Google’s New Location-Aware Search is Rolling Out and Awesome

Ever been in front of a restaurant and wondered when it opened, but didn’t want to bother with pulling out your phone, searching for its name in an app, then scrolling through information to find out its business ours? Or maybe you were standing in a park, looking at a monument and wondering just how tall that statue was? What about that lake in front of you, how deep is it? Google can answer questions like these for you, even if you don’t know the name of the restaurant, park, monument, or lake. With their recently launched (and unannounced) location-aware search, you can ask Google things about items nearby and based on your location, will give you answers.  (more…)

This is What Trip Bundles Look Like in Google’s Inbox

During Google I/O, Google pushed an update to Inbox that introduced the always-useful “undo send” button. While “undo send” stole headlines because it is a feature that you will all one day appreciate, another new feature was overlooked by many that may be equally important for those who travel frequently. That feature is called Trip Bundles, and Google took a minute yesterday during WWDC to talk in greater depth about what it is and how it can work for you.  (more…)

Can We Get a Better Digital Assistant Without Violating Our Privacy? [Opinion]

AI, or artificial intelligence, is an old idea, but it’s still probably the most important technological leap that we’ve yet to make. We’ve been inching closer with things like Google Now, Siri, and Cortana, but we are still so far away. As we inch closer, though, there’s an implementation battle happening. The question we have been asking for the past few years is whether Google will get better at design faster than Apple will get better at web services. I think the new question we need to wrestle with is, can Apple make better apps and services without violating our privacy faster than Google can do so by hoarding all of our information and possibly violating our privacy?
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Friday Poll: What Version of Android is Your Phone Running?

Earlier this week, Google updated its Android distribution numbers, showing that only a small group of users, at about 12%, are running the latest version of the OS available. Lollipop was released last year, and now that we are creeping towards the half of 2015, we would have hoped to see that number a bit higher.

Regardless, there are a lot of versions of Android still out in the wild, with plenty of ‘mid-range’ and even some ‘high-end’ models of phones running Jelly Bean and Kit Kat. Our question today is, what version of Android is your current smartphone running?

To see what version of Android you are on, head into Settings, About Phone, Software Info, then you should see exactly what your phone is running.

What version of Android is your phone running?

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Deal: Nexus 6 Drops to $499 at Best Buy and Amazon Too

Yesterday, Google surprisingly dropped the price of their flagship Nexus 6 by $150 on the Google Store. We assumed that the deal was a temporary, short-team thing that was exclusive to the Google Store. While the price slashing may be temporary, the deal is not exclusive to Google and has already been matched at other places you should be quite familiar with – Amazon and Best Buy.

If buying the Nexus 6 from the Google Store didn’t seem all that appealing or you have Amazon or Best Buy gift cards to blow through, now is your chance. The Nexus 6 can be had for as little as $499 (32GB) at either spot. The 64GB model has also been discounted by $150 as well, dropping it to $549.

Free shipping is included at all three places, but Amazon does have Prime shipping for those who are members.

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Google Maps Adds Real-Time Transit Info to 4 New Metros, Route Option Summaries

Google announced today that Google Maps and its real-time transit info is now available in four new metro areas, but also that “relevant journeys are handily arranged and summarized in the app.” Google doesn’t want you to miss your ride as you guzzle that “last sip of coffee,” but should you, these new summaries will help you always find another option.  (more…)