Google Now On Tap Hands-On: Contextual Awesomeness

One of the most exciting features in the (distant future) release of Android M is the upgraded version of Google Now. It’s built to understand context better than before. I just got a quick look at it on a Googler’s Nexus 5, and while this was obviously a demo, I’m cautiously optimistic about it.


Now You Can Download Your Google History, Or Better Yet, Delete It

You can now download your entire Google search history to your computer. Sound neat? That’s what I thought at first. And then I realised there were dangerous things in my search history — things way worse than my taste in porn.


Are You Ready For Google's Mobilegeddon Phonepocalypse Tomorrow? 

Google is making a rare change to its search algorithm tomorrow — one that has the power to dramatically alter a site’s ranking in Google’s all-important search results. SOUND THE ALARM.


Google Researchers Are Ranking Web Pages By Facts Not Links

Internet searches may be based on algorithmic rigour — but that doesn’t necessarily guarantee the quality of a suggested page. Now, a team of Google researchers has developed a method that sorts results by factual content rather than how well linked a page is.


Deep Web Search Engine Memex Fights Crime A Bit Like Minority Report

Exactly one year ago, DARPA announced a characteristically sci-fi-inspired mission: to create a search engine that could find things on the deep web that Google’s crawlers would miss. The so-called Memex project is now well underway, and for the first time we’re getting a look at the crime-fighting search engine in action.


Google's 2014 Top Searches In Australia: MH370, Tinder, Iggy Azalea And More

Here’s your 2014 Google Zeitgeist, better known as the last 12 months in Google Search. The company does this every year, and it’s always fascinating because search sheds light, however disappointingly, onto what the heck people on earth are thinking about. Because when you want to know more about something, you Google it.


Facebook Is Ditching Bing's Search Results

Facebook and Microsoft have had a relatively long-standing partnership when it comes to search: for years, Facebook searches would also show Bing results, and Bing queries have thrown up results from your friends. But history seems to mean very little to Facebook, which appears to have quietly killed Bing results.


Google Is Making A Porn-Proof Search And Other Kid-Friendly Products

As much as parents want to protect their kids, it’s damn near impossible today to totally block access to the internet. Google is moving forward with plans to create child-friendly versions of its most popular products to help kids under 12 go online safely.


Twitter Expands Its Search To Include Any Tweet Ever Tweeted

Ever think of a tweet someone sent weeks or months or years ago, but you just can’t find it? Now, according to Wired, Twitter will let you search for those forgotten 140-character messages, without going elsewhere.


US Court: Google Can Arrange Search Results Any Way It Damn Pleases

According to a new US court ruling, Google can list its search results in whatever order it pleases — and it has the First Amendment behind it too. That’s according to a hearing that saw a site called CoastNews file a lawsuit against Google, saying that it was knowingly lowering its rankings in search results. It argued that it appeared at the top of results created by Bing and Yahoo, and was being actively relegated by Google.