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76 Google Now Voice Commands You Should Be Using

76 Google Now Voice Commands You Should Be Using

Google Now is a simple, responsive personal assistant created by the hugely successful search engine Google that has been integrated into all Androids! All you need to do is say “Okay Google” to open Google Now in your Android smartphone and the microphone icon will will begin to pulse, indicating that your phone is listening. Now all you need to is say a command, but what should you say? What can you say? Here are more than 70 different commands you can use with Google Now to make almost every aspect of your daily life easier!

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    [As you can see, I have an iPhone. However, you can still use some of Google Now’s features on Apple products through the Google App. If you have an Android, then all of these commands will work on your phone!]

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    General Commands

    1. Search for [life hacks].
    2. Where was [Beyonce’] born?
    3. How do you say [thank you] in [French]?
    4. What does [tautology] mean?
    5. Who invented [the television]?
    6. What time is it in [Kuala Lumpur]?
    7. How old is [Bryan Cranston]?
    8. Stock price of [Apple]?
    9. What is [Google] trading at?
    10. Author of [“Cloud Atlas”]?
    11. Show me pictures of [the Northern Lights].
    12. How old is [Sean Bean]?
    13. What’s the weather like in [Manhattan] [tonight]?
    14. What is [12 miles] in [kilometers]?
    15. What’s [1,000] divided by [12]?

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    16. Post to Twitter [I love Lifehack]!
    17. Search [Tumblr] for [pizza].
    18. Open [Calculator].
    19. Open [Spotify].
    20. Take a photo.
    21. Record a video.

    Entertainment

    22. Open [lifehack.org].
    23. YouTube [how to trim own fringe].
    24. Play [Still Alive] by [GlaDOS].
    25. Who acted in [“Guardians Of The Galaxy”]?
    26. Who is the producer of [“Taxi Driver”]?
    27. Runtime of [“The Godfather”].
    28. What song is this?
    29. What movies are playing [tomorrow night]?
    30. Read [“The Girl With All The Gifts”].

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      Productivity

      31. Set an alarm for [7 am].
      32. Set a timer for [5 minutes].
      33. When is my [doctor’s appointment]?
      34. What is my schedule for tomorrow?
      35. Remind me to [buy pasta sauce at 5:30 pm].
      36. Make a note: [back-up laptop to hard-drive].
      37. Find [Siobhan Harmer’s] phone number.
      38. My bills due this week.
      39. Where’s my package?
      40. Wake me up in [4 hours].
      41. Create a calendar event: [meet Rosy at Luciano’s] [Saturday at 9 pm].

      Communication

      42. Call [Jonny].
      43. Text [April] [“please put the kettle on, I’ll be there soon”].
      44. Send email to [Alex H.], subject: [Broken iPad], message: [I tried to read in the bath again].
      45. Listen to voicemail.

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      Travel

      46. Map of [Birmingham].
      47. Where is the nearest [Indian restaurant]?
      48. Navigate to [the London Eye].
      49. Show me all of my flight information.
      50. Where’s my hotel?
      51. Show me restaurants near my hotel
      52. Show me the menu for [Wagamama’s].
      53. What is [100 dollars] in [pounds]?
      54. How far is [Paris] from [Cannes]?
      55. What are some attractions in [Tokyo]?
      56. Call the [MET].

      Sports

      57. How are [Liverpool FC] doing?
      58. Did [The New York Yankees] win their last game?
      59. When is the next [Barcelona] game?

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        Easter Eggs

        60. Roll dice.
        61. Flip a coin.
        62. Do a barrel roll.
        63. When am I?
        64. Make me a sandwich!
        65. What’s the loneliest number?
        66. Who are you?
        67. Who’s on first?
        68. Beam me up, Scotty!
        69. How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
        70. Up up down down left right left right.
        71. What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?
        72. Tea, Earl Grey, hot.
        73. When does the narwhal bacon?
        74. What does the fox say?
        75. Lions, and Tigers, and Bears…
        76. What is the nature of the universe?

        As our everyday lives become more integrated with the technology around us, applications like Google Now are becoming increasingly useful in all sorts of situations! You can even experiment with different phrases, perhaps ones that you feel most comfortable using, and see just how capable and responsive Google Now really is.

        Are there any other voice commands we’ve missed? Let us know!

        Featured photo credit: s3aphotography via flickr.com

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        Last Updated on February 15, 2019

        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

        Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

        Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

        Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

        So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

        Joe’s Goals

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          Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

          Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

          Daytum

            Daytum

            is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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            Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

            Excel or Numbers

              If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

              What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

              Evernote

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                I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                Access or Bento

                  If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                  Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                  You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                  Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                  All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                  Conclusion

                  I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                  What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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