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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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Google KITT lets you safely drive while using your phone

Google KITT lets you safely drive while using your phone

Google is rumored to be working on a new feature for its Google Search Android app and this one is sure to ruffle a few feathers. The search giant is believed to be working on a certain "KITT" functionality that would offer users always-on, hands-free and, more importantly, eye-free access to Google Search and, by consequence, Google Now.

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Google Now adds bill pay reminders

Google Now adds bill pay reminders

Google Now is a handy service for those who utilize it, dishing up data cards for things the user needs without being prompted. A new feature rolling out for the service will expand its handiness, adding bill reminders into the mix.

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Google Now on iOS updated, brings better conversational search

Google Now on iOS updated, brings better conversational search

Google has updated their Now search skin for iOS, bringing a more conversational layer to the interface. You can now ask questions, then follow them up with natural language. Improved results and web scouring are also included in the update.

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Google Now bucks the ‘app empire’ trend, but will you still use it?

Google Now bucks the ‘app empire’ trend, but will you still use it?

Quick, rattle off everything Google Now does! Unless you’ve been keeping a close eye on all the changes, you likely can’t. The service is adding features at an alarming clip, with recent tweaks like offline cards, hotel info, and parking reminders being among the more useful features we’ve seen added in quite some time. Now is definitely cool, but is it getting it right?

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Google Now update makes cards available offline

Google Now update makes cards available offline

Google Now is handy for all kinds of things, and the team is constantly working to add more to the service. One of their incoming features might be of great use to many, as cards will continue to be available when you're offline. Whether you have a signal or not, Google Now can keep you informed and up to date.

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Stephen Hawking is frightened by Johnny Depp’s new movie

Stephen Hawking is frightened by Johnny Depp’s new movie

In the new movie Transcendence, Johnny Depp becomes more machine than man, with the film offering a fresh take on artificial intelligence. Stephen Hawking, notable all-around bright guy, came away from that movie with concerns. According to him, AI might be among the worst things to happen to humans.

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Google brings Now to Chrome desktop version for Windows, Mac

Google brings Now to Chrome desktop version for Windows, Mac

Google is rolling out Now to the desktop version of Chrome. Via Twitter, the Chrome team announced that over the next several weeks, they will be introducing Google Now to your Chrome browser on Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS. Long in the works, it seems the time for true cross-platform contextual awareness is upon us.

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SlashGear 101: What is Android Wear?

SlashGear 101: What is Android Wear?

Google’s first big play in the wearables ecosystem is in Android Wear, a version of Android introduced on March 18th, 2014. This system is centered around two core functions: Suggest and Demand, while the User Interface is centered around two shapes: the square and the circle. Today we’re having a look at what’s been shown so far, boiling it down to basics.

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Google Now launcher arrives for Nexus and Google Play Editions

Google Now launcher arrives for Nexus and Google Play Editions

When KitKat arrived, one of its lauded perks was the inclusion of the Google Now launcher, which takes Google's handy feature and makes it easily accessible with a swipe from the left. Starting today, those running a Nexus or Google Play Edition handset can grab the launcher from the Play Store.

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Google smartwatch tipped by June with Google Now focus

Google smartwatch tipped by June with Google Now focus

Google is targeting a March release for its own smartwatch, a Bluetooth LE wearable designed to work alongside an Android smartphone, though insiders on the project are reportedly pessimistic that the current timescale is realistic. Google has already pared back on the complexity of the design it's said, switching from a metal strap to a plastic one, but even so there's a strong possibility that the ship date could slip to June 2014 or see Google launch the gadget with even fewer features than initially intended.

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