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76 Google Now Voice Commands You Should Be Using

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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!

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        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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