Google has added a new Google Now Card that helps you discover the artist or title of a music, “just tap the microphone on the Google Voice Search App and when it recognizes that a song is playing, listen for music with a music note next to it will appear. Tap the note and Google Now will identify the song, artist and album,” explains google.
If you’re digging the tune, click the Google Play icon to buy the song or the whole album.
Update: Looking for something to do in your area–now just check Google Now on your Android or iOS device to check out for “local events” card. Scroll until you see a card for “Nearby Events” to check out what’s going on.
For example, “if you’re in the Bay Area for Independence Day, you’d learn that you could see San Francisco’s fireworks from the SS Jeremiah O’Brien tonight. When you click on any of the events, you’ll also see search results that include a map and more details, like the time and address,” google explains.
Google Maps’ Street View brings out the house where Thomas Jefferson lived and experimented his architectural masterpiece–“both the exteriors and interiors of Monticello now available through the Street View to explore around the world today,” informs goole.
In the picture below, you can see the Monticello’s Hall, which was doubled as a waiting room for Jefferson’s guests and a museum of American natural history, western civilization and American Indian cultures.
Visit Monticello on Street Map here.
Update: You can now fly through 50 more U.S. cities with new and updated 3D imagery for the new Google Maps and Earth launched.
If you’re using the new Google Maps, try holding Ctrl and then dragging the camera view around. This will give you a camera that lets view in any direction.
Here’s the list of recently launched cities.
With Google Reader’s demise another Google service that has stopped working is the Google Alerts that has stopped supporting RSS delivery and recommends users to switch to email delivery instead.
“Google Reader is no longer available. To continue receiving Google Alerts, go to http://www.google.com/alerts/manage and change your alerts to email delivery,” says Google.
“Google Alerts feeds, which were added back in 2008, had public URLs and you could use any feed reader to subscribe to them. The feeds were generated by Google Reader and were actually a Google Reader feature, just like the web page monitoring feature.”
Google’s mobile homepage begin promoting Google Search app for iOS using a big banner at the top of the page appearing in both Safari and Chrome for iPhone and iPad. This a standard iOS feature for promoting mobile apps, but Google uses it first time ever.
“Smart App Banners vastly improve users’ browsing experience compared to other promotional methods. As banners are implemented in iOS 6, they will provide a consistent look and feel across the web that users will come to recognize. Users will trust that tapping the banner will take them to the App Store and not a third-party advertisement. They will appreciate that banners are presented unobtrusively at the top of a webpage, instead of as a full-screen ad interrupting the web content. And with a large and prominent close button, a banner is easy for users to dismiss,” explains Apple.
Google recently entered in to a partnership with AirTel in India to offer free Google search on AirTel Live. Here’s an old Google/Airtel commercial from 2007 that was restored and enhanced for the Computer History Museum.