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Google+ Photos icon updated in Chrome OS…

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Noticed tonight that the Google+ Photos icon for Chrome OS has been updated to the NEW icon that has been pushed through to all other Google+ products.

Google has pushed out a big update to the Google+ app for iOS. Version 4.6.0

Google Wallet app now lets you add cards just by photographing them.

google walletJust a day after Google launched a physical card to allow you to more easily withdraw cash and spend your Google Wallet balance, the company has released an update to the Android appallowing you to add additional cards just by photographing them.  Add a credit/debit card just by taking a picture. Both the number and expiration date will be captured automatically …   ( Story by 9to5 Google )

‘Ok Google’ Voice Search Arrives in Chrome OS Dev Channel…

Your Chromebooks will soon get the magical “OK Google” voice command, just like the Android brotherhood.

So saying something like “Ok Google, find a bakery near me” will list suggestions for “find a bakery near me” – in this case just a normal Google Search.

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How to activate “OK Google” in a Chromebook

As mentioned above, be sure to be on the Chrome OS Dev channel.
Enable the experimental app launcher start page flag – chrome://flags/#enable-app-launcher-start-page.
Yes, Chromebooks (Chrome OS) now has the ability to initiate a search when you say “OK Google”.

Google has added a “voice recognizer plugin” to make this feature work offline too. So, even when you are offline, you can get things (that do not need a connection) done using this command.

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François Beaufort, of Google mentions this should just be the beginning. Right now you can only search, but eventually Google should optimize voice actions to work system-wide (much like with Android). Ideally, this will turn into a Google Now variant for the Chromebook. It will probably be able to perform actions like “Open Gmail”, “Open Google Play Music” and more.

Possibilities are limitless François says. This feature is just in its early stages, so we will soon see pretty useful things coming our way.

You can imagine the potential with this type of feature.

With the Google website already supporting more complex voice searches and Google Now features slowly creeping into Chrome itself, it’s only a matter of time before “Ok Google” becomes the fastest – and best – way to search on your Chromebook.

Have you order your Google Wallet Card ?

Google Wallet users in the US can now get a physical card from Google. It’s free, but you need to verify your identity, which means you’ll have to provide more information to Google: the last four digits of Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) and more.

“The Google Wallet Card is a physical prepaid debit card that allows you to access your Wallet Balance in the real world, at ATMs, banks, and wherever MasterCard® Debit is accepted. If you’re in the US, and you have already verified your identity, you can request a Wallet Card from the desktop site at wallet.google.com, or from the mobile app. Once you receive and activate it, you’ll be able to pay with the Wallet Card at online and physical stores that accept MasterCard® Debit, and make cash withdrawals at ATMs or banks.”

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( More on this article from Google Operating System… )

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Mood and device statuses for Hangouts now appearing on the desktop.

 

You can now see your friends’ device and mood statuses in Hangouts on the desktop.

The feature, introduced in the latest version of Hangouts for Android and iOS allows you to express your mood in the form of emoji, as well as letting people know what device you’re currently using, such as a laptop, phone or tablet.

The feature remained absent for desktop Hangouts, that is until today. The update should be rolling out to everyone now, but works slightly differently to the mobile apps.

( more on this article from Google Plus Daily here… )

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Google Flight Search adds save option to access flights on all devices

OK GoogleGoogle Voice SearchGoogle today announced it’s adding a handy new feature to its Google Flight Search tool that allows users to find and book flights. Now, when viewing a flight on Google Flight Search on the web or your mobile device, you’ll be able to hit a small star icon that will save your flight to a “Save Flights” section.     More on this article

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Twitter Doubles Silicon Valley Office Space

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With the hype around its recent IPO still buzzing in our ears, Twitter has leased an additional 10,000 square feet at its offices at Sunnyvale Business Park, 400 West California Ave, Silicon Valley, more than doubling the 8,000 square feet it occupied before.          More on this article…

Google Search for iOS updated. Major improvements to Google Now.