According to a blogpost, DuckDuckGO, the search engine that doesn’t collect or share any of your personal information, processed a record of 1 billion searches in 2013.
DuckDuckGo reported that on January7, they had fielded more than 4.5 million search requests within 24 hours. However, this doesn’t exactly mean that DuckDuckGo will be a contender to companies like Google anytime soon. Google reportedly fielded something like 2 trillion search queries in 2013 alone.
Unlike Google, DuckDuckGo will never store historical search data or inundate you with targeted ads. Much like T-Mobile, the search engine’s spirited message convinced a great deal of users to rethink what they had been told was the status quo.
“People are making major changes in their online habits and looking for ways to protect their private information from US government surveillance” said chief executive Robert Beens.
Google has released a chrome extension that brings the voice-activated “Ok Google” command to the browser. When installed, it allows those on the desktop to speak their commands to the browser using the “OK Google” hotword.
The extension also supports reminders, so you can say “Ok Google, set a timer for 30 minutes.” Once installed, you’ll have to give Chrome permission to access your computer’s microphone. Then, a “Say OK Google” notice will appear in the Google.com search bar. When it recognizes your voice, a red microphone will appear and Google will type what you say before giving you an answer. The extension is explicitly labeled as a beta, but it seems to work well.
You need to be on the Google search page for it to work, and it won’t read out all your answers — so its functionality is limited.
For those who are worried about Google listening to all your conversations, the default setting will stop listening for “OK Google” commands after five minutes, which the search giant says saves battery life. A shaded microphone means that it’s listening; the outline of a microphone means that it’s not.