This year' on April Fools' Day, Microsoft too join the Mountain View-based Google, who every year introduces new products--with poking fun at the search company.
Today, Bing introducing a new test feature called "Bing Basic," where if you visit bing.com and enter a certain telltale query, you'll get something a little more bland.
Basically, if you visit the Bing.com U.S. page today and type in "Google" in the search box--Bing dispalys a mockup of Google search page--that offer two different options, "to either start a search or hit the "I'm Feeling Confused" button." Clicking on the link, takes you to Bing blog post explaining,
"Today we're running a special test, where if you visit bing.com and enter a certain telltale query, you'll get something a little more bland. We decided to go back to basics, to the dawn of the Internet, to reimagine Bing with more of a 1997, dial-up sensibility in mind." the blog post reads.
Microsoft also introduces today "Do Not Tracksuit," a wearable computing appliance that enforces context specific privacy preferences in real world environments.
The Do Not Tracksuit. will be available at retail the first day of the second quarter in 2014.
Simply "It blocks the wearer from being tagged, checked in, scanned, filmed, recorded, hashtagged or poked, in the real world and the virtual world," writes Frank X. Shaw, cvp of Corporate Communications at Microsoft.
"Using a combination of NFC, RFID, Bluetooth 5.2 and infrared emitter technology optimized in our labs, the Do Not Tracksuit is smart enough to detect specific device/app vectors and neutralize them in accordance with the wearer's intent. It doesn't simply block all social media behavior in its proximity. Using proven SmartScreen technology, the suit can tell the difference between your mom tagging a great churro in Foodspotting and a frenemy tagging your photo in Foursquare.
With fuzzy logic algorithms it can identify an attempted tracking behavior within a 100th of a second and select the precise frequency needed to neutralize it, blurring an image, garbling a recording, or jamming an upload in near real time.
And with repeated use, it improves its reaction time, building a branch-predicting profile of the people the wearer encounters and their preferred method of over-sharing," Shaw explains.
"Remember that scene in Minority Report where all of the billboards started calling him by name? We thought consumers deserved to opt out of that sort of thing. The Do Not Tracksuit is our first step," he adds.
Update: To help webmasters better rank their websites in search results, Bing today launched "SEO tag," that allows you to tell Bing where you should rank.
All you need to do is "just place the following code inside your page HTML, fill in the blanks to tell Bing which result your page should appear at," and "when a query is performed, we'll scan the page and place you accordingly," bing explains.
<link rel="seo" query="weather" set_to_position="2" /> <link rel="seo" must_be_before="*.mycompetitor.com/*" />
"That second line is very handy, too, as you can skip the actual rank position, the "set_to_position" portion, and simply specify that if a competitor's page is ranking for a term, that you are to rank one spot higher.
Upon launch we'll only recognize one "must_be_before" tag, but beginning on April 1st, 2014, you'll be able to stack up to 50 of them in your code to offer greater coverage for your site.
To ensure compliance with this request, should you insert more than one "must_be_before" tag this year, we'll simply contact your host and arrange for the server hosting your site to be put into a low-earth orbit for the following 365 days," explains Bing.
Bing further says, those it will also install a "Rank Me" button inside webmaster tools for you, to streamline the workflow.
Wolfram|Alpha unveils new "Handwritten Knowledge Engine," today--that has a team of real humans ready to transcribe and illustrate your queries.
A warning from Wolfram|Alpha: "I definitely cannot recommend running your homework through Wolfram|Alpha, printing out the handwritten results, and trying to pass them as your own. Definitely not."
Twitter introducing "Premium on Vowels," that will cost you $5
Twitter's new Twttr service has arrived. Consonents are still free - and Twttr promises "y" will remain free "today and forever".
Additionally, Twitter has expanded from 140 to 141 characters, but the price for that extra character is "based on a bidding system reflecting the popularity of the character you would like to add."
"We're doing this because we believe that by eliminating vowels, we'll encourage a more efficient and 'dense' form of communication," reads the blog post. "We also see an opportunity to diversify our revenue stream."
It looks Bing may be looking to take the Bing "Snapshot" idea even further, all the way to the home page and the Autosuggest box.
Samsung's Eco Trees, "a smart, eco-friendly air purifier that runs on solar energy." Get it? Chlorophyll? More like Bore-ophyll.
Here are all of their fresh new Eco Tree products:
- Air Fresh. SMART Eco Trees intake CO2 and release oxygen to support a healthier environment. These features are fully automatic and require only the addition of water and S (Solar) Beams.
- FOTA (Fragrance Over-The-Air). S Buds that blossom provide Fragrance over-the-air.
- SMART Cooling, an eco-friendly cooling effect on the surrounding area. Density of SMART Shades may vary by season.
- SMART View helps users see higher and further.
- Eco Design are available in various shapes and sizes with different options.
- Group Play usually results in positive synergies such as preventing soil erosion.
- SMART Share through S-eeds for SMART Sharing of your Eco Trees with friends and family.
- Evolution Kit are consisted of S Beams, water, fertilizers, etc. By applying these elements, you can help grow your Eco Tree. Enjoy the latest features of your Eco Tree. It's just like upgrading to a taller, stronger, state-of-the-art Eco Tree every year!
- Accessories including but not limited to swings, tires, ladders, tents, tree houses are available at dealers near you. Try the latest most innovative accessories on your Eco Tree.
- Special Editions are also available that provide food, entertainment and offer habitats for wild animals. Eco Tree 'mini' are also available for indoor application.
Sony releasing "Animalia" line of products for your tech product-starved pets. And they're really "stoked" about it. As are your pets, no doubt. Because your hamsters need to test out those Beats headphones you bought them for Christmas.
"The introductory line-up includes Sony-branded products targeted at owners with dogs, cats and hamsters, with additional devices and networked services slated for release later this year," according to Sony.
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