Muslim Prayer times on Bing

by Shijaz Abdulla on 29.03.2012 at 09:22

I stumbled upon this new feature while searching for prayer times yesterday on Bing. The picture on the left side changes based on the current prayer time.

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Today’s Bing Picture: Doha

by Shijaz Abdulla on 03.09.2011 at 16:33

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Interesting picture on Bing today!

Today’s Bing picture: Ramadan

by Shijaz Abdulla on 01.08.2011 at 17:13

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Bing Translator vs. Google Translate

by Shijaz Abdulla on 12.07.2011 at 14:01

So, what’s the word for “twenty three” in Arabic?

The Bing Translator answer:

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The Google Translate answer:

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Difference between Google Maps and Bing Maps

by Shijaz Abdulla on 12.07.2011 at 13:25

I asked for driving directions between China and Taiwan, so here’s what I get.

Google:

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Seriously? Swim across the Pacific Ocean? Good luck with that.

Now, let’s try that on Bing.

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Hope your car insurance has water coverage if you depend on Google Maps. Smile

Today’s Bing picture: Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi

by Shijaz Abdulla on 06.04.2011 at 14:21

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Today’s picture on Bing United States homepage.

Toyota Entune: Bing on Wheels

by Shijaz Abdulla on 05.01.2011 at 14:07

Toyota has announced Toyota Entune, its upcoming in-vehicle navigation (GPS), entertainment and information experience. Entune will be made available on select models in 2011.

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Entune offers advanced voice recognition, integrated mobile apps and can be upgraded.  Available on select models later this year,  Bing for Mobile will ship as a featured app of Entune, giving drivers access to over 16 million points of interest (PoI).

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You can pair a phone with Entune via Bluetooth and you can access Bing via the in-car dashboard or simply speaking instructions out loud. You easily can search for destinations, points of interest eg. a restaurant or fuel station.

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I think this is great progress with Bing. Bing is steadily grabbing search engine share, with Google admitting Bing as their biggest threat. Very recently, Windows Phone 7 was released, which featured a hardware “search” button on every device that would bring up Bing as the search engine on the cellphone.

Google copies Microsoft’s Bing

by Shijaz Abdulla on 04.06.2010 at 10:32

Interesting observation by Mary Jo Foley of the ZDNet “All about Microsoft” blog.

I quote:

On June 3, however, Google did something that really surprised me. The company that’s made its reputation on home-page minimalism announced it was going to start allowing users to change the Google.com background by adding their own customized photos from their PCs and/or Picasa. Google will begin phasing in the new customization option in the U.S. first, and extend it internationally in the coming days, officials said.

Bing, which turned one-year-old today, has been offering users different Microsoft-selected photo backgrounds each day. The Bing background photo also includes a number of hotlinks inside the photo, allowing users to obtain more information via Bing on the subject of each day’s photo selection.

Can you see the headlines if MIcrosoft had decided to modify the Bing home page and make it more like Google’s (and like the original WIndows Live Search)? “Microsoft copies Google!” “Get out your photocopiers (again) Redmond!” The reaction to Google’s announcement has been quite subdued in comparison….

I too wonder why this never made the headlines. If it were Microsoft using anything remotely similar to Google on the Bing website, it would have made high waves on the blogosphere.

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Adding a Bing box to your blog/website

by Shijaz Abdulla on 21.11.2009 at 00:35

bingYou can add a Bing custom search box on your website over at bing.com/siteowner.

I replaced the default Google-powered search box on my blog with a Bing custom search box today. For a good reason.

My regular readers may have noticed that I changed the URL to my blog about two months ago. I had set a “301 Permanent Redirect” on the previous domain (blog.shijaz.com) which means the old URL will automatically forward hits to the new one on the microsoftnow.com domain.

Today, two months later, Google still hasn’t finished crawling my blog on its new domain! Here’s a simple test: Search for “ribbon interface” on Google with the “site:microsoftnow.com” parameter and you get no direct link to the original post on this blog. Search the same term on Google with the old domain in the parameter (i.e. “site:shijaz.com”) and you get positive results.

Repeating the same test with Bing,  “ribbon interface” on Bing – with “site:microsoftnow.com” gives positive results with the new domain. I guess Bing crawled my site faster than Google :).

I want to give reliable and up-to-date search results on my blog for my visitors, and hence I chose Bing.

Google suggests…

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.09.2009 at 16:25

Inspired by an article in the Telegraph, I decided to give Google another chance:

Yes, I understand that these suggestions are generated based on indexed content, but what the hell, let’s poke some fun.

1. I c…

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Great, can you do that with no helmet too?

2. I like to d…

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I’d say you are!

3. I like to g….

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Watch out!

4. This one’s a favorite. My po…

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A colorful suggestion indeed!

5. My ur…

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6. Can you goo..

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Uh – I think I’m already doing that?!

7. It doesn’t have good things to say about you – or your dog!

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8. Yahoo is…

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Yes, it might.

9. They still don’t like us.

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Synchronizing folders?!? Of all bad things…

10. I haven….

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You’re absolutely right – I’d rather bing.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post! 🙂

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