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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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Moto Hint hands-on: Your whispering personal assistant

Moto Hint hands-on: Your whispering personal assistant

Who says a smart wearable has to be a watch or an eyepiece? Motorola thinks there’s a future in wearables that whisper to you, with the Moto Hint Bluetooth headset its chosen approach. Not only far more discrete than the typical boom-style Bluetooth hands-free kit, the earbud also borrows from the Moto X’s always-on listening bag of tricks.

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HP may team up with Google for enterprise Nexus, Google Now

HP may team up with Google for enterprise Nexus, Google Now

Apple might have IBM to lean on for enterprise, but Google may be taking a more direct route to users. A new report suggests that Google is going to be working with HP on an enterprise angle, revolving around Google Now. The report also suggests HP wants a Nexus device, specifically for enterprise.

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Google Now suggests a new flight when yours is cancelled

Google Now suggests a new flight when yours is cancelled

We’ve all been there (and if you haven’t, you’re lucky); a flight gets delayed or cancelled, and you’re scrambling to find a different route to your next appointment. It’s not an everyday occurrence, but it’s one that can bring you a lot of stress when it happens. Google may be here to help, though, and using one of their better services to do so.

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Google Now adds Field Trip for serendipitous local insights

Google Now adds Field Trip for serendipitous local insights

Google is baking its Field Trip app into Google Now, pushing serendipitous local information to Android users as they travel. First released back in 2012, Field Trip uses geo-location to surface art and architecture facts, local history, restaurant recommendations, and other tidbits.

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Siri creators making Viv: AI without limitations

Siri creators making Viv: AI without limitations

Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyner and Chris Brigham helped create Siri back before Apple scooped it up for their own. The iPhone 4S was launched with Siri as its headline feature - important enough to supersede the rest of its evolutionarily-boosted specifications. Now this team of creators goes by the name Viv Labs, and they’re making the next generation of what was started with Siri.

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Google Now launcher comes to more Android handsets

Google Now launcher comes to more Android handsets

The Google Now Launcher, a ‘Now’ fan’s dream come true, has seen a slight upgrade today. While nothing seems to have been altered in the UI or way the launcher acts, the list of supported devices has expanded. It seems you may soon be able to supplant the stock launcher on several Android handsets — maybe even the one you’re currently using.

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Use Commandr for Google Now to control your smartphone

Use Commandr for Google Now to control your smartphone

With Google Now, voice commands have become more powerful than ever on the Android mobile platform. With the 3rd-party-developed app Commandr, Google Now gets a boost. With Commandr for Google Now, we’re able to take quick hold of Music, GPS, Blueooth, Wifi, and your back-facing camera flash.

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Alphabet soup: Android “L” will have the best Moto X feature

Alphabet soup: Android “L” will have the best Moto X feature

With Android “L”, consumers will be getting a lot of small changes, but one stands out as immediately more useful. In the next version of Android, the “Ok Google Now” hot-word is coming to almost every screen, just about every time. Once relegated to the home screen, it’s now going to be available whenever you like. Sound familiar?

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LG G Watch hands-on: This is Android Wear

LG G Watch hands-on: This is Android Wear

Android Wear is one of the big announcements of Google I/O today, and one of the first to ship will be LG’s G Watch. Set to go up for preorder on Google Play today, priced at $229.99 and expected to ship on July 7th, we grabbed some early hands-on time and caught up on some of the design decisions with LG.

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