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Step Aside Google: Qwant Is A Secure Beauty

Step Aside Google: Qwant Is A Secure Beauty

Homepage
    Qwant – Home (Screenshot, courtesy of qwant.com)

    How on earth did Qwant manage to combine security with the most convenient user experience ever seen on a search engine?

    No, Qwant won’t reinvent the wheel here, Why do so, if you could use existing technology. We seem to agree anyways that Google might have the best algorithm out there, don’t we?

    Nevertheless, Qwants’ “crawlers relentlessly visit the global web to refine” their results. Let’s see, what they have up their sleeves to challenge Google on their very own turf.

    Qwick
      Alternative Search Engines (Screenshot, courtesy of qwant.com)

      So, not only Google but many other services like Amazon, Flickr, Facebook or Twitter can be used for searching.

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      This service, called Qwick, combines the convenience with a shortcut and the power of a keyword. For example, you can immediately surf to Wikipedia’s article just by typing: “&w Net-neutrality,” got it? I told you it was easy, right?

      Security

      Instead, Qwant does concentrate on safety and won’t track users. Even more promising is the vow of “no filter bubble.”

      You might not know yet, but to me, this is the most substantial benefit. The world of search is very much tailored to what search engines think we should read.

      Still not sure? Watch El Pariser online at TED Conference in 2011. Or try by yourself: Ask a friend to search the exact same term, say in Google, and you will find yourself gaping on how different the results very often are.

      Essential Parts

      Multiple Result Categories

      If you want to see web results, feel free to choose this Qwant-option. But, what I learned to love about this option is how many of my searches are reflected in international news or on social media.

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      Categories
        Qwant Search-Engine Categories (Screenshot, courtesy of qwant.com)

        Even Music is included in the searches. Using this category means listening to your favorite songs without leaving Qwant. You didn’t expect a great user experience doing this? Prepare for s big surprise.

        Music-Player
          Qwant – Music Player (Screenshot, courtesy of qwant.com)

          Bookmarks, Boards, Notes and Following

          Qwant won’t stop there. With bookmarking and adding notes and results to your boards, Qwant does provide you even with an Evernote-like functionality of storing and organizing your favorite information.

          Following other publishers or boards feels like a unique social media approach built right into Qwant.

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          Boards
            Qwant Boards (Screenshot, courtesy of qwant.com)

            Real World use with Safari

            Well, as we all know, Safari is a little picky on using search engines as a standard. Don’t fret dear friend; the Qwant extension comes to the rescue.

            Without any hassle, I since then search with Qwant via the URL-Bar in Safari and, if needed, add a &g or &b for Google or Bing respectively.

            Qwant Safari Extension
              Qwant Safari Extension (Screenshot, courtesy of qwant.com)

              Conclusion

              Soon, after finding out about Qwant, I immediately decided to give it a shot — and have no regrets.

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              My perception is that Qwant is even more to the point than Google in a lot of ways, but also have very specific technical queries.

              Lastly, I feel relieved that I am not using Google directly — at least for searching the web.

              Particularly, I like Qwant being the one-stop shop for web searches and that it also includes a convenient place for bookmarks and notes.

              Qwant is a pleasure to use, so thank you, qwant.com!
              Happy digging, dear friends!

              That being said, Have you used Qwant? What is your experience with this search engine? Do you believe we will be seeing more of Qwant in 2017 as well as in the upcoming years?

              Do not hesitate to leave a comment—give your thoughts, opinions, and perspective.

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              Last Updated on November 19, 2019

              10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

              10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

              Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.

              Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.

              As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.

              In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.

              Projects and Tasks Management

              1. Monday dot com

                Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.

                The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.

                The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.

                The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.

                Check out the software here!

                2. Asana

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                  The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.

                  The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.

                  Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.

                  Check out the software here!

                  3. Trello

                    Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.

                    Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.

                    Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.

                    Check out the software here!

                    4. Jira

                      The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.

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                      The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.

                      The Atlassian Cloud does not support multiple separate domains, subdomains or domain aliases in Google Apps.

                      Check out the software here!

                      5. Evernote Business

                        Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.

                        The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.

                        Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.

                        Check out the software here!

                        Communication

                        6. Slack

                          Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.

                          Check out the software here!

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                          7. Spike

                            Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.

                            Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.

                            Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.

                            Check out the software here!

                            Creation

                            8. Office 365

                              Microsoft’s Office 365 could not be excluded from the conversation and especially as it pertains to productivity software.

                              Of course we are all familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. But there is more capabilities that come with it.

                              You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.

                              Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.

                              Check out the software here!

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                              9. Grammarly

                                Grammarly helps to cut down time on editing. Professionals in several industries like law, healthcare, academia, marketing, engineering and journalism use it to provide instant feedback on the accuracy of writing in English.

                                Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.

                                Grammarly is AI powered and it’s a wonderful tool to have to check spelling and grammar before a presentation.

                                Check out the software here!

                                Team Analytics

                                10. ActivTrak

                                  ActivTrak is a business intelligence tool that allows you to access team behavior analytics. In other words, it is data-driven.

                                  The pros include two-factor authentication with active directory integration. You can also automate your alerts and it has an intuitive interface with easy-to-use admin controls.

                                  Furthermore, it comes with Google sign-in, iOS app, productivity track, and more. The bottomline is the product offers employee productivity metrics along with team behavior analytics.

                                  Check out the software here!

                                  The Bottom Line

                                  Depending on the size, budget, resources, and immediate needs of your company, not all productivity software will exactly solve your problem. You will have to contact any of the providers above and probe extensively to find the right product that is made for your business.

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