Last night Yahoo introduced Axis, a browser extension/ mobile app designed to turbo-boost Internet searching. It’s a bold new front in the Search Wars. But it was accompanied by another, less savoury release, discovered by Nik Cubrilovic, an Australian entrepreneur:Â Yahoo accidentally leaked its private encryption key for the Chrome version. This is part of the certificate that secure websites and browser extension bear to prove that they’re legitimately software created by who you believe to be true. The exposure of the certificate could allow a malicious coder to release code masquerading as a legitimate Yahoo app but carry out whatever data-scraping or other instructions the coder desired. Yahoo quickly apologized, and released a new version for Chrome that does not contain the offending certificate data, but the implications of the slip have yet to be concluded.
Today Yahoo!Â launched Yahoo! AxisÂ a whole new way to search and browse the Web across any deviceâ€”Yahoo! Axis. Itâ€™s an innovative new mobile browser and desktop plug-in that gives people visual search results (as they type), ultimately providing a more direct path to whatever theyâ€™re looking for online. Think of it as a personal companion for your daily explorations of the Web.
You can download Axis as a standalone mobile browser for your Apple iOS devices here, and for major, HTML5 enabled desktop browsers, you can download the desktop plug-in here. Check out our video that walks you through how Axis saves you time whether on the desktop, mobile or tablet device.
Yahoo! Axis comes equipped with handy features that unify searching and browsing.Â For example, our one-step search lets you preview and interact with visual search results without ever leaving the page youâ€™re on. Itâ€™s the end of the back button! And our instant answers show the information you want as you type common searches like finding movie times, sports scores, stock prices and more.
Axis also includes a personalized home page that contains your most recently visited sites, bookmarks and articles you plan to read later. This personalized home page stays with you across your desktop, iPad and iPhone, keeping whatâ€™s important to you in one easy, centralized spot. No matter what device you started on, you can easily pick up where you left off when you switch devices.
Axis even has a few bonus features for iPhone and iPad users, like simple swiping to quickly get from one search result to the next, a bar that combines the search box and address bars into one, and sharing so you can easily post any page youâ€™re viewing to Twitter or Pinterest.
Yahoo! tried to make their SDK as simple to use as possible. Theyâ€™ve exposed a new REST API for the Yahoo! Messenger platform â€” the same API that they use with thei own products. So they know that itâ€™s rock solid. In fact, all you need is a little knowledge of HTTP and JSON and youâ€™ll be up and running in no time, no matter what programming environment youâ€™re using. The SDK contains all keys Yahoo! Messenger features that youâ€™ve come to expect, including real-time presence, contact-list management, instant messaging, file transfers, and user-image management.
Please make sure you read the documentation that Yahoo! included. This document provides best practices, guidelines for using the service, Messenger logos (including our beloved Smiley), and test cases to make sure your application is working properly.
Finally, note that theyâ€™re rolling out the SDK in most of Asia, as well as India, initially. The reason we chose this region is the dynamic nature of instant messaging in this market. There are some crazy and wonderful things with Yahoo! Messenger coming out of this corner of the world.
For those of you in the rest of the world donâ€™t worry; we have plans to roll out this program on a larger scale very soon.
An update on the Yahoo! Messenger API: This is taking a little longer than Yahoo! think â€“ Yahoo! have some last mile details to take care of but they are committed to launching the new Yahoo Messenger API very soon.
Let me say that they are really excited about the response and enthusiasm that theyâ€™ve received around the opening of the platform behind our popular Yahoo! Messenger service. The team is working hard to make sure that these new APIs meet your expectations, that they are as simple as possible, and that they contain all the key features you need to develop great applications and services.
Android phone owners, the wait is over! Today marks the debut of Yahoo! Messenger App for Android, alongside the new Yahoo! Mail for Android.
With the availability of Yahooâ€™s world-class Yahoo! Messenger services for Android, theyâ€™re making it easier than ever for users to access fast, reliable, and feature-rich Yahoo! experiences on one of the fastest growing platforms in the market.
Yahoo! Messenger Android App is available for download via the Android Market globally, and support OS 2.0 or higher, including the popular Motorola Droid, HTC Incredible, Google Nexus One.
With the new Yahoo! Messenger App for Android, you can:
Easily message friends, check friendsâ€™ status updates and availability and update their personal status and availability
Multitask and stay connected with the App working in the background; with push notifications, consumers can easily catch new messages and friend requests
Full use of emoticons and rich text formatting
Send photos to friends directly from the phoneâ€™s camera or the photo gallery
Chat with MSN/Windows Live Messenger friends
Send instant messages to friends via SMS text message*
Today, Yahoo! released their first wave of new Android and HTML5 products, including Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger apps for Android, a new Android widget for Yahoo! Search, and Yahooâ€™s amazing HTML5-powered Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! News experiences for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch. Complete product details can be found on the Yahoo! Mobile Blog here.
So what does this mean for you? If you are one of the 300 million Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger users worldwide, Yahoo! Is Â making it easier to access feature-rich Yahoo! experiences on two of the fastest growing mobile platforms in the market, Android and HTML5-capable browsers.Â Get more details on the Yahoo! Messenger app on the Yahoo! Messenger Bloghere.
With the new apps for Android, Yahoo! created fast, easy-to-use and visually stunning experiences for Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger, providing rich full-featured experiences right on your Android device, and built from the ground up for the Android platform. They also introduced a Yahoo! Search Widget for Android to provide quick and convenient access to Yahoo! Search, making search easily accessible directly on your home screen.
In another exciting new release, theyâ€™ve leveraging the cutting-edge features of HTML5 and introducing a new Yahoo! Mail web-app, plus a Yahoo! News site, for the iPhone and iPod touch.
The new Yahoo! Mail for mobile web is the most advanced mobile web-app theyâ€™ve ever created, making full use of client side databases and advanced caching capabilities, Yahoo! is offering faster access, powerful search, and rich content & message previews surfaced directly in the inbox. This amazing new experience is available in 28 languages in more than 200 countries.
Yahooâ€™s enhanced Yahoo! News includes a new layout with animated visual effects and navigation that utilizes touch gestures to deliver a compelling news experience.
Theyâ€™ve been working hard, and listening carefully to their usersâ€™ feedback to understand what their consumers want, how a sophisticated mobile experience should behave, and how they could harness the latest cutting-edge technology. The result is a collection of incredible new experiences that represent their continued commitment to provide best-in-class products, while creating a modern and flexible platform for continued innovation and development. Yahoo! hopes youâ€™ll love using these new experiences as much as theyâ€™ve loved creating them!
Dudley Wong the product manager announced that Yahoo! will soon open up the platform behind the popular Yahoo! Messenger service. This is big news. If you havenâ€™t used Yahoo! Messenger, youâ€™re in for a treat. Yahoo! Messenger is the premier instant messaging (IM) platform, used on a wide variety of desktop and mobile clients. Millions of users throughout the world already depend on Yahoo! Messenger to manage their social contacts, group lists, and presence information; hold real-time instant communications; and perform data transfer to and from contacts throughout the world. All, well â€” instantly, as its name says.
As mentioned Yahoo! was listening to those developers among you who have been telling us they want to build on that trusted platform. By exposing a new RESTful API for Yahoo! Messenger, weâ€™re allowing you to develop your own innovative programs and tools that make the most of what the Yahoo! IM platform can offer.
Developing for the platform is simple. All you need is a little knowledge of HTTP and JSON, and youâ€™ll be connecting with people across the world in no time, no matter what programming environment youâ€™re using. And from there, just let your imagination run wild with the groundbreaking applications you can create.
Check back into the Yahoo! Developer Network on June 30 for more information.