Live Matrix Wants To Be Your Guide To The Live Web

If you're looking for something to do, there are several event search engines you might use: and Zvents are two biggies, while Joobili is a smaller one that combines events with travel search. But all of this is for finding offline events. What about the thousands of things happening on the web every day? Enter Live Matrix. It's a new site that's just launched (into private beta) with enormous ambitions: to serve as a guide to everything happening online. "We don't include anything happening offline," says co-founder Sanjay Reddy. "We include anything happening online t [...]

Report: How The Internet Has Changed Music Consumption

Music file sharing services have always been a mutant species of search, offering different tools and methods for finding and listening to tunes. Napster was one of the first and most infamous, and its widespread adoption caused the recording industry to panic, suing both the company and thousands of its users. That hasn't stopped the practice of sharing music—in fact, there are dozens if not hundreds of ways to find and listen to music online today, both legal and otherwise. In a new report, The State of Music Online: Ten Years After Napster, the Pew Internet Project traces the evolu [...]

Searchme Launches Multimedia Visual Search

Searchme has rolled out what it calls "true" blended search results, combining web, video, images, music and Twitter results organized by their relevance and playable inside the search results page. Searchme displays results as small versions of entire web pages, in a format that looks just like the "cover flow" display in iTunes. I love Searchme as a "recall engine," using it to find web pages or sites that I've previously visited but can't remember the site name or URL. The visual display of results, with the ability to quickly scroll through mini-versions of pages makes it easy to reco [...]

5 (More) Search Tools You May Not Know … But Should

How would you like to track hot news geographically? Or see where social conversations are happening on a map? Maybe you'd like to find businesses that are open 24 hours a day, or research keywords on a state-by-state basis. If so, read on for a look at five search tools you may not know about, but should. About two months ago, we published 7 Search Tools You May Not Know ... But Should. That became a popular article and let us know that we should continue uncovering largely unknown search tools in future articles. So, here's the second in an irregular series of posts about search tools you [...]

Google China Launches Music Search

Music 2.0 has shared detailed screen captures and commentary on the launch of Google China Music Search. I personally cannot get to this site ("Sorry, Google is not your region provide you with the services they need" message appears"), but Music 2.0 does have screen captures and calls this Google service "more impressive" then many of the international counterparts. Google China Music Search ranks music on the home page by some form of popularity metric. You can clearly search by artist name and other criteria. You can even download the DRM-free music in mp3 format at a rate of 192kbps. [...]

You Hum It, These Search Engines Claim They’ll Find It

Recently a couple of search engines have come to my attention that are designed to allow you to hum a few bars of a tune into them, and then they'll tell you what the song is. These are Midomi and Humming Search from Nayio. That's the promise; the reality was disappointing. The concept is straightfoward; you allow the search engine(s) access to your microphone (either by dialogue box with Midomi or downloading a piece of software with Humming Search), and then you hum your tune. With Midomi you can hum for as long as you like, with Humming Search it's a 15 second count down. The search engin [...]

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