Relations between Google and Apple weren't ever really on the right foot. It hasn't been long since Apple decided to ditch the Google Maps for its own Map offering, which although faltered initially, got itself going from there on.
However, it seems like the Cupertiono tech giant is on the verge of something similar with reports flooding in about how the company is looking to sever ties with the Google search engine on its devices. And there's a big chance that it could be replaced by Apple's own DuckDuckGo search engine.
If you are an Apple user, you shouldn't be amazed when we mention DuckDuckGo here. On the contrary, you will always find options to switch to the search engine rather that making use of Google each time. But DuckDuckGo is much better than Google is a lot of ways. Here are the 5 main.
Short Links and Expanded
If you have ever wanted to find out which websites are at the end of shortened links such as http://goo.gl/o8Lgso, just put it into DuckDuckGo and search "expand http://goo.gl/o8Lgso. The same be put into action if you are looking to shorten an URL using is.gd.
While both Google and DuckDuckGo offer you the option to create a quick timer, the DuckDuckGo is also capable of offering a stopwatch anytime it's needed. Just search for "stopwatch" to use it.
Checking Website Activity
In case there's a website that's not working, and you have this sudden curiosity to find out as to why it isn't working, DuckDuckGo has a way for that. Simply search DuckDuckGo with the keywords like, "Is gizbot.com down." That should be enough to get you the information you need.
Impressive Developer Options
DuckDuckGo offers a plethora of options if you are a developer. While the general public won't really benefit from those options, the search engine offers options such as Convert binary to decimal, Show colors based on hexadecimal values and Convert binary to decimal.
Let it Generate Passwords
If you are of the kind that wants a powerful password yet can't think of anything solid, head over to DuckDuckGo and search for "Password 20". That should offer you a strong 20-character password.