Toggle Your System Settings With Google Search Voice Commands

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…)

Quick Tip: Set a Reminder for Daylight Saving Time in Google Now

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…)

Google Builds Mortgage Calculator Right Into Search

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 Cards From Your Favorite Apps are Now a Thing, Like a Really Awesome Thing

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…)

Now Live: You Can Now Control Your Nest With Google (Updated)

On Friday, we broke word that you were one step away from being able to control your Nest Thermostat using your voice in the Google Search app. As of this morning, the feature is live (pictured above). That’s right, the opt-in authorization pages that were 404-ing on Friday are now letting you move through to give “Works with Nest” the approval it needs in order to work with Google.  (more…)

Google App Now One Step From Being Able to Control Nest (Updated: It’s Live!)

Update:  It’s now live!

Shortly after Google acquired smartphone company, Nest, the thermostat and smoke alarm maker announced a “Works with Nest” program that would enable all sorts of smart products to interact with those made by Nest. Of course, the most obvious partner in this program is Google. In the announcement, Nest noted that this “Fall” we would be able to say to our phones, “OK, Google, set the temperature to 72 degrees,” or something along those lines and watch as our Nest changed temperatures. While we have yet to see this integration fully appear, it does look as though we are about one step away from it becoming a reality.  (more…)