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10 Brilliant Features Of Google Now You’ll Regret Missing

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10 Brilliant Features Of Google Now You’ll Regret Missing

For folks who don’t already know, Google Now is kind of like a virtual personal assistant – someone who follows you around and reminds you what to do and when to do it. Basically, Google Now does everything except kiss you good morning. And they’re probably working on an app for that, too.

Actually, there are more than 10 Google Now features mentioned in this article. But hey, I didn’t pick the title.

Instead of just choosing 10 random Google Now features by “cool factor” (Okay, I admit there is some “cool factor” selectivity going on; I left out the cards that had to do with boring stuff like reminders to take out the trash and go to doctors’ appointments), I clumped several Google Now cards into each of ten types of activities, like traveling, shopping, night life, and so on.

So in reality, you’re getting more bang for your buck in this article.

Hope you find it useful!

1. For Commuters:

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    Enter your work address, and Google Now’s Traffic & Transit Card will calculate the exact time it will take for you to drive to work and tell you about any traffic delays. You can also share your commute with friends and family so that they can check up on you. If you take public transportation, the Public Transit Card tells you what bus and train stations are near your location and the corresponding departure times.

    2. For Travelers:

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      Google Now’s Flights Card tells you what time to leave home in order to get to the airport 90 minutes early…and the nice thing is, you don’t even have to manually enter this information; Google Now pulls it from your confirmation email and calculates your commute time. The Boarding Pass Card stores the QR code from your boarding pass for scanning at the gate, and the Hotels Card stores your hotel’s location, contact information, and check-in times. If you’re traveling in another country, Google Now even offers a Translation Card and a Currency Card.

      3. For Online Shoppers:

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        If you ordered something and it is being shipped to you, Google Now’s Packages Card tells you what you ordered, from whom you ordered it, what time it shipped (down to the minute!) and its estimated arrival time. You can even track your package or view your confirmation email from this card.

        4. For Sportsaholics:

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          Google Now’s Sports Card allows you to keep track of how your favorite team is doing at a glance, even if you can’t be there to watch in person.

          5. For Stock Market Players:

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            Stock market investors can track their investments, based on stocks you’ve searched for or are tracking on Google Finance, using Google Now’s Stocks Card.

            6. For Fitness Geeks:

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              If you have an Android phone and have enabled Location Reporting and Location History enabled, Google Now will pop up an Activity Summary Card that estimates how many miles you’ve walked or biked in the last month.

              7. For Night Lifers:

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                If you have made reservations at a restaurant, Google Now’s Restaurant Reservations Card will pop up a reminder to tell you the name of the restaurant, its address, the time of your reservation, how long it will take you to walk there from your current location, and even offer you directions. If you’ve purchased tickets to a movie, concert, or other event, you’ll receive similar kid-glove treatment from the Movies Card, Concerts Card or Events Card.

                8. For Birthday Forgetters:

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                  Google Now’s Friends’ Birthday Card is a lifesaver for those who are “special event challenged”. If your friend is on Google Plus or is a Gmail contact and has their birthday listed, you’re all set!

                  9. For Emergencies:

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                    Google Now’s Public Alerts Card keeps track of emergency information from the National Weather Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and other sources. Good for places prone to wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and the like.

                    10. For TV Show Addicts:

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                      The New TV Episodes Card keeps track of your favorite TV show and lets you know what time the next episode airs. Not into TV? Check out the New Books, New Albums, or even the New Video Games Cards instead.

                      Now, go out there and enjoy Google Now – now! Now. Now…

                      http://www.google.com/landing/now/#cards

                      Featured photo credit: Google Logo in Building43/Robert Scoble via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on November 25, 2021

                      How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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                      How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

                      There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

                      Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

                        What Does Private Browsing Do?

                        When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

                        For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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                        The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

                        The Terminal Archive

                        While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

                        Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

                        dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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                        Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

                        Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

                        However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

                        Clearing Your Tracks

                        Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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                        dscacheutil -flushcache

                        As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

                        Other Browsers and Private Browsing

                        Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

                        If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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                        As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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