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Google Music and Sonos finally play together

FINALLY!

Google Now on the Desktop

I can understand how this can be useful.

Watch Android Wear on YouTube

Android Wear has automatically gone into my want category

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Google says it’s bringing turn-based and real-time multiplayer capabilities to iOS. Should developers choose to integrate the service with their games, they’ll be able to enable gamers with Android and iOS devices to play against each other cross-platform.

This could be awesome. Let’s stop this petty division between platforms and allow gamers, either casual or intense, to play against each other.

Google Play Music update lets you create radio stations based on playlists

Google Play Music update lets you create radio stations based on playlists

Roku is going to be offering a new version of its Roku Streaming Stick to compete with the massively popular Google Chromecast.

This may appeal to some folks who don’t get Chromecast. Yes, there are people put there like that. I think the lack of remote for some is a stumbling block. But the Roku Streaming Stick will be $50 compared to Google’s $35. Will the remote help? We’ll see.

Here’s a link to compare the Roku Streaming Stick to the other offerings in Roku’s lineup: Compare Roku Products

Roku is going to be offering a new version of its Roku Streaming Stick to compete with the massively popular Google Chromecast.

This may appeal to some folks who don’t get Chromecast. Yes, there are people put there like that. I think the lack of remote for some is a stumbling block. But the Roku Streaming Stick will be $50 compared to Google’s $35. Will the remote help? We’ll see.

Here’s a link to compare the Roku Streaming Stick to the other offerings in Roku’s lineup: Compare Roku Products

Google Fiber is expanding to 34 new cities…but unfortunately mine is not one of them. Is yours?

Exploring New Cities for Google Fiber

Google Fiber is expanding to 34 new cities…but unfortunately mine is not one of them. Is yours?

Exploring New Cities for Google Fiber

It’s Not The Information, It’s The Knowledge

My latest post on Medium.

Google Play Edition to Replace the Nexus Branding Come 2015? | Androidheadlines.com

I am a fan of the Nexus line. They are inexpensive high powered stock Android devices. The key word in that sentence was inexpensive. The Google Play Edition (GPE)of phones are nice (especially for those of us who enjoy stock Android) but the price is extremely high. Which makes sense because it’s usually a manufacturer’s flagship device. But I don’t see the sales numbers for GPE devices being anywhere near the sales numbers of Nexus devices.

The way I can see Google pushing GPE devices and ending the Nexus line is if they subsidize the devices to bring the price closer to that of current prices of Nexus devices.

Google has quietly released the conversational search that the announced at I/O to the masses.
“The update means that users can now search the Internet and ask Google questions from the desktop using only their voice. The idea is that people should be able to use words and phrases used in everyday conversation, rather than the strict keywords that have been embedded in our brains over the last decade or so.
The user could ask, for instance, ‘How do I get to Wembley Stadium?’, and Google will interpret the question and then serve up relevant route information via Google Maps. As with Google Now, the service also draws on information stored through other Google products and services. If the user asks when their flight is supposed to leave, or if they’re free later this afternoon, the service will automatically dig into Google Calendar to check.”
As cool as the update is, I’m asking myself how much I would use it on my laptop. Yes, I do want the Tony Stark experience of talking to a computer like Jarvis and having the computer do the query as I do something else. However I don’t believe we’re there yet. At least with this release. You still have to have Google up to do these searches. I want to have them done in the background. Imagine having to type a paper and instead of stopping your workflow to search something on Google, you just say, “OK Google…” and have the search done with out missing a beat. That is when I’ll see true value out of the product.
Hyperlinks
Google’s Conversational Search Now Live In Chrome :: http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/05/22/googles-new-conversational-search-feature-is-live-in-the-latest-version-of-chrome/

Google has quietly released the conversational search that the announced at I/O to the masses.

“The update means that users can now search the Internet and ask Google questions from the desktop using only their voice. The idea is that people should be able to use words and phrases used in everyday conversation, rather than the strict keywords that have been embedded in our brains over the last decade or so.

The user could ask, for instance, ‘How do I get to Wembley Stadium?’, and Google will interpret the question and then serve up relevant route information via Google Maps. As with Google Now, the service also draws on information stored through other Google products and services. If the user asks when their flight is supposed to leave, or if they’re free later this afternoon, the service will automatically dig into Google Calendar to check.”

As cool as the update is, I’m asking myself how much I would use it on my laptop. Yes, I do want the Tony Stark experience of talking to a computer like Jarvis and having the computer do the query as I do something else. However I don’t believe we’re there yet. At least with this release. You still have to have Google up to do these searches. I want to have them done in the background. Imagine having to type a paper and instead of stopping your workflow to search something on Google, you just say, “OK Google…” and have the search done with out missing a beat. That is when I’ll see true value out of the product.

Hyperlinks

Google’s Conversational Search Now Live In Chrome :: http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/05/22/googles-new-conversational-search-feature-is-live-in-the-latest-version-of-chrome/