Lifehacker lists: Top 10 Additions to Your Phone’s Contact List. They all look interesting, I particularly want to try out #1.
1. Google SMS (466453)
It’s probably no surprise that Google’s SMS service, which provides a seriously large share of its search functionality via text message, rounds out a list of the most powerful tools you can keep on your phone. Driving directions, metric and currency conversions, local business category results, flight information, and much, much more is offered for free and, at the moment, without ads. You can even set a default location to save yourself a few thumb presses per text. Definitely worth the space in your contact list. (Original post)
10 Most Amazing Google Search Tricks. Not sure how amazing it is but, one that I use quite often:
3. Meanings of any word in an instant
Now you do not have to carry a dictionary or install a dictionary software just for the purpose of finding out a meaning of a word. With the wealth of information in Google’s hands, its a piece of cake to find out the meaning of the word. Just use the define: keyword. The meaning would of course be displayed but also a set of other links which might have an alternative definition are also given out with the link to read more about it.
Also: if you’re not using the Google Toolbar, you should be. Besides instant access to Google searches, you get many other features. My favorite other feature: a spell checker for any text entered into an online form. I find myself using that one feature several times a day.
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Tagged Google, news
Is anyone using GrandCentral the new phone service from Google? If so, what do you think about it? If not, would you like to? I have joined and have 9 invitations left to send out if anyone is interested.
Google Tudor covers Google Notebook. Looks interesting, think I’ll check it out.
Google Tutor offers A Quick Guide on the Google Book Search Update.
In a recent update to the site, Google has opened up to all an updated version of Book search that has been tested on some Google users for some time now. The update highlights the company’s efforts to encourage its users to have a more focused experience in the website: to go beyond searching for books, but searching for specific contents found in these books. For the book authors and publishers, their works gain more exposure to readers and researches; for Google, this means more opportunity for advertising targets.
Kind of a new school meets old school approach. I actually think this will be highly successful. You can try it for yourself here.
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Tagged Books, Google
Looking for a fun way to kill some time. Google / Blogger has introduced Play Blogger, a never-ending stream of images that were just uploaded to public Blogger blogs. You can click the image to be taken directly to the blog post it was uploaded to, or click “show info” to see an overlay with the post title, a snippet of the body, and some profile information about the blogger who uploaded it.
A caveat: Blogger attempts to screen the images. However, occasionally an image of adult nature will sneak through. Be sure to turn your head when that happens..