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Google Search by Image for Firefox 1.6

Perform searches on images for related content: other images, information and more 

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or later

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 09 May 2019
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Search by Image in Firefox
The quickest way to start an image-based search is by right-clicking the image in question.

One of the problems with searching the web for images is that you’re relying on using text to describe what you’re looking for, which could restrict what results you get back. Then you might come across a fabulous looking image, but have no idea about what’s in it – how do you search for information on a photo or picture without some kind of text-based clue?

The answer lies in a new feature now available at http://images.google.com – click the new camera icon in the search box and you can paste in the URL of any image or even upload one from your hard drive to serve as the basis of your search. Of course, this could be construed as too much hassle, which is why Google has also developed an extension that allows you to initiate this new image-based search using the image itself: just right-click the image and you’ll see a new option – “Search Google with this image”. Simples.

The engine will – if possible – attempt to identify the image for you, providing a number of related websites. It’ll also search for exact image matches, along with a link to the relevant website. This not only gives you an opportunity of finding the image at a different resolution, it can also steer you to websites that might help identify the image or provide more information about it.

The search will also look for “visually similar” images. This attempts to match photos with similar – but not identical – ones online. This seems more effective with getting matching shots of landscapes or location (so a search for an image of Barack Obama sitting at a canteen table will return results of similar canteens rather than of shots of the US President himself).

While it’s possible to focus this type of search by including keywords, you’re more likely to end up returning results of potentially relevant websites to browse manually rather than more suitable images, which would seem to defeat the whole object of the extension somewhat.

As with most things of this nature, the technology will improve over time, and hopefully the visually similar matches will become more and more targeted. Despite this, the Search by Image extension is worth installing if you regularly find yourself trawling the web for images.

Verdict:

An interesting extension, and undoubtedly useful if you envisage regularly needing to use the new Search by Image feature.

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update ISO (build 1903)

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.

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