Google Saves Your Bacon Again

Google does all sorts of neat things. Remember when Google first made their search engine available, and all you could do was look for pictures of fetching young ladies without all their clothes on? Well, they're working overtime adding to all the things Google will fetch for you in a pinch. How about text messaged answers to just about any query? Kevin Kelly at Cool Tools does it all the time:

Using my cell phone to Google is one of my favorite cool tools. When I'm on the road or out of my house, and want to find the phone number to a restaurant, movie times, or the Oakland A's score I use my cell phone to ask Google (# is 46645). I even used it in a class to find the capital of Bhutan (Thimphu) and win a prize. My cell phone company charges me to send and receive text messages, but this is WELL worth the 20 cents to me. It answers back quickly (sometimes almost immediately after you send it, but usually within a minute or two), and accurately. You can convert currency, get directions, translate words, get weather forecasts, get word definitions. Without having to talk to anyone. A lost or confused introvert's best friend.

Step by step instructions and a link to a Google example page at the link.

You can plan your whole night out on the cellphone, on the fly, and Google can show you the way. Now if Google could just explain why your dates go to the Ladies Room halfway through dinner and never return.

Read it here.

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