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Author Topic: Creative, awesome uses for Google  (Read 5335 times)

zridling

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Creative, awesome uses for Google
« on: December 15, 2008, 03:34:06 PM »
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I know people around the world, but I also need to know when they're awake or when their markets open and so on. There are a thousand uses for Google -- and I'm sure LifeHacker has listed all of these at some point -- but here are few you may have forgotten.
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1. As a currency converter
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2. As a dictionary
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(This one also works with foreign phrases.)

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3. As an image search, or face identifier
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4. As a world clock, to find local time anywhere
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5. As a weather forecaster
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6. As a measure converter
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7. As a calculator
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More helpful google 'assist' sites:
Simply Google - lets you do anything from one page.
Google Basics - the simplest starting point.
Google Guide - an interactive guide to Google's capabilties, features, and services.
Google Maps Mania - a blog that covers all the cool new Google Maps mashups, tools and applications being created by people all over the world.
« Last Edit: December 15, 2008, 03:41:25 PM by zridling »

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Re: Creative, awesome uses for Google
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2008, 04:34:40 PM »
Didn't know about 2 of the 7 (timezone + dictionary feature) - nice post!  :Thmbsup:

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Re: Creative, awesome uses for Google
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2008, 05:13:01 PM »
Google calc (3 of the tips) rock :)

It supports some pretty esoteric quantities :D
- carpe noctem

zridling

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Re: Creative, awesome uses for Google
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2008, 11:02:26 PM »
Who knew! Thanks f0dder, I had to capture that one to believe it.

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Re: Creative, awesome uses for Google
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2008, 12:28:30 AM »
 :Thmbsup:

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Re: Creative, awesome uses for Google
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2008, 03:18:57 AM »
I didn't know about #4, but I frequently use Google for all the other ones (with the exception of weather, since normally I just don't care about the forecast).

« Last Edit: December 16, 2008, 10:38:48 PM by Deozaan »

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Re: Creative, awesome uses for Google
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2008, 03:24:22 AM »
try 'movies in <city>' to get a link to showtimes for all cinemas.

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Re: Creative, awesome uses for Google
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2008, 07:16:29 AM »
Hey, didn't know about the time, pretty useful thing. I use the converter all the time, so cheers to Google for having these features.

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Re: Creative, awesome uses for Google
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2009, 08:44:59 PM »
Wow, I never would have thought it - what a list of features!  http://www.google.com/help/features.html
Thanks for the heads-up, Zaine.