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Yahoo really wants to replace Google search in Safari

Yahoo has been vying for the default search spot in Safari, and 2015 might be the year it finally happens. Photo: Yahoo

Yahoo has been vying for the default search spot in Safari, and 2015 might be the year it finally happens. Photo: Yahoo

Thanks to contractual obligations that are purportedly ending this year, Google’s days as Safari’s search provider could be numbered. And Yahoo wants to take its spot.

During Yahoo’s quarterly earnings call yesterday, Marissa Mayer reiterated her interest in being Safari’s main search engine. “The Safari platform is basically one of the premier search deals in the world if not the premier search deal in the world,” she said in response to a question about Yahoo’s plans for search.

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Maximize your Mac’s file system with Smart Folders

Smart Folders are my jam. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Smart Folders are my jam. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

A longtime Cult of Mac reader wrote in with a question about some odd-looking folders she sees on her Mac.

“The ‘All Pictures’ folder has a sprocket looking icon,” she writes. “Same with All PDF documents and Recently Changed documents.

Are these files located elsewhere and if I deleted a file from one of the above folders does it remove it from all my files? Don’t understand the purpose of these.”

Excellent question, for sure. Let’s take a look at what these folders are, and how to use them to their full potential.

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Facebook finally adding search feature to let you look through old posts

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Facebook is experimenting with a feature allowing you to more easily search through old posts.

As more and more of our lives are lived on social media, the importance of being able to efficiently search through content is greater than ever.

With that in mind, Facebook is currently user-testing a new feature letting mobile users sift through old posts by friends using keywords — allowing them to more easily find content that would otherwise be lost.

The feature, which only counts for posts you’re allowed to see (meaning that private posts won’t show up) has currently only been rolled out to a select few, but will likely be officially added into an update of the Facebook iOS app in the near future.

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Google warns iPhone users when sites use Adobe Flash

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Apple has been waging a fierce war against Flash ever since the iPhone debuted without the power to run Adobe’s battery hungry, multimedia software. Finally, seven years into the battle, Google is adding another blow by flagging Flash content in mobile search results with a warning that sites might not work properly.

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Gusto Brings Super-Powerful Search To Mailbox-Like iPhone App

Gusto Brings Super-Powerful Search To Mailbox-Like iPhone App

Gusto is yet another iPhone email app that promises to fix your email, and it looks pretty good. It’s Gmail-only and iPhone-only, and its gimmick is that it separates your mail messages into categories according to their attachments. It also has killer search capabilities.

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Vela Lets You Search Spotify With Your Voice

Vela Lets You Search Spotify With Your Voice

Here’s how to do Spotify voice search on the iPhone or iPad.

  1. Tap the search field in Spotify
  2. Tap the Siri dictate button on the keyboard
  3. Say the name of whatever you wan to hear
  4. Tap Siri button again
  5. Browse results.

Alternatively you can buy the new Vela app for $0.99, and skip all the tedious screen tapping.

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This Handy Web Tool Is A Much Faster Way To Search The App Store

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Let’s be honest, searching in the iTunes Store sucks, especially on the desktop. It’s often slow, and the results are difficult to navigate. Apple has tried to simplify things by displaying one result at a time in the App Store on iOS, but that approach also means that it can take longer to find the specific app you want in a sea of knockoffs.

A new web tool called “fnd” makes it easier to quickly search and navigate not just the App Store, but the iTunes Store in general.

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Fnd, A Simpler, Faster, Betterer iTunes Store Search

Fnd, A Simpler, Faster, Betterer iTunes Store Search

Can we all agree that iTunes’ App Store search is truly, truly awful? That you can not only never find what you’re looking for, but you have to wait forever for the results to load?

Good. Then you’re going to love Fnd, a web-based search tool for the whole iTunes Store. It’s accurate, fast and not at all annoying.

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Apple Adds Related Search Shortcuts To App Store Results

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Apple has added a new “related apps” feature to the app store when viewed on an iOS device. Now, along the top of the screen, over the details of an app, you’ll see the breadcrumb trail in the picture above.

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Evernote Adds Natural Language Search To Mac App

Evernote Adds Natural Language Search To Mac App
Evernote now does natural-language searches. Type something like “images from Barcelona” into the search box and your query will automatically be turned into a search query with the form contains:images place:Barcelona.

You can also search on the device that created the note, document types, tags and notebooks and pretty much everything else you can think of. It’s like a local Google for your notes.

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