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Google Now allows users to block specific news sources

Google Now allows users to block specific news sources

Android users who frequently tap on stories they find via Google Now cards only to find that those stories are clickbait will be thrilled to hear this. According to a post on Reddit, Google Now has a new feature that allows you to remove stories from certain sources so you never have to see them again. Users now have multiple options for customizing their feeds.

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Google Now where it matters most: the bathroom mirror

Google Now where it matters most: the bathroom mirror

You've probably come across one or two sci-fi films, or maybe even a few YouTube videos, that make you want to believe in ubiquitous displays of the future, where even the mirrors in your bathroom can tell you today's headlines. Hopefully without snooping in on your private, closed door activities. Tired of waiting for the future to arrive, Google engineer Max Braun decided to take matters into his own hands. And by that, we mean building a bathroom mirror display with his own hands, complete with Google Now's ever so helpful cards.

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Google Search adds more ways to track politics

Google Search adds more ways to track politics

Google’s newest politics-centric Search tweak brings information on issues, live results, delegate counts, and voting reminds for users interested in following the 2016 election season. This follows Google’s recent partnership with Fox News to help cover the recent Republican debate, and will result in relevant data being delivered in Google Now.

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Google “G” logo notifications pushed to all Android devices

Google “G” logo notifications pushed to all Android devices

Just so long as you have Google Now activated on your Android device, you'll be seeing "G" notifications soon. The notifications you're getting might not end up being all that different from what you've been seeing before today, but they will LOOK a little different. The biggest change is the branding. Instead of just a circle with an icon in it, your notifications from Google Now will also have the newest version of Google's "G" logo.

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Google Now on Tap eases holiday stress with flight, package tracking

Google Now on Tap eases holiday stress with flight, package tracking

The holidays are fast approaching and, while it's a season for festivity and good cheer, for some it is also a season for hair pulling stress. Whether it be the arrival of friends and relatives or even your own flight, or the sending and receiving of gifts, there are just a lot of pieces of information to keep track of. Good thing, then, that Google, the master of amassing and keeping track of information on the Internet, has your back with a few new Now on Tap features.

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How to take Android screenshots in Marshmallow

How to take Android screenshots in Marshmallow

Android 6.0 Marshmallow's newest update to Google Now on Tap has introduced a new way to take screenshots. Now more integral to the Android experience, Nexus and non-Nexus devices alike will be able to and encouraged to take screenshots using the Google Now on Tap system. This makes the process a little less confusing for those of you that do not own a device made by Google with the most basic vanilla Android experience.

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Siri tops Google Now, Cortana in user satisfaction, accuracy

Siri tops Google Now, Cortana in user satisfaction, accuracy

A recent study carried out Experts Exchange has compared the user satisfaction ratings between the three main virtual assistants, Apple's Siri, Google Now, and Microsoft's Cortana. In survey covering a number of different aspects, including accuracy in answering questions and completing requests, along with overall satisfaction, Siri came out on top, followed by Google Now, and then Cortana.

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Google Now shows Foursquare tips even without Foursquare

Google Now shows Foursquare tips even without Foursquare

Google Now is Google's version of the smart personal virtual assistant, though it doesn't exactly have a personable personality like Siri or Cortana. It makes up for that with smarts, offering recommendations not just when you ask it but sometimes even when you don't. And sometimes it even makes suggestions from sources you probably didn't know about. VentureBeat's Jordan Novet reports seeing Foursquare place recommendations in his Google Now search results. Which he finds strange considering that he doesn't have the Foursquare app installed at all.

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AAA study finds hands-free smartphone features still distract drivers

AAA study finds hands-free smartphone features still distract drivers

Google, Apple, and Microsoft have worked hard to implement hands-free features when it comes to safely using their smartphones while behind the wheel, allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road. While these settings are certainly better than physically holding and interacting with a phone while driving, it turns out they're not quite as safe as we all thought. A new study from the University of Utah and AAA (American Automobile Association) has found that voice commands can still be very distracting.

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Facebook Messenger’s “M” assistant is scarily smart

Facebook Messenger’s “M” assistant is scarily smart

Siri and Google Now might soon have some competition, and this is just as smart as the others. Maybe even smarter. Facebook already revealed that indeed has plans for a virtual "shopping" assistant simply called "M", but it seems there isn't anything simple about it. A lucky Facebook Messenger got the rare chance to play around with the virtual helper, and to his surprise, "M" proved to be quite up to task in making sure all your purchasing and booking needs are met, right inside Facebook's chat app.

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Siri, Google Now activated by silent radio waves

Siri, Google Now activated by silent radio waves

Although they haven't become the widespread and always used features they were meant to be, voice controlled virtual assistants like Siri, Google Now, or Cortana can be found in almost every mobile device in the market. In some cases, they are even enabled by default. While convenient and useful, this may lead to some serious security and privacy issues, as some researchers from the French government agency ANSSI have discovered. They have come across a way to call Siri and Google Now into action with neither user nor hacker uttering a single word.

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Google App APK download one step away from “On Tap”

Google App APK download one step away from “On Tap”

This week the folks at Google have released Google App v5.3, a version made to NEARLY bring Google Now On Tap to Nexus devices. Of course you'll need to have a Developer Preview build ready to go, and you'll need to be on Developer Preview M 3, but once you are, there's a bit of treasure to (almost) be found. This update also brings on the full Marshmallow user interface aesthetic to the Google Now launcher.

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