Six months after iOS users were given access to Google’s Gboard, the tech giant is finally rolling it out for Android devices.

The keyboard comes as an update to the standard Google Keyboard, and has a Google search bar built right into the app.

Like its iOS counterpart, users can easily find and share information, GIFs and emojis based on their text - and it is designed with Glide Typing.

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Gboard comes as an update to the Google Keyboard, which offers a Google search bar built right into the top row. Like its iOS counterpart, Users can easily find and share information, GIFs and emojis based on their text - and it is designed with Glide Typing

Gboard comes as an update to the Google Keyboard, which offers a Google search bar built right into the top row. Like its iOS counterpart, Users can easily find and share information, GIFs and emojis based on their text - and it is designed with Glide Typing

Google announced the release on iOS back in May and the tech giant said it would eventually hit Android devices.

Although it took six months, the tech giant is keeping to its promises and the search-centric keyboard is now available for the other half.

Its currently available as an separate app from Google, but should make its way over to the Play Store, as it was designed to replace the Google Keyboard altogether.

A Google logo is shown on the keyboard, which represents the search engine for looking up information to send – such as restaurant locations, reports Ars Technica.

There is also the highly anticipated emoji search.

Users simply tap on the emoji button and a search field will appear – allowing you to search terms to find the right emoji.

The keyboard also has a GIF search, which will drop an animated image right into your chat window.

Gboard feels like all of your favorite text apps combined into one location.


Source:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4027076/Google-finally-launches-Gboard-app-Android-six-MONTHS-iPhone-users-download-smart-keyboard.html

Categorized in Search Engine

The makers of Firefox are today introducing a new mobile web browser for iOS users that puts private browsing at the forefront of the user experience. Called Firefox Focus, the mobile browser by default blocks ad trackers, and erases your browsing history, including your passwords and cookies.

The end result is a simplified browser that may load web pages more quickly, the company claims, given that ads and other web trackers can bog down pages and impact performance.

The app was originally launched on the App Store almost a year ago, but at the time was designed as an ad-blocking utility that could remove ads and trackers from iPhone’s Safari browser. That feature is still available in the revamped app, but it’s now aiming to compete more directly with Safari, too.

The browser itself doesn’t have any bells and whistles compared to its rivals, however. There are no tabs, no list of favorite sites, or numerous other configuration options. Instead, a trip to the Settings section only lets you toggle on or off the data you want to block, like ad trackers, analytics trackers, social trackers, other content trackers and web fonts.

Oddly, given the widespread privacy issues Yahoo is facing in the wake of one of the largest data breaches of all time, Firefox Focus has opted to use Yahoo Search as its default search engine. There doesn’t appear to be a way to change this in the current version, which is frustrating. (Update: Mozilla says search engine choice will arrive in a later release. Other markets outside the U.S. may have a different engine than Yahoo.)

Pointing users to Google may seem counterintuitive for a company focused on protecting personal data, but eliminating user choice in such a Big Brother-like fashion under the guise of knowing what’s best is off-putting, as well.screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-10-57-11-am

After you complete a web search, you can erase that activity with a simple press of an “erase” button. Firefox Focus could have automated this, but there’s something about manually clearing a search that feels cathartic.

Despite an increased interest in privacy — especially now, following this period of tumultuous political upheaval here in the U.S. — Firefox may again be too late the game to compete. Already, the top mobile browser makers offer private browsing modes, and there are a number of third-parties that have made private browsing a focus for years, like Tor. The App Store, too, is filled with utilities for private browsing, including a number of startups like Ghostery, Dolphin, Brave and others.

Once one of the world’s top browsers in the desktop era, Firefox didn’t really weather the shift to mobile. Instead of jumping to produce a mobile-friendly browser for the dominant platforms, it protested against the App Store’s restrictions, refusing to build an iOS versionfor years. That finally changed, and Firefox for iOS launched to all around a year ago. But it simply was too late to matter.

The new Firefox Focus is a free download on the Apple App Store. No word on if or when an Android version will be ready.

Author:  Sarah Perez

Source:  https://techcrunch.com

Categorized in Science & Tech

Mountain View, California, November 30th, 2016- – TourMega, a travel startup based in Silicon Valley, launched the first search engine dedicated to tours and activities around the world on November 4th 2016.

TourMega features more than 10,000 tours and activities on six continents and will be adding new choices added on a weekly basis. Travelers will be able to search for and book a variety of experiences from a classic cruise on the Nile to a trek to the Annapurna mountains in Nepal. “What’s unique about TourMega is that not only will we pull from a variety of tour sites around the world, we also provide the option for amateur tour guides and local experts to sign up and post their own unique experiences” says Eric Espino, one of TourMega’s founders. “This allows them to share their personal knowledge with the world and tap into the ever growing ‘gig economy’ and make extra cash on the side.”

Tourmega’s technology is user friendly and optimized for mobile devices to allow travelers to search or post an experience on the go and in minutes. “TourMega is the kayak for tours and activities. We’re working to make our search engine robust, providing many options for users to search and compare tours from different partners that we work with around the world” Says Quyhn Pham, TourMega’s Co-founder and CEO. She adds “We are also working on an AI platform to help users book their trips based on past travel behavior and individual interests”. The team also is working on mobile applications for Android and IOS devices which should be available in 2017.

Categorized in News & Politics

About.com is launching its third standalone brand in the form of Lifewire, a tech information and advice site.

Lifewire will offer advice and answers on common tech questions and problems in the most clear, simplified format possible.

About, the IAC-owned media company, is in the midst of a transition. Instead of serving information about how to bake a pie and how to manage your personal finances in the same place, the company is breaking up its various catalogs of DIY and how-to information into branded verticals.

The shift started in spring of this year, with the launch of health and wellness site Verywell. Verywell launched with more than 50,000 pieces of content ranging from common medical conditions like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis to simple health tips like how to get more sleep or advice on fitness.

In early September, About launched the second new vertical with The Balance, a personal finance site. Smaller than Verywell, The Balance launched with 34,000 pieces of existing content, all organized under the topics of personal finance, investing, money hacks, career advice, and small business tips.

Lifewire will launch with 16,000 pieces of content written by 40 writers, all focused on how to fix products that aren’t working, what gear to buy, and how to get the most out of gadgets. CEO Neil Vogel said that the company is intent on not crossing the line into technology news, but rather offering more evergreen, informational content.


About plans to launch five total branded sites. However, the next two (Home and Food) will feel a bit different from the existing verticals. Vogel says that with the first three sites, Verywell, the Balance and Lifewire, users are more likely to dive deep and narrow on a certain topic. But the Home and Food verticals are inherently more browsy.

Lifewire may be one of the smallest verticals from About’s new portfolio, but the company chose to launch it before Home and Food (official names TBA) because they had already built out that topic-focused format with Verywell and the Balance.

About’s transition to standalone brands not only benefits users, but helps the company get traction on social media, as well as serve more targeted, effective advertisements.

If you want to check out Lifewire, head over to the website here.

Source : https://techcrunch.com

Author : Jordan Crook

Categorized in Science & Tech

Firefox announced the launch of its Firefox Focus browser for iOS users. Firefox claims that it is a private browser designed to not leave behind traces of internet browsing on the device. Firefox Focus aims to protect online privacy by blocking web trackers and analytics, the company said.

Firefox reports that users can browse content with the knowledge that ‘browsing history, passwords, cookies’ can be deleted with a tap of the “Erase” button, which is located next to the search bar. The company claims that browsing on Firefox Focus is faster compared to other browsers thanks to default blocking of trackers and advertisements that slow down page loading times.

“For the times when you don’t want to leave a record on your phone. You may be looking for information that in certain situations is sensitive – searches for engagement rings, flights to Las Vegas or expensive cigars, for example. And sometimes you just want a super simple, super fast Web experience – no tabs, no menus, no pop-ups,” Firefox said in a blog post.

The browser is bare-boned with a single input box for entering the URL and search functionality using Google(UK) or Yahoo (US). Firefox Focus however, lacks features such as ‘Tabs’, ‘Menus’, and other features, reports The Guardian. There is also no option to change the default search engine from Yahoo, as of yet.

Customising tracking information is found under ‘Settings’. The following trackers can be blocked- ‘advertisements’, ‘analytics’, ‘social’ and others.

Apple’s decision to allow developers write Safari integrations resulted in Firefox initially launching the ‘Focus by Firefox’ in December 2015 as a content blocker for Safari. The new app can still integrate with Safari for blocking tracking information, Firefox added.

Mozilla told Engadget that depending on how the iOS app is received, it’ll consider building an Android version of Firefox Focus. The app is currently available for free on Apple’s App Store.

Author:  Tech Desk

Source:  http://indianexpress.com/

Categorized in News & Politics

A new startup, Justice Toolbox, Inc., today released its online search engine to help everyday people find lawyers (http://www.justicetoolbox.com). The search engine uses data mined from official state court records to compute and display how many cases a lawyer has won and lost and the lawyer’s approximate win rate. All of this is done on a per case type basis, so that, for example, consumers can see how often lawyers win in traffic cases separately from divorce cases. No other products on the market allow consumers to check how often lawyers actually win cases.

The search engine uses data from close to 5 million state court records, includes over 70,000 lawyers, and allows searching for 180 case types. It is free to use.

The core technology was developed in secrecy over the last year and involves a custom-designed artificial intelligence (AI) program that analyzes each court record, formally called a “docket,” that is the official record of events in a case. Dockets are commonly used by lawyers, though they are incomprehensible to everyday people due to legal jargon. Justice Toolbox’s AI reads and understand these dockets as a lawyer would, in order to determine the case outcome, case type, and the attorneys involved.

“Choosing counsel is one of the most important decisions a person can make in their legal case,” said Bryant Lee, Founder and CEO of Justice Toolbox, Inc. “People should have the benefit of seeing an attorney’s public court records before making that decision.”

The startup is the brain child of Lee, an attorney and Harvard Law School graduate, who previously worked at one of Washington, D.C.’s largest law firms, Covington & Burling LLP. He was inspired to create Justice Toolbox because attorneys at his firm would routinely send company-wide emails asking for suggestions on attorneys to use for everyday issues. He realized that even lawyers had no idea how to find other lawyers and that a technological solution was needed. As a lawyer, Lee would regularly read court dockets and believed that he could develop an AI program to do the same thing.

Justice Toolbox is based in Bethesda, Maryland and is initially launching with data from Maryland and District of Columbia courts. It plans to expand to more cities and states across the country by next year.

Source:  prweb.com

Categorized in Search Engine

Have you ever noticed that when you launch Safari on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, before you can really use the app it often has to refresh the last active web page? This slows down your browsing, and while on newer hardware it doesn’t happen too often and it’s not a terribly long delay, on the iPhone 3G and older iPod touch it’s dreadfully slow.

A simple solution to speed up Safari in iOS is to load a blank page by bookmarking one, here’s how to do 


  • Tap on Safari to launch the app
  • Tap onto the URL field and type “about:blank” and then choose “Open” – this loads a blank page in Safari
  • Now tap on the bottom Share arrow icon and select “Add to Home Screen” to create a bookmark
  • Label this something like “New Safari” and tap on “Add”

You’ll now find a blank white Safari icon on your iOS home screen, drag this to where ever you’ll use it (even the iOS dock to replace Safari if you want), and now when you tap on that white bookmark, Safari will load almost instantly since it no longer has to refresh the last visited page and instead it just loads a blank white page.

As I mentioned earlier, this is a great tip for older hardware in particular, especially anyone coping with the painfully slow experience of iOS 4+ on an iPhone 3G or an older iPod touch.

The only real downside is that the white icon isn’t as attractive as the Safari default icon, this can’t be changed unless you’re jailbroken.

This tip comes from MacWorld via Carlos, thanks for the submission!

Source:  osxdaily.com

Categorized in Science & Tech

Performance marketing platform Criteo, best known for its programmatic display product ad retargeting capabilities, is expanding into search. The new product, Criteo Predictive Search, is aimed at bringing predictive optimization to Google Shopping campaigns.

Google Shopping continues to grow, with same-store sales increasing between 30 and 50 percent over the past year, according to Channel Advisor. Recent research by Engel Research Partners, commissioned by Criteo, found Google Shopping now accounts for 21 percent of the average retailer’s digital marketing budget. While there has been significant innovation on the engine side, Jason Lehmbeck, general manager of search at Criteo, said in an interview that retailers are looking for partners to help turn the added complexity that’s come with this innovation into more sales. A lot of the tools just haven’t kept up, he said.

Criteo Predictive Search is designed to automate the entire optimization process for Google Shopping campaigns without increasing the retailer’s cost per order. It uses machine learning to identify opportunities for better matching and bidding opportunities down to the product level. Every aspect of the campaign from structure to remarketing to bids is modified automatically through the system. The predicitive technology, in part, learns from Criteo’s existing access to and analysis of over 1.2 billion users it delivers advertising to per month for over four billion SKUs.



Roughly 30 retailers, including Telefora, Camping World and Revolve, have been testing the product in closed beta. Criteo says early testers have seen as much as a 22–49 percent lift in revenue at constant cost. The product is priced on a revenue share model, and there are no annual contracts or charges as a percentage of spend.

Criteo Predictive Search is launching in the US on Tuesday, with more markets to follow in 2017. It does not encompass Local Inventory Ads at this time.

Source:  searchengineland.com

Categorized in Search Engine

NEW YORK, Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Talkwalker, a leading social data intelligence company, today announced the launch of talkwalkerNow, a trend discovery tool that uses artificial intelligence to identify and analyze global trends online in real-time.

talkwalkerNow is the fastest, simplest way to uncover trends within any topic, in any region. The platform crunches data across social networks, news sites, blogs, forums and more, over a total of 150 million websites and analyzes them instantly to help brands, agencies and publishers create viral content before their competitors.

"talkwalkerNow gives digital marketers, copywriters, journalists and editors their own personal trend search engine that can tell them what to write and when for maximum impact," says Christophe Folschette, Partner and Founder of Talkwalker. "The network effects of social media have given trending stories the power to reach millions of people across the globe. With this new product, brands and media can harness this immense force for their content as soon as - or even before - a new trend starts spreading."

This new tool finds trend categories using a powerful AI algorithm that goes beyond simple keyword based searches and instead learns how to identify topics from text within posts and articles. Using predictive analytics, this new technology can also forecast the scale and speed at which a story or trend will grow.

Brands and publishers can use talkwalkerNow in a variety of ways:

  • Newsjacking: Save time manually researching real-time trends in your country, industry or niche and use analytics to find the right way to jump on these trends.
  • Content Creation: Discover and analyze the most important trends for your needs and use this information to create relevant, timely and engaging content.
  • Real-Time Marketing: Build effective campaigns around real-time trends to improve targeting and conversions. Increase effectiveness of social initiatives by responding to and advertising topics that resonate.
  • Competitive Intelligence: Know which types of content are working for your competitors and create or promote similar content.

talkwalkerNow will be a new addition to Talkwalker's product range alongside the Talkwalker social listening and analytics platform. For more details on pricing, please contact us or visit our website.

About Talkwalker

Talkwalker (www.talkwalker.com) is one of the world's leading social data intelligence companies. Its cutting edge technology provides actionable social media insights through real-time social listening and advanced social media analytics. Talkwalker helps marketers to prove the value of their social efforts and significantly enhances the speed and accuracy of business decision-making.

Talkwalker's state of the art social intelligence platform monitors and analyzes online conversations on social networks, news websites, blogs, forums and more, in over 187 languages. Its 1500 servers process posts from 150 million websites every day. Talkwalker's unique social intelligence software was selected to become a Twitter Official Partner in 2014.

The Talkwalker social intelligence platform is used by over 600 clients around the world, including Microsoft, HPE, Volkswagen, Benetton, and communications specialists such as Edelman, Peppercomm, Publicis, Ogilvy, and Weber Shandwick.  


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Categorized in Science & Tech

Copying Snapchat and capitalizing on the acquisition of MSQRD, today Facebook finally integrated augmented reality selfie lenses it calls “Masks” into its main app. Starting with Halloween-themed skeleton, witch and pumpkin masks, some Facebook users can now start to use the special effects when they go Live.

Masks simultaneously make Facebook feel more modern, lure users to Live in order to try them and decrease self-consciousness while broadcasting.

The feature will start rolling out today to iOS users in the U.S., U.K. and New Zealand, and public figures on Facebook Mentions for iOS. Facebook says masks will come to Android and more countries “in the coming months.”


Facebook is also offering limited-time Halloween variants of its beyond-the-Like-button emoji Reactions, like a laughing witch instead of the Haha reaction, a Wowed ghost, sad Frankenstein and a mad jack’o’lantern. Users can just tap and hold on the Like button during the days around Halloween.

Facebook acquired MSQRD back in March, and briefly tested using a similar technology to offer Canadians and Brazilians some Olympic-themed masks for traditional photos and videos. In July, Facebook started letting users go Live from inside of MSQRD‘s own app.

But today represents the earnest start of a rollout of masks to Facebook proper. The feature could revitalize Facebook, which looks a little stale and stodgy compared to Snapchat, with its focus on creative tools. Masks could also make users less shy about going Live on camera, which can be a bit awkward. For the same reason, Facebook added Live color filters and is prototyping Prisma-esqe AI style transfer Live video filters that make your footage look like fine art. Though with masks, now you can actually obscure your face so you don’t worry about how you look.


To try on the Masks, users can launch a Live video broadcast with the button on their Timeline, News Feed or Page, then tap the magic wand in the upper left corner to reveal Facebook’s special effects. After selecting the masks icon, users can scroll through the options and tap on any to see them on their own face. There’s no need to tap and hold on your face to activate the augmented reality feature like Snapchat used to require.

After 12 years and everyone’s parents joining, Facebook is struggling to hold on to any sense of cool it still has from its wild college-growth days. The simple fact that it’s used by 1.71 billion people negates any sense of exclusivity or ahead-of-the-curve hipness that users might get from newer social apps like Snapchat, Musical.ly and Houseparty.


But Facebook is trying desperately to stem the shift of engagement elsewhere by showing it can offer zany creative tools, not just text status updates, baby photos and engagement announcements. A report from The Information earlier this year said Facebook had seen significant drops in original content sharing as the News Feed became dominated by Instant Articles.

The problem is people can read news in lots of places, but Facebook thrives by being the home for what you do with friends. Halloween has historically been one of the most active seasons for Facebook as everyone goes to share photos of their costumes, so it’s the perfect time for Facebook to roll out its vision for the future of visual communication.

Snapchat may have started consumer augmented reality, but Facebook wants to scale it.

Source : techcrunch

Categorized in Science & Tech
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