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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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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.

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Being able to make your smartphone do things by just giving it a verbal command can be exceptionally useful when your hands are busy or when you're simply too lazy to type. Here are some ways you can use Google App voice commands for your phone.

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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.

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Android: Earlier this year, Google started allowing third-party app developers to place cards in Google Now. Today, the company has announced that it's greatly expanding this program with support for 70 new apps, including Spotify, Feedly and Runkeeper.

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Most of us have multiple email accounts, but you can only use Google Now with one of them at a time. If yours is a personal account, forward important work emails, like appointments, reminders and due dates, to your personal email so you can benefit from Google Now's personal assistant features.