Search Engine: Breaking News!

Hello and welcome again to my blog. I have decided to post on weekends and do it somewhat regularly. So what am I going to dish out this weekend?

Out of several updates coming in from all directions, be it Blogging, Content Writing, SEO, Social Media and various other interests I pursue, what grabbed my attention this week were two interesting Search Engine News; which I’m sure will be worth to share with you.

search engine duckduckgo

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The first one is a relatively old peculiarly named anonymous search engine Duck Duck Go, started by Gabriel Weinberg in 2008. The search engine shot up in to the popularity chart with reportedly having 1bn unique users in 2013 after former CIA contractor Edward Snowden revealed last year how Google and Microsoft were intruding people’s privacy for collecting their browsing history. For your information, Google’s AdSense algorithm is designed to collect people’s browsing habits and to package this info to corporations for targeting more potential customers. Intrigued by this revelation from Snowden, people were searching for an alternative anonymous browser which would not track their usage data and since then their popularity graph is heading north. Comparing Google’s standing in this domain, a figure of 4m unique searches per day for the Ducks to do in November last year is very impressive, but it is going be far-fetched at this stage to think that they have arrived to unsettle Google in 2014 or so. We will keep a close watch!

search engine binpad

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The second one, BinPad, is not even a new kid on the block. It’s on a formative stage. Coming out from the stable of Xdroid Inc, an IT company focusing on actionable artificial intelligence; they have just announced their arrival and have given you a Trial version. What is so different with this search engine? When you search through any popular search engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing, you get a long list of uncategorized results. Like if you are searching to learn the process for making green tea, there you will get long list of result pages and some of these may even take you to sites selling exotic tea leaves, etc.! What’s your search experience then? This one promises to curate the results into categories and present in a hierarchical way. That will make it simple for the people to easily find out the information they are looking for. They are also going to include platforms like news, education, television, editing and tools. The launch date is not announced though; we can use their trial offering. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Keep fit and have a nice week ahead. See you next week and till then, bye!

Browser: Chrome, IE or Firefox, who’s the champ?

The Browser domain was once ruled by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, but recently Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox took the battle to a new level. So much so that during this time last year it was predicted based on several parameters that Google Chrome would uproot Microsoft IE to take the pole position in global market share.  This chart is an indicator,

browser market share prediction 2013

Mozilla Firefox is also there at a sniffing distance.  It’s very interesting from a user’s point of view that they have a handful of choice. There is a global paradigm shift happening and visibly there are scores of people migrating to tablets, smartphones and laptops. For all however, browsers still remain the main entry point to the web and at least that is how the web architecture is designed. Globally, therefore the key players are in loggerheads in this arena and are steadily upgrading their offerings to improve their users’ experience. Be it Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox, today all of them are pretty slick in appearance and amazingly fast in presenting requested websites to the end user, a notable departure from their predecessors. Each one of these has its own brownie points over the other for which they retain their fans but at the same time they are working to incorporate features of their competitors to win more customers. Here I present a comparative analysis of the three major browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Check it out!

Google Chrome 31

Pros:

Design:

  • Minimalist
  • Monochromatic buttons are not pain for the eyes
  • Tab browsing like all its competitors
  • Browser blends well with the surroundings and hardly visible
  • Unified address and search bar minimizes the space occupied by the browser
  • The two layer navigation layout houses all the essential options
  • The single click bookmarking feature presented with a star button on the right side of the address bar is hassle-free. Simply superb 1-2-3 steps and done!

Speed:

  • Excellent, most of the websites load faster than that was with its predecessors
  • A good hardware acceleration adds even more speed

Other Features:

  • Supports HTML5, which means it is future ready
  • Voice Search is integrated and that is quite unique
  • Security features are well implemented
  • Instant site prediction and loading is a very good additional feature
  • Extensions or application available from WebApp store is a refreshing feature that tries to erase the line between local and cloud application
  • Syncing is an absolute delight for all Google fans as that efficiently integrates everything from Google’s stable
  • Built-in Flash player and PDF reader are available
  • Spell checking is a tiny little detail they have focused upon
  • Quick and automatic updates are constantly keeping the pace

Cons:

Do Not Track Privacy feature is turned off by default

KEY NOTES

The competition is fierce but Google Chrome draws the attention and it is actually the Web browser to beat in terms of speed, features and philosophy

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11

Pros:

Design:

  • Slimmer than its predecessor
  • Excellent tab implementation
  • Unified address bar and search features
  • Two layer navigation layout
  • Bookmarking is quite similar to Chrome
  • Users are able to drag and separate a tab to make it a full-fledged browsing window
  • Users also can customize, drag and pin a tab on the taskbar which sits there with the website’s favicon like another pinned application. The interesting part is that when a user right clicks on that icon he gets option to go to different sections of that particular website and the browser morphs itself by replacing its own icons with the sites favicon and colored front, back buttons. Really unique!

Speed:

  • Fast and at par with competitors on various benchmarks
  • Hardware acceleration is better

Other Features:

  • Decent HTML5 support
  • Top security features
  • Do Not Track Privacy is enabled by default

Cons:

No built in Flash and PDF reader

KEY NOTES

Now it’s good news for Windows 7 users as they can enjoy the speed, features and compatibility of Internet Explorer 11, which was earlier available only with Windows 8. Nevertheless, Microsoft have come out of slumber and ramped up their offering in every possible way to retain its old customers as well as to generate enough interest.

Mozilla Firefox 26

Pros:

Design:

  • Lean in appearance
  • Tab browsing is quite similar to its competitors
  • Tabs are kept above address bar and separate search box takes up a little more screen space and makes it a bit bulky
  • Similar Chrome like single click bookmarking option is there
  • But the robust customization options, the extensions and host of developer tools are its USP

Speed:

Fast but not up to that mark to compete with its rivals on this parameter

Other Features:

  • Good HTML5 support
  • Cross platform
  • Built in PDF viewer
  • Speed, memory usage and security features are pretty good
  • Hardware acceleration is decent
  • Small and frequent update packets are quite in thing these days and Firefox have paid full attention to this, although these updates are not anything massive to ramp up the performance of the browser. The full pack updates what they used to release earlier were better in this sense

Cons:

  • Slower than its competitors on some benchmarks
  • Less HTML5 support
  • No built-in Flash player 

KEY NOTES

Firefox is quite popular for its customization/extensions and professional users loyally stick with this for the add-ons they get to use with this cleanly designed, fast, cross-platform browser.

So the question now is which browser is better. Each one of them have their own set of loyal fans. But a large section including some from the fan-bases keep trying different things. They are the deciding factors who can tilt the scale in favor of one or the other if they are won away by the niceties of a particular brand. Currently Google’s Chrome is holding the carrot and luring us with its modern features and design. But others too are not far behind and the war is going to get more interesting to follow.