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Google Search prepares for better package tracking integration

When your job relies on the timely delivery of packages at a regular interval, keeping track of all the incoming and outgoing mail can be a bit of a challenge. Back in the day, Google Now made it pretty easy, but Google killed that as it did so many other useful tools. Today the company has announced a new "Package Tracking Early Access Program" that promises better package tracking integration for more parcel delivery companies via Search itself. If it seems familiar, that's probably because some of us have had identical USPS integration for some months now.

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Chrome omnibox will show Drive file suggestions for G Suite users, and I'm jealous (Update: Out of beta)

One of the little annoyances of my online life is the inability to quickly launch Google Drive files by just typing their name in the Chrome omnibox. I always start doing that then remember that this is reliant on my browsing history and bookmarks, so I go to Drive instead, find the file, and bookmark it if I think I'll need frequent access to it. Turns out things are a little easier for G Suite users, and they're about to become even better. Color me jealous.

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Google helps you practice pronouncing new words with mobile Search

How do you pronounce quokka? Pronunciation can be difficult to perfect, especially with a language containing as many silly, varied rules as English. Practice, though, helps solidify a skill. Google has provided pronunciation guides since April of this year. Now, they'll also give you the chance to vocally practice your pronunciation of American English, and, "soon," Spanish.

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Google is testing video tutorial bubbles in its search app

Within a few months of withdrawing topic bubbles from the Discover feed, Google has reintroduced similar elements for some of its search app users as part of a server-side test. Only this time, the bubbles serve a different purpose and are actually helpful.

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[Update: Rolling out again] Google app getting full dark mode for Search, Assistant, and in-app Discover feed [APK Download]

About a month ago, the Google app started showing early signs of a dark mode implementation, but users who had the design only saw it interspersed throughout the interface in some sort of chimera mode that mixed white elements, dark ones, and illegible text in many instances. Now, the proper dark mode is showing up for some users, with the entire interface dipped into darkness, from the entire Google app to Assistant and all of its settings.

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The Google app's new Interests section replaces Customize Discover

If you own an Android phone running a largely stock experience or use a launcher that mimics it, the chances are you have the Google Discover feed to the left of your home screen. The artist formally known as Google Now/Feed is now just a selection of articles (and, more recently, ads) from around the web according to what Google thinks you're into. Aside from the controls on each post, there's also a place in the Google app's settings to customize your content. It's been given a makeover and also a new name — Interests.

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Roll for initiative: Google Search simulates more types of dice for your tabletop RPG enjoyment

Ugh, not only did you show up late to the weekly D&D session, you forgot your snazzy dice at home, and now you've got to use the cheap house set — which we all know throws 1s way more often. When was the last time those off-weight bits of plastic confirmed or even landed a crit? Well, if your DM allows it, you might be able to use Google next time. Spotted over the last month or so, Google Search's "roll dice" tool has added support for more types of dice, including those used by tabletop RPGs like D&D or Pathfinder, plus the convenience of in-line bonuses.

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Google introduces a new podcast section about stuff you're searching for

We all like to follow certain podcasts because they present content you expect in a way you can expect. But what if you just need a crash course on a topic? It used to be that you couldn't just put in a search term as you could on YouTube and grab a variety of shows about a certain topic or featuring a certain person. It is the case now, though — you can use Google search to find people and topics on podcasts.

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Google automatically pins live scores for your favorite team's future matches

We all know the feeling. Our favorite team has a game scheduled today, but we have some other obligation at the same time and there's no way we can get out of it. So we load our favorite sports app or we open Google and keep refreshing the search page for the match score. Google started remedying this by allowing us to pin live scores to our homescreen and then adding support for multiple pinned matches. Now, it's going one step further by letting us choose teams whose matches we want pinned automatically.

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Google announces redesign for News tab in desktop Search

Google has been working quite a bit on its news offerings over the past year. An overhauled Google News app launched a year ago, and has continued to get updates since, but the News tab in desktop Google Search has has had the same design for ages. That will soon change though, as Google has announced a redesign for the tab.

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