PRIVACY AWARE internet search engine Duckduckgo has issued a beta release with a number of improvements and refinements that could appeal to users in this security aware era.
The search engine is sometimes referred to as a privacy aware Google, and has seen more users recently. However it does not have quite the same visual or user appeal as Google and other search rivals.
The beta that apparently previews a final release looks nicer and cleaner. It could appeal to those users that have baulked at the present design.
Duckduckgo chief executive Gabriel Weinberg said in a blog post that the new Duckduckgo will launch next month and he encouraged people to check it out.
"This next version of Duckduckgo focuses on smarter answers and a more refined look. We've also added many new features you've been requesting like images, auto-suggest, places and more. Of course, your privacy is protected as well," he wrote as he introduced a demo at https://next.duckduckgo.com/.
"In the next month, we hope to make this the default version of Duckduckgo, but that timing really depends on what we hear from you. There is a 'Give Feedback' button on the bottom right of search result pages that you can use to submit anonymous feedback (with optional query). We also encourage you to post to this forum so that the community can discuss your ideas."
"Smarter answers" are demonstrated through some suggested queries, and a search for a type of food in an area brings up links under images, videos and places. A search on a word brings up a definition and some other information.
Duckduckgo has increased in popularity over recent months, and in particular since Edward Snowden left the NSA and began whistleblowing. µ