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By - May 01, 2004

ujiko Kartoo has launched new search engine, Ujiko. I am sure there is an explanation for this name, but I don’t know it. Uses Yahoo Search technology, and lets you to customize results based on what you like and don’t like, and, interestingly, keeps all user data on *your* machine. I do believe this issue of who controls/owns/has rights to user data will be important to most users in a few years, and a significant point of product differentiation. Gary has a review here.

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5 thoughts on “Ujiko

  1. J.K. Bowman says:

    Interesting concept. With regard to the name perhaps this might offer a clue..

  2. Andrea says:

    UJIKO are also five contiguous keys at the centre of the keyboard

  3. Jules says:

    You are onto it Andrea.

    Check out the end of their flash demo, the graphically confirm that their name is taken from the keyboard layout as you suggest.

  4. Guillaume says:

    Hi all of you,

    As a french, I can tell a bit more on UJIKO !
    You are right, the name simply comes from the proximity of the letters on the keybord. No hidden and intellectual sense on that one !

    Guillaume Gelis

  5. patrick says:

    They have just introduced a new version of UJIKO, the elephant is gone but a 3D design and games levels are appearing – Great concept!