This video was made over 2 years ago. However, most of us still aren't taking advantage of the wonderful advances in voice recognition on our Android smartphones. Your phone or tablet really can understand what you want to do. Once you get used to telling your phone or tablet what you want to do, it is second nature. This little video is one of the best illustrations of what is possible on your smart phone or tablet. Just bring up Google Now on a Jelly Bean device and say: "Google". Then, tell it what you want to do. Or, just click the microphone. Until phones can read your mind, this is the next best thing.
Quick Tip: Use Nova Launcher to Access Google Now [Beginners' Guide] %u2013 Droid Life.
In addition to being named best new app, Google Now is finally becoming my best friend. It anticipates my needs, never talks back, doesn't empty my wallet, and always answers my questions accurately. However, since I use a third party application launcher (Nova Launcher is the best), I can't swipe down and bring up Google Now like I used to. What to do? Well, like all other things Android this feature is customizable. Follow the instructions in this tutorial, and you will be swiping up to bring up Google Now on your phone. It tracks my shipments of things I buy without user intervention, gives me a current weather report, tells me how the Rays lost another close game yesterday, tells me how long it will take me to drive wherever I need to go, and what the traffic will be like, gives me my schedule for the day, and shows me nearby events and vendors I will probably be interested in. Now, if I can train it to get me a cup of coffee...
Chrome & Drive for Android updated with interesting new features | AppsZoom Blog.
I am really enjoying the upgrades to Chrome for Android and Google Drive. Google never stops improving its products and services, and the scan feature of Drive is becoming one of my favorites. See something you want saved across all your computers and devices? Just take a photo in Drive, and it is saved to Google Drive. Google Drive is also getting a Google Now card style interface. Want full screen browsing and tabs on your tablet. Just update Google Chrome for Android. Want to voice search on your desktop? You can do that too. Don't worry Apple, you don't really need to innovate these features. Google is adding them to Google for iOS. How do you like them apples?
American Civics | Khan Academy.
I have always loved the idea of Khan Academy, which has become one of the leading educational sites on the Internet. Free, and effective, education about math and science and economics on the Internet, what's not to like? However, math and science have never been strong interests of mine, so I didn't spend a lot of time there. Now, Khan Academy is branching out into the Humanities, which is in my wheelhouse, and it is going to be wonderful. Are you interested in an even handed discussion of Obamacare, the Government's Financial Condition, or Medicare Sustainibility, among other topics? Are you interested in Art? Check out these lessons. This is what the Internet should be all about.
Google I/O 2013.
As I posted previously, if you missed Google I/O, you can watch it all at this site. So, instead of watching that marathon of whatever lame TV floats your boat, spend a few hours learning about the future of computing, Google style.
Google Now style voice search now live in Chrome stable channel | Android Central.
While we are on the subject of inexpensive legal dictation systems, you should be aware of the new Chrome upgrades that bring voice search to your notebook or desktop browser. If you use Chrome as a browser, (and you should be), just click Settings, and Help, and you will be updated to the latest stable Chrome iteration. When you relaunch and go to Google.com, you will see a little microphone in the search box. You can now do voice searches on your computer, and full text dictation is on the way. So, you won't need to use the Android phone trick anymore once this functionality is plugged in. Just click, and dictate.
How to: Poor (or Cheap) Attorney%u2019s Dragon Dictation with Android | The Droid Lawyer%u2122.
The Droid Lawyer writes about a trick he was shown by a reader that works very well. Apparently, by opening a document on the laptop or desktop in Google Drive, and then opening the same document on an Android phone, you can dicate on the phone and it is synced instantaneously on the desktop or laptop. Very slick. I prefer to type, as I am faster and more accurate with my fingers. Thank my dear mom, who made me take a typing class during a summer in high school. Who knew that, in addition to being in a class with all girls, that I would use the skill my entire life? I do talk to my phone, and get directions and short texts and memos are done with voice. However, memos and pleadings and such are all done with my fingers. If you aren't a fast typist, however, this frugal lawyer trick can be a godsend.
Teens: Facebook is just, like, too much drama | Technically Incorrect - CNET News.
It was inevitable. As adults discover that they can connect with long lost high school friends on Facebook, and lawyers discover that they can mine Facebook for discovery in litigation, teens have discovered that there are better ways to communicate with each other without being followed around by their nosy parents. It was a foregone conclusion that, when parents started using Facebook, they would demand to be friended by their teens. And, most teens absolutely, positively do not want their parents to see everything they post. Of course, they can send private messages to each other; but, that limits the scope of their teen connections. So, what to do? Why, start using Twitter more, of course. And, find alternative social networks that parents haven't discovered yet. It's an old story. Facebook has become old hat. The good news is that your teens will grow up, and, when they need money, they will always find you on Facebook.
Google Hangouts %u2013 Google Hangouts.
Google's new unified messaging is very cool. I deleted my Text messaging app, and no longer make calls with the Phone app. Just bring up hangouts, and enter a phone number or an email address. You have the option to make a regular phone call, a video phone call, send a text, or send an email to any of your contacts, which are synced across all your devices. One stop communicating. What a concept.
Google app update for Android adds auto-backup and enhancement tools for photos.
The new Google+ interface is a rich environment for collaboration and discussion with like minded souls. However, the new photo improvements will make the service much more useful for social interaction as well. Along with the unified Hangouts messaging system, it shows that Google is never standing still, and is always looking for better ways to do things. The updates are available now in the Play Store.