In search of the rare Ethiopian wolf on the rooftop of Africa

Lizzie Pook October 15, 2018 Share this article Ethiopia’s wolves are one of the most endangered animals on the planet—even rarer than China’s giant panda. Travel writer Lizzie Pook crosses the remote Bale Mountains in hope of a glimpse. “I had a wolf named after me once,” says my guide Ayuba as we clomp towards […]

Is America's Search for Energy Independence Futile?

American prosperity has been built to a large extent by reliable access to cheap energy, both domestic and foreign. So it came as a great shock to the economic system in October 1973 when the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries cut off shipments of crude oil to the U.S. and other countries that supported Israel […]

Mozilla’s Firefox Focus redesign includes search suggestions

Mozilla has given its privacy-focused mobile browser, the Firefox Focus, a makeover for both iOS 12 and the Google’s newest mobile OS Android Pie. Both versions come with elements to fit each mobile platform’s aesthetic — the one for iOS 12, for instance, has menus with more rounded corners. The one optimized for Android Pie, […]

Microsoft unifying search across Bing, Office, and Windows

Enlarge / Even searches on Bing will show organizational results, in a section above the regular Web results. (credit: Microsoft) (credit: Joanna Bourne / Flickr) Microsoft is shaking up the search boxes found in Bing, Office, Windows, Teams, and everywhere else it shows up in productivity apps. Under the common banner “Microsoft Search” the plan […]

Snap is testing a way to search for products on Amazon right from Snapchat’s camera

Snap is stepping up its efforts to become a destination for ecommece, and it’s got a powerful new partner to do so. The ephemeral camera company announced today that it is partnering with Amazon to test a visual search search feature that will surface links to products on the ecommerce giant’s website. Users will be […]

Google employees considered manipulating search results to help protest Trump’s travel ban (GOOG, GOOGL)

Greg Sandoval/Sundar Pichai In early 2017, an undisclosed number of Google employees discussed via internal messages ways that they could manipulate search results in protest of President Trump’s travel ban, reports the Wall Street Journal. They suggested surfacing links to pro-immigration organizations and ways to contact government agencies when you searched for terms like “Islam” […]

Google brings its AI song recognition to Sound Search

Google’s Now Playing song recognition was clever when it premiered late in 2017, but it had its limits. When it premiered on the Pixel 2, for instance, its on-device database could only recognize a relatively small number of songs. Now, however, that same technology is available in the cloud through Sound Search — and it’s […]

Google’s rumored ‘Dragonfly’ search prototype tied data to phone numbers

While Google employees push back against and lawmakers ask questions about a rumored version of its search engine for China — with censorship and blacklists for terms like human rights, democracy or protest built-in — The Intercept revealed more details about how it might actually work. According to its sources, a “Dragonfly” prototype was built […]