MC Hammer search engine odd, but there are plenty of search apps worth a look

Oct 21, 2011
Tech

I don’t know who MC Hammer’s financial advisers are these days. I assume they’re better than whatever dudes got him into this trouble a while back. But they’re maybe still not good enough. At least not if this story that’s making the rounds via TechCrunch is true. It’s hard to know exactly where to start […]

I don’t know who MC Hammer’s financial advisers are these days. I assume they’re better than whatever dudes got him into this trouble a while back. But they’re maybe still not good enough. At least not if this story that’s making the rounds via TechCrunch is true.

It’s hard to know exactly where to start with a proper list of complaints. I guess WireDoo doesn’t seem like the sort of thing I ever want to type into a web browser, for starters. But I also don’t know that I want a search to interpret what I’m trying to ask it. According to the TC article, searching a school’s name would give me the truancy rate. But what if I wanted any other information?

I assume at some point that some sort of app version of the Hammer Search (a much better name) will find its way to our mobile devices. But I’m not sure we need that either. There’s a serious list of search-friendly apps out there designed to make your already stellar search experience even better.

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For an admittedly pretty high price, you can try Search Maestro HD ($4.99). It allows you to perform multiple searches at one time in addition to saving your searches for a later time if you need to quickly reference that list of results again. Plus, if you’re into custom design, you can change the background colors of your search to give it a custom feel that best represents your personality.

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But if five bucks feels like too much of an investment in a search tool, you might try the free oMoby app. oMoby lets you search visually. Take a picture using your iPhone camera and the app will pull up information on the thing you’ve just photographed. Already this sounds cooler than MC Hammer’s idea, plus it’s free and available now!

But maybe you’re not a visual person and you just want an easy way to search a bunch of sites at once. All Search Engines In One ($0.99) lets you do exactly that. You can search Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Baidu, Wikipedia and WolframAlpha and then text the link to your friends using the built-in messaging system within the app.

Go Search It ($0.99) is even a bit simpler than that, but still seems like all you’d really ever need. It lets users search Google, Yahoo!, Bing and Ask with just a few quick taps. While I can’t wait for the update that includes WireDoo, I think our search options are just fine without Mr. Hammer’s help for now.

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Dan Kricke

Dan Kricke has been playing with electronics and writing about them for years. He loved his Sega Dreamcast and now the PlayStation 3. On the iPhone, he's a fan of sports apps and anything that offers new music.

 

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