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Google Now supports Nest via voice commands

Google Now supports Nest via voice commands

Over the weekend, we relayed some info about Nest’s new functionality with Google Now. The ability to change your temperature via voice control sounded pretty neat, but also a long way off. It wasn’t, and is now ready for all Nest users. With a simple “Ok, google” voice command, you can now change your home temperature to whatever you like. Not only will you be able to change the temperature, but Google Now will provide a card that tells you when Nest is changing things up.

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Voice-controlling Nest thermostat via Google Now almost ready

Voice-controlling Nest thermostat via Google Now almost ready

It didn't take long after Google's purchase of Nest, the makers of the internet-connected thermostat and smoke alarm, for expectations to begin of how the home devices would begin to fit into Google's various apps and services. In June, a "Works with Nest" program was launched, and it was then teased that in the future we would be able to set a temperature with the command "Ok, Google…" via the Google Now app. Now it looks like the service is almost ready.

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Google app says “Hodor”, and that’s it

Google app says “Hodor”, and that’s it

Starting tomorrow you'll find the Google app - the search portion of it, that is - saying "Hodor" whenever you also say "Hodor." This is a reference to the character Hodor in the Game of Thrones story and TV show. This feature will be summoned to life starting on the 12th of November, 2014 at 1PM Eastern Time. Whether or not this means anything else for the Game of Thrones release schedule is not known - HBO and Google won't confirm anything directly, that is to say.

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Google Now will search in apps with six lines of code

Google Now will search in apps with six lines of code

Searching for content via Google Now is easy and effective, but there’s a problem: it doesn’t dive into your apps. You can ask all kinds of things, which get routed through Google’s massive mother-brain search engine, but it fails to bring you results from apps you trust. On the Android Developers blog, Google has outlined exactly how Developers can implement search into their app, which will allow users to get in-app results for whatever that app provides, all without ever leaving Now.

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Police Alerts NOT new on Google Now

Police Alerts NOT new on Google Now

So you'd like to keep an eye on your local police department's doings, yes? Lucky you, there's a new Police Alerts segment being added to Google Now as we speak. This isn't brand new, on the other hand - it's all part of Google's team-up with Nixle earlier this year. If you don't see anything on your Google Now app now, you might also just be lucky - this isn't just a way to see what your local cops are up to, but a way for your local cops to inform you of emergencies.

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How Google’s Inbox is better (and worse) than your email app

How Google’s Inbox is better (and worse) than your email app

Google’s Inbox is a neat new way to use email, that much is clear. From the layout to the use-cases for taking advantage of all the bells and whistles, Inbox is a great way to re-experience email. Though it has a lot going for it, some of what’s there might be lost on you the first time you pick it up. Here, we’ll show you the ways Inbox is better than average email, and at least one way it fails miserably.

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Google Now tells you bills are due; does it go too far?

Google Now tells you bills are due; does it go too far?

Forgetting to pay bills is a pain. Sometimes, you get charges that might be more than a minimum payment — and those might not be reversible. Google thinks they can help, though. If you get emailed reminders about bills sent to your Gmail inbox, you may end up with a Google Now card reminding you to pay your bill. The feature is meant to be handy, but it seems a few users aren’t too pleased with Google scanning their emails to find bills.

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Moto X (2014) Review: Finally, a true Motorola flagship

Moto X (2014) Review: Finally, a true Motorola flagship

Motorola never quite got the praise it deserved with the original Moto X, the company's decision to step off the specs bandwagon unduly masked by relatively uninspiring design. Now, the 2014 model arrives to rectify that, sharing the same name but stepping up performance, aesthetics, and - essential for any device with ambitions to play among the flagships - build quality. Has the Moto X finally got the balance right? Read on for our full review.

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