SFW Some of the dozens of users of Bing today spotted a lewd sand carving semi-hidden in the Microsoft search engine's front page splash photo.

The snap, an overhead shot of an idyllic beach, sits behind the search bar on Bing.com. The crude anatomical artwork was clocked about three hours ago, and may have been there even longer. You can see the offending appendage in the lower right-hand corner of the picture:

Yup, that's a penis

What a dick move. Our probing investigative team in the UK earlier had a stiff drink, took a close look, and verified this was legit and not a prank Photoshop. In the past hour, the Bing team got wise to the sandy schlong and edited out the free willy on its premier dot-com.

Bang, and the chopper is gone

We've asked Microsoft for comment on the matter, but so far Redmond has yet to poke its head out on this one. Hopefully the person responsible for this cock-up won't be given the shaft. ®

Updated to add

A Microsoft spokesperson told us the Windows giant has nothing to say.

Source: This article was published theregister.co.uk By Shaun Nichols

Categorized in Search Engine

Apart from Google, Microsoft's Bing is also one of the biggest search engine available right now. While there are a lot of complaints about the search results on Bing, the company is working day and night to improve the accuracy for better user experience

We have listed out some tips and tricks out of which your searches will become even more accurate.

Symbols to streamline your searches

+: This helps in finding the web pages that contain all the terms preceded by the + symbol.

" ": Use this to find the exact words in a phrase.

(): This helps you to finds or excludes web pages that contain a group of words.

NOT or -: It excludes web pages that contain a term or phrase.

OR or |: Using this symbol in the search helps you in finding web pages that contain either of the terms or phrases.

Master Bing Search: Tips and Tricks

Advanced Bing search operators

Site search: It returns the web pages that belong to the specified site. For example Site:Gizbot.com Apple

File Type

Bing helps you to search specific file type using the filetype: operator. For example filetype:pdf bing

URL/Links

This check whether the listed domain or web address is in the Bing index or not. For example url:about.com

IP search

In Bing, you can use the IP: operator to search websites located at a specific IP address.

Location

You can also specify the location to the search engine by using the loc: operator. loc:Australia tourist attractions.

Language

This gives the web pages for a specific language. For example: "tennis" language:fr

Source: This article was published gizbot.com By Gizbot Bureau

Categorized in Search Engine

Bing has introduced a new, commercial-grade site search tool called Bing Custom Search. The announcement and subsequent rollout occurred during Microsoft’s Build conference on Wednesday.

Bing Custom Search allows you to build your own search engine around a specific topic. After selecting a topic, the tool will identify on-topic sites to crawl, apply Bing’s ranking algorithm, and deliver a relevant set of search results.

Alternatively, you can customize the tool to only pull content from select sites. You’ll also have the option to pin results from your favorite sites to the top.

Bing Custom Search can be programmed to pull results from a variety of sites, or one specific site — like your own, for example.

Microsoft is describing it as a tool for creating niche discovery engines for enthusiasts and hobbyists. However, from the sound of it, there’s no reason why it can’t be used to build a search engine to search your site specifically.

Bing says building with Bing Custom Search is easy and straightforward. Results are displayed without ads, and you can set your own parameters for the results that are returned. So if you only want the search engine to return content you wrote within the past year, you can do that.

To get started, go here and sign in with your Microsoft account.

Source: This article was published searchenginejournal.com By Matt Southern

Categorized in Search Engine

The majority of people may prefer Google Search over any other alternative search engine, but when it comes to searching for quality images, Bing Image Search excels. Recently, Bing published a blog, explaining why the Microsoft’s search engine can produce better image search results. Here is the detailed report of why Microsoft feels, Bing Image Search is better than the competition, along with some examples.

Bing image search

Bing Image Search excels

It won’t be a right statement if we say that Google doesn’t give expected results at all. In fact, Google made quite a lot progress in recent years, and Google’s image search results are pretty good too. However, here you will see what new features Bing has to offer when it comes to Bing image search and which make Bing a better image search engine than the competition.

1. Quality of images has been improved in Bing image search

Bing says they can produce better quality images than ever before.  Now Bing returns mostly the High-resolution images for any search, as compared to Google.

Bing image search

2. Better understanding of the object being searched

Earlier, search engines used to refer to the text that was used to describe a particular image. This text was being used as the information to search for a relevant image. Or, the web page that contained this image was used as a reference. However, now Bing can isolate the image from the rest of its elements such as text that surrounds it and the web page that hosts that image; and can derive the image’s position and size. This way, images that are not up to the mark are omitted from the search results. In an official blog, Bing shows an example of such images.

Bing image search

As you can see in the above example, the images on the right-hand side are filtered out from the search results. For such filtration, certain criteria are used such as whether the object is in the background or the foreground.

3. Displaying Hero Images in Bing image search

This is yet another feature that makes it better than Google. Bing can display Hero images. A Hero image is a large banner image that is prominently placed on a web page. Bing uses this Hero image experience while displaying the image results. However, instead of placing the Hero images at the center, these are placed in the top left-hand corner in the Bing image search. This is because majority of the people across the globe scan the images from left to right. This way, users get high-resolution Hero images placed at the beginning.

Bing image search

4. Colour-wise search results

Even Google has the feature of displaying images by filtering them by color. However, Bing has a better understanding of the color, because it detects whether the color is used in the background or used for a particular object.

Bing image search

5. More filtering options for people

Bing certainly has one thing that Google does not have. This is the extra filtration that can be applied while searching for people; especially celebrities.

Bing image search

There is a tab called as ‘People’ where users can select the options such as ‘Just Faces’ or ‘Head & Shoulders’. As the names suggest, users can filter the Bing image search results for only faces or the images with head and shoulder of the person.

6. Various filters

Bing brings more number of image filter options for the users than Google.  Following are the filters that a user can apply to view the proper set of images:

  1. Size: Small, Medium, Large, Wallpaper
  2. Colors: Color Only, Black & White
  3. Type: Photograph, clipart, Line drawing
  4. Layout: Square, Wide, Tall
  5. People: Just Faces, Head & Shoulders

Bing image search

With so many filters and options to choose in Bing image search results, it certainly becomes a better search engine than the competition in terms of image searches.

Do try out Bing.com Image Search and let us know what you think of it.

Source : thewindowsclub.com

Categorized in Search Engine

Bing Search for Android can now provide detailed information on searched for locations. Microsoft has also added security flags and warnings to give users more control over which websites are safe to visit.

While Google is the all-conquering search tool on the Android platform, there are dedicated pockets of Bing Search users. For those customers, Microsoft has today rolled out an update for its Bing Search app on Android. This latest release comes with some new features to improve the user experience.

Probably the most interesting of the new additions is a new travel results feature. This sees Bing provide specific results based on a search location:

“Looking to go somewhere new? Bing finds you the best time to go and gives you tips and guides,” the changelog explains.

One important new change focuses on improving security on Bing Search for Android. This means the service issues “warnings about malicious websites” in the search results. For example, a search results that may be dangerous if clicked are flagged as such.

This is a welcome addition that other search engines do, including Bing on PC. Microsoft explains that users are also able to “filter and find your favorite Bing homepage images”.

Bing Search for Android

Bing Search has been expanded through Microsoft updates over several years. While it was once a pale imitation of Google Search, Bing has improved as a viable alternative. While market share has been hard to come by, the features at Bing’s disposal make it a powerful tool.

Here are the features available to Android users:

  • Access weather, news, trending images and videos quickly
  • Translate the entire web pages through the “Translate” button
  • Bookmark pages you want to remember, and share what you find with your social networks
  • Keep track of results you find with multiple tabs
  • Go into private mode so that Bing doesn’t save your search and browsing history
  • Enjoy beautiful daily homepage images and set them as your phone wallpaper with one click.
  • Browse the gallery for previous homepage images

Author : Luke Jones

Source : https://winbuzzer.com/2017/03/13/microsoft-updates-bing-search-android-travel-specific-information-xcxwbn/

Categorized in Search Engine

With the new 6.11 version of Bing's iOS search app, results for a "homes for sale + zip code" query returns real estate listings for specified zip codes.

Bing rolled out updates to its iOS search app today, ranging from new video features to malicious website warnings and real estate searches.

According to the app’s iTunes preview, users can now create video lists from video search results and music videos. To make searching more safe, Bing has added warnings for malicious websites.

It also fixed bugs in the app that were causing certain answers not to display properly.

Included in the update is a new real estate search feature, making it possible to see real estate listings for a specific zip code using a “homes for sale + zip code” query.

bing real estate search

The real estate search feature appears to work only with densely populated zip codes. It worked when I searched for a nearby Louisville, Kentucky zip code, but failed to pull listings when I used my own – much less populated – zip code in Southern Indiana.

Author : Amy Gesenhues

Source : http://searchengineland.com/bing-updates-ios-search-app-new-ways-create-video-lists-find-homes-sale-269061

Categorized in Search Engine

Bing's video search has a fresh new coat of paint, and it's a vast improvement in both form and function.

Bing recently introduced a redesign to its video search layout to make it easier and faster to find the video you want. In addition to the new look, Bing video search has added new information for each result, such as the channel it comes from, the number of views it has, and upload date. The new redesign is also music-centric, with several additional features that appear only when you search for a song.

The new song-related features build on changes Bing made to music video search in late 2013. 

What’s new

At the center of the new Bing video search are larger thumbnail images on the results page, with the videos arranged in a straightforward grid as before. The number of videos per row changes based on your screen size. A 22-inch 1080p monitor will show you about six results, for example, while a 12.5-inch 1366-by-768 screen only gets four. Hover over a thumbnail image and, if the originating site allows it, you can watch a short preview as usual.

Underneath each thumbnail is where you’ll see the extra data, such as channel, number of views, and so on. Duration is also included, but that’s been a feature with Bing video search for some time.

The story behind the story: New looks, a focus on music, and more data for each result. It all adds up to Bing trying to become the best YouTube search engine available today. It includes videos from other sites such as Dailymotion and Vimeo, of course, but Bing’s results are dominated by YouTube since the Google-owned site is the preeminent place to watch videos online.

All about the song

uptownfunkbingvideo

Ads by Kiosked

Bing’s new song-specific video search.

Let’s say we searched for Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars.

As with previous versions of Bing video search, you’ll see other songs by the artist with a small thumbnail image of the artist on a dark background at the top of the page. In the case of Uptown Funk, you see the top songs by Mark Ronson.

Below that, you see a large thumbnail for the top result, which in most cases should be the video for the song you’re looking for. If you hover over the large image, the video won’t give you a preview. Press play, however, and the video starts playing in full right on the results page. Next to the featured search result, you’ll see other results and below that a horizontal carousel of related artists, followed by more video results.

Overall, the new Bing video search is much nicer to look at than previous versions, adds more information, and far exceeds the search experience on standard Google, Google video, and YouTube searches. Give it a try on Bing.com/videos.

Author : Ian Paul

Source : http://www.pcworld.com/article/2938483/bings-new-video-search-puts-google-and-youtube-to-shame.html

 
Categorized in Search Engine

Since Bing's debut in 2009, the search engine's user base has grown to 524 million unique users who conduct about 5 billion searches each month, according to an infographic published by Bing and its parent company, Microsoft.

The Bing Network of search partners has also grown: Bing now powers searches for Yahoo, Windows 10, Siri, Amazon, and others. And nearly one-third of searches conducted on PCs are powered by the Bing Network.

So, what does all that mean for your business?

When marketing, knowing your customers and where they spend their time is the first step. The infographic breaks down Bing users into some key psychographics, including Trendsetters and Tech Junkies.

See more about who's using the Bing Network and what that means for you. Click or tap on the infographic for larger version:

Author : Laura Forer

Source : https://www.marketingprofs.com/chirp/2017/31313/who-searches-on-bing-and-why-theyre-important-for-marketers-infographic

Categorized in Search Engine

Just in time for New Year's resolutions, Bing is rolling out new health-conscious search experiences.

Bing has added new search updates aimed at helping its health-conscious users.

Now, when you search for “workouts” or “exercises,” Bing will deliver carousel-styled search results with images that link to a wide variety of exercise options.

Filters within the carousel make it possible to narrow the search by gender, difficulty, target-area, type of exercise, or type of workout equipment.

bing-exercises-search

Bing has added the same carousel results for yoga and Pilates-specific searches, in addition to including how-to videos at the top of search results for a limited number of yoga poses.
yoga-pose

The Bing App has new updates as well, focused on healthy recipe-related searches. Queries for search terms like “low-fat recipes” and “low-fat stew recipes” will return a carousel of results where users can drill down via a “Nutrients” tab to see calorie counts, carbs, fat content and more for food items.

Users can also find calorie counts by searching “calories in a cup of” and adding a food item to the search term, i.e. “calories in a cup of couscous” will give you the following results:
bing-calorie-count-search

Searches for “foods rich in iron” and “foods rich in calcium” will offer a selection of food options in the same carousel-styled results:
bing-nutrient-specific-search

Bing says food search experiences on its app are now “even richer” — offering quick ways to find recipe preparation times, calorie counts and more for some of the most popular recipe searches.

Author : Amy Gesenhues

Source : http://searchengineland.com/bing-gets-shape-search-updates-exercise-healthy-recipe-related-queries-267129

Categorized in Search Engine

While Bing ranked multiple topics -- everything from top searched celebrities to tech trends -- it didn't share its most popular search term for the year.

Bing has released its most popular searches for 2016. The site offered multiple “Top Searched” lists, ranking everything from the most searched celebrities and tech trends to the top searched viral moments and web creators.

What Bing didn’t offer was a list of the most searched terms overall — so, while we know what the most searched animated TV show on Bing was in 2016 (“The Simpsons”), no data was given on the site’s most popular search term.

Here are a few of the lists Bing shared.

For the most searched celebrities on Bing, Lady Gaga ranked No. 1, followed by former teen couple Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.

Bing’s Top Searched Celebrities in 2016

  1. Lady Gaga
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Selena Gomez
  4. Katy Perry
  5. Serena Williams
  6. Taylor Swift
  7. Kim Kardashian
  8. Amy Schumer
  9. Beyoncé
  10. Rihanna

iPhone 7 was the most searched tech trend on Bing in 2016. Tesla made it into the list of most searched tech trends twice — ranking No. 2 and No. 10. Snapchat’s Spectacles also made it into the top 10.

Bing’s Top Searched Tech Trends in 2016:

  1. iPhone 7
  2. Self-Driving Teslas
  3. Nod to Shop
  4. 4-inch iPhone
  5. SoundCloud
  6. Autopilot
  7. ‘Textalyzer’
  8. HaloLens
  9. Snapchat Spectacles
  10. Affordable Tesla

“Ryder Cup Heckler” was the most searched viral moment on Bing, a list that also included “Harambe the gorilla” and “Pokèmon Go.”

Bing’s Top Searched Viral Moments in 2016

  1. Ryder Cup heckler
  2. Villanova’s piccolo girl
  3. Powerball
  4. Aston Martin winner
  5. Who’s the mom?
  6. Evgenia Medvedeva
  7. Harambe the gorilla
  8. #DaysoftheWeek
  9. Cats of the Internet
  10. Pokèmon Go

Bing ranked the top searched web creators as well (a list made up of YouTube’s top personalities), with video gamers DanTDM and Jacksepticeye at the top of the list, followed by Dude Perfect.

Bing’s Top Searched Web Creators in 2016

  1. DanTDM
  2. Jacksepticeye
  3. Dude Perfect
  4. Markiplier
  5. KSI
  6. Fernanfloo
  7. Superwoman
  8. Ryan Higa
  9. Thomas Sanders
  10. Lele Pons

In addition to celebrities, tech trends, viral moments and web creators, Bing also ranked the:

  • Top Searched Strange but True Stories
  • Top Searched Video Games
  • Top Anticipated Cars of 2017
  • Top Searched Olympians
  • Who We Lost
  • Top Searched Animated TV Shows
  • Top Feel Good Stories
  • Top Anticipated Movies of 2017

You can find Bing’s full list of top searches for the year at: Bing — Discover 2016’s most searched stories.

Author : 

Source : http://searchengineland.com/bings-top-searches-2016-lady-gaga-iphone-7-video-gamer-dantdm-take-top-spots-265379

Categorized in Search Engine
Page 2 of 3

airs logo

Association of Internet Research Specialists is the world's leading community for the Internet Research Specialist and provide a Unified Platform that delivers, Education, Training and Certification for Online Research.

Get Exclusive Research Tips in Your Inbox

Receive Great tips via email, enter your email to Subscribe.

Follow Us on Social Media

Book Your Seat for Webinar GET FREE REGISTRATION FOR MEMBERS ONLY      Register Now