Posts tagged with: Google Now
  • by | April 9, 2014 11:37 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's decision to take legal action against certain publications due to the review of the Galaxy S5. Apple follows the news as we learn that VP of iOS software Greg Christie departs Apple over issues with Jony Ive. Nokia is next as we learn what the company is doing to keep the deal with Microsoft going with government agencies. We then talk about Apple's iPhone 6 and the release plan for the 4.7-inch model and the 5.5-inch model. We end today's show talking about the cool new changes that may come to Google Now very soon. All this and ...

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  • by | April 9, 2014 3:25 PM

    With Microsoft's introduction of Cortana, will Apple and Google be feeling the pressure to snazz up their own voice assistant offerings in the hopes of keeping ahead of the feature curve? It still remains to be seen just how strong a draw for WP8.1 Cortana manages to be, but regardless of what's going on over on that platform, Google appears to be hard at work in adding new functionality to Google Now, and one upcoming feature may be the ability to automatically detect where you've parked your car, and later guide you back to it. The evidence turns up in a few language packs for Now, ...

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  • by | April 2, 2014 11:00 AM

    Update: The original edition of this article misidentified Android Wear as "Google Wear". This has been corrected and the author has been appropriately flogged. That headline has multiple dimensions to it. Sure there are a number of concerns involved with touching your phone. Safety, for example. Texting and drive and the death and mutilation that can occur is one such example. Hands free devices are always preferred when navigating a 2000 lb box of death at 55 mph (ya know, give or take) on the highway. There are also health concerns. Lately, your cell phone has been compared with toilet ...

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  • by | March 25, 2014 7:06 AM

    Those who know me have heard my smartwatch story before. How I went from Casio calculator watches to Microsoft SPOT watches that got data updates over the FM airwaves, made my way through various Bluetooth connected timepieces, until I ultimately landed on the Pebble that's on my wrist right now. Even still, smart watches are still in their infancy -- no, perhaps they've made it beyond that. Let's say they're in their awkward adolescent phase. We're still trying to find out exactly what a smart watch is supposed to "do". Most of us agree that they need to be a watch first. If they can't ...

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  • by | March 21, 2014 3:16 PM

    Google already takes advantage of the connections between all the services it offers to provide its users some convenient, time-saving tools. For instance, when you get a message in Gmail that mentions a time or date, Google automatically detects that text, underlines it, and gives you a quick way to add the event directly to your Google Calendar. From the looks of things, though, Google may be about to take this kind of automated system and really run with it, letting Google Now detect events in conversations you have from sources beyond just Gmail, and then suggest you add them to your ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 11:31 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's re-launch of the iPad 4, and the birth of a cheaper iPhone 5c with 8GB of storage. We then talk about the iPhone 6 and the possibility of it getting optical image stabilization in its camera. HTC follows the news as we get possible launch dates for the M8. Google Now later takes the spotlight as we talk about the recent changes for better interaction with others. We end today's show talking about Google's announcement of Android wear, the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple brings back the ...

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  • by | March 17, 2014 4:39 PM

    Users of Google Now already enjoy the benefits of its convenient reminder system. With a simple voice command, you can configure to Google Now to give you a little heads-up about something that might otherwise slip your mind, triggered either at a particular time in the future, or using location data to present you with the reminder at a specific place – like how you need to remember to pick up a quart of milk next time you're at the market. While not yet confirmed, a new report claims that Google is now looking to expand this system to support reminders based on proximity to other ...

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  • by | February 26, 2014 3:07 PM

    When the Nexus 5 arrived, it brought with it a new spin on the Android launcher, making Google Now just one swipe away from your home screen. Problem was, that's where it stayed, and initially Google didn't show any signs of bringing the experience to other devices. But then earlier this month an update to Google Search started rolling out, and it revealed a new name for this launcher – no longer was it the Google Experience Launcher, but now the Google Now Launcher. While far from a certainty, the embrace of the “Now” name had us optimistic that it could soon be becoming a larger ...

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  • by | February 20, 2014 10:52 AM

    Plenty of mobile companies have been sending out invites to their MWC events, where over the next week or so, they'll share their latest smartphones, tablets, and wearable gadgets. Then there's HTC, which may be preparing to launch The All New One, but not quite yet – the company's late March event is still over a month away. Does that mean that we've no hope of learning about any new HTC gear at MWC? Don't count the company out just yet, as a new report claims that HTC may bring a whole bunch of wearables to the show – the only question is whether or not we'll get to see any. ...

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  • by | February 19, 2014 7:28 AM

    Since the relatively early days of Android, Google has let us use our voice to do somewhat common tasks like sending text messages or emails. I could say "Send a text message to Bendito Papendorf: hey, I love the new book!". But who is Bendito Papendorf, and why can't I say "Send a text message to Mom"? Before we dig into this new feature, be advised that it's relatively new and might be rolling out in stages. If you haven't gotten it yet, be patient. Next, there's been a work around to this in the past. If you create an entry in your contacts with the name of "Mom", you've probably been ...

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  • by | December 31, 2013 1:01 PM

    When Motorola's Moto X first launched, I remember not being too enthusiastic about the phone's “Touchless Control” feature – the ability that, among other things, let the user interact with the handset using voice commands even when the phone was in standby mode. I think a lot of my objection at the time was formed around a knee-jerk reaction to what seemed to me (at least on first glance) a pretty unsavory idea: that of your phone perpetually monitoring what you say. But in the months that have followed, I've found myself softening to Touchless Control – especially because I'm ...

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  • by | November 25, 2013 7:22 AM

    We've been talking to our phones since the very beginning -- or so it would seem. As we've said before, that's not entirely true. Although we use our phones to talk to other people, we haven't really been talking "to" our phones, but rather "through" our phones. That started to change years ago as manufacturers began to include various features that let us control our phones with our voices. At first these were very basic and required you to record the names of those who you wanted to dial -- sometimes multiple times. Others made you go through lengthy "training" processes during which ...

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  • by | November 21, 2013 1:29 PM

    Facebook is one of the most popular social networks in the entire world, but in today's fast-paced environment, resting on one's laurels is probably the best way to get passed up and pushed into the realm of irrelevance. The only viable strategy to survive? Innovate -- or die. Facebook has been doing just that: taking risks and pushing the envelope. One of its recent strategies was pushing notifications to the front with chat heads. Facebook's chat heads let you quickly read and reply to messages while you're using other apps through a floating notification that includes a picture of your ...

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  • by | November 14, 2013 4:45 PM

    The arrival of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 sure instilled in us some renewed interest in Google Now, both due to the new placement in the launcher and the “hotword detection” that lets you begin a search just by saying “OK Google.” Then last week we heard a rumor that a new feature-packed Now update was on its way, set to debut sometime this week. Well sure enough, last night Google announced a Search update that would deliver some new Now cards, but we're not sure it's quite the update we were expecting. What's new? Google's introducing a few new card types, including one that can ...

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  • by | November 8, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the FCC's new Speed Test application for Android, and the government agency's plans to check if carriers are bringing you the service you pay for. Nokia follows the news as you can now order the Lumia 1520 one more time. Then we go through the reports that Stephen Elop is already discussing his plans as future CEO of Microsoft, and among the changes we see the company bringing Office to more platforms. Then we talk about Samsung's Galaxy Note 12.2 as it goes through the FCC. We end today's show talking about Google Now and some probable ...

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