Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Cloud Computing
Next Generation Data Center Is Here!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
In Jab at Google, Apple Switches to Bing for Default Search
In Jab at Google, Apple Switches to Bing for Default Search

By Seth Fitzgerald
June 4, 2014 12:33PM

    Bookmark and Share
Starting with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, almost all of Apple's devices will be using Bing as the default search engine in Spotlight, and it is possible that Safari could be changed from Google to Bing in the future as well. Spotlight is getting an overall upgrade in both of the new operating systems as it will be used to search both local files and the Web.
 



Bing and DuckDuckGo are both getting a boost in Apple's coming mobile and desktop operating systems, allowing the company to take traffic away from Google. On Monday, Apple revealed it would be moving away from Google as its default search provider and would replace it with Microsoft's Bing. The change will affect Spotlight on OS X Yosemite and all future versions of iOS starting with iOS 8.

During last year's WWDC, Apple announced that it was switching to Bing for Siri's Web search but the impact on Google is much more significant with this year's update. Google is involved in many industries, but Search is still the source of much of its revenue, so any move against Search can cost Google millions.

Changing the Default

Starting with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, almost all of Apple's devices will be using Bing as the default search engine in Spotlight, and it is possible that Safari could be changed to Bing in the future as well. Spotlight is getting an overall upgrade in both of the new operating systems as it will be used to search local files and the Web.

Safari on Yosemite will also use Spotlight, which means that searches through the address bar should go through Bing rather than Google. Spotlight has been the default search tool on Mac computers for years and many people use it on a daily basis to find files that are on their computer. Now that Web search is enabled in Spotlight and will be utilizing Bing, Google will lose out on even more traffic.

With Apple's increased focus on using Bing wherever it can, it also seems less plausible that Yahoo's rumored bid to become Safari's default search engine would be accepted. Safari will continue to default to Google for now but if that were to change, the momentum seems to be in the direction of Bing rather than Yahoo.

Adding in DuckDuckGo

Defaults will not change but Safari will be updated in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite to support DuckDuckGo, the most well-known private search engine. If users want to manually enable DuckDuckGo, they can use it as the default search option, whereas before, there were only a few mainstream options available outside of Google.

Letting people choose DuckDuckGo on their Macs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods will benefit both the search engine and users. DuckDuckGo received a large amount of attention in 2013 when people were looking for a secure and private alternative to Google. Now that switching to the service is easier, more people will have the option to protect their information and not have it used to sell advertisements.

Integrating DuckDuckGo is yet another way that Apple is targeting Google as it provides yet one more way for people to avoid using Google Search. Plus, DuckDuckGo vows to not collect data for advertising purposes, whereas that is the primary way Google makes its money.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

AnAppleADayKeepsTheGoogle:

Posted: 2014-06-04 @ 3:34pm PT
Have been using ixQuick and Startpage for a while because I am allergic to Google's tracking. It is appalling to read that Apple can limit the choices of users of iDevices. Another good reason to stay away from the walled orchard.



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 Cloud Computing
1.   Oracle Updates Database, Linux Products
2.   Cloud Wars: AWS vs. Microsoft, IBM
3.   Yammer Moved to Office 365
4.   IBM, California Partner in the Cloud
5.   Dropbox for Business Boosts Security


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Tor Internet Privacy Service Warns Users It Was Breached
You may never have heard of the Tor Project, but the Internet privacy service is making headlines. Tor’s devs say users might be victims of an attack launched against the project earlier this year.
 
Canadian Government Charges China With Cyberattack
The government of Canada is not happy with China. Canadian officials have accused "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" of launching a cyberattack on its National Research Council.
 
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Dell, BlackBerry Not Sweating Apple-IBM Alliance
IBM's recent move to partner with Apple to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now.
 
Watson Gets His First Customer Service Gig
Since appearing on Jeopardy, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been making a living using his super-intelligent knowledge base for business verticals. Now, Watson's been hired for his first customer service job.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans
As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.
 
Collaboration Provider Asana Revamps Mobile App
Asana, a collaboration software provider started by a Facebook founder, is now out with a rebuilt native iOS mobile app. It replaces one that even the company admits was not up to par.
 
Facebook: You Will Use Messenger, and You Will Like It
Starting this week, Facebook users with Android and iOS phones will be forced to use the separate Messenger app to send Facebook messages. Pending messages will still be visible in the main app.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.