Yahoo, in an effort to to get us out of the archaic method for which we perform searches and to improve its’ position in the world of search engines, recently developed and released a very cool iOS app and browser plugin called Yahoo! Axis.
Yahoo! Axis, at this point, is available as a browser plugin (for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Apple Safari) and as an iPad/iPhone app (with an app for Android on the radar).
As with any search engine, you start out with a search box. In my case, after installing the plugin for Google Chrome, the search box is located at the bottom left corner of the browser window.
What is cool about Yahoo! Axis is that, as you type in what you are looking for, a filmstrip-like view across the bottom of the browser window instantly appears revealing your search results as thumbnails. Using the wheel on your mouse, you can easily scroll through the thumbnail results and click on the page you desire to visit. The thumbnails are very easy to see.
For example, I typed into the Yahoo! Axis search engine box, weather and my zip code. I was instantly provided visual thumbnails of the weather and many other weather related options.
In addition, you can save pages as favorites to read later. If you have a Yahoo account, you can sync your search results and favorites across all of your devices. For example, if you started a search on your iPad, the next time you open Yahoo! Axis on your computer desktop, you’ll see a “Continue from iPad” choice; plus, the favorites you have archived are also available.
Yahoo! Axis offers a faster, smarter search with instant answers and visual search previews.
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