Microsoft claims Bing, its search engine for people who have just unboxed a new computer and are trying to find out where to download Chrome, is bigger than you think.
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If you searched on Bing maps last week for Melbourne, you would have instead been re-directed to a spot in the North Pacific Ocean, off the East coast of Japan.
How did this happen? Bing was using inaccurate information from Wikipedia, namely, Wikipedia didn't include the all-important South on the co-ordinates.
They say if you want to hide a dead body, ditch it in the 2nd page of Google search results. Even the word "Google" is used as a verb: To search online. When Google was on the rise, people used to post numbers all the time showing competition among search engines. It's been a while, and Roy Morgan has some new numbers to show just how dominant Google has become in Australia.
Google's venerable (and profitable) search engine is well known for offering useful tools beyond its core functionality, and Microsoft has been tricking out Bing with a few extra features of its own — such as an app for tuning your guitar right from the search page. Here's how to make sure you're playing in tune using Microsoft's search engine.
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.
The Bing search engine will now give you results if you use emojis instead of words in your search query. "With this new feature, you can search using your favourite emoji, and Bing will return results based on the semantic meaning of the emoji," Bing wrote in a blog post (probably right after sending the Google team a message solely comprised of a bunch of smiley poop emojis).
The twisting sidewalks and dizzying density of Brazil's favelas might deter most outsiders from navigating these crowded inner-city neighbourhoods, which informally house about 1.5 million of the country's residents. Yet in the last few months, both Google and Microsoft have both been seen mapping their narrow streets and dirt paths.
Microsoft has big plans for Bing, and one of those plans is to use the search service's 'entity engine' to link all your favourite apps. If you've got your LinkedIn account already authorised with Bing, for example, searching for someone's name will bring up their LinkedIn data and your association with them. That's just the first step.