Monthly Archives: July 2012

Welcome to Google Now!

Google Now a new feature in Jelly Bean designed to make it easier to search for certain kinds of information. But thanks to XDA-Developers, you can try out Google Now!

Here is how it is described:

Google Now gets you just the right information at just the right time. It tells you today’s weather before you start your day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform, or your favorite team’s score while they’re playing. And the best part? All of this happens automatically. Cards appear throughout the day at the moment you need them. Appointments, commute time to work and back, flight data, sports, and a frighteningly accurate voice search functionality are just some of the “cards” you can scroll through inside of Google Now to find just what you need.

The XDA forum thread has full instructions, but be careful: you’ll have to root your Android device, modify system files, and reboot your phone a couple of times, so it’s at least annoying. Browse the forum thread before you make any changes, and be aware that in some cases it has caused apps to force-close randomly.

But finally, what are Google Now and Siri aiming at?


A Twitter with no replies

Don’t you think it’s annoying to read all the reply tweets on a Twitter profile? Yes, I do too. And guys at Twitter as well. When you visit a Twitter user’s profile, you may want to read original content rather than conversations.

Since June 2012, when you visit some verified profiles, you’ll see their tweets without replies. That is, you won’t see tweets that begin with a @username. But you can always switch to all tweets.

By the way, tweets beginning with a @username are only seen by people who follow both the tweet author and the @username at the beginning of the tweet. Let’s hope we’ll see this features on every profile then!


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