A list of all the Google Now voice commands

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You pick up your phone and say “OK Google”… and then what? Your phone is listening. The microphone icon is pulsing. What do you say to your phone? What can you say to it? Google Now’s voice function has become surprisingly robust over the years.

Here’s a list of just about everything you can say to Google Now. Try experimenting with different phrasing, you’ll be surprised how much it understands. The part of the phrase in [brackets] can be replaced with any similar term you choose.

If Google Now doesn’t get your spoken commands right, you can correct it by saying “No, I said…” and trying the phrase again.

General information

  • How old is [Neil deGrasse Tyson]?
  • Where was [Louis C.K.] born?
  • Define [colloquial] (Or “What does [colloquial] mean?”)
  • What time is it in [Tokyo]?
  • Search for [photography tips]
  • Show me pictures of [the Leaning Tower of Pisa]
  • Do I need an umbrella today? What’s the weather like? What’s the weather in [New Orleans] [this weekend]?
  • What the [Google] stock price? What is [Apple] trading at?
  • What’s [182 yards] in [miles]? What is [12 ounces] in [liters]?
  • What’s [135] divided by [7.5]? (A great many types of math equations will work.)
  • Search [Tumblr] for [cat pictures] (more apps are added to this search-within-apps function all the time)

Device control

  • Open [edziu.me]
  • Take a picture (“Take a photo” also works)
  • Record a video
  • Open [Spotify]
  • Turn [on / off] [Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Flashlight]

Productivity

  • What’s the tip for [123 dollars]?
  • Set an alarm for [6:30 am]
  • Set a timer for [20 minutes]
  • Create a calendar event: [Dinner with Glenda, Saturday at 9pm.]
  • Remind me to [buy coffee at 7am] (try locations! Remind me to [buy coffee filters at Walgreens])
  • What is my schedule for tomorrow? (also: What does my day look like [Friday]?)
  • Where’s my package? (tracking confirmation must be in Gmail)
  • Make a note: [update my router firmware] (also try “Note to self:” This works with multiple apps, and you can even email yourself!)
  • Find [Florence Ion’s] [phone number] (Works with all info in your contacts – addresses, birthdays, etc.)
  • Show me my bills. (or: My bills due this week.)

Communication

  • Call [Jon] (also works with relationships: Call [sister])
  • Call [Cartman] on speakerphone
  • Text [Susie] [great job on that feature yesterday] (also works with relationships: Text [mom] [I’m not going to be able to pick you up from the airport, period, I’m a bad son, period])
  • Send email to [Robert Baratheon], subject, [hunting], message, [I don’t think you should drink so much when you go hunting, period]
  • Post to [Twitter]: [Oh my god the Red Wedding episode!]
  • What is French for [I am Charlie]?
  • [Send a Hangout message] to [Dad].
  • Send a [Viber] message to [Derek]: Hang on, I’m going to get more coffee. (works with WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat, Telegram, and NextPlus)

Navigation and Travel

  • Where is the nearest [sushi restauraunt]?
  • Navigate to [Willis Tower, Chicago]
  • Directions to [Fisherman’s Wharf] by [bike] (also try “Directions home” or “How do I get home?”)
  • Where is [the Louvre]?
  • Show me the menu for [Green Chile Kitchen]
  • Call [Asian Art Museum]
  • Show me my flight info
  • Where’s my hotel?
  • What are some attractions around here?
  • How do you say [good night] in [Japanese]?
  • What is [50,000 yen] in [dollars]?
  • What’s the flight status of [United] flight [735]?
  • Show me restauraunts near my hotel -or- Give me directions back to my hotel (this works if your hotel confirmation was sent to your gmail account)

Entertainment

  • Play some music (opens “I’m feeling lucky” radio station in Google Play Music)
  • Next Song / Pause Song
  • Play [Happy] (songs must be in Google Play Music on your device)
  • Watch [The Lego Movie] (movies and TV must be in your Google Play account)
  • What’s this song?
  • Listen to TV
  • What songs does [Pharrell] sing?
  • Read [Hunger Games]
  • Did the [Giants] win today? What’s the score in the [Warriors] game?
  • What movies are playing [tonight]? Where is [Toy Story] playing?

Fun hidden stuff

Many of these deliver funny voice responses, but normal search results. Turn up your sound!

  • Flip a coin
  • Roll dice (rolls a single six-sided die)
  • What is the loneliest number?
  • Do a barrel roll!
  • Askew / Tilt
  • Go go Gadget [Spotify]
  • When am I?
  • Make me a sandwich
  • Sudo make me a sandwich
  • Who’s on first?
  • Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right
  • Tell me a joke
  • Who are you?
  • Beam me up, Scotty!
  • What is [Jennifer Lawrence’s] Bacon number?

MST3K on Pluto TV (Channel 428)

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MST3K on Pluto TV (Channel 428)

Just in case you missed it:

Shout! Factory TV Brings Cult Favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 to Pluto TV
Streaming Episodes of the Cult Classic Series Will be Available 24/7

LOS ANGELES, CA – July 2015 Pluto TV, Pluto TV, the free and fast-growing Internet TV service, is launching a Mystery Science Theater 3000 24/7 channel by Shout! Factory TV. The channel will showcase continuously streaming, full length back-to-back episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 featuring Joel, Mike and their robot sidekicks on board the Satellite of Love as they watch cheesiest movies ever made.

MST3K premieres on Channel 428 on July 14, 2015 and will feature episodes such as: Hercules Against the Moon Men, Horrors of Spider Island, The Castle of FuManchu, Teenagers from Outer Space, The Wild Wild World of Batwoman, and I Accuse My Parents

Pluto TV CEO Tom Ryan: “Mystery Science Theater 3000 ran for 11 years and has an extremely loyal fan base. Pluto TV is all about giving viewers what they want, and fans have been asking for MST3K for a while, so we’re happy to make these classic episodes available to them. I’m certain many younger viewers who have never watched an episode of MST3K will also have a blast discovering the show, along with die-hard fans who know every episode”.

“We’re pleased to present MST3K on Pluto TV” says Gene Pao, VP of Digital Media at Shout! Factory. “As the premiere digital streaming brand for cult and classic TV and film, Shout! Factory TV’s goal is to make its programming available across a wide range of platforms. Pluto TV gives us a unique and compelling way to reach existing, as well as new fans and expand the MST3K franchise.”

Shout! Factory TV launched this past February and offers timeless favorites including Home Movies, Father Knows Best, Werner Herzog films, and award-winning films such as A Room With A View, The Trip to Bountiful, Stagecoach, and Hoop Dreams.
About Pluto
Pluto TV is an Internet TV platform that combines digital and traditional content into a familiar television experience. From your favorite TV shows and movies to viral clips, news and music videos, Pluto TV has over 100 free HD TV channels for your entertainment.

Founded in 2013, the Los Angeles-based company combines sophisticated technology with a team of entertainment enthusiasts who curate channels for every interest. The ever-expanding universe of content includes familiar favorites like news, music, sports, and comedy; partnerships with some of the best content creators and real-time agile channels capturing the social chatter.

Pluto TV is backed by U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), United Talent Agency, Sky (formerly BSkyB), Chicago Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Luminari Capital, Terry Semel’s Windsor Media, Pritzker Group, and prominent angel investors.

Pluto TV is available in the living room on connected TVs through Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Android TV devices, Chromecast, Apple Airplay, and now Samsung Smart TVs. Pluto TV is also available on mobile phones and tablets through iOS, Android and Amazon, as well as on the web at www.Pluto.TV.

Entertaining the planet. Pluto TV.

 

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The Apple Watch vs Moto 360

IconIn the Apple Watch vs Moto 360, a detailed, complete, and fair (and not overly long) comparison between the Apple Watch and the Moto 360. While it’s unlikely you’re deciding between the two – unless you have both a recent iPhone and an Android phone – it may still be useful if you’re up for a new phone and want to take the Wear/Apple Watch accessory into account for your purchase.Personally, I wouldn’t buy either of these two devices at this very moment. It’s too early days, and they’re not exactly cheap, either – especially taking into account that a new Moto 360 is probably around the corner already, and you’ll see a new Apple Watch within around 12 months, too.