Yahoo Gives $10 Million To Help Develop Next-Gen Siri And Better “Contextual Search”

yahoo-featured Several years ago, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, as a then Google employee, spoke about the perfect search engine that could anticipate your needs and which wouldn't require any keywords to deliver results. We're rapidly moving toward searchless content discovery with Siri, Google Now, IBM's Watson, Nuance's Nina, Expect Labs and other "intelligent assistants." Artificial intelligence-powered intelligent assistants (or personal virtual assistants, if you prefer) don't entirely replace keywords in query boxes. However, they represent a successor technology and way to accomplish many of the thin [...]

A Round Up Of Today’s Thanksgiving Themed Search Engine Homepages & Logos

Google Thanksgiving logo 2013 While's Google's Thanksgiving Day logo may have the best music, it's not the only site to celebrate the holiday. Here's a quick round up of Thanksgiving themed homepages and logos from a few popular search engines: Bing's Homepage: Yahoo Thanksgiving Logo: Dogpile: Google's Homepage and Video of Its Thanksgiving Day Song: [youtube width="560" height="315"][/youtube] [...]

Yahoo’s Most Recent Homepage Updates Roll Out In Select European Countries & South Africa

yahoo-logo-2013-clean Launched last February in the US, Yahoo has rolled out its new homepage in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK, Ireland and South Africa. According to the announcement posted on Yahoo's UK blog, the new homepage will display consistently across desktop, mobile and tablet devices. Yahoo says the new homepage is both "functional and intuitive" with a real-time news feed, a "save for later" feature, and topic highlights that can be customized by the user. The site boasts a "cleaner design that's easy to navigate" with more information in less space. Here are two snapshots of Yahoo's home [...]

Yahoo Search Tests Images On Right Side Of Search Results

yahoo-logo-2013-clean Yahoo is testing a new user interface for the Yahoo Search results. Rubén reports Yahoo is showing large images on the right hand side panel of the search results for some queries. For example, here is a screen shot of a search for [windows 8] on Yahoo, showing images on the right side of the page: Rubén created a video of this in action: For more details on how to see this yourself, see the All Google Testing blog. Plus, for more tests by Yahoo, see our Yahoo User Interface section. [...]

Yahoo Releases New Search Experience For iOS Devices

yahoo-new-logo-240px Yahoo rolled out a newly designed search experience for iOS users today. According to the company, the new design mirrors the PC search update Yahoo launched earlier this year. Now, instead of the previous Yahoo Search tabs, users on iOS mobile devices will see a navigation bar that disappears when a they begin to scroll. Yahoo says that links on the search page have been optimized so that they are easier to tap, and product images have been enlarged for easier viewing, with new sorting, filtering and viewing options to improve the shopping experience. Other updates include a justified l [...]

Yahoo Officially Rolls Out New Yahoo Search Results Design

yahoo-search-featured Yahoo has officially announced that the redesign they've been testing for the past couple of weeks is now live. The new design boasts a faster load time, search results higher up on the page, a new navigation bar at the top, and a more consistent look with the Yahoo homepage. Yahoo also promises to roll out the top bar you see on the home page and on the search results page throughout more and more Yahoo properties going forward. Here is a video of the new Yahoo Search design in action: Here is a before and after animated screen shot: [...]

Yahoo Testing New Search Results Page

yahoo-y-logo I'm not sure anyone would notice in all of the Google Penguin news and discussion, but Yahoo appears to be testing a new search results page. I'm able to see the new interface when logged in and using Firefox, but I still see the old/current interface when using Safari and logged in to a different Yahoo account. Some other Search Engine Land editors are also seeing the new interface now. A Yahoo spokesperson gave us their boilerplate response when asked if this is just a test, or if it's rolling out now to all users. Yahoo! is continually developing and testing new product concepts in a [...]

Yahoo Testing A New Home Page Design

yahoo-home-page Yahoo appears to be testing a new home page design. Techno-Net captured it on a video and posted that video on YouTube for all to see. Here are the changes I noticed in this new design test: Cleaner User Interface Search Bar Sticks At The Top Left Menu Bar Is Static Remove Story Blocks In One Click Top News Image More Fluid In Transitions Of Stories Middle Content Section Scrolls Middle Content Section Has News Filters Marissa Mayer is very into user interface design and we are expecting a change to the Yahoo home page. Here is that video: [...]

10 Blue Links Be Gone: Yahoo Axis Offers Browser & Visual Search Experience

yahoo-axis-featured Search launches seem to come in threes. A couple of weeks ago we had Bing Social, then came Google with Knowledge Graph and now Yahoo introduces Axis. When I met with Yahoo earlier this week to hear about it I received the now familiar speech that Yahoo is still very much in search and continuing to "innovate" around the UI and UX. There have been some interesting efforts along those lines on the PC in the past (Yahoo Search Direct), but Axis actually is genuinely different and noteworthy. Three screen experience Axis is available for all three screens: PC (as a browser plug-in), the i [...]

Yahoo Working On Search Across Devices

yahoo-computers-platforms-featured After handing over its core search results to Bing in the summer of 2010, Yahoo promised that it would continue to try new things related to its search interface. One of those new ideas is a feature that would let Yahoo users begin a search on one device -- a desktop computer, for example -- and continue to use/interact with the search on a different device, like a tablet or laptop computer. In an interview with MediaPost, Shashi Seth, Yahoo's Senior VP of Search and Marketplaces, explains this search-across-devices idea. Here's how MediaPost describes it: Yahoo has begun to test th [...]

With Holidays Near, Yahoo Upgrades Its Shopping & Recipe Search Results

yahoo logo Yahoo is rolling out a couple new search experiences that are aimed squarely at holiday searchers: recipes and shopping. Prior to tonight's new display, a search for "apple recipes" would include the standard algorithmic results (i.e., 10 blue links) along with a small shortcut at the top of the search results pointing searchers to recipes on, Yahoo's lifestyle content site for women. Now, the search results offer a much richer experience. The new content includes (1) a slider with top-rated recipes from and other sources; (2) a Filter by [...]

Yahoo Local Expands Its Beta To Mobile

Yahoo is making a big push today for its new local search (edit: see below) interface, which offers a somewhat dramatic change both in the content it includes and how it's presented. Greg Sterling actually covered most of this a couple weeks ago here on SEL, but here's a quick recap: The new desktop beta offers a stream-like display of local news, deals, events, and other content that comes from Yahoo editors, local websites and blogs, and community members contributing directly to Yahoo Local. A lot of that content is new to Yahoo Local; some of it expands on Yahoo's recent focus on De [...]

Yahoo Expands Mobile Search Results Display

Users of Yahoo's mobile web search site ( on smartphones should notice new enhancements and expanded search results the next time they search using certain types of queries. Yahoo has announced changes to how it shows search results for local business listings, entertainment, stocks, videos, and images on smartphones. Yahoo says it's "pulling more essential information from the web, and employing the latest HTML5 technology to help you easily browse the content you're interested in." A search for Brett Favre, for example, shows how the search results have expanded. [...]

Where’s Yahoo’s “Big Vision”? Maybe It Doesn’t Need One

There are a number of critical articles, even complaints, coming out of yesterday's Yahoo press event featuring new Chief Product Officer Blake Irving. The main portion of the event had Irving and CTO Raymie Strata discussing Yahoo strategy and reiterating that Yahoo wasn't simply a media company but a company with deep technology as well. Some of the informal comments and conversations that immediately followed the 90-minute discussion were along the lines of "We've heard this before, what's new?" or "Where's the vision?" During the Q&A portion of the session Irving stumbled a bit w [...]

Yahoo Offers Handwritten Searching In Taiwan, Hong Kong

If you thought instant search suggestions and results was fun, get a load of this: At Yahoo Taiwan and Yahoo Hong Kong, searchers can handwrite their search queries and Yahoo will try to match the handwriting to letters, and then show suggested searches. It's all described in this Yahoo blog post, complete with screenshots showing how users can begin their search by using a "handwriting panel" next to the search button. Yahoo says that's the Chinese language character for the first letter of Lady Gaga's name. To the left of what the user has drawn, Yahoo shows six possible character [...]

Yahoo Offers Android Search Widget, HTML5 Upgrades For iOS

Though late to the Android party Yahoo has released Search, Mail and Messenger for Android. I downloaded Mail and Messenger -- by using a 2d barcode scanner in my EVO off my iPad screen -- but was unable to open Search to test-drive it before writing this. (See postscript below.) Yahoo has also improved its mobile web experiences for the iPhone and iPod Touch via HTML5. Users can add Yahoo search to the home screen (as an Android Widget). It's also voice-enabled. It's not clear to me whether that voice search capability is provided by partner Vlingo (in which Yahoo is an investor) or [...]

Yahoo Goes Hollywood With New Video Search Refiners

Building on its previous travel and music search refinements, Yahoo has now announced new refinements for TV shows and actors. The new feature acts similarly to what Yahoo's done in the other verticals. Now, when using Yahoo Video Search to find TV shows, searchers will get a series of refinements in the left-side column that offer deeper searches for specific characters, popular episodes, and seasons. Here's the screenshot of a search for How I Met Your Mother: The second refiner deals with searches for popular film actors. The video results page will now show links to clips from an [...]

Yahoo’s Search Box Gets Smarter

Yahoo has announced a new set of features for its Search Assist service that makes the Yahoo search box a lot smarter. Perhaps the main innovation here is the inclusion of content and information right inside the Search Assist dropdown. For example, do a search for a company's stock symbol, and Yahoo will show real-time stock prices and a couple related links before you even execute the search. Yahoo says similar features are available for queries related to sports, travel, and movies. Search Assist can now also help users reach other Yahoo properties more quickly. For certain qu [...]

Google’s Brin: “A Shame” That Yahoo Out Of Search

Try as they might Yahoo is having a tough time convincing people that it's still "in search." On Yahoo's earnings call earlier this week CFO Tim Morse, who led the call because CEO Carol Bartz was ill, used her analogy to describe Yahoo's new way of positioning itself around search: The next revolution isn’t with the algorithms that provide results, it’s in creating a better, more personally relevant search experience. This is where we’ll differentiate ourselves and compete vigorously without the billions required to keep up in the arms race that generating search results has become. [...]

Yahoo Goes Live With New Search Format

Yahoo has now gone live with its new search format. There's nothing radical or "game changing." However, there are some nice upgrades and improvements. Most prominently, it features a new left column that allows users to filter results by Search Monkey content providers or refine by related concepts. It also features more prominent placement for Search Pad and an expansion of Search Assist. Yahoo says it has also improved image and video search and says speed and performance are better across the board. Yahoo previewed these new features previously and Danny discussed them at some length in [...]

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