News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday September 18, 2012.
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CloudMagic is known primarily as a web browser extension and mobile app that can instantly search Gmail, Microsoft Exchange, and Twitter to retrieve important information. CloudMagic announced today that it can now search a dozen more services, and it's performing those searches on multiple devices. CloudMagic can now scan Facebook, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, iCloud, AOL, mail.com, GMX, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Contacts, Google Talk, Twitter, and MS Exchange, making all services available from one search field.
CloudMagic works by linking with a user's various accounts and indexes the data. It then becomes a unified search engine that can rapidly search all of the linked accounts. If you need to find information on "Company A," a search in CloudMagic will return a list of all of the Twitter mentions, emails, or documents you have related to that search term. The app uses OAuth to link to accounts, so users can revoke access from CloudMagic and their data will be removed from its servers. Users can choose to reauthorize later, and indexes are routinely updated to ensure that latest information is available quickly.
An iPad 2 or later app with Retina display support launched in conjunction with the redesigned Android and iPhone apps. It includes a split-panel view that can show a document or email while continuing to scroll through search results, and displays content as if viewing them in the original app. Both the Android and iOS apps have been upgraded to support better previews, viewing attachments, and the ability to forward emails. I have used CloudMagic since February and enjoyed the convenience of a incredibly quick search engine, and the latest update improves both the interface and number of sources that it can index. Mobile device users who find themselves dissatisfied with the time it takes to search for data in native apps may want to try using CloudMagic, which is available for free.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.