Roll a die – Google versus Bing

Submitting “roll a die” as an ordinary query on both Google Search and Bing Search returns a visual, instant results – or answer box.

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Google offers a “Roll it” again functionality . Bing on the other hand offers the functionality to roll up to 8 dice simultaneously.

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But there is even more to it … when you click on Bing’s “Learn probabiliteis of rolling dice”, you are offered some great additional settings for you to tweak!

 

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Bing has a probability explorer

 

 

 

How to reveal “use google.com”

Previously, the bottom right of Google’s Search home page showed “use google.com”. Now there appears to be only privacy, Terms and Settings to choose from.

Here’s how to bring that feature back!

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Type “google.com” in the address bar followed by ENTER.  Although you’ll notice no change in the adress bar, look bottom left! You just revealed use google.com!

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Search results for polyglots

Under settings, Google offers you the choice to select one user interface language, which makes sense. however, those wishing to see results in several languages, can.

To this end you first need to click on EDIT, because otherwise this option is not visible. Here you can select multiple languages.

A) Under settings choose Languages and set which language Google products should use

B) Click on Edit to reveal the list of languages “Currently showing search results in”

C) Don’t forget to click SAVE when you are done – and have coockies enabled!

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Words and significance over time

That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. – William Shakespeare

When you type [define word] or [definition of word] in Google Search, you get a ton of information on that very word. Let’s take for example “search”.

[define search]

  • the phonological spelling
  • when you click on the speaker icon the pronunciation is heard
  • the different meanings of search and synonyms
  • he use of “search” within the context of a sentence are shownsearch1
  • the origin
  • the use over time

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  • you can even choose a comprehensive list of translations

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Use Unicode in Google search

The comprehensive nature of this standard opens many new search capabilities. If you do not know what Unicode is, take a look at the list  at the bottom of this post.

Let me show you what it is all about

A) Let’s start with something amusing in Google video search [🔫 and 🌹in]

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B) The meaning of the math symbol ∑  [∑ meaning]

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C) A logic formula [p → q ∧ q → r → p → r]

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Here’s how to insert them in Google search

  • Mac users have it easy: ctrl + cmd + space will open a window with the symbols. Drag an icon in the Omnibox Google and it’s done.
  • If the symbol shows in a search result, you can drag them to the omnibox.
  • Draw the symbol you have in mind on  Unicode character recognition tool