Posts Tagged ‘search’

Google’s mobile search delivers apps from Android Market

June 3rd, 2010

I am really surprised that it has taken this long. Google is Search and what better results for mobile searches about Android Apps than actual app listings in the market?

Google’s mobile search now finds market apps

Yet another wonderful innovation from Google! We all know and love that little Google search widget on our home screens. Well, Google has stepped up what it can do to make your life easier. Simply type in the name of an application or game you are looking for and viola, there it is! With a quick glance you can see the price, rating, publisher plus a link that directs you into the market for download. It makes searching out those applications a lot easier. It appears it currently will only search out apps that are relevant and well-rated. It’s a great step in the right direction.

Only issue I have run into personally is a very simple one. I use many different browsers on my phone. I am currently using Dolphin HD and my settings for user agent are for desktop view. This of course doesn’t return the same results as if set to Android or mobile. My suggestion would be anytime you use the search feature select the phones stock browser to return the results more effectively.

via Google’s mobile search now finds market apps | AndroidSPIN.

Collecta real-time search has custom real-time widget

March 2nd, 2010

Collecta.com delivers real-time, streaming news stories about the web’s most popular topics.

Collecta.com also now offers a cool, fully customizable widget that delivers the real-time streaming content that you want. The information is delivered in a top down format with the newest information appearing at the top. This widget is similar to the Twitter widget that is offered directly from Twitter. In fact, the Twitter widget in the sidebar of Widgetslab is where I saw a tweet about the Collecta widget that inspired me to write about it.

I created a quick “Google” topic Collecta widget for display purposes. You can imagine how fast the results poured in.

You can pause and un-pause the flow of information in this widget with one click. This is a cool feature if you plan to have a very active topic. A pause button would be a welcome feature for the Twitter widget. (hint, hint Twitter)

One thing I did notice is that Collecta widget allows you to use your own CSS to customize the widget. This is a bit geeky for most users. But the custom CSS option offers you unprecedented control over the appearance of the widget. I personally would prefer that you could choose to either use your own CSS or choose some simple border colors from a palette. (maybe a future option)

Collecta says:

The Collecta Widget Builder lets you make a widget for use in your website. Fill in the fields below, click “Build Widget” and preview the result at right. If you like what you see, grab the code and use it in your site. If not, edit the fields and build again until you are happy with the result.

So, if you are interested in having the latest information on any given topic, displayed right on your site…check out http://widget.collecta.com/

Bing Translator widget

October 15th, 2009

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The Bing Translator widget allows visitors to your blog to easily translate it into their language of choice. (no Klingon yet)

Setting up the widget is very simple.
1. enter the web address of your page
2. choose your color
3. choose your width
4. agree to the Microsoft Terms of Service
5. submit
6. copy the code (JavaScript)

and there you have it.

Bing Translator widget

Yahoo Toolbar 8.0 and 2.0 Beta: Catching Up With The Times

June 22nd, 2009

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Yahoo Toolbar 8.0 (IE) and 2.0 Beta (FireFox)  is out and its new. but if you suddenly feel invaded by a Deja Vu looking at this picture:

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It is ok to be. you are not losing your mind. Yahoo Toolbar 8 is indeed familiar. The reason it is so familiar is because it shamelessly copies from IE8 WebSlices, Google Toolbar 8 and MSN Silverlight Toolbar. so there is not much to say about it for you if you are already a IE8 user. but i do give it to them: it looks great. so if you are a Yahoo Fan, you like Yahoo Widgets, this is a must. otherwise don’t bother  with it if you already have IE8 since you can get Yahoo Webslices and Accelerators and replace most of the Toolbar features. but if you are a Firefox user and you like Yahoo it  is worth checking it out. the same if you are in a machine with IE7 and you are not allowed to upgrade it but you are able to install stuff to it.

Yahoo Toolbar 8.0 and 2.0 Beta

via Techcrunch

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