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'Bookmarklet' makes for smarter searches
Rick Gangwani
update on Friday, February 18, 2011

Application Find In Page

Platform iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

Price US$1.99; free for Lite version

Web search was put to the test this week in a high-profile man-versus-machine battle, the likes of which has not been seen since Garry Kasparov took on IBM's Deep Blue in 1997.

The event saw a rack of 10 servers, collectively known as Watson, pitted against two human opponents in a three-day match of Jeopardy, the popular American TV quiz show. Not surprisingly, the computer, which could scan through thousands of Web pages at a time, proved victorious.

While your smartphone might not enjoy the prowess of the Watson platform, its ability to scour the Web for information is an incredibly handy tool.

Its only drawback - at least for those of us with Apple devices - is its inability to search through pages for specific words or phrases.

Find In Page remedies that oversight by helping you create a bookmarklet - a piece of Java script that runs on top of your existing browser - to compensate.

While not technically an application per se, Find In Page is a great way for the less technically inclined to integrate the function - a process that requires a few additional, fiddly steps.

Once installed, however, you'll be surprised you ever lived without the feature, which, when prompted, reveals a handy search bar to enter the desired information. Results are highlighted on the page itself and can be toggled through with a built-in navigation bar.

Are you using an app to help you with your career or job hunt? Tell us about it by e-mailing editor@fuel.hk

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