Google Now gets nine new voice actions in latest update

Google_Now_New_Voice_Commands_NPR_FullGoogle is always seeking ways to make Google Now better with each and every update. The newest update brings nine new voice controls to Android users.

The update is only available on Android as of now, with iOS to come later. In the update, nine new voice actions make their way to Google Now and there’s nothing you need to do to activate them. Just say “Ok Google” and then the command. Some of the new actions include turning on Bluetooth, turning on Wi-Fi, opening up the camera and even turning on the flashlight if your device has one. These can all be controlled even when you’re without a cellular connection.

Google also added the capability to read out your latest text messages and newest notifications from popular social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and more. Other controls include playing music in your library, opening up a webpage, making a phone call, sending a quick text, or setting an alarm. Google also makes it possible to search for settings, which will then open up the setting page in which you want to alter. This can be done with things like data usage and screen brightness.

The update should be applied to your Google Search app rather shortly if it has not already.

Via: Gizmodo


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How to Hide Posts from Certain Facebook Friends

How to Hide Posts from Certain Facebook Friends is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

If don’t want to unfriend a Facebook friend, but you don’t want them to see any of your future posts, here’s how to hide posts from certain Facebook friends.

Facebook is a great place to share your latest experiences with the people who matter most to you, including friends, family, and even acquaintances. While you can completely choose who you have as Facebook friends (and set the privacy levels as far as what your friends can and can’t see), sometimes you just have to friend someone that you may not really want to friend.

Why is that, though? Well, it could come down to not wanting to offend someone. If your aunt loves using Facebook and sends you a friend request, it might get a little awkward the next time you see her if you ignored her request.

Read: 31 Facebook Tips & Tricks

Furthermore, if you’re currently Facebook friends with someone, it could raise a red flag for that someone that you unfriend. While they won’t get a notification or anything, there are many Facebook users are so infatuated with having as many friends as possible that they’ll certainly notice if their friend count went down, and they’ll look to see who it was that unfriended them. Heck, there are services out there that can notify you when someone unfriends you.

So if you don’t want to cause any drama by unfriending someone or ignoring their friend request, here’s how to hide posts from certain Facebook friends that you don’t truly want to be Facebook friends with.

How to Hide Posts from Certain Facebook Friends

On the Facebook mobile app, you have some options as far as who sees your Facebook post. Whenever you go to post something new on Faceboom, you can tap next to the To: and customize who will be able to see that post.

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You can select options like Public, Friends, and any Smart Lists or Custom Lists that you may have put together in the past. From the mobile app you can also custom select your friends one-by-one who you’d like to see your post, and simply leave out those who you don’t want seeing your stuff.

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The easiest option, however, is to do the opposite and select only the Facebook friends that you don’t want seeing your Facebook posts. However, you can’t do this on the Facebook mobile app.

Instead, we’ll need to do this on the Facebook website in the web browser on your computer.

When you have the Facebook website open, go up to where you would post something and then click on the button that says Friends (it could also say Public or something else depending on your privacy settings). A drop-down menu will appear. Click on More Options to reveal…well…more options.

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From there, click on Custom. A new pop-up will appear.

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You’ll want to go into the section called Don’t share with, and from here you’ll simply enter in the names of your Facebook friends who don’t want seeing your Facebook posts.

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Once you’re done, click on Save Changes. From now on, whenever you post something new, those people who you included in that list will not see what you post. Plus, this custom setting will now show up in the Facebook mobile app as an option to choose.

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With this method, you’ll still be full Facebook friends with this person, but they simply won’t see anything that you post. Even if they visit your Facebook page and look at your timeline, they won’t see your posts that you excluded them from. It will simply look like you haven’t posted anything in a while.

Of course, if you want to post something on Facebook and want all of your friends to see it, simply just click on that box and select Friends. This will allow all of your Facebook friends to see your post.

How to Hide Posts from Certain Facebook Friends is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

Android Authority this week – December 27, 2015

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Happy Holidays, Android fans! This week brought us rumors about the Galaxy S7’s release date, Marshmallow update news, rumors about Google’s plans for a new messaging service, the release of the Galaxy A9, HTC One X9, and new generation LG G Pad, more reports about the Xiaomi Mi 5, and a slew of Google Play store deals.

Inside AA HQ

We’ve worked hard this year, bringing you news, features, reviews, and how-to’s around the clock, so we think we deserve some downtime. The entire AA team is taking a little time off to be with family and enjoy the Christmas spirit. But we’ll be back before you know it!

Before we left for holidays this week, we brought you our top apps of the year, our top games of the year, and our Best of Android 2015 awards. Check them out!

The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Top news of the week

Galaxy S7 release

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http://www.androidauthority.com/china-mobile-galaxy-s7-in-march-663792/


Marshmallow updates

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New Google Messenger and Ford partnership

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LG G Pad II

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Play deals!

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Galaxy A9: 6-inch goodness

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Xiaomi Mi 5 rumors

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One X9 released

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