This is how much you get on Google's nerves

Will you just look at yourself?

You spend half your day making doltish queries of sublime technology. You can't write a coherent sentence. You have no idea how to tell if you're pregnant. You can't even pronounce Dogecoin.

That is the view Google would have of you, if Google was a regular guy.

This, though, is the second edition of College Humor's "If Google Was A Guy."

The first merely skimmed the surface of the pain an ordinary guy would have being Google.

This one introduces a vital new character: the NSA Guy.

He … Read more

Get 100GB of Microsoft OneDrive storage for free

I can't pass up an opportunity to make fun of Microsoft, so let's dive right in.

Bing Rewards: Microsoft's blatant way of bribing users to use Bing instead of Google.

OneDrive: Microsoft's admittedly decent cloud-storage service that used to be known as SkyDrive -- until a lawsuit forced Microsoft to change the name six years after it launched. (Face-palm.)

The standard OneDrive freebie account comes with 7GB of space, but for a limited time, you can get 100GB of OneDrive storage for one year when you "spend" 100 Bing Rewards points.

The idea, of … Read more

Bing food, health, and travel apps arrive on Windows Phone

Three new Bing apps landed on Windows Phone Tuesday: Bing Food & Drink, Bing Health & Fitness, and Bing Travel. All three apps are available to download in the Windows Phone store now.

Like its name implies, Bing Food & Drink helps you find food and drink recipes, and even look up wine choices. The app pulls from more than 600,000 recipes on cooking sites AllRecipes, BigOven, Epicurious, Bon Appetit, Saveur, and Food52.

Bing Health & Fitness is an all-in-one health tracking app that keeps tabs on your diet, exercise, and overall health. You can log each meal you … Read more

Microsoft accused of censoring Chinese search results in US

Is Microsoft censoring searches of certain Chinese terms in the United States? One Web site is standing behind its original accusation.

Microsoft's Bing allegedly delivers different results for English-language searches than for those in Chinese, The Guardian said on Tuesday. Run searches on such politically sensitive topics as the Dalai Lama, Falun Gong, and Tiananmen Square on Bing's English-language site and its Chinese-language site, and the results vary, the report claimed. The Guardian said the discrepancies were first noted by Chinese monitoring site GreatFire.

In response to the initial charges of censorship from GreatFire, Microsoft attributed the problem to a system error, … Read more

Bing censors Chinese search results in the US?

It's no secret that many search engines abide by China's rules and censor Web results for users living in mainland China. But, typically, results in other countries don't have the same filters.

Bing, however, has been allegedly censoring results for Chinese speakers in the US, according to a report by the Guardian. The Guardian writes that sensitive political topics -- like the Dalai Lama, Falun Gong, and Tiananmen Square protests -- are showing up on the Chinese-language Bing in the US with filters. When searching the same topics on the English-language Bing, users get far more results.… Read more

Microsoft adds Bitcoin to Bing's currency converter

Microsoft is making it easier to track the Bitcoin's real-time value by adding the crypto-currency to its Bing search results.

Bing users can now compare Bitcoin's value to more than 50 currencies by typing a simple query into the search bar, such as "7 bitcoin to USD" or "Bitcoin to 100 euros," Microsoft announced Monday. Currency conversion is provided through a partnership with Coinbase, a digital wallet that supports Bitcoin trading.

The feature is currently available only to Bing users in the US, Australia, India, and the UK, but Microsoft promises expansion to additional … Read more

Yahoo reportedly returning to roots in search tech

Yahoo may be cooking up something new in search technology, according to a report on Friday.

Recode's Kara Swisher says that the tech giant has ordered up two new search-related initiatives, codenamed Fast Break and Curveball. Details are still scant about the specifics of each project, but they will reportedly bring the company back to some of the nitty-gritty of taking queries -- algorithmic search and search advertising.

The projects are reportedly priorities for the company, both with three-to-four month time frames, and involving some of the company's bigwigs: search chief Laurie Mann, mobile head Adam Cahan, and … Read more

Bing Rewards make their way to iOS and Android

Microsoft on Wednesday announced you can now use its free service which rewards you for searching with Bing, called Bing Rewards, on iOS and Android. Unfortunately, those with Windows Phones will have to wait, as the company its still working on bringing this feature to its own mobile operating system.

It's worth noting this not an app you can download in the App Store or Google Play, but instead a specially designed mobile site that tracks your search behavior so that you can earn rewards.

With Bing Rewards you earn points which you can redeem for gift cards from … Read more

Colbert: We must save 'mom-and-pop sites like Bing'

If you're not going to fight, Stephen Colbert is going to do it for you.

The legendary campaigner against all things unfair and irrational has suddenly heard that his access to free sex might be threatened.

Yes, Net neutrality might drift into the ether currently occupied by privacy, security, and reality singing shows.

This might have a catastrophic effect on human freedoms. Or merely human doms.

What if Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and their brethren carve up the Internet, thereby carving greater chunks out of our pockets?

The Web was built on equality.

Therefore, he argued: "Under Net … Read more

Lights! Neurons! Action! Binge-drinking lab rats go cold turkey

Forget rehab, medication, and counseling. What if light could one day help cure us of our addictions?

Reporting in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, researchers at the University of Buffalo and Wake Forest University shed light on a different way to go about deep brain stimulation that may have profound and lasting effects -- at least when it comes to binge drinking in lab rats.

Instead of using electricity to blast neurons indiscriminately, the researchers turned to an emerging technique known as optogenetics, using light to target and stimulate specific neurons (in this case dopamine).

And it worked. Very convincingly.… Read more