Google Docs' Autocomplete Knows Where You'd Rather Be

As far as cloud-based text editors are concerned, Google Docs is just about as convenient as they come. Still, old habits die hard—Google Docs knows this. And it's here to smack the Office right out of you. » 10/10/14 3:14pm 10/10/14 3:14pm

QuickType Could Be The Most Fun You Have With iOS 8

Since ancient times, iPhone owners have cursed the dreaded Autocorrect. They've lived in fear that the Apple monstrosity will get them fired, alienate them from parents, and generally destroy all forms of meaningful relationship. With iOS 8, however, the autocorrect function has a devilish new counterpart: Apple's… » 9/17/14 8:07pm 9/17/14 8:07pm

Each State's Biggest Stereotype, According to Google

Everybody knows that Arizona is hot and Minnesota is cold. But what does Google autocomplete have to say about each state's defining stereotype? » 1/27/14 2:01pm 1/27/14 2:01pm

A Map of Each State's Deepest Desires, According to Google

What do states want, deep down inside? What to they yearn for in the dead of night? According to this delightful map from Mashable—with a little help from Google autocomplete—the answer is mostly secession. But also some pretty freaky stuff! » 1/20/14 10:42am 1/20/14 10:42am

Smog, Suburbs and Stereotypes: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Choking pollution sweeps through China, new development could eradicate Mexico's emerging wine industry, and Yahoo can tell you everything that's wrong with where you live (congratulations, Memphis, you're apparently a hellhole). All this and more is What's Ruining Our Cities. » 12/06/13 6:20pm 12/06/13 6:20pm

Google Autocomplete Is an Even Weirder Place Than You Thought

Google autocomplete results have always been a font of joy; nowhere else is humanity's curiosity and stupidity celebrated in such equal measure. But when you really start to comb through what it has to offer—as xkcd does today—it goes from amusing to disturbing and back again way quicker than you'd think. » 8/26/13 8:33am 8/26/13 8:33am

Meet the Man Who Invented Google Autocomplete

It's been almost a decade since Google started reading our minds. Now, it's become so second nature that we hardly even think about it. There was a time before autocomplete existed though; someone had to invent it. AllThingsD sat down with the mastermind to chat about its fascinating genesis. » 8/23/13 12:32pm 8/23/13 12:32pm

How Different Countries See Each Other, According to Google

Google search suggestions are a mixed blessing—but sometimes they can prove hilarious. Like this series of locality based suggestions, which show what different countries really think of each other. » 8/09/13 5:37am 8/09/13 5:37am

What Search Engines Really Think of Each Other

The search engine wars are many things: one-sided, enduring, non-violent. But like all good immutable conflicts, they can also be catty. » 7/02/13 12:02pm 7/02/13 12:02pm

Our Google Search Autocompletes Are So Depressing

If there is such thing as an all seeing eye of the Internet, it would be Google Autocomplete. It takes in what we type into Google's search box and fills it out with common searches. The results of Autocomplete can be stereotypical, sexist, hilarious and... depressing. This video shows what the common autocomplete… » 5/01/13 1:30am 5/01/13 1:30am

Google Autocomplete Makes Wonderful Emo Poetry

Does it ever feel like the Google Search autocomplete is speaking to you? Or that there's something a little less than random about the way the searches stack up? It's like poetry, man. Google Poetics is a Tumblr of all the wonderful stanzas Google's algorithm spews out. [Google PoeticsThanks, Alyssa!] » 11/08/12 2:40pm 11/08/12 2:40pm

Google Autocomplete Tells Us That Women Are Crazy and Should Not Wear…

The Internet is a terribly sexist place and nothing proves that more than Google Autocomplete, which autocompletes potential searches with terms people often use on Google. Case in point: Start typing in 'women' in Google and see the weird and wild Autocomplete suggestions you get. » 9/28/12 9:30pm 9/28/12 9:30pm

Twitter Search Now Has Autocomplete and Other Improvements

Search on Twitter has never been the most organized experience, and it's unlikely it ever will be, but there are some new features coming to Twitter's web client and apps that should be helpful. Autocomplete that suggests terms and Twitter accounts, for one, and spelling corrections. Searches on the web client can… » 7/06/12 4:14pm 7/06/12 4:14pm

Google in Hot Water After Auto-Complete Defames Tokyo Man

Typing the beginning of a fairly innocuous question or phrase into the Google search bar, just to see what auto-complete suggests can be pretty amusing. » 6/19/12 12:40am 6/19/12 12:40am

Courts Say Google's Autocomplete Feature Might Be an Invasion of Privacy

Google has been ordered by the Tokyo District Court to stop its autocomplete search feature because a man is claiming that it's an invasion of privacy. According to the court, the man has been fired from his job because Google autocompletes his name with crimes he has never committed. » 3/26/12 9:43am 3/26/12 9:43am

Yahoo Search Now Autocompletes (Sorta) Like Google

You know how Google will start scouring for your search as you type it? It's cool! Well, now Yahoo is doing it—calling it "Direct Search"—and it's... not quite as good. » 3/23/11 3:03pm 3/23/11 3:03pm

Google Autocomplete Redefines U.S. Map

What happens if you let the notoriously fickle (and sometimes downright dirty) Google search autocomplete feature take over U.S. geography? A completely new State of the Union heavy on universities, history and other peculiarities, that's what. » 12/05/10 11:00am 12/05/10 11:00am