New Search Engine Yebol Seems to Deliver…07.28.09

28 07 2009

Read “The new search engine Yebol is good at what it does” from Pandia Search Engine News for more about Yebol.  Below is a video demonstration.

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“Twitter Search in Plain English”…07.06.09

6 07 2009




“Twitter Search in Plain English”…06.17.09

17 06 2009




Duck Duck Go – now separates shopping sites from information sites in search results…06.15.09

15 06 2009

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Pandia Search Engine News reports on a great feature from the useful Duck Duck Go search engine:

If you search the web for information on almost any subject, your search results on Yahoo and Google will be littered with shopping info. Start-up search engine Duck Duck Go now separates shopping sites from information sites in your search results…

Duck Duck Go has uncluttered and appealing user interface, which is easy to grasp even with three search buttons. The search results are equally easy on the eye and easy to navigate.

You might also want to check out these articles:
New search engine Duck Duck Go has less spam and more content
How to block 44 million spam domains





Wolfram Alpha UPDATED…06.09.09

9 06 2009

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Mashable! reported today Wolfram Alpha Releases Its First Major Update

“….the first major update to Wolfram Alpha is here, and the list of changes and improvements is quite long. Here it is in its entirety:

* Additional linguistic forms for many types of data and questions
* More comparisons of composite properties (e.g. ‘US military vs. UK’)
* Combined time series plots of different quantities (e.g. ‘germany gdp vs population’)
* More complete handling of government positions (e.g. ‘chancellor’, etc.)
* Updates to country borders for India, China, Slovenia, Croatia, and others
* Updates to naming for certain politically sensitive countries and regions
* Additional subcountry regions (e.g. ‘Wales’); many more to come
* Additional support for current and past fractional timezones (e.g. ‘Iran time’)
* City-by-city handling of U.S. states with multiple timezones
* Updates to certain European currencies (e.g. for ‘Cyprus’ and ‘Slovakia’)
* Some additional historical events; many more to come
* Additional probability computations for cards and coins (e.g. ‘2 or 3 aces’)
* Additional output for partitions of integers (e.g. ‘partitions of 47’)
* Implicit handling of geometric figure properties (e.g. ‘ellipse with area 6 and major axis 2’)
* Additional support for Mathematica 3D graphics syntax
* Additional support for stock prices with explicit dates
* Support for planet-to-planet distances and ‘nearest planet’, etc.
* Extra information when comparing incompatible units (e.g. ‘ergs vs. newtons’)
* Improved linguistic handling for many foods (e.g. ‘love apple’)
* More mountains added, especially in Australia
* Support for many less-common given names (e.g. ‘zebulon’)
* More ‘self-aware’ questions answered (e.g. ‘how old are you’)
* More consistent handling of sidebar links to Wikipedia, etc…”





Microsoft’s Bing Search Finally Launched…06.01.09

1 06 2009

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An excerpt from TechCrunch post Apparently Bing Search is Something of a Big Hit about Microsoft’s Bing:

“Thursday may not have been Microsoft Bing Day, but today sure is. Microsoft quietly launched their new search engine without fanfare and sans parade.

Last week everyone got to see the demo video and a few of us were actually able to access Bing for our reviews. Most everyone, though, just had to wait to actually try the service.

Initial reader comments tended towards the negative on announcement day. Microsoft got heat for having nothing but a landing page up (and not even that for a while after the announcement). The ‘Bing stands for But It’s Not Google’ comment appeared a number of times, as did sarcastic comments like ‘Looks like Live search again. Good to see Microsoft trying new things.’There were also a few variations of ‘MS is a bloated sinking ship…bing is nothing but a desperate attempt by an obsolete company.’…

Today, though, they can actually try it. And the overwhelming number of user comments on our launch post Sunday evening are extremely positive…”





“Ambient Findability and the Future of Search”…05.28.09

28 05 2009

Although this is not a new video, I would recommend a viewing.

Peter Morville is president and founder of Semantic Studios, a leading information architecture, user experience, and findability consultancy.

He is widely recognized as a father of the information architecture field, and he serves as a passionate advocate for the critical roles that search and findability play in defining the user experience.

Peter’s latest book, Ambient Findability, explores search, wayfinding, marketing, information interaction, literacy, librarianship, authority, and culture at the crossroads of ubiquitous computing and the Internet.

Peter is also co-author (with Louis Rosenfeld) of the best-selling book, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (over 100,000 copies), named “Best Internet Book of 1998″ by Amazon and ‘The Most Useful Book on Web Design on the Market’ by usability guru Jakob Nielsen…”