Google is arguably the most popular search engine on the Web today, but most people barely scratch the surface of what Google can really do. Here are ten things you (might) not have known that Google can do.
Google Base is a free online database that enables anyone from all over the world to post anything (as long as it falls under the Google Base Program Policies) they want. Jobs, recipes, classified ads, lecture notes - pretty much anything you can think of can be posted for free to Google Base.
What if you're out and about and can't remember the address of your destination? No problem - call Google Voice Local Search and get the information (business listings only) quickly and easily. It's extremely easy to use and will connect you for free. This convenient little service has been on my speed dial since the day of its debut.
There's an easy way to find free MP3 files with Google; actually, there's quite a few easy ways. Once you find these files, you can save them to a destination on your computer and listen.
Google Desktop is a very, VERY useful application that can help you find documents, emails, pretty much ANYTHING on your home computer using the power of Google's search engine. I don't know how I ever got along without Google Desktop always there to pick up my (sometimes unorganized) slack.
Google Pack is a bundled software download chock full of high quality software specifically selected by Google to make your search life easier. For example, you can download Picasa, Google Earth, Norton Security, Firefox, and many more software items - all for free.
Google Docs is a basic program that can use your existing spreadsheets or create new ones, share documents in real time, allow multiple people to edit information, and best of all, this collaborative tool is absolutely free.
Want to check if a flight is on time? How about if it's flying on schedule, where it's going, when it's landing, and when it's taking off? You can do all those things simply by typing in the name of the airlines plus the flight number, i.e., "Alaska Airlines 30" into the Google search
University websites are sometimes difficult to navigate, but Google University Search takes care of this problem. You can use this handy tool to search hundreds of different schools' sites, for anything from admissions information to course schedules to alumni news.
You can use the Google Language Tools to search for a phrase in another language, translate a block of text, see the Google interface in your language, or visit Google's home page in your country's domain.
You can use Google to search through the contents of ANY site on the Web. This especially comes in handy if you're looking for something obscure or dated.