Most of us have heard of Google's well-publicized moonshots: Self-driving carssmart contact lensesinternet-beaming balloons, and more.

While those products and services sound amazing, most of us can't use them just yet. But the company actually has a bunch of other ones that are incredibly useful that you might not even know existed. 

For example, did you know Google has a massive free font library?

Here are some of the under-the-radar services Google offers.Jillian D'Onfro contributed to an earlier version of this story.

Google Keep is a killer notes and reminder app that works across both desktops and smartphones.

Google Keep is a killer notes and reminder app that works across both desktops and smartphones.

You can set a timer on Google (and get an alarm to sound when time is up) by Googling any amount of time followed by "timer."

You can set a timer on Google (and get an alarm to sound when time is up) by Googling any amount of time followed by "timer."

Google.com/sky lets you explore the far reaches of the universe using images from NASA satellite, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the Hubble Telescope.

Google.com/sky lets you explore the far reaches of the universe using images from NASA satellite, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the Hubble Telescope.

Google Books nGram Viewer is a fun tool that lets you search for words in 5.2 million books published between 1500 and 2008 so you can see how they've been used and changed over time.

Google Books nGram Viewer is a fun tool that lets you search for words in 5.2 million books published between 1500 and 2008 so you can see how they've been used and changed over time.

Intimidated by huge numbers? Google will help you figure out how to pronounce that 12-string behemoth if you type "=english" after it.

Intimidated by huge numbers? Google will help you figure out how to pronounce that 12-string behemoth if you type "=english" after it.

There's a "Manual" feature in Google Translate that lets you draw characters or symbols.

There's a "Manual" feature in Google Translate that lets you draw characters or symbols.

Similarly, Google Input Tools lets you type in over 80 different languages without having to download a special keyboard.

Similarly, Google Input Tools lets you type in over 80 different languages without having to download a special keyboard.

Find a gorgeous font that you can use for free (Google.com/fonts).

Find a gorgeous font that you can use for free (Google.com/fonts).

Google Scholar makes it incredibly easy to search for information in professional journals and papers.

Google Scholar makes it incredibly easy to search for information in professional journals and papers.

Get your culture on by using Google Art Project to check out super high-res photos of artwork from the world's greatest museums.

Get your culture on by using Google Art Project to check out super high-res photos of artwork from the world's greatest museums.

Think with Google is a "digital cheat sheet" for marketers where it uses its data to glean what's on deck for the industry.

Think with Google is a "digital cheat sheet" for marketers where it uses its data to glean what's on deck for the industry.

Want to get a pulse on what people care about at any given moment? Google Trends shows the most searched terms every day.

Want to get a pulse on what people care about at any given moment? Google Trends shows the most searched terms every day.

You can even plot how different search terms have waxed or waned over time.

You can even plot how different search terms have waxed or waned over time.

Google Express lets you get same-day delivery for food, electronics, books, and more. The service now covers about 90% of the United States.

Google Express lets you get same-day delivery for food, electronics, books, and more. The service now covers about 90% of the United States.

The Google Sound Search widget works like Shazam to help you identify songs you hear. It will also link you to buy each track in the Google Play Store.

The Google Sound Search widget works like Shazam to help you identify songs you hear. It will also link you to buy each track in the Google Play Store.

Google has a catalog of animal noises that you can easily find by typing in "animal sounds" or by typing in the name of a specific animal. Hot tip: Whip this one out while babysitting and it'll keep kids entertained for a long time.

Google has a catalog of animal noises that you can easily find by typing in "animal sounds" or by typing in the name of a specific animal. Hot tip: Whip this one out while babysitting and it'll keep kids entertained for a long time.

Gboard is an app for iPhone that enables Google search right in your keyboard, eliminating the need to hop back and forth between apps.

Gboard is an app for iPhone that enables Google search right in your keyboard, eliminating the need to hop back and forth between apps.

If you can't decide between causes to donate to, or have trouble finding a reputable charity, Google's One Today app makes it easy. The app shows different charities, gives a short description, and lets you know how you can help.

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There are so many wonderful websites around, and it is difficult to know each and every one of them. The below list provides some of those websites that I find particularly helpful, even though they are not as famous or as prevalent as some of the big names out there.

1. BugMeNot

Are you bugged constantly to sign up for websites, even though you do not wish to share your email? If yes, then BugMeNot is for you. Instead of creating new logins, BugMeNot has shared logins across thousands of websites which can be used.

BugMeNot

2. Get Notify

This nifty little website tracks whether the emails sent by you were opened and read by the receiver. Moreover, it also provides the recipient’s IP Address, location, browser details, and more.

getNotify

3. Zero Dollar Movies

 

If you are on a constant lookout of free full length movies, then Zero Dollar movies provides a collection of over 15,000 movies in multiple languages that are available to watch for free on Youtube. It indexes only full length movies and no trailers, or partial uploads. In addition, it has a clean interface, contributing to a good movie watching experience.

ZeroDollarMovie

4. Livestream

Livestream allows you to watch and broadcast events live to viewers on any platform. For the next time when you want to share your company’s annual CEO speech live to employees who are on remote locations, Livestream serves as a perfect platform.

LiveStream

5. scr.im

scr.im converts your email address into a short custom URLs, that can be shared on public websites. This prevents your email id from getting picked up by spam robots, and email harvesters who are on a constant lookout from your email id.

Scrim

6. TinEye

TinEye is a Reverse Image search tool which is as accurate as Google’s Reverse Image search tool. As opposed to Google, TinEye provides a set of APIs that can be used for personal and commercial purposes, which makes it very useful for developers.

TinEye

7. Fax Zero

Fax Zero allows you to send faxes to US and Canada for free. Additionally, it enables you to send faxes to countries outside North America at a fixed pay per use cost.

FaxZero

8. Snopes

Do you believe that fingernails and hair continue to grow after death? Why don’t you check out if this is true, along with thousands of other urban folklore out there, at Snopes?

Snopes

9. Stickk

Is it difficult for you to stick to goals ? If yes, then let Stickk help you reach your goals. It makes use of commitment contracts to empower you to better your lifestyle.

Stickk

10. Boxoh

Boxoh can track the status of any shipment package on Google Maps.

BoxOH

11. PicMonkey

 

PicMonkey is an online Image editor, that allows you to touch up your images. Also, you can apply different effects, fonts, and designs to your images. It is a perfect tool to create pins for Pinterest and  awesome looking Facebook covers.

PicMonkey

12. Trello

Trello is a great online tool for organizing just about anything using Kanban style cards. It provides a highly visual way for Online Collaboration, and is a simple free tool for Task and Project Management.

Trello

13. Short Reckonings

Short Reckonings is an online tool to keep track of shared expenses. It is deceptively simple, easy to use, and allows you to enter expenses with the fewest possible clicks. A clean, ad-free interface adds to the charm of this simple website.

ShortReck

14. Memrise

Do you fancy learning new things in small byte sized packages? If yes, then Memrise is for you. The additive nature of gaming combined with memory improvement makes this an excellent resource.

memrise

15. Instructables

Instructables provides instructions to help you build just about anything you can imagine. It provides a platform for people to explore, document, and share their creations.

instructable

16. join.me

In today’s world, where collaboration across multiple stakeholders is key, join.me provides an online platform to share desktop screens. Record audio for meetings conducted with participants not in the same room. In addition, it is a simple tool to share your screen with just about anybody on the web.

JOIN.ME

17. Sync.in

 

Sync.in allows multiple people to edit documents and notes in real time. It is a great tool for online collaboration.

syncin

18. Privnote

Do you wish to share notes and information that self destructs immediately after it is read ? Privnote does exactly that.

PrivNote

19. ScribbleMaps

Have you ever wanted to place your personal markers, shapes, and scribbles on Google Maps? Even though Google Maps does not allow that, ScribbleMaps does, and it does a great job at it.

ScribbleMaps

20. TripIt

TripIt is a painless way to organize all the details of your vacation or business trip. Forget your flight time? Can’t find the e-mail with your hotel’s address? That won’t happen with TripIt, which keeps your itinerary in one place.

tripIt

21. Skyscanner

Skyscanner is a leading global travel search site, providing instant online comparisons for millions of flights on over a thousand airlines, as well as car hire and hotels.

 

Skyscanner

22. Hostel Bookers

Hostel Bookers is one of the best search engines to search for cheap hostels and hotels while backpacking or traveling around the globe.

hostelbookers

23. Fitday

Fitday allows you to track you diet and weight loss through its journal. The personal dietician and free articles on nutrition and weight loss on their site are a great bonus.

fitday

24. Endomondo

Endomondo is a mobile app that allows you to track your workouts. The website allows detailed analysis of your training, that makes it a valuable tool to understand and plan your workouts.

endomondo

25. My Fitness Pal

If counting calories is your main goal, then My Fitness Pal is the best web and mobile application out there. The service has a massive database of meals and exercises to make it easy to accurately count calories.

My Fitness Pal

26. Fuelly

Fuelly tracks the gas mileage for your cars and helps you to analyze, share, and compare your vehicles fuel consumption.

fuelly

27. 3-Minute Journal

3 Minute Journal is different than most other Journals out there. This application allows you to track your moods, achievements, failures, and moments of gratitude. In addition, it does great analysis over these parameters.

3minJournal

28. 750 Words

750 Words is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; that advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

750 words

29. Kiva

Kiva is a micro finance website, that attempts to leverage the Internet and a worldwide distribution of micro-finance institutions. It alleviates poverty by connecting lenders to people in need.

Kiva

 

Do you have other favorite sites that you find incredibly useful?

Author:  Devashish Patel

Source:  http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/30-incredibly-useful-websites-you-wish-you-knew-earlier.html

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