Bing, XP, DuckDuckGo, More: No-Foolin’ Afternoon Buzz, April 1, 2014

If you happen to groove on April Fool’s Day, Lifehacker is aggregating a prank list.

Phil Bradley lists some interesting search operators for DuckDuckGo. I didn’t know about the QR code one.

Why yes, I AM still worried about the XP transition, and this article isn’t helping any. “To take fullest advantage of the situation, black-market vendors selling new XP exploits have been stockpiling them, waiting to release them until after Microsoft is no longer monitoring and repairing security flaws. Though third-party security firms will continue to update anti-malware programs for XP, users not running or updating such software could be permanently vulnerable to an ever-growing set of exploits.”

Search engine Bing has has extended its “Snapshot” feature.. “Snapshot brings together information that you need at a glance, with rich connections to deeper information on the people, places, and things you care about made possible by our deep understanding of the real world. To accomplish this, Bing now tracks billions of entities and perhaps more importantly, the billions of relationships between them, all to get you the right data instantly while you search.” The examples on the blog post included real estate listings, people, and universities.

I’m not even sure I can wrap my head around this: Google+ is as popular in the US as Twitter? Seriously?

Speaking of Google+, it is now showing you how many times your profile and content have been viewed. Good afternoon, Internet…

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About Tara Calishain

Covering the world of search engines, databases, and other online information collections since 1996.

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