Geek Squeaks #2015-15 (Featuring: 70+ Useful Google Now Voice Commands— and MORE STUFF)

August 21, 2015

70+ Useful Google Now Voice Commands – I am a big Android smartphone and tablet user. I am finding more and more of using Google’s version of a virtual personal assistant called Google Now. What amazes me is how accurate Google Now is in interpreting what I am saying. If you are like me and you find Google Now to be very useful, then check out trendblog.net’s infographic on their “Awesome List Of 70 Google Now Voice Commands“.

Google Now Commands

DSpeech Upgraded DSpeech is a portable app program that will read text back to you. I find it very helpful when composing documents where I can have the document read back to me. Really makes a difference in the final product of the document when you can actually hear what you have written. 

Dspeech

Wunderlist Has A New Design – Just plucked this off of the Wunderlist blog site that indicates there is a new user interface for Wunderlist. “The new-look Wunderlist is available on Web, Chrome and Windows 7 today and will be coming to iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android and Windows 10 this year, plus a host of new updates too”… — READ MORE

Wunderlist

Quickly Search For Files On Your Android Smartphone or Tablet – What I find when using Google to search my phone, the search is limited to my contacts and apps. If you would like something that will dig a little deeper then take a look at the app called Andro Search. This app when installed will create an index of the files on your computer to make searching for files fast. Andro Search can be described as a full-text instant search over your Documents/Files, Contacts, and Apps – An efficient powerful search engine and launcher on your Android.

 Andro Search (

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A NEW FREE Ad-Supported Version of Google Play Music

June 24, 2015

You need to check out Google Play Music. Google has launched here in the U.S. a NEW FREE ad-supported version of Google Play Music. The theory behind this is that you will like the FREE version so much that you will become a subscriber. I am still nosing around and so far I am liking what I am seeing. I do not know what the frequency of the ads will be…

Google Play Music

 

At any moment in your day, Google Play Music has whatever you need music for—from working, to working out, to working it on the dance floor—and gives you curated radio stations to make whatever you’re doing better. Our team of music experts, including the folks who created Songza, crafts each station song by song so you don’t have to. If you’re looking for something specific, you can browse our curated stations by genre, mood, decade or activity, or you can search for your favorite artist, album or song to instantly create a station of similar music.

To learn more CLICK HERE

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See The First Monthly Report For Google’s Self-Driving Car Project

June 7, 2015

As Google continues to refine the technology that is behind the self-driving car, you can see their May 2015 report HERE (which if the first report of its’ kind)… If you want to follow along as this technology evolves, you can visit Google’s self-driving car project web site HERE …

We’ve made a lot of progress with our self-driving technology over the past six years, and we’re still learning. Every day we head out onto public streets so we can keep challenging and refining our software. HERE are some highlights from our recent testing; all metrics are as of June 3, 2015.

In the six years of our project, we’ve been involved in 12 minor accidents during more than 1.8 million miles of autonomous and manual driving combined. Not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident. — source: Google

Google's Self-Driving Car

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How To Determine If Your Website Is Mobile-Friendly

May 1, 2015

Let’s face it, our mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) have become an attachment to our self. As a result, when we use the web browser on these devices we want the websites to load and fit the screen size without having to make adjustments. Web sites that are able to automatically make these adjustments are known as mobile-friendly sites. I know myself, if I visit a site on my smartphone and it is difficult to read and navigate, I typically will not revisit the site.

How important is this? If your site is not mobile-friendly (not formatted to fit the screen) there is a possibility your Google PageRank will be affected (read this). Of course site content is a major factor in maintaining a high PageRank; however, Google is now also factoring mobile friendliness into this mix, as well. To learn more about Google PageRanking  CLICK HERE

Mobile Friendly - What's On My PC

 

How To Determine If Your Site Is Mobile-Friendly

If you want to determine if your site (or any site for that matter) is mobile-friendly, I encourage you to take the Mobile-Friendly Test at the Google Developers web site.

 This test will analyze a URL and report if the page has a mobile-friendly design.

Learn more about the mobile-friendly criteria and how it may affect Google’s search results by reading our blog post.

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Send Notes and Send Directions To Your Phone From Google Search

April 26, 2015

This week’s hot Google news is similar news from last week, with a different twist, where you can go to the Google Search page (or the Google Chrome’s omnibox) and type in “find my phone” (see article here).

This week Google revealed you can go to the Google Search page (or the Google Chrome’s omnibox) and type  “Send Directions” (to push driving directions to your phone) or “Send Note” (to push a note to your phone). Appears you have to be signed into your Google account through your web browser (Google Chrome) to make this work. READ MORE…

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