Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Did you Google today?

It sounds more or less like a dashboard sticker (made up by me). However, the fact is Google has touched our lives in many ways than one. It has given a new lease of life to the Internet in terms of the services it provides. The beauty of Google is in its simplicity and it does a lot more things then just “search”.

Today we will take a brief look at what does Google has to offer.

Froogle (

Froogle organizes the Web’s product information. From price ranges, comparisons to store and product ratings and reviews, Froogle gives you all the information you will ever need to shop effectively online sitting in the comfort of you home.

The product shopping can be done by" Smart Search"

Price shopping: This feature gives you the flexibility to search products in your price or budget

Local shopping: This feature lets you do a location specific search. You will see stores near the location you chose that sell items relevant to your search.

Merchant Ratings & Reviews: This feature gives you a lot of information the merchant you might buy it from.

Product Ratings & Reviews: This feature lets you compare reviews and ratings for a given product from numerous online ratings sites.

Google Scholar (

Simply out Google Scholar offers search for scholarly literature. You can search the most relevant research, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations from all around the globe.

Google News (

“News from all around the world at your desktop within minutes” that is what Google News claims. You can get a RSS and Atom feed for the latest news as they happen. You can find who is making News in Business, Sports, Entertainment, Health and Most Popular sections.

Google Mobile (

Google on the move. Imagine you are at the supermarket and need to find the ingredients for Paneer Mutter Curry? Just query " Paneer Mutter Curry " on your phone's Web browser to search through more than 8 billion pages for the recipe that will wow your taste buds. Now that is technology in your hands in true sense.

Google Maps (

Google decided to make dynamic, interactive maps available online, which are draggable which reduces the time to reload graphics. You will be able to type in the name of a region or neighborhood and see any part of it as easily as with a regular street map with zoom-in or zoom-out capabilities.

Google Mars (

Google Earth is cliché now. Enter Google Mars to venture on Mars the planet while your sipping your coffee on Earth. Sounds interesting? Go ahead and explore. Maybe you can get to meet some aliens too J

Google Video (

Google proudly proclaim this as the “The world's first open online video marketplace, where you can search for, watch and even buy an ever-growing collection of TV shows, movies, music videos, documentaries, personal productions and more.” Check it out for you favorite music videos and even sixes hit by Dhoni. It is all here!

Google Pack (

All the free and useful softwares are available on this website. These softwares are simple to download and customizable. You also get to update your software with the latest releases.

Google Web Accelerator (

Google Web Accelerator is an application that uses the power of Google's global computer network to make web pages load faster. Google Web Accelerator is easy to use; all you have to do is download and install it, and from then on, many web pages will automatically load faster than before. Now you can not complain about slow internet speeds anymore.

Google Sketchup (

SketchUp is a simple but powerful tool for quickly and easily creating, viewing and modifying your 3D ideas.

Google Fight (

Do you think you have some un-resolved issues with your friends or foes? Take them on, one-on-one, right here. Absolute joy !

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