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How Google Tracks the Flu

Thumbnail image for How Google Tracks the Flu by Barbara J. Feldman January 14, 2013

Google Flu Trends tracks flu season internationally and down to the city. To drill down on the data, just click the map for your country, then your state. The city data is available on its own tab. It’s looking scary out there. Be sure to wash your hands frequently through out the day. But is […]

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How Search Engines Work

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Here’s a quick overview on how search engines work, from Kids Discover. Click here to download this image in PDF, or click on the infographic below to see it in full size.

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Does Google Know What You Love?

by Barbara J. Feldman June 28, 2011

What do you love? Google thinks it knows, and has launched a new search service by the same name. Searching for “cats” for example, will display results in a visual table format from multiple Google services, including YouTube, Google Maps, Blog Search, Calendar, Patent Search, Picasa, Books, Image Search, Translate and SketchUp. Maybe it’s useful. […]

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Get Answers with Aardvark

by Barbara J. Feldman August 18, 2010

Aardvark is a crowdsourcing platform for asking and answering questions, that was recently acquired by Google. When a question is received, Aardvark finds the perfect person to answer it by looking through your social connections, and others who have a knowledge of or an interest in the topic you’ve asked about. Although you can ask […]

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Top 5 Online Book Review Sites

by Barbara J. Feldman August 4, 2010

Online book reviews are available at many sites. But which ones do readers like most? Lifehacker polled their audience to come up with a list of Five Best Book Recommendation Services. In no particular order, they are Shelfari, LibraryThing, Amazon, GoodReads, and GetGlue. I use Amazon, because I am a Kindle user, but Lifehacker’s readers […]

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5 Image Search Engines You’ve Never Heard Of

by Barbara J. Feldman November 2, 2009

Google Image Search is perhaps the best know image search engine. But MakeUseOf reveals five others worth knowing about, including, a meta-search engine that lets you search up to eight stock photo sites at once, including Flickr, Shutterstock, and

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