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Brave Search has launched the beta of a new feature it calls Goggles. It’s supposed to give users a way to create and apply their own filters that remix Brave Search’s own ranking system. Brave Search has launched a new feature that gives you a way to create or apply custom filters that change the way its results are ranked. It’s called “Goggles,” and it could potentially help uncover sources you might not find right away on

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US lawmakers call on Google to label or limit search results for ‘fake’ abortion clinics

A group of Democratic US lawmakers is asking Google to limit or properly label search results that direct users to fake abortion clinics that steer women away from the procedure. A group of US lawmakers has signed off on a letter to Google that urges the company to reevaluate its treatment of search results that direct users to anti-abortion crisis centers rather than legitimate clinics, as first reported by Reuters. Senator

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The linguistics search engine that overturned the federal mask mandate

Textualist judges are increasingly turning to a linguistic big data strategy called corpus linguistics to make decisions about what the words in laws mean. Linguists worry they’re not using the tool appropriately. The COVID-19 pandemic was still raging when a federal judge in Florida made the fateful decision to type “sanitation” into the search bar of the Corpus of Historical American English. Many parts of the country had already dropped mask

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Twitter is building a tool for keyword alerts, in case you need more Twitter notifications

Twitter’s Alpha app showed a new feature, called Search Subscribe, that would allow users to get notifications for new matches to a particular search query. Twitter appears to be working on a feature called “Search Subscribe,” which will let users opt to receive notifications for new tweets matching a search query. The feature was first spotted by developer Dylan Roussel, and appears to put

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Microsoft tests Windows 11 desktop widgets with web search bar

Microsoft is testing a new web search bar for the desktop in the latest Preview Build of Windows 11. It’s a change from widgets in Windows 11’s main builds, which have been corralled into a separate panel. Microsoft is adding an optional web search to the Windows 11 desktop in the operating system’s latest Insider Preview Build. The company describes the feature as “lightweight interactive content” — the first, it says, of many such tools

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Google is using a new way to measure skin tones to make search results more inclusive

Google is promoting a new 10-point scale for measuring skin tones that it says will help make its products less biased. The Monk Skin Tone scale was designed by Harvard professor Ellis Monk and will be released by Google for use by both tech companies and academics. Google is partnering with a Harvard professor to promote a new scale for measuring skin tones with the hope of fixing problems of bias and diversity in the company’s products. The tech giant is working with Ellis Monk, an assistant professor of

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Google may now remove search results that dox you

Google is expanding its policies around removing search results with personally identifying information to include links that may point to your home address, phone number, and more. Google says it’s expanding the types of personal information that it’ll remove from search results to cover things like your physical address, phone number, and passwords. Before now, the feature mostly covered info that would let someone steal

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Brave Search no longer requires you to append ‘Reddit’ to your searches

Brave Search has rolled out a feature that automatically displays results from forums like Reddit and StackExchange when you search for certain inquiries. Brave Search has rolled out a new feature that makes it easier to find conversations from forums like Reddit in your search results. This means you’ll no longer have to add “Reddit” to your searches when you’re looking for thoughts from

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Reddit adds comment searching to help improve search results

Reddit’s search feature now lets users search for specific keywords in the platform's comment sections. The new search system prioritizes content searchers tend to click on and surfaces more recent posts for breaking news events. Today, Reddit is updating its search feature to index comments. For the first time, users will have an option to pull results from replies to posts, making it less of a hassle to find something specific outside of general Reddit posts, communities,

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Overwatch 2 will replace the original Overwatch

As the Overwatch 2 release date of October 4th nears, Blizzard revealed that upon release, Overwatch 2 will overwrite the original Overwatch, effectively ending the game. The original Overwatch’s days are numbered. Last week, Blizzard revealed in a Reddit AMA that when Overwatch 2 launches on October 4th, it will overwrite Overwatch prime, effectively ending the six-year-old game. “When OW2 launches on October

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Valve is doubling Steam Deck shipments, so you might get yours faster

Valve is doubling the number of Steam Decks it ships to customers, which could be a sign that you might be able to buy your device sooner than you expected. The first Q3 email will be sent out on June 30th. Valve is doubling the number of Steam Decks it ships to customers, the company announced Monday. “Production has picked up, and after today we’ll be shipping more than double the number of Steam Decks every week!” Valve said in a tweet from

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