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Google Voice Search
 
If you can say it, you can search for it.

You can now search Google by saying your search term, instead of typing it. This could be a convenient way to search if you speak faster than you type or if you’re not sure how to spell your search term.
 
Using Voice Search
Open the Chrome browser and go to http://www.google.com/. You’ll see a small gray microphone on the right-hand side of the search box.

 

Click the microphone or press Ctrl+Shift+Period (Mac: ⌘-Shift-Period) with your cursor in the search box to start voice search. When the large red microphone icon appears, begin speaking. You can press ESC or click the red button to cancel.
As you speak, Google will interpret your voice input. Afterwards, your results show up just as if you had typed the search term.
To improve processing of your voice input, Google may record a few seconds of ambient background noise in temporary memory at any time. This recording remains on the device only fleetingly and is not sent to Google.

 

Spoken Answers
If you ask your question to Google on Chrome, the answer can be spoken to you. The answer can be a fact, weather condition, stock price, flight status, sports score, currency conversion, mathematical calculation, and more. Spoken answers are only supported in English at this time.

 
What do you think of the new voice search?

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Google has bought Waze, the Israel mapping and navigation app that Facebook was also reportedly vying for, according to a post on the Google official blog as well as Waze official page.

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Waze announce the joining to Google in their official blog

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The deal, which didn’t have a price tag unveiled with it, follows months of speculation about who would land the startup. Reports in recent days said Google was close to a $1.3 billion deal.

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The acquisition could help Google improve its own mapping services and put a bigger moat around them against the likes of Facebook and Apple. According to Google Blog, the Waze product development team will remain in Israel and operate separately for now and they are working hard on the marriage of Waze with existing Google map on traffic update as well as Google powerful search function.

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In its post about the takeover, Google said it planned to enhancing Google Maps with some of the traffic update features provided by Waze and enhancing Waze with its own search capabilities. The Waze product development team will remain in Israel and operate separately for now.

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Waze leverages a growing community of drivers to find the best routes through traffic. It said joining Google ranks, rather than taking the route of an initial public offering, will keep attention from shifting away from its community of drivers to lawyers and Wall Street.

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Back in the beginning of the year, we reported a rumor that Apple was looking ahead of acquiring Waze.

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The rumor about the Israeli developed app’s fate still hangs in limbo, but this time, it might just happen to be Google – and not Apple or Facebook – who’s going to close the deal. According to Engadget, two papers in Israel are saying the search engine giant is getting closer towards closing in on the deal and for a potential sale price of US$1.3 billion (~RM4 billion), with the company’s development team remaining in Israel after the sale.

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Where they will work from is cited from Globe, one of the Israeli newspaper publications who reported the rumor, as one of the chief reasons as to why the deal not just with Apple, but Facebook have fallen through.

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For those unfamiliar with Waze, the app generates mapping data in real-time based on its nearly 50 million users and reports of accidents or traffic jams.

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Apple iOS users do not need to envy their Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean counterparts anymore as Google Now is available on the iPad and iPhone. All you need to do is to head to App Store and update the Google Search app.

Instead of swiping up or long-pressing a button on Android devices, Google Now can be accessed on the iOS device by opening the Google Search app and swiping up to reveal the cards. As expected, the types of Google Now cards available on iOS are lesser than Android. 22 of the 29 cards available on Android will be making their way to iOS, some of which are:

  • Weather
  • Traffic
  • Public Transport
  • Flight Status
  • Sports
  • Calendar
  • Translate
  • Currency Conversion
  • Time at Home

Another limitation of Google Now on iOS is its inability to do the extent of background sync that it can do on Android. It will support iOS background location feature so that the time taken to pin-point your location upon opening the Search app will be minimized. High priority Google Now alerts will not be integrated with iOS’s notification system.

 

 

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Gmail celebrating 9th birthday

By on April 13, 2013

At 1 April 2013, Google email (Gmail) is celebrating its 9th birthday. So much of evolution in the Gmail all start by one user’s feedback that she was tired of struggling to search for her email in the inbox. So the Gmail teams start to build a free webmail system that change the way of people using email.

After so many years, Gmail gone through so many change and upgrade just to serve the user better. The following infographic show the evolution of Gmail from day 1 until now.

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Google Inactive Manager home page

Google has released a new Inactive Account Manager which lets you manage your digital life after death. With the new tool, you can tell Google what to with your Google accounts if it becomes inactive.

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For example, you can choose to have your data automatically deleted after three, six, nine or 12 months of inactivity. Or you can select trusted contacts to receive data from some or all of the following services: +1s; Blogger; Contacts and Circles; Drive; Gmail; Google+ Profiles, Pages and Streams; Picasa Web Albums; Google Voice and YouTube. You can also set up an auto-responder to emails sent to an inactive account.

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Before any action is taken with your account, Google will send a warning email to a specified secondary email and an SMS to your mobile phone.

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Nobody likes to think about death, but as we grapple with how our everyday internet services deal with our mortality, Google’s Inactive Account Manager may be a step forward to helping us and our loved ones close accounts if it ever becomes necessary.

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According to inside sources at Digital Trends, Google may be interested in acquiring mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, for a rumored US$1 billion.

The move may come as a surprise for some, as rumors had been circulating that Google would soon be launching its Google Babble (or Babel) app, a similar cross-platform messaging service. However, it is possible that Google simply plans on absorbing the technology and user base of WhatsApp into Babble.

Google knows it needs to improve its messaging services as highlighted by Google Product Manager Nikhyl Singhal’s confession to GigaOM in June last year, where he stated that Google’s current messaging options “have done an incredibly poor job of servicing our users.”

As such, WhatsApp makes an enticing acquisition as it is consistently the number one paid app in more than 100 countries with a user base size spread throughout more than 100 countries and 750 mobile networks. On New Year’s Eve 2012 alone WhatsApp saw a record 18 billion messages processed in a day.

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Google Keep finally go live

By on March 21, 2013

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The Google Keep note-taking service is officially launched and is accessible from the web and as an Android app from Google Play.

 

Google may have discontinued Reader, but a faux pas today might have revealed their next service. Google Keep looks to be a cloud-based, note-taking application in the same vein as Evernote and it went live today only to be taken down. Trying to visit all Keep-related sites at present brings up a 404 error. The initial spot was made by Android Police.

 

The interface for Google Keep seems to allow users to create notes with checklist items, text or images. Color coding and titling for the notes also seems to be possible from the screenshots that have surfaced. On the surface, Google Keep seems to have a superficial resemblance to the defunct Google Notebook which was slated to be a capturing service for collecting ‘research and personal notes’ including text, images, and links.

 

Google Keep is also expected to come with Google Drive integration. Many users save content and links by emailing it to themselves via their Gmail accounts. If Google Keep functions in the manner the screenshots indicate, then the new service should serve as a more elegant solution.

 

 

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Searching for an appropriate reaction GIF to your latest internet ‘debate’ will soon be easier than ever as Google has announced that it will be adding a filter in Google Images to let you search specifically for animated GIFs.

When you do an image search, click on ‘Search tools’ below the search box, then select ‘Animated’ under the ‘Any type’ dropdown box.

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Google may have discontinued Reader, but a faux pas today might have revealed their next service. Google Keep looks to be a cloud-based, note-taking application in the same vein as Evernote and it went live today only to be taken down. Trying to visit all Keep-related sites at present brings up a 404 error. The initial spot was made by Android Police.

 

The interface for Google Keep seems to allow users to create notes with checklist items, text or images. Color coding and titling for the notes also seems to be possible from the screenshots that have surfaced. On the surface, Google Keep seems to have a superficial resemblance to the defunct Google Notebook which was slated to be a capturing service for collecting ‘research and personal notes’ including text, images, and links.

 

Google Keep is also expected to come with Google Drive integration. Many users save content and links by emailing it to themselves via their Gmail accounts. If Google Keep functions in the manner the screenshots indicate, then the new service should serve as a more elegant solution.