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Run any app in Windows 8 straight from the Start screen

You don't need the Run dialog, the pinned taskbar icons or even live tiles in the Windows 8 Start screen; you just need to start typing.Press the Start button, start typing the name of the app you want, or the file you want, or the control panel setting, and a list of matches appears on the Start screen (app first, but you can click Documents and Settings in the filter on the right - or choose any of the apps that have a search contract in the list to see specialised results).

September 22, 2011 by

Google Streaming Search will change how we search

It looks like some users are seeing a new experimental feature Google is working on that people are calling "Streaming Search". This is different from the real-time suggested search terms when you are typing in the search box -- what we're seeing is real results changing as you type.

August 23, 2010 by

Facebook game aids development of new 'Google for music' search engine

A new kind of music search engine from the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego allows for users to discover music by typing in free-text semantic queries rather than song titles, album names or artist names. For example, if you're in the mood for "groovy driving music with lots of banjo" you'd just use that as your query and the experimental system would return specific song suggestions that best match the description.

May 17, 2009 by

Kiev and Kumo: The long and winding road to Live Search's rebrand

In an April 8 Wall Street Journal story about Microsoft's search-branding challenges , Yusuf Mehdi, Senior Vice President of Microsoft’s Online Audience Business Group, mentioned "Kiev." Kiev seems to be the uber-brand for Microsoft's upcoming search release. Kumo, the codename for the search-engine component, is one piece of Kiev.

April 8, 2009 by

What is semantic search?

Semantic search uses the science of meaning in language—instead of just searching keywords, it checks the context of the words to return more relevant results. Brooke Aker, CEO of Expert System USA, predicts that it will usher in the era of Web 3.0.

October 22, 2008 by

Will Chrome need more polish?

The Internet search giant has released its brand new browser. ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das reports on why Google has jumped into the browser fray. Das also explores how the company hopes Chrome will support a faster, more stable, and secure surfing environment while also creating a lucrative venue for richer ads and applications.

September 2, 2008 by

Google's iPhone app is really good

Google has created a brand new mobile app for the iPhone/iPod Touch that is currently available in the US App Store -- apparently it will be available in other countries very soon. The app is more than a way to search the internet though, it lets a user search for everything a mobile user might be looking for.

July 11, 2008 by

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