Apple lets you go into iOS settings and change your default search engine. But Google is still the default engine when you search via Spotlight.
Startpage News Tab is a new feature of the search engine that promises to give people news that hasn’t been personalized.
Personally curated feeds, sometimes referred to as a “filter bubble,” are based on an individual’s online behavior constructed by previous search queries, browsing history, social media clicks, IP address, device, and so on…Our goal with Startpage News Tab is to help people break out of that bubble.
Some Apple users are seeing smarter web answers when they use iOS Spotlight Search and Siri.
The new web answers appear to be a further expansion of this technology. If the statistics are not readily available from the knowledge database, it seems Apple is now using algorithms to crawl websites and find possible responses to questions.
I think this is great, and it might be the first front-facing results we’re seeing from Apple’s hiring of John Giannandrea.
Privacy search engine Startpage has been voted the Best Search Engine in Germany by Stiftung Warentest, beating Google.
This gives you an option to change the search engine, but also gives you a list of recent searches.
Andrew Orr has another cool tip from Reddit. Using a simple keyboard shortcut, you can use your Mac’s Spotlight to directly search using your default search engine. It saves you from manually going to Safari and searching from the address bar.