Google is so ubiquitous it’s easy to overlook some of the search giant’s coolest tools.
It has many tricks and products that you don’t need to spend money on. Some of these will make your life easier and others will just blow your mind.
Let’s take a look at 10 of them.
Google Flight Search.
Need to find the best price on a flight? Google Flight Search is one of the easiest price-comparison sites around. Pick your start point and destination – or destinations – on the map, and then pick your dates. When you pick the dates, be sure to pay attention to the prices on each date and Google’s graph of days with the cheapest tickets.
Then, you can filter the results by flight length, airline, price, stops and more. When you find a flight you like, you can book it directly on the airline’s site.
If you think Google Earth is great, then Google Sky is going to blow your mind. It lets you search the heavens and see images of stars, planets and galaxies taken from telescopes, probes and satellites.
It includes infrared and microwave images as well as a historic map of the stars made by Giovanni Maria Cassini in 1792. If you don’t know where to start, the site has some suggestions that you’ll love.
Google Public Data Explorer.
Google’s normal search site is great for most searches, but Google has more specialized search sites as well. For example, the Google Public Data Explorer is a treasure chest full of information on public statistics.
Go to the Google Public Data page and type in a topic. Keep your searches simple, like “Unemployment in the U.S.” Google will return results from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. You’ll end up with an easy-to-read graph, and you can even tweak it with options like gender, age and state.