The last place you'd expect to find malware — other than inside the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way — is the official Windows binaries for VLC, the free, ubiquitous media player. Yet, if you typed the name into Microsoft's Bing search engine a few days ago, you'd have been presented with a suspicious site warning. So, what went wrong?
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It feels as though Google has held the market on “point your camera at it to learn more” technology for some time now, first through its Translate app, which let you target signs in foreign languages with your smartphone’s camera and receive translations on the fly, and now via Lens, which expands this technology to give you plenty of information about the objects in photos you’ve taken (or are about to take).
Android: Google Now on Tap was easily the coolest feature announced at Google I/O this year. However, you still can't use it yet. If you want to get an idea of how it works though, Microsoft has gone ahead and added the feature to its Bing app.
Windows 10 brings a ton of sweet new features. Among them, you can now search the web directly from the Start menu. However, it will always use Bing. The Bing2Google extension for Chrome will redirect your searches to Google instead.
Android: Just months after releasing Next Lock Screen for Android, Microsoft is back with a second lock screen replacement app. This one lets you search the web (via Bing of course), get notifications, check the latest news, and change your wallpaper -- all without unlocking your phone.
We've already discussed how Windows 8.1 integrates Bing results into all your system searches, and it now turns out Microsoft plans to include Bing ads amongst the mix in its final release. Fortunately, it appears to be fairly easy to switch that off.
One of the main changes in Windows 8.1 is that Bing is now integrated into search, so you see web results along with apps and files. But how does that actually work, what happened to the Search charm, are Bing's results any use in Australia, and can you disable them? Find out with our screenshot tour.
The word 'Google' has been widely embraced by the English speaking world as a de facto verb for internet searches. When you want to find something out online, you don't search for it; you "google" it. But what about Microsoft's rival search engine Bing? Over the past few days, I've been asking friends, family and co-workers to 'Bing' search queries for me. Here's a transcription of some of their reactions...
Kogan's recent IE7 tax was a cheeky way for the online retailer to promote itself, as well as a reminder that many people are still using seriously-out-of-date browsers. Has Microsoft now retaliated by removing the main Kogan site from Bing search results?