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Google hid a secret text adventure game in search: Here’s how to play

Google hid a secret text adventure game in search: Here’s how to play

This week a new Google Search easter egg was discovered in the wild, complete with a whole bunch of adventurous paths one might take. To play Google's most recently-discovered in-product game, one must drop in on the English-language interface for Google Search. To find the game, on a desktop computer, in Google Search, search for the terms "text game" or "text adventure."

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Google just made itself your must-have co-pilot

Google just made itself your must-have co-pilot

Most people will agree that vacations are great, but the process of getting them all planned out is not. Between booking a hotel, finding the right price on a flight, and figuring out what to do once you finally get to your destination, there are a lot of moving parts and plenty of potential for frustration. Google is hoping to streamline the trip planning process with a host of new features it's rolling out a variety of different products.

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Google Discover: How to get The New Search

Google Discover: How to get The New Search

Google's next step after Google Feed is "Google Discover" and it's all about News. Google's describing it a bit differently - they're offering this system up as a set of changes in the way they think about Search. "We're launching a major update to this experience," said Karen Corby, Google Search Group Product Manager, "including a new name, a fresh look, and a brand-new set of features."

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Google Search puts local event information front and center

Google Search puts local event information front and center

For a lot of people, summer means spending time outside at local events, whether those are concerts, festivals, art shows, or theater. Google has been working on improving event discovery within Search for a while now, but today, it announced a pretty significant update that will put information on events front and center. The idea is to surface information on events right in your search results, saving the trouble of visiting different websites to find the idetails you need.

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Google Search adds university stats cards to help future students

Google Search adds university stats cards to help future students

Google has updated its Search product to help users get all the info they need on colleges and universities. This is a sort of prequel to the job search platform Google introduced last year; you need to get a proper education before you can find a good job, and that's where this new feature comes in.

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Google is replacing the OS with Search and AI: here’s how

Google is replacing the OS with Search and AI: here’s how

When you speak about operating system or OS, people with s bit of tech knowledge will probably think of Windows, macOS (or OS X), Android, iOS, and maybe even Linux. For the rest of the world's computer-using population, an "OS" is simply the thing that launches their apps and shows them their documents and photos and takes them to the Internet. It seems that Google, with particular attention to the latter, of course, is trying to move towards that simpler notion of an OS. And it is doing so by replacing everything with a search bar and an always listening AI.

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Google adds mobile search tool to simplify movie browsing

Google adds mobile search tool to simplify movie browsing

Google is making it easier for movie lovers to pick the right flick for date night. Mobile users can now easily compare movies that are currently in theaters using Google Search, at least if they're in the US or India and using an Android device. The tool enables users to rapidly compare things like showtimes, theater locations, viewer ratings, and more without toggling between tabs.

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Google Search on iOS gets deeper app integrations

Google Search on iOS gets deeper app integrations

Google may have its own mobile and desktop platforms but it would be foolish to ignore the fact that it doesn’t have a monopoly on those. And while it has indeed made some of its apps and services available on iOS, some of them felt more raw than others. And many felt almost foreign compared to native iOS apps. That changes today for the Google app on iOS. The latest update to Google’s mobile Search app now integrates better into Apple’s platform allowing you to search from anywhere, anytime.

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Google removes View Image from results, part of Getty settlement

Google removes View Image from results, part of Getty settlement

Google Search has effectively put the world’s information at our fingertips. It is, however, a two-edged sword that may have also made it too easy for people to circumvent certain laws, particularly copyrights and trademarks. Google has always come under fire for that but things came to a head when stock photography website Getty Images lodged a complaint against it in Europe, where Google has a track record of losing. Last week, the two reached a settlement that will see Google change some things in its image search. That starts now with its removal of the “View Image” button in image search results.

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Google AMP Stories want to Snapchat the news

Google AMP Stories want to Snapchat the news

The appetite for news on mobile is increasing, and Google wants to make chewing through it more like Snapchat and less like a chore. The company has revealed its latest project, AMP Stories, taking news content and packaging it into a visual-first format that promises more engagement from attention-short readers.

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Google’s top 10 tech searches of 2017 will surprise you

Google’s top 10 tech searches of 2017 will surprise you

Being just a few days away from the beginning of 2018, it's time to look back on 2017 and reflect on what's happened throughout the year. Google is doing just that today, sharing the top 10 searches for a bunch of different categories in 2017. While each list has some interesting entries, the consumer tech top 10 is particularly surprising.

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Google: Ask Mark Wahlberg a question, selfie style

Google: Ask Mark Wahlberg a question, selfie style

This morning Google began updating their search system to include answers to questions about celebrities, by celebrities. The feature will activate on smartphones first, in Google search. All you'll have to do is ask Google a question about Mark Wahlberg, and Mark Wahlberg will pop up and answer the question you asked.

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