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Google News Adds New Sports Scores, Sports Page, Extends Editors’ Picks to Section Pages

Google aim to making Google News more relevant and useful to you by surfacing content that you might need in a hurry today rolling out a few nifty new features.

First up, Google introduces Sports Scores section on the News homepage and the “Sports page” will now give a snapshot of live, recently concluded and imminent sporting activity–to easily dive in further and “letting you do things like click on a score for details of the match or on a specific team to get recent news about it,” informs Google.

The section is customizable and you can add or remove the entire section if you prefer.

At the outset, the feature is currently launching in the U.S. But, Google says over time, this section will expand to other countries and sports.

Sports Scores on Google News homepageWeather section on Google News homepage

Second, the News homepage now has a new “Weather section” on the right-hand column for a quick glance on the 4-day weather forecast. “The weather section is ‘smart’ – it defaults to show the weather for your current location. As with local news, you can set this location manually,” google said. This feature lets you track local weather conditions right next to the top stories without having to jump elsewhere to get this information.

Finally, the Editors’ Picks section that offer publishers a unique way to showcase their work and build their brand, while enabling readers to discover content–today extends to the “section pages”–“so that you can now enjoy these hand picked articles for the particular section that you are reading at any given time.”

Editors’ Picks are also now added into the Technology and Business sections. And, Google plans to extend it to more sections over time.

Google News Editors Pick in Sections pageGoogle News Editors Pick on Technology and Business sections

Bonus: Google’s “Search by Image” feature allows you to search Google Images via a picture. There are four options to Search by Image: “click the camera and paste the image URL or upload an image, drag the image into the search box, or download a Chrome or Firefox extension.”

As shown in the picture below, using the still life painting below, you can google the artist and other facts. Google will give you a best guess for the image, which in this case, is [still life with a basket of vegetables van gogh]. When you click on the results, you’ll learn more about this lesser known van Gogh still life, like that it was created in 1885 in Nuenen, Netherlands.

Google Search by Image

Google Search by Image also lets you search images on the web by uploading the files or pasting their URLs.

In addition, to find an image of exactly the same file embedded by a web page or a link to that fil, Google also finds images if you resize them, crop them or apply various photo effects.

By looking at the “Pages that include matching images” section, you can also find other sizes of the image.

Google also has a resilient algorithm that goes beyond matching pixels, colors, shapes – it understands the structure of the image, its essence. Google also find the matching images even if convert the photo to black and white.

Check it out article.

Also, if you’re in the Google Search field trial, you can now look up all of your Gmail contacts directly from Search.

You can use Voice Search to ask you query, and Google will show you the address, with turn-by-turn directions in one tap on your phone. If you need quick access to your friend phone number, just say for example “Joanna’s phone number” and you get it. Then just tap to call the number.

Google notes, it will be adding support for G+ profiles soon.

Look up Gmail contacts directly from Google search

Here are some tips to open Gmail’s compose box in a new tab or a new window.

Open in a new window
1. Shift+click the compose button
2. Shift+c (keyboard shortcuts need to be enabled)
3. Click the pop-out button from the compose box.

Open in a new tab
1. Ctrl+click the compose button
2. Ctrl+c (keyboard shortcuts need to be enabled)
3. d (keyboard shortcuts need to be enabled)
4. Ctrl+click the pop-out button from the compose box.

Replace Ctrl with Command if you use Mac OS.

The formatting options are visible by the default and you no longer have to click the formatting button.

Gmail compose windows

Update 07/02: Google is also testing a new version of the Google News OneBox, that offer bigger thumbnails. Another change that Google is experimenting with — the first link now points to a news article and borrows its title–instead of sending you to a Google News search results page.

New Google New OneBox with Larger Thubnails

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