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“OK Google” lets you Shazam or TuneIn using only your voice

“OK Google” lets you Shazam or TuneIn using only your voice

Google is really it's Google Search muscles on mobile of late. The tech giant has endowed its Android app with new powers, like showing apps related to your searches even if they aren't installed yet, or sending directions from your desktop browser to your phone, and even adding 70 new Google Now cards for your use and enjoyment. Now for even more fun, Google's voice actions have also been powered up to let you jump right into apps without having to open them up first and navigate through the functions.

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Yahoo to take on Siri and Google Now (again) with Index

Yahoo to take on Siri and Google Now (again) with Index

Yahoo is one company that definitely doesn't have "quit" in its vocabulary. Predating but practically overthrown by Google and perhaps to some extent even Bing, Yahoo is always in search of new ways to generate income but without budging on its true calling. Under CEO Marissa Mayer, the company is hedging its bets on search. But it won't be taking on Google directly, though of course it will do that as well. Instead, it is training its guns on Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. Yes, Yahoo will once again be entering the personal assistant arena. This time perhaps for real.

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Twitter testing new search page for web client

Twitter testing new search page for web client

Twitter, which has undergone a series of updates lately, is again toying with what you see once you’re logged in. The new-look search results in Twitter don’t toy with your results, but do feed them to you in a flashy new way. When you perform a search in the Twitter web client, you might see a new layout designed to engage and entice followers. It’s not available to all users, nor is it working with all search queries just yet.

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Google search will favor mobile-friendly sites starting today

Google search will favor mobile-friendly sites starting today

Google will soon be using its clout, weight, and ubiquity to push forward a cause that, on face value, should benefit many users. The web search giant has started a rather aggressive campaign to encourage website owners to make their pages more mobile-friendly. Starting April 21, however, that won't simply be a suggestion anymore. Google search results on mobile will start to rank sites that have mobile friendly pages higher than those without one, a decision that could ruffle a few feathers in the process.

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Google now lets you download your Search history (for some reason)

Google now lets you download your Search history (for some reason)

We’re waring you: this will get messy. There’s a new feature for Google Search, and it’s not one that will end well for you or anyone else. You’ll feel embarrassed, no matter what the results — that much we promise. While you could already view your search history (bad enough), Google now makes it possible to download your search history. Don’t ask us why; we’re confused, too. Do I really want to download my search history? Do you? Likely not, but it does have some use-cases.

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Google search on Android now shows even uninstalled apps

Google search on Android now shows even uninstalled apps

Google has been slowly, very slowly, spreading its App Indexing feature on Android in order to help users discover which Android apps possess content related to what they are looking for. However, that feature had one significant limitation. It only showed results from apps that are already installed on the device. Well, not anymore. Google has just opened up the doors to have indexing work even for apps that are not yet installed on the device, which makes discovery really an act of discovery instead of guesswork.

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EU files antitrust charge against Google for Search, Android

EU files antitrust charge against Google for Search, Android

As we expected, the European Commission has hit Google with an antitrust charge relating to search. Further, the EU is also insisting they’re going to look into Android. According to the complaint, the EU says Google is “systematically favoring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages”. Further, “the Commission's preliminary view is that such conduct infringes EU antitrust rules because it stifles competition and harms consumers”. Google has yet to comment, but an internal memo leaked yesterday suggests the company wholeheartedly disagrees with the EU’s stance.

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Google search might soon hook you up with local home services

Google search might soon hook you up with local home services

Google seems to be trying to get more and more personal, suggesting things that go beyond our digital personas, perhaps not to everyone's liking. The latest unconfirmed convenience that Google Search users might soon have at their fingertips would be connection to local home service providers, like plumbers, carpenters, and electricians. This would seem to be the next step to Google embracing almost every aspect of our lives, after it started helping us find the best nearby car insurance through Google Compare.

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Google search tweak may allow brands to dictate news

Google search tweak may allow brands to dictate news

There are times when a protracted discussion about a topic isn’t timely (or worth it), so we suggest someone “Google it”. If they had, for say the Gemalto SIM card hack, a person might have been introduced to a press release ahead of coverage. While press releases are often the catalyst to news, they’re sometimes used to mitigate damage. Such was the case with Gemalto. A tweak to Google Search now allows for press releases to pop up toward the top of queries, which may let the brand carry the narrative.

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Google Search now tells you how to make a proper ‘Sidecar’

Google Search now tells you how to make a proper ‘Sidecar’

How do you make a proper Manhattan? What about a Martini? Maybe you’re just not clear on how ingredients for a Margarita are cobbled together before being poured over ice. If that sounds like you, an app may be a good idea. Or, you can just ask Google. Search will now tell you how to make popular drinks, with step-by-step directions and a list of ingredients. Google will even tell you what kind of glassware is appropriate, and offer up serving suggestions and garnish ideas.

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