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Briefly: Google Now flight price cards, Instagram advertising in UK

09/23, 6:42am

Google Now adds flight price monitor card shown after Google Flight searches

Google Now has added a new card to its roster, warning users of changes in flight prices. Spotted by Android Police, the card will automatically appear if a flight is searched for via Google Flight Search, though apparently not when using other fare comparison sites, with the card advising of any rise or fall in cost. It is unknown how far the feature has rolled out, nor if it picks up relevant data from standard Google searches or Gmail.

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Briefly: Google Now reminders in search, Netflix privacy mode testing

07/21, 6:57am

Google Now reminders can be created via Google Search

Google is now allowing for the creation of reminders in Google Search. Similar to the vocal method using Google Voice Search and Google Now on smartphones, Google Operating System reports users can set a reminder by typing "Add reminder" or "Create Reminder" in the search box. A reminder card with extra settings will then appear, with a "Remind me on Google Now" link finalizing the notification.

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Google Now introduces 'inferred event' cards using Gmail messages

06/13, 12:17pm

Increased Google Now, Gmail integration scans messages, suggests calendar appointments

Google is stepping up the integration of Google Now with other Google products, by starting to roll out another card for events and appointments to its roster. Set to hit smartphones over the next few weeks, "Inferred events" found in email conversations in a Gmail account will now appear in Google Now, with the service now giving the option to add the referenced event to the user's Google Calendar.

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Briefly: Google Search FIFA World Cup cards, Tado's new integrations

06/11, 9:11pm

Google Search for iOS adds FIFA World Cup cards to Google Now

Google's Search app for iOS has received an update, adding FIFA World Cup cards that offer up-to-date information on game statuses. In order to access FIFA World Cup cards, users must be signed in to Google, and have their Google Now feature turned on within the app's settings. Google Now cards can be viewed by swiping upwards, revealing cards on specific teams and more. The latest update, v4.1.0, also includes several smaller fixes with regards to bugs in logging in and crashes.

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Briefly: Google Now update, Google Search adds car rental information

05/24, 2:37am

Google Now for Android adds Reminders that can be created with voice commands

Google's reminder app, Google Now, has updated its Android version to include the ability to create reminders entirely through voice command. Previously, voice command was available for creating reminders, however a tap confirmation was required for finalization. Users can now say "yes" or "set" to finish the reminder. Google Now is available for free download.

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Briefly: External Xbox One support teased, Google Now bill reminders

05/19, 8:23am

Image leak hints at external drive support in Xbox One update

An upcoming update to the Xbox One could enable support for external hard drives, according to an image posted by an anonymous developer on Reddit. The photograph of the update allegedly shows the storage of the game console with 585.9GB free and 24.9 percent used, far higher than the 500GB built-in drive is capable of, along with an on-screen notification stating "External Drive Ready." Microsoft has yet to reveal if it will be providing support for the feature at all.

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Briefly: Google Now product search update, GX Gaming Zaibus M

05/06, 8:30am

Google Now update adds card showing nearby searched products

Google has updated Google Now to alert users when items they have searched for are available locally. A new card, starting to appear today through a Google Search app update on Android, will display the product name, prices, and a photograph of researched items, though it will still be up to the user to check if the store has any stock of the item available to purchase.

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Briefly: Google Now car parking reminder, Windows 8.1 search update

05/01, 6:58am

Google Now adds card for car parking reminder in latest update

A new Google Now update will help drivers remember where they parked. Android Police reports the app will detect when the user is traveling by car automatically, bringing up a Parking Location card in Google Now that shows the approximate location of the vehicle after it has stopped. The update also includes a new reminders interface, a centralized list of nicknames, adds voice control to some device settings, and retains recent Google Now cards when in offline mode.

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Google Now makes official debut in stable versions of Chrome

03/24, 2:25pm

Feature being rolled out gradually

Google Now notifications are beginning to roll out to users of the stable versions of Chrome, according to an official announcement. Until this week, Now was only available in Android, beta editions of Chrome, and the Google Search app for iOS. Only a small percentage of Chrome users will see notifications today; the full rollout is set to last several weeks.

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Google Now Launcher hits Play store, adds hands-free voice search

02/27, 10:06am

All Nexus, Google Play Edition devices can download new launcher

Google has added the Google Now Launcher to the Play Store, allowing the software that first appeared on the Nexus 5 to be used on other devices. The free launcher, formerly known as the Google Experience Launcher, adds a number of features not offered in the original Android 4.4 launcher, including a dedicated Home Screen page for Google now, as well as performing hands-free voice searches by uttering "OK Google" before the search query.

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Bloomberg: HTC creating three wearable devices, Toq-based smart watch

02/20, 6:37am

HTC smart watch will be shown privately at Mobile World Congress

HTC will be showing part of a collection of smart watches behind closed doors at Mobile World Congress next week, according to a report. Bloomberg claims the company will use the trade show to demonstrate two prototype watches, one of which is apparently based on the Qualcomm Toq offering the same low-powered Mirasol display, Bluetooth connectivity, and music playback functionality.

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Google Now notification cards arrives on Chrome Beta for desktops

02/03, 2:19pm

Range of cards from mobile Google Now shown in beta version of Chrome

Google has rolled out Google Now to the beta version of the Chrome browser, just weeks after the Chrome Canary experimental browser received it. Available for OS X, Windows, and Chrome OS, the update to Chrome Beta adds the card-based notifications, previously seen on iOS and Android mobile devices, to the desktop browser.

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Chrome Canary browser gets experimental Google Now support

01/16, 10:27am

Currently tied to mobile devices

The newest build of Chrome Canary -- Google's experimental browser -- adds preliminary Google Now support. Once the option is on, Canary will push notifications to the taskbar in Windows, or the menu bar in OS X. There are some caveats, however -- users must run Google Now on a mobile device first, and location-based cards are tied to that device, rather than the computer Canary is on.

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Briefly: BA allows smartphone use in flights, Google search caroling

12/19, 5:21am

British Airways allows passengers to use electronics throughout flight

British Airways has become the first European airline to allow the use of smartphones and tablets throughout a flight. The change in policy at the airline after the European Aviation Safety Agency's (EASA) rule alterations mirrors that of American counterparts after the FAA made a similar decision. While passengers will be able to use mobile devices from terminal to terminal, Reuters reports that devices are still required to go into "Flight Mode" for the journey itself.

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Yahoo working on Siri-like personal assistant app

12/18, 2:18pm

Yahoo developing natural language digital assistant

Yahoo is working on its own voice-controlled digital assistant to rival that of Google Now and Apple's Siri, according to a new report. Android Police revealed on Wednesday a video that appears to show a Yahoo-branded personal assistant app running on an Android device. Sources familiar with Yahoo's plans say that the web giant will leverage its massive existing user base and various services to push out a service comparable to Apple and Google's offerings.

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Motorola Touchless Control app update allows voice PIN unlocking

12/15, 7:48pm

Read-out PIN can unlock Moto X, Droid Ultra, Mini, Maxx

Motorola has updated its Touchless Control app with more voice commands, amid other changes. The app, available as an update through Google Play for compatible Motorola devices running Android KitKat, introduces the potentially-insecure option of verbally providing your security PIN to the smartphone in order to unlock it.

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Siri edges out Google Now in natural-language assistant shootout

12/11, 1:36am

Google wins on 'most improved,' Siri gains upper hand on OS commands

An annual shootout between Google's Google Now and Apple's Siri voice-assisted virtual assitants conducted by Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray has resulted in a virtual tie, with both services receiving the same overall grade. Siri barely edged out Google Now by virtual of its better integration with OS commands -- an advantage that comes with the program's deep OS integration -- but both programs got the same overall grade (C+) and percentage of questions correct (79 percent).

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Briefly: TheQ social camera launches, Google Now Android update

08/22, 6:43am

TheQ 5MP compact camera includes social sharing focus, 3G connection

Stockholm-based Q Lifestyle has revealed a new compact camera with a social focus. The $199 TheQ has a 5-megapixel sensor with a 24mm wide-angle lens and a F2.4 aperture, with a manual focus lens, a built-in ring flash, 2GB of storage, and a 2.7-inch display. Waterproof to three feet, it has a built-in 3G connection that its one-button upload can use to share to social networks, as well as sending to the theQ LAB personal photo archive. Available in a range of nine colors, TheQ is available to pre-order with shipping expected to take place in mid-September.

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Apple files amendment, adds Galaxy S4 to Samsung patent suit

05/22, 1:03pm

Five patents claimed infringed, two covering Google Now

Apple has filed its amendment to its ongoing courtroom battle with Samsung, adding the Galaxy S4 to its list of infringing devices, just as it told the US District Court in California last week. The filing specifically names five patents said to be infringed by the Galaxy S4 itself, two of which are apparently infringed by Google Now.

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Google adds extra cards to Google Now, voice search to Chrome

05/15, 3:11pm

Reminder cards, suggestions for media part of Google Now additions

Google Now, the predictive information service, has received a number of updates, in how it works and what it shows. The Google I/O attendees saw Google Now showing options for new cards, including ones for dedicated reminders, as well as activating voice recognition without pressing a button, and adding it to the Chrome browser.

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Chromium for Mac gets early version of notification center

05/07, 4:00pm

Should pave way for Google Now on OS X

The Chrome OS notification center -- already in the Windows releases of Chromium and Chrome Canary -- is in the process of being ported to the Mac version of Chromium, says Google's François Beaufort. The Chromium evangelist points to a logged Chromium issue titled "[Mac][MC] Implement notification updates and relayouts." He comments that the Mac version of the notification center is still "under heavy development," but that it can already be toggled on by running Chrome with an "--enable-rich-notifications" switch.

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Google denies reports of 'Google Now' iOS feature draining batteries

05/02, 9:00pm

Says always-on Location Services didn't show issues during testing

Google has issued a written denial of claims that its new-to-iOS "Google Now" feature, which relies heavily on Location Services, is causing unusual battery drains for iPhone users. The company recently added the feature -- which attempts to predict what the user will ask based on location, direction and other factors and presents some useful information without user input -- to its Google search app already available for iOS devices. In the statement, Google says both that reports of battery drain are "incorrect" but then asks for users to contact them if they are having a battery problem.

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Google Now comes to iOS through updated Google Search app

04/29, 11:25am

Lacks native OS intergration of Android version

Google has added Google Now to iOS in the form of an updated Search app. Now is the company's predictive results technology, until today available only to Android users. The feature pushes "cards" to a person based on their location and other personal information tracked by Google, such as local weather and traffic, flight statuses, and important news stories.

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Briefly: Google updates Google Now, Chrome for Android

04/04, 8:15am

Google Now adds real-time package tracking, improved settings menu

An update to the Google Search app on Android has added package tracking to Google Now. New cards will show updates to shipped online orders from retailers in real-time, including an estimated arrival date, according to Droid-Life. Individual cards also have an info button, providing quick settings for the card's contents, while the overall settings menu for Google Now has been reorganized with each section having their own toggle options, and a separate "My Stuff" section for quicker alterations to sports teams and stock choices.

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Apple says Google Now never submitted to App Store

03/21, 3:36pm

May contradict statement by Google chairman

A Google Now app has yet to be submitted to the App Store, Apple says in a new statement. At this week's Big Tent Summit, Google chairman Eric Schmidt hinted that an app might just be waiting for approval. "You'll need to discuss that with Apple," he remarked. "Apple has a policy of approving or disapproving apps that are submitted into its store, and some of the apps we make they approve, and some of them they don't."

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Schmidt hints Google Now for iOS may already be submitted

03/21, 12:55pm

Apple has mixed record on approving Google apps, exec says

An iOS version of Google Now has already been submitted to the App Store, Google chairman Eric Schmidt has hinted at the company's Big Tent Summit. He was asked when Now might appear on iOS during an interview. "You'll need to discuss that with Apple," he said. "Apple has a policy of approving or disapproving apps that are submitted into its store, and some of the apps we make they approve, and some of them they don't."

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Video: Google Now functionality coming to iOS search app

03/12, 11:26pm

YouTube video may be a leak or fake, was removed quickly

A low-resolution video promoting the forthcoming addition of "Google Now" services to the iOS Google search app briefly appeared on YouTube on Tuesday but was quickly taken down (not before being captured, however). The ad, which emulates the style of genuine Google videos promoting new products, shows off the "predictive information display" that offers features such as pulling up traffic maps while users are driving or flight status updates when they are headed to the airport.

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Google Now flags appear in recent Chromium build

03/12, 11:03am

Addition of flags suggest close to browser-based Google Now release

Google appears to be edging closer to including Google Now into Chrome itself. Flags associated with the service have been spotted in chrome://flags in the latest Chromium build, suggesting that the search giant may bring Google Now to Chrome OS computers and desktops carrying the Chrome browser in the near future.

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Google Now widget leaked through Google support, removed

02/12, 9:29am

Widget brings miniature Google Now cards to home screen

Google could be adding a widget dedicated to Google Now to Android in the future, in an effort to improve the user experience. The widget would in theory display the most important information that the user would require from the home screen instead of through notifications or requiring to open up the Google Now app itself.

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Google enables notifications in Windows Chromium browser

01/31, 11:11am

Google Now notification integration into Chrome now closer

Google may be adding Google Now integration into its Chrome browser in the near future. A notification center has been added to the company's latest build of Windows Chromium, giving developers a chance to add Chrome notifications to their applications, as well as being an ideal platform for the Google Now cards that were hinted at in December.

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Google to bring Google Now to Chrome also

12/08, 3:12pm

Code posting shows Google Now coming to Chrome

Google is preparing to bring its Google Now predictive search service from the Android platform to its Chrome browser. This according to a posting on the Chromium developer site. The Google Now code is currently non-functional, but its addition indicates that Google is looking to expand the reach of its digital assistant-like service beyond mobile devices.

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Briefly: Google Now, Google Translate

12/05, 7:39pm

Google Now gets boarding passes, new actions

Google released an update to the Google Now feature built into Android 4.1 today, giving the dynamically-updated search function improved capabilities. Google Now now has the ability to display nearby events, suggest content for help in research, display boarding passes from Gmail, and to search by camera when at museums and shops. It also shows weather forecasts for upcoming travel destinations, upcoming birthdays, and an approximate monthly summary of walking and biking activity.

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