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Last Updated on January 10, 2018

20 Really Cool Google Features You Probably Don’t Know About

20 Really Cool Google Features You Probably Don’t Know About

Google is more than just a search engine. Yes, you already know Google owns Youtube, and all about Google Glass…but how many of Google’s interesting and underutilized features do you know about? Google has a bunch of extras ranging from useful learning tools to simple fun.

Some of the awesome things you can do with Google include:

Set a timer

timer

    Explore Mars

    mars

      To take a virtual flight through Google Earth, press CTRL + Alt + A

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      google-earth

        Get a bunch of resources on anything in one page

        one page

          Find new, free fonts

          fonts

            Plan your wedding

            wedding

              Learn how to pronounce long numbers

              numbers

                Search flights and avoid airline websites

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                flights

                  Hand-write characters you can’t type to translate

                  hand write

                    Build stuff with LEGO

                    lego

                      Explore beyond our galaxy

                      galaxy

                        Have Google fetch your info

                        info

                          Learn some geography trivia

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                          geo

                            Play Atari Breakout

                            breakout

                              Compare the popularity of words through history

                              words

                                Ask for reminders for things you search with Google Now

                                reminders

                                  Look at high resolution pictures of famous art

                                  hd

                                    To open a task manager specifically for Chrome, press Shift + Esc

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                                    task

                                      Always know how long the drive is with Google Now

                                      drive

                                        …and never forget where you parked

                                        park

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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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                                          750 words

                                            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

                                              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

                                              oneword

                                                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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