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Commndr for Google Now removes ‘Note to Self’ voice prompt

Commndr for Google Now was a very welcome addition for users who wanted even more functionality for Google’s personal assistant program for mobile devices. But the “note to self’ prompt before every command was something some people found three syllables too many. The latest update to the app has now removed that prompt and you can go directly to what you want your phone to do without you actually touching it.

Android Wear can light lamps and make you popcorn

OK, so maybe it won't directly make you some movie time chow, but your Android Wear watch smartwatch can at least turn on the popcorn maker to start the process. In fact, it can turn on and off almost any smart appliance, taking the new generation of smartwatches beyond the simple notification mirroring that Google has so far been demonstrating.

Android security chief: anti-virus apps are overrated

When you are partly in charge of making a product, of course you want to project your product in the best light possible. But when Google's chief security engineer for all things Android, Adrian Ludwig, downplayed the value of anti-virus apps before Google I/O 2014, he might have projected a different and harmful image instead. While he claims that majority of users won't benefit from malware-hunting apps on Android, the number of malware on the platform, even those that get through Google Play Store's own bouncers, prove otherwise.

MindRDR lets you control Google Glass with just a thought

Google Glass might be theoretically freeing our hands from our smartphones, but it still needs our voices or our fingers for some of its actions. But what if you could make it do what you want just by thinking about it? That is what design studio This Place is creating MindRDR for, an app that brings the growing science of telekinesis to Google's smart eyewear.

Google Maps now lets you mark and measure between locations

If you’re the kind of person who likes to know the exact distance between two points, and to see this distance visually, then you’ll be extremely happy with the new update to the Google Maps, desktop version. It now allows you to plot your trips between two places, draw a line between them by clicking and dragging, so you can see how short or long it can take you to go between them.