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Google Flights tackles travel fears: Here’s 5 other ways to fly smarter

Google Flights tackles travel fears: Here’s 5 other ways to fly smarter

The holiday travel season is nearly upon us, and Google Flights is looking to make it a little less stressful. Google announced today that Flights will now let you know when prices are expected to go up for some routes and flights. This will happen when you select a specific flight - now, you'll be presented with a new card that tells you how many days or hours you have left until the price is expected to increase, and how much the price is expected to jump.

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Google Search now shows AMP labels for all

Google Search now shows AMP labels for all

While almost everyone nowadays browses the web through their smartphones at one point or another, not all websites are still designed with mobile constraints in mind, leading to non-optimized, slow-loading content on smartphones. Google’s AMP, short for Accelerated Mobile Pages, is an effort to encourage websites to pick up the slack, both using technologies and a little preferential treatment. The initiative has apparently been quite popular that Google is now stepping up the game to make AMP’ed pages even more prominent in Google Search on mobile, putting labels on websites that provide mobile-optimized content.

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Google adds Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe games to Search results

Google adds Solitaire and Tic-Tac-Toe games to Search results

Google can be a great when you find yourself bored, as it offers a gateway to all (or at least most) of the world's information. That's all well and good, but it also requires you put your reading comprehension skills to work. If you're like me and you sometimes enjoy being entertained without investing much brain power, you'll be pleased to know that Google has embedded two classic games into its search results.

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Google Search will penalize sites that use interstitial ads next year

Google Search will penalize sites that use interstitial ads next year

Advertisements on the internet can range in annoyance, with intrusive interstitial ads that pop-up over text being among the most frustrating. Google is gearing up to take a harder line against sites that show these kinds of ads early next year, and it's doing so as a way of making content easier to access on mobile.

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Google expands AMP support in new Search preview

Google expands AMP support in new Search preview

Back in February, Google launched its Accelerated Mobile Pages Project (or AMP for short), which serves as the company's answer to slow-loading webpages on mobile devices. It would appear to have taken off in a big way, with Google revealing today that there are more than 150 million AMP docs in its indexes and that a whopping four million more are being added each week. This success has led Google to test the waters on rolling out AMP on a wider scale.

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Google Search will offer state-by-state guide to voter registration

Google Search will offer state-by-state guide to voter registration

After months upon months of political ads, debates, and news stories flying at us from every direction, the general election will finally be decided later this year. Yet, living through nearly two years of endless political commentary and talking heads analyzing nearly every word each candidate has ever said will all be for nothing if you aren't registered to vote when time comes in November. Google has announced today that it's going to try to make the process of registering to vote at least a little easier for those who want their voices to be heard.

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Google Health symptoms search about to get much smarter

Google Health symptoms search about to get much smarter

Google is about to take over "am I sick" searches. They're going to do this with smart parsing of the terms you search - sussing out the ones they're able to tell you more about. If, for example, you search for "why does the left side of my head hurt", Google will tell you about the sort of headache you likely have. And why? Why would Google take the time to do this? Because "roughly 1 percent of searches on Google (think: millions!) are symptom related," according to Google's Veronica Pinchin, Product Manager.

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Google app for iOS update makes it ‘faster every step of the way’

Google app for iOS update makes it ‘faster every step of the way’

Google wants all you iPhone and iPad users to know something: the Google app for your devices is faster than ever. Loading times have been slashed. New features have been added. It all, Google proclaims, is available now to help save you precious minutes. You may not notice the speed differences, Google says, but rest assured that they're there and they're saving the collective lot of Google iOS mobile users 6.5 million hours throughout the rest of 2016.

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Google Search Rich Cards make results stand out even more

Google Search Rich Cards make results stand out even more

Unlike on desktop, people who do searches on their smartphones or even tablets usually need relevant answers fast. Which means less tapping. Which means seeing the right answers immediately at a glance. Google has been trying to deliver that kind of experience by turning plain search results to search results with snippets. Now it's taking another step forward by introducing Rich Cards, practically search results that visually stand out from the rest with larger preview images and larger cards with more details, to help users see the most interesting and relevant results more easily.

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Windows 10 cuts Google Search and Chrome from Cortana

Windows 10 cuts Google Search and Chrome from Cortana

Cortona's web search abilities no longer include Google in a move Microsoft calls its "Personalized Search Experience in Windows 10." According to Ryan Gavin, Microsoft GM of Search and Cortana, "with Windows 10, we have invested in delivering comprehensive, end-to-end search capabilities that make Windows more personal, intuitive and helpful." It's become apparent that users who've put Google's Search into that mix are no longer welcome.

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Let’s Listen: Google’s new Search voice (Galaxy S7 vs S6)

Let’s Listen: Google’s new Search voice (Galaxy S7 vs S6)

So you like subtleties, yes? Let's have a listen to the ever-so-slight differences in the voice of the newest version of Android's Google Search compared to Lollipop. What we've got here is a set of phones, one a Samsung Galaxy S6 running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The other device is a Samsung Galaxy S7 running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The voice may very well have become just a TINY bit more natural. Certainly slightly different.

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“Destinations on Google” let’s your phone help with the planning

“Destinations on Google” let’s your phone help with the planning

Almost everyone uses their smartphones to search for things these days, from the title of the song that keeps playing in your head to whether the pizza shop down the street is open until 10. Some searches, however, are not always easy to do on small screen, like figuring out your next vacation getaway. With Spring just over the horizon, Google knows that people will start researching on those best spots and deals. And it is launching Destinations on Google to make that easier, even on a smartphone.

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