Author: Charles Knight

Widely respected as the “Voice of Alternative Search,” Charles Knight started his career in search as editor of the ReadWriteWeb spinoff blog AltSearchEngines (ASE). The mission of ASE was to discover and promote every alternate search engine in the world, a feat that took 3 years and over 4,000 posts to accomplish. Along the way Charles and ASE organized ground-breaking events in San Francisco, New York City, and Berlin to discuss the future of search. A convert to the iPhone and apps for iOS, Charles begins AltSearchEngines Redux here on MobileGroove with his pick of alternative search engine mobile apps that belong on everyone’s smartphone or tablet. Charles divides his time between Virginia and Vermont. He welcomes search engine app news and views at csknight1@hotmail.com.

Topic: Search Author: Charles Knight

Mobile Search App Review & Road Test: Hipmunk

Mobile Search App HipmunkWe continue our series of alternative mobile search app reviews and road tests with Hipmunk, a vertical search engine taking the agony out of travel planning. Instead of horizontally searching across the entire web like Google, Bing and Yahoo! (GBY), Hipmunk searches up and down through one topic area at a time. This laser focus on doing this one thing …

Topic: Search Author: Charles Knight

Mobile Search App Review & Road Test: Biznar

biznar mobile appToday we are kicking off with a new look and a new series of alternative search engine iPhone and iPad app reviews and road tests with Biznar, a mobile search app available for both the iPhone and the iPad that takes a unique approach to searching for business related information.

Why “alternative?” Because that’s where the excitement and the …

Topic: Search Author: Charles Knight

Mobile Search App Goby Finds Fun Stuff Nearby; Acquired By TeleNav

gobyToday we kick off a new series of mobile search app reviews and road tests with Goby, a mobile search app that helps people find fun things to do nearby. The company behind the app, described by tech celeb Robert Scoble as more important than Foursquare, was acquired on Friday by location services giant TeleNav, proof that mobile search is a new must-have feature of apps, services and discovery schemes.

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While Google may have sewn up the market when it comes to general or horizontal Internet search, the race to dominate the mobile and alternative search space is far from run. In fact, it's just starting. A top contender for a lead spot is Goby, a mobile search app available on the Apple and Android platforms designed from the ground up to help people find fun stuff to do nearby.