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Google Now can search within apps… now!

Google's latest update to its Android Google Now app has just made things ever clever: It can trigger searches within apps. In a post on the Android Developers Blog, the example is given of voice searching "Ok Google, search pizza on Eat24" or "Ok Google, search for hotels in Maui on TripAdvisor.". Then rather than…

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James O'MalleyGoogle Now can search within apps… now!
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The Digest: Samaritans app flags worrying tweets… and 5 other things people are talking about today

Samaritans app monitors Twitter feeds for suicide warnings | The BBC "Samaritans Radar uses an algorithm to identify key words and phrases which indicate distress. They include 'tired of being alone', 'hate myself', 'depressed', 'help me' and 'need someone to talk to'. Users who have signed up for the scheme will receive an…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Samaritans app flags worrying tweets… and 5 other things people are talking about today
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OK Google, tell me about a trip to a Google-centric universe

Last week an invite arrived in my inbox from Google to see a new... thing... the company had put together. It wasn't hugely specific, so I was intrigued - just what is Google doing in London? Today, I found out. At one o'clock I joined a tour of assembled hacks as we took a trip…

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James O'MalleyOK Google, tell me about a trip to a Google-centric universe
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The Digest: Web inventor ‘staggered’ by hateful people online are… and 4 other things people are talking about today

Tim Berners-Lee: hateful people on the web are 'staggering' | The Guardian "Sir Tim Berners-Lee has expressed sadness that the web has mirrored the dark side of humanity, as well as enabling its wonderful side to flourish. The developer, who created the web in 1990 while working for the particle collider project Cern…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Web inventor ‘staggered’ by hateful people online are… and 4 other things people are talking about today
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Deezer acquires podcast app Stitcher

Spotify-style streaming service Deezer has announced that it has acquired Stitcher, a podcasting app. Wait, who? Deezer, which launched in 2007, is a streaming service a bit like Spotify - and has been almost entirely focused on music until now. Meanwhile Stitcher is a podcast app: The premise is that you tell Stitcher what you…

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James O'MalleyDeezer acquires podcast app Stitcher
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Microsoft launches three Android apps (!)

How about this for some unexpected news? Despite having Windows Phone to attend to, Microsoft has dipped its toe into Android waters by launching three new Android apps - including one which will give your phone a new lock screen. The apps come out of "Microsoft Garage", which seems to be a "skunk works" type…

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James O'MalleyMicrosoft launches three Android apps (!)
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Hailocab launches in-cab payments

The taxi wars are hotting up as today Hailocab has announced new features - including the ability to use Hailo to pay for cabs you've hailed on the street. It sounds pretty clever: The way "Pay with Hailo" works is that when hailing a cab from the street as you might do normally (well, if…

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James O'MalleyHailocab launches in-cab payments
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The Digest: Google launches Inbox app… and 4 other things people are talking about this morning

Google has launched the Inbox app in an attempt to solve email headaches, says the Guardian: "Unveiled this week, Inbox is an app for Android and for iPhone, with an invite-only launch that mirrors the debut of Gmail in 2004. Its features include the ability to organise similar emails in 'bundles', from bank…

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Stuart O'ConnorThe Digest: Google launches Inbox app… and 4 other things people are talking about this morning
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Uber adds 6 and 8 seater cars to its fleet in London and Manchester

Controversial taxi upstarts Uber has announced that bigger cars are now available in London and Manchester, in a service called "Uber XL". In London this means you can get a car with up to six seats - and in Manchester, apparently up to 8 seats. We presume the seat difference isn't because Londoners are significantly…

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James O'MalleyUber adds 6 and 8 seater cars to its fleet in London and Manchester