A search for "the Beatles," for example, would probably trigger the Music and Video scopes and display results including a mix of local and online sources, tapping the user's personal cloud as well as sites such as YouTube, Last.fm, and Amazon, Parrino explained.
"To achieve this, the Dash will call a new smart scope service which will return ranked online search results, which the Dash will then balance against local results to return the most relevant information to the user," he wrote.
3. Results from more retailers
Last but not least, in Ubuntu 13.04 the software's "More Suggestions" scope, which in version 12.10 returns commercial results just from Amazon and the Ubuntu One Music Store, will be expanded to include more retailers. Parrino did not reveal any specific retailer names, however.
Meanwhile, Canonical is also testing some new user controls, added Parrino, who went on to stress both that Canonical collects no user-identifiable data and that "we have made it dead easy to switch the online search tools off with a simple toggle in settings."
Want to check out the new changes for yourself? The best place to start is in Ubuntu's latest daily builds.