Google’s search box is so much more than it appears to be. You may be familiar with Google Doodles, where Google modifies its logo to commemorate holidays or events. You may also know that you can use the “Search Tools” button to refine a Google search by time, location, or other limits (found under “All results”).In fact, there are a whole host of tricks and tools (infographic) out there to make the most of your Google search. Beyond search terms and language that can refine a search, Google has built in some other neat features that are outlined nicely in this Mashable article. Some of my favorite tools are:
- Hidden “Easter Eggs” – the Chuck Norris bit is great!
- Easy unit conversions – a must for recipes.
- Package tracking
- Local movie times
What are your favorite Google tricks?
The other day, I spotted a neat feature in the OverDrive Media Console app that I had previously overlooked. After clicking the “+” next to a title on my bookshelf to view its details page, I saw a “Share” button. Ever curious, I clicked it and was surprised to be presented with options to share this title via email, Facebook, Goodreads, or any other social app installed on my (Android) phone. This is not a feature for lending a title to a friend, but it allowed me to send links and mention it to a targeted audience. If you like to recommend books to your friends, this could be a handy feature.
After a little research, I learned that the share feature differs by device. While Android users are given every possible sharing option, iOS (Apple) users can only share via Facebook, Twitter and email. If you’re using a Windows phone, you will be limited to sharing on Facebook. Sadly, Blackberry users were not mentioned in the press release. If you are a Blackberry user, I’d be interested to hear whether the share option is available to you.
In my constant search for helpful tech information to share with patrons and readers, I keep coming across one site that is extremely useful no matter what I’m looking for. I just can’t say enough about MakeUseOf.com. We use some of their cheat sheets and guides in our library, and I subscribe to their joke blog for techies as well as their informative newsletter (subscribe on right side). I even purchased a tablet based on one of their reviews!
I am often asked if I have any recommendations for apps and software. And yes, if you are interested in Android or PC software within my range of interests, I can help. Unfortunately, I haven’t owned a Mac since college, I’ve never had a chance to play with iPhones or Windows phones, and to my knowledge, I have never even tried a computer running Linux. Enter MakeUseOf to save my sorry self and provide great recommendations for nearly every platform in their Best Of… series. They even include recommendations for plugins in Firefox, Chrome, and WordPress! While you’re there, you may want to browse their guides and tech help forums. They really do have something for everyone.
Another great site for tech information is TechCrunch. If you would like to see their app recommendations for Android and iOS, check out their article, The 20 Best iOS and Android Apps of 2012.
What are your go-to sites for tech information?