Apple is dropping Bing in favor of Google in Siri, Spotlight on Mac

Microsoft's Bing gets a ding from Apple, which is switching out its Bing-powered Web search results to those from Google.

How to temporarily disable Face ID if someone tries to unlock your phone Apple has given iPhone X owners an emergency feature that temporarily disables Face ID. Users can trigger it if they're forced by a thief or police to look at the device and unlock it. Apple has said Face ID is better than Touch ID at thwarting biometric spoofing. Someone could always force you to touch the Touch ID sensor on your iOS device to unlock it. However, with Face ID, a thief could point your iPhone X at your face before taking off with it. But Apple confirmed that it has you covered with two key mitigations: First, your iPhone X won't unlock unless you stare at it. Your eyes must be open. Second, you can grip the buttons on both sides of the iPhone X before you hand it over. Doing this will temporarily disable the phone’s Face ID facial-recognition feature. Apple’s new iOS 11 update also introduces a shortcut to disable Touch ID during emergencies. All you have to do is press on the sleep button five times on your iOS device.

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Apple announced today that it is switching from Bing to Google as the Web search provider for Siri, Search within iOS, and Spotlight on Mac.


Apple officials did say they will continue to use Bing Web image search results in Siri, noted TechCrunch, citing an Apple statement sent to the outlet. These changes were set to roll out at 9 am PST and were expected to be completely rolled out worldwide later this afternoon.

Google already is the default Web search provider in Safari for iOS and Mac. As TechCrunch notes, it's not clear exactly why Apple is doing this now. It could be because Apple wants consistent search results across all its platforms. It also could be part of the Apple-Google search relationship.

In 2013, Microsoft and Apple struck a deal to make Bing the backup Web search engine in Siri. In 2014, Microsoft and Apple struck a related deal to make Bing the default Web search engine for Spotlight on the Mac and iOS 8.

Microsoft is continuing to push forward with Bing. Just today, Microsoft announced a new private preview for a Bing service, known as Bing for Business, which surfaces company information along with Web search information for those companies that decide to turn it on.

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