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blinkx Launches blinkx 3.5: Smart Search Just Got Even Smarter

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - SEPTEMBER 26, 2005 - Delivering yet more innovation to users, blinkx, the smartest thing on your computer and on the Web, today announced the release of an upgraded version of the toolbar, blinkx 3.5. The new version, based in part on feedback from blinkx users worldwide, includes enhanced support for multimedia formats, the addition of a dedicated Wikipedia channel, integrated password support for Lotus Notes users and numerous usability upgrades for even smarter and faster links from the Web, the desktop and TV.

Improved usability for simpler, smarter search is a key feature of blinkx 3.5 with a range of enhancements including an improved user interface and performance optimization. In addition, blinkx 3.5 offers users the flexibility to choose where the blinkx index is stored on their PC’s hard drive, allowing users to specify or alter the location of the index at any time. Following suggestions from existing blinkx users, a dedicated Wikipedia channel has also been added to the blinkx toolbar, bringing 737,000 entries from the popular online encyclopaedia to just a click away. Further strengthening blinkx’s ability to tackle virtually all files on the desktop, today’s upgrade also improves support for media file formats, with improved importing of metadata fields from MP3, WMV and other popular file formats.

“We have worked hard over the last 18 months to build a reputation for innovation and the development of products ahead of others in the search industry, but that hasn’t slowed down our progress. As always, our users continue to push us forward, giving our development team a never-ending list for new ideas for features and enhancements” said blinkx founder Suranga Chandratillake. “blinkx 3.5 adopts a number of those user-driven ideas as well as other enhancements of our own. We’re confident the new features will exceed expectations and look forward to more ideas for the next version!”

About blinkx

blinkx, the smartest thing on your computer and on the Web, is changing the way that people think about search. Only blinkx can harness the desktop, Web and TV - unifying content with a one stop search tool. Available to users on the Web at www.blinkx.com and www.blinkx.tv, as well as free to download, blinkx automatically and intelligently links to content anywhere and in any format, on the Web, on the desktop and even on TV. blinkx’s conceptual toolbar means users are no longer limited to keyword search; instead, blinkx assesses all the information that the user is actively viewing, and automatically recommends and retrieves relevant content, from local, Web and TV searches, based on context. In addition, www.blinkx.tv makes thousands of hours of TV content fully searchable and available on demand for the first time. blinkx is a privately-held company based in San Francisco and London. More information is available at www.blinkx.com.