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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 August 21, 2018

              18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2018 Updated)

              18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2018 Updated)

              No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

              If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

              But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

              Let’s dive straight into the list…

              1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

                If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

                Download Rescue Time

                2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

                  If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

                  Download Remember the Milk

                  3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

                    This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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                    Download Focus Booster

                    4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

                      This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

                      Download Toggl

                      5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

                        There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

                        Download Dropbox

                        6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

                          Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

                          Download Evernote

                          7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                            Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                            Download Mind42

                            8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                              This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                              Download SnycBackFree

                              9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                                Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                                Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                                10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                                  This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                                  Download 1Password

                                  11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                                    When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                                    Download Pocket

                                    12. Focus@Will — Boost your attention span

                                      This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                                      Download Focus@Will

                                      13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                                        This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                                        Download Launchy

                                        14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                                          This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                          Download Forest

                                          15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                            This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                            Download Trello

                                            16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                              Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                              Download Wunderlist

                                              17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                                This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                                Download Time Tree

                                                18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                                  Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                                  Download Todoist

                                                  The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

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