Verizon Wireless Announces Microsoft Search Deal
Verizon Wireless said it has reached an agreement to use Microsoft's mobile search services and will pre-load Microsoft's Live Search on all phones for the next five years. Verizon has been in talks with Microsoft for months to finalize the deal. Verizon had also been exploring options with Google. Live Search will allow Verizon Wireless subscribers to get news, traffic, movie times and shopping information on their phones.
Bing for iPhone Let's You Search via Pictures
Microsoft has updated its Bing search application for the iPhone and added the ability to search for images captured by the camera. The tool, similar to Google Goggles, lets users take a picture and then use the picture to perform a search.
Google Search and Maps to Show Live Restaurant Wait Times
Google can now let you know just how long the wait will be at your favorite restaurant. Google is adding live wait times to Google Search and Google Maps.
Microsoft Twists Torque from Android Wear to Android Phones
Microsoft recently updated its Torque application for Android Wear and carried it over from smartwatches to smartphones. With Torque, Android Wear and Android smartphone owners can shake or twist their device to launch Bing Voice Search.
Microsoft Rebuilds Bing for iOS
Microsoft today released a wholly new version of its Bing Search application for the iPhone. The app takes advantage of new features in iOS, such as app linking, to improve search suggestions and results.
Bing for Android Can Better Search Through Other Apps
Microsoft today updated its Bing Search app for Android devices and gave it the ability to perform searches from within other applications. The feature, called Bing snapshots, scouts things mentioned on any given page and provides relevant information about them in snapshots.