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Google Search update puts the heat on fake news

Google Search update puts the heat on fake news

Facebook and social media may be largely blamed from the rampant rise of fake news over the Internet, but search engines, like Google Search, are just as culpable. After all, they are the vehicle on which these misleading content ride on to get to our web browsers. Google has definitely felt the pressure in these past months from fake news as well as inappropriate search results. Although it did take some time, Google is now making public the big changes it is making to its Search system to ensure that questionable content don't get through. At least not much.

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Google Image Search gets into fashion with “style ideas”

Google Image Search gets into fashion with “style ideas”

In case you didn't get the memo, Google Search can do more than search for text. It can also do image sources, which can be a prime source for inspiration as well as procrastination. It can be easy to get lost in the rabbit hole of results that may or may not be helpful to your end goal. To help you search smarter, Image Search is also getting smarter. At least when it comes to clothes, apparel, and accessories. Image Search's new "style ideas" feature will let you see not only what looks good but also what looks good together.

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Google Search shortcuts save your fingers from typing

Google Search shortcuts save your fingers from typing

Today's generation has it easy. Almost any piece of information is just a few keystrokes away, thanks to the power of the Internet as well as the overarching, and sometimes terrifying, reach of Google. Keeping up to date with the latest news and trends couldn't be easier, too. But if typing the same queries again and again is too much work, Google is making that easy as well. The latest version of Google Search, both apps and mobile web, will give your fingers a break, making all the searches and news you need available with a single shortcut and a single tap.

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Google and Microsoft will demote piracy links in UK search results

Google and Microsoft will demote piracy links in UK search results

Both Microsoft and Google have agreed to demote piracy links in search results in the UK, it has been announced, in their latest efforts to help crack down on Internet piracy. This move, if it proceeds, will be a first of its kind, and will result in Google Search and Bing demoting websites in search results that give access to copyrighted content without the authority to do so. The first page will be entirely scrubbed of piracy links.

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Pinterest Lens taps AI to power new visual search tool

Pinterest Lens taps AI to power new visual search tool

Pinterest has introduced a new ‘visual discovery’ tool that uses your phone’s camera and artificial intelligence to find pins related to whatever you’re interested in. Taking a photo of your kitchen, for example, will result in Pinterest quickly parsing the image to determine the various things in it, then presenting pins related to the particular elements and items it picks out of the photograph.

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Google app now serves the top recipes for your favorite food

Google app now serves the top recipes for your favorite food

Google has again tweaked its mobile recipe search to better deliver recipes via both top options from various sources and tappable suggestions to quickly narrow down what you’re looking for. These suggestions aren’t entirely new — some people have been seeing them for a while — but they do make quick work of figuring out exactly what you want. Once tapped, you’ll see the top recipes for that particular food item or dish.

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Google Mobile Search dishes up recipes for food queries

Google Mobile Search dishes up recipes for food queries

Google has tweaked the way it presents recipes for food searches on its mobile search. Pull out your phone and search for any particular food item or multiple items using Google Mobile Search, and you'll see an array of recipe cards at the top of the results. Above those cards you'll find related search terms that, when tapped, will themselves pull up additional recipes, all of which can be scrolled through in their own dedicated section.

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Google adds detailed college info cards to Search

Google adds detailed college info cards to Search

It’s that time of year — a bunch of people are agonizing over which college to attend, and Google plays a large part in their research. To help expedite and flesh out that research process, Google has announced the addition of detailed college data cards in Search, presenting a bunch of information about the institution in one easy-to-read place. The data presented is gathered from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, says Google.

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Google Search now shows AMP labels for all

Google Search now shows AMP labels for all

While almost everyone nowadays browses the web through their smartphones at one point or another, not all websites are still designed with mobile constraints in mind, leading to non-optimized, slow-loading content on smartphones. Google’s AMP, short for Accelerated Mobile Pages, is an effort to encourage websites to pick up the slack, both using technologies and a little preferential treatment. The initiative has apparently been quite popular that Google is now stepping up the game to make AMP’ed pages even more prominent in Google Search on mobile, putting labels on websites that provide mobile-optimized content.

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Google’s new In Apps search finds info within apps while offline

Google’s new In Apps search finds info within apps while offline

Google has rolled out a new search tool for Android users dubbed "In Apps." Available in the Google app or Google Now, it allows users to search for content or information within the apps installed on the device, including contact info, messages, email, photos, music, and videos. Search results can be filtered to display only items within apps, and unlike before, the search is completely local, so there's no need for an online connection.

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Google adds LyricFind song lyrics search results

Google adds LyricFind song lyrics search results

Figuring out what the artist is saying in your favorite songs just got easier with a new deal announced by Google and LyricFind. Google and LyricFind have signed a multiple year deal that will display song lyrics in search results at Google. Under the new deal Google users will be able to search for lyrics to a specific song and have most of the lyrics pulled up for the track.

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Google’s secret war on native apps, Android tablets

Google’s secret war on native apps, Android tablets

At Google I/O last week, Google dumped some rather big news, at least one of them expected. Android apps are come full force to Chrome OS, with Google Play Store even. Instant Apps were quite the unexpected surprise, but in retrospect Google had already sown the seeds as far back as 2013. But in the midst of the applause and hopeful cheers, there were also some murmuring and the raising of eyebrows. Is all of these just a subtle, cunning ploy by the Web search giant to make Android tablets obsolete, or, in the long run, even phase out native Android apps?

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