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Bing round-up: AMBER Alerts and new local features for mobile

As we head into the holidays, we have a few things to share with you that released this week.

AMBER Alerts
Following the abduction and murder of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman in 1996, a national child abduction alert system called AMBER Alert was established in her honor. AMBER is eponymous, but its also an acronym it stands for Americas Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response[1]. AMBER Alerts are disseminated though a variety of means including radio, TV, highway signs, SMS, mobile notifications and websites. Search is another natural way for these alerts to be disseminated. Today, we are announcing that Bing is integrating AMBER Alerts to help increase chances for a safe recovery of abducted children.

Bing Round-up: AMBER Alerts And New Local Features For Mobile

Bing is working with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to redistribute AMBER Alerts, after they have been issued by law enforcement, to Bing search users on demand. Active AMBER Alerts are now shown on Bing search page for queries which seek them. Youll automatically see these alerts if you search for amber alert[2] and youre in a relevant geographical location or if you search for a specific location where an AMBER Alert is active like amber alert Madison County MS.[3]

As of Dec. 10, 2014, AMBER Alerts have helped rescue and safely return 723 abducted children[4]. Take the time to look at AMBER Alerts and, if you have any info, take action by calling the phone number you find in the alert information.

Local answers for mobile
With 2015 inching closer, whats a better way to ring in the New Year with family and friends than at a vibrant bar? Bing is making it easier to search, navigate and find rich information about your favorite bars, lounges and restaurants to help make your decisions faster on the go.

Over the last few weeks we have released a slew of features that will be handy on the go.

When you first search for a broad query like Bars in Capitol Hill Seattle[5], you will see an easy to use and beautiful local answer which shows you key information about the bar itself so you can make your decisions faster. It seems like The Lobby Bar[6] has the best reviews.

Bing Round-up: AMBER Alerts And New Local Features For Mobile

Once you click on the bars name, it will show you some more details about the bar itself including a picture, Yelp reviews and social media information so you can get a quick representation of the place youll be having fun with you friends. You can also take quick action with the handy buttons that will allow you to call, get directions or visit the bars website.

Bing Round-up: AMBER Alerts And New Local Features For Mobile Bing Round-up: AMBER Alerts And New Local Features For Mobile Bing Round-up: AMBER Alerts And New Local Features For Mobile

With the new changes, we have made it easier to search, learn and take actions on your favorite restaurants on your mobile device.

The Bing Team

References

  1. ^ Americas Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (en.wikipedia.org)
  2. ^ amber alert (www.bing.com)
  3. ^ amber alert Madison County MS. (www.bing.com)
  4. ^ 723 abducted children (www.missingkids.com)
  5. ^ Bars in Capitol Hill Seattle (www.bing.com)
  6. ^ The Lobby Bar (www.bing.com)

Hitting the stores or the all-you-can-eat buffet, Bing makes getting there easy

Bing is there for the things that matter this Discount Holidays © holiday season, from making the dash to the sales where every second counts, to getting you to that cool place you just heard of for some downtime or dinner over the break.

Weve just released a simpler way to find more local information and directions. These new facts at the top of the search page aim to provide simple answers to searches for things like phone numbers for restaurants, the hours of your local mall, or directions to your friends house.

Need help figuring out whether that unbelievable sale item is still around and you cant waste another moment? Or want to celebrate your savings with a nice dinner? Just search for the phone number and well give it to you right there.

Hitting The Stores Or The All-you-can-eat Buffet, Bing Makes Getting There Easy

Now, how to get there? Just ask for directions and you can see a quick answer showing the best route with distance and travel time information. Click on turn by turn directions to get the fullroute details.

Hitting The Stores Or The All-you-can-eat Buffet, Bing Makes Getting There Easy

Once youre out and about, keep your options open and your answers instant through Bing.com on your phone. Got a chance to meet an old friend for a catch up but not sure if the timing works out? Ask for hours of operation to help make the call so that you can focus on more pressing things like coming up with a witty joke to bring back the nostalgia of high school.

Hitting The Stores Or The All-you-can-eat Buffet, Bing Makes Getting There Easy

Give it a try yourself with some of our other Fact Answers Reviews[1] & Address[2].

Here are a few sample queries for you to try out

Were constantly exploring ways to help you spend less time searching and more time on the things that matter to you. So please stay tuned for more updates to our Fact Answers and let us know what you think on Twitter[3].

The Bing Maps and Local teams

*The directions feature is currently only available in the US, UK and France. Reviews and Address answers currently available on desktop only.

References

  1. ^ Reviews (www.bing.com)
  2. ^ Address (www.bing.com)
  3. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)