20 ways Google can make your life easier

Written By kom nampultig on Rabu, 15 April 2015 | 08.20

1.

Find flight details

When you type in a flight number (eg: 6E 322, for Indigo 322 from Guwahati to Mumbai via Kolkata), Google will instantly tell you what time it left the origin, expected arrival time and other info like terminalgate (if available). Check this when you're going to receive someone at the airport.

2.

Book hotels

Type in any hotel name and city to see a list of competitive room rates and ratings. You can click through to read reviews and if you know which hotel you want, proceed straight to checking the availability and booking your room.

3.

Convert anything

The conversion engine is powerful. If you need instant currency conversions with the latest market rates, just type it. For instance, you can type 550 GBP to INR for Pounds to Indian Rupees. Or $100 to INR for US Dollars. If you don't know the currency code, you can also get results by typing 100 US dollars to Indian Rupees. The same works for all sorts of unit conversions too (sq. feet, kms, inches, miles and so on).

4.

Compare nutrition information

Weight watchers need to count calories and you can use Google to compare the calorific value of different foods. For instance, type hamburger vs spaghetti to get an instant comparison table on calories, carbs and vitamins for a specific amount of food.

5.

Set a timer

Use the words 'set a timer for' or 'timer 10 minutes' to instantly set a timer within the browser. You can maximise the page for a full screen timer with large fonts (to be read across a room) or minimise the browser and keep working - it will beep once over.

6.

Instant language translations

Google Translate offers lots of functionality, but if you only need a quick word or phrase translated, just use normal language to ask 'can you help me in French'. Not only does it show you the text translation but also shows you how to speak it.

7.

Etymology

This is the study of words and their origin. Trivia nerds can just type etymology followed by the word that they need info for. You'll get phonetics, meaning, origin, history, usage over time and the option to translate it into various languages.

8.

Play a quick game

Type zerg rush into the search bar for a quick game. A swarm of O's will come and attack the search results and you have to click on them to 'kill' them. In Google image search, type Atari breakout and play using the left-right keys.

9.

A bit of fun

Type 'tilt' & search to see what happens. Or type 'do a barrel roll'. Star Trek fans will enjoy Google Klingon and for a quick look at some of Google's wacky extras, head to http:www.elgoog.im (I'm Google in reverse) - although the site is not really affiliated with Google. Here, you can see some of the classics like the snake game doodle, a playable Pac Man, the Les Paul playable guitar and gravity effects.

10.

Revisit any doodle

Some of the doodles that Google creates for its home page are truly spectacular. You can access all past doodles (even the country-specific ones) by heading to http:www.google.comdoodles.

11.

Check updated scores for a game

To get scores for ongoing sporting events, search for the team name followed by 'score'. It will also give you a quick look at the overall schedule of the team.

12.

Get weather for any city

You can get a quick weather report (including a week's forecast) for any city in the world by typing weather followed by the city name. Similarly you can also get the sunrise sunset time of a city by typing Sunrise or Sunset before the city name.

13.

Movie release dates

Add 'release date' in front of a movie name to find out when it is hitting the theatres in the US. If you want the release date for a specific country, add the country name after the movie name (release date Avengers 2 India).You can also search for movie show times near you by typing 'movie' followed by city name.

14.

Information on any authoractor

If you want to know about a particular actor, author, director or other celebrity, search for their full name in Google. Google collates a lot of info on them to show you everything at a glance.

15.

Definitions of any word

Type 'Define' followed by the word in the search bar. Google will show the meaning of the word along with synonyms as well as an audio clip on how the word is to be pronounced.

16.

Calculate the exact tip

Search for 'Tip Calculator' to bring up a box for this - it also calculates tip per person. Note that this is in USD though it hardly matters when calculating the tip as a percentage.

17.

Get TV episode information

Quite like with movies, when you search for a TV show by name, it will display information about the cast, director as well as an episode list for quick reference. Note that this only works for TV shows that are currently being aired in the US.

18.

Find local businesses near you ­

You can search for specific businesses in any location. Search for the type of business and location to see results with map location. If you do not mention a specific location, Google will automatically show the business places around your current location.

19.

Let me Google that for you

When someone asks you something simple (and they should have just Googled in the first place), head to http:www.lmgtfy.com (the URL is the abbreviated form of 'let me google that for you'). Type in a search wordphrase and the site will create a URL for you to share with that person. Share the URL for some fun. The site is not affiliated with Google, even though it lets you search normally.

20.

Get detailed stock updates

Type in 'stock' followed by the name of any listed company to view an up-to-date graph on how the company is performing in NASDAQ. It also shows you a trend graph for 1 day, 1 month or even 5 years.


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