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Google Now on Tap offers up new Translate card, Discover button

Google Now on Tap offers up new Translate card, Discover button

Google Translate has long been a handy tool for those who need a quick translation job and don't mind if it's a little rough around the edges. Today, Translate got even better on Android phones, with Google adding a "translate this page" card to Now on Tap. Now, when users are presented with a page in a language they don't understand, they only need to hold the home button on their phone and hit the translate card to have the page converted into a words they can actually read.

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Ultimate Ears speakers get Siri and Google Now voice integration

Ultimate Ears speakers get Siri and Google Now voice integration

Ultimate Ears has announced that two of its popular Bluetooth portable speakers are getting the ability to be controlled with your voice. Both the Boom 2 and the Megaboom portable speakers now have the ability to be voice controlled using Siri and Google Now voice integration. The speakers have a push-to-talk function to active the voice control.

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Google Goggles now built in to Android (with Now On Tap)

Google Goggles now built in to Android (with Now On Tap)

Android just got a whole lot smarter. This afternoon Google released new abilities for Now On Tap, a system built in to Android Marshmallow. Users can now use their smartphone's camera to find out information about whatever is in front of them. This functionality is not strictly new to Android - we've seen it before in an infamous and sorely under-used app by the name of Google Goggles. Remember Google Goggles? They're back.

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Google’s secret war on native apps, Android tablets

Google’s secret war on native apps, Android tablets

At Google I/O last week, Google dumped some rather big news, at least one of them expected. Android apps are come full force to Chrome OS, with Google Play Store even. Instant Apps were quite the unexpected surprise, but in retrospect Google had already sown the seeds as far back as 2013. But in the midst of the applause and hopeful cheers, there were also some murmuring and the raising of eyebrows. Is all of these just a subtle, cunning ploy by the Web search giant to make Android tablets obsolete, or, in the long run, even phase out native Android apps?

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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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