Android Police: To serve and inspect

If you own an Android smartphone, do yourself a favour and visit Android Police. This busy blog has hardware reviews, deal alerts, software leaks and more. Here’s a speedy way to get the news without a speeding ticket:

Syntax: !andpol (keywords are not operable)

Usage: !andpol


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“The Gray Lady” has many stories to tell

The New York Times (weirdly nicknamed “The Gray Lady”) is one of the longest running and most widely read newspapers. She has collected many stories over the years. You can search this massive archive online with the !nyt bang.

Syntax: !nyt keywords (put phrases in quotes for better results)

Example: !nyt “the gray lady”


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Use bangs in your browser’s address bar by making DuckDuckGo your default search engine. Here’s how to switch in Chrome. For Firefox, install the plugin.

 

Translate text in over 100 languages

No comprendes? Translate text from one language to another with Google Translate. Google Translate supports over 100 languages at various levels. The syntax is simple:

Syntax: !gtranslate word or phrase

Example: !gtranslate el amor todo lo puede


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Wheatbin is Open Source project management software that combines Kanban methodology with the Law of the Harvest. Visit Wheatbin.com.

 

A tough act to follow

Follow That Page is a hidden gem of the internet. It’s a free service that monitors web pages and notifies you by email whenever a change happens. Great for finding a new job and snagging good seats to concerts.

Syntax: !follow webpage_url

Example: !follow http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden/auditions 


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Food52 is number one for recipes

You don’t have to be a foodie to be a fan of Food52 and it’s 41,000+ recipes. The dishes are both tasteful and tasty, and most are easy to prepare. To instantly search for a recipe, do !52.

Syntax: !52 keywords

Examples: !52 vegan soup | !52 kale mushrooms pepper


RSSPBRRY is a free and open source RSS feed reader and Internet tastemaker (more information forthcoming). The software is available for download on Github.

 

Buy your next book with a bang

Regardless of the e-reader you own, DuckDuckGo bangs can help you find your next ebook. Use !a for the Amazon Kindle, !bn for the Barnes & Noble Nook or !kobo for your Kobo eReader.

Syntax: !a “title of the book” (quotes optional) | !bn title of the book (no quotes) | !kobo title of the book (no quotes)

Examples: !a “docbook definitive guide” | !bn philosophy bites again | !kobo moby duck


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Duck Go Bang has it’s own bang! Use !gobang to search the growing list of bang posts. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Let Cheeky Duck know via the contact form.

 

Don’t wing it: Get the facts with Snopes

Learn the truth about urban legends, Internet rumors, and other stories of unknown or questionable origin on Snopes.com. Like when Donald Duck was banned in Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.

Syntax: !snopes topic keywords

Example: !snopes donald duck banned in finland


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Dip into some indie hip

Tumblr is a popular microblogging platform and massive archive of trippy gifs and indie hipster photography. For a quick mental diversion, take a dip with the !tumblr bang and see what you come up with.

Syntax: !tumblr topic keywords

Example: !tumblr quack


Search engine for sales tax

Is It Taxed? tells you instantly if there is !tax on thousands of items sold in Canada. Discover money saving strategies and make your dollar go farther.

 

Free clipart, even for unlimited commercial use

For clipart that is free to use, even for unlimited commercial use, look no further than the Open Clip Art Library. The site is an incredible resource. Any clipart can be located instantly with the !oca bang.

Syntax: !oca keyword(s)

Example: !oca duckling


RSSPBRRY is a free and open source RSS feed reader and Internet tastemaker (more information forthcoming). The software is available for download on Github.

 

Discover alternatives to popular software

AlternativeTo is a useful and oddly addictive website which lists alternatives to software and mobile apps. You can search the site instantly with the !alt bang.

Syntax: !alt name_of_software (platform and license modifiers can be added but are optional)

Example with target platform: !alt evernote linux

Example with license: !alt skype opensource

Example with platform, license: !alt itunes linux opensource


Search engine for sales tax

Is It Taxed? tells you instantly if there is !tax on thousands of items sold in Canada. Discover money saving strategies and make your dollar go farther.

 

Keep it reel with !keepvid

Download YouTube, Vimeo and Vine videos almost instantly with the !keepvid command. It’s free too!

Syntax: !keepvid url of video

Example: !keepvid https://youtu.be/mUflS7rXYrQ

Protip: You may need a userscript manager like Tampermonkey (for Chrome) or Greasemonkey (Firefox) to capture certain media files.


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Does this rubber duck float your boat? Then subscribe to the Duck Go Bang RSS feed and get even more bang for the Duck!

 

Watch videos, not the clock with !watch

You deserve a break. Why not catch a breather with something fun on YouTube? You can find anything jiminy quick by using the !watch command.

Syntax: !watch topic keywords (quotations are useful here)

Example: !watch “I want a new duck”


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Wheatbin is Open Source project management software that combines Kanban methodology with the Law of the Harvest. Visit Wheatbin.com.