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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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BlackBerry Venice Android phone photos leak with details

BlackBerry Venice Android phone photos leak with details

The first BlackBerry Android device has been leaked with a series of photos up close and personal. These images show the device to have a touchscreen display and slide-out keyboard - a hardware keyboard, that is - and a relatively sizable back-facing camera. This device has a number of BlackBerry-specific software features in addition to its notable odd hardware. You'll notice slightly modified icons as well as a set of BlackBerry-made apps, new to Android entirely.

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Google updates their logo – again!

Google updates their logo – again!

Every could of years, it would seem, Google opts to update their main "Google" logo - that time has come again. This year Google is working to become a whole lot more modern, cutting out the serifs and going super flat. This version of the logo retains the colors from the past couple of schemes, while changing the lettering relatively drastically. This is the first time Google has gone without serifs in their mark - ever.

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Android users can replace Google Now with Cortana

Android users can replace Google Now with Cortana

In terms of a third-party app achieving success on a smartphone platform, there's probably nothing better than getting set as the default application for a specific task, whether it's the browser, email client, or messaging service. That's why Microsoft has scored a big win with its latest beta of digital assistant Cortana for Android, as users can choose it over the built-in Google Now. This comes shortly after the initial beta rollout of Cortana for Android.

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Yahoo Aviate just made a lot of Android users angry

Yahoo Aviate just made a lot of Android users angry

Today Yahoo updated the launcher known as Yahoo Aviate to include a service much like Google's own "Google Now" feature. Instead of users embracing this sort of alternate universe feature, users of Yahoo Aviate have responded with less-than-positive remarks aplenty. Yahoo calls this new feature Smart Stream, suggesting that it "puts relevant information front and center so you can take action right away." "What if your phone could just show you the information you wanted," said Paul Montoy-Wilson, Product Manager of Yahoo Aviate and Co-Founder of Aviate, "instead of forcing you through multiple steps to get there?"

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Google Now on Tap demonstrated with high context awareness

Google Now on Tap demonstrated with high context awareness

Some say it's Google's way of making search the centerpiece even on Android, making apps almost redundant. Others say it's the natural evolution of search's feature. Whatever the case, Google Now on Tap, a feature arriving with Android M later this year, is shaping up to be both interesting and also somewhat scary. At SMX in Paris, Behshad Behzadi from Google demonstrated Now on Tap, including a geolocation feature never before seen elsewhere. And Google Now, on Tap, performed well with almost deadly context-aware accuracy.

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Google Now On Tap works with all Android apps

Google Now On Tap works with all Android apps

Aparna Chennapragada speaks on how Google Now will be given a giant feature update in coming weeks. Speaking at Google's developer conference Google I/O 2015, Chennapragada let it be known that Google Now would continue to focus on Context, Answers, and Actions. Google Now will be given new abilities in the immediate future like "Gas Stations Near You" or the location of your choice. But it won't all be done inside Google Now - "In a mobile world you get things done with apps."

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“Proactive” to turn iOS Spotlight into Google Now rival

“Proactive” to turn iOS Spotlight into Google Now rival

Despite many hailing Siri to be exponentially better than Google's equivalent voice-controlled feature, it seems that Apple might be taking a few pages from Google Now's book in future iOS releases. Dubbed "Proactive", the initiative is tipped to turn iOS Spotlight, the lesser known search feature on mobile, into something that mimics and might even surpass Google Now's functionality on Android. This means more timely and relevant search results and information and even deep app indexing that will let users jump right into an app's particular screen or function.

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Google is adding new Now Cards, pairing up with 70 new apps

Google is adding new Now Cards, pairing up with 70 new apps

The Google app for Android is about to roll out some new updates, adding an additional 70 Google Now cards to its repertoire. The latest Now cards are designed to add new functionality to popular apps like Spotify, RunKeeper, Airbnb, and eBay. The Now cards from Google make it possible to interact with your apps without having to open them.

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Send notes, directions, more to Android phones from a Google search

Send notes, directions, more to Android phones from a Google search

Last week, we showed you how to find your Android phone with a simple Google search. Now Google is introducing new features that allow you to push data to your phone through your desktop browser. You can send directions from the web to your phone; just type "send directions" into Google and a drop-down menu should pop up allowing you to "send directions to [your] phone." Then, Google Maps will automatically open on your phone, and you'll be ready to navigate away from your desktop.

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