Last night Yahoo introduced Axis, a browser extension/ mobile app designed to turbo-boost Internet searching. It’s a bold new front in the Search Wars. But it was accompanied by another, less savoury release, discovered by Nik Cubrilovic, an Australian entrepreneur:Â Yahoo accidentally leaked its private encryption key for the Chrome version. This is part of the certificate that secure websites and browser extension bear to prove that they’re legitimately software created by who you believe to be true. The exposure of the certificate could allow a malicious coder to release code masquerading as a legitimate Yahoo app but carry out whatever data-scraping or other instructions the coder desired. Yahoo quickly apologized, and released a new version for Chrome that does not contain the offending certificate data, but the implications of the slip have yet to be concluded.
Today Yahoo!Â launched Yahoo! AxisÂ a whole new way to search and browse the Web across any deviceâ€”Yahoo! Axis. Itâ€™s an innovative new mobile browser and desktop plug-in that gives people visual search results (as they type), ultimately providing a more direct path to whatever theyâ€™re looking for online. Think of it as a personal companion for your daily explorations of the Web.
You can download Axis as a standalone mobile browser for your Apple iOS devices here, and for major, HTML5 enabled desktop browsers, you can download the desktop plug-in here. Check out our video that walks you through how Axis saves you time whether on the desktop, mobile or tablet device.
Yahoo! Axis comes equipped with handy features that unify searching and browsing.Â For example, our one-step search lets you preview and interact with visual search results without ever leaving the page youâ€™re on. Itâ€™s the end of the back button! And our instant answers show the information you want as you type common searches like finding movie times, sports scores, stock prices and more.
Axis also includes a personalized home page that contains your most recently visited sites, bookmarks and articles you plan to read later. This personalized home page stays with you across your desktop, iPad and iPhone, keeping whatâ€™s important to you in one easy, centralized spot. No matter what device you started on, you can easily pick up where you left off when you switch devices.
Axis even has a few bonus features for iPhone and iPad users, like simple swiping to quickly get from one search result to the next, a bar that combines the search box and address bars into one, and sharing so you can easily post any page youâ€™re viewing to Twitter or Pinterest.