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Google Assistant turns to external answers when its own services are offline

Google's software Assistant and corresponding Home hardware are there to answer your questions (within certain limits), but it may not always be Google that answers. In some circumstances, including things like service outages, it looks like Google is able to hand off questions it would typically answer to third-party apps or services. With your consent, of course.

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Google Announces Support For 70 More Third-Party Apps In Google Now

 

Back in January, Google announced initial support for forty third-party apps (including Runtastic, Zillow, Waze, and more) hooking into Google Now. Even if Google limited participation to hand-picked partners, the news was exciting - it marked Google's first publicly visible steps toward opening Now to users' favorite apps in ways that developers could control.

Google is still keeping details about developer participation close, but today 70 new apps have been added to the Google Now roster.

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Added to the list are apps like Circa News, Sleep as Android, Komoot, and Wunderlist. From Google's blog:

Here are a few other ways Now cards from your apps can help you out:

  • Get breaking news about the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake from ABC News, Circa, or feedly
  • Know when your pad thai is about to arrive with reminders from Eat24 that the food you ordered will soon be on your doorstep, or get inspired with the recipe of the day from Allrecipes
  • Keep your fitness goals front and center with gentle nudges from Runkeeper, Jawbone, or Adidas
  • And if you’re out to dinner, simply tap on a Now card to pay your bill with OpenTable

Check out the full list of app integrations (including apps that can pull info from Gmail) or read Google's full post below.

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Google Now Is Getting Ready To Give You Cards From Third Party Apps

Google, in a post to its Inside Search blog, has just announced that third-party Google Now cards are on the way. Something users (and developers) have been curious about since the predictive assistant's inception is finally getting some exploration, as Google teams up with "30+ developers" to bring users cards covering everything from Pandora suggestions to Lyft ride prices.

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Google says the new cards will be rolling out over the next few weeks, and provides a bunch of examples on the Google Now landing page. The lineup already includes lots of notable names such as Runtastic, Hootsuite, Zillow, the Guardian, the Economist, Shazam, Instacart, TripAdvisor and lots more.

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Nyko Introduces Gaming Controllers For Android Tablets To Be Released This Fall

Nyko, best known for making the slightly less solid and slightly less expensive console controllers you buy to save money, is getting into the Android game. Literally. Working with mobile gaming force of nature, NVIDIA, the peripherals company aims to bring "physical and familiar controls" to tablet games that run on NVIDIA processors, including, but more importantly not limited to, the Tegra 3.

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The PlayPad in a variety of colors (left), and the PlayPad Pro (right).

Beginning in Fall 2012, the company will begin selling two different controllers. The PlayPad will be the smaller of the two and feature a collapsible tablet stand and carrying case, making your tablet every bit as portable of a gaming rig as a Virtual Boy.

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[Update] Galaxy S III Pre-Orders Pop Up On Amazon, Blue And White Models Available For $799 And Up, For Release On June 1st

Standing opposite HTC's One X, the Galaxy S III is one of this year's most hotly anticipated devices. If you're overly eager to get in on the pre-order action, Amazon has pre-orders available from several retailers. It's worth noting that the "Featured Merchants" among them include names like TechnoTradingHouse.com or BLUTEKUSA. Relatively unknowns, but they've all popped up in very close succession.

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It's worth noting that Amazon has a policy of not collecting payments on pre-orders until the item has shipped. So, if you just can't wait to get your name on the list, but you're hesitant to trust the unfamiliar names on the list, at least you can take a small bit of comfort in knowing that Amazon is providing a small bit of consumer protection.

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