Your Google Search May Have Autoplaying Video Soon

Google is trialling video with autoplay on its search results. These videos will not only appear automatically, but will also play their audio automatically. It's this that generally causes the greatest consternation among users who don't want to jump out of their skin because some video starts chatting away. Read More >>

Google Fined £2.1 Billion for Abusing Being Google

The European Commission has done the sums and decided to hit Google with a vast fine of €2.42 billion (£2.14bn), as its long-running investigation into Google's abuse of being Google reaches its conclusion. Read More >>

How to Find Almost Anything on YouTube

The number of views YouTube videos get in a single day is up to the billions now, with hundreds of hours of new content uploaded every minute, versus the month it would take twelve years ago when YouTube launched. Searching through that deluge of video can be harder than searching the entire web, so here’s a helpful guide to find that weird Wonder Woman video you found in 2007 that you can’t stop thinking about, but haven’t seen since — provided its still on Youtube. Read More >>

Microsoft Paying UK Users To Use Bing

Microsoft's "Bing Rewards" offer incentives like Xbox gift cards and Skype credit for every search you perform on Bing. You get three points for each search and that's doubled for an introductory period to six, as long as you're using Microsoft Edge. Earnings are limited to 30 per day, or 60 if you're on Edge. The special points increase runs until the 15th of August. Read More >>

How Not to Protect Your Privacy Online

Privacy advocates across the country let out a collective sob a few weeks ago week when the US Congress dismantled a set of Obama-era internet privacy rules. In effect, the US government just just gave big telecom companies unfettered access to residents' browsing history and will even let ISPs sell that data for profit. While this won't affect us here in the UK, things like the Snooper's Charter mean we have our own privacy concerns to worry about. Read More >>

Snapchat’s Latest Feature Will Make Your Parents Very Happy

Snapchat has always seemed intentionally difficult to use. But once any good millennial figures out its quirks, the app can offer a whole world of magic. Now, that magic will be accessible to people of all ages and technological abilities, because the ghost-friendly app just announced it will add a search feature to its platform. Read More >>

Elf Porn Searches Rocket in Lead up to Christmas

Pornhub has issued one of those comedy press releases it admittedly does quite well for a business primarily based around monetising videos of people shagging, with the porn portal collating its top list of seasonal sex searches. Read More >>

No Prizes For Guessing the UK’s Top Search Terms of the Year

Remember the early bit of 2016 when all we had to worry about was Pokemon Go draining our batteries a bit fast? That's what historians will describe as the key moment of the year, as the mobile game's brief, incendiary spell of popularity made it one of the most popular search terms of 2016. Read More >>

How to Save a Ton of Time With Custom Searches on Android

Out of the box, Android doesn’t give you much flexibility when it comes to setting the default search in the toolbar at the top of the screen. A clever app called Custom Search Bar Widget lets you set up alternative searches for sites like YouTube, Wikipedia, IMDB, Google Maps, and more. It also completely transforms the look of the search bar. Read More >>

Google’s Adds an Icognito Search Mode on iOS

Even if you're on the go, there are times when you don't want your search history hanging around (I do hope you're very subtle about it, though). Chrome's Incognito Mode is a great tool for this, and now it's been added to iOS's Google Search App. Read More >>

Mobile Google Search Now Looks Inside Apps

Google's mobile search options have expanded a little bit today, with the tech giant deciding that people need a better way of searching for content that may be hidden away within apps on their devices. Read More >>

Google Adds Solitaire and Noughts & Crosses Games to Search Results

Want a new way to waste time in the office? Then good news as now all you need to do is search for "Solitaire" or "Noughts and Crosses" (or the American "tic-tac-toe" if you call it by the wrong name), and the game will pop up right there in your search results. Read More >>

4 Reasons Not to Use Google for Search

Google is pretty much everywhere. It’s in your smartphone, car, and maybe even your watch— but there’s still nothing like searching Google on a desktop computer. To this day, about 64 per cent of US web surfers use Google as their primary search engine. Read More >>

This Image Search Turns Your Drawings Into Photos

A cool search engine from photo sharing company 500px uses sketches to help you find the photos you’re looking for—and, luckily, it doesn’t matter if you can’t draw for shit. Read More >>

The EU Has Thrown More Anti-Trust Charges at Google

The EU and Google really don't have a very good relationship, everyone knows that, and now it's about to get even rockier. The EU has thrown more anti-trust charges Google's way, related to conditions of showing ads through Ad Sense. Read More >>