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Google Search and Maps will soon display business hours for seniors, plus pickup and delivery

Google Search and Maps will soon display business hours for seniors, plus pickup and delivery

When you have a question about a business's hours, where do you go? Whether you use Android or iOS, chances are you probably check in with Google, doing a regular search or pulling up the business in Maps. And while either will display open hours, "open" is kind of a nebulous concept these days. Open for delivery? Open for pickup? Open for seniors only? Thankfully, Google's finally making it easy for companies to share all that different data.

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Chrome tests dark theme for mobile Google Search

Chrome tests dark theme for mobile Google Search

Google has started testing a dark mode/theme for Search on Chrome on mobile. Currently live only in Chrome Canary, according to our testing, the flag-controlled feature tweaks the mobile version of Search with a more nighttime-friendly gray-toned look, plus a weirdly inverted account avatar.

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Google Search aims to make ctrl+F a thing of the past, will start highlighting relevant text on actual web pages

Google Search aims to make ctrl+F a thing of the past, will start highlighting relevant text on actual web pages

Google Search will soon start to highlight snippet text from results on the web pages you click. If that doesn't immediately sound like the greatest thing since sliced bread, stick around, because I think you'll actually love this simple new feature from the Chromium team.

Have you ever searched for a specific phrase or term on Google, seen it highlighted in the result snippet in the search results, clicked, and then been totally unable to find it on the web page itself? It's a problem as old as search engines themselves, and most of us get around it by using the even-more-ancient ritual of 'ctrl+F,' essentially searching a second time for the thing Google already found for us.

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Google Search and Maps are making it easier to support small businesses with donations and gift cards

Google Search and Maps are making it easier to support small businesses with donations and gift cards

As businesses navigate the largest economic crisis since the Great Depression, those that remain on the playing field are looking for any bit of help they can get, be it from federal loans to grants to a complete reimagining of how to run shop. Google is giving small- and medium-size businesses a new tool in appealing to customers who are searching for their products and services.

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Google Search adds more AR 3D objects, including cell models and anatomy elements

Google Search adds more AR 3D objects, including cell models and anatomy elements

Google presented AR objects in Search with much fanfare during its developer conference last year, and it probably would've loved to talk about additions and improvements during this year's I/O. With the event canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company has instead shared some news on the feature via a blog post. In it, Google shows off new 3D objects, such as additional anatomic models and magnified views of cells. There are also new capabilities for the viewer.

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Google Search will finally just admit when it has no idea what you're looking for

Google Search will finally just admit when it has no idea what you're looking for

Your search - Google isn't good at being empathetic when you can't find anything - did not match any documents. At least that's what the engine will tell you if you search for a term that it actually can't find. But the company is changing its tune in the U.S. to soften the message of failure and attempt to be a tad helpful, we think.

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Google Search finally gets date-range filters on mobile

Google Search finally gets date-range filters on mobile

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OnePlus 8 phones join the club supporting 3D objects and animals in Google Search

OnePlus 8 phones join the club supporting 3D objects and animals in Google Search

There are a lot of fun 3D objects like skeletons, cars, planets, and animals you can view in Google Search, which might be perfect to pass the time while you and your kids are stuck at home. The underlying technology enabling this is called Google Play Services for AR, formerly known as ARCore. It's an engine that powers most games and applications on Android that use augmented reality effects. However, since the framework has to be tuned for each device, Google has to periodically update Play Services to support new phones and tablets.

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Google Search gets Watchlist to save movies and shows you want to see (Update: Rolling out more widely in the US)

Google Search gets Watchlist to save movies and shows you want to see (Update: Rolling out more widely in the US)

Google Search was once merely a place that listed relevant websites depending on your queries, but these days, the engine provides many details right within the results, saving you a few taps and clicks. Google is constantly improving these so-called Knowledge Graph cards, and has now expanded movie and TV show cards with a watchlist feature.

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Google Search dictionary results can now be filtered by topic

Google Search dictionary results can now be filtered by topic

These days, Google Search isn't only a great tool for finding websites that give you whatever information you're looking for, it also offers some insightful results right below the search bar, like definitions provided by the Oxford dictionary. For some words, these entries can quickly become convoluted, though, especially when they change their meaning when applied to different contexts. To make it easier to sift through these, Google Search now lets you filter results by topic for some words.

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