Posts tagged with: Google Now
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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