There are some applications out there that you have to have on your iPhone in case you’re a person who loves Google. Even if you’re not, you’ll probably require the expertise of Google search when you’re in a tough situation. Imagine being able to do that by just giving your iPhone a shake, searching Google in an instant. QuickGoogle for iOS devices is one such app that can open a Google Search box at any instant, in any app by using any of the given activators.
Since, QuickGoogle is an Activator function, it doesn’t really have any icon as such and pops up whenever you want it to. For example, you’re playing some game and you’re friend suddenly wants to know the capitol of some strange state. Using QuickGoogle you can assign any gesture such as the shaking of your iOS device, pressing the Home button 4 times or something else, which in turn will bring the Google Search box right over the game. When you input your search terms and hit enter, it’ll open up Safari and get your right over to the capitol name.
Day saved, you’re still the genius, and all this while playing Angry Birds. Watch the demonstration video after the break:
At the moment, the developer has decided to keep it real simple and hasn’t added any fancy image search or other search options. I really find this very useful, because sometimes it’s better you know a shortcut. A simple tweak and a free one too, QuickGoogle is currently available in the Cydia Store under the BigBoss Repo. You could also do a Cydia-wide search to find and install this.Do install this and let us of how much help has this been to you.
Sometimes searching on Google is a bit of technical and tricky thing because the search results returned by Google are corresponding to what we have entered in the query. If you happen to have a knack for online tricks and tips then you must be aware of some search operators or operands that can make your search on Google very much effective. So today I will be telling you about some really cool Google search hacks that you might not be aware of:
Instant Information Shortcut
It is by no doubt a fact that Google is a very smart search engine that in some instances can provide you spot-on information as per your query. For example if you are curious to know about the local time in Australia, instead of searching for a website that will provide you that information you can directly type in the words ‘time in Australia’ and Google will give you an answer instantly.
Same trick also works wonder if you try them for weather, units, currency, showtimes and sport updates. You can get more information about this particular shortcut hack on Search Feature page of Google.
Google Cache Hack
Google has a very unique feature that it collects entire websites data and store that data temporarily in its cache. This means that the next time you sit on your computer and find that the website you want to visit is either blocked or down then you can access it via Google’s cache. This particular Google cache bridges the time till you can again access that website again.
All you have to do is type cache: URL and the latest snapshot that was last saved will be available on your screen.
Faces only Hack in Google
This particular hack is about Google image search in which faces are involved. Normally when we are searching on Google for someone having an unorthodox name, search results become a bit haywire. For example you are searching for someone named Rose then the Google image search results will be as follows:
Adding a filter ‘&imgtype=face’ will ultimately filter your search results so that only the images having faces will be shown. Here is when we add the operator to our previous search results:
Do let us know if you know about some Google search hacks and tricks in comments.
If you own an iPhone, you’ll be familiar with the Google Mobile app that brings almost all the features of Google to your phone. Google recently updated the Mobile app, added some new features, a new interface and more web-based feel to it. They have renamed the Mobile app and are calling it Google Search.
iPhone users still won’t be able to enjoy the Google apps that are available for Android devices, but this new update seems to have thinned that border line. The new interface of the Google Search app features a simpler layout and looks more like the web based Google search that we’re all used to. Makes searches very easy and the whole thing feels a little bit faster and more organized than the previous version of Google Mobile. Of course the features such as Google Goggles and Voice Search and all the other Google web apps like Gmail, Adsense, Docs etc are still there.
Other new features include a way to go back to your last search if interrupted in between, all you have to do is tap on the lower half of the search page and it’ll take you back to where you left off. But that’s not the best the new update has to offer. Google Search has got a very useful new feature, a toolbar(in the above picture) similar to the one you get on the web version on the left side of search results. The toolbar contains the usual tabs for News, Images, Blogs, Discussion and everything else that you’d normally find on the web search. To view this new toolbar you just have to swipe left to right on the search result page. This is a very useful feature don’t you think?
If you are a Google Chrome user, you should know that you can search Google or any other search engine by typing in the address bar. You can even search the keyword by highlighting and going to the context menu to search for that term but this can be time consuming. Recently, I came across an excellent Google Chrome extension, Highlight to Search, which allows users to search keywords by just highlighting instead of typing it in the search box.
Installing the extension is really straight forward. Go to Highlight to Chrome page and click on install.
After installing the extension, just highlight the word you want to search and a small magnifying glass will appear.
Once you click on the magnifying glass, it will open Google search suggestion box where you can add or edit the keyword you want to search for. You can later search for any keyword if you want to without opening Google page or going to context menu to search for the specific keyword.
You can customize the extensions as well by going to its options. You can select whether to open the search results in a new window or display the magnifying glass at the bottom or not.
Highlight to Search is excellent extensions for Google Chrome which can reduce the time u spend on searching for different keywords while browsing.
Google is one of the most used services in the world today and despite all the great advantages it provides, a sour fact remains that Google monitors a lot of its users’ web activities. However, if you’re a careful web surfer, you can avoid this by taking a few simple steps with Google History. Google has different ways to monitor your web activities depending on if you’re signed in while searching or not.
When you’re signed in to your Google Account, One such way is the Web History which is used to personalize your searches. Follow the steps below to deactivate it so your search activities are not recorded by Google anymore:
Step 1. Go to the My Account page and click on the Web History link.
Step 2. Click on the Pause link on the left to pause your Web History function. Your search history will not be recorded any more until you resume the service.
If you are not signed in to your Google Account, even then you can turn off Web History function by doing the following:
Step 1. Do a Google Search and on the results page, click the Web History link on the top right corner.
Step 2. Click on Disable customizations based on search history link which will turn the feature off.
Another way you can do that is by manually clearing your browser’s cookies so that Google doesn’t have your previous search data to customize your search results.