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Google’s voice commands on the desktop are nearly as awesome as they are on Android. While it can’t do everything its mobile counterpart can, the conversational search uses most of the same commands and can even set timers or reminders in Google Now. It’s just a little hard to reach sometimes.
iOS: If you have a lot of apps installed, it’s a good idea to go through and audit out what you don’t use now and again. However, doing so usually involves flipping through a lot of folders or messing around in iTunes. If you want a quicker way, iDownloadBlog shows off how to quickly see all your installed apps in a list using Spotlight.
PadMapper has long been one of our favourite apartment-hunting tools. Its incredibly useful Google Maps interface, multiple search filters and parking overlays make it one of the best places to start your rental search. When Craigslist revoked PadMapper’s access to its listings last year, creator Eric DeMenthon (in a totally badass move) brought it back using a backdoor API. We caught up with Eric to chat about his greatest challenges, biggest inspirations and more.
Chrome: You no longer have to tap the microphone or use a keyboard shortcut to launch Google’s voice search within Chrome. Instead, just as you can on a mobile device, just say “OK Google” to ask Google to look something up, convert things, or perform other tasks.
Google Now is an awesome personal assistant, but as customisation nuts (like us) might expect, it’s not exactly easy to tweak — and the recent update makes it even less so. There are, however, a number of things you can do to teach Google Now what you like and are interested in.
iOS: Su Chef makes finding new recipes to try and figuring out what to cook simple. Just run down the screen and tick off the things you’re interested in, your dietary preferences and what you have on-hand, and the app will sort and filter recipes and show you the results. Think of it as “advanced search” for food.
Mac: Finder isn’t the most exciting thing about OS X, but it’s the backbone for how you navigate the operating system. It’s your file browser, your search engine and your management area, but few of us really dig into everything it can do. With that in mind, here are a few tips and tricks for getting a bit more out of Finder.