Voice-enabled Google Search on the desktop
What it is: When you're ready to give your typing fingers a break, some functionality of Google's personal assistant comes to your desktop through the Chrome browser.
Why it's cool: Google's cross-platform, cross-device expansion of its voice-search app can save you time looking up the weather, getting directions, and adding items to your calendar. On top of that, you get to sound like a normal human being when asking for what you want -- so long as you have no qualms talking to inanimate objects, that is.
When it's coming: It's available in beta now and will roll out to Chrome users in the near future.
May 16, 2013 5:48 PM PDT
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