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How to use search like a pro: 10 tips and tricks for Google and beyond

How to use search like a pro
not found what you are looking for? These tips in a search pro. Photo: Chris ison/PA-

search engines are pretty good to find what you are looking for in these days but sometimes still up briefly. For the opportunities that there are a few little known tricks that come in handy.


Here are some tips for better googling (as it is the most popular search engine), but many of them work on other search engines.

1. Exact phrase


Exact phrase
Exact Search Photo: Samuel Gibbs for The Guardian is


the simplest and most effective way of searching for something specific is the use of quotation marks around a phrase or name to search, it is precisely these words in this exact order.

For example, to search for Joe Bloggs shows results with both Joe and so, but not necessarily placed one after the other. Search for "John Doe" the surface only those who are especially with the name Max Mustermann somewhere on the side.

The exact or explicit phrase search is very useful for exclusive widespread, but less relevant results.

2. Exclude terms


Exclude terms
“Joe Bloggs” -jeans Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

If the Exact Phrase will not get what you need, you can specifically to certain words about the minus icon.

A search for "John Doe" Jeans find results for Max Mustermann, but it closes these results for the Joe Bloggs Jeans Brand.

3. Either OR


Either OR
Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

OR search for things that could be one thing or another, but you don’t need both terms to exist on a single page. 
Default text searches find results with all the words of the query. By using the OR term you can search for one or another term, not just all the terms. OR searches can be useful for finding things that you’re not sure which term will be used from a known list.

4. Synonym search

Searching using synonyms helps cover all bases. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian
Sometimes it’s useful to search for a less specific term. If you’re not sure which term will be used you can use synonym search.
Searching for plumbing ~university will bring up results for plumbing from colleges as well as universities, for example.

5. Search within a site

Use Google to search a particular site. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian
The search engines of most websites are poor. You can search using Googleinstead by using the site or domain limiter.
Searching with site:theguardian.com followed by a search term, will find results from only theguardian.com. Combining with explicit search terms makes it even more powerful.

6. The power of the asterisk

Asterisks work as wildcards within search either to replace a word or letters. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian
Like the blank tile in Scrabble, the asterisk works as a wild card within searches. It can be used in place of a missing word or part of a word, which is useful for completing phrases, but also when you’re trying to search for a less definite article.
A search for architect* will search for architect, but also architectural, architecture, architected, architecting and any other word which starts with architect.

7. Searching between two values

British prime minister 1920.. 1950 Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian
Searching for something with a qualifier between two ranges is a good way of answering questions. For instance, if you’re looking for the who were the British prime ministers between 1920 and 1950 a search using british prime minister 1920.. 1950 will bring up results with dates ranging between 1920 and 1950.
That’s your search term followed by two full stops and a space.

8. Search for word in the body, title or URL of a page

intitle: search Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian
Sometimes you only want to find text either within the URL, body or title of a page. Using the qualifier inurl: will search just within the url. The qualifierintext: will search within the body, while intitle: will search only within a page title.
For example, intitle:review will bring up all the articles with “review” in the page title.

9. Search for related sites

Related search. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian
The related qualifier is useful for finding similar sites. Searching forrelated:theguardian.com for instance, will bring up the websites of other news organisations that Google deems the most similar to the Guardian.

10. Combine them


Combine the terms and modifiers for powerful searches. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian
All these search tools can be combined to narrow down or expand searches. While some of them may be used only rarely, some such as explicit phrase searches are useful in almost all cases.
As Google and other search engines improve their understanding of the way people naturally type or say search queries, these power tools will likely become less and less useful – at least that’s the goal that search engines are working towards – but that’s certainly not the case at the moment.
source: theguardian

Marshmallow 6.0.1 already hitting Android one devices

Marshmallow 6.0.1 already suggest Android one devices

now that marshmallow (Android 6.0) has been around for several weeks, it is not surprising that there is already an update 6.0.1 suggest some devices. In this particular case, said devices are select an Android handsets. According to reports, only a limited number of users have received the update, but so far. Take a look:

Android 6.0.1 become available for Android One


after a Google search, the model number is listed, H220 is the cherry mobile Android G1 for the Philippines. Strangely enough the Android Security patch level is from 1. December 2015 Despite today not only November 22, 2015. Provided that the roll-out is not a mistake, it seems to imply that Google has already finalized the updated integrated voice patch despite this month, just over one week left.

There is currently no information as to what this 6.0.1 update brings with it, but the general assumption about the Internet is that it closely with fixes and improvements of stability.

Phone Arena has reported that "HTC ROM Developer @LlabTooFeR has it, after 6.0.1, Google plans to roll out Android 6.1 Marshmallow, although this is likely to happen from next year." Assuming this is true, it would raise the question of whether Google release 6.0.1 to other equipment (e.g. the Nexus series) simply directly to 6.1.

We have more to this story as it develops, but now let us all our eyes open for any updates that may be the country in the next few weeks.

Transferring contacts, photos, music and apps from Android to iPhone

How to switch from Android to iPhone without losing everything 


Transferring contacts, photos, music and apps from Android to iPhone


We explain how to transfer contacts from Android phone to iPhone. How to transfer applications from Android to iPhone. How to transfer photos from Android to iPhone. And, yes, how to transfer music from iPhone to Android. Basically, how to switch from Android to iPhone, right? 


If you're an Android user considering switching to an iPhone, you may be concerned about the transfer process. The good news is that the transfer iPhone contacts to Android phone really could not be simpler. It turns out that Google is good at these things. And the files are very similar. The basic principle consists of a backup or cloud or a desktop machine, and then sync with iPhone. So let's get into it.

Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone: Google use the simplest form 


There are two ways to transfer contacts from Android to iOS. We will outline the bottom two, but if you've been using your Android phone for any length of time, we strongly recommend that you try them in the order you have written.

If you have been using your Android phone and Google account (Gmail, Google Play, etc) for any period of time it is likely that all your contacts will be associated with your Google account. At least you use most often should be.

So make sure you have a copy of your Android phone. Go to Settings on your Android phone and select "Accounts & sync" or similar. Enter your Gmail account and enable syncing. Your phone contacts and Google contacts should now sync.

Then go to your new iPhone. Settings> Mail, Contacts, Calendar and add your Gmail account. Make sure the contacts are enabled for the account. You should now find that all your contacts are in your Google iPhone.

Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone: deepen with Google 


Belt and suspenders, and to ensure that this process always works in the future, consider doing the following, either on his iPhone after following the above steps, or on your Android before making the move:

  1. Open the application settings of your iPhone. 
  2. Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars. 
  3. Select Add Account ... 
  4. Select Other 
  5. Select Add CardDAV Account 
  6. Fill in your account information in the following fields: 
  7. Server: enter "google.com" 
  8. User Name: Enter your full Google Account or Google Apps email address. 
  9. Password: password of your Google account or Google Apps. (If you've enabled 2-step verification, you have to generate and enter an application-specific password.) 
  10. Description: Enter a description of the account (eg, personal contacts). 
  11. Select Next at the top of the screen. 
  12. Make sure the "Contacts" option is turned ON. 
After installation is complete, open the Contacts application on your device, and synchronization begins automatically start your iPhone and Google. Any time you set up any smartphone Google should be the key to all your contacts.

Transfer contacts from Android to iPhone: only exchange SIMS 


This only works if the Android phone has a SIM size similar to its iPhone, either a micro or nano-SIM for later models of iPhone. (Of course, you can cut any SIM to fit, but do so only as a last resort. - If you mess up the SIM card and its contacts are gone forever)

First save all contacts from Android phone to your SIM. Then insert the SIM card into your iPhone, being careful not to lose the iPhone SIM. Finally, go to Settings and select "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" and click "Import SIM Contacts". When the operation is finished, you can replace the iPhone SIM card with the original card.

Android Apps transfer to iPhone


There is no easy way around this. If you have to pay for an app on Google Play, you will most likely have to pay to buy back into iTunes. That's the bad news, the good news is that in almost all cases the application you like to use in Android is available on iTunes, and access data using which will work in the other. This means that any content or service acquired through its Android app will probably be accessible on your iPhone. So once you have started using your iPhone, just sign on the iTunes app store, and start searching for those applications that you like.

Transfer photos and videos from Android to iPhone 


There are a few simple ways to do it. The first involves the installation of an application of data transfer. You can find several applications of data transfer on the Apple App Store, but remember that you need to find them first in your Android Store Play Google. Copy and recommend PhotoSync Info. Then it is easy enough to install your chosen both the Android and iPhone app, and you will be guided through moving files from one to the other.

The other way to move photos from Android to iPhone is the use of a computer with iTunes. Just find the photos and videos on your Android phone, move them to your computer, sync to iTunes, and then sync the iPhone with iTunes again. A similar process works for music, as we will describe below.

To transfer photos from Android to iPhone, simply connect your Android phone to your PC or Mac. Choose the photos and videos you want to move, and drag them to a folder on your computer. For simplicity I would create a new folder on your desktop called ... 'Photos for transfer.

Now connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac, open iTunes and click on your iPhone. Click on the photos, select "Sync photos from" checkbox and select the folder where you saved your photos. Click Apply and photos are synced to your iPhone.

Transfer music from iPhone to Android 


The principle here is similar to transfer photos from Android to iPhone. You need to get music files from your Android and on to your PC or Mac, then get the files into iTunes and sync your iPhone. It should be very simple to transfer anyThe critical stage here is a backup of Android to a PC or Mac. Because most Android devices can be mounted and used as external storage, this can be as simple as drag all music files from the folder structure of Android phone mounted, and put them into the music folder on your PC or Mac.

Now install and open iTunes on your computer. Go to Library, and then click Music. Open the folder where you put your music files, and drag them to the iTunes Music view.

Now connect your iPhone, click on the iPhone, and then click Music. You can choose to sync your entire library, or select only the songs or artists that you just added. Then click Sync and the songs will be added to your iPhone.

(Or just do not worry about owning the music and use of Spotify.)

HTC Nexus 9 Android L 'Lollipop' passes through the FCC before launch

HTC Nexus 9  Android L 'Lollipop' passes through the FCC before launch

Google is struggling to keep details about his upcoming Nexus smartphone and tablet based L-secret Android. The HTC built Nexus September just passed through the FCC, indicating that the device is about to be officially revealed. 


When Google entered the tablet market in 2012, it was part of the Nexus smartphone brand welcomed company. Like the phones received high praise for its combination of impressive specifications, stock Android, timely and regular updates directly from Google, and an affordable price.

The Nexus 7 has remained more popular Google Nexus tablet in the program series. The company has not released an update to the Board since July 2013 and many Android fans have been waiting patiently for a new tablet Nexus to replace the 2013 model and not have to wait much longer to be introduced to a new tablet Nexus and the first expected to be available with Android L "Lollipop" out of the box and built by HTC.

We first reported on the tablet in March and expected to be released during the summer, like the previous Nexus tablet. Then it was reported that the device would be built with quality materials and the debut conference Google I / O. The tablet was often referred to by their names in internal key "Volantis" and "Sole" Tablet now expected to be postponed until the autumn and will be the launch vehicle for Android L "Lollipop". Specifications 8.9-inch tablet leaked and confirmed that Google focuses on the features, much as it was in the design. HTC smartphones creates quality like aluminum and M8 HTC One Nexus 9 design believed to include a thin aluminum case first, besides their HTC BoomSound-speaker stereo dual front.

The HTC Nexus 9 is nearing release, as the tablet has just passed through the FCC. The documents listed the tablet as having both an 32 GB version and 16 GB. Also lists wireless technologies, including Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC connectivity. Tablet is expected to be offered in variants 4G LTE.

While Google has not yet announced its L Android, Motorola Nexus 6, and 9 HTC Nexus case, however, some sources claim that will go down either in mid-October or early November. We'll be sure to keep abreast of all the Nexus news happens.

Now you can have the design of Apple Watch Wear your watch on Android

In March, Google announced Android Wear,  

a project that extends the mobile operating system to take over the company, starting with support for specific watches.


In March, Google announced Android Wear, a project that extends the mobile operating system to take over the company, starting with support for specific watches.A number of major brands have already used wear their watches, and some developers even let you create your own custom Android sphere of wear. In fact, WearFaces is one such service, which allows you to customize your SmartWatch, either a Gear Samsung, LG G or Moto 360.
 
To help demonstrate this customization, WearFaces has launched the PEAR watchfaces for Android that are, erm, 100% original and bears zero resemblance to another product tech fruity. Someone has already created a design style clock on your Apple Moto 360 also.

 
WearFaces has created a round and square versions of the design to meet different clocks based on Android and can be downloaded from here. It is worth noting that this is only one face of the watch - the icons are not functional.


basic topic: http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2014/09/12/pear-watchface-brings/

Is there a 'dark side' to Amazon drones, Google robots?

Amazon

I've got Amazon.com drones in my future.

I use Amazon's Prime delivery service for everything from rechargable batteries to art books to beef jerky, and so I was quite taken aback when CEO Jeff Bezos showcased a drone delivery system called Prime Air on 60 Minutes this past weekend. The idea is that packages below five pounds could be delivered straight from Amazon distribution centers to customers within 30 minutes using drones.

For now, it seems like half pipe dream, half pseudo-marketing: As many have observed, it probably wasn't a coincidence that the 60 Minutes segment aired on Sunday ahead of Cyber Monday, the busiest online shopping day of the year -- a good time for Amazon to be in the news.

Since Sunday's show, media coverage of Bezo's plan has overwhelmingly focused on the technical and logistical aspects of Prime Air.

For example, will the FAA be okay with all these drones flying around? Are they safe enough to fly around crowded cities and neighborhoods? And can Amazon economically operate what would be a presumably large fleet of drones?

And Amazon's not the only one in this game. The Verge reported that United Parcel Service is researching delivery drones, too.

Additionally, we learned this week that Google acquired seven robotics companies, which, according to a New York Times report, "are capable of creating technologies needed to build a mobile, dexterous robot."

Remember, Google has been experimenting with driverless cars, and is actually running a same-day delivery service in California, so it is definitely interested in humanless logistics, for lack of a better term.

The Dark Side

I find it a bit disturbing how little conversation there is about the possible negatives of replacing humans with machines for things like delivering packages.

Here's a passage from the Times' article that actually startled me a bit:

A realistic case, according to several specialists, would be automating portions of an existing supply chain that stretches from a factory floor to the companies that ship and deliver goods to a consumer's doorstep.

"The opportunity is massive," said Andrew McAfee, a principal research scientist at the M.I.T. Center for Digital Business. "There are still people who walk around in factories and pick things up in distribution centers and work in the back rooms of grocery stores."

In terms of the massive opportunity, it certainly isn't for the middle class. Mr. McAfee himself discussed this issue in a June piece from the M.I.T. Technology Review, fittingly titled "How Technology Destroys Jobs":

New technologies are "encroaching into human skills in a way that is completely unprecedented," McAfee says, and many middle-class jobs are right in the bull's-eye; even relatively high-skill work in education, medicine, and law is affected. "The middle seems to be going away," he adds. "The top and bottom are clearly getting farther apart." While technology might be only one factor, says McAfee, it has been an "underappreciated" one, and it is likely to become increasingly significant.

And what about the people who make a living in the back rooms of grocery stores? Should we simply write them off as left behind because machines are more productive?

Here's more from the Times' on Google's Andy Rubin, the engineer behind the Android operating system who is now heading up the company's robotics effort:

"I have a history of making my hobbies into a career," Mr. Rubin said in a telephone interview. "This is the world's greatest job. Being an engineer and a tinkerer, you start thinking about what you would want to build for yourself."

He used the example of a windshield wiper that has enough "intelligence" to operate when it rains, without human intervention, as a model for the kind of systems he is trying to create. That is consistent with a vision put forward by the Google co-founder Larry Page, who has argued that technology should be deployed wherever possible to free humans from drudgery and repetitive tasks.

Well, there are a lot of people who earn honest livings from drudgery and repetitive tasks.

My father dropped out of school at a pretty early age. But he went to trucking school and learned a skill that allowed him to earn a good living doing something he enjoyed. In fact, he'd still be doing it at 71 if he could get his big belly up into the cab.

Nonetheless, as much as he liked his job, he certainly experienced a lot of drudgery and repetition -- there was a lot of waking up at 4:00 a.m. to do round trips from Brooklyn to Indiana, and an awful lot of late nights on the road.

But would it have been better for that job to not exist?

The Great Debate

There's no standing in the way of technological advancement. But we shouldn't gloss over the inevitable friction that comes with evolution, especially since in this case, the end result looks like a class war.

The victims of this relentless innovation in automation will be, at least initially, people who work in factories, for delivery services, and in service industries like retail -- not the programmers and entrepreneurs who reap the economic benefits of increased productivity.

The good news is that a truly automated world still seems pretty far off.

But that's exactly why we should be talking about it now.

source:  usatoday.com

Google, Microsoft modify web searches to exclude a lot of porno results


Google, Microsoft modify web searches to exclude a lot of porno results


Google and Microsoft have declared plans to censor search results that might direct users to porno, responding to pressure from British authorities.

Users exploitation a 100,000 search terms and phrases can not receive content associated with the regulatory offense of youngsters on the companies’ English-language search engines, Google and Microsoft same.

Google and Microsoft also will provide bootleg footage distinctive identifiers so those pictures may be mechanically deleted whenever they seem, the businesses same. YouTube engineers ar performing on an identical identification method for videos, per Google, that owns the video service.

In a column printed within the Daily Mail newspaper Sunday, Google government Chairman Eric solon same that some search terms associated with porno can still come results, however British users can see a warning at the highest of the search results page. The warning can note that the search came probably bootleg results and direct the user to charities dedicated to fighting porno.

The efforts come back when a serious push from British politicians to impose stricter limits on web porn. British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative-led government pushed for a quelling on web porn when the rape and deaths of 2 young women at the hands of men believed to be obsessed with porno.

This fall, Cameron had known as on search-engine operators like Google and Microsoft to create it tougher to search out porno on the web.


Schmidt directly tied the new policies to Cameron’s remarks. “We've listened, and among the last 3 months place over two hundred folks to figure developing new, progressive technology to tackle the cause,” he said.

Schmidt same the changes are going to be enforced in additional than a hundred and fifty languages, though he failed to say once that will happen.

Microsoft failed to discuss whether or not it'd expand its effort.

According to a report from the BBC, Cameron same that he welcomes the action by Google and Microsoft however that the businesses should move quickly, or he can bring legislation on the matter.

There is some doubt that removing this content from broader search engines can get to the center of the matter. per Brits kid Exploitation and on-line Protection Center, searches through business search engines account for a “very small” share of creative activity transactions.

As a part of the government’s push against web porn of any kind, British web service suppliers ar compelled to put in family-friendly filters automaically on web service, and British customers should additionally tell their suppliers whether or not or not they require access to any on-line porn. The push has junction rectifier to some dialogue over whether or not the measures ar leading the country into a area on the correct balance between on-line censorship and free speech. there's very little argument that bootleg content, significantly porno, ought to be blocked from the net. The question is however narrowly corporations ar ready to focus their efforts.

Jillian dynasty, director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, same that Microsoft encompasses a smart record for removing bootleg content from its computer program. however once those efforts ar extended to different languages, she said, the firm has finished up obstruction over it supposed. A censorship block on the word “breast” in its Arabic search, as an example, prevented anyone from obtaining data on carcinoma.

“It’s a matter of obtaining the implementation right so there’s no casualty,” she said.