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Here's another reason you should use Google Now

If your phone doesn't support Wireless Emergency Alerts, Google Now can still warn you We all tend to loathe those emergency alerts that pop up on our phones from time to time — AMBER Alerts, weather alerts ... you know the drill. That is, we loathe them until we miss them. See, not every...

Yes, Google Now will read dirty Wikipedia entries aloud [NSFW]

Because even middle-schoolers have smartphones these days. Source: This guy via Reddit (of course) via Gizmodo (also of course)
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A word of caution on using the Google Now Launcher on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Largely all is well, until you enter ultra power saving mode Here's a quick word of caution to anyone sideloading the Google Now Launcher onto their new Samsung Galaxy S5. Largely Google's own KitKat launcher works faultlessly on Samsung's latest Android handset. It's smooth, it's snappy, and it...
Cortana v Siri

Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: The voice assistant showdown!

There's a new voice assistant in town, and it's called Cortana. With the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview today, Cortana is in public hands for the first time. It's new to the Windows Phone kids, but Cortana arrives to competition from not only Siri but also Google Now. So what'...
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Google Now rolling out to Chrome desktop users

Roll out begins today, should be available for all in the next few weeks We've seen Google Now for Chrome on the desktop for folks using beta builds, but starting today it's pushing out to all users. You won't need to fiddle with any settings or flags or do any sort of wizardry, but you will...
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Tell Google Now 'play some music' to launch an 'I'm feeling lucky' radio station

All Access subscribers will get the best experience, but it's a neat trick even for your own collection Google is constantly working on the back-end service side of Google Now, as evidenced by the new key phrases you can say to the app to do things, even without an app update. We saw "take a...
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Google Search adds traffic incidents, more languages for voice and Cricket

OK Google hotword now enabled for French and German A quick heads up that a new Google Search update is pushing out through the Play Store that brings a few welcome new features for folks on Android 4.1 and above. One of the bigger ones is that the "OK Google" hotword for voice search is now...
Google Now Launcher availability expands to Nexus and Google Play edition devices

Google Now Launcher availability expands to Nexus and Google Play edition devices

No longer for just the Nexus 5 Attention Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Google Play edition device owners: You too can now use the Google Play Launcher that was previous reserved for just the Nexus 5. That's right, no longer must you suffer with Google Now being a tap-and-hold or widget away, you...
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HTC working on three wearables including Toq-based model and Google Now watch, report claims

Prototype of HTC watch based on Qualcomm Toq to be shown to carriers at MWC, reports Bloomberg As HTC continues to face tough times in the smartphone market, the Taiwanese manufacturer has said it's looking to other product categories to boost revenues in 2014, including wearables. This morning...
Vector 30: Wearables, contextual sensors, and making them mainstream

Vector 30: Wearables, contextual sensors, and making them mainstream

Matthew Panzarino, co-editor of TechCrunch joins Rene to talk about why mobile is going wearable, how contextual information and sensors are evolving, and how Apple, Google, Samsung, and everyone else will try and sell them to us. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in RSS Download...
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Google Now keeping you on top of the Sochi Olympic Games

New card shows you the upcoming schedule and medal tables If you're taking an interest in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, then Google is giving you a convenient way to do it. This new card has started appearing in Google Now providing us quick access to the upcoming events schedule and...
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Google Search update also enables voice controls for UK English

No more changing of your system language required Today's Google Search update may have a few more tricks up its sleeve than we know, but we have found that it enables voice actions for those using U.K. English on their device. Folks outside of the U.S. previously had to set the app's language...
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Nexus 5 launcher becomes 'Google Now Launcher' after Search update

Here's an intriguing little change — today's Google Search app update, which carries an unassuming changelog of performance improvements and fixes, actually brings new branding for the Nexus 5's home screen launcher. (Parts of the launcher are contained in the search app itself, since that's now...
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Google Now for desktop progresses to Chrome beta

Auto-enabled for beta track users from this week We've already taken a first look at Google Now for the desktop, when Google added it to the bleeding edge Canary builds of Chrome. Today, Google drops word that starting this week, folks a bit further up the chain on the beta track on Mac, Windows...
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Google Now is (unsurprisingly) coming to your desktop

In what should be considered an inevitable (and welcomed) move, Google Now notifications are coming to Chrome for Mac and Windows — and you can try them out today. The latest version of the Chrome Canary app (that's Chrome's dev version, basically) includes a flag for turning on the notifications...
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Use Google Now reminders to keep you from burning your house down this Christmas

Every year around this time we all see stories of tragedies that occur because of house fires — and dry Christmas trees often are to blame. (We had one here in my town just last week.) This year, I'm using my phone to help make sure that doesn't happen. Google Now has an excellent reminder feature...
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Latest Google Search app will return spoken results in Japanese, German and French

Commencez à parler à votre téléphone Although the feature has been available for some time for English speakers, Google Search (aka Google Now) will now respond to queries in Japanese, German and French. You'll need the latest Google Search app installed, but once that's done you'll be able to...
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Google Search update brings new features and new cards to Google Now

OK Google — show me the Google Search update Make no mistake, Google Now is the future of Android. What we see in the Nexus 5 and Google Glass updates tells us as much, and what we're hearing around the rumor mill fits right in. Google is going all-in with Google Now and their slightly creepy...
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Google Search app improvements could be coming next week

New contextual cards and smarter voice search in Nov. 13 update, according to Wired Google has slowly but consistently been improving its search app for Android over the past year or so, bringing more cards to Google Now and new ways to interact by speaking to your device. It appears the next...
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In Android 4.4, Google Now is finally part of your home screen

Swipe left-to-right to get to Google Now from the KitKat launcher When Google Now was unveiled back at Google I/O 2012, we asked how long it would be before this new predictive search app became your home screen. Now, with Android 4.4 KitKat on the Nexus 5, it seems that time has finally arrived...

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