I just needed to phone someone in Hong Kong, and could not remember the time difference. So, I typed “time in hong kong” in the Firefox Google search box (thinking I’d find a world time site somewhere), and Google reported “Current local time: 10:23 AM on Tuesday, March 13” as the first answer. Too cool, I love it when stuff just works!

7 thoughts

  1. Ben,
    If you own a Google Search Appliance, they have an API called OneBox that allows you to build applications that act against keywords in your search criteria. It’s pretty easy to build OneBox apps in CF, something we’re planning for our GSA this year.

  2. Thanks for the tip, Ben. Two related services:
    (1) Google does currency calculations… try search term "1500 yuan in dollars", eg.
    (2) timeanddate.com is great for future times, for comparisons of time across regions.

  3. You can also get local weather by typing: "weather" 85048 or "weather phoenix"
    You can do multiple site flight searches by inputing your origin/destination locations: "phx to sjc"
    There are new OneBox searches being added all the time (try entering "U2" or "Van Halen" for the Music OneBox")

  4. You can also go directly to tracking for FedEx, UPS, etc by just entering the tracking number in google. It will direct you to the tracking information for your package without you telling it what shipping service.

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