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Google functions used by Henry Lahore

Service

Summary of Google Service by Wikipedia in 2006

411

Free access to business and government phone numbers anywhere in the US. 
Voice recognition service without any advertisements

Accessible Search

Google's Accessible Search is a search engine, aimed at the blind and visually impaired.
It prioritises usable and accessible web sites in the search results, so the user incurs minimal distractions when browsing. [1]

Alerts

Google Alerts is an e-mail notification service, which sends alerts based on chosen search terms, whenever the are new results.
Alerts include web results, Groups results and news. [4]

Answers

Google Answers allows users to pay approved researchers to answer questions.
Once a question has been resolved, they can be browsed or searched for free. [6]

Book Search

Google Book Search is a search engine for the full text of printed books. Google scans and stores in its digital database.
The content that is displayed depends on the arrangement with the publishers, ranging from short extracts to entire books. [11]

Desktop

Google Desktop is a desktop search application, that makes e-mails, documents, music, photos, chat and web history searchable.
It allows the installation of Google Gadgets, which are similar to Mac OS X's widgets. [21]

Directory

Google Directory is a collection of links arranged into hierarchical subcategories. The links and their categorization are from the Open Directory Project (ODP), but are sorted by PageRank. The directory can be searched or browsed. Despite being based on the DMOZ, it is updated very infrequently [22] and thus is probably of limited value as some sites it contains may no longer exist.[23]

Finance

Google Finance features searchable US business news, opinion, and financial data. Features include company-specific pages, blog search, interactive charts, executives information, discussion groups and a portfolio. [26]

Froogle (Products)

Froogle is a price engine that searches online stores, including auctions, for products.
It is also offered in Wireless Markup Language (WML) form as Froogle Mobile. [27]

Image Search

Google Image search is a search engine for images. Results are based on the filename of the image, the link text pointing to the image, and text adjacent to the image. When searching, a thumbnail of each matching image is displayed. [32]

Maps

Formerly Local

Google Maps provides maps, satellite imagery, driving directions and local search for the USA, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. It is also available as a mobile service in some countries. [36]

News

Google News is an automated news compilation service and search engine for news. There are versions of the aggregator for more than 20 languages. While the selection of news stories is fully automated, the sites included are selected by human editors. [42]

Scholar

Google Scholar a search engine for the full text of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and scholarly fields. Today, the index includes virtually all peer-reviewed journals available online, except those published by Elsevier, the world's largest scientific publisher. [54]

SMS

Google SMS is a mobile phone short message service offered by Google in several countries, including the USA, Japan, Canada, Germany, Spain and formerly the UK. It allows search queries to be sent as a text message. The results are sent as a reply, with no premium charge for the service.[59]

Trends

Google Trends shows, as a graph, the popularity of particular search terms over time. Multiple terms can be shown at once. Results can also be displayed by city, region or language. Related news stories are also shown. [67]

Video

Google Video allows users to search, buy, watch and upload videos. Users can also see stills and closed caption transcripts of some videos. Search is based on title, keywords, network and transcript. Google has signed agreements with CBS and the NBA to offer some programs online. [68]

Web Accelerator

Google Web Accelerator is a download that uses various strategies to increase the speed of browsing. [69]