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11 AMAZING Google products you have never heard about

Last updated on: March 20, 2013 10:09 IST

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Almost all of us know about Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps, but there are some Google products not many are aware of.

Let's take a look at 11 services and products that are not so well-known but are extremely exciting and helpful.

Source: Business Insider

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Google Mars

In collaboration with Nasa researchers at Arizona State University, Google has created some of the most detailed scientific maps of Mars ever made. It allows users to explore the red planet.

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Google Scholar

It provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, users can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

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Google Art Project

It is a collaboration between Google and 151 acclaimed art partners from across 40 countries. Using a combination of various Google technologies and expert information provided by museum partners, it has created a unique online art experience.

Users can explore a wide range of artworks at brushstroke level detail, take a virtual tour of a museum and even build their own collections to share.

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Google Translate

It is a free translation service that provides instant translations between 64 different languages. It can translate words, sentences and web pages between any combination of supported languages.

With Google Translate, it hopes to make information universally accessible and useful, regardless of the language in which it's written.

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Build with Chrome

It is a partnership between Google Chrome and Lego Australia. With the latest web technology in Chrome, users can now view 3D graphics right there in the browser. To show you how much fun this can be, it has created the world's biggest Lego set.

Build something, publish it on the map, and share it with your friends.

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Google Think

It is a site for advertisers and similar professions to get marketing insights and inspiration straight from Google, says Business Insider.

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Power Searching with Google

Improve Google search skills with Power Searching and Advanced Power Searching online courses. Learn tips and tricks to become a fast and effective fact-finder and deepen understanding of solving complex research problems using advanced Google search techniques with Advanced Power Searching with Google.

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Google Schemer

It is a service for sharing and discovering things to do. Users can list things they want to do, share it with other people and mark it as done once they have already accomplished it. Once inside the site, users can add 'schemes' that they would like to implement, anything from "exploring a new city, checking out a friend's movie recommendation, or just finding new activities for your weekends".

Also, tags and locations can be added, making it easy for fellow schemers to join you. The site also records the schemes users have successfully carried out as a list of accomplishments.

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Google Sound Search

This widget helps users recognise music and songs playing around them. They can:

i) Identify songs, directly from there homescreen

ii) Purchase identified songs straight from Google Play, and add them to there Play Music library

iii) Keep a song identification history, synced across all of there Android devices, so they can purchase a song later

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Google Moderator

It allows users to create a series about anything that they are interested in discussing and open it up for people to submit questions, ideas, or suggestions. These are called submissions.

Anyone can come to the site and submit a question, idea, or vote, and anyone can vote. Google Moderator shows users a question in the box with the blue background. This is called the Featured Question.

A topic is a way to break up the series into smaller, more manageable topics of discussion. Users can have one topic, or multiple topics. For example, if a user creates a series of 'Book clubs' for there organisation, topics could be 'Fiction', 'Non-fiction', or 'Auto-biographies'.

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Encrypted.google.com

It is a more secure way to search for things. Encrypted uses Secure Sockets Layer which is the same security that banks use online, says Business Insider.


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