Google Supports Gay Pride Month With Rainbow Colored Banner For LGBT Related Searches

Google gay pride banner June 2014 Continuing its commitment to gay rights, Google has designed a rainbow colored banner to accompany LGBT related searches throughout June to show its support for gay pride month. Search terms like "same-sex marriage", "gay rights" and "LGBT" will return a search results page that includes the rainbow banner. Google has never shied away from its support of gay rights. This year, the search engine posted a rainbow-themed Sochi Olympics logo to protest Russia's anti-gay legislation, and included copy on its homepage from the Olympic Charter Sochi Olympics Google Logo: Last year, Go [...]

World Cup 2014 Google Logo Day 2 Mirrors Opening Ceremony With Dancing Trees & Drum

Google World Cup logo day 2 Today's Google logo continues the FIFA 2014 World Cup celebrations with a dancing tree and drum-playing letter "e" to mimic Brazil's World Cup opening ceremony. From the Google Doodle homepage: The World Cup opening ceremony was so inspiring–and what an unbeleafable coincidence–our next doodle has a dancing tree person too. Congrats Brazil! Same as yesterday's World Cup Google logo, a share link is included, allowing users to post the World Cup logo on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Clicking the logo takes users to a search results page for "World Cup 2014" with a tournament sched [...]

Google Introduces Richer Flight Search Experience

google-flight-travel-featured Google is introducing a revamped flight and hotel travel search experience. To date both products have been mostly underwhelming. The big promises of Google's ITA acquisition have yet to bear fruit but that may change with the new Google Flight and travel search experience. Previously the best feature of Google Travel was Flight Explorer (immediately above), which allowed users to see pricing trends over time for desired destinations. It still exists but its features have been partly integrated into the new/main Flight Search site. The new more integrated travel experience, which off [...]

Bing Uses Its Predictions Technology To Forecast 2014 World Cup Winners

bing-2013-logo-featured To kick-off today's 2014 FIFA World Cup, Bing has launched a number of features around the tournament, including using its Bing Predictions technology to forecast World Cup winners. "On the heels of our recent foray into predictions, where we forecasted which contestants were most likely to get voted off or win The Voice, Dancing with the Stars and American Idol, we are taking the experiment a step further applying it to the World Cup," said Bing. Basing its predictions on factors like team records, home field advantages, weather conditions, and win-loss probabilities, Bing users can see [...]

World Cup 2014 Google Logo Goes Global

Google logo world cup 2014 Today's Google logo  kicks-off the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament. The animated logo on Google's homepage begins with an the word "Google" in an alternative font to the logo's usual typography and a soccer ball (or football, if you're from outside the US) bouncing across the screen. The Google letters transition into World Cup players as the background unfolds to reveal Rio De Janerio, the Brazilian capital where this year's tournament is being held. The illustration includes Rio De Janerio's city landscape, with cable cars traveling up to Sugarloaf Mountain, a rotating sun, and the cit [...]

Yummly Partners With DuckDuckGo To Serve Up Recipes For The Growing Search Engine

DuckDuckGo Featured Yummly announced today it will be powering the results for recipe searches performed on DuckDuckGo, the search engine built on protecting the privacy of its users. "Yummly's technology understands recipe search queries and we've worked together to create a great recipe instant answers experience," said DuckDuckGo founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg. According to the announcement, DuckDuckGo is now one of over 4,000 developers and companies currently leveraging Yummly. Created as a recipe discovery platform, Yummly claims its semantic search technology is capable of understanding, analyzi [...]

Doodle 4 Google Winner Awarded $30,000 Scholarship & Spot On Google’s Homepage

Google Doodle Winner 2014 Today's Google logo is an illustration by eleven-year old Audrey Azhang, this year's Doodle 4 Google winner. In response to the question, "What would you invent to make the world a better place?" more than 100,000 Google Doodle contest entries were received from students in grades K - 12. Azhang told Google: To make the world a better place, I invented a transformative water purifier. It takes in dirty and polluted water from rivers, lakes, and even oceans, then massively transforms the water into clean, safe and sanitary water, when humans and animals drink this water, they will live a [...]

Google Takes Down Japan’s Honinbo Shusaku Doodle On Google UK On D-Day, Offers Apology

honinbo-shusakus-185th-birthday-6002788731453440-hp The Telegraph reports Google has taken down a Google Doodle, aka Google Logo, from Google UK and some other countries, out of respect for D-Day. The Doodle featured Japan's Honinbo Shusaku, a top professional Go player. Go is a board game for two players that originated in China more than 2,500 years ago. The Doodle was featured on several Google home pages but never made it global, based on my tracker tools. Google told the Telegraph that the Honinbo Shusaku Doodle had been a global one, and had been put up "in error". It did make it on to Google UK for a period of about 8 hours [...]

Bing Now Accepting Entries For Its 2014 Homepage Photo Contest

Bing announced on its Facebook page that it is currently accepting entries for its 2014 homepage photo contest. Coinciding with its 5th birthday, Bing is asking for photo submissions to be uploaded via a link it has posted on Facebook: It’s been 5 years since we launched Bing. To celebrate, we’re looking for amazing images from you! Submit your personal photo of a place you love for a chance to be showcased on Bing and win an Xbox One. Bing says the top ten finalist will be announced on June 23. Last year, the Bing Homepage Photo Contest winner was an image of Niagara Falls. The ph [...]

Finding New Music On Bing Just Got Easier

bing-music-featured Bing announced today it has updated the way it delivers music video search results. According to the announcement, people search for music videos differently than when they are searching for other types of videos: When we examined search session data, we realized that when people search for music videos they tend to explore rather than finding what they were looking for and then moving on. Bing says its music video search experience was designed to reflect how people have historically experienced music. Now, when users perform a Bing video search for an artist, band or album, Bing deli [...]

EU Regulators Meet Amid “Right To Be Forgotten” Confusion

EU Google The caution "be careful what you wish for" might be appropriate going into a meeting of 28 European privacy regulators in Brussels this week. Following the European Court of Justice's creation of the Right to Be Forgotten (RTBF) and Google's launch of a web form to field requests (now over 41,000), privacy officers must come up with a Europe-wide system for implementation of the new rule. The challenge facing the regulators is daunting: Balancing privacy rights with the public interest Creation of uniform standards across the 28 member jurisdictions so that outcomes don't vary wild [...]

Bing Celebrates Its 5th Birthday With A Walk Down Memory Lane & Extra Search Reward Credits

Bing 5th Birthday To celebrate its 5th birthday today, Bing has posted a retrospective of the last five years and is offering Bing Reward credit perks for any users who search on the site between now and June 9. Going all the way back to 2009, Microsoft's search engine outlined its initial goals of leveraging semantic search. Bing noted how it introduced specific verticals ("like Health and Travel"), and offered "left rail categories" to help users drill down into the information they wanted: Searching for Chicago would show you both categories for the city and the band, and only return results that made [...]

Big Win For DuckDuckGo: Apple Adding To Safari As Private Search Option

DuckDuckGo Featured DuckDuckGo, the search engine that positions itself as a completely secure and private search engine, is getting a big boost. Apple is making it part of Safari in the next versions of Mac OS and iOS as an option that users can choose. DuckDuckGo is now featured as an option that will be part of the new version of Mac OS X -- "Yosemite" -- due out this fall. From the Yosemite preview page, the "New features to protect your privacy" section that reads, in part: "You can also now search the web using DuckDuckGo, a search engine that doesn’t track you."   DuckDuckGo also seems t [...]

Yahoo Search Testing A Fixed Top Search Bar

yahoo-fixed-top-search-bar Ruben Gomez noticed that Yahoo is testing a new user interface for their search results, which sticks the top search bar to the top of the page, no matter how far you scroll down the page. Here is a picture showing the scroll bar midway down the page, but the top search bar stuck at the top: Here is a video of it in action: Ruben explains how you can override your browser settings to try out this new Yahoo experiment yourself. [...]

Microsoft Translation In Real-Time Over Skype

skype-translation-real-time Last night at the Re/Code Conference, Microsoft demoed real-time translation over Skype. Imagine talking to someone over a video call, they spoke a completely different language than you did, but the technology did real time translation as you spoke. Microsoft has a beta they demonstrated last night at the conference. Gurdeep Pall, Corporate Vice President of Skype and Lync at Microsoft conducted the demo in front of the audience. The demo worked pretty well, although I do not speak German. The demo showed a "near real-time audio translation from English to German and vice versa, com [...]

Rachel Louise Carson Remembered With Google Logo On The Environmentalist’s 107th Birthday

Rachel Carsons Google Logo Google is commemorating Rachel Louise Carson on its homepage today with an illustration to mark the environmentalist's 107th birthday. The Google logo shows Carson in the wild, observing the creatures and environment she dedicated her life to preserving. Born on this date in 1907 in Springdale, Pennsylvania, Carson was an accomplished writer, marine biologist and environmentalist. In her lifetime, Carson would write numerous articles about the environment for a variety of publications including The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker and Reader's Digest. Her 1962 novel Silent Spring, a [...]

Chrome’s Latest Updates Include New “OK Google” Voice Search Capabilities

OK Google Chrome Extension Earlier this week, Google released new updates for Chrome OS devices, including new "hotwording" capabilities. According to the announcement, the "Okay Google" voice search is now available on Chrome's New Tab Page and (the US version only). Darrell Etherington reported on TechCrunch that the new "Okay Google" voice search for Chrome works automatically, without requiring the user to click or do any other input prompts: Users will need to enable it once and provide Chrome permission to user their computer’s mic if they haven’t already, but after that, it’s as simple as [...]

Mary Anning Google Logo Marks Life Of Famous Paleontologist Born Over 200 Years Ago

Mary Anning Google logo Google continues its roll to celebrate the women who have shaped our world, with today's Google logo recognizing one of the world's leading paleontologist Mary Anning. The animated illustration depicts Anning uncovering dinosaur fossils shaped to resemble the Google logo. Born on this date in 1799, Anning began hunting fossils at a young age in her hometown of England's seaside resort Lyme Regis. Anning's first big find was the remains of an ichthyosaur when she was only 12 years old. From London's National History Museum website: The greatest fossil hunter ever known was a woman f [...]

DuckDuckGo Relaunches & Starts To Look Like A Real Search Engine

duckduckgo-local-600 DuckDuckGo, the spunky little search engine that hangs its hat on user privacy, has relaunched today with a new look and feel, not to mention a number of new features like maps and local search, image search and more. Put it all together, and DuckDuckGo is starting to look less and less "spunky," and more and more like a real search engine. It's gone from something that looks like it would appeal mainly to its active developer crowd to something that consumers would use. In other words, it's growing up. Here's a look at some of DuckDuckGo's new features -- things we're all familiar wi [...]

Rubik’s Cube Invention Celebrated With Google Logo To Mark The Puzzle’s 40th Anniversary

Rubiks Cube Google logo 2014 Google went all out today to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rubik's Cube, giving the classic 80's toy its very own interactive logo on the site's global homepage. Doubling as digital version of the toy, the Rubik's Cube logo will most likely prove to be a major time-suck as users across the globe try to solve the online version of the puzzle. Along with the logo, Google included Google+, Facebook, Twitter and email links so players could share the game across their social circles. While the Rubik's Cube is associated with 80's pop culture in the US, the toy was originally create [...]

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