper ‘Sidecar’

Google Search now tells you how to make a proper ‘Sidecar’

How do you make a proper Manhattan? What about a Martini? Maybe you’re just not clear on how ingredients for a Margarita are cobbled together before being poured over ice. If that sounds like you, an app may be a good idea. Or, you can just ask Google. Search will now tell you how to make popular drinks, with step-by-step directions and a list of ingredients. Google will even tell you what kind of glassware is appropriate, and offer up serving suggestions and garnish ideas.

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Google bringing sponsored app search to Play Store

Google bringing sponsored app search to Play Store

Searching for apps in the Play Store or App Store is often a pain. With so many apps available, many offering the same features, it can be hard for Developers to distance themselves from the herd. According to a new blog post from Google, the company is about to let Developers pay to be featured in the Play Store via a ‘sponsored’ Search program. Saying “app discovery plays a critical role in driving your continued success”, sponsored results are set to start showing up in the coming weeks.

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Google may face antitrust probe in Russia over search bundling

Google may face antitrust probe in Russia over search bundling

Google is the dominant search engine in many parts of the world and some of its competition are angry at the way Google bundles its search services with its other products. Specifically a Russian search engine called Yandex is complaining that Google bundles its search app with Android. Yandex has filed a complaint with the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia.

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Google medical info will soon top your search

Google medical info will soon top your search

Searching for medical advice can be a real hit-or-miss type of situation when you're relying on websites on the internet. It all appears to be legitimate, but there's a LOT of bad data out there in the wild. That's part of the reason Google has brought on "relevant medical facts" to Knowledge Graph. This means that when you search for medical conditions - like "can I get pink eye from a carrot-related incident", you'll get results that Google has curated - and that you can trust.

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Twitter and Google tipped in deal on tweets in search results

Twitter and Google tipped in deal on tweets in search results

Twitter and Google have reached an agreement on how tweets will henceforth show up in search results, according to sources that know of such plans. Says these unnamed sources, the first half of 2015 will see tweets cropping up in Google Search results right after they are tweeted. This is a big change up from how it has thus far happened, with results being delayed due to Google having to crawl through the microblogging service's website to identify the tweets.

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Yahoo sees significant growth in search share on Firefox

Yahoo sees significant growth in search share on Firefox

Google has been dominating the search scene for a very long time with the vast majority of online searches going to Google. However, in January 2015 Yahoo saw a big uptick in searchers using its search engine from Firefox users and that uptick eroded Google's user base. Google still has the lion's share of all searches but has fallen below 75% market share for the first time.

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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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