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Sony opens pre-orders for its $840 Google Glass alternative

Google might have shelved its Glass project for now, but its rapid about-face doesn’t mean that its peers have given up on their own augmented reality goggle projects. Sony today made a developer version of its Google Glass-esque SmartEyeglass available for pre-order, before it goes on sale in the US, the UK, and Germany on March 10th.

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Google is shutting down live lesson marketplace Helpouts in April

After more than a year in existence, Google Helpouts, Google’s video lesson platform that connected users with experts in a variety of fields, will shut down on April 20th. In an official announcement on Google+, the company stated that the service hadn’t “grown at the pace we had expected” so it’s time to say a sad so long to the application and the community.

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Link About It: Google Glass Put on Hold

Google Glass Put on Hold

The newest twist in this ever-unfolding story, Google Glass temporarily shuts down the device as Google searches for a new direction to take the project. Ever since its unveiling, the development of Glass has been hindered by drama—including office……

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Google and Mattel will reveal a mystery product on February 13th

Toymaker Mattel and Google are holding an event on February 13th in New York City, where the companies are promising we’ll see a “product debut.” The invitation features the outline of what looks to be a View-Master reel, and says those attending the event will “view what’s possible.” We know basically nothing about whatever Matte and Google have planned, which means this invite all the more exciting. The simple fact that these companies are partnering up is pretty cool.

Are they planning to resurrect the View-Master with Google deciding what goes on those reels? Maybe Google’s rethinking Cardboard for a younger audience. February 13th is one day before Toy Fair 2015 kicks off in Manhattan, and Mattel will obviously have a massive…

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Control How Google Indexes Your Content with Meta Tags

There are many search engines out there but most of the time, site owners care about getting their site indexed on the almighty Google. One way to perform better on the search engine is to use meta robot tags.

The meta robot tag is a consensus meta tag among search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. The use of the meta tag is to let web developers have accessibility control for web pages, against search engine crawlers. For instance, something like noindex will prevent all robots from the search engines from putting your web page in their index.

how to control google index using meta tags

Google’s own robot is called Googlebot. In this post we will see how we address Googlebot exclusively through meta tags.

Addressing Googlebot

To address Googlebot, specify the meta name as googlebot instead of just robots. This example will prevent Googlebot from putting your web page in their index but still allow bots from Bing and Yahoo to crawl the page. Thus your web pages may still appear in Bing and Yahoo search results.

 <meta name="googlebot" content="noindex"> 

Google has a number of special robots that crawl through different kinds of content such as Image, News, Video, Ads and Mobile. Google allows you to block these robots individually. If you do not want your website to appear in Google Mobile search results, for example, you can specify the meta robot tag this way:

 <meta name="googlebot-mobile" content="noindex"> 

The full list of Google bot types can be found in the Google’s Website Crawlers page.

Prevent Image Indexing

It’s a real irritating when you find your copyrighted image used by someone else without your prior permission. If you want to minimize this from happening, you can prevent Google from putting your images on their index.

Specify the meta robot tag with the value of noimageindex. This will prevent the robot from indexing all the images in the page and your images will not appear in Google Image Search results, which is where people usually search for images.

 <meta name="googlebot" content="noimageindex"> 

Alternatively, you can set the meta name as googlebot-image to specifically prevent Google’s robots from crawling your site for images.

 <meta name="googlebot-image" content="noimageindex"> 

Prevent Translating

Google Chrome offers the translation of a site in foreign language to the visitor’s favorite or local language, with the help of Google Translate. While Google Translate translation is getting better, it’s far from perfect for some languages. The translation output could sometimes be really quirky.

If you don’t want Google to translate your web pages, set the googlebot meta with the value of notranslate, like so.

 <meta name="googlebot" content="notranslate"> 

If you want to prevent a certain section of the page from being translated, you can add the notranslate class within the element wrapping the content:

 <div class="notranslate"> <!-- the content --> </div> 

Google will ignore this <div> completely.

Prevent Indexing After A Specified Time

You can also prevent Google from indexing your web pages after certain period of time. This will be particularly useful for web pages which are only relevant within a timeframe, such as an event registration page, for example.

In this case, you probably want to tell the robot to not crawl and index this page after the event has ended, thereby preventing it from showing up in Google’s search results.

To do this, specify the meta tag with the value of unavailable_after then followed by the time info. The time format should comply with the RFC-850 format, for example: Thursday, 26-Sep-14 10:00:00 UTC

 <meta name="googlebot" content="unavailable_after: Monday, 29-Sep-14 10:00:00 UTC"> 

Giving the above example, Google robot will not crawl the page after 29-Sep-14. The page will eventually disappear from the index, yet you can still retain the page for archiving in your website.

Grab a copy of Google Maps Pro for free

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youtube: YD5Tr4PQOWk We all love Google Earth and Google has just given a us big reason to love it a whole lot more. Google has axed the $ 399 a year subscription fee for Google Earth Pro.

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Google Fiber set to launch in four more US cities

Google is set to announce the expansion of its Google Fiber internet service to four new cities, The Wall Street Journal reports, with the details of the new rollout coming in the next few days. According to the publication’s sources, the The company will start to offer the one-gigabit broadband network in Atlanta, Nashville, and in two cities in North Carolina — Raleigh-Durham, and Charlotte.

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How To Get More Custom Voice Commands Out Of Google Now

Google Now, the smart voice assistant from the search giant, allows you to accomplish many tasks using nothing but your voice. You can use voice control on your device with this application, but it’s limited to understanding only a few commands.

The good news is you can use two awesome tools to extend the use of Google Now. This means better control and more functions for you to do custom jobs, all enabled with just your voice. If this tickles your fancy, have a look at how you can set this up.

You will need to either Commandr or AutoVoice (just pick one), but to be able to run either of them, you will need to get Tasker, which is a paid app. However, you can play around with Tasker’s trial version for 7 days first before deciding if you want to get it (for US$ 3.75). With this combo, you can send preset messages to friends and colleagues, post a pre-defined status update to your favorite social network amongst many other things.

Note: This tutorial was built using Commandr 3.1, AutoVoice 2.0.18 and Tasker 4.5u1 on Android 5 (Lollipop). It’s believed the steps given below will also work for other versions of these applications.

1. Setting Up Tasker

Tasker is an application to automate tasks in Android. It is similar to scheduled tasks makers in desktop operating systems. It can be used to create tasks that are automatically executed as per the active profile or situation. For example, if your phone’s battery drops to 15% charge (a low-battery profile is activated), then your device’s screen brightness sets to minimum possible (a task to set brightness to zero is executed).

How To Install Tasker

Here’s how to install Tasker’s trial version:

  1. Go to Tasker’s Download page on your device.
  2. Download the relevant Tasker version, as per your Android version.
  3. Install Tasker according to the instructions on the download page.

After installing Tasker, you need to configure it to be accessible by other apps, ie other apps get permission to run its tasks. Here’s how you configure it:

  1. Open Tasker.
  2. Click Settings button on top-right corner.
  3. Choose "Preferences".
  4. On UI tab, un-check "Beginner Mode".
  5. On Misc tab, check "Allow External Access".
  6. Click the back button, or the cross button beside the ‘settings" button.

How To Create Tasks With Tasker

Tasker is now set to run tasks for other apps, such as Commandr and AutoVoice. Now you need to create some tasks and here’s how to do that:

(1) Open Tasker, click on "+" button under Profiles.

(2) Select "Event".

(3) Select "Plugin".

(4) Select the "Commandr" plugin if you’re creating this task for Commandr. Otherwise, choose the "AutoVoice Recognized" plugin.

(5) Click on the pencil and configure the "Commandr" plugin as per below. Enter the text that you want to use as a voice command, such as "Hello Facebook".

(6) Or configure the "AutoVoice Recognized" plugin as given below:

  • Press OK if the "joaomgcd Apps" box appears.
  • Click on "Command Filter" under the Command section.

(7) Enter the text that you want to use as a voice command, such as "Hello Facebook". Note: The lite version of AutoVoice only allows a voice command of maximum four characters.

(8) Press the tick button.

(9) Press the back button. Tasker now asks you to choose a task for this newly-created profile.

(10) Select "New Task +". Enter task name, such as "Hello Facebook Task".

(11) Press the tick button.

(12) Click on the "+" button.

(13) Select an Action category, such as "App".

(14) Select an action, E.g. "Launch App".

(15) Set the options for that action, such as selecting "Facebook" from the apps.

(16) Press the Back button. The "Task" is now created.

2. Using Commandr Or AutoVoice

Now you can continue with the tutorial and install either Commandr or Autovoice to extend the features of Google Now and use your own custom commands with it. Both can be used to accomplish the task, but which is better? Personaly, I would go with Commandr because it comes with lots of built-in commands such as toggle hardware settings, read messages, etc and it’s free as opposed to AutoVoice’s full version that costs around $ 1.32.

Going With Commandr

Commandr can dramatically extend the power of Google Now. It gives you the ability to toggle hardware switches and control the music with simple voice commands. It adds tons of commands to Google Now, which makes voice-control functionality even more useful.

It plugs into Google’s voice assistant, and lets you better use your device by making voice commands. It uses the "run-as-per-need" mode, and that’s why, it doesn’t slow down your mobile device or decrease your battery’s life like a hungry beast!

Step 1: Setup Commandr

Install Commandr, then go through its short setup process as shown below:

(1) Open Commandr (and swipe left). Click on "Open Settings".

(2) Click on "Commandr for Google Now" (under Services). Switch on and click OK.

You need to do this small step to give it the accessibility access on your phone, so that it can listen to the commands given to Google Now. It will allow you to give the additional voice commands directly to your phone. If you chose "Limited Access" instead of "Open Settings" then you’re required to say "Note to self" before giving any additional commands to your phone.

Step 2: Activate Built-in Voice Commands

Commandr comes with tons of built-in voice commands. These commands are available after installation, and helps you to better voice-control your device, such as toggle hardware switches, read messages, etc. Here is how you activate them:

(1) Open Commandr.

(2) Tap on "Built-In Commands".

(3) Enable/disable built-in voice commands as per your choice.

That’s all! Now you can use these additional voice commands directly in Google Now.

Step 3: Create Custom Voice Commands

Commandr needs Tasker to create custom voice commands for Google Now. First, you should create tasks in Tasker as given above for Commandr. After that, you need to activate those tasks in Commandr so that they become recognizable and can be executed by Google Now.

Here’s how to activate Tasker’s tasks in Commandr:

(1) Open Commandr. Tap on "Tasker Commands".

(2) Enable/disable custom voice commands as per your choice.

That’s all! Now you can use these custom voice commands directly in Google Now.

Going With Autovoice

AutoVoice, just like an add-on, extends the functionality of Google Now. It brings new possibilities to the Google’s voice assistant, and powers it to understand your custom commands. Tasker helps it add your own commands to Google Now.

It works as follows: you create an automated task (whatever you need to do at your voice command) in Tasker, and AutoVoice calls that scheduled task every time you speak those "magic words" to Google Now. It only runs when required and thus hardly affects your device’s performance.

Step 1: Setup AutoVoice

Install AutoVoice from the Google Playstore.

AutoVoice needs to be configured after its installation for proper integration with Google Now. You need to turn on its accessibility setting, so that it can listen to the voice commands spoken to the Google’s voice assistant. Here’s how to setup AutoVoice:

(1) Open AutoVoice.

(2) Click on "Google Now Integration".

(3) Click on "Not Enabled". Click on "AutoVoice Google Now Integration". Switch on and press OK.

Step 2: Create Custom Voice Commands

AutoVoice, as a Tasker’s add-on, have no additional steps to create custom voice commands. You can simply create tasks in Tasker as given above for AutoVoice, and that all tasks can be activated by speaking the correct command for Google’s voice assistant. That’s all. Now you can use your custom voice commands with Google Now.


As you must have noticed: (Commandr OR AutoVoice) AND Tasker AND Google Now make a powerful voice assistant. These apps open doors to a new set of possibilities by letting your voice take control of your android device. They are easy to install and configure and even easier to use when creating custom voice commands.

What are you waiting for? Try one of the apps given in this tutorial, add some new voice commands to speak to your device and let the magic happen!

6 tips for perfect Google font pairing

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When pairing fonts there are no firm rules. There will always be new combinations that turn out to look great. For many however, it’s helpful to stick to some basic guidelines in order to ensure a great looking typographic design. 

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Today’s your last chance to spend $1,500 on Google Glass

We’ve got to imagine that anyone who wanted the current incarnation of Google Glass has already purchased it by now. But if you’ve been saving up your change to reach the Explorer Edition’s astronomical $ 1,500 asking price, today’s your last chance to place an order on Google Play.

As we learned last week, once the clock strikes midnight, Google will halt sales of Google Glass as we’ve come to know it over the last two years. (The Glass at Work program will continue on, however.) There’s no longer any software roadmap to point to, so don’t expect much in the way of improvements or new features. If you’re buying Glass now, you should be happy with what it does right now. Because odds are, that’s the way it’s staying forever. It’ll take…

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