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Since the European Union Copyright Directive was introduced last year, Google and YouTube have been lobbying against it by enlisting creators and users. Ahead of finalized language for Article 11 and 13 this month, Google Search is testing possible responses to the “link tax.”

Article 11 requires search engines and online news aggregators — like Google Search and News, respectively — to pay licensing fees when displaying article snippets or summaries. The end goal is for online tech giants to sign commercial licenses to help publishers adapt online and provide a source of revenue.

Google discussed possible ramifications in December if Article 11 was not altered. Google News could be shut down in Europe, while fewer news articles would appear in Search results. This could be a determinate to news sites, especially smaller ones, that rely on Search to get traffic.

The company is already testing the impact of Article 11 on Search. Screenshots from Search Engine Land show a “latest news” query completely devoid of context. The Top Stories carousel would not feature images or headlines, while the 10 blue links would not include any summary or description when linking to news sites. What’s left is the name of the domain and the URL for users to click on.

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This A/B test is possibly already live for users in continental Europe. Most of the stories in the top carousel lack cover images, while others just use generic graphics. Additionally, links from European publications lack any description, just the full, un-abbreviated page title, and domain.

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Google told Search Engine Land that it is currently conducting experiments “to understand what the impact of the proposed EU Copyright Directive would be to our users and publisher partners.” This particular outcome might occur if Google does not sign any licensing agreements with publishers.

Meanwhile, if licenses are signed, Google would be “in the position of picking winners and losers” by having to select what deals it wants to make. Presumably, the company would select the most popular at the expense of smaller sites. In December, the company’s head of news pointed out that “it’s unlikely any business will be able to license every single news publisher.”

Effectively, companies like Google will be put in the position of picking winners and losers. Online services, some of which generate no revenue (for instance, Google News) would have to make choices about which publishers they’d do deals with. Presently, more than 80,000 news publishers around the world can show up in Google News, but Article 11 would sharply reduce that number. And this is not just about Google, it’s unlikely any business will be able to license every single news publisher in the European Union, especially given the very broad definition being proposed.

Google will make a decision on its products and approach after the final language of the Copyright Directive is released.

Dylan contributed to this article

Categorized in Search Engine

When you are looking for businesses in your local area (be it sign writers to accounting firms), where do you turn? Sure, you may find local businesses through personal recommendations. But the majority of the time you’ll turn to search engines, particularly Google, to do a little online research.

According to Google, a third of mobile searches are local. That’s more than 500 million searches looking for local businesses – per day – on mobile devices alone.

When you also consider local searches are growing 50% faster than searches overall – it’s clear a presence in search results is becoming increasingly important to local businesses in general.

How To Get Shown in Local Search Results

Google My Business (GMB) is the perfect low-cost local SEO tool businesses can use to increase their presence in Google search and maps results.

If you pay close attention to the Google search engine results page when you do a local search you’ll notice a local ‘snack pack’ is displayed in the results. This set of features along with Google Maps is controlled by Google My Business.

Whilst listing on Google My Business is free and relatively straight-forward, for those who aren’t technically-inclined, executing GMB can be a scary prospect.

To help you through some of the most important strategies to maximize your Google My Business presence (and facilitate improvements in your local search engine results), here are my answers to some of the GMB questions I get asked the most:

1. How do I get started with Google My Business?

Similar to the other tools in Google’s library, GMB is entirely free. This makes GMB the perfect marketing tool for local businesses with limited resources.

To start, simply sign up for Google My Business. You’ll be directed to your GMB dashboard where you can enter your business information such as phone number, business category, website, etc. I recommend you complete all the required information as Google makes business suggestions to users according to the information you provide.

 Images are a must on your listing for two reasons:

  • Google wants to see both external and internal images of your business for verification purposes (include high quality-images of the building, signage and staff)
  • Users have become incredibly visually driven so the better your images, the more likely they are to get in contact.

A verification process is required to ensure you’re eligible to own the listing. Verification will usually be done through a postcard in the mail if your listing is new, and by phone call, if your listing is being transferred from a previous owner (For example, if you’re taking over a retail space that was previously verified). Once your business is verified, you will be able to make instant edits to the page should you need to do so.

2. How to manage the company listing?

Another issue that may crop up is that your business might be verified, but you’ve no idea who verified the listing on your company’s behalf. To get around this create a brand-new GMB listing using your domain name email as the primary owner. Google will then ask if you want to request management of the existing listing for the same location and will send an email to the current “owner.” The current owner has seven days to respond. If the owner doesn’t respond, Google will go ahead and release the listing to you.

During this process, you can see a hint of the “owner’s” email address including the first few letters and then **.com. Make sure you take a note of the email – because it will give you a hint as to who the owner may be.Quite often, the listing was claimed by a former employee, and you can simply log in to their email account and instantly reassign ownership to yourself.

3.  How do I fix incorrect or outdated information?

With local results favoring up-to-date information, and the consistency of your business name, address and phone number (NAP) being an integral part of the local search algorithm, it’s essential you keep your listing up to date.

Via your GMB account, you can edit your opening hours, photos, address, contact info, and images. One of the biggest local SEO mistakes businesses make is forgetting to update their GMB listing and business information elsewhere on the web.

If your business has recently moved or changed its phone number, ensure you update your GMB listing and all other instances of your business details whether that be on your own website and social media profiles or third-party business directories. When your name, address and phone number are consistent across all citations, Google’s confidence in your business information increases and in turn your local search presence improves.

4.  I don’t have time for this – can I get an agency to take care of my listing?

As part of a complete local SEO strategy, Google My Business provides the means to reach consumers when they are searching keywords related to what your business does.

But, for a lawyer to begin appearing for keywords like “lawyer Dubai” as opposed to “Jim’s law firm” requires more than just completing the Google My Business listing in full.

Ranking in local search results for category keywords is influenced by many other factors like backlinks to your website, reviews containing your target keywords, click-through-rate and more. This makes Google My Business most effective when it’s integrated into an entire search engine marketing strategy.

With local search continuing its rapid growth coupled with the increased usage of mobile devices used by consumers on the go, GMB is essential for local businesses looking to enhance their online visibility. It’s a comprehensive platform that when coupled with a complete local SEO strategy will assist in increasing your company’s chances of appearing as a top search result.

Source: This article was published forbesmiddleeast.com By James Reynolds

Categorized in Business Research

It's easy to forget how difficult DIY repairs were just a couple of decades ago, considering how easy the internet makes it to fix very specific product problems. (My biggest personal victory was fixing a 50-inch LG plasma display that borked a week after the warranty expired, following some extensive Googling.) Now, Google has created a sitethat shows exactly what you want to fix, do and learn the most, based on where you live.

The need to to fix windows, walls and doors topped lists everywhere, so the team threw out those results to focus on regional patterns. The results? "North Americans and East Asians need their toilets, people in former Soviet countries are fearless enough to attempt fixing their own washing machines, [and] warmer climates can't live without a fridge," interactive visual journalist Xaquin G.V. writes.

Other top searches revolve around cooking, dating, money, dressing and health. For instance, many folks want to know how to boil an egg (maybe we're becoming too reliant on Google), impress a girl, write a check, tie a bow-tie, pick a lock, lose weight, gain weight and get rid of pimples.

Other items, like cooking asparagus, asking someone to the prom and losing weight tend to be seasonal, Google says. Others are viral, peaking and declining over a short period, with subjects like how to make slime and loom-bands.

The data was culled from searches by users on "How To" do and fix things, one of the most common terms used on Google. The site itself was created by Google's News Lab, working in conjunction with Xaquin. It has a rich, responsive design and works well on mobile, a priority for Google Labs experiments, Data Editor Simon Rogers told Techcrunch. The lab, Rogers said, is particularly interested in experimenting with data journalism as a way to tell or summarize interesting stories in new ways.

Source: This article was published finance.yahoo.com By Steve Dent

Categorized in Search Engine

Google is considered to be the best search engine out there, that is the reason most people say – “Google it“. You use it but how do you do it? Do you just type in what you want to search for (the search term or keyword)? If yes, you have not utilized Google to its fullest potential…

Here, we mention some of the best Google search tips that will make you re-think “How to search on Google”  to get the most out of it. With the help of a few tricks and tips, you will be able to find things faster and more efficiently!

20 Ways To Search On Google

  1. Pinpoint The Correct Google URL

    We know https://www.google.com is the URL for Google. But, we do not always end up on that address. Foreign-based users can be redirected to google.fr(France) or google.co.in (India).

    The primary google.com URL is intended for users in the United States of America (or acts as the only URL for everyone across the globe). It is fairly an important thing to know when you search on Google. If you are researching for something that is directly connected to the online resources of the UK but you live outside the UK, you should try google.co.uk

    The search results will show more targeted websites. It is the simplest way by which you can improve your search on Google.

  2. Do Not Ignore Google Suggest Search Terms

    I’ve encountered a lot of people (including me at some point in time) just to tend to ignore the suggested search term unless it matches the exact term we want to look for.

    If you know what you are searching for, the suggestions might not help much. But, if you are researching a topic, you will be able to find out more related stuff quickly. Suppose you are looking for an app to review and in the suggestions, you get a search term which points to search results giving you the meaning of that word (app’s name). It may help you with the review, where you can mention why the developers did choose the name.

    You could imagine a lot of different instances where suggested search terms might help you. So, do not ignore them!

  3. Use Double Quotes To Narrow Down The Search Results For The Exact Term

    If you want to search on Google – Gmail advantages, you do it without using the double quotation sign. However, you will observe that you get search results which say – “How good Is Gmail” and similar. So, when you type in a search term without double quotes, it shows you all the relevant results.
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    But, if you use double quotes to emphasize a particular term, you will observe search results which include the words – “Gmail” & “Advantages” only. It helps when you want search results to contain the same terms that you are looking for.
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  4.  Get Search Results From A Specific Site

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    If you want to look at the indexed pages of a single website, simply type in –site:ubergizmo.com – and you will observe the results listing only the web pages of Ubergizmo.

  5. Search For A Single Topic From One Website

    It is almost the same as the previous one. You just have to add the text term as – Samsung site:ubergizmo.com and you can observe every web page from Ubergizmo.com which mentioned “Samsung” keyword.

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  6. Exclude Terms From Your Search Results

    When you search for a particular term, and you get mixed results, you might be disappointed or would be forced to try another search term.

    To get the perfect results for your desired search term, you can direct Google to exclude some keywords from the search results as per your choice.

    For instance, if I am looking for “Samsung S8 Review” on Google and I do not want search results to list the web pages that just describe the specifications of the device, I can type in – “Samsung S8 Review -specs -specifications“.

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    Overall, the format would be – “Search Term -keywordtobeexcluded“

  7. Play Pac-Man Directly On Google

    Did you know that you can play quite a few games directly via Google search?

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    You just need to type in “Pacman” (without double quotes) to get started.

  8. Know The Meaning Of A Word Without many hassles

    Tired of browsing sites even after looking for the meaning on Google search? Just type in “define: word” to get the job done (ignore the double quotes).

    Here’s how it looks like:

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  9. Search Images Only

    If you are searching for something and want to get the images from the search results first. Just type in – “images: search term.”Else, simply go to images.google.com to get started.

  10. Flip A Coin

    Want to bet on something with your friend? A toss? Don’t have a coin? No problem! Google has got your back.

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    You just need to type in – “Flip a coin” (without the double quotes) to flip a coin and get a random result.

  11. Look For Related Sites

    Searching for alternative websites is a tough task. But, with a simple trick, you can tell Google to list a lot of similar sites. It is a treasure box for someone who was looking for alternative sites from ages!

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  12. News For Specific Location

    If you rely on Google News to know about the latest happenings according to your preference, you have an option to narrow down the news results bound to a particular location. While you are in the Google News section, just type in the topic and add – “location:CountryName” as you can observe in the image below.news location - how to search on Google

  13. Perform Basic Arithmetic Operations

    If you need to add something quick or multiply a few figures, just type in the expression on Google to get the result via Google’s online calculator.

    You may also get the result directly when you type in the expression in the address bar on Google Chrome.

  14. Stock Ticker For Stock Chart

    If you know the short term (or ticker) used to represent a company in the stock exchange market, you can just type that in the search box and get the stock chart for the business directly.

    So, no need of installing an app to track the stock chart, you can do that right on Google!

  15. Open Calculator Via Search Results

    Do you want to get to an online calculator via Google search? You don’t have to! Google provides a calculator to perform most of the necessary calculations when you search for “Calculator” in the search box without the double quotes.

  16. Start Timer / Stopwatch

    If you do not have a watch or a smartphone with you, Google can help you start a timer or let you utilize a stopwatch.

    Just type in “start timer” or “start stopwatch” without the double quotes to get started.

  17. Weather Lookup

    You do not need a weather app, or you need to tune into a weather forecast TV program to check the weather information.

    While searching on Google,  just type in “Weather in location.” For instance, when you type “Weather in San Francisco” you will get this:

  18. Covert Time Zones, Currencies & Units

    May be you can track different time zones with the help of your smartphone, but you would need an app to convert currencies and units. Why not utilize Google for the same? 

  19. Only search for – “convert 1 USD to 1 INR” or “convert 1kg to pound” or “convert 10:00 AM GMT to IST” and similar terms to utilize Google as the go-to tool for easy conversions. If you did not know this before, you should rethink – “How to search on Google?” – where you observe that you can perform a lot of tasks on Google itself.

  20. Know The Sunset & Sunrise Time

    If knowing about the sunset and sunrise time is important to you, Google it!

    You do not need to bother your friends or elders to find that out. Just type in something like – “sunrise & sunset San Franciso” and things would be a lot easier.

  21. Know Your IP Address

    If for some reason, you need to check or verify your IP address, just type in – “IP address” on Google to get the result. If you are connected to a VPN network, you will get a different IP address when you search for it on Google. So you need to make sure you are not connected to a VPN network when you want to know the real IP address (you may encounter it in IPv4 or IPv6 format) of your connection.

Source: This article was published ubergizmo.com By Ankush Das

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Google is now showing six-second video previews in the search results delivered on Android devices.

Google announced they have added video previews to the video carousel that shows up in the search results. Currently, this only occurs when you are using the Google app for Android or using Chrome on Android.

When you toggle through the videos in the carousel, it will show you a six-second preview of the video. Here is a GIF of it in action:

Google said this will only be the default behavior when the user is on a Wi-Fi connection. But users can enable video previews on mobile networks or opt-out of this feature entirely by going to the settings menu within the Google app or adjusting settings for Android Chrome.

Not too long ago, Google was caught testing auto-playing videos in their search results. This implementation isn’t as significant a change as people were seeing in that test, but it still adds a lot more interactivity and motion to the search results.

Source: This article was published searchengineland.com By Barry Schwartz

Categorized in Search Engine

Google’s search engine is an always-expandingextremely useful tool that’s packed with tons of different tools. Over on Zapier, they outline tons of different advanced tricks for searching Google as quickly as possible.

Lifehacker alum Melanie Pinola digs into tons of Google search tips here, including some that are easy to forget, like the mortgage calculator, instant customer service phone numbers (search for the company named followed by “customer service”), and time zone conversions. Head over to the full post on Zapier for tons of detailed info, or check out the infographic below.



Source: This article was published on lifehacker.com

Categorized in Search Engine

The internet has already made searching for images a breeze. Just go on any search engine, type in what you’re looking for, and voila: Thousands of images will instantly appear before your eyes. But that sort of luxury hasn’t found its way into video, a medium that has seen astonishing consumption rates over the last few years.

Google wants to change that. The Mountain View, California-based company announced a new video intelligence application program interface (API) today at its Cloud Next conference in San Francisco. The tool uses machine learningto extract “entities” (nouns) from videos to make them searchable. It will even mark scene changes. Traditionally, elements related to a specific video had to be tagged manually for them to appear in a search.

The demo at the conference showed the API identifying a dachshund from a short commercial, and figuring out what it was watching was indeed a commercial. In another demo, a search for “beach” loaded a bunch of videos the machine learning software determined had beaches in them.

Google lets you try out the API in a limited demo that shows off its impressive capabilities. Just go on its website and select a video sample. From there, the API will start analyzing the scenes. When its done, it spits out a percentage for the most relevant labels in the entire clip, and the most relevant labels for the parts of the video it determines are separate scenes.

The new API was built to help understand the overall content in videos, and extract actionable insight from that data. Google will hope this new tool will help it catch up to both Amazon and Window’s cloud-based offerings.

Source : https://www.dailydot.com/debug/google-api-video-search-tool/

Categorized in Search Engine

Amazon has become the first stop for nearly half of online shoppers researching potential purchases, according to a report BloomReach released Tuesday.

Nearly half (44 percent) of some 2,000 survey participants said they go directly to Amazon to search for products.

That's a substantial increase from a similar survey Forrester Research conducted in 2012, when only 30 percent of consumers said Amazon was their first stop for a product search, BloomReach noted.

First stop for a product search can be an important metric for a website, noted Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research.

"It means Amazon is more likely to get the business," he told the E-Commerce Times. "That's significant."

Threat to Google

An increase in the use of mobile devices to carry out searches may be feeding Amazon's popularity as a first-stop site.

"Mobile and the Amazon app in particular are probably partly responsible for this," said Greg Sterling, vice president of strategy and insight for the Local Search Association.

Consumers prefer apps to services like Google, Bing and Yahoo when searching from a mobile device, he told the E-Commerce Times. "Searching with an app is a more efficient and cleaner experience than trying to search with Google."

What does that mean for Google?

"It means Google's dominance of the search ecosystem is starting to decrease," said Yory Wurmser, a retail analyst for eMarketer.

"It's a threat to Google's business model because Google isn't the intermediary anymore," he told the E-Commerce Times. "People are going directly to Amazon."

Mobile Window-Shopping

While consumers prefer searching through apps on a mobile device, it's a different story when it comes to buying something.

Eighty-one percent of consumers said they still preferred their desktops and laptops to buy things, BloomReach noted. Nearly two out of three (64 percent) said the challenges of smartphones -- smaller screens, typing, etc. -- negatively affected their willingness to make a purchase.

No matter how Amazon is accessed, though, it seems to be the place to go -- and go first.

"The content, customer service and other elements have made Amazon the first stop for product-related searches," LSA's Sterling said.

"People know the inventory Amazon has is likely to include whatever they're looking for, and Amazon will have a lot of valuable information about it. That kind of content doesn't exist anywhere else when it comes to product," he pointed out.

"Research shows that more than 90 percent of Internet users are doing some kind of research before making purchase decisions," added Sterling. "Amazon is a primary tool -- if not the primary tool -- in those kinds of situations."

Meaningless Survey?

Search engines aren't the only ones feeling the sting of Amazon search -- price comparison sites may be feeling it, too.

"Amazon has become the ultimate price-matching site," Tirias' McGregor said.

"They don't always have the best price, but they have such a broad selection because they represent so many retailers that it's the best place to go to do comparison shopping," he explained.

Amazon's growing dominance of product search will have limited value for its e-commerce operations in the long run, maintained Trip Chowdhry, managing director for equity research at Global Equities Research.

"This survey is totally meaningless," he told the E-Commerce Times. "Product search means nothing."

The fastest-growing regions for e-commerce in the world are China and India. Amazon has no e-commerce presence in China, and is third and struggling in India, he pointed out.

"Until Amazon shows profitability in e-commerce and they become a leader in China and India, the investment pieces are totally broken," Chowdhry argued.

"Amazon's e-commerce is going to be a total disaster in one or two years from now," he predicted. "Amazon's e-commerce site hasn't made a single penny, and I don't think it will."

Amazon did not respond to our request to comment for this story. 

Author : John P. Mello Jr.

Source : http://www.technewsworld.com/story/82578.html

Categorized in Online Research

Google Home isn't just a speaker with built-in Google Search.

With it, you can control your smart home devices, cue up a movie on your TV, replace your desktop speakers, and more. To get the most out of your Goole Home, you really need to do a deep-dive into the Home app or just play around the device for a while. Luckily for you, we've done both, and we've rounded up a selection of the top tips and tricks to help you master the voice-activated speaker in no time.

Google Home Assistant tips and tricks

Google Assistant is Google's iteration of a personal assistant. It's considered an upgrade or an extension of Google Now, as well as an expansion of Google's existing "OK Google" voice controls. It's conversational, too. You can ask a question and follow-up questions, and Assistant will track the conversation, determine context, and audibly respond with the right information.

Google Assistant is a stand-out feature in the Google Home speaker. You can use it to control Google Home, Pixel devices, as well as third-party services and devices. To help you figure out everything Assistant can do, we've rounded up some tips and tricks, which you can find here. However, if you want to learn tips and tricks unique, exclusive or specific to Google Home, read on.

Google Home tips and tricks

Remember to use a wake word

Google Assistant responds to two 'wake words': "Ok Google" and "Hey Google". Unfortunately, you can't change it from these two phrases. Also, you need to say one every single time you wish to engage with Google Home (say the phrase, followed by a question or command).

Adjust settings and preferences

In the Google Home app, slide out the menu drawer from the left side of the screen, and tap on More Settings.

If you want, you can tap your name after selecting More Settings and add your home address for specific weather and traffic reports. Also, from the Personal info menu in settings, you can set a nickname that Assistant will use for you. Under Preferences, you can choose a preferred temperature unit. In the News and My Day sections, you pick various news sources, while with My Day you can select which details are included when you prompt Google Home to tell you about your day. Examples include weather, commute time, reminders, etc.

Another way you can get to settings: Open the hamburger menu (the three lines in the upper corner) and look for the Devices option. You'll see your Google Home listed. From there, open its menu by tapping the three dots in the upper left corner and choose Settings. Everything you need to adjust or change about you're Google Home is there.

Give Google Home a new name

Under settings, go to Name, and from there, you can rename your Google Home whenever and how often you like.

Connect third-party services

Google Home relies on third-party services to provide you with a richer experience. Think of these services as apps that you can access on the speaker. At launch, Google Home’s services were limited to Uber. Now, the full list of services ranges from WebMD to an animal quiz. To find a full list of supported services, open More Settings > Services. From there, tap on the service you want to connect to your Google Home.

Keep in mind Google Home doesn't hold a candle to Amazon Alexa in terms of connected apps - not yet anyway. But it does play well with Pandora, TuneIn, Google Music, Spotify, YouTube, and even Netflix and Uber. You can also use it to control smart home products from Nest, Philips Hue lights, and Smart Things. It also supports Cast, so you can use it in conjunction with Chromecast to send content to your TV.

Use the Google ecosystem

To get the most out of Google Home, use Google’s other products. It's designed to work with products many people frequently use, such as Google Calendar and Google Keep. When combined with Google Home, you can make Assistant a true personal assistant. It can check your schedule, set reminders, add items to your shopping lists, and more -- and all with a simple voice command.

Reset Google Home

To conduct a factory reset and restore your Google to a good-as-new state, hold the microphone button for about 15 seconds. From there, you can link it to a different Google account using the Google Home app. Remember, it doesn't allow you to set up multiple user profiles.

Reboot Google Home

What do you do when some gadget stops working? You restart it, or "reboot" it. So, of course Google included this in the Home app. Just open the Home app and then select Devices > Menu > Reboot. That's it.

Touch your way through things

Aside from your voice, you can control Google Home with your touch. Tap the top of the speaker once to awaken your Google Home or to pause and play a broadcast. You can also slide your finger along the centered circle at the top to change volume.

Mute the mic

If you want to stop Google Home from "always-listening", look for the button on the back of the speaker. It's the only button, and it has a microphone on it. Press it and Home will turn off the microphone (four amber lights will light up on top). Press it again, and it'll tell you the microphone is on. When it's on, Google Home is in the always-listening mode and will listen for and respond to your commands.

You can Google that

Google Home is basically Google.com.

Want to find a grocery store in Sacramento? Need to convert ounces to cups? Curious how old Donald Trump is? Ever wonder what the capital of Florida is? Google Home can be your assistant and set an appointments, but it also doubles as a search engine. Remember, you can also ask follow-up questions. Google Assistant will always remember the topic or subject in your string of questions.

Check your activity

Under More Settings, scroll to the bottom and tap the My Activity option. A website will open with everything Google Home (and Assistant on your phone) has recorded. You can sort by date and time, play back exactly what Home heard, get details, and delete them.

Set up Guest Mode

You can set up a guest mode to let anyone connect to your Google Home once they enter a four-digit PIN provided by the app.

Cast movies or audio to a TV

If you have a Chromecast device, go to More Settings in the Google Home app, tap on TVs and Speakers, and then tap the plus sign in the bottom right corner of the screen. The Google Home app will search for voice-supported TVs on the same Wi-Fi network as your Google Home. From there, you can ask Google Home to play Netflix movies and TV show or even YouTube videos.

You must connect third-party services -- like Netflix -- to your Google account using the Google Home app (Settings > More Settings > Videos and Photos). After doing this, you can simply say things like “Okay Google, play House of Cars from Netflix on TV". You can even also Google Home to pause playback or rewind a minute to something you might've missed.

Cast photos to your TV

Google Home can’t just control Netflix or YouTube on your TV, it can also control Google Photos, Google's free cloud photo storage service. Just link up your account in the Google Home app under settings, and then say “Okay Google, show me photos of my pets on TV”. The service is able to tag and recognise people, things, and places, so it's able to smartly serve up whatever you ask for.

Ditch your desktop speakers

Google Cast is built directly into the Chrome browser. So, when you click the cast button in the corner of Chrome, you can look for your Home device, select it, and then cast audio from your computer to/through Google Home.

Set your music source

Google Home can play music from several sources, such as Play Music, Pandora, Spotify or YouTube Music. To set your default source, head got to More Settings in the Home app, then choose Music (or choose Music from the sidebar), and link an account and select it as the main source

Manage a family shopping list

You can automatically add things to your shopping list, which means it'll be added to a note in the Google Keep app for iOS or Android, just by saying something like: “Okay Google, add coffee to my shopping list”. The list can only be associated with the primary account holder.

You can add collaborators to this list so they can access it though; simply select the three-dots button in the right corner of the list, select “collaborator,” and invite other family members to the list.

Play podcasts

All you have to do to hear podcasts is ask. Say “Okay Google, Play This American Life” to hear the most recent episode of the show. If you should pause it, the next time you ask for that podcast, Google Home will pick up where you left off.

Find your misplaced phone

Can't find your home? Google Home can locate the device -- if you link it with a service called IFTTT. Use this recipe (requires an IFTTT account) so that you can automatically call your number when you say “Okay Google, find my phone.”

Turn off the lights

Google Home can control internet-connected appliances around your home, such as lightbulbs like Philips Hue. You can not only turn those on and off, but also say things like “Okay Google, turn the living room purple" to change their colour. But Google Home is a voice-controlled hub for all your smart devices. You can also leverage IFTTT recipes to get the most out of Home and your devices, but that's not required.

Set an alarm

This might seem obvious but... Google Home can replace your alarm clock. Say “OK Google, set an alarm for 5 minutes” or whenever, and you'll hear a nice tune and see a circle of lights on the top of Google Home when the alarm goes off.

Hear about your day

You can ask Google Home “tell me about my day” to get an audio report of your calendar, your morning traffic commute, the weather, and any reminders. You can also customise your report to exclude certain things, such as the weather. At the end, you'll get a news briefing. But first, to do any of this, you’ll must connect services like your Google Calendar using settings in the Google Home app.

Google Home Easter eggs

Looking for some fun things to do with Google Home? While these are technically Google Assistant easter eggs, you'll find that they really give your Google Home some personality:

  • Say "I'm feeling lucky" to start up a multiplayer game show.
  • Say "Give me a random number between (x) and (y)" to hear a random number between the two - with beeping sounds to boot.
  • Ask it to "Roll (insert number)-sided dice": It'll give you a random number, complete with sound effects.
  • Say "(Contact name) is my (relationship)" to ask Assistant to associate certain relationship information with a contact for future reference.
  • Say "Good morning" to hear a rundown of your day's agenda, along with the current weather and news.
  • Say "Send a message to (Contact name) on (messaging service like WhatsApp)" to dictate a message to a contact.
  • Say "Wubba lubba dub dub" to get Assistant to respond with: "Are you in pain? How can I help?" or "Sorry, I don't speak Birdperson" (a reference to the show Rick and Morty).
  • Say "Beatbox" to hear a clip of someone beat-boxing.
  • Say "sing a song" to hear a horrible, brief song.
  • Say "Read a poem" to hear a random poem from Google search.
  • Say "Tell me a joke" to hear an age-appropriate joke from Pixar.
  • Say "F*** you" to submit a bug report.

Source: http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/140068-google-home-tips-and-tricks

Categorized in Search Engine

Do you skim the surface of what Google can do for you, or are you an advanced Google searcher that dives in deep to everything Google has to offer? Learn how to master Google with advanced Google search techniques and make your searches super efficient. The following search tips offer a wide range of Google search tips and tricks, and will broaden how much you're able to accomplish with the "Swiss army knife" of search engines. 

Google Cheat Sheet

This Google cheat sheet gives you powerful search commands you can use instantly to narrow or broaden your Google searches - these are for searches that you want to narrow down with very powerful tools that are easy to use. Plus, it's printable, so you can have it handy right next to your computer when you need to use it. 

Google People Search

If you're looking for someone, Google is probably your best best to get started. You can find all sorts of information with just a cursory Google search, and best of all, it's completely free. 

Top Ten Google Search Tricks

Many people just don't realize that using just a few simple techniques can make your searches more successful right off the bat, with little to no "special" search knowledge required.

Search the Google Cache of a Website

If you want to get a look at a website before it went down due to too much traffic, or grab some information that might have changed recently, or simply take a walk down memory lane....Google's cache is the way to do it. Basically, you're able to view a "snapshot" of a website that Google has stored in its database. 

Twenty Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Google

While most people use Google for search, Google definitely has a lot more to offer. This is a just a quick overview of what you can do with Google and Google's peripheral services - everything from email to image search. 

Google Maps isn't just good for directions and road maps; you can use it to go sight-seeing all over the globe, see a street view of nearly any destination worldwide, even check out local points of interest you might want to visit someday. 

Google Scholar

If you need to find scholarly, peer-reviewed articles with a minimum of fuss, Google Scholar is a good choice. Archived papers in any discipline can be found here, from science to history and everything in between. 

Clear Previous Google Searches

You can avoid a potentially embarrassing situation simply by clearing your previous Google searches whenever there is something you would rather keep to yourself. This is also quite useful when you want to take a look at your previous Google search history to figure out something you might have forgotten. 

How to Search a Specific Domain in Google

You can use Google to search specific domains (like .edu, or .gov, or .net) for information; this can be amazingly useful when you are looking for something and you're not getting a lot of good results. For example, say you're looking for a government-related item - you can limit your searches to .edu searches only. 

How to Find Similar Sites With Google

If you've got a few favorite sites, you can find ones that are similar using Google. This is an easy way to figure out other sites that are similar to the ones you already visit.

Source : https://www.lifewire.com

Auhtor : Wendy Boswell

Categorized in Search Techniques
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