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Google app outs “busiest times” for local shops

Google app outs “busiest times” for local shops

The latest update to Google's search system on Android and iOS devices is a meter that says when they're busiest. It's a "Popular times" meter, and it'll show you when you'd be best to head in - and when the best time is to avoid. Popular times are listed for each individual day of the week, with a meter that'll likely show you how you'll want to avoid a coffee house near the start and the middle of the day - just get your coffee at supper time, that's all.

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OK Google now works with WhatsApp, Viber, and WeChat

OK Google now works with WhatsApp, Viber, and WeChat

Google has updated their Android-based voice-command system to include a number of messaging services like WhatsApp and Viber. This update comes to the base version of the Google Now Launcher, available in the Google Play app store to most devices released within the last couple of years. This update, which only requires that you have the newest version of all apps involved, allows users to quickly send messages through a variety of free apps by saying "OK Google, send a WhatsApp message to Alice."

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Yahoo Aviate just made a lot of Android users angry

Yahoo Aviate just made a lot of Android users angry

Today Yahoo updated the launcher known as Yahoo Aviate to include a service much like Google's own "Google Now" feature. Instead of users embracing this sort of alternate universe feature, users of Yahoo Aviate have responded with less-than-positive remarks aplenty. Yahoo calls this new feature Smart Stream, suggesting that it "puts relevant information front and center so you can take action right away." "What if your phone could just show you the information you wanted," said Paul Montoy-Wilson, Product Manager of Yahoo Aviate and Co-Founder of Aviate, "instead of forcing you through multiple steps to get there?"

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Study says Google degrades search results to prefer its own

Study says Google degrades search results to prefer its own

It probably doesn't come as a surprise that Google's promotion of search results would promote those coming from its own services, like Google+. The search giant has always justified its manipulation of results to give users a better experience, but that excuse might no longer fly if a recent study is to believed. Yelp commissioned a research headed by Tim Wu, credited for coining the term "Net Neutrality", and their conclusion minces no words. Google, they claim, is intentionally degrading search results in order to push content from its services, inevitably harming users along the way.

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Microsoft strikes deal with AOL over its ad business

Microsoft strikes deal with AOL over its ad business

Microsoft is narrowing its focus, and as such has been pushing some of its extraneous efforts toward others. Earlier today word surfaced that Microsoft has struck a deal with Uber that will see workers and assets being transferred, and now it is being followed up with another announcement: AOL is getting the brunt of Microsoft’s advertising operations, as is advertising tech company AppNexus. The AOL deal in particular is said to involve a 10 year partnership, and under it AOL is going to be carrying search results from Bing instead of from Google.

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Yahoo teams up with Oracle to one up Google

Yahoo teams up with Oracle to one up Google

When a former search giant trails well behind even something like Microsoft's Bing, you know that it is in a world of trouble. That might be the situation that Yahoo has continually found itself in, and CEO Marissa Mayer is not shy about taking drastic, even unpopular, steps to change that image. In a shareholder meeting, Mayer revealed that the company struck a deal with Oracle to rope in more users to use its search services. How? By asking users if they want to change their browser's default search engine whenever they install or update Java.

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Instagram search supercharged with new Explore page

Instagram search supercharged with new Explore page

Instagram has introduced a revamped Explore page and improved search, enabling users to more easily find and explore content uploaded to the service. Instagram says these are “major updates”, and will make it easier for users to find trending content, such as videos of popular recent events. The trends show up in real time, but there are also curated collections based on topic, making it easier to explore what is on the service and narrow down content based on interest.

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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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France pressures Google to make ‘right to be forgotten’ delistings global

France pressures Google to make ‘right to be forgotten’ delistings global

As Google has been slowly following orders from European courts in honoring "right to be forgotten" requests, France has found the search engine giant may not be doing all it can to remove unwanted links. French privacy watchdog CNIL says that when Google does delist a requested link, they are only removing it from search results within Europe. The regulator has ordered Google to make the delistings apply globally within 15 days, or sanctions will be imposed.

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iOS 9 deep-linking blurs line between apps and web

iOS 9 deep-linking blurs line between apps and web

Deep-linking in apps may not sound exciting, but it could change the way you use apps on your iPhone and iPad with iOS 9, not to mention give developers more control. The changes will allow users to jump from app to app more naturally, as well as blurring the division between local apps and web-based content, not to mention reduce the amount of time you spend punching in login credentials. Meanwhile, content within apps can show up within iOS 9’s newly-supercharged search.

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