USPTO: Introducing the USPTO’s new cloud-based trademark search system with basic and advanced search options. “This new, cloud-based search system will replace our current system (Trademark Electronic Search System, or TESS) to make searching for trademark registrations and/or applications easier – a necessary step for any aspiring or current business owner looking to protect their brand. Our new system provides users with a stronger industry-standard search syntax and offers both a simplified, basic search interface as well as a more advanced search interface for more complex searching.”
TechCrunch: Amazon updates visual search, AR search and more in challenge to Google. “Amazon is introducing new features that make it easier to search for products on mobile and is challenging other product search engines, like Google and Pinterest in the process. The retailer announced a handful of new search and discovery features, including multimodal search (searching with text plus images), an expansion of its AR efforts and a new ‘Find-on-Amazon’ feature that finds similar products to those in a photo you share directly with the Amazon app, among other things.”
Lifehacker: YouTube Lets You Sort Videos By Color Now, for Some Reason. “YouTube now lets you sort your home page by color, so only videos predominately featuring the chosen hue will appear. The company doesn’t offer you a color wheel to choose from, either. Instead, we get three colors: red, green, and blue.” This apparently is a mobile-only feature.
UK Government: Powerful new search tool will help IPO maintain patent quality. “‘SEARCH’ is based on the state-of-the art patent search tool developed and used by the European Patent Office (EPO), widely regarded as the best such tool in the world. The IPO has worked with the EPO to develop ‘SEARCH’ as the national office version. The IPO is the first national IP office to implement the tool when conducting patent searches, and is already experiencing the benefits.”
National Diet Library (Japan): Integration of the NDL Online and NDL Search web services. “The National Diet Library, Japan, (the NDL) plans to integrate two of its current web services: the National Diet Library Online Search and Request Service (NDL Online) and the NDL Search. These two will be launched as a new NDL Search web service in January 2024.”
USPTO: Transitioning from TESS to new search. “Did you know the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) will soon be replaced by a new public trademark search system? Do you want to learn how to use your advanced TESS searching skills with the new system? Join our free experienced practitioner training webinar on Tuesday, September 19, from 2-3:30 p.m. ET.”
Mashable: YouTube is testing a new search feature powered by humming. “If you have a song stuck in your head and just can’t remember the words, YouTube is testing a new feature for you. In a blog post, the platform announced this week it will be testing a new app feature on Android phones that allows users to search for a song by humming or recording it for more than three seconds.”
The Verge: Brave releases its own privacy-preserving image and video search. “Brave, best known for its privacy-focused web browser, is adding image and video search to Brave Search that now relies on the company’s own private index instead of Bing or Google.”
Discovered on Mastodon: a book-recommendation site called Viberary. From the About Page: ‘Semantic search is a vibe. A vibe can be hard to define, but generally it’s more of a feeling of association than something concrete: a mood, a color, or a phrase. Viberary will not give you exact matches for “Nutella”, but if you type in “chocolately hazlenut goodness”, the expectation is that you’d get back Nutella, and probably also “cake” and “Ferrerro Rocher”. Semantic search methods include and semantic similarity measures, semantic query expansion.’
TechCrunch: Google Search is making it easier to find relevant information on women’s sports. “The search giant says it has expanded coverage of women’s competitions in the information boxes you see at the top of the results page to include over 380 leagues. Plus, Google has added more than 110 leagues across women’s soccer, cricket and rugby over the past year. It has also partnered with broadcasters and rights holders to provide easy access to live streams and highlights directly from the Search results page.”
The Big Screen Cinema Guide: Find Open Caption Movies Easily With Our New Advanced Search Tool!. “You now have the ability to search for Open Caption presentations anywhere in the United States using our Open Caption Presentations search! At the time of this article’s writing, there are 47 movies being shown with Open Captions at 632 movie theaters around the United States. You can search by movie or by theater, and see the dates for which Open Caption presentations are being shown for that movie/theater.”
9to5 Google: Twitter is blocking Threads links in searches. “While Twitter’s new CEO has been trying to convince us that the platform can’t be replaced by Threads, it seems the company is privately rather less confident. A developer noticed that Twitter is blocking Threads links in searches, with others confirming it.”
Wyoming State Library: Updates to Wyoming Digital Collections Make Searching Easier. “Five of the six resources in the Wyoming State Library’s Digital Collection Suite have recently been updated with a new interface, making them easier to browse and search.”
Yale Library: Yale launches LUX, a powerful new search tool for cross-collection exploration. “LUX: Collection Discovery—a new cross-collection search tool—provides users worldwide with online access to more than 17 million items within Yale University’s museums, libraries, and archives.”
Today’s Gizmo combines the authority of the FCC TV license database with local news search. And when I say local, I mean, like, a street.
Here’s how StreetScoop Local News Search works:
– Enter an address in the United States
– The address converts to latitude/longitude
– A dataset is consulted to find the nearest large city to that address
– That city name is searched in the FCC’s TV permit database and the domain names of local TV stations are aggregated into a query string
– The query string along with the street name are bundled into a Google search which opens in a new window.
Local news search! Authoritative sources!