This independently constructed answer library written in C# is made for .Net applications to interface with the DuckDuckGo Zero Search API. Though not officially supported by DuckDuckGo, the library is listed on the DuckDuckGo API documentation under supporting library integrations. DuckDuckGo is a search engine which distinguishes itself by not tracking its users or generating results based on its user's previous behavior. The DuckDuckGo Instant Answer API provides free programmatic access to many of the search engine's instant answers, pulled from over 100 independent sources.
This past Valentine's Day, DuckDuckGo announced via Twitter that their search engine had "received over 1,000,000 direct searches yesterday for the first time ever!" A major accomplishment for a search engine that is essentially unknown. And this search engine has an API.
Nineteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Cryptocurrency, Search, and Screenshots. Featured today is an API for adding personal safety features to applications and an API that provides data from the Mars Curiosity rover. Here's a look at what is new.
While Google leads the way in web search and Yahoo leads the way in answers, many upstart services are attempting to help you make decisions by giving you smarter answers to your questions. Microsoft has billed its new search offering Bing as both a "decision engine" and an "answer engine." Now there's Hunch, a new start-up founded by Flickr's Caterina Fake, which also aims to be a decision engine, but using a very different model. By first asking the user questions ranging from food preferences to pet peeves, Hunch tries to provide answers to questions that best match the user's interests based on crowdsourced data collected from other users.