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Search Engines

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on August 3, 2016 at 2:38:05 pm

Where would we be without search engines? Of course, we have all of the 'usual suspects', but in an app-based world we have several very different options available to us. Rather than just focus on the traditional engines such as Google, which are of course available for download, I wanted to find some different examples.


All search in 1

This is a very straightforward search engine funded by advertising. We can go to Google, Bing, Yahoo, Baidu or Wikipedia from the interface. Simply run a search and view the results from one of those engines, and then click to see the results from another search engine. So essentially this is a multi search engine which acts as a go-between from the searcher to the search engine. Not particularly exciting resource, but it does allow quick comparative searching. Although the engine cannot be accessed on the web, the publisher has a website at http://www.avatarapps.com/ which provides you with a little more information. 



If you want to watch the video on YouTube it's available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EW5GWpB5eE8 

If you want to download the app, it's available at

iOS https://itunes.apple.com/app/all-search-engines-in-one/id424762728?ls=1&mt=8 


Just Search

This is another search engine that is free, but makes money via advertising. This is another search engine which provides access to various different engines, but this has a rather broader selection than the previous engine. You can access Google, Yandex, Bing, Images, Twitter, Wikipedia, Amazon, Yahoo, News, Youtube, Flickr and eBay. However, a particular strength of this engine is that you can add in other providers and really personalise the tool. The website is available at http://justsearch.iphonemarks.com/ 



If you want to watch this video at YouTube the address is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00DkHQtNLHU 

If you want to download it, the app is available at

iOS https://itunes.apple.com/app/id586744540 

Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.speedymarks.android.justsearchfree 

There are paid versions of the app if you want to use the resource without being bothered by adverts.



Phlo has a website at http://cynapse.com/phlo/ although you can't actually search the web there, you have to download the app in order to do that. Phlo comes preloaded with over 30 different resources that you can search - not just the traditional web search engines such as Google or Bing (although those are there), but you can also explore Facebook, Flickr, Reddit and Tumblr for example. This engine gives me the largest number of resources of any of the tools that I've looked at. You can also add in new search engines and customise Phlo to your preference. It's a nice fast tool, and one of my personal favourites. 


If you want to watch this on YouTube, it's available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKLY0Nb7ZDI 

If you want to download the app it's available at

iOS https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/phlo/id674569729?mt%3D8%26uo%3D4%26at%3D10laLA 

Android Unfortunately this tool isn't currently available for the Android device


picTrove Pro

This search engine is unique in this list in that it focuses on image search, rather than looking for webpages. Some of the engines that it pulls its data from are Google, Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket and several others. You can download the images that you find for later offline browsing. The website is available at http://traversient.com/pictrove/ 

If you want to view this on YouTube it's available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChoCF0-3bjM 

if you want to download and use the app it's available at

iOS https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pictrove-pro-image-search/id433016309?mt=8&pt=117692018&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 but it is a paid product at £7.99 There is another version available at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pictrove-2-pro-search-across/id904890710?mt=8 which costs £3.99

Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.traversient.pictrove2&hl=en 



Startpage has a website which is available at https://www.startpage.com/ and its key selling point is that you can search privately - details on your searches or IP address are not stored anywhere. This is obviously very helpful if you want to 'cover your tracks' if you're doing competitive intelligence work for example, or you are looking to buy a christmas present for a loved one. Startpage doesn't keep that information available to affect the next searches that you do.  Consequently you won't get targetted adverts, and you can share the search criteria that you use with other people and they will also get the same results that you did. Startpage pulls its results from Google, so you are in effect getting the best of both worlds - Google search with Startpage privacy. 


If you want to watch this video directly on YouTube it's available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjyJSI6HAN0 

If you want to download the app you can get it at

iOS https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/startpage-search/id632832982?mt=8

Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.startpage.mobile&hl=en 

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