Archief voor 'Search engines'

Google about to launch browser

Google announced that they will launch Google Chrome, a new browser. Among the features are a powerful JavaScript enginge, V8 and (of course) tabbed browsing, but each tab is isolated from others which keeps the browser running smooth if one of the sites loaded happens to crash. According to the blog posting it should above all, be a very smooth and fast browser.

Wonder what this will do to the market share of Firefox, my currently favorite browser...

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The browser was just put online for download.

Google Chrome


Knol is live

Yesterday, Google launched Knol, an expert site similar to Wikipedia. One of the differences is that with Knol, authors are not anonymous. Users can comment on articles, rate and even review them.

Wired has an in-depth article and has spoken to several people involved in the project.


Google experiments with VisualRank

It's been a while since Google introduced it's 'game' Image labeler, to determine the relevance of search terms for particular images. Google scientists now published a paper describing the next generation of image search. This eliminates the need of humans describing images, and uses computers to analyze the images. It's capable to determine the similarities between images and images similar to a popular image will get a higher ranking automatically.

Might proof to be very useful, but I'm wondering whether search results delivered by this technique won't display only almost identical images. You'll probably need to be very specific in the search terms if the first results don't display the kind of image you're looking for. On the other hand, right now sometimes results don't seem to have anything in common with the terms you entered, so this may indeed be a very large step forwards in visual search.