INTERNET SEARCH PORTAL Yahoo has announced that Search Direct is available in the UK, along with image and video search features.
Search Direct delivers answers and direct access to web sites before users complete a query, hit the search button or go to a search results page. The application predicts search results as fast as a person types and results are updated every 10 minutes to display the latest search trends.
The company also announced today that its Image Search and Video Search have gone live in the UK.
Yahoo Image Search allows users to browse through galleries, easily view full-size images, search images on Facebook and filter content.
The firm has launched four new categories to help users better categorise and find images that interest them. The first, through Facebook, offers users an option to connect a Yahoo account with the social network, and a 'Facebook' option will automatically appear if search results include matches from Facebook friends' names, album names or album descriptions.
Meanwhile, 'Top Images' provides users with the most popular images from around the web, and 'Latest' provides users with the 'latest' image option for image search results of popular topics and enables users to see the most recent images on a topic.
The 'Galleries' option will appear for image results that include photo galleries from Yahoo News, Flickr and OMG from Yahoo. 'Gallery Finder' finds the latest and most relevant galleries created by Flickr users and the Yahoo editorial team's selection of images.
Key features of Yahoo Image Search include 'One-click Hero Shots', where a user can view just the image with one click, and 'Continuous Image Browse' which changes the way images are displayed and navigated. Meanwhile 'Timely Images' allows users to stay up to date with the most recent images of a topic.
Yahoo said the design automatically optimises for users' screens whether on a desktop or tablet device.
The firm has also announced a Video Search results page, which has a more simplistic look and new filters. µ
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