full-fledged calculator to take care of any follow-up equations you need solved.
5. Has my flight from Atlanta to New York been delayed?
--What Google can do: Tell you if a flight is on time and departure/arrival schedules and gates.
--How to ask: Enter the flight number on your boarding pass into the search bar.
--Example: "Delta Flight 1286" or "DL 1286."
--Need more? If you want to comparison shop for flights, type "flights from [departure city] to [destination city]" to bring up a list of carriers, flight times and price ranges with adjustable dates.
6. How is my Halliburton stock performing?
--What Google can do: Display a real-time ticker of stock prices for any publicly traded company using information from Yahoo Finance, Google Finance and MSN Money.
--How to ask: Type "[company name] stock" or simply search for the stock's ticker symbol.
--Example: "GOOG," "AAPL," "Ford stock," or "Coca-Cola stock."
--Need more? A stock's search return defaults to showing its growth or depreciation over a single day of trading, but the result box can show changes in value for up to five years.
7. How much is $1,500 converted into Vietnamese dong?
--What Google can do: Convert any amount of one country's currency into the equivalent amount for another country.
--How to ask: Type the amount of the first currency followed by "in" and the currency to convert it to.
--Example: "1,500 Euros in zloty" or "8 million pesos in rupees."
--Need more? Google can convert many things, including weight, time, digital storage capacity, temperature, fuel efficiency and more. Just type the amount and units of measurement into the search bar.
8. Who are the Red Sox playing next?
--What Google can do: Tell you who your favorite team is playing next, if it's a home or away game, your team's record for the season and a recap of its last game.
--How to ask: Type either the team name by itself or -- for upcoming games -- "next game [team name]." No results will show for sports that are not in season.
--Example: "Gryffindor House," "New York Yankees" or "next game Tennessee Titans."
--Need more? At the bottom of the search results, click the down arrow to display a detailed schedule with the results of played games and the times and dates of games for the next week.
9. What does "Ich bin ein Berliner" mean in English?
--What Google can do: Eliminate embarrassing linguistic faux pas or aid in navigating a foreign city by translating words or phrases into and out of dozens of languages. Words from languages with nontraditional alphabets will display both native script and a phonetic spelling using Roman letters.
--How to ask: Type the phrase to be translated followed by "in" and the destination language.
--Example: "Your father smelled of elderberries in Swahili."
--Need more? Google Translate (translate.google.com) offers even more linguistic features, including automatic language detection and the ability to translate blocks of text or entire foreign language sites.
10. What is the unemployment rate/population/area for Raleigh, N.C.?
--What Google can do: Display current and historical governmental data on unemployment rates, physical area and population of any U.S. city.
--How to ask: Type [unemployment rate/population/area] followed by the city and state.
--Example: "Unemployment rate Dalton Georgia."
--Need more? Google's Public Data Explorer (www.google.com/publicdata) compiles and charts a wealth of data for cities and countries, including gross domestic product, national fertility rates, population and rates of infectious diseases.
Contact staff writer Casey Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-757-6205. Follow him on Twitter at @PhillipsCTFP.
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