During the pre-internet era, locating a document or verifying a fact took countless hours, if not days. Now with smartphones and search engines, it takes less than a second to do the same. However, new tech comes new expectations, ones that demand lightning-fast efficiency. We want our information quickly, yet all we give Google Search to work with are a couple of syllables. Enhance the speed as well as the quality of your next search with the following 12 tips:
Get Olympic updates
Get into the spirit of the games by keeping up with the latest medal tally and other interesting news about the 2016 Rio Olympics. Simply type in “rio olympics” and you’ll be greeted with two options:
1. Above the search results, you’ll see a temporary suggestion offering a shortcut on your home screen to quickly look up the latest Olympic news. Ideal if you want to check every now and then.
2. If you prefer immediate notification, simply scroll down a little and click on “Get Olympics updates.” By doing so, notifications will be sent straight to your phone anytime a major event occurs.
Search for exact phrases with quotes
This tip is ideal if you’re looking to locate results that contain a specific phrase. Searching for a phrase in quotes will bring up results that have only the exact words in the same order.
Specify unknown words within quotes
Look up variations of a certain phrase with ease. Simply replace a certain word with an asterisk. It’ll help you determine a song from its lyrics or find the missing words in an incomplete expression.
Utilize the minus sign
Refine search results even further by using the minus sign. That will help filter out results that aren’t of any interest. Figure out what terms you don’t want to see (e.g., Jaguar -car) and refresh your search.
This is similar to the “site:” function that initiates a Google search that sifts through one particular website. For example, if you want to see every time TIME.com is mentioned in Google, use Google site:TIME.com
Go through archives dating back to the mid-1880s
If nostalgia pays you a visit, Google won’t leave you hanging since there’s an option that allows you to search through newspapers from around the world archived centuries ago.
Use “vs” to compare foods
With the myriad of food options available these days, sometimes we just need help deciding. Not sure what to have for dinner? Try typing in “rice vs. quinoa” for a side-by-side nutritional comparison.
Filter search results for recipes
Don’t let dietary restrictions rain on your parade. After looking up your favorite dish, click on Search Tools under the search bar to filter recipes based on ingredients, cook time, and even calories.
DEFINE: the definition
Instead of flicking through dictionaries, save time by entering DEFINE: before any word (slang included). You’ll also see its etymology as well as a graph depicting its linguistic usage over time.
Where is the love?
For those looking to add a little romance into their lives, simply press the mic icon on Google’s search bar and say something sweet like “I love you.” This recently-released love quote generator does all the searching for you. If that doesn’t the stir enough butterflies in your stomach, simply click Try Again below the results bar.
With the right tips, you can save time and locate the needle in today’s virtual haystack with ease. If you still have any questions regarding any of the Google search engine tips mentioned above, don’t hesitate to mail us or give us a call. We are more than happy to accommodate your requests.
The mere mention of the word “technology” elicits a certain expectation. Namely, that we’re dealing with something that’s modern, and new, and has the potential to change our lives. The word “disruptive” is also indicative of change, so a term like “disruptive technology” may seem redundant. But in healthcare it makes perfect sense as the status quo is constantly under threat.
Technology companies are transforming the healthcare industry perhaps more remarkably than any other industry. Everything from miniaturized pacemakers and mobile stroke units to wearable wellness apps and bed sore-preventing electronic underwear are leading the way to a seemingly sci-fi future in medicine.
And we’re on the cusp of several other game-changing innovations that clearly qualify as “disruptive technology.” They’re things that are likely to derail the healthcare industry’s apple cart, as it were, by introducing completely new ways of diagnosing patients, conducting clinical trials, treating illnesses, and much more.
For medical industry stakeholders, the first step toward embracing these changes is awareness.
The “internet of things”
The “internet of things” literally means that “things” will be connected to the internet. People, cars, buildings, household objects, etc. will all be fitted with sensors and network connectivity that will allow them to send and receive data over the internet.
The implication for healthcare providers is all about data capture and analysis, as this kind of technology will allow physicians to have access to patients’ vital signs on-demand: blood pressure, body temperature, glucose levels, and respiratory rate will be read, analyzed, and recorded, all while patients remain in the comfort of their home. How would you adapt to this kind of patient monitoring scheme if it were to go mainstream?
Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI)
Computers are programmed to do everything from making coffee to flying planes, and they’re even programmed to learn, as chess master Gary Kasparov knows all too well from having faced Deep Blue in their famous match.
But can corralling “big data” – which in this case amounts to roughly a trillion gigabytes of patients’ health information culled from EHRs, laboratory tests, and the like – lead to machines actually being able to diagnose and treat patientsbetter than highly-trained human doctors?
Many in the industry are betting that it can, and AI start-ups in healthcare have raised more than $870M since 2011. Are there opportunities here for your business?
A virtual healthcare reality
By simply donning a special hi-tech virtual reality headset, a user can be “tricked” into thinking they’re in an environment that they’re not. And the technology is already being used to treat autism and PTSD, as well as conduct training in emergency response and 19patient diagnosis.
But it’s the future possibilities that defy belief: imagine an American doctor being “transported” via VR to a rural clinic in Afghanistan to interact with patients, participate in evaluating them, and even perform their surgeries.
Now try to imagine a patient “virtually” visiting your hospital to meet with your “machine” doctor, who will then read vital signs from nano devices inside the virtual patient’s body, over the internet, in order to schedule their robotic artificial retina surgery?
This sort of scenario isn’t actually as far-fetched as it may sound, and it may not even be that far off, either. So now might not be a bad time to evaluate how these futuristic-sounding advances – these disruptive technologies – might impact your future.
A quick call to a technical expert is one way to get answers… So contact us today.