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Google Conversational Search turned on in Chrome update

Google Conversational Search turned on in Chrome update

Google's new "conversational search" feature for Chrome has quietly been enabled, with the new feature appearing in the latest version of Google's browser. Announced at I/O, the new Voice Search feature builds on the existing ability for Chrome to accept spoken search terms, now listing out your query on screen as you say it, and then able to show the results in Google Now-style cards as well as reading out the answer.

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Google Now iOS release suggests differentiation persists vs Android

Google Now iOS release suggests differentiation persists vs Android

When we spoke with Matias Duarte earlier this year about Google Now, it seemed as though Google Now would become the "control panel" of sorts for every smart device it appeared on. Now that we've seen the initial Google Now push for the iPhone and iPad, it would seem that Google doesn't want to simply give Apple products their whole "Now" experience. Instead Google's release of the Google Now experience on iOS is an assistant to Google Search.

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Google Now for iPad and iPhone hands-on: Exclusivity Ends

Google Now for iPad and iPhone hands-on: Exclusivity Ends

This week the until-now Android-exclusive system Google Now reaches out to iOS inside the Google Search app for Apple's iPad and iPhone. Both versions are tuned to the display size they appear on, with sets of "cards" appearing in a single column for iPhone and a set of two columns for iPad. These cards contain information about current events and the environment around the user based on their search history and interests.

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Google Now hits iOS as Android assistant exclusivity ends

Google Now hits iOS as Android assistant exclusivity ends

Today it's been announced by Google that their premiere Android-only system* has begun its trip to iOS: Google Now for iPad and iPhone. This system will bring on a combination of Google Search and personalized everyday "cards" showing what a user - you, if you're using Google Now - wants to know about every day elements like weather, sports, and calendar items.

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Google Now gets new features in latest Search update

Google Now gets new features in latest Search update

Google has been rolling out new functionality to quite a few of its services lately, including full-size photo support for Google+, improved auto-complete predictions in Gmail, and data autosync for Chrome for Android, to name a few. Now we're seeing another update, this time for Google Now. With this update, Android users will find additional Google Now settings in Google Search, including real-time package tracking.

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Bad Context: Why nobody, not even Apple, has done mobile right

Bad Context: Why nobody, not even Apple, has done mobile right

Your smartphone is dumb. Mine is too. I've got an iPhone in my pocket, and a Galaxy S III, and an HTC One, and they're all stupid. The BlackBerry Z10 in my bag is a clot, and the Lumia 920 isn't just thick in the hand, it's just plain thick. Today, on the fortieth birthday of the first cellphone call, the gadget that was supposed to liberate us has turned us into plagued, screen-tapping obsessives, in thrall to every buzz and bleep.

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Creator of RSS says he won’t miss Google Reader

Creator of RSS says he won’t miss Google Reader

When Google announced that it plans on shutting down Google Reader, many users were outraged. Many people took to blogs and Twitter to voice their opinions, and many users started petitions to change Google's mind. Everyone hopes that with enough people showing their disapproval towards Google's decisions, Google may change its decision. One person (probably many actually), has stated that he doesn't understand what the big deal is.

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Google Now quietly arrives in Chromium (but refuses to work)

Google Now quietly arrives in Chromium (but refuses to work)

Signs that Google Now, the search giant's context and prediction engine currently featured on Android phones, is coming to the desktop have been spotted, with a new Chromium feature teasing the functionality though not currently functional. Evidence of Google Now in the open-source browser was spotted by François Beaufort; however, without the correct server address, it can't actually be used. Still, it indicates that Google is readying to expand Google Now's footprint from mobile to the desktop.

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