New Video Shows Microsoft “Assistant” Cortana In Action

Cortana screen shot Microsoft will be introducing its Siri and Google Now/Voice competitor Cortana with Windows 8.1 in April. The new "intelligent assistant" will eventually be available cross-platform, although launching on Lumia Phones. The name Cortana comes from a character in the game Halo. It was originally thought that Cortana would look like her character in the game (see image right). However it now appears "she" won't have a face or a body. Cortana is intended to help users discover and search for information as well as providing Google Now like personalization and "predictive search" capabilities [...]


Quixey Offering Deeper Search Results Inside Mobile Apps

Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 6.25.08 AM Quixey, which describes itself as a search engine for apps rather than an alternative app store, has announced deeper "functional search" within apps. Previously, Quixey allowed app discovery by keyword or category, delivering users to the "front door" of relevant apps. Now, Quixey will surface information that "lives inside of apps." Quixey offers web-based app search across platforms, an Android app (no iOS app today) and powers app search for a range of partners including Ask, Skyfire, Dolphin Browser, DuckDuckGo, StarHub, Sprint and others. The company's CEO Tomer Kagan told me there [...]


Bing Updates iPhone App With New Search Widget, Bookmarks Manager & Shake Feature

Bing Logo Within a week of releasing three new Windows phone apps, Bing announced a series of updates for its iPhone app, including a search widget to help with navigation, new image tiles, and a shake feature to see what stories are trending. According to the announcement, the new Bing iPhone app search widget has four buttons, allowing users to: return to the homepage, do a voice search, perform a text search, or view recent searches. Bing's iPhone app also now lets users do multiple searches, and manage recent searches from the "Recent" page: Swipe a tile off the screen if it's no longer r [...]


AdGooroo Adds Mobile Paid Search Spend Insights, Releases List Of Top Mobile Search Advertisers

adgooroo-logo Search marketing intelligence firm, AdGooroo announced it is the first to provide insights into search advertising spend on mobile devices. The new mobile search data is now included in the company's SEM Insights Tool, starting with data from the U.S., U.K. and Australia. Additional mobile insights now available include ad copy, impressions and clicks, click-through rates, costs-per-click at the campaign and keyword level. AdGooroo has also released a list of the top 20 advertisers in mobile search by impressions in January 2014. The list is based on impressions from the top 50,000 keywo [...]


Expect Labs Offers Free API: Google Now In A Box

Expect Labs Expect Labs, which is behind the MindMeld consumer application, has announced a new developer API. The new API brings the company's "anticipatory computing" platform to third parties in the cloud. Use of the API is free. Expect Labs is trying to get it "out there" and see how developers deploy the company's technology on their applications. As a practical matter what Expect Labs is offering could be likened to "Google Now in a Box." Developers and publishers will thus be able offer predictive or contextual search and more sophisticated recommendations and content discovery to users. [...]


Bing Adds Three New Apps For Windows Phones: Travel, Food & Drink and Health & Fitness

bing-2013-logo-featured Bing announced they have added three new Bing apps for the Windows Phone and refreshed several of their other apps. The new apps are Travel, Food & Drink and Health & Fitness. Bing Travel App The Bing Travel App helps you discover places to visit by providing destination guides, rich photos, expert reviews and more. You can pin your flights within the app, in order to track your flight status. You can search for hotels with sorting by price, class, proximity, or popularity and read reviews and book a room. You can view current weather conditions and currency conversion rates for your [...]


Aviate Is Yahoo’s Answer To Google Now (And More)

yahoo-aviate-600 Yahoo has bought nearly 30 companies since Marissa Mayer took over as CEO. A large number of those were talent acquisitions -- though not all of them. Among the product or technology acquisitions, Aviate could turn out to be one of the most strategic and important. Emphasis on the word "could." Aviate presents itself as an "intelligent homescreen." It's an Android launcher that organizes and customizes the presentation of your apps. Though not fully mature, Aviate offers a number of different, intriguing opportunities for Yahoo. Aviate can potentially help Yahoo come back in mobile [...]


Google Maps App Now Continually Searching For Faster Route

google-maps-app Google quietly pushed out an update to the iOS version of the Google Maps app that now checks for faster routes to a destination as you drive. The new iOS version of the Google Maps app and the Android app will notify you if there’s a faster route available while you are in transit. Here is what the notification looks like while you are using the Google Maps app: This feature is available on both iPhone and Android where Google Maps navigation is available. [...]


Where Yahoo Might Again Compete In Search: Mobile

yahoo-mobile-phone-featured Kara Swisher on Friday broke the news that Yahoo was working on two internal (no longer) secret initiatives to get Yahoo back into organic and potentially paid search and thereby separate from Microsoft. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been critical of the Search Alliance with Bing and its impact on her company. The Search Alliance deal, negotiated by Mayer's predecessor Carol Bartz -- Scott Thompson is like the William Henry Harrison of Yahoo -- is pretty much a failure for Yahoo. It has benefited Microsoft and helped Bing to grow share, but mostly at Yahoo's expense. Google has essentially be [...]


Bing Rewards Program Now Available On iOS & Android Devices

Bing Logo Bing Rewards is going mobile starting today. According to a post on the company's blog, the incentive program that lets users earn credits toward gift cards for brands like Amazon, Xbox and Dominos, is available on iOS and Android devices starting today, and will be "coming soon" to Windows Phone devices. Currently, iOS and Android users can earn Bing Rewards credits by performing searches on their phone. Bing claims it will be adding most all of the incentive program features to mobile devices during the next several months. To access the mobile Bing Rewards dashboard on an iOS or An [...]


There’s No SEO Without Mobile SEO

Mobile-share-of-organic-search-RKG-2013-600x391 It's 2014, which means we are officially one year away from the year that Kelsey Group predicted mobile search will eclipse desktop search. Are you making your mobile resolutions to ensure you're ready for when that time comes? [caption id="attachment_70213" align="alignright" width="360"] Mobile share of overall search traffic was nearly one third in Q3 of last year according to RKG.[/caption] I'd like to start the new year with a short reflection of how far mobile SEO as a discipline has come in less than five years. When I started researching mobile SEO back in 2005, Motorola Razr [...]


Google Now Cards Hit The Desktop For Mac, Windows and Chrome OS Users

google voice search The ever-helpful Google Now service is now available on your desktop for both Mac, Windows and Chrome OS users. This Google Now service features Google Now cards that are run through the latest Google Chrome build (Chrome Canary) and will work for those users who are currently logged-in to Chrome. According to the "Google Operating System" blog to enable the feature users need to simply follow these directions: "You only need to go to chrome://flags/#enable-google-now , then switch from "Default" to "Enabled" and click "Relaunch Now" at the bottom of the page to restart the browser. [...]


Yahoo’s News Digest App Is “Summly 2.0″

Yahoo news digest In addition to a range of other announcements at CES yesterday, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer introduced a new news app, Yahoo News Digest. It was built under the supervision of Summly founder  Nick D’Aloisio. Summly was acquired by Yahoo in March of 2013 for an estimated $30 million. Summly itself was quickly shut down and its technology integrated into Yahoo's mobile app. But, News Digest is essentially Summly 2.0. It lives side-by-side with the existing Yahoo News. Whether and how the two will co-exist over time remains to be seen. Yahoo has made some strong and interesting choices with [...]


Succeeding With Content In A Mobile World

Unlock the Potential of the Mobile Web In 2013, mobile traffic in the US almost doubled. Cyber Monday of 2013 was the year that cyber Monday went mobile. And, according to Gartner, Q2 of 2013 was the first time that sales of smartphones surpassed sales of feature phones, with the former accounting for 51.8 percent of mobile phone sales worldwide. That last fact in particular shows the unlocked potential of the mobile web. The mobile web is on fire, and a mobile content strategy is a must for 2014. [caption id="attachment_180886" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Unlock the Potential of the Mobile Web[/caption] Evan Britton [...]


The Importance Of Responsive Web Design For B2B Sites

Desktop Tablet Mobile Devices The mobile takeover of web surfing activities is growing rapidly each year, so it's imperative for B2B businesses to conform to the trend. Yet, a large number of B2B sites are still not doing anything for tablet or mobile device users. At the same time, traffic from mobile and tablet tends to be much lower than on B2C sites. Out of 20 B2B websites I surveyed, all of them had somewhere between 8-15% traffic from mobile devices. Although these aren't high percentages, that's still a lot of users that are receiving a poor user experience. It also represents a missed opportunity for search traf [...]


Google Again Updates iOS App With Improved Maps Integration

New iOS 7 optimized Google Search app On the heels of a very recent iOS Maps update, Google has further updated and optimized its search app for iOS 7. Some of the changes are cosmetic: "iOS 7 styling and true full screen browsing" for example. There's also improved image search for the iPad and better integration with Google Maps. Google Now also seems more "prominent" but I could be mistaken; there are no apparent changes to Google Now on the official "what's new" list. Google Maps is nicely integrated into Google search results (I don't remember the old experience frankly because I infrequently use the Google Search app [...]


Breaking The Mobile Speed Barrier For SEO Gold

smartphone-tablet-featured

2014 will offer a new killer SEO technique or two, it’s my bet that leading the charge will be changes to the mobile SEO algorithm in Google. Or, more specifically, changes to the algorithm’s sensitivity to your site render speed on a smartphone device.


Google Adds “Now” Content, Features To iOS Maps Apps

Google maps icon larger In October, Google started adding Google Now style cards to its PC Maps. Now, Google is adding some of those same features to its iOS Maps apps. If you update Google Maps for iOS and sign in, you can now see flight, hotel, and restaurant reservations from Gmail in Maps -- and then search or get directions. Here's a PC Maps screenshot from Google for its October update: I don't have a good screenshot for the new content in mobile given that I have no upcoming reservations. But below is a set of screens from my iPhone that illustrates the "Nowification" of Google Maps. Google is doi [...]


Survey: Majority Use Mobile Search, Find It “Harder Than PC”

mobile-search-featured In the cross-platform, post-PC era, the big question the search industry faces is whether and how PC search behaviors are extending into mobile. The short answer is they are. Google has sponsored research that shows majorities of smartphone owners use search engines (74 percent). Yet mobile search, even voice-enabled search, is an awkward version of its PC sibling and people generally find it "harder" than using search online. Those are some of the takeaways from questions in the recent holiday shopping survey conducted by Search Engine Land and SurveyMonkey. When conducting online r [...]


Following Android Refresh, Bing Intros New iPad Experience

bing-ipad-featured Last week, Bing refreshed its Android app. Today, Bing announced an upgrade of its app for the iPad. The primary driver of the redesign was iOS 7 and the aesthetics of the new Bing app are intended to match the new Apple OS. One of the most promoted new features, as on the Android app, is the ability to save the Bing daily image as homescreen or lockscreen wallpaper on the device. (This was apparently an often-requested feature.) In addition bookmarks can be saved/synced via Skydrive so that they can be accessed on other devices. The new app also permits sharing of search results via Fac [...]


Get Our News, Everywhere!

Daily Email:

Follow Search Engine Land on Twitter @sengineland Like Search Engine Land on Facebook Follow Search Engine Land on Google+ Get the Search Engine Land Feed Connect with Search Engine Land on LinkedIn Check out our Tumblr! See us on Pinterest

 
 

Click to watch SMX conference video

Join us at one of our SMX or MarTech events:

United States

Europe

Australia & China

Learn more about: SMX | MarTech


Free Daily Search News Recap!

SearchCap is a once-per-day newsletter update - sign up below and get the news delivered to you!

 


 

Search Engine Land Periodic Table of SEO Success Factors

Get Your Copy
Read The Full SEO Guide