Microsoft Bing today announced their updated Bing for Schools program. It will have the following advantages, The new Bing for Schools program will offer daily lesson plans designed to teach search skills Bing Rewards enhancements to help earn Microsoft Surface RT tablets for schools, and, for schools admitted to the pilot program, a tailored Bing search experience for K-12 students when on the school network. Schools participating in the search pilot will receive ad-free Bing search, strict filtering to help block adult content, and augmented privacy protections. This program is not open for all schools right now. However school districts can register for these search enhancements now and a limited number will be accepted into the initial pilot, with other schools being notified by Microsoft about future eligibility. You can read more about it at http://www.bing.com/schools Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft today announced the new  Bing’s Hometown Homepage Photo Contest. People have to submit one of their own photos that highlights and capture the beauty of their hometown to the new Bing Homepage App on Facebook between today (August 19) and September 3.  It can be a special landmark, view-point or natural wonder that captures the essence of a town. On September 10, we’ll announce the top ten finalists and fans will be able to vote for their favorite on Facebook. The image with the most votes will be declared the winning picture and will be showcased on the Bing homepage (along with the talented photographer) on October 1. The winner will also receive a new Nokia Lumia 1020, 500px membership and canvas of the winning photo. But that’s not all! The same day, Bing and The Nature Conservancy will celebrate the winner’s creative contribution and hometown pride by hosting a day of service in their hometown. Source: Bing ...

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Microsoft Bing today announced their partnership with 500px to showcase great photography on Bing.  500px which is a leading photo sharing platform for aspiring and professional photographers will bring even more of the world’s great imagery to Bing’c iconic home page. In the coming months, we will highlight select images from over 2.5 million members of the 500px community thru selected parts of the Bing.com experience. As a passionate photographer myself, I am particularly excited about the platform and exposure this will provide to photographers around the world. In the meantime, go check out 500px or Bing.com. Stay tuned for further details and of course, more world class images on Bing. Source: Bing ...

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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was a mathematician, contemporaneous with Newton. It turns out Leibniz was also a philosopher, and there is something called the Leibniz Principle that equates to data conflation. In colloquial terms, the Leibniz Principle says, ‘If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, chances are it’s a duck.’ That principle is the basis of Microsoft’s new Leibniz Platform. Currently search engines are thought of as tools to find text but Ashok Chandra, Microsoft distinguished scientist and general manager of the Interaction and Intent Group at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley, believes people soon will think of search engines as “task engines.” “Search technology began with words,” says Chandra.  “We built a whole search infrastructure around words. But in this new era of search, we are working with entities, because people think in terms of them, such as a hotel, a movie, an event, a ...

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Microsoft’s Bing in UK has introduced a new way to reduce child abuse on the internet. Bing will show pop-up warnings on sites containing images of child abuse. When you do a search on child abuse, the Bing Notification Platform will inform you that the content you are trying to access is illegal with details of a counselling service. And when the user tries to access not so good images of children, they will be presented with a warning based on input compiled by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. “If someone in the UK tries to use search terms on Bing which can only indicate they are looking for illegal child abuse content, they will activate the Bing Notification Platform which will produce an on-screen notification telling them that child abuse content is illegal. The notification will also contain a link to Stopitnow.org who will be able to ...

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Microsoft today announced that they expanding the Bing People Autosuggest feature they announced few months to no.of new categories. The categories that will show up in autosuggest to include brands, movies, albums, places, software, sport teams, animal species and more. In order to make these distinctions, Bing utilizes an underlying technology we call Satori that understands the relationships between millions of people, places and things providing you with a more useful model of the digital and physical world. All of this computational power allows you to select the most appropriate choice in a matter of milliseconds. For example,  If you are searching for “Harry Potter” we give a variety of choices including the literary series, the character, and a selection of movie titles. Read more from the link below. Source: Bing blog ...

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In light of the political crisis in Egypt, Twitter said Wednesday it put in place a new tool to translate accounts of some prominent Egyptians into English. “As part of our experiment with tweet text translation, we’ve enabled translation for some of the most-followed accounts in Egypt, so people around the world can better understand and keep up with what’s happening there,” Twitter said in a statement. About 100 Twitter accounts are affected, including those of Mohammed Morsi, the president ousted by Egypt’s military, prominent opposition leader Mohammed ElBaradei and Arab Spring activist Wael Ghonim. We previously reported on Twitter testing the Bing Translator: http://microsoft-news.com/twitter-testing-bing-powered-translation-feature/ Source: WSJ (Wall Street Journal) ...

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Microsoft today announced that the Bing Ads platform will be available in Windows 8.1 Smart Search which was announced last week as part of the upcoming Windows 8.1 release. With Windows 8.1 Smart Search, consumers can look for information across the web, device, apps and cloud. They can play, launch, view or browse items in a single tap. It is a modern search experience to allow consumers to find the information they are looking for quickly and accomplish a broad range of tasks – giving people a faster way to find, discover and do. Just like in Bing web search results, Smart Search results in Windows 8.1 will also feature Bing Ads. Bing Ads will be an integral part of this new Windows 8.1 Smart Search experience. Now, with a single campaign setup, advertisers can connect with consumers across Bing, Yahoo! and the new Windows Search with highly relevant ads ...

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Twitter confirmed it was testing a tool to automatically translate tweets using Microsoft’s Bing search engine. In the implementation, tweets appear in the original language, with the translated tweet in smaller text below it (with a powered by “Bing translator” label). “To make it easier for people around the world to connect with each other, we are beginning to experiment with Tweet text translation,” said a Twitter spokesperson. Bing provides a similar service for Facebook. Source: AllThingsD   ...

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Klout is the social reputation service everybody loves to hate, but much like the SAT test it is a de facto standard.  Bing has been a strong leader in social search, with close relationships with Facebook, Twitter, and Klout.  Today Klout announced that the number of times someone searches for you on Bing now contributes to your Klout score.  Bing search prevalence — the number of times you are searched for on Bing — will now contribute directly to your Klout Score. Search is one of the most direct indicators of real world influence and serves as a bridge between offline and online influence. This is interesting because someone could be influential but not necessarily active on social media.  As they mention in their blog post, Warren Buffet has only tweeted three times but his influence is enormous and that is reflected in Bing. Someone who is famous or influential on a topic ...

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At BUILD conference held last week, Microsoft announced that Bing Maps 3D is coming back along with the release of Windows 8.1. They even gave a brief demo of the same. 3D Maps is not new to Bing Maps as they had in the name of Virtual Maps 3D few years back before discontinuing it in 2010. Liveside today reported that the new upcoming version of Bing Maps 3D will be enabled by WebGL in IE11. So, users won’t be needed to install any plug-ins to experience the 3D maps. And also they are building Photosynth 2 viewer based on WebGL. First, Bing Director Stefan Weitz told me that the new version was almost entirely built from the ground up, using, among other technologies, Microsoft’s UltraCam.  There’s simply not much left from the old Bing Maps 3D, Silverlight or otherwise.  Then I had a chance to talk a bit about ...

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The Bing Health & Fitness app is a personal companion for everyday living. The app around the philosophy that “by bringing together nutrition, fitness and medical information customized to your own personal needs, you can learn about your own health, what works for you and make smart decisions to lead a healthy life. Combining these things in one comprehensive app allows you to quickly learn about what’s happening with your body and discover ways to maintain or change your lifestyle with helpful and easy to understand content.” Trackers The Health & Fitness app contains three Trackers; Diet Tracker, Health Tracker and Exercise Tracker. The Trackers are an easy and powerful way to gather information about your own body to make better decisions for you. They also all sync with Microsoft’s HealthVault to securely bring in data from personal medical records and third party tracking tools such as blood glucose monitors, electronic ...

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The new Food & Drink Bing app offers access to a variety of recipes from culinary publishers like AllRecipes, popular cookbooks and food bloggers like Food 52, as well as recipes and tips from top chefs like Wolfgang Puck and Tom Colicchio.  More sources will be added over time. The app also offers a wine encyclopedia with information on over 1.5 million bottles of wine, 3.3 million tasting notes and hundreds of popular cocktail recipes. Hands Free Swiping When you’re cooking, inevitably your hands will get messy, touching your tablet is probably not the best idea.  The Food & Drink App has a Hands-Free Cooking Mode, which allows you to follow recipes step by step from your device by waving your hand across the camera. Comprehensive Recipe and Wine List With Food & Drink you can browse recipes by cuisine, level of difficulty, preferred cooking method or by specific ingredients. You can ...

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Microsoft yesterday released a new updated Bing Maps app for Windows 8.1 with many new features. Bing Maps app now features Windows Phone like Local Scout feature that helps you find local information around you with ease. The new version includes improvements that give you personalized recommendations, makes finding local information quicker and easier, helps you make the choices and even helps with tasks like restaurant reservations. From Bing blog, Quick local category search Window’s Phone Local Scout makes it quick and easy to search for the most important categories and get personalized picks. We’ve brought that capability to Windows, so you can do a local category search with one click for the most common categories like eat and drink, shopping, parking and banks. Explore what’s around you now, or explore where you’re going. You can also tailor the search to your needs, for example to only find restaurants that ...

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Microsoft has a had a strong history of supporting educational institutions.  In addition to offering the Surface for $199 Microsoft will now offer a program (U.S. only to start)  for schools to tailor the Bing experience for K-12 students by removing all advertisements from search results, enhancing privacy protections and the filtering of adult content, and adding specialized learning features to enhance digital literacy.  For those that opt-in, Bing will enable the experience across all searches from within the school’s network on Bing.com, without any need for special software or a different search address. The program is free for any school or districts wishing to participate.  Any schools who do not participate will simply get the normal Bing experience with ads. Bing has the following goals for this program: Keeping Our Kids Focused on Learning: As a country, we’ve set schools aside as a special place that is focused on learning, and ...

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While copying Windows Phone, Apple decided it may as well switch to Bing too.  All kidding aside, Google is a powerful enemy and an ever increasing threat to Apple and Microsoft.  Since Windows Phone has less marketshare, Apple has decided to switch to Bing when iOS users use Siri. Today at WWDC Apple announced iOS 7, which brings Bing web search integration to Siri, Apple’s breakthrough personal assistant, for the first time.  Starting this fall with iOS 7, Bing will power Siri’s new integrated web search. When users ask Siri a question either the specific answer or web search links will now be delivered automatically so users can find information even faster. Bing.com will now be available to Siri users on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This deal between Apple and Microsoft is similar to the one with Yahoo.  The average user will not notice any front-end changes to Siri, but on the ...

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