Comparision with Google

We often get asked ‘What’s the difference to using Google?’ and whether Newshound is just using Google.

Newshound doesn’t use Google at all*. Google finds the best sites for your query, irrespective of when they were published while Newshound only considers new pages for the last week or so and is therefore more about finding the latest trends or talk on a topic or name.

If you want to know about a topic, use Google. If you are already knowledgeable on a topic and need to know the latest then use Newshound.

One of our beta testers described Newshound as ‘Google on Steroids’ as it finds hundreds of the latest articles and validates them to provide the best tens of articles. It’s possible to use Google, sort by date and assess links manually but it would take a very long time and only considers Google’s view of the Internet. If you do the same tomorrow, you will end up having to assess the same web pages again. Newshound automatically ignores articles that have already been considered.

Searching for new articles manually also results in visiting a lot of phishing sites as some new sites are actually compromised WordPress sites that haven’t applied security updates. Hackers bloat them with dummy articles having popular keywords in order to get you to click on and hopefully compromise your laptop, desktop or smartphone.

Google Alerts is closer to what Newshound does but if you have tried it you will know it doesn’t work well. Google News is also similar as it shows the latest news but it is severely limited to popular news sites. Newshound includes the wider Internet including sites such as blogs and company web pages.

*Since writing this we have added an optional feature to have Google contribute links for assessment.

New Beta Version 0.9.4

There’s a new beta version 0.9.4 that now includes a version signed for macOS. This removes the scary installation warning and hoops to jump through to install. It has been notarized by Apple which signifies it comes from us, Krypton Computing Ltd and doesn’t contain malware.

A Windows signed version will follow once we receive our signing certificate from the signing authority.

0.9.4 includes two new experimental features:

  • Use of Google. We have a new FAQ that explains how the default version doesn’t use Google. However, it’s possible to add Google to slightly improve the number of found articles.
  • Stricter article checking. We have been asked if it’s possible to make the article checking stricter to remove the few ‘false positives’. We have added a switch in the settings to enable stricter checking. If you set this to ‘on’ there’s also the possibility that you will get ‘false negatives’ and not get one or two suitable articles listed.