DuckDuckGo App Review
A new free app from Duckduck Go offers an encouraging bit of pushback to the churning maw that is online tracking. It takes a step beyond simply private searches, and you should download it.
By this time everyone may familiar with Duckduck Go the “search engine” that doesn’t track you like others. Unlike say, Google, Duckduck Go doesn’t track you specially. Instead, it sells ads based on your search terms.
This no-track business model was and continues to be great for searching the web, but what about browsing it. That’s where the new app comes in. Download to an iOS or Android device, the app allows you to cruise around the web as you would otherwise but with some added protection.
Moves beyond the search box and protects your privacy wherever you go on the Internet, “a company spokesperson explained over email.
The biggest problem is that the results are not uniform. When we were digging through knowledge Graph features to find cool things you don’t know you could do with Google, noticed that the results were not always the same. When one person searched for Apple stocks, Google showed him regular search results, but when a colleague searched for the same term, he was shown current stock information along with a nice price versus time graph.
Features Of DuckDuckGo App
Social media bio:
Duckduck Go lets you see the social media profiles of people without the search engine. So, search for advantages and you can see full the profile information on the same page. The same thing works for Google+ and Gravatar as well.
To look up a Twitter bio, you need to search for the handle. For Google+, type G+ and then the name of the user. Another cool feature that is related is letting you search inside other sites. With Google, you can use the site.
App store search, alternatives to apps:
Search for any popular app on Duckduck Go and you will that it shows a carousel full of apps with similar names. Just search for the NDTV gadgets app to see what we mean. Clicking on any one of the cards on the carousel will show you the price of the apps, but it can find most of the well-known ones.
Shorten and expand links:
Want to find out which websites are at the end of shortened links such as http://bit.ly1tYrmaB open in Duckduck search engine. Also, if you want to shorten long URLs.
These passwords comprise four common words put together, which are easy to remember and hard to crack, and were first suggested in the popular webcomic XKCD.
Both Goole and Duckduck Go let you create a quick timer but Duckduck Go also has a stopwatch.
Change case and check the number of characters:
Want to change a sentence to Title case, lowercase, or Uppercase. Just add one of those three terms before your sentences and key it in on Duckduck Go. “Uppercase ndtv gadgets” lead to “NDTV GADGETS”.
Checks whether websites are down:
If you can’t open a website, you might want to check if it is not opening anywhere or just on your computer.
Does mime rhyme with time:
Duckduck Go also has an instant answer that finds rhyming words. Search “rhymes with ndtv” or any other word you can think of. You will see an instant answer with rhyming words, from Rhyme’s brain.
Google and Duckduck Go can show you the current date and time. But Duckduck Go goes one step further by supporting the calendar as an instant answer. Search “calendar” to see one, with the current date highlighted. It can also show you the calendar for any month and year.
The search query for this is a little hard to remember, like the terms and conditions for most loan agreements. It is “loan amount at interest with percent down for the duration.
Cool features for developers:
Several instant answers will be useful to software developers but might be less important for the general public.
Add instant answers to other search engines:
If you like these instant answers but don’t want to leave your favorite search engine, just download the Duckduck Go extension on chrome, safari or Firefox. Now whenever you search, you will see Duckduck Go’s instant answers through the web sites.
Pros and Cons
- Perfect privacy, no data on your online searches collected or stored.
- No ads targeting you based on your searches.
- No social engineering techniques used on you’re based on your searches and other interests.
- You can be sure you are getting the same search results as all other users.
- It’s a well- known fact that many users don’t make it to the second page of Google search results, but Duckduck Go just presents to you more info on the same page so you never have to click next and lose the initial results from sight.
- It has a few nice extra perks and features, but still not as many as Google. Just think of Google Maps, Google Flights, Google Finance, Google Books, etc.
Duckduck Go doesn’t remember your search history, which is technically an advantage for privacy, but it can also be less convenient sometimes.