January 17, 2022

No Need to Copy and Paste: Bing's iPad App Updated With "Lasso" Technology, Just Circle and Search

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.

Learn More:

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.

2. “Microsoft refreshes Bing for iPad app with ‘Lasso’ touch search” (via ZDNet)

3. Bing for iPad Update: Searching Without a Search Box (via Bing Blog)

4. App Store Info/Download Page

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.