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    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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    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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    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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    The Nexus 5 already does a great job with Google Now – having the launcher listen for voice prompts makes the services' voice search just that much easier to use. But as it turns out, it looks like Google let the phone loose before all the latest Google Now improvements were quite ready to go, as we get word that a host of new features are expected to debut next week, on November 13. For one, Google Now is about to get a lot more chatty. That means that the service may talk back to you after a request, asking for confirmation or additional information. For instance, if you asked it to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about some Google Now updates that have just reached iOS. Then we talk about Kazam, the company that was started by a couple of HTC employees that left the company recently. Then we go through the expansion of Moto Maker to other carriers, not just AT&T, which should happen in the next coming days. We later talk about the LG G Flex, how it can bend, and what this could mean to your experience owning the phone. We end today's show talking about rumors of a possible 12.9-inch iPad, which hints to an iPad Pro. All this and more after the break. ...

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    It's been just about six months now since we first saw Google start bringing the Google Now experience to iOS users, by means of an updated Google Search app. Since then we've witnessed updates add new cards and expand on functionality, but today the floodgates really open on up, and we see Google announce a slew of changes that promise to flesh out the iOS Search app in a major way. Just like over in Android land, you'll now be able to start a search simply by saying “OK Google” aloud. Of course, you'll need to actually be in the app first, but it's still a nice step to help improve ...

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    Apple has Siri. Google has Google Now. So where's Microsoft's voice-controlled virtual assistant? It turns out the answer may have been right under our noses for a while now, as details of the company's efforts to develop the system it calls "Cortana" (yes, like in Halo) emerge. Back in June we told you about the discovery of a Lumia 920 found on eBay that was apparently still loaded with in-development Microsoft software, including an early Windows Phone 8.1 build. We were drawn to things like the notification center, but there was one app that largely went overlooked: Cortana (or, ...

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    Thanks to Motorola's custom chipset architecture, the X8 mobile computing system, the Motorola X is always listening for its owner's voice. "Okay, Google Now" is the magic phrase that queues a Google search from standby without ever having to touch the phone. But we all know Google Now is about more than just Google searches. Google is a powerful information tool, and the Google Search application built into (almost) every Android smartphone is a robust tool for voice commands. But going totally hands-free makes many of those voice commands even more useful. Watch this video to learn the ...

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    Fans of Google Now know that Google is always trying to expand just what the service is capable of; back in June, we learned about some new cards adding info on TV shows and integrating deals from Google Offers. Today, Google's got the latest batch of improvements to its search experience to announce, and they're all focused on helping you keep track of info right out of your own life. For instance, you'll be able to ask Google about plans you may have made, and (assuming you've enabled Google to deliver "private results" in your account settings) it will crawl through your email and ...

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    Talking to a phone – or any piece of technology, for that matter – is gauche, awkward, and often alienating. There is very little that feels normal about asking your smartphone a question or telling your car stereo to call someone. However, the last two years have been a sort of resurgence for voice input for mobile platforms. Apple acquired Siri and integrated it into the core iOS experience; Google introduced Google Now and offline dictation software; Samsung introduced S Voice with TouchWiz Nature UX; and LG introduced what was virtually a direct copy of S Voice. It was only a ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through how the custom Google Edition ROMs for the HTC One and Galaxy S 4 are already leaked, and we also go through HTC's launch of the Glamour red variant of the One, even though it's not perfect news. Samsung is next as we have more Galaxy S III leaks now expecting a variant with an LCD display for some reason. T-Mobile follows as some press invites hint to something very bold making its way to the company. Skype later makes the news due to their video messaging service, even if we don't think it'll be hot. We end today's show talking about all the ...

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    Google continues to keep pushing the boundaries of what you can accomplish with Google Now, and today releases an update to its Search app that brings Jelly Bean users a few new tricks they can pull off. First up, there's the new TV card, which lets you get info on a show you're currently watching. Unfortunately (at least for many of us), there's the caveat that you need to have a newer HDTV with internet connectivity, and your smartphone must be connected to the same network as the set. That seriously limits the use of this feature, but when it works, you'll be able to get info about ...

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    At Google I/O 2102, Google announced quite a few new and amazing things. Among the best and most notable was Google Now, an automated pocket assistant service. It's a one-stop shop for stocks, weather, sports info, and local events. But since that day in June 2012, Google has been adding all sorts of new features to Google Now with every update – package tracking, boarding passes, flight information, reminders, public transit, research topics, and many more travel tools. For many of us here at Pocketnow, Google Now has become a go-to tool for all sorts of things, an integral part of the ...

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    Last we checked, there are 52 weeks in a year - but you wouldn't know it, given the announcement schedule of some major players in the tech space. Companies vying for the attention of fickle consumers often stack their events one right after the other in a strategic attempt to undermine competitors, sometimes hosting major announcements just days -or even hours- apart. Sometimes, it's all a tech podcast team can do to keep up. Such a thing happened this week, with Nokia preempting Google's annual I/O developer conference with an announcement of its own: the Lumia 925, a mid-cycle Windows ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Galaxy S 4 carrier availability and the irony that TecTiles no longer work for it. Later we go through some Galaxy Note III rumors and the fact that apparently it'll be a bigger and better phone. Some Sony Xperia phones are next as the company plans to apparently give the phablet category a try. Then we talk about Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and yes, that's not Android 5.0, we know. We end today's show talking about Google Now and what it means for it to only launch on iOS and not on legacy Android devices. All this and more after the break. ...

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    I need a beer, and I'm sure many of you need a drink as well. If this was five years ago, I'd be by my second pack of cigarettes, and it has to do with how furious I am right now. Let me explain why: For starters, I wish I could express in words how long it took me to love Android. My first device was a Google Nexus One, and man, even though I started off at the right foot, it rarely ever felt that way. What a gorgeous phone and what a great experience overall, as long as I didn't turn it on. Froyo and Gingerbread were just stale and cartoony no matter how much I tried to love the device. ...

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    Google Now is definitely the crown jewel of Android. If you're rocking an Android device with Jelly Bean, you know how awesome it is to have your phone know what you'll search for before you do. Whether it's about sports, weather, traveling or any basic tasks, Google has really nailed a hit with this feature. A new update that rolled out last night brings new enhancements to the service. Among the changes you'll notice that search results arrive much faster to your device, which is great since they weren't slow before the update anyway. Another handy feature is that you'll now get real ...

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    The Pocketnow Weekly podcast is a labor of love for those of us who routinely grace its silvery sound waves. It takes a lot of effort and time to put the Weekly on the feeds every seven days, and we're pretty proud of the listenership we've accrued since re-launching our podcast presence lo those many months ago. Since that reboot, the podcast has grown in scope and in refinement: we've added such luxuries as topic lists, time codes with jump points, and a rotating cast of co-hosts - but we've never tweaked the YouTube presence of the Weekly. For eight months, listeners taking in our ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google Keep and how it enhances your note-taking experience on Android. Then we talk about Pandora's debut on Windows Phone 8. We later talk about the bugs on iOS 6.1.3 and why we don't think you should upgrade. We later move to talk about Google Now and its possibilities on iOS. Later it's iPhone 5S and iPad 5 launch rumors since apparently there's a date already set. We end today's show talking about Android and Google Chrome not merging into one. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google Keep Brings Better Notes And Tasks to ...

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    We just heard what Google's Eric Schmidt had to say about the future of Android and Chrome, but one more interesting Schmidt quote has just crossed our desk, seeming to confirm the leaks we saw last week of Google's efforts developing a port of Google Now for iOS devices. At the Google Big Tent Summit in India, Schmidt was specifically asked about Google Now on the iPhone. Rather than giving any sort of noncommittal response as to Google's involvement, Schmidt instead passed the buck, saying, "you’ll need to discuss that with Apple." He continued, "Apple has a policy of approving or ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's current testing of Windows Phone 9. Then we move to the Nokia Lumia 928, and its first leaked camera sample. Then it's all about Google, as we start talking about Project Glass and its integration to Android. Google Now is next, as it made a leaked debut on iOS on a video. We end today's show talking about Andy Rubin's departure from Android, and what this could mean to the operating system. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft Could Already Be Testing Windows Phone 9 - First Nokia Lumia 928 Camera Sample ...

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    Google Now may be the hot software to check out if you're lucky enough to be running Jelly Bean, but it sounds like Google could be interested in making it accessible to a whole bunch of new users. No, we're not talking about supporting older versions of Android, but other platforms entirely. A recently posted video appears to show Google promoting Google Now for iOS, and some technical evidence suggests Now could be coming to the Chrome browser. Though since pulled from YouTube, the Google Now iOS video was archived and so remains available for us to watch. As part of the Google Search ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent improvements to the Google Now service for current Jelly Bean users. Then we talk Nokia, and the sad news that all the recent tablet rumors were pretty much just a good thing to dream about. Then we move to LG as they've just confirmed that their Optimus G Pro is going to show Samsung just how well the Galaxy Note II can be copied. Wireless charging is next as Michael Fisher walks us through the way to get it on your Galaxy S III today. We end today's show talking about Motorola's X Phone, and how Google in contributing in ...

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    Yesterday's discovery of support docs for an unreleased Google Now widget may have spoiled the surprise, and Google's abrupt removal of those pages had us thinking that a release still might be a way's off, but today Google has followed-up with an update to its Google Search app, delivering that very same Google Now widget, amongst a number of other improvements. That widget lets you place your most important cards right on your home screen or lock screen, just as we learned yesterday, giving you access to that info at a glance. Google also adds Zillow real estate listings to Google Now's ...

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    Google sure seems interested in driving users towards Google Now lately. We just saw the company release an advertisement that heavily focuses on the service's capabilities, new features keep arriving, like the recent NCAA team support, and now we learn about a possible Google Now widget, giving users even more exposure to the product. It's not like Google Now isn't already fantastically easy to access, and plenty of you have probably activated it by accident more than a few times by letting your finger linger on the screen a little too long when going to tap the home button. Still, if ...

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