Android: Google's card feed will helpfully show you updates for any stocks that you want to pay attention to. However, if you're getting updates for stocks you don't actually care about, they're harder to get rid of. Here's how to do it.
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Google's new Google Assistant appeared in every part of the company's hardware event yesterday. Google was less clear about how Assistant differs from Google Now, or Now On Tap, or Google's voice commands. To clear things up, here are some of Assistant's best new features, and how it fits into your Google life.
Google just launched its Google Pixel smartphones this morning. One of the biggest draw card for the Pixel is that it comes with Google Assistant already on-board. Google Assistant is, as the name suggests, a digital personal assistant that is activated by voice commands. It's the next-generation of Google Now, the company's existing voice assistant that is available across iOS and Android handsets. While Google Now is more static, Google Assistant can get to know individual users on a personal level and can do more than its predecessor. We asked Google to give us a demonstration of Assistant and we drill down on how it differs from Google Now.
Android: Google's voice commands are incredibly powerful. However, you might not have noticed that you can use them while watching videos on YouTube. Simply say "OK, Google" and you can send a bunch of commands directly to the app.
Android: It's no secret that Google Now On Tap was a little disappointing when it first came out. Now it's getting one handy feature. You can use it to easily share screenshots. It even removes all the clutter in your status bar.
Yesterday, Google announced YouTube Red. Google, blissfully unaware of what goes on in Incognito Mode, apparently thought that this was a good name for a service. It is not the first time that Google has made flagrantly terrible choices in naming stuff.
Yesterday, Google announced a new logo. While that wasn't a big deal, the company also started rolling out a new version of Google Now last night. This one is a lot different. For the better.
Android: Google Now on Tap was easily the coolest feature announced at Google I/O this year. However, you still can't use it yet. If you want to get an idea of how it works though, Microsoft has gone ahead and added the feature to its Bing app.
Privacy is important, and we should fight for it. I've said that many times. But when Windows 10 launched, I welcomed Cortana despite some concerns from privacy activists. It sounds hypocritical, but it's an easy disconnect to resolve, once you understand how privacy works as currency. Here's how I continue to advocate for a safer, privacy-focused Internet and still use these awesome free tools.
Android: Google Now has always been great for keeping you up to date on important stuff, and now it's even better. Google has teamed up with over 30 developers to add Google Now integration for tons of popular apps, including Pandora, Shazam and Kayak.