Use OK Google voice command to have your notifications read out to you

Ok Google is a very popular and useful Android feature. It does a lot already,  from playing music to opening apps, saving notes, and so many other things and in March of this year, Google opened the API up to developers. Doing so means developers can integrate app functionality with the OK Google command. This means users can invoke the app function with the ‘Ok Google’ command. The best example of this came with Youtube, which now lets you control the app with voice commands.

And now, we have an app that can read out your notifications for you. Remember how cool it used to be? I remember my teacher showing such a feature on his QWERTY equipped expensive Nokia. It wasn’t activated with a voice based command though.

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Get Windows 10 in touch with your Android phone

Q. Now that I’ve installed the “Anniversary Update” to Windows 10, how do I get my Android notifications to show up on my PC as promised?

A. The free upgrade to Microsoft’s operating system that shipped last week includes some nifty features, but the most surprising one benefits mobile devices running another company’s operating system.

(Consider this yet another sign of how little the Microsoft of 2016 has in common with the Microsoft of 1996.)

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Google will start pushing Android notifications when new devices are added to your account

Google already sends email notifications when a new device accesses your account, but people are programmed to ignore email. According to Google, native Android notifications are four times more effective at getting your attention, so that’s what it’s going to show you from now on when devices are added to your account.

The new notification will ask, “Did you just sign in?” If the answer is yes, you can just dismiss the notification. If not, tap the “Review account activity” button to check out the details of the new device. This gives you the opportunity to change your password or add two-factor authorization if you’re worried someone else has accessed your account.

This feature is rolling out to all users, presumably via Google Play Services. You can expect it to be live in a week or two at most.

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Source : Google

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