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Google unveils Caffeine: Next-generation search tech

Google is turning to the public (or rather, web developers) for help testing its next-generation search infrastructure, code-named "Caffeine." The changes have to do with the way Google crawls the web and indexes content, so you shouldn't notice any changes int he search engine interface. In order to try out the new version, visit www2.sandbox.google.com, and start searching. You can share...

DocMazy: a search engine dedicated to documents

DocMazy is a novel kind of search engine exclusively dedicated to finding documents. Instead of returning websites, it digs up PDFs, DOCs, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and text files. DocMazy was designed to find information that gets buried in other search engines because documents often don't score well in search engine algorithms, or aren't indexed by search engines at all. Once...

Google Squared launches, puts search results in a grid

Google Squared, the new search tool from Google Labs, puts search results into a convenient spreadsheet format designed to help you get the basic facts about whatever you're searching for without clicking through to too many different websites. Search for "horror films," for example, and you'll get a list of movies with info like Author, Director, Cast, and Running Time. It's a great layout...

Stimator - "real" website value estimator

$timator is a site that purports to estimate the true monetary value of your website. Simply enter a URL, and $timator goes to work, analyzing things like search engine placings, back-links, and site structure to come up with an ultimate dollar value. When I tried it for my 5 year-old personal blog, it came up with a relatively modest $1979, which to be honest feels a little generous (but I'll...

SearchMe visual search engine adds media search, bookmarks

Visual search engine SearchMe is out of private beta and now has two nifty new features: Media search and stacks. Stacks is a fancy way of saying bookmarks, while Media Search lets you interact with online videos and images all from the SearchMe interface. While traditional search engines like Google and Yahoo! present you with a list of text-based results, SearchMe shows screenshots of web...

Viewzi visual search engine gives you a dozen new ways to search

Text based search engines are all right if you're looking for text-based web pages. But Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Google all have features that let you search for images or videos, because let's face it, that's what you're looking for on the internet much of the time. But the major search engine's approach toward image and video search feels a lot like the old fashioned approach to text-based...

TinEye image search engine launches public beta

There are plenty of image search engines on the web. Enter a text based search term, and Google, MSN, or Yahoo! will spit out a series of pictures it thinks match that query. But TinEye takes a slightly different approach. This image search engine, currently in private beta, lets you upload an image from your desktop and search the web for identical or similar images. You can also use an online...

Tweet Scan: Search engine for Twitter

Whether you use Twitter or not, you might want to check out Tweet Scan, a Twitter-based search engine. Basically, what Tweet Scan lets you do is search Twitter's public timeline for snippets of text. There are at least a few reasons this could come in handy even if you don't use Twitter: You can find out what people are saying about a topic, web site, political candidate, etc right now ...

RedZee: Yet another visual search engine

Ever wish Google would show you previews of web pages before you visit them? RedZee may not load search results as quickly as Google, but it does let you preview a web site before you click through. When you enter a search term, RedZee goes to work trying to find web pages matching your query. RedZee then arranges screengrabs of those web pages on a sort of wheel. Drag your mouse left or right...

Refine your online search terms with SortFix

Sometimes it's hard to find what you're looking for online. You go to Google, type in your search terms, and a few million results pop up. How are you ever going to find what you're looking for that way? Sure, if your search terms accurately described what you were looking for, the top results should be relevant. But sometimes it's hard to find the right search terms. That's where SortFix comes...

True Knowledge shows off its Semantic search engine

We hear a lot of talk about the "Semantic Web" these days. The idea is that search engines like Google are inherently dumb. Sure, they do a pretty good job of returning accurate results to keyword searches. But because id doesn't actually understand natural language, you can't ask Google a straightforward yes or no question and expect an answer. Just search results. Of course, for the most part,...

Faroo follow-up: P2P search engine will only work with more users

When we first told you about peer-to-peer search engine Faroo last week we promised to reserve judgment until we had some time to play with it. Now that we have, we have to say we're about as unimpressed as we expected to be. The idea behind Faroo is interesting. The site indexes the web without maintaining a centralized database. Rather, users install a client on their PCs (Windows 2000 and up),...

Exalead search engine shows website thumbnail previews

Ever wish Google would let you see what a website looks like before you click a search result? Yeah, neither did we. But Exalead has solved a problem that may or may not exist by putting thumbnail previews of websites next to search results. Overall, the search engine performs reasonably well. There's a nice "related term" feature that lets you narrow your search results. And you can search the...