Google released its search app for Windows 8 devices last month. But it didn’t support ARM based devices like Surface, now Google has updated its support for those kind of devices as well. Features: Google Search box – Type your search right from the app home screen, so you can find the answers you need more quickly. Voice Search -  Use your microphone to ask Google anything and see the answer instantly. Image search – Watch images load into a beautiful full-screen grid. Select images you like or swipe through to see more results. Search Charm – By installing the Google Search app, you can easily access Google from the Search Charm. Instant previews mode – Browse search results without having to visit each page. View Your Searches – Swipe from the top to see the sites you visited most recently, categorized by keyword. Google Apps page – Access all your favorite Google products ...

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Microsoft and Google will be battling it out in U.S. District Court in Seattle this week starting Tuesday. At issue is Google’s subsidiary Motorola’s unreasonable license fees for FRAND-related patents. The trial stems from a lawsuit Microsoft filed in November 2010, claiming that Motorola breached its contract to provide, at reasonable rates, use of its patented technologies that have become part of industry standards in online-video viewing and wireless usage.I Microsoft claims that Motorola was asking too much for use of some of its industry patents: 2.25 percent of the sale price of each Xbox and Windows which would amount to Microsoft paying Motorola $4 billion annually. Motorola is seeking from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) an import ban on Xbox consoles because the consoles contain some of the industry-standard patents under contention in the Seattle trial. Motorola had also sought — and won — an injunction from a ...

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Google has announced that  Google Apps will discontinue support for IE8 on November 15. IE8 was released in 2009 and is the most recent Internet Explorer that will run on XP. The move will leave IT shops that use Google Apps with the choice of either installing an unmanaged browser like Firefox or Chrome, or finally moving their ancient PCs to a new OS- likely running Windows 7 or if the shop is small enough Windows 8, the new OS the hardware will come with. In this way Google reminding XP shops that their OS is in fact ancient is very likely to help Microsoft, and possibly boost Windows 8 adoption in small business. Here’s to that PC replacement cycle, kicked off by Google. Via Stuff.co.nz. ...

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Microsoft and Google -as well as Dell, HP, Phillips and Intel- have expressed an interest in using ‘white spaces’ in their devices in order to provide their users with the convenience of widespread broadband access.  The white-space spectrum used by Microsoft is between 512-698 megahertz, offering a longer range than the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks we use currently, thus allowing people in rural areas to have better signal. The rumour is that Microsoft is planning to offer free WIFI as a value-added feature on Nokia’s handsets, with Senior government sources telling The Sunday Telegraph that Microsoft and Google have expressed “extreme interest” in unused sections of airwaves known as white spaces The two companies are rumored to looking to offer nation-wide WIFI to their smartphone users in UK using White Spaces spectrum. To clarify, white spaces are gaps between airwaves used for television, radio and mobile services, which are also used to prevent interference between ...

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Following the release of Internet Explorer 10, Mozilla has finally sent Microsoft a celebratory cake, following on from the ‘one-way tradition’ of sending a cake to the one-another when a new version of a browser is released- which of course Microsoft only seemed to follow.  It even got to a point where Mozilla started updating their browser more frequently, resulting in Microsoft sending cupcakes rather than full cakes presumably from an excess of care for the Mozilla team’s health.  Both Mozilla and Internet Explorer are currently fighting a battle for market share against Google’s Chrome, with the Google browser recently claimed to have overtaken Internet Explorer’s recent market share.  With Google silently upgrading its browser in the background, we assume neither party will be sending them any confectionary soon.  Below you can see a sample of the many cakes made by the bakers at Microsoft: Read more at: pcmag.com ...

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Google has released their first app in Windows Store. Google Search app allows you to do search the web for links, images through keyboard input and voice. Here is the complete list of features, Google Searchbox – Type your search right from the app home screen, so you can find the answers you need more quickly. Voice Search -  Use your microphone to ask Google anything and see the answer instantly. Image Search – Watch images load into a beautiful full-screen grid. Select images you like or swipe through to see more results. Search Charm – By installing the Google Search app, you can easily access Google from the Search Charm. Instant Previews mode – Browse search results without having to visit each page. View Your Searches – Swipe from the top to see the sites you visited most recently, categorized by keyword. Google Apps page – Access all your ...

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The New York Times reports that the Federal Trade Commission is preparing a recommendation that the government sue Google for abusing its position as the dominant search engine. The accusation is that Google manipulates search results to favour its own products, and makes it harder for competitors and their products to appear prominently on a results page. The commission is also building a team to take Google to court, if it comes to that. The European competition authorities are also pressing ahead and seeking changes in Google’s behaviour. Joaquín Almunia, the European Union’s competition commissioner expressed concerns that Google is “using its dominance in online search to foreclose rival specialized search engines and search advertisers.” Google is also being investigated by the attorneys general of six states: Texas, Ohio, New York, California, Oklahoma and Mississippi. Accusations include that of manipulating the search results to favour Google commerce services such as ...

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While Bing has been making steady progress in growing market share against Google, many remain unconvinced that searches are better when powered by Microsoft.  Bingiton is Microsoft’s latest Bing campaign which was launched a couple weeks ago in order to decide which search engine really offered the best result; without people being biased towards Bing or Google.  Microsoft has now announced after more than 5 million blind tests that users have chosen Bing results 2:1 over Google.  Ideally, Bingiton will convince the public that is is worth switching to the search engine that offers the best results on the internet. Following on from their success with Bingiton, Microsoft will launch a ‘Bingiton sweepstakes’, where Bing users have a chance of winning Microsoft-themed prizes, such as a Microsoft Surface tablet, Lifecam Studio Webcam, Office Home and Business 2010 and many more.  Also, be sure to look out for Microsoft’s new TV ...

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As Microsoft’s search engine Bing gains credibility, Google appears to be suffering the consequences. Compete has found as Google’s search share has dropped 2.6% between July 2011 and 2012 that Bing has seen a 4.2% increase in market share. Fortunately for Microsoft, Bing has become the desired search engine for new platforms such as the new improved Kindle Fire as well as Windows 8 and Windows Phones; meaning that it’s nothing but good news for Microsoft. Google still dominates approximately 65.7% of the market in comparison to Yahoo with 15.1% and Bing with 19.2%; but to be fair, Google has been active since 1998 and Yahoo in 1994, whereas Bing was only created merely 3 years ago in 2009.  In addition Bing is responsible for Yahoo’s market share as Microsoft has a deal with Yahoo to provide search results for their search engine.  Hopefully the integration of Bing with Windows ...

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According to Business Insider Microsoft’s Bing just scored a big win, with Eliane Fiolet at UberGizmo, after some hands on time with the Fire HD, mentioning that "The search box is powered by Bing." The last Kindle Fire’s search box was powered by Google, suggesting Microsoft has stolen the business from the search giant. Bing has been slowly gaining market share on Google in US, with Bing holding 15.7% share in July, according to Comscore, compared to 66.8% for Google. The Kindle Fire HD also uses Nokia Maps instead of Google Maps for location services. With Google providing Android as a free, open source operating system in return for revenue via search,  every Android tablet sold by Amazon is increasingly a loss for Google. Via BusinessInsider.com ...

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After the poor show by Google’s Android designers by copying Windows Phone, iOS and other OSs out there, its now time for Google Chrome OS designers. When Chrome OS was released more than an year ago, Google highlighted its simplicity and basically said that your browser is the OS. They even said Chrome OS is “re-think what operating systems should be.” Today Google contradicted their own words and copied Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X design elements. They announced a new Windows Manager for Chrome OS called Aura. It will combine Windows 7 like Task bar and Mac OS X style Launchpad. You can now pin apps to shelf (taskbar) similar to Microsoft Windows ! They even added support for wallpapers and overlapping windows. So basically they are turning Chrome OS into a regular desktop OS like Windows and Mac OS X with an only exception being the apps. Chrome OS ...

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In a reply to Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, Google chairman Eric Schmidt cited many reasons to argue that Google is under pressure of competition and whatever Google does is right, which I found lame. You can read the full reply in the above document. Some of them I want to highlight are, 1) “Apple has launched an entirely new approach to search technology with Siri, its voice-activated search and task-completion service built into the iPhone 4S”. OMG.. Seriously? He is saying Siri is a threat to Google. Someone should tell him that Siri can’t answer anything other than the pre-defined 10 questions in various use cases like weather, appointment setup, etc. Also Siri uses Google when it doesn’t find answers which happens most of the time. 2) On Yelp issue where Google is promoting its local search results over Yelp’s local results in the SERP, ...

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With more than 90% of the worldwide search market, it should be obvious that Google has a monopoly in the area. While some continue to argue it is certainly obvious to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt who responded in the affirmative to the question in front of the US Senate. Senator Herb Kohl asked Schmidt  whether Google had obtained monopoly status. "Do you recognize that in the words that are used and antitrust kind of oversight, your market share constitutes monopoly, dominant … special power dominant for a monopoly firm?" Kohl asked. "You recognize you’re in that area?" "I would agree, sir, that we’re in that area," Schmidt replied. "I’m not a lawyer, but my understanding of monopoly findings is this is a judicial process." Claiming they would not abuse their status like Microsoft supposedly did he said: "We get the lessons of our corporate predecessors,"  "We also get that it’s ...

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Google is defending themselves in front of the US Senate, and of course is trying to diffuse accusations that they are a monopoly by claiming their competitors are a bit more competitive than they really are. Google’s Eric Schmidt’s opening comments should therefore be taken with a pinch of salt when he said: Among major search engines, Microsoft’s Bing has continued to gain in popularity, perhaps because it comes pre-installed as the search default on over 70 percent of new computers sold. Microsoft’s Bing is the exclusive search provider for Yahoo! and Facebook. Microsoft recently signed a deal for Bing to power English language search on the fast-rising Chinese search engine Baidu, which Baidu has acknowledged will help it become more competitive in markets outside of China. In addition to Internet Explorer, Microsoft has integrated Bing into its popular gaming console, the Xbox 360, which it is in talks with ...

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According to reports from Businessweek, Microsoft has filed a complaint against Google to FTC regarding unfair advertising rates. Google is already under scanner by senate regarding unfair business practices and adding Microsoft’s complaint will further make the case stronger against Google. Microsoft’s complaint as follows, Microsoft first complained in September 2007 that Google drastically raised the rate for an ad for Windows Live, a predecessor to Microsoft’s Bing search engine, one of the main rivals to Google’s Internet search, according to the person familiar with the matter. The cost increased to $5 per mouse click from 10 cents a click for placing a Windows Live ad next to search results for the word “hotmail,” Microsoft’s e-mail product, according to the person. Google told Microsoft at the time that the rate increased because users who clicked on the ad were directed to a low- quality website, according to the person. The ...

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At a Analyst Meeting currently ongoing Microsoft has illustrated its increasing reach in the US Search market with the above slide, which I think illustrates the accelerating gains there pretty well. As Microsoft’s market share grows there develops a virtuous circle where their search results improve due to more data and their income grows as advertisers are more likely to look beyond Google, drawing in more users and making the venture more sustainable. It is I am sure a circle Google would do anything to kill, but it has not been able to succeed so far in the last 2 years, and seems increasingly incapable of doing so. AllthingsD is coving the analyst conference (poorly) here. ...

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