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Google brings clothes shopping directly to search results, making it even easier to spend too much

Google has no shortage of irons in the fire when it comes to e-commerce. The company has consistently added new retail partners to its Shopping (formerly Google Express) app and just acquired a company whose technology allows local businesses to display their inventories with Google search directly. Now, Google has announced upcoming changes that will enable users to browse and compare clothes from multiple retailers with a single Google search.

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Yahoo has a new Bing-based search service, and it says it's like super duper private, guys

Yahoo was an internet heavyweight during the early years of the internet—before Google, of course. Today, Yahoo is a shell of its former self as a subsidiary of Verizon with no real search product of its own. It's trying to build one, though. The company's new One Search is available on the web and via an Android app. It's just Bing with some added features, but Yahoo promises it's really secure.

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Google Search on desktop now shows site favicons, mimicking mobile searches

Google Search has grown from being a dull list of color-changing links to a more interactive tool with a modern design. Over the past few weeks, Search stepped up to become your how-to guide, watchlist manager, and even a widget to track your packages. To maintain that flow and make the results page visually appealing, Google is now adding website favicons against each result for desktop searches.

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Santa Claus is coming to dance around your living room with Google Search AR

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Personal results in the Google app are all but gone

Google holds an astonishing amount of your personal data, and until recently, the company helped you easily access some of it through its Search app on Android. You could use the preinstalled search engine to find text messages, contacts, calendar events, email conversations, your web history, and more. The functionality even integrated with some third-party apps such as Todoist. However, it looks like the personal search results are now all but gone from the Google app.

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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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Contacts no longer appear in Google app or Search widget autocomplete results

It feels like there are a thousand ways to find the information you need these days, but folks set in their workflow may rely on at most one or two of them to get the job done. Unfortunately for fans of "basic" search, we recently lost a pretty useful one: Contacts no longer appear in autocomplete when searching via the Google app or Search widget.

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Google rolling out theming options, tab grouping, and tab previews to Chrome 77

We've been talking about it from the coal mine to the beta stage to its release last week. Now, Google is bringing life into Chrome 77 with server-side updates to a few existing features and the introduction of a couple others that will roll out over this season — from new ways to manage your tabs to new, simple themes, here's what's being flagged in this gradual roll-out.

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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's college search tools now help you pick a 2-year degree or program

No need for guidance from Naviance or U.S. News & World Report: just in time for incoming high school juniors to start worrying about higher education, Google is pushing out a big upgrade to its knowledge graphs on colleges and universities. Search users can not only just look up cost breakdowns and graduate outcomes for 4-year institutions, but also 2-year schools as well as 2-year programs at most colleges and universities.

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