Google Calendar Gets Some Big Updates & Google Search A Little Tweak

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Google Calendar now includes map location auto-complete suggestions and keyword-driven suggested searches for events. Google Search also got a handy tweak for car lovers.

Google Calendar is a service that countless people rely on every day. Without it, we would be totally lost. Birthdays would be forgotten, appointments missed, the world would descend into utter chaos and anarchy. So it is good news that Google has finally included some updates to a service that some have felt has been neglected for quite a while.

The first improvement ties in with another Google service which is a big favourite – Maps.  Now, when you are entering the details of an event, and you are adding the location, a “Google Maps auto-complete” will suggest locations for you, and you can choose the correct one.

This will then insert a link to the Google Map of the area, so your contacts, who have access to the event on the calendar, can click the link and make sure that they don’t get lost.

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Now, let’s say you have a packed calendar, and you can’t figure out when you have a certain appointment with someone. Now you can enter keywords into Google Calendar’s search engine to bring up your existing appointments.

The last calendar improvement concerns Google Groups. You can invite people to a calendar event by sending an invite to a Google group.

Google says:

To help your calendar stay up-to-date with group changes, event guest lists will now automatically update as people join or leave a group. This way you don’t have to worry about missing any events organized by a new group you joined or having your calendar filled with events that no longer matter.

This brings us to the Google search tweak. You can now get detailed information about cars, which is useful if you are in the market for a new vehicle. By typing in a make and model (and the year it came out), such as “2014 Mazda3“, then you can be told vital stats such as “the size of the engine, its MPG, and pricing for different configurations“. Here’s the link for more information.

Source: Official Gmail Blog

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