OK Google Listen to Custom Voice Action on 3rd Party Apps

How to use Google Voice with NPR app & Shazam

Previously OK Google can only be used in native “Google Now” or most Google apps. A NEW awesome feature for Google Voice was just announced. A small selection of apps will now open directly using voice commands.

For example, you can now say “OK Google, Shazam this song” and magically, Shazam app will open instantaneously to search for a song.ant to know movie times for your date later tonight? Try “OK Google, give me showtimes for Age of Ultron on Flixster” and in seconds you’ll have a full list of theaters and showtimes in the Flixster App. I think you get the idea.

The implementation right now has some limitations – only a few applications are supported, and even supported apps only have one or two specific voice commands that will open the app to perform the desired action. For example, when I tried asking for a place to eat lunch at on TripAdvisor I got a normal Google search result card. That being said, it’s exciting to see the possibilities the future holds when custom voice actions are fully implemented. It would be awesome to order a pizza from Pizza Hut or reserve a movie from GV app.

Here is a more complete list of the apps that are currently supported that I found here.

  • Flixster: “Show me Inception on Flixster.”
  • Instacart: “Show instacart availability.”
  • Lincoln: “Start my Lincoln MKZ.”
  • NPR One: “Listen to NPR.”
  • Realtor.com: “Show rentals near me on Realtor.”
  • Shazam: “Shazam this song.”
  • TripAdvisor: “Show attractions near me on TripAdvisor.”
  • Trulia: “Show homes for sale in Boston on Trulia.”
  • TuneIn Radio: “Open TuneIn in car mode.”
  • Walmart: “Scan my receipt on Walmart.”
  • Wink: “Activate home mode on Wink.”
  • Zillow: “Show me open houses nearby on Zillow.

Google would also love to hear feedback from developers who are interest in implementing their own custom voice commands. Im surprised Youtube isnt in the list yet. For a small list of some of the 88+ things you can do by voice with the Google app, check out their landing page here.

Spotify updates with full lyrics integration

Spotify just mentioned today that they are launching a desktop update. The app will be integrated with a LYRICS button powered by Musixmatch, a worlds largest lyrics catalogue. Users can simply go to Spotify desktop app and hit the new Lyrics button. You can also search and browse popular lyrics from Spotify’s top songs using the Explore feature.

For those who cant wait for this updates can use the App Finder within Spotify and install Musixmatch app. I believe it works the same way.

Other update includes:
– New and improved Friend Feed: now it’s easier than ever to discover what the people you care about are listening to. Simply scroll down the sidebar to see what playlists, songs and artists your friends are enjoying.

– Introducing daily viral charts: serving you the most shared tracks around the world and in your region. Additionally, all charts now feature indicators to highlight new music and how tracks are performing day by day.

Enjoy the updates soon!

ViewQwest: The magic of ViewQwest Freedom VPN

What is VPN
VPN or Virtual Private Network is a network that is constructed by using public wires (usually the internet) to connect to a private network like a company of internal network. The average Joe like you and me will use VPN to unblock US or foreign sites to access their content, most likely for their local TV shows and movies. Some examples of the popular VPNs below.

VPN types

Types of VPN

Using VPN
For the tech savvy people, they must have used numerous VPNs in their lifetime. I have jumped from 1 VPN app/software to another just to gain free access to regional content, specifically TV shows. There are a lot of steps to activate a VPN and when you successfully login to the region that you want, the surfing gets so damn slow. So you jump to the next VPN app and the whole process starts again. This is especially difficult for Mac users as there aren’t many good VPN app out there yet.

So what so good about Freedom VPN?
So EASY
Freedom VPN comes in packaged together with ViewQwest fibernet.
No installing of VPN apps/ software or setting up is required.

So FAST
– Freedom VPN has no traffic shaping, no torrent blocking/throttling. This means that the Internet is blazing fast even with VPN activated. Normally watching TV shows from the VPN activated sites like Hulu slows down to a crawl.

So much VARIETY
– With freedom VPN it doesn’t only unblock access from US sites but also UK, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and UAE simultaneously. No change in settings required.

So COMPATIBLE
– Freedom VPN allows you to access any blocked content to as many devices connected to it as possible. It accept all OS like Mac, IOS, Windows, Linux, Android, smart TVs, consoles etc.

In short having Freedom VPN is like unlocking that cheat code in a game. It unlocks all possibilities to access more content.

ViewQwest Freedom VPN


Comparison images of the Freedom VPN versus non-VPN sites
Hulu – US TV streaming site

Hulu

Netflix – US Movie streaming Site

NetFlix

ITV – UK streaming Channel

ITV

PPTV – Chinese streaming Site
Main page look exactly the same but the content differs. Many of the videos shown in non VPN page are non playable.

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PPTV 1 PPTV 2 PPTV3

From the images above, you can definitely see that some of PPTV content and videos cannot load fully without VPN. You will be able to view the tumbnail but most of them not accessible. Viewqwest also mentioned that Freedom VPN users will be able to access 5 times more titles in PPTV with Freedom VPN.

Free 1GB of dropbox space

Running out of space in Dropbox? Download Mailbox by Dropbox via android, IOS or Mac to earn 1GB of extra space. Note that installing in multiple account will only increase your dropbox by 1GB not cumulative.

How to earn 1GB of space

How to earn 1GB of space

Android Step 1: Insert mailbox to sync

Android Step 1: Insert mailbox to sync

Android accept privacy and settings

Step 2: Android accept privacy and settings

Android ready to go!

Android ready to go!

Dropbox space increased by 1GB

Dropbox space increased by 1GB