Here are a few items that take a look at the new “Lasso” capability that launched today and is available for Bing’s iPad app.
What is it?
Your using an iPad and your reading something (article, book, etc) and you want to search for more info. With Lasso there is no need to type into a search box or even cut and paste. Simply circle the word(s) or phrase you want search for info about, click search, and get ready to review your results. Btw,
The app is free.
1. “Whoa Doggies! Bing Lassoes Search On The iPad” (by Greg Sterling)
Greg points out (thank you for the mention Greg) that Ask.com’s Ask City (local search) product (no longer available) allowed users to draw a circle around an area to find local establishments. Also, Yahoo currently has a local search app for iPhone/iPad/iTouch iOS that allows users to use their finger to sketch a shape on a map and find restaurants inside of the shape. Yahoo Sketch-a-Search is also free. This searching concept has a lot of promise for mobile users.
3. Bing for iPad Update: Searching Without a Search Box (via Bing Blog)