This new iPhone app fuses AI with web search, saving you time and energy

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Arc Search for iPhone

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A new app called ArcSearch shows how AI and web search can work together to deliver search results that are both comprehensive and concise.

Developed by the folks behind Arc Browser and targeted for iOS for now, the new search tool packs a few cool tricks to help you with your web searches. But one tool in particular shines above the rest.

A search option called Browse for Me takes your search query or query and generates an entire webpage based on the information provided. Type a question like “Has Amelia Earhart’s plane been found?” And tap the browse button for me. Arc Search searches various websites for answers and delivers a compact webpage with the information you need.

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Above is a gallery of images related to your question Tap on any image and you will be taken to the corresponding website. Next is a series of bullet point items that summarize the key details of the information generated. After that arc the top search results found. Below that are more bullet point items that flesh out the topic. And below are links to additional websites that provide an in-depth look at specific aspects of your question

In essence, ArcSearch combines AI with a traditional search engine layered on top of a mobile browser. With AI Summary, you can scan basic information about your topic. And with website links, you can investigate further in any area of ​​interest. You can even set Arc Search as your default mobile browser so it will automatically open hyperlinks from other apps.

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Beyond the Browse for Me option, Arc Search kicks in other tools to aid your search. You can easily start a new search by tapping on the search icon at the bottom From there, a keyboard automatically pops up to enter your new query.

Arc Search keeps each tab open so you can quickly return to the previous search page. Tap an icon at the bottom to see your open tabs You can even close a tab just by flicking it off the screen. Also, an auto-archive feature will remove inactive tabs after a while to avoid clutter.

A reader mode displays a cleaner and more readable version of a tab or page by removing unwanted elements. Using the Find on Page tool, you are able to search for specific text on any webpage generated by Arc Search. You can share or copy the URL of a webpage. Also, Arc Search is privacy-minded in that it can block ads, cookies, banners, and trackers

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To try Arc Search, download it from App Store. Launch the app (no sign-up or account required, thanks). Then enter your first question to see how the app fares.

Arc Search comes from the New York browser company, developer of the Arc Max browser. Available for MacOS and coming soon to Windows via a current waiting list, Arc Max includes several handy AI-based tools.

An integrated ChatGPT is available to answer your questions. A tidy tab title shrinks a tab name so you can see it better The Tidy Download option renames downloaded files with more descriptive titles A five-second preview displays a summary and preview of a link if you hover over it. And an Ask On Page option can call on AI to get information about a word or phrase on a website.





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