NoSpot10 removes Spotlight search from your iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 14, 2017

If you never really use Spotlight, and it always ends up in your face when you don’t want it to be, then you might want to take a look a new free jailbreak tweak called NoSpot10 by CydiaGeek.

Installing this tweak lets you disable Spotlight in a system-wide manner, leaving you with simpler widget pages on the Home screen, Lock screen, and Notification Center. Read More

 

Cortana 2.0 for iPhone brings overhauled interface and faster performance

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2017

Microsoft today rolled out a major update to its Cortana personal assistant app for iPhone, with enhancements like faster page transitions, improved app responsiveness and overhauled user interface all part of the update. The new version arrived three months after its release on Android. Design improvements in Cortana 2.0, a free download from App Store, include a fresh new look with an improved user experience, immersive full-page answers and overhauled calling, texting and reminders. Read More

 

Could Google be bringing its advanced AI-powered Assistant to iPhone and iPad?

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 2, 2017

Assistant, Google’s conversational helper, debuted last year exclusively on Pixel smartphones before quickly making its way into Google’s voice-activated speaker, called Home, and the latest version of Android Wear. The power of the AI-driven feature is readily apparent in Allo, the search giant’s cross-platform messaging app.

As Assistant began reaching more Android devices, including third-party smartphones running Android 6.0 and Android 7.0, a Google director hinted Thursday that the technology could be coming to Apple’s iPhone and iPad in the future. Read More

 

Google starts rolling out Assistant to Android Nougat and Marshmallow smartphones

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 2, 2017

LG’s latest G6 flagship may have become the first non-Pixel phone to have Google’s new Assistant feature, but the search giant is focused on bringing its new personal assistant to as many other smartphones as humanly possible.

Keeping true to its promise, the Mountain View firm just started rolling out Assistant to smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow versions.

With Assistant, you just long press on the Home button or say “Ok Google” to get started. The advanced feature leverages Google’s knowledge graph, artificial intelligence and machine learning to better understand context of your questions. Read More

 

Google Home to launch in UK this spring

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 28, 2017

Amazon’s Echo will soon get some real competition as Google gears up to launch its Home smart connected speaker in the United Kingdom this spring. According to Rick Osterloh, Google’s Vice President of Hardware, Home’s “artificial intelligence skills and vast data” will give it the edge over Amazon’s voice-activated wireless speaker. Read More

 

Google’s dedicated search app gains filters for local results, Gboard & enhanced AMP support

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2017

Google’s dedicated search app was updated this morning on App Store with a trio of nice-to-haves. For starters, you can now easily filter your local search results for museums, coffee shops, restaurants and other places of interest. With an expanded support for Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), more webpages will now load instantly within the app. AMP-optimized webpages are denoted on search results with a lightning bolt icon. Lastly, you can now use Google’s gesture-driven Gboard keyboard in the mobile search app. Read More

 

How to use safe search mode on Twitter.com

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2017

Twitter has many user-focused tools for curbing offensive or abusive content on the service. If you prefer using the micro-blogging service in your web browser, you may want to enable a pair of toggles in settings to prevent unwanted content from cluttering your search results.

You can tell Twitter to prevent sensitive content as well as tweets from blocked and muted accounts from polluting your search results on Twitter.com, here’s how. Read More

 

As promised, Snapchat has gained universal search and updated look

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 24, 2017

As promised recently, Snapchat’s mobile application was refreshed on App Store this morning with an updated look and a brand new universal search feature. Snapchat 10.0 for iOS, a free download from App Store, puts a universal search bar at the top of the interface. Other aspects of Snapchat’s experience have been refined as well. The refreshed look was available to Android users for some time now as the company said it would reach iPhone users soon, and now it’s made good on that promise. Read More

 

Galaxy S8’s assistant to be called Bixby, offer camera-based visual search & text recognition

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 19, 2017

Galaxy S8 is widely expected to include a new Siri-like personal assistant, called Bixby, which may let users search for objects identified in a photograph and recognize text on images. These features should be integrated directly into Samsung’s standard Camera app via a dedicated Bixby button, SamMobile learned Thursday.

Aside from these rumored visual search features, Bixby is thought to let the user control all stock apps and conduct payments, similar to Apple’s Siri, and more. Read More

 

Tip: quickly fix mispronounced Siri queries with “Maybe You Said” suggestions

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2017

You may be probably aware that there is already a feature in iOS that sort of lets you type in your questions to Siri instead of using voice commands. It’s quite handy for those situations when talking aloud isn’t an option or Siri fails to recognize repeatedly what you said. Starting with iOS 10, Siri includes a “Maybe You Said” feature.

Taking advantage of machine learning and artificial intelligence, it suggests corrections for mispronunciations or incorrectly recognized queries. In this post, you’ll learn how to leverage this feature to avoid having to manually correct any mispronounced words. Read More

 
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