Here’s a cool trick I picked up for your “Olympic Fuel” travel tip of the day…
Hand me your text message-enabled cell phone, and I can find an Indian restaurant in Paris, a public pool in Columbus, or a movie theater in Quebec in about four seconds.
How? With Google’s latest innovation, called Google SMS. You don’t even have to pay for a call to use it (though it does require a text message, so check with your cell-phone plan to find out if you’ll be charged a separate fee for that).
I use this service all the time to find restaurant addresses.
Just think: if you’re out-and-about in a town you’re visiting, working on a story, you can simply text Google from your phone for restaurant listings or other offerings in town.
It also does translations, weather forecasts, sports scores, flight information, word definitions, currency conversions, and all kinds of other useful things.
Just send a text message with the right word combination to GOOGLE (or 466453) and it’ll text a response back to you before you can put your phone back in your pocket.
Be careful, though, because you do have to get the special Google SMS commands right to get the answer you’re looking for. You can find out what they are, practice them (without using any text messages), and watch a demo at Google.com/mobile/default/sms.
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