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Google’s main page may look simple, but don’t be fooled. Behind that solitary search box lies power that most of us never tap – not because we don’t want to, but because we don’t know how. But with the right commands and shortcuts, you can start using Google in ways you never imagined: as a calculator, a weather forecaster, a travel agent, movie locator, and much more. So let’s have a look at it, in this week post..

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The powerful way to refine your searches is by using search prefixes: words that you follow with a colon and then the search term itself. For instance, use the prefix ‘site’ to specify that you’d like to restrict your search to a particular site. The search phrase ‘site:microsoft.com windows xp downloads,’ for example, tells Google that you’d like it to retrieve links to downloads applicable to Windows XP from Microsoft’s web pages.

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You can use the ‘filetype’ prefix to search for specific types of documents or files. This is very useful if you’re searching for, say, Excel files – or for PDFs that you can download and print out in an attractive format. Let’s say, for example, that you’d like to search for a PDF of Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises. The proper search phrase would be ‘sun also rises filetype:pdf.’ Other handy prefixes include ‘define,’ for searching for definitions, and ‘related,’ to search for sites that are similar to ones you like. The ‘define’ prefix is especially nice for students, young and old, who can instantly retrieve definitions of a word from a wide variety of sources.

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You can also perform targeted searches by using what Google calls ‘trigger words’ – or words that tell the search engine to return specific types of information, such as the local weather or local showtimes for currently running movies. Like search prefixes, some of these trigger words work best when they are followed by a colon and then by the relevant search phrase.

There are a couple dozen trigger words. Some of the more useful include ‘weather,’ ‘movies,’ and ‘tracking.’ For instance, a search for ‘weather:Berlin’ will quickly return the five-day weather forecast for Berlin, Germany, as well as dozens of related links to weather in that city. Use the trigger word ‘movie:*** brwill ask you for your location if you haven’t registered it already with the search engine. Once you provide that information, Google will instantly return a listing of movie theatres where the film is playing, along with showtimes. The triggers ‘film’ and ‘showtimes’ work identically, by the way.

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The Google search field is a veritable math genius as well. In fact, if you simply type a math equation in the search box, you’ll get nothing but the (correct) answer in return. Try it with a simple math problem first. Type 5 * 7, click Search, and Google shows you the result: 5 * 7 = 35. Math lovers can take the Google search field to the next level, too, with complex problems such as 5*9+(sqrt 10)^3. The answer, 76.6227766, is returned in the blink of an eye.

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Simpler conversions – such as for currency and temperature – are a cinch for Google, too. Need to find out how many dollars you can get for a certain number of euros? Easy. Just type, for instance, ‘400 euros in dollars,’ and you’ll have the answer even before you can finish typing ‘dollars,’ thanks to Google’s Auto Suggestion feature. Similarly, if you want to get a quick conversion from Fahrenheit to Centigrade, just type, for instance, ’98 f to c.’ Again, you’ll get the answer before you can finish typing. For a full guide to the signs and symbols that you can use with Google to perform mathematical calculations, see the Google Guide (http://www.googleguide.com/calculator.html).

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Use Google as a free proxy, What, your company blocks that hip new web site just because it drops the F bomb occasionally? Use Google’s cache to take a peek even when the originating site’s being blocked, with cache:example.com.

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You can add certain words to the end of search phrases in Google to unleash additional features. If you need a quick map, for instance, just type the word ‘map’ after the name of any country, city, or town. Google will display a thumbnail map, which you can click to explore in a larger, scrollable format using Google Maps. Similarly, to find an image of a search phrase, just add the word ‘image’ at the end of the phrase. For example, typing ‘Jefferson image’ brings up images of Thomas Jefferson. And adding ‘time’ to the end of the name of a city or country will result in Google’s telling you what time it is in that place.

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Remove affiliate links from product searches, when you’re sick of seeing duplicate product search results from the likes of eBay, Bizrate, Pricerunner, and Shopping.com, clear ’em out by stacking up the -site:ebay.com -site:bizrate.com -site:shopping.com operator. Alternately, check out Give Me Back My Google (original post), a service that does all that known reseller cleaning up for you when you search for products. Compare this GMBMG search for a Cruzer 1GB flash drive to the regular Google results.

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Make Google recognize faces, so you’re doing an image search for Paris Hilton and don’t want any of the French city, a special URL parameter in Google’s Image search will do the trick. Add &imgtype=face to the end of your image search to just get images of faces, without any inanimate objects. Try it out with a search for rose (which returns many photos of flowers) versus rose with the face parameter.

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And finally here is a list of my favorite Google advanced search operators, operator combinations, and related uses:

link:URL = lists other pages that link to the URL.

related:URL = lists other pages that are related to the URL.

site:domain.com “search term = restricts search results to the given domain.

allinurl:WORDS = shows only pages with all search terms in the url.

inurl:WORD = like allinurl: but filters the URL based on the first term only.

allintitle:WORD = shows only results with terms in title.

intitle:WORD = similar to allintitle, but only for the next word.

cache:URL = will show the Google cached version of the URL.

info:URL = will show a page containing links to related searches, backlinks, and pages containing the url. This is the same as typing the url into the search box.

filetype:SOMEFILETYPE = will restrict searches to that filetype

-filetype:SOMEFILETYPE = will remove that file type from the search.

site:www.somesite.net “+www.somesite.net” = shows you how many pages of your site are indexed by google

allintext: = searches only within text of pages, but not in the links or page title

allinlinks: = searches only within links, not text or title

WordA OR WordB = search for either the word A or B

“Word” OR “Phrase” = search exact word or phrase

WordA -WordB = find word A but filter results that include word B

WordA +WordB = results much contain both Word A and Word B

~WORD = looks up the word and its synonyms

~WORD -WORD = looks up only the synonyms to the word

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Have more such tips and tricks u know using Google, post it in the comment section, so that I can check it out…

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Today’s post is about a cool Gaming Solution for all those Xbox & PS3 fans, have u ever felt schlepping your Xbox 360 or Ps3 around in your carry-on is a hardly ideal solution for platinum-level frequent fliers. Not only does it take up a significant portion of your roller, but once you get where you’re going there’s no guarantee that your hotel’s wood-paneled tube will know what to do with your high-end gaming machine.. Enter the GAEMS Portable Console Gaming and Entertainment System !! Yeah..

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This Portable Gaming Solution which carries not only an Xbox but also a 15-inch, 720p LCD in the lid, and speakers to boot. Flip open your console and you’re good to go, though I was wondering whether there’s room in there for the power brick too. I do know that your controllers will not fit, which seems like an unfortunate design choice if you ask me. The GAEMS suitcase ships sometime before the end of the year for around $250, and yes there are PS3 and new Xbox 360 versions coming too.. So what do you think !!

GAEMS Portable Gaming Suitcase

GAEMS Portable Gaming Suitcase

Looking for tech news? Here is a compiled list of the top 25 most important, influential and informative technology news sites, other than mine ;), that will help you keep up to date with the latest developments in the world of technology.

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Sites are listed in alphabetical order.

Ars Technica – The site caters to computer enthusiasts and covers a wide array of technology, science and gaming news. It is one of the most linked-to sites by tech blogs and news sites.

Boy Genius Report – BGR uses the blog model to cover gadgets, predominantly mobile phones. It’s a favorite for tech-savvy users looking for the latest, breaking news and product releases ahead of the mainstream media.

Cnet.com – If Engadget’s cool, albeit geeky, way of presenting fresh tech news doesn’t appeal to you (see below), then you may like Cnet’s more business-oriented writing. Like Engadget, Cnet.com also has a stable of reliable news sources, which helps the site break news and exclusives.

CrunchGear – It’s your daily dose of geek gadgets: cell phones, gaming hardware, software, computers. Techcrunch’s gadget arm competes with Engadget in the gadget news and reviews arena.

DailyTech – This is an online magazine geared for the well-educated tech audience. It features hard hitting and up-to-the-minute tech news.

Download Squad – With a diverse crew of tech writers, Download Squad offers the latest news and reviews of downloadable applications on Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile devices.

Engadget – Its witty and short tech articles, breaking tech news and exclusives are updated around the clock. Engadget is home to the latest and greatest gadgets.

Gearlog – This is the gadget site for geeks by geeks, written by the staff at PC Magazine. It’s coverage will whet the appetite of any gadget freak.

Geek.com – With a killer domain name like Geek.com, it’s not surprising that this site has been around since 1996. The site covers news and reviews of the hottest hardware and software, including computer buying guides, Apple, gadgets, games, mobiles and chips. On the downside, the site has a canned, blocky design. And the pop-out window displaying ads can be annoying.

GigaOm – This site dominates telecommunication news: VOIP, broadband, mobile phone applications and more. Tech journalist Om Malik heralded GigaOM as among the top tech news sites on the Web today.

Gizmodo – This site offers reviews of gadgets, gizmos and cutting-edge consumer electronics. It’s closest rival would have to be Crunchgear. Both sites sport almost the same design. The two cover similar topics but with very different voices.

Information Week – Information Week is geared for information technology professionals and managers. The site delivers breaking news, blogs, image galleries, proprietary research and top-notch analysis of IT trends and issues.

Lifehacker – This site is one of my favorite tech news sites. It offers tech-related productivity tips and news and articles on how to get things done. It helps you work smarter and save time through recommended downloads, Web sites and shortcuts.

Mashable – This is your source for anything and everything on Web 2.0 startups and applications. Three to five daily posts feature top lists, startup reviews, and comprehensive industry-specific comparative articles.

PCWorld – The online version of the popular magazine offers quick access to authoritative reviews of technology products, pricing information, updated tech news and downloads of freeware and shareware. It reigns as one of the industry’s best news sites.

ReadWriteWeb – This is another premiere Web 2.0, social media and startup-centric site. It has distinguished itself from the rest of the crowd with its comprehensive and well-written articles on Web applications, Web technology trends, social networking sites, social media applications.

Techcrunch – Who doesn’t know the blogosphere’s top tech blog? If you’re a blogger and into tech-related stuff, Techcrunch is your ultimate source for anything and everything on startups, Web 2.0, social networking and VCs. The site always breaks interesting news and offers exclusive coverage. TC’s news items range from the simple to the most comprehensive.

TechRepublic.com – This is another well-crafted and professional source for business and technology news. The site features timely articles, forums, multimedia and other technology-related information products.

TechSpot – Since opening its doors in 1998, Techspot has evolved into one of the leading independent computer technology sites for computer enthusiasts, gamers and IT professionals. The site provides daily news coverage, in-depth product reviews, buying guides and download updates.

The Inquirer – The site offers the latest breaking news on computers, mobile devices, servers, consoles, hardware and software innovation, graphics and microprocessors.

TheRegister – The Register is your ultimate source for tech industry news in the UK. The site offers views, opinions and reviews with a British bent.

Venturebeat – The site follows the venture capital, focusing mainly on private companies. Initially it covered Silicon Valley startups but has started to expand its coverage.

WebProNews – The site offers news, tips and analysis on e-commerce, covering search engine optimization, social media marketing, advertising and online branding.

Wired Science – This is the more science-based arm of Wired.com. It offers the latest science news, delving into space, biology, geology, neuroscience and physics.

Wired.com – The site provides in-depth coverage of trends in technology and its affect on business, entertainment, science and society. Wired.com covers games, culture, gadget, entertainment and other tech-related news through its blogs, regular reviews and videos

I know u guys know many, leave a comment so let’s other know it…

Now we are deep into the “next generation” of gaming and Video game consoles have come a long way in the 3 decades since they first appeared. They began as simple entertainment devices for some nerd hobbyists. Since then, gaming has ballooned into a mainstream, multi-billion dollar industry featuring graphical powerhouses like the Sony PlayStation 3, which can render millions of polygons per second. Systems have come and gone in meanwhile, and I thought it would be worth making a list of the “Top Five Best Video Game Consoles” today:

1) Microsoft Xbox 360 Elite

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While it’s neither a must-have upgrade for existing 360 owners nor as feature-packed as the PS3, the Xbox 360 Elite’s combination of top-notch gaming and digital media features make it the best game console of choice, it’s also one of the best ever !! The Xbox 360 doesn’t do anything particularly different from past systems, but it ranks high on the list for one reason: Xbox Live. Microsoft’s online platform proved that online gaming communities could thrive in the console space by not only creating a hub at which gamers could compete, but also a place to stream movies, download game trailers, and purchase both old and new games (as well as downloadable content) from the comfort of their sofas. The Xbox 360 is the prototype for online console gaming, and it’s just getting better..

2) Nintendo Wii

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If you don’t mind the dearth of HD graphics, the Nintendo Wii’s combination of motion-sensitive controllers, included Wii Sports titles, and emphasis on fun gameplay make the ultra-affordable console hard to resist and the best in it’s class, even in the early 90’s this is the system that turned every child into a gamer. Nintendo gaming systems not only had one of the largest libraries in gaming, but one of the most varied: action, sports, RPGs, shooters, and more were all well represented. Of course, it would be a grave misstep to overlook the home debut of the most important video game in history, Super Mario Bros, a first-party exclusive that made the NES the first true must-have video game console, other include The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man 2.

3) Sony PlayStation 3 Slim

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With a smaller design, more energy-efficient operation, lower price tag, and built-in Blu-ray and multimedia capabilities, the PS3 Slim delivers a compelling package for an affordable price for any gamer today, even the original PlayStation didn’t do anything particularly innovative (CD-based game systems had existed before its 1995 debut), but what Sony brought to the table with its first console was a level of maturity not seen in previous systems. Not only was it physically designed as a more living room-worthy entertainment component, but the games themselves saw more adult storytelling and darker themes. With the Sony PlayStation, gaming had finally grown up. The best of all were the games on Sony PS: Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil 2, Xenogears. Love it!!

4) Sony PSP 3000 Ratchet and Clank Entertainment Pack

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While there’s probably not enough to get owners of previous the PSP to upgrade, newcomers will find the PSP 3000 to be a solid portable gaming and multimedia device. The PSP-3000 debuted in fall 2008, having made further modifications to its predecessor, the PSP Slim and Lite deductions to its weight and dimensions, while expanding its multimedia capabilities to include video-out and others. Its previous version, the PlayStation Portable, had proven highly successful, managing to sell more than 40 million units worldwide (as of August 2008) since its late-2004/early-2005 release

5) Nintendo DSi

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The Nintendo DSi is likely to be the final iteration of the venerable DS series of portable gaming consoles. Though the Nintendo DSi will abandon its backwards compatibility with the previous Nintendo handheld console, GameBoy Advanced, it does offer new media source compatibility with SD memory cards, greatly enhancing its ability to use other media. Along with strong improvements to graphic and video output and the incorporation of improved microphone technology and a built-in camera, the Nintendo DSi makes a very strong case for itself over the Nintendo DS Lite. While not all previous DS owners should upgrade, the DSi is an ambitious and solidly designed portable gaming system.

Have one on your mind, comment it out…