Smartwatches are back in the news again thanks to Apple’s latest event, and it has me thinking about a topic that I am tired of thinking about. It’s not necessarily that I don’t want a smartwatch or that I can’t see their prospective usefulness, but rather, much of the press seems to be going through the motions of gazing out at the distant future and hoping it appears on the latest wearable.
Almost everyone seems to agree that Apple failed to provide a story for the product, or the ideal reason why we should want an Apple Watch, which has led to some people remaining skeptical until they try it and others waxing on about how it, unlike Android Wear, is going to change everything. It’s that second group that I’m growing weary of. I keep hearing stories about how the Apple Watch is going to save so much time, and how it will enable us to be more personable since we won’t be looking at our phones anymore, and how it will remove friction from our lives when we use our watch for everything.
Are smartwatches really the thing that will make us better conversationalists, use our phone less, and get more work done? Let’s take a look at some of the promises we have been hearing about smartwatches and examine just how viable they are. (more…)
Currently, the Google Now API is open to a limited amount of third party service providers, but according to Aparna Chennapragada, Director of Product Management for Google Now, an open API is in the works for Android. (more…)
At the end of January, Google announced that we would all soon start seeing 3rd party app cards appear in Google Now, a move that has the potential to make the service exponentially more useful, assuming you aren’t spammed to death and have enough control over each’s arrival. While I personally have not see any new 3rd party app cards, at least one of our readers started seeing them today. (more…)
Ever been on a long road trip in unfamiliar territory and wondered, “Am I going to make it to the next town before running out of gas?” Google will try to help answer that question in an automated fashion, thanks to a Google Now card that shows you gas stations on your route. (more…)
Using our voice to control a smartphone and tablet is a real treat, especially when considering how fast our mobile devices have evolved over the past few years. More specifically, Google Search and Google’s Voice Commands is evolving, and thanks to Lollipop, users can now toggle system settings (WiFi, Bluetooth, Flashlight) with nothing but their voice. (more…)
If you are like me, you constantly forget about Daylight Saving time. Heck, I honestly can’t tell you why it is even implemented. Maybe I should Google it. Anyway, here is a quick tip for all of you.
Start up Google Now, then say, “Daylight Saving time.” Google will give you the dates and times for this year, then will also place a reminder button right below for you to save the event to Google Now. Hit this button to make sure you remember to reset all of your home’s clocks the day of. (more…)
Starting today, a new feature has been built right into Search from Google – a complete mortgage calculator. Using this handy dandy calculator, users can estimate how much they can borrow, simply by throwing in a wanted monthly payment and APR.
Not only that, but you can also track monthly payments when you input the loan total and APR, allowing you to quickly make estimates. (more…)
Google Now and its lovely little cards, the part of Google Search and the Google app that make your life automated, is now so much more powerful thanks to an integration with 3rd party apps for the first time. That’s right, Google just announced that 40 different apps can now present you with Now cards to “help you out with your day-today life,” giving you the info you need right when you decide you need it. This is huge news. (more…)