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Google snaps up Quickoffice and Meebo

Google has bought the mobile productivity firm Quickoffice in a bid to make its Google Apps product suite more compatible with various file formats, the search giant said on Tuesday.Quickoffice provides word processing and other office task functions for smartphones and tablets, including those running Google's Android operating system, and iOS-based devices such as the iPad and iPhone.

June 5, 2012 by

Google+ API gets search functionality

Google has improved the tools that let people develop apps for its social network, Google+.The company unveiled an early application programming interface (API) for Google+ in mid-September, making it possible for apps to read data that has been publicly posted on the platform.

October 6, 2011 by

Microsoft whips up Bing app just for Apple's iPad

Microsoft has released a Bing mobile app optimized especially for the Apple iPad. This app is so pretty it will surely make some users forget about a mobile app designed for another large search engine.

April 8, 2011

Dragon brings speech to the iPhone with Search and Dictation apps

Nuance's Dragon speech recognition tools are well known on PC, but in the mobile world the company's probably best known for its work on extended T9. That's going to change with the arrival in the UK App Store of iPhone and iPad versions of its voice-powered Search and Dictation apps.

July 21, 2010

True Knowledge API lies at the heart of real business model

Semantically powered question answering start-up True Knowledge today made its Semantic Search API available for public consumption, taking the next step on the company's journey out of beta and providing a clear steer as to the way in which they intend to generate revenue.As the company's press release notes,"True Knowledge offers two distinct API services for developers: the 'Direct Answer API' and the 'Query API.

April 13, 2009 by

Yahoo's new BOSS: another tool to milk pennies out of search?

In a sense, Yahoo is going back to basics by tapping the search index itself to be the core of a new business strategy. The company said today that it plans to impose a pricing and usage structure on its Yahoo BOSS (Build Your Own Search Service) API for developers later this year.

February 11, 2009 by

Google Maps adds new support for GeoRSS and KML

Today the Google Maps team announced some important additions to the Google Maps product and its API.  According to Nigel Tao, the current version of Google Maps now supports GeoRSS (Simple, GML and W3C Geo) formats -- to import a GeoRSS file, simply "search" for the URL of one.

March 22, 2007 by

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