Bing For iOS Gets Easier Search Options & Better SkyDrive Integration

With the glut of apps that have been getting updated to match the new iOS 7 UI, it is quite a surprise to see an update that doesn’t have much to do with the new firmware. Admittedly, the Bing app has always had Modern UI, but it isn’t exactly iOS 7-like in any way. The latest update of the app focuses more on adding to the features, rather than the interface. A number of handy shortcuts have been added to the homepage, making the app a lot like the Search section in Windows Phone. You can keep an eye on the search trends from the past week, find places near you (the equivalent of Local Scout on WP8), and Bing now offers some pretty thorough integration with SkyDrive for users wanting to keep their search history and bookmarks synced across multiple devices. Read More

Microsoft Brings Popular Windows 8 Bing Apps To Windows Phone

While some Bing apps, like Food & Drink and Health & Fitness, have only recently arrived on Windows 8, Bing Finance, News, Sports and Weather have been around for quite a while. When Windows Phone was announced, Microsoft pledged to bridge the gap between mobile and desktop with the platform. While we are moving in that direction, it will be a long time before Windows and Windows Phone gain some level of mutual integration. For now, the two platforms only share a precious few apps. That said, Microsoft finally seems to be rectifying matters, and has started by bringing the popular Bing app suite from Windows 8 to Windows Phone. You can finally have the official Finance, News, Sports and Weather apps from Bing on your smartphone. The apps aren’t too different from their desktop counterparts, which makes them all the more attractive. Read More

Replace Bing Maps With Google Maps On Facebook In Chrome & Firefox

If there’s anything Apple Maps has taught us, it’s that maps aren’t easy to make and Google Maps are awesomely awesome. Google Maps are the go-to maps for a large majority of people, and with the Google Maps app now available on iOS, it is bound to gain back any users it may have lost to Apple Maps when people upgraded to iOS 6. Google Maps is well known because it rocks, and Apple Maps is well known because it gets people in Australia lost in parks,which is why a lot of users were found to be rooting for the former. Though, there are other mapping solutions available on both mobile, desktop and web platforms that you might also want to replace with Google Maps. One common example is Facebook’s integration with Bing maps. In all fairness, Bing Maps aren’t all that bad, and if you weren’t to use them, it would be a matter of personal preference or low map detail in your region, and not because they don’t point you in the right direction. Should you want to replace them with Google Maps on Facebook, Facebook Panda is a Chrome extension and Firefox add-on that can do it for you. Read More

How To Get Back Bing Maps On Windows Phone 8

Unlike Apple's Maps saga, there weren't any complaints when Microsoft decided to ditch Bing Maps in favor of Nokia Maps for Windows Phone 8 devices. If you compare the feature list of both these services, Nokia Maps is the clear winner. However, that does not mean that Bing Maps was completely useless. After all, a lot of people (read Windows Phone 7 users) have spent the past couple of years navigating the roads thanks to Bing Maps. The unavailability of Bing Maps in WP8 can prove to be a bit of an inconvenience for users migrating to the new platform from Mango phones, if they are satisfied with what they were using and don't want to fix what's not broken for them. Also, Bing Maps offers better mapping for some areas as compared to Nokia Maps. Fortunately, now you can get the best of both worlds by enjoying Nokia and Bing Maps side-by-side on WP8. Read More

Wallpaper Downloader: Automatically Grab Latest Images From Bing & Apply As Wallpaper

Changing the wallpaper on your computer's screen after some time is important to keep both your display and your mood fresh. Staring at the same screen over and over makes things pretty boring (at least, for some people). One option is to use the Windows 7 Themes available in the Personalization dialog box, or you can also change the wallpaper manually by searching for an image that you like on Google, downloading it, and setting it up as your background. However, that requires a lot of time and effort, and everybody does not have that much on their hands just for changing a wallpaper. Previously, we have covered some very useful applications for Windows that automatically change your desktop background after a specified interval, such as Mourao Wallpaper Changer, a tool that automates the process of changing the wallpaper after a certain time interval, and Kuvva, an application that automatically downloads a wallpaper from Kuvva website and sets it as your background each day. Today, we have another utility called Wallpaper Downloader that lets you download Bing wallpapers and apply them as your background on a regular basis. Keep reading to find out more about Wallpaper Downloader. Read More

Bing Translator Now Allows Offline Translation Via Text, Speech & Camera [WP7]

The quality of translation apps in the Window Phone 7 Marketplace is pretty good in general. In addition to a host of third-party apps from the genre, there is one developed by Microsoft itself. We are talking about the Bing Translator app, of course. This Mango app has been around for about as long as WP7 itself, but now Translator just became a whole lot better, to compete with apps like previously reviewed Babylon. Translator now has the ability to work offline for some languages, and lets you provide input in the form of text, through speech or by scanning an image of text using the camera using OCR (Optical Character Recognition). Imagine the usefulness of that feature, as now you can take your WP7 along on trips as your personal translator without having to worry about internet connectivity. After the break - an overview of the app's new and old features. Read More

Bing Desktop: Daily Change Your Desktop Wallpaper To Bing Homepage

While some people like to keep a single wallpaper or a set of wallpapers as their desktop background, others like to keep changing their wallpaper to new, unseen ones. Wallpapers help you in two simply ways. First, they provide aesthetics and secondly, they set your mood according to whats you're doing. I have always emphasized on the importance of wallpapers to one's everyday computer work. While Windows stock wallpaper application pretty much does the job in changing (and even automating) wallpapers, there are various third-party tools that offer much more. Previously, we have covered some good wallpaper changing applications that automatically decorate your desktop background everyday, or after a specified time, such as Kuvva, an application that automates the process of searching for wallpapers and changing them each day on your computer as well as your Twitter account, and Color Desker, that refreshes your desktop background after a specified time interval. Recently, Microsoft released a similar application called Bing Desktop based on their Bing search engine. This miniscule tool automatically applies the Bing homepage image to your desktop background each day. Moreover, it provides you with easy access to the Bing search box, letting you search directly from your desktop. Read More

Get Instant Google/ Bing Search Results For Highlighted Text [Chrome]

The Search Google For option in the right-click context menu for selected text is useful but limited to only your default search engine. Should you ever want to search on Bing or Yahoo, you will have to first open it by manually entering the URL or by Googling it. Search Highlighter is a Chrome extension that unifies this search for Google and Bing. At any given time, you can select text and it will automatically be added to the search bar added by the extension. You can then choose whether to search it on Google or on Bing. Related search words are also shown on the search bar. You can change the location of the search box and place it either at the top or bottom of the page. Search Highlighter provides you with Google or Bing search results. You can access the previously used search keywords by clicking the arrow located at the end of the toolbar. Read More

Custom Slideshows & Dynamic Bing Wallpapers For WP7 Lockscreen [Homebrew]

On the surface, it might seem like developers are not really interested in Windows Phone 7, but the truth of the matter is that the Mango platform does have its band of dedicated developers, not the least of whom is Jaxbot from Windows Phone Hacker. The WP7 wizard has done it again, and after Orientation Lock, Folders, Windows Break and various other groundbreaking homebrews, now you can apply dynamic images as the wallpaper of your Windows Phone. I am a big fan of new wallpapers personally, and that’s why I like to change the background of my phone’s lockscreen daily (computer as well). With the new homebrew (Dynamic Background), however, that problem has been solved, and I won’t have to change the wallpapers manually again. Dynamic Background can be used to set up a slideshow for the lockscreen, and it also comes with the option to tap into the dynamic Bing wallpapers, and your lockscreen will reflect the search engine’s background automatically. Read More

search fast: Instant Access To Dictionary, Wikipedia & Bing [Chrome]

Has it even happened to you that, while browsing the web, you come across a term that you want to look up the meaning for, but either choose to ignore it or save for later, just because you don't want to be bothered with visiting an online dictionary or wiki and find the relevant item. For such situations, search fast is a Chrome extension that allows you to look for these terms from the same page through a compact pop-up. You can search terms on Dictionary.com, Wikipedia and Bing. The pop-up adjusts inside the browser window without blocking your view, giving you a handy, quick approach. Read More

Whitelist For Chrome Blocks Access To All Websites Except Allowed Ones

Wasting too much time on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter? There are many website blocking extension available, but most are either too complicated or only limit the time you spend on websites. Whitelist For Chrome extension quickly lets you focus on work, eliminating distractions by automatically blocking all pages from any website that is not in your list of allowed sites. Not only does this come in handy for avoiding distractions while working, but also if you have kids in your household and want to limit their use of the PC to specific allowed domains. When creating a whitelist you can also use wildcards to allow the subdomains for websites. Read More

das Image: Download Photos From Instagram, Picasa, 500px & Flickr [WP7]

If you are an admirer of professional photography, or would just like to have some seriously amazing wallpapers on your Windows Phone 7, then das Image is just the app you need. It is a WP7 app which brings a collection of amazing images to your screen by scouring some of the best photo-related sources on the web. das Image pulls photos from services like Picasa, Bing, 500px, Flickr and even Instagram. Read on to learn how you can use this app to get amazing, high quality images on your WP7 device. Read More

Google Privacy: Tracking-Free Search & Browsing Experience [Firefox]

Do you wish to opt-out of online tracking? Harvesting browsing information and cataloging a user's preferences is something certain websites have been doing for quite a while now, in order to deliver 'a more personal web experience'. While that may be so, cautious surfers on the internet have always been troubled by an anonymous party saving and analyzing their data. Mozilla's Firefox browser comes bundled with a 'Do-Not-Track' privacy setting, but Google and other search engines seem to override it and continually track online searches and other activities. Google Privacy Firefox add-on shows tracking-free links or can replace the tracked links, supporting Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Facebook and Bing. Read More

Access DVD & Book Cover Scanning In Bing Vision Outside US [WP Mango]

Despite the latest update to Windows Phone 7 being a mere beta so far, we have been talking about Mango and it’s cool, new features for quite a while now (like connecting to hidden Wi-Fi networks, media sharing from messages and graphical emoticons). One thing we haven’t discussed yet, however, is Bing vision. Frankly speaking, the capacitive search button in WP7 can get a bit annoying (especially while within an app when you hit it accidentally). But Microsoft put it there for a purpose, and now that purpose just got one huge face-lift. Gone are the days when hitting the search button just took you to the Bing homepage, and in Mango Microsoft has decided to add a lot of new and cool features to the Search menu in WP7. Among the changes coming to the search area in Mango is Bing Vision. In the next update of WP7 you will be able to use your mobile's camera to scan book covers and QR codes, in order to learn more about these products. Read More

Bing’s “We’re In” For WP7 Helps You Get Closer To Your Friends, Literally

Almost any person who has more than 2 friends has experienced the situation where you all want to meet up at a café or a mall and a flood of confusion breaks loose before everyone can finally get to the place decided earlier. The person who organized the whole thing is left frantically texting and calling everyone else to find out their whereabouts and expected time of arrival. If you are a Windows Phone 7 user, then say goodbye to this scenario. Thanks to Bing, now there’s an app for handling such situations. We’re In comes with the sole aim of keeping you connected with your friends based on their (and your) location. Now, you don't have to call and interact with all the people separately. In fact, you don't have to do anything at all. We're In maps the location of all your friends, and you can easily broadcast a message to the whole group with a single tap. Read More

Change the Default Search Engine In Windows Phone 7 [How To]

Some of us today have become so addicted to search engines that sometimes the impulse is there to look for your lost pair of socks on Google! Due to this essential role of search engines, many web browsers come integrated with search engines. You simply have to go to your browser’s address bar and key in any word you want to search. This is a time-efficient tool as you don’t have to go all the way to the search engine’s website and search from there. Being a pretty slick OS, Windows Phone 7 uses Internet Explorer as its default web browser and Bing search comes integrated with it. But if you are more of a Google or Yahoo fan, you can change this setting using a little registry tweaking. Read More

How To Search Bing With Firefox Address Bar

In Firefox, if you type any keyword in the address bar (also called URL bar) and don’t select any suggestions from the awesome bar before pressing Enter, you will be taken directly to the Google search result page. Even though users can change the search engine of the search bar (which is located next to address bar), there is no build-in option to change the search engine of the address bar as well. Read More

Bing Add-on For Firefox

Microsoft’s recently launched Bing search engine(which was codenamed Kumo) now has a Firefox add-on, which allows you to make Bing your default search engine in Firefox. The installation is pretty straightforward, all you have to do is to click Add to Firefox button. It will then ask if you would like to add Bing to the list of search engines available in the search bar. By checking the Start Using It Right Away checkbox, Bing will be made your default search engine, instantly. Read More