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Google Can Now Solve Your Geometry Math Questions

google-geometry Google has quietly upgraded their search calculator to not just answer your basic math questions or graphical or 3D math questions; now, it can do your geometry homework. You can ask Google geometry related questions and it will solve them for you, such as [perimeter of a trapezoid]: As Alex Chitu notes, you can also search for these geometry questions: [solve triangle] [area of a circle] [volume of a sphere] [perimeter of a trapezoid] [area of a pentagon] [hypotenuse calculator] [triangular prism volume] [calculate the diagonal of a cube with 6mm edge] [volume of [...]


Now Official: Google Adds Restaurant Menus To Search Results

bonefish-grill-menu That Google menus experiment we told you about a couple weeks ago? It's now official. But it's only available in the U.S. at the moment. Google announced that it's now showing restaurant menus as a OneBox-style answer at the top of its search results. It seems to be primarily triggered by searches that involve both the restaurant name and the word "menu," although Google's example involves a query that starts with "show me the menu for...." The menu OneBox shows multiple food options and is divided into different categories, depending on how the individual restaurants (or chains) [...]


Googling The Weather: From 20% Project To Sophisticated Query Analysis

google-weather-600 Millions of us have asked Google to play weatherperson. In order to get an answer to one of our oldest and most basic questions, we type a variety of words and numbers -- city names, neighborhoods and ZIP codes, plus words like "weather," "forecast" or maybe "temperature" -- into the Google search box, and Google typically has an answer back to us in less than a second. But have you noticed that our weather-related searches can be more complex now than ever? It's true. In recent years, Google has gone from focusing on the keywords we use to figuring out the meaning of our search que [...]


Google Showing Restaurant Menus In Card-Style Search Result

menu-food-featured Google has started showing complete restaurant menus in its search results when a query specifically looks for menu information. We think Allie Brown was the first to spot this when she shared the results of a search for "jones brunch menu" on Twitter. For that query, Google begins the search results with a card-style answer that details the restaurant's menu across several categories -- appetizers, entrées, sandwiches and more. (For the record, Google actually seems to be getting the details wrong. In looking at the Jones website, this looks like their "all day" menu, not the brunc [...]


Google Search OneBox Answers Are Getting More Detailed

google-data-knowledge-brain-featured There are several reports throughout the search community that Google's OneBox answers or a form of the knowledge graph, are now more aggressive about answering even more complex questions with more detailed responses or answers. When we asked Google about this, a Google spokesperson told us, "we're always experimenting with different types of answers, but we don't have more details to share at this point." Some questions Google attempts to answer now include: [why is the sky blue?] [who ended world war 2?] But some answers might be a bit off or unusual such as: [what are the largest mammals [...]


Google’s Latest Search Trick: “As The Crow Flies” Distance Calculation

Google logo Move over, pandas. Fly away, hummingbirds. Waddle away, penguins. Google has a new animal friend: crows. But unlike its past associations with the animal world, this one isn't about SEO or algorithms -- it's a new search trick that adds distance calculation to Google's OneBox feature. (The OneBox is where Google often presents immediate answers to search queries rather than just presenting links relevant to the query.) As Google explained late Friday, the OneBox can now answer how far it is between two remote locations. It does the measurement "as the crow flies." Google's examples were [...]


The Full March Madness Bracket Shows In Google Search Results

I suspect that most college basketball fans will be following the NCAA College Basketball Tournament on TV and via their favorite bracket contest website, but they could follow it via a simple Google search, too, if they want. As Google's Dan Vanderkam shared this afternoon on Twitter, certain college hoops-related searches are now showing the entire NCAA tournament brackets. You can see it via searches like [march madness], [ncaa bracket] and even just [bracket]. By default, it shows eight games from round one this week ... err, "round two" by the NCAA's weird current system ... [...]


Google Fixes Definition URLs, Makes Them Clickable Links

define speed of light When Google introduced a new format last month for the definitions it sometimes shows at the top of its search results, something was missing. The source URL wasn't a clickable link. That's now been fixed. Here's an example, the definition box that Google shows for a "define speed of light" search: The URL shown under the definition previously wasn't clickable. Instead, the only way to click through to the source of the definition was to use the smaller "Source" link at the very bottom of the box. Reader Martin Panayotov pointed this out to us at the end of December. We checked [...]


Google Updates OneBox Results Design To Match Mobile Interface

google-currency-onebox Google announced they have updated their OneBox results, also known as quick answer results, to match the mobile and tablet designs they released back in August. The new results are cleaner, take up more space, but also are more interactive. For example, here is the stock quote for GOOG and the chart on the search results page is interactive: All the OneBox result designs were updated today. They include definitions, currencies, flight information and more: Other results include unit conversion, holidays, sunrise times, weather results, time conversions and much more. [...]


Google Calculator Gets A Major Upgrade

Google's calculator results has just got a major upgrade to the answers provided and the user interface. Now when you search Google for a math answer, Google will not only show you the answer but also give you a new interface for the answer, including a full size 34-button scientific calculator. Here is a screen shot: So not only do you get the answer quickly, you can now make additional calculations on the virtual scientific calculator. In addition, when you search for conversion related queries, such as [100 feet to inches] Google will give you a new user interface for that as w [...]


Google Graphical Calculator Now 3D & Animated

Google has quietly expanded the graphical calculator feature in Google's search results to be 3D and animated. Now if you search for certain math equations, the graphical display will be 3D and animated. Google shared this news less than an hour ago on their Google+ page and math junkies (mostly Googlers) are eating it up. This does one-up WolframAlpha's graphic calculator by making the free graphs animated. I believe the paid version does offer animated graphs. Here is a video: Postscript: Google has announced this on their blog a couple hours later: Just type any real [...]


Google Adds Graphical Math Calculator To Search Results

google-g-logo-96x100 Google announced their answer to Wolfram Alpha's advanced math skills with math graphing functionality on Google search results. All you need to do is type basic and complex math functions into the Google search box and Google will return neat graphics. From basic charts for sin(x) to more complex graphs for x/2, (x/2)^2, ln(x), cos(pi*x/5). Of course, Google gets their 'geek on' by showing off their math skills: Did I mention you can zoom into these charts? This is Google's graphical calculator, right on the search page. [...]


Official: Google’s New Travel Search OneBox

As we expected, Google officially announced the launch of their new flight onebox. The new travel onebox will show up when you search for flight related keywords with destinations. For example, [flights from new york to san francisco] or [flights from new york or [flights to new york]. They all work to five you an expandable box of flight options from or to a location. Google is not currently using the search technology from the ITA acquisition but implied the ITA software may be used in future versions of flight search. This is currently available in 10 languages: English, Fr [...]


Google Tests New Travel Search OneBox

SEOGadget noticed Google testing a new travel search OneBox interface. I suspect this is an early sign of the Google ITA integration, where Google purchased ITA, a travel software company. A typical Google travel search OneBox looks like this: The new travel OneBox offers a more detailed box of information with departing cities, airlines and prices: Clicking on the plus sign will extend the one box to show you additional departing cities, airlines and prices: I personally cannot replicate it but let me share the screen shots from SEOGadget's blog. Postscript: Goog [...]


Google Adds Zip Code Outlines To Map One Box

Google has added a new feature to the maps one box on the search results. If you search for a zip code or postal code, Google will display a map with an outline around the area of that zip code or postal code. This feature does not currently work on Google Maps itself but does work when you search Google web search for a zip code such as [10010], which is in Manhattan, New York. It also works for postal codes in London and other locations. Here are some pictures: Hat Tip to James Carswell for spotting this. Related Stories: Google "Plus Box" Puts Maps In Search Res [...]


What Time Is The Royal Wedding? Google Tells You With Special Box

Royal Wedding madness had descended upon Google. Do a search for royal wedding, and you'll be treated to a special box telling you the time it happens in your location. The image above shows the box, with the time of 3am Pacific Time tomorrow, because that's the time zone I'm in. The box is actually pretty helpful for those around the world who plan to tune in but aren't certain what time the wedding happens (it happens tomorrow, April 29 at 11am British Time). What Time? What Time! Checking Google Insights For Search, I can see that indeed, many people must be wondering about when the [...]


Google Goes Beyond Answers, Starts Guessing Release Dates

Google can answer a lot of searches without needing to send you to another web site. If you're looking for weather, sports scores or local movie schedules, Google probably has a "one box" for you. As Engadget noticed today, Google has added a one box even when it only has a "best guess" at the answer to your search. Searches for movie and video game release dates are now showing what Google thinks is the best answer based on info that it finds on various websites. As you can see in the image above, just use the name of the movie or game and add "release date" to the query to get sear [...]


Google Adds Snow Conditions & Interaction Mobile Weather Results

Google announced two winter features for the Google search results. The first one is a live snapshot of the snow conditions in a particular area. The second is a special new mobile version of weather, which is interaction. Live Snow Conditions: Google now shows you live snow results on the search results for your favorite ski resorts. Google said they partnered with OnTheSnow.com and SkiReport.com to enable special search snippets for those two sites. Here is a picture of the special snippets, I should note, I personally do not see them live yet. Interaction Mobile Weather Res [...]


Google Now With Real Time NHL Hockey Scores

The Google Blog announced over the weekend that Google partnered with the National Hockey Leagues's NHL.com to get real time hockey scores on Google. You can try this yourself for searching on [NHL] or your favorite team while the teams are on the ice. You will notice real-time scores, schedules and team standings plus easy access to game previews, live streams, recaps and video highlights. What is interesting is that these are not a one box result, instead they are enhanced search results. The result is much richer than a standard rich snippet result. Here is a picture of the N [...]


Google Adds Emergency Help To Search Results In 13 Countries

Expanding on something it's been doing in the U.S. since last year, Google is now showing emergency information at the top of the search results in 13 countries. This means that searchers who type in queries that are the equivalent of English phrases like "poison control" and "emergency" will see special information above the search results. Here are two examples from Google's blog post: Google says the new results are available in these countries: Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom [...]


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