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Google's New Crossword-Style Trivia Game Wants Puzzlers to Search

Fellow puzzle fans, Google has brought us joy. The engine's newest venture, A Google a Day, asks cunning participants not to use the knowledge they have but rather the knowledge they can unearth with Google search to solve riddles. Much like crossword puzzles (possibly your author's favorite pastime), the questions ask the solver to change the way they think. For today's riddle, searching "two...

Google Health Relaunches With Customizable, User-Friendly Design

A couple of years ago, Google launched Google Health, an online forum where users can store their personal health and wellness information, and share it with others. Now, the company has just launched a new and improved version of its online health center, with an eye toward personalizing and streamlining user experience. As Google explains on its blog, the new Google Health features a more...

Google Scribe, the Language Oracle, Knows (Mostly) What You're Going To Say Next

The mad programmers at Google Labs have come up with another bizarre (and possibly sinister) new Web application called Google Scribe. Like Google's auto-suggested search terms that appear as you type, Scribe looks at the language you've used to determine the most likely word to follow. For example, if you type "Google Scribe" into its text field, the app will suggest "is a software" to follow...

Google's 'Open Spot' App Shares Open Parking Spots, Awards Much-Needed Karma

Share When it comes to finding prime parking spots in the middle of dense, concrete jungles, even the most mild-mannered of drivers can revert to their more primitive, animalistic roots. As summer road warriors jockey with each other for curbside position, tempers flare, heart rates rise, and torrents of expletives gush out of driver-side windows. That inherently cutthroat atmosphere, however,...

Now Google Can Spy on You at an Angle: 45-Degree View Released

Google has now announced that you can use its services to get a sideways view of the world. A few months back, Google released its 45-degree aerial photographs to developers, and has since incorporated the perspective into its beta testing ground, Google Maps Labs. Now the images are available for all users, but they only cover a handful of areas: some parts of California; South Africa; Venice,...

Gmail and Buzz Now Embed Google Maps, For Cartography in Conversations

We love the various features that the Google Apps labs add to our favorite Web tools. The latest one, which can be found in the labs settings in Gmail, automatically embeds a map in your e-mails and Buzz messages, if they contain a recognizable real-world address. Until now, checking an address in Google Maps required copying the address, opening maps, pasting it in the search box and hitting...

Google Public Data Explorer Makes Sea of Stats Easy to Understand

Google has been offering public data and statistics via search for some time now. In November, it added stores of information from the World Bank to its database. Now, the search giant has supplemented Google Labs with a new tool, the Public Data Explorer, which is designed to make that torrent of numbers a little easier to understand. Data, anything from common last names to unemployment...

Google 'Social Search' Results Include Your Friends

Last week, both Microsoft and Google announced deals with Twitter that allowed them to index and search the micro-blogging site's public content. But while Microsoft immediately offered its Twitter search abilities, Google only made vague references to its possible integration into Google search, and ensured the relevancy of the results. Well, it's been less than a week, and Google has a...

New Google News Timeline Makes News

Google Labs is Google's experimental playground for new programs, and, thanks to the company's fabled '20-percent time' (employees are encouraged to spend 20-percent of their time creating new projects and brainstorming new ideas), there is always plenty of innovation to be found. Some of our favorite Google products -- Google Maps, GOOG-411, Docs and Spreadsheets, Google Video and iGoogle -- had...

New Feature Lets You Check Your Gmail Offline

Users of Google's Gmail service can now check their e-mail without an Internet connection, Gmail engineer Andy Palay announced yesterday afternoon via the Offical Gmail Blog. The feature, which doesn't seem to be showing up in our Gmail Labs yet for some reason, depends upon a program called Gears that downloads and regularly updates a cache of your Gmail messages. So, while your computer is...