22 April 2009

Ask.com brings back Jeeves the butler

I was one of the many people who were disappointed when “Ask Jeeves” dropped the butler to become just “Ask” and what used to be a popular method of search became just another search engine. There was even a few campaigns from fans and users who wanted the butler reinstated when the news broke in 2005. Nevertheless, it seems that …

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21 April 2009

Jeeves is back – and this time he’s social!

So after three years in the wilderness, the clever people over at Ask.com have decided to invite their famous butler Jeeves back in from the cold, in the hopes that his return will give them the edge over at least a few of their competitors. Whilst they are unlikely to be troubling Google's current domination any time soon, they have …

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21 April 2009

Microsoft Challenges Brand Loyalty

Microsoft claims that their search capability has improved significantly over the past few years. The only problem is that its hard for internet users to notice or even appreciate as their brand loyalty belongs to Google. Microsoft has therefore announced a search strategy overhaul and called it “Kiev”. This will be rolled out over the next few months. Exactly why …

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21 April 2009

Google Similar Images

Google Labs trials Similar Images functionality We all know that Google is striving to understand user intent when searching but this can be a trickly thing. For example, and I always use this one, type in 'Apple' and what exactly are you looking for? Apple Mac or Apple to eat? Tricky for the search engines to know even if you …

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20 April 2009

Microsoft’s Internet search must begin at ‘home’

Microsoft's challenging commitment to grow the share of it's search business isn't just a global issue. It's also a challenge within its own walls at Redmond. Despite investing 5 years and hundreds of millions of dollars on its search product, Live, Microsoft has struggled to get pc users to use its service, even those whom they employ at their offices. …

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19 April 2009

YouTube to feature sitcoms and full length movies

Google-owned YouTube, announced partnerships on Thursday with Sony Pictures, BBC Worldwide, CBS, Discovery Networks, Lionsgate, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, National Geographic, PBS, Sony's Crackle, Starz and others that will feature television shows and full length feature films. Users can visit  http://www.youtube.com/movies which currently includes mostly older movies like Cliffhanger and St Elmos Fire and http://www.youtube.com/shows for old sitcoms like Bonanza. International …

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19 April 2009

Vuyani Primary Beauty Contest 2009

Vuyani's neighbouring high school Guguletu Comprehensive hosted the Vuyani Primary Beauty Contest 2009 on Saturday afternoon in the school hall. The contest is a fundraiser for Vuyani and I was very honoured to be invited to be one of the judges. The start was delayed by an hour during which time the stage appeared to become a freestyle dancing contest …

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17 April 2009

Official – Ashton Kutcher bigger than CNN

Seriously though Ashton, what's with the crazy hat?!For those of you that have been following the big Ashton vs CNN contest over on Twitter (or maybe you read my story about it yesterday?) I'm pleased to announce that at about 7am GMT on Friday the 17th, Ashton took the first "1,000,000 followers" crown – and if you were following him …

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16 April 2009

4chan Runs Again

Ashton Kutcher and the CNN have challenged each other to see who can achieve 1,000,000 followers on their Twitter accounts. Both were perilously close at the time of writing; with CNN having 963,493 and Mr. Kutcher having 948,385. But, like with most challenges on the internet, the nefarious 4chan has a way of toppling the mightiest of contenders. The members …

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16 April 2009

Celebrities getting charitable with Twitter

The world of Twitter has been a-buzz in the past couple of days with talk of celebrities 'giving back' via Twitter. X-men star and all-round Australian nice-guy Hugh Jackman has pledged to give $100,000 to a non-profit charity that can pitch their cause to him using only 140 characters (the standard message format on Twitter) – an announcement which seems …

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