Here’s a wakeup study for election time: Recent research shows that we trust the Internet — maybe too much. In a test of undecided voters, the name and favorable information about any candidate that came in at the top of their search results, made them likely to switch to that candidate.
InstantCheckmate.com turns you into a private investigator, like Paul Drake in the old Perry Mason TV shows. Besides a person’s address and phone number, you can get police records, which include everything from speeding tickets to sexual offenses, background reports, marriage and divorce info, and a history of lawsuits. You pay $23 for one month, $59 for six.
If you type almost any computer problem into Google’s search box — just literally type it in — you will almost always get a solution. This also works for searching newspapers and magazines online. Google’s search works better than most publications’ built-in search function.
ShinySearch.com used to be called “PimpMySearch.com.” What it does is change the look of your Google search page. Put your own name at the top, or any other text, and choose some nice graphics. One of the examples was a Mickey Mouse screen; looked great.
IBM is building a computer to challenge the best contestants on the TV show “Jeopardy.” But how would ordinary search engines do in comparison? Stephen Wolfram, founder of the company that makes Mathematica software and the calculating site WolframAlpha.com, did an analysis of 200,000 Jeopardy clues to find how quickly and correctly the leading search engines find answers. As you can see from the chart, Google wins by a nose, except against Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings, who blows them all out of the water. You can read Wolfram’s analysis here.
If Google Instant is on when you go to Google.com, just start typing in the search box and Google will predict what you’re searching for, so you don’t have to type out the whole word. Google Instant now works on iPhones and Android phones. For example, start typing “Tha” in the box at Google.com. You’ll see “Thanksgiving 2010,” “Thank You Letter,” and “Thailand.” If one of those is right, click on it to get more results in that category, rather than typing the whole word or phrase. To try it out, go to google.com on your computer or in your phone’s browser and tap the Google Instant “Turn on” link beneath the search box. Google Instant is available for Android […]