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Amazing Things You Didn’t Know Google Could Do

Amazing Things You Didn’t Know Google Could Do

Google has become such an integral part of our lives that we no longer consider other search engines when we are in a bind and need to research something. As a matter of fact, we no longer even say the word “search“, we just say “Google” it! While we all know how to find an address or a website through Google, these following surprising ten examples are tasks that most do not know this genius search engine is able to complete.

1. Calorie Comparison

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    Are you watching your weight and trying to decide what to have for dinner? Try Google’s Calorie Comparison tool. This instrument allows for you to quickly view the differences amongst various foods. Simply include the first option “vs” the second one and hit enter. Google will populate a comprehensive tab including a picture of each option, along with the nutritional values to help you decide.

    2. Wedding Planner

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      Yup, you read this right! If you are planning a wedding and can’t afford a planner but would still like to have all of your information neatly organized, try this amazing Google tool. It will not only help you share your news and keep track of your budget, but you are also able to create your website for the big day and keep track of your memories throughout the event.

      3. Tip Calculator

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        Out to dinner with a group of friends? Google can easily help you determine your share of the tab including the tip. Gone are the days of the server having to draw up separate tabs in order to determine your share.

        4. Translate Symbols

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          If you are trying to figure out what a Chinese symbol means, look no further. Google has made it easy for you to translate! From the regular Google Translate, simply click on the pencil in the bottom of the first box. A notepad will appear giving you the option to draw the symbol. Google will then automatically detect the language and quickly translate it for you.

          5. Download Fonts

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            You can use Google Fonts to download all types of fonts from Arabic to Hebrew. Once you’ve selected your language, you may also alter the thickness, slant, and width of the font before you download it to your own device.

            6. View World Art Galleries

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              You can take a tour of some of the most famous art galleries around the world from the comfort of your own home with the help of The Google Art Project. With a few clicks of your mouse, you can enjoy visiting amazing art, ranging from murals at the Crafts Museum in New Delhi, to the Cassino Museo Arte Contemporanea CAMUSAC in Cassino, Italy.

              7. Explore The Universe

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                If you are an astronomy enthusiast or are simply curious to see what it looks like out in the universe, Google Sky gives you an opportunity to do just that through vivid pictures of various constellations.

                8. Set a Timer

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                  If you are trying to keep a schedule, especially on your computer, you can select the timer option on Google and continue your work in another tab. When your time is up, the Google Timer will sound off. This is a great quick tool for people who spend a lot of time on the computer since you get the reminder right there on the same screen.

                  9. Scores

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                    No matter which sport is your favorite, you simply need to put the name of the league or the competition in the Google search bar and it will automatically populate the scores (or times) for all of the games scheduled on that day.

                    10. Geography Trivia

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                      If you are a geography nut or maybe you’re just overwhelmed at work and need a quick break, Smarty Pins is one of the coolest games you will ever play! It tests your knowledge of various topics, from entertainment to arts and culture to history, all using Google Maps. This game can easily entertain anyone, from a teenager to a retiree. Google can be used for way more than just your typical search or your occasional directions. It has become such an integral part of our daily lives and with various apps like these, it will continually keep us informed.

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                      Last Updated on August 29, 2018

                      5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                      5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                      Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

                      Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

                      Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

                      1. 750words

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                        750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

                        750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

                        750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

                        2. Ohlife

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                          Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

                          Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

                          3. Oneword

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                            OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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                            Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

                            4. Penzu

                              Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

                              With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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                              5. Evernote

                              Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

                              Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

                              For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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