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Google Now Arrives In Chrome For Windows and Mac

samzenpus posted about 8 months ago | from the get-it-while-it's-hot dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Google today announced Google Now is coming to the Chrome stable channel for Windows and Mac 'starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks.' This means Google Now notifications will finally be available to desktop and laptop Chrome users, in addition to Android and iOS users. To turn the feature on, all you need to do is sign in to Chrome with the same Google Account you're using for Google Now on mobile. If you use Google Now on multiple devices, you will need to manage your location settings for each device independently (change Location Reporting on Android and iOS)."

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Watch out (2)

recoiledsnake (879048) | about 8 months ago | (#46566765)

Google will track which stores you visit if you turn on Google Now on your Android phone.

http://digiday.com/platforms/g... [digiday.com]

Re:Watch out (3, Informative)

mystikkman (1487801) | about 8 months ago | (#46566869)

Google will track which stores you visit if you turn on Google Now on your Android phone.

http://digiday.com/platforms/g... [digiday.com]

Not just Android phones, even iOS devices.

If iOS users open their Chrome, Gmail or Google Maps app in a store, their location can be deemed a store visit

Even the Gmail app snoops on you. Why does it need your location? Sigh.

Re:Watch out (2)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 8 months ago | (#46567109)

Not just Android phones, even iOS devices.

If iOS users open their Chrome, Gmail or Google Maps app in a store, their location can be deemed a store visit

Even the Gmail app snoops on you. Why does it need your location? Sigh.

Block it - Settings->Privacy->Location Services->Gmail - slide the slider to OFF to turn off ability for that app to use location services.

I assume Android has a similar setting (it's been around since iOS 5 or so).

You could also turn off location services globally, but that's a pain as you lose all ability to use GPS, especially maps and such.

I have GMail, but it doesn't show on Location Svcs (1)

rsborg (111459) | about 8 months ago | (#46569293)

Block it - Settings->Privacy->Location Services->Gmail - slide the slider to OFF to turn off ability for that app to use location services.

So I don't see it there, I only see Google Maps. Am I supposed to block Google Maps?

Look again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46569635)

You can only block this at the application level. Are you accessing gmail in the browser?

If not, look again, because Gmail is definitely in the list.

Re:Watch out (1)

grub (11606) | about 8 months ago | (#46570693)

I have location services turned off for most things.
You can also turn off background updates for any apps, including Google's: Settings -> General - Background App Refresh
Prevents the app pinging away and having them geolocate you through your IP as you travel around.

Re:Watch out (2)

tthomas48 (180798) | about 8 months ago | (#46567131)

It tells me the time with traffic to places I go most frequently. I find it very useful that Google knows my location, it's trivial to turn off, and is off by default.

Re:Watch out (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46573427)

dumb phones, ftw.

the world would be a much nicer place if people would leave their igadgets and such at home.

Re:Watch out (4, Funny)

Lumpio- (986581) | about 8 months ago | (#46567059)

What? A company whose revenue is mostly based on targeted ads TRACKS people? Oh no! How could they do this to us!

Re:Watch out (2)

NatasRevol (731260) | about 8 months ago | (#46567517)

You get what you pay for.

And the advertisers do too.

Re:Watch out (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46570063)

recoiledsnake is a well known microsoft PR shill. Please disregard whatever he says.

Re:Watch out (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46571559)

Please disregard whatever he says.

Won't matter anyway.

Slashdot is pretty much a Microsoft property now. You won't get any balance here, just the hourly Scroogling, so the 'softies can indulge in their 2 minutes of hate.

Globul Warming BULLSHIT (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46566871)

Cmon you pathetic socialist shitbirds. AGW is proven to be a sham, yet you still push it as a tool to steal more money.

http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/if_temperatures_dont_rise_the_hype_must#.Uy9waXK0EU4.twitter

Science? How does it work?

Evidence? How does it work?

Fuckwads.

I am so glad I dumped Chrome (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46566873)

Interface changes, surprisingly bloaty, crashed all the time... I've been using Chrome since it launched in 2008 and watched it slide from a fast, albeit memory heavy app with no cruft to a confusing, massively bloated, unstable beast that gets worse with every iteration.

I went back to Firefox everywhere except my workstation and the change has been night and day.

Google can suck it for all I care

Re:I am so glad I dumped Chrome (1)

c00rdb (945666) | about 8 months ago | (#46566925)

u mad?

Re:I am so glad I dumped Chrome (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46569915)

Awe, it's cute that you think people give a shit about your incompetence.

Re:I am so glad I dumped Chrome (1)

konohitowa (220547) | about 8 months ago | (#46577043)

Apparently you're the only one that cared enough to say so.

YES PLEASE (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46566883)

I so want google to know more about me, to track my every movement to monitor everything I do.

AGW!!! Obama Saved Us! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46566917)

The report goes on to claim:

        A great and rich power will be subject to serious natural disasters,
        particularly earthquakes and flooding, and rend the nation from end to end, causing enormous conflict, despair, and misery. The wealthy power will be bankrupted attempting to deal with its disasters. Three other great nations will send aid to help the citizens survive.

Oh I'm sorry, that's not from the IPCC report, that's from the Prophecies of Nostradamus, Volume I, Century VIII quatrain 29.

Google Now Arrives in Chrome? (5, Funny)

uCallHimDrJ0NES (2546640) | about 8 months ago | (#46566943)

What was Google planning to wear before it decided on this new metallic look?

a bakini (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46567557)

and some wellington boots

Spam? (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46566949)

Article should be filed under spam when words like "finally" and "all you need to do is sign" is included.
The product name is also included in every sentence.

Google Now scares the living (1)

Rinikusu (28164) | about 8 months ago | (#46566955)

SHIT out of me. My girlfriend uses it and, well, who the fuck needs the NSA when you have Google figuring out what and where and why you do what you do. No thanks. /neo-luddite.

Re:Google Now scares the living (2, Insightful)

Albanach (527650) | about 8 months ago | (#46567183)

It's a fair point, but at least Google gives you the means to turn this off. Also, you're getting something you can place a value on in return, so you can make a reasoned decision as to whether location services are a price worth paying.

All the same data is, however, still available to the government. And there's no off switch there.

Re:Google Now scares the living (2)

Rinikusu (28164) | about 8 months ago | (#46567739)

Definitely, at least it's "opt-in" (for now). When my gf comes over, GN is already giving her times to get to our favorite restaurants, movie theaters, etc. Don't get me wrong, progress is great, but holy hell it's kinda creepy.

Re:Google Now scares the living (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46568739)

Creepy, but useful.

It all comes down to how much you trust Google. For me, I trust them enough. At least they show enough respect to let you turn it off. That's a lot more than I can say about the NSA. (Plus, Google doesn't have SWAT teams ready to smash down my door at 3am).

Re:Google Now scares the living (2)

Stephen Chadfield (7971) | about 8 months ago | (#46571369)

But the NSA has access to all the data Google have on you and the NSA do have SWAT teams ready to smash down your door at 3am.

It's creepy. End of story. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46572335)

Useful? How is any of that useful? If your life is so depraved of meaning and purpose that you need an automated surveillance program to tell you when to consume stuff, well... you're beyond hope.

No, Google doesn't have SWAT teams. The SWAT teams have data from Google.

WTF is Google Now? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46567011)

Really, would it hurt the "editors" to have some sort of description added that explains these?

Re:WTF is Google Now? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46567277)

Wow. We're suppose to know what every offering of Google is now? Just wow.
 
The other day MS OneNote was the software in question for an article and people got modded up for pretty much saying the same thing. I guess that's fanboyism for you.
 
Just another reason to dump Chrome totally... I'm sick of the fanboys.

Re:WTF is Google Now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46569729)

What a stupid reason.

Re:WTF is Google Now? (4, Informative)

Khoa (935586) | about 8 months ago | (#46568563)

It's a location-driven, search-driven, email-driven user interface that reads your, well 1) searches, 2) emails/contacts/birthdays/meetings, and 3) location and delivers you what it thinks will be the most relevant information to you. Have an Amazon package? It will read your email from Amazon, parse the tracking info, and display the tracking info for you. Read a blog recently? It will display the latest blog post as soon as it's updated. Searched for "March Madness"? It'll display scores, game broadcast times, ticket prices, etc. Searched for "Frozen showtimes"? It'll display showtimes at the nearest theaters. I'm not saying it isn't creepy. But the service is pretty neat...

Re:WTF is Google Now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46570017)

Yeah. So, what is Google Now?

Re:WTF is Google Now? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46570719)

its after Google before and before google forthcoming.

Re:WTF is Google Now? (2)

swillden (191260) | about 8 months ago | (#46570229)

You forgot my favorite feature: It looks at appointments on my calendar and, as long as they have an entry in the location field which can be unambiguously parsed by Google Maps, prompts me when I need to leave to get there on time. 10-15 minutes before I need to leave, based on current traffic conditions, my phone chimes and tells me "You need to leave by...".

Feature Request (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46570767)

If someone makes me angry I "Ok Google Now" then roar into my phone and politely add "John Cramer". Then Google Now auto spams him with pre-generated hate spam.

Re:Feature Request (1)

swillden (191260) | about 8 months ago | (#46570887)

If someone makes me angry I "Ok Google Now" then roar into my phone and politely add "John Cramer". Then Google Now auto spams him with pre-generated hate spam.

Why do you want to hatespam John whenever someone pisses you off? Poor guy. I feel for him on the days your morning commute is bad.

Re:WTF is Google Now? (1)

thammoud (193905) | about 8 months ago | (#46572477)

Just Google Google Now.

Hmm. (0)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | about 8 months ago | (#46567089)

Now that I've read this, I'm not sure that I now know what Google now is. Now, I already use google, but I've been using google now for many years. Now, what's changed?

Re:Hmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46567217)

Capitals. To me, the word that stands out in the title is "and", it is the only one not capitalized.

Re:Hmm. (1)

Albanach (527650) | about 8 months ago | (#46567253)

Google now incorporates things such as your search history and your emails to provided a customized start page.

So if Google knows you live in Atlanta, GA it will show you the weather for Atlanta. If you have a flight booked to San Francisco, you will also see the weather for your destination and confirmation of whether your flight is on time - this happens automatically if the flight confirmation went to your gmail account.

If you search for an address or store on your desktop computer, Google Now on your phone will be aware of this and will offer directions. If you have an appointment at your Dentist in your Google Calendar, your phone will remind you, letting you know what time you need to leave to arrive on time taking into account current traffic conditions.

Re:Hmm. (1)

ProzacPatient (915544) | about 8 months ago | (#46567379)

Google now incorporates things such as your search history and your emails to provided a customized start page.

Unfortunately in the process of doing this they abandoned the incredibly handy iGoogle [wikipedia.org] page despite much protest but Google's "solution [google.com] " was to tell everyone to switch to the Chrome browser from whatever browser you're using.

No thank you I'll continue to use Firefox and use igHome [ighome.com] or My Yahoo! [yahoo.com] instead.

Meh (4, Insightful)

Cinder6 (894572) | about 8 months ago | (#46567259)

Google Now sounds really cool on paper, but I've never actually found it useful. I was intrigued when it claimed it would show you tracking information for packages shipped to you, but I never got it to work (Gmail cards are enabled, and I tried it with multiple Gmail addresses).

The quality of and speed of it's voice recognition is impressive, though.

Re:Meh (1)

geek (5680) | about 8 months ago | (#46567317)

I always found it drained the hell out of my battery. On a laptop or desktop I doubt it would be that bad but on a cell phone or tablet it was very difficult to get through the day with it on.

Re:Meh (1)

RJFerret (1279530) | about 8 months ago | (#46568417)

I don't have it personally (lack of compatible devices), but two gals I know both have had it tell them when it's time to head off for appointments; one flies a lot, and it's alerted her with the time to leave for flight #___ that it picked up from her email automatically.

However flying so much, she often changes flights last minute, and also doesn't bother getting to the airport that much ahead of time given pre-screening. She laughed one day having landed, turned on her phone and subsequently got an now erroneous alert for a later flight she'd previously switched from--then it was more Google Yesterday, than Google Now.

Re:Meh (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | about 8 months ago | (#46569299)

It always seems to pick up my tracking numbers ( except china post, which rarely works on the china post web page either). It also picked up all of my flight information as well.

Re:Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46569377)

I find it really useful for getting reminders when a new episode of a TV show is coming out. You can set it to manually remind you of selected shows, and it sometimes uses your search history to automatically do that for you.

Re:Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46570797)

I really like that I can ask for the weather without dicking about with apps. That's all I like really. I don't need Google Now for that. Plain old Google voice does it fine.

Re:Meh (1)

gonnagetya (3580051) | about 8 months ago | (#46570859)

The quality of and speed of it's voice recognition is impressive, though.

I actually use Google Speech for an application that I'm building. There's no official API for it, but what you can do is record speech to a FLAC file with specific parameters, pass said file to a particular URL via libcurl, and after a few seconds you'll get back info in JSON format which will provide the text of the recognition as well as a confidence level. It's really quite impressive.

The only downside of course is that if Google changes how its speech setup works, someone will have to modify the procedure to match. And if they decide to lock down the API such that it cannot be used other than by official Google software... then I'm stuck. Unfortunately it happens to be the best free speech recognition out there, and also one of the easiest. You don't have to teach it - it just seems to work and works very well so long as you have a good microphone. None of the open source packages come even close - in fact, the best one (CMU Sphinx) seems to require you to specify a dictionary of words to match against, which makes it useless when you want to say more than just a handful of words.

Re:Meh (1)

thegarbz (1787294) | about 8 months ago | (#46571831)

I have the opposite experience. I actually like having a system where if I search for the address on the store and then walk out of the house my phone instantly thinks I'm going to that store and offers a traffic prediction and navigation. I like how it identified where I was flying based on my search for a flight and then proceeded to remind me. I also like it summarises stocks I own based of flight searches, the current weather depending on where you are. My personal favourite is it telling me the traffic conditions on the way to and from work every day.

I like it.

Of course google tracks you. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46567333)

Of course google tracks you. That's their job. That's their main business model. Just accept that. Their business is in Data. Lots, and lots, of data. This data is used for all sorts of things. E.g. Google Now. It tells you everything you need as you need it. It can't do that without tracking you. It's a neat piece of software.

Dear Slashvertisement Editors.... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46567545)

please start including a small blurb on what the fuck it is you are pushing, especially for "yet another service you've never heard of from Google" slashvertisements.

Seriously, wtf is Google Now, why should I give half a shit about it, and don't bother I'm not even gonna check this "article" and comments again later.

When will Google kill this one? (2)

guytoronto (956941) | about 8 months ago | (#46567553)

Should I even both installing it? With Google's track record, I'm sure this one will be dead within a couple years.

Re:When will Google kill this one? (2)

thegarbz (1787294) | about 8 months ago | (#46571837)

When Android dies off. Google so far has killed products in minor use which didn't fit in their portfolio. Google Now is actually kind of central to it. Or maybe you think they'll kill of search next?

Happy Google user. (0)

tpstigers (1075021) | about 8 months ago | (#46567667)

I have never - in any way - been adversely affected by any amount of "personal" data Google has collected from me, nor have I been adversely affected by anything Google has done with the aforesaid "personal" data.

Re:Happy Google user. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46568135)

Thanks Google, that's swell

Smart people say : Google Never. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46567707)

Seriously, with Google's track record of impulsively killing off products,
only a fool would waste precious time using any of the crap Google
produces.

Their search engine is bad enough, the rest of it is just intrusive crap
that only someone with the mind of a child would find worthwhile.

Use chrome, get scroogled. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46568449)

Anyone who uses chrome or gmail or even their search engine deserves to have their privacy violated.

Commenting on /.? Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46570109)

Go back to playing golf and living off your golden parachute, Mr. Balmer.

What about normal desktop Linux? Hope standards... (2)

Phil Urich (841393) | about 8 months ago | (#46568851)

So it's out for Windows, OSX, and ChromeOS . . . but what about normal desktop Linux? I'm hoping it's because they're spending a bit more time making the normal-Linux implementation follow the Desktop Notifications Specification [gnome.org] that KDE, GNOME (and its diaspora) and others implement.

Re:What about normal desktop Linux? Hope standards (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46569009)

Or if there isn't a version you could write your own.

Re:What about normal desktop Linux? Hope standards (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46573229)

Get real. Google loves to use Linux for development, and as the base for their OSes. But giving back to the desktop Linux community? Please, Microsoft has done more for desktop Linux than Google ever will. And that's truly sad.

dkj

chromebook too (1)

Barbarian (9467) | about 8 months ago | (#46568983)

Re:chromebook too (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46570917)

"Your favorite soccer team is up by one point with two minutes left." from your link.
Don't think I'll be using it for soccer results though.

typical (1)

farble1670 (803356) | about 8 months ago | (#46569147)

was excited to see this. went and installed the dev channel chrome to make sure i got it. started it up and got a nice notification saying it was turned on. neat. then nothing. no notifications. nothing at all.

typical behavior from google now. the idea is so simple, but it never seems to work right for me despite having it turned on since inception and allowing google full access to my location. just *some* off the oddities,

1. despite never, ever going to the gym at any other time then between 7-8.30 in the morning on weekday, google now insists on giving me directions at all times of the day including saturdays.

2. despite regularly clicking on news articles and google now notifications about my local sports team, it failed to alert tell me there was a home game the other day resulting in me being jammed in downtown traffic (thanks!)

3. the weather notification is sometimes there, sometimes now. no clue about when it decides to show itself.

4. after swiping away sporting results, it re-inserts them multiple times

Anticompetitive (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46569993)

Chrome only? Great, just want we needed. More browser fragmentation.

So how do I turn it off? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46571473)

Not interested in features I don't use and I don't understand.

And thus the vendor-lock in commenced (1)

tgv (254536) | about 8 months ago | (#46571985)

So now you need Chrome if you want Google Now notifications? What's next? Some Google Docs feature that only works in Chrome? Maps?

Re:And thus the vendor-lock in commenced (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46572553)

Hangouts was the one that pissed me off. Our company was using Google Talk for interoffice communication since we all had Gmail accounts already, and one day Gtalk just stopped working. We could keep using our Google accounts for chat, if we installed Chrome and Hangouts. That wasn't an option though; we use Firefox exclusively as it's the most stable and safest browser we've tested. So, we had to switch to the abomination that is Skype since all employees' phones and other devices support it.

Thanks, Google. One more reason no business is going to take your otherwise excellent services like Docs and Gmail seriously for business use.

Re:And thus the vendor-lock in commenced (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46573751)

Hangouts was the one that pissed me off. Our company was using Google Talk for interoffice communication since we all had Gmail accounts already, and one day Gtalk just stopped working. We could keep using our Google accounts for chat, if we installed Chrome and Hangouts. That wasn't an option though; we use Firefox exclusively as it's the most stable and safest browser we've tested. So, we had to switch to the abomination that is Skype since all employees' phones and other devices support it.

Thanks, Google. One more reason no business is going to take your otherwise excellent services like Docs and Gmail seriously for business use.

google talk still works. there are 2 ways to get to it... 1 - you can still sign in with the old google talk client. 2 - you can revert hangouts to gtalk in gmail..............so you are either an incompetent IT guy or an incompetent manager that won't pay an IT guy.

Re:And thus the vendor-lock in commenced (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46575563)

google talk still works. there are 2 ways to get to it... 1 - you can still sign in with the old google talk client. 2 - you can revert hangouts to gtalk in gmail..............so you are either an incompetent IT guy or an incompetent manager that won't pay an IT guy.

I'd suggest another alternative, which is that he is competent and has enough experience to know how vendor lock-in seems all fine and dandy, right up until it isn't anymore.

Re:And thus the vendor-lock in commenced (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46577927)

Like I said above, just a pissed off peon. I think moving to Skype was a dumb idea as well. And for the record, yes Gtalk did stop working for some reason that apparently management and IT didn't care to track down. Personally I would have loved to see them use Jabber or some other open standard; but it's a Microsoft/Dell house so no dice.

Re:And thus the vendor-lock in commenced (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#46577885)

Neither; I'm just a peon who sees the writing on the wall.

Also the Chromebook (1)

Shirley Marquez (1753714) | about 8 months ago | (#46685313)

The Chromebook version of Chrome also got this. Don't know when it's coming to the Linux version.
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