Thursday, November 22, 2012

KLM ticket search fails for providing one way fare that is higher than two way fare

Who will pay SGD ~258 for a one way ticket from Singapore to Bali when you can buy a return ticket for SGD ~252? Just don't show up for the return flight. This is clearly an example of a failed search and a failed booking system at KLM.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Google promotes the Android version of a game in search results and severely demotes the iOS version

Today I was playing the nice game SimplePhysics on an iPad borrowed from a friend. I liked the game quite a lot and wondered if it was available for Windows. I went to Google and queried simplephysics. I saw an eye-catchy link to the Android version of this game as the top result, complete with user ratings icons, price, and 'Android' mentioned to catch the user's attention. I wondered where in the ranking did the iOS version of the same game stood. Amazingly, it was the last result on the ninth page, that is, it was ranked #90 by Google - and it had no information such as price, ratings, etc. Is all of this a coincidence? I doubt. Interestingly, Bing shows both the iOS and Android links on its first page.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Google fails for providing incorrect flight departure time

Someone could blindly rely on Google's sometimes-incorrect information and could get delayed [or could go earlier than required]. This can potentially have serious repercussions for some people and in some situations. Screenshots taken on 20-Jan-10.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Google's entire SERP has only YouTube results - this may be illegal!

This might be seriously illegal, if this isn't just an experiment. Screenshots taken in Sep'12.

Amazon deliberately injects its own Kindle products into others' SERPs

For queries that have absolutely nothing to do with Amazon's Kindle products, Amazon has blatantly forced Kindle results into the SERPs for competitors' products. Kindle shows up for iPad. Kindle shows up for Nexus. Screenshots below prove this [taken on 27-Oct-12].