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Google is finally growing up, and its eyesight is clearly going accordingly.

The search giant's in-house poster girl Marissa Mayer told the world yesterday that the Silicon Valley powerhouse's latest innovation was to make its search box "bigger".

Slightly bigger deal you might say, but as Vice President, Search Products & User Experience Mayer explains, there's so much more to this.

"Although this is a very simple idea and an even simpler change, we're excited about it — because it symbolises our focus on search and because it makes our clean, minimalist homepage even easier and more fun to use."

Even more importantly, she gushes, "The new, larger Google search box features larger text when you type so you can see your query more clearly. It also uses a larger text size for the suggestions below the search box, making it easier to select one of the possible refinements."

Yes, Google has decided to help out those users who need to see their query more clearly as they type, possibly because their brains immediately junk their thoughts as soon as they activate their typing finger.

Alternatively, it could be that Mayer, along with Sergey and Larry, are no longer the young whizzkids they used to be, and are finding that these damn letters on the page are kind of small these days goddammit.

So standby for Google News to have an obituaries section so you can keep track of your friends demise, while Google apps will watch out for repeated characters so that Gmail can warn your children you're face down on the keyboard. ®

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