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The ultimate guide to Google Now cards

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Google Now cards can offer a lot of information at a glance. This is how to make them work for you.

Google Now is much more than a Siri- or Cortana-like virtual assistant. It has cards that can let you receive a lot of information and process it quickly. They show up when they're needed, and they have very practical uses.

For example, I'm a very forgetful person. With that being the case, there are some cards that are very useful. I can receive reminders to call Mom back in a couple hours after studying for exams or finishing papers that are due soon (sorry, Mom). I also like the fact that I can set reminders to give my roommate cash for my portion of the Internet bill when I get back to my apartment. It can give me a rough estimate of where I parked my car, which is useful because I can spend a good chunk of time searching for it if left to my own devices.

Anyway, Google Now cards are neat and nifty. A lot of what information shows up depends on what information you give Google, which will admittedly cause some people to hesitate using the services, but please read on before deciding whether or not to use the service. Displayed information will also depend on settings enabled on your phone and even your location.

You can also see some cards when you're using the Chrome browser, but we'll be talking mostly about cards on Android devices here. Here we go!

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1 week ago

HomeTube gives you a kid-friendly launcher/app for YouTube videos

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From the mind of Chris Lacy, one of our favorite Aussie developers and the brains behind ActionLauncher, LinkBubble and others, comes HomeTube, a devilishly simple app that gives you a quick and easy way to babysit your kids with your Android devices.

HomeTube's sole purpose is to serve up kid-friendly YouTube videos in one place. It's technically a launcher, so you can fire it up, set it as the default on a secondary profile on a tablet and not worry too much about little Timmy getting into too much trouble. (Getting into the settings isn't all that difficult or hidden, though, so you'll want to keep a little supervision, probably.) Or you can just use it as a traditional app if you don't want to muck about with app defaults and what not.

Pony up a 99-cent in-app purchase and you can pick and choose from a bunch of categories — Curious George, Dora, cars, Peppa Pig, Spider-Man, to name a few. For parents of kids who live with their faces buried in YouTube, this is a no-brainer.

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1 week ago

Motorola Touchless Control app gets updated with a new name, Moto Voice

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Motorola hasn't launched the new version of the Moto X yet, but the company has already made some changes to the Touchless Control app that it will use, renaming it the Moto Voice and adding in some features.

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1 week ago

Top Android app, device and accessory deals for September 5

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Looking for deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets? We've found a bunch of limited-time offers of which you may want to take advantage.

Give us a shout in the comments if you find any other sales floating around the web and we'll be sure to share 'em!

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1 week ago

Chrome for Android updated with Material Design

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Chrome 37 is now available in the Google Play Store. Today's update is notable for bringing over a new look and feel the Material Design refresh we saw recently in Chrome Beta.

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1 week ago

The Room Three coming to Android this spring

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Fireproof Games has announced that their runaway hit puzzle game series, The Room, will be launching its third iteration this spring. There's not a ton of information to run on here, but the devs promise "to evolve the mysterious story and take puzzle solving to higher and weirder places than ever before."

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1 week ago

Google settles with FTC for $19 million due to in-app charges dispute

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The Federal Trade Commission has announced a settlement agreement with Google, for $19 million, in a complaint that claimed Google was billing parents unfairly for in-app purchases that were made by their children without the parent's consent.

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1 week ago

Expedia Android app updated with full tablet support

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The Expedia travel app for Android has been updated today with a version that contains a new design specifically for tablets, along with features for tablet owners:

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1 week ago

Top Android app, device and accessory deals for September 4

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Looking for deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets? We've found a bunch of limited-time offers of which you may want to take advantage.

Give us a shout in the comments if you find any other sales floating around the web and we'll be sure to share 'em!

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1 week ago

Angry Birds Stella now available for pig smashing action on Android

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Rovio has just launched its latest game in its long running Angry Birds physics-themed puzzle series for Android devices, via the Google Play Store, along with the Amazon Appstore for Kindle devices and the Nook tablets. The new title is Angry Birds Stella and yes, Stella is still plenty angry at the game's pig villains.

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1 week ago

Rdio refreshes web and mobile apps to highlight its free music offering

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Rdio is busy rolling out visual updates across the board. The streaming service has not only revamped the web interface, but also both the Android and iOS apps. The company has also improved personalized features and highlights its free radio offering. Those who fire up the new apps will be able to witness a refined layout to better connect consumers with Rdio's free services, ensuring everyone knows what's on offer without parting with hard-earned cash.

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1 week ago

Reddit makes AMA sessions easier to digest with new official app

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One of the more popular areas of Reddit is the Ask Me Anything subreddit, enabling visitors to engage with others who are holding an AMA session to answer all questions put forward. The website has launched an official app on Android since these sessions can attract a fair number of Reddit users. It can often be difficult for anyone to follow exactly what's being published by the author. This dedicated app is set a neat solution.

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1 week ago

Monument Valley dev announces Land's End, exclusively for Gear VR

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Ustwo Games, the developers behind Monument Valley, have announced a new game for the Samsung Gear VR headset. Called Land's End, it's described as a "surreal trip throughan archipelago of forgotten worlds".

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1 week ago

Top Android app, device and accessory deals for September 3

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Looking for deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets? We've found a bunch of limited-time offers of which you may want to take advantage.

Give us a shout in the comments if you find any other sales floating around the web and we'll be sure to share 'em!

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1 week ago

Angry Birds Transformers rolling out in October

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Rovio has announced the release date for Angry Birds Transformers. The game is a result of their collaboration with Hasbro, and will be released on October 15, though whether it will arrive on all platforms at the same time is unknown. The announcement was made by way of a video in the style of the 1980s Transformer cartoon.

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