Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. Free Ride? In Europe, Google Will Remain Firefox Search Default Despite No Deal How much does it cost to be Mozilla’s Firefox search provider in Europe? Perhaps nothing — because Google will continue to be the provider there despite not having any formal deal with Mozilla, come this December. Yesterday, it was big news that Mozilla announced new deals making Yahoo the default search provider for Firefox in the US, Yandex […] Bing Home Page Images Go High Definition, Add Captions & Add Features Bing announced changes to their search home page including a new HD quality daily background image, improved captions of the image, ways to customize the news on the bottom and quick links to Microsoft Office tools. The new home page images are HD quality with 1920×1080 pixels wide screen display. New image captions enables users […] How … [Read more...] about Firefox Picks Yahoo, Apple Maps Partners & Bing Home Page HD
Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. Yahoo Search Now Shows Your Flights, Events & Packages In The Search Results Yahoo announced that Yahoo Search, as well as Yahoo Mail‘s Today section will now show you your upcoming flights, events and package deliveries. To see this, you need to sign in with your Yahoo username on your phone, tablet, or PC and then search on Yahoo Search for [package], [events], or [flights] and you may […] Nokia Makes HERE Maps Available To All Android Users Nokia’s HERE Maps app, which had previously just been available for Samsung Galaxy Android phones is now available to all Android users. However it’s not in Google Play; users have to download it directly from the HERE site. In order to install the HERE app, you’ll need to go into settings –>security and enable installation of apps from […] Clicks On Google Search Ads Show Elsa Is … [Read more...] about Apple Maps Connect, Foursquare Data & Yahoo Search Personalized
Right as all the negative Apple Maps stories were coming out, Google’s Motorola division created an ad and Twitter campaign to argue that, unlike Apple Maps, Google Maps won’t get you lost. The campaign #iLost, also promoted on Google+, used a specific address as an example of one that Apple wouldn’t get right: 315 E 15th Street in Manhattan. As the Siri screenshot indicates, Apple Maps can’t find this address. However Apple Insider says the address is a park and not a real street address at all. The blog argues that Google created a false example to make Apple look bad: The problem, as noted by reader AMD Pettitte, is that 315 E 15th Street is not an actual address in Manhattan. A public park sits on that side of the street, making none of the block’s odd numbers a valid address . . . If you’re looking for an actual address in Manhattan, say 318 E 15th, the apartment building across from Google’s fictitious address in the park, Apple’s … [Read more...] about Did Motorola Use A False Address To Slam Apple Maps?
Apple’s iPhone 5 sales appear to be rolling along as the handset receives high praise in most reviews — except for Maps. And as the drumbeat of criticism over Maps continues, some tech journalists wonder if this “fiasco” would have happened if Steve Jobs were still alive. The NY Times Joe Nocera calls Maps an “unmitigated disaster” and implies that Jobs would not have allowed the current Maps product to get out the door. However we’ll never know the answer to that question. Jobs was a perfectionist but wasn’t perfect. He made his share of miscalculations and mistakes. The iPhone 4’s “antennagate” was an example of a significant technical and PR problem that occurred on Jobs’ watch. Apple’s competitors, Samsung, Nokia and especially Google-owned Motorola are also getting in on the action — the “smartphone wars” lately have taken on the feeling of a political campaign — exploiting the … [Read more...] about Google Vs. Apple Maps (And Siri)
The battle to dominate the local search space intensified these past few weeks as Apple and Google both announced new initiatives designed to capitalize on this rapidly growing market. The headlines – Apple introduces new Maps feature and Google Places becomes Google+ Local – sparked great interest: not only in what the moves mean for the industry, the companies themselves and the consumers who use these offerings everyday, but also in how they will impact local businesses that increasingly count on these tools to drive visibility and ultimately sales. While many questions remain about how these developments will play out, it does appear that with some foresight and work, local businesses can take some steps now to prepare for the new realities presented by these changes. The tactics for success themselves aren’t new, but they’re essential to the task. They include: Ensuring comprehensive and accurate business listings with key distribution channels and … [Read more...] about Start Getting Your Business Ready Now For Apple Maps, Google+ Local