Watch Cortana, Siri, and Google Now Yell at Each Other and Go Insane

Cortana is the newest member of the virtual assistant family, so we thought we'd get the whole crew together for a chat. Turns out getting a sit-down between Siri, and Google Now is not only funny, but also a great glimpse at how the world will work after the machines finally take over. » 4/14/14 2:27pm 4/14/14 2:27pm

Google Now Is Finally Rolling Out to Chrome

It's been months in the making, but Google Now is ready to take over your desktop. The newest build for Chrome will include the preemptive search and personal assistant services for all users. You can expect to see the Google Now cards start popping out the notifications area any day now. » 3/24/14 2:01pm 3/24/14 2:01pm

Android Wear Video Walkthrough: It's Got the Basics Down

Until Android Wear actually comes out on some real hardware, it's not much more than a bunch of promises, some of which are a little lofty. But if you look at the developer preview, there's some good news: Android Wear gets the basics right. » 3/19/14 9:31am 3/19/14 9:31am

Android Wear Is Just a Google Now Watch (And That's Great)

Google just announced its first real foray into the frenzied fray of the smartwatch world: Android Wear. That's an accurate name for a wearable, Android-powered device, sure, but it's also a little misleading. This is a Google Now watch. And that's excellent news. » 3/18/14 4:17pm 3/18/14 4:17pm

Google Now Wants To Go Christmas Caroling With You

Google is all about packing that holiday cheer into its services this year. First with its auto-snowy, auto-twinkly pictures, and now with Google Now Christmas carol karaoke. Just pull out your Android device, suggest "let's go caroling" and you'll be drowning in merriment before you can say "get behind me Santa." » 12/17/13 9:52am 12/17/13 9:52am

Watch 50 Siri and Google Now Voice Commands in Action

Not sure which virtual assistant/life-partner to entrust with your personal well-being? PhoneBuff newest videos should make that choice at a least a little easier, showing you 50 different commands using both Apple's Siri (above) and Google's Google Now (below). » 12/05/13 6:00pm 12/05/13 6:00pm

Google Now Is Finally As Good on iOS as Android

Google just pushed a major update to its search app that effectively makes Google Now as useful on iOS as it is on Android. That means iPhone users can finally enjoy all those cool features like Google notifications telling you who won the World Series and what time to leave your house to make that appointment. » 11/05/13 12:34pm 11/05/13 12:34pm

How to Get the Best Features of Android KitKat Now

Android KitKat was just announced yesterday, and both carriers and manufacturers are already promising to roll it out as soon as possible. You don't have to sit around and wait though, you can get some of KitKat's newest and best features for the phone you already have, right now. Here's how. » 11/01/13 11:57am 11/01/13 11:57am

Why Google's Secret Smartwatch Is the First One You'll Actually Want

The smartwatches are coming. Whether you love 'em or hate 'em, there's no denying the coming onslaught. In fact, it's already started. Disappointed in the first wave? Don't worry. Google's entry is coming soon, and it's going to be awesome. » 10/29/13 12:20pm 10/29/13 12:20pm

Apple Just Bought (Another) Personal Assistant Maker

Looks like Siri might be getting an upgrade after Apple bought Cue, an app that makes personalized agendas based on scanning emails. TechCrunch's sources say that the purchase price was somewhere between $40 and $60 million, and that Apple plans to keep the company running. In other words, watch out Google Now. [ » 10/03/13 4:31pm 10/03/13 4:31pm

Microsoft's Siri Is Based on Cortana, Halo's Sexy AI Character

Microsoft is next in line to build a mobile personal assistant, one that's more than more than a robotic voice that obeys spoken commands. The feature will tie together all Microsoft products. So it's probably appropriate that it'll be named Cortana after the artificially intelligent character in Halo. » 9/12/13 12:00pm 9/12/13 12:00pm