Once upon a time, there was no way to instantly search for an image, location, and fact at the touch of a button. Google, of course, changed all that when it officially launched in 1998, spawning a world where you could go online to find something out, instead of reaching for the encyclopedia. Mind. Blown.In the years since, the little search engine that could has expanded far beyond its basic look-up function, becoming the predominant map and email tool most of us couldn’t imagine living without. But there are still plenty of useful updates being made to core Google search tools, including a new “fun fact” feature launching today. And, as with Snapchat and Facebook Messenger, many of Google’s most fun hacks are the ones that are less obvious.Did you know that you can flip coins, get front row fashion show seats, and play games, all from the Google search bar? Or that you can go incognito when looking up something you’d prefer be seen by your eyes only? Ahead, we’ve rounded up 10 little-known features you can take advantage of now. Ok Google, show me what I’ve been missing.
Find Fun FactsStarting today, Google a living creature and “fun facts” and you’ll get your standard search results plus an interesting piece of trivia at the top of the page. So, if you’re locked in an intense debate about whether or not a strawberry is in fact a berry, just search “strawberry fun facts.” Spoiler: It isn’t.
Get A Front Row Seat At The ShowsWe’re in the midst of New York Fashion Week, and if you’ve been relying on Instagram Stories and Snapchat for your style fix, there’s another place to look for exclusive content. Just Google “fashion week” and you’ll have access to live photos, insights from designers, and more intel on the latest trends and models
Get A Front Row Seat At The Shows
We’re in the midst of New York Fashion Week, and if you’ve been relying on Instagram Stories and Snapchat for your style fix, there’s another place to look for exclusive content. Just Google “fashion week” and you’ll have access to live photos, insights from designers, and more intel on the latest trends and models.
Want extra privacy while browsing? iOS users can turn on incognito browsing to ensure that their search and browsing history won’t be saved. Just go into your settings to do so — and go back whenever you want to turn it off.
Pick A Color, Any Color
Design fiends will love this one. If you’re in the process of decorating and want to see a specific color, just google color picker. A slider will allow you to see hues in various formats, including RGB and HSL. Or, if you want to pinpoint a paint color, search “color picker #” and add the digits of the color you want to see.
Play A Game
Like Facebook Messenger, Google has its own hidden games for when you need to waste some time or take a break at work. Search “solitaire” or “tic-tac-toe” for a moment of distraction.
Play An Animal Sound
You probably won’t be using this one on a regular basis, but it comes in especially handy if you have young kids in your life. Search for the sounds of 19 animals (ask “what does ____ say?”), including bowhead whales, zebras, and turtles, and hear them speak their language.
Make A Decision
If you need to make a clutch decision and don’t have a die or coin on hand, Google “flip a coin” or “roll a die.” The toss will take place on screen — whether it’s the right way to go is up to you.
Get Medical Insights
Not sure why your tooth is aching? Search a symptom to find out more about the potential cause, see related health conditions, and learn more to decide if a visit to the doctor is warranted.
Find A New Recipe
Start with the simplest of recipes — i.e. roasted butternut squash — and Google will present you with multiple ways to take the dish to the next level. Just click the keywords that appear at the top of the screen, including pasta or chicken, to see fresh ideas for making your meal.
Stay On Beat
If you’re trying to learn a new instrument, Google “metronome.” A digitized version of the old-school wooden tool will keep you in rhythm.
Author : MADELINE BUXTON
Read 49 times Last modified on Thursday, 16 February 2017 12:22
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