Call it what you will -- "Super Tuesday," "Mega Tuesday," "Really-Important-for-the-Election Tuesday" -- but either way we're going to see the Republican and Democratic candidates duking it out in an attempt to win the presidential nomination for their respective parties.

And while the Internet, Twitter (TWTR - Get Report) , Facebook (FB - Get Report) and countless other online outlets continue to play a larger and larger role in each new election, there's even more coming your way, this time from Alphabet's  (GOOGL - Get Report)  Google. 

The company has rolled out new search features that will allow users to learn more about the candidates, track the primary election results and even examine the amount of funding they have received. 

For instance, putting "Donald Trump" into Google's search engine tells us he has raised $27.4 million, 7% of which is from Super PACs and 93% of which comes from campaign donations or self-funding.

The features Google has provided make it pretty easy for voters and political junkies to get a sense of where the candidates stand on the issues -- another great feature you can find by simply Googling the candidates name, followed by, "on the issues." 

Everything from gun control to economic policy can be easily found and sorted through. It makes you wonder what the tech giant will do for 2020 and how it can improve from here. Perhaps its YouTube property will have a larger role. 

Alphabet shares closed up a fraction of a percentage point at $750.57.


What good would virtual reality be if you couldn't pull a lightsaber out and protect R2-D2 and C3PO?

Well thanks to Lucasfilm, Industrial Light and Magic and SkyWalker Sound, that VR dream is coming true. Well, maybe. The companies' latest experiment, Trials on Tatooine, is being used with the HTC Vive headset. 

Luckily for Star Wars fans, this means users can also have highly accurate handheld controls -- perfect for that lightsaber we mentioned -- as well as a very immersive experience. 

The good news is Star Wars is coming to VR. The bad news is it'll likely be a while before most of us even have access to a VR set, let alone the HTC Vive, which is shipping pre-orders in April. 

That is, of course, assuming the companies' go from experimental Star Wars VR to actually launching it. But given the fanfare around the franchise, we'll assume that at some point it will happen. 

Disney (DIS - Get Report) , which now owns Lucasfilm, closed at $98.22, down 0.6%.


All systems go: The merger between Western Digital (WDC - Get Report) and SanDisk (SNDK) was approved by shareholders.

According to a recent 8-K filing by Western Digital, more than 90% of votes were in favor of the deal. The company expects the deal to close in the second half of 2016 and has already received the necessary regulatory approvals. 

The deal values SanDisk at roughly $17 billion, based on Western Digital's stock price when it closed on March 2. For their part, 98% of SanDisk shareholders approved the deal. 

The merger is being completed partly in cash, partly in stock, with Western Digital paying $67.50 per share in cash, as well as 0.2387 shares of Western Digital common stock, for each share of SanDisk.

Western Digital closed down 5.4% at $45.61. SanDisk ended the day at $75.74, down nearly 1%.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.