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Google Turns On Google Now Cards For 70 New Apps

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Google has created Google Now cards for more apps. The list of third-party apps that have been integrated now include Spotify, Zipcar, Adidas miCoach, YouTube, Airbnb, Pandora, Shazam, TripAdvisor, eBay, Waze, Mint, Hailo, and others. There are also Now cards from Gmail mark-ups such as Booking.com, Urbanspoon, Stubhub, Vivid Seats, Air Canada, Avis, Hertz, Cathay Pacific, Priceline, and others.

The complete listing can be found on this page: http://www.google.ca/landing/now/integrations.html

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Google Now has been expanding the range and variety of its Google Now cards, with 40 third-party partners unveiled in January. Seventy are being added to the Google app on Android today, bringing the total pool of Now partners up to 110.

Some marquee partners from the new group include Zipcar, which will now display upcoming end times for reservations so that you can remember to get it back to the designated spot in time to avoid a penalty; Spotify, which can now offer up playlists based on your recent listening trends and other contextual info, such as time of day; ABC News and Circa for breaking news; delivery reminders for food ordering service Eat24; and fitness progress reminders from apps like Runkeeper. OpenTable will even let you pay your restaurant bill directly from Now.

Cards from these new partners require that you have the latest version of the official Google…

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Twitter Officially Launches Its “Retweet With Comment” Feature

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For those Twitter users that like to put their own commentary for other people’s tweets, this is good news as you can now do so with more characters, but still within the 140-character limit.

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Twitter just officially launched its “retweet with comment” feature, which it began testing last summer.

“Retweet with comment” allows users to embed a tweet in their own tweets, which lets them get around Twitter’s 140-character limit when they write their own commentary. The feature is now available on Twitter’s site and iOS app and will be available on its Android app soon.

The feature’s arrival has been heralded with much (somewhat ironic) rejoicing by Twitter users. Unfortunately, you can’t embed the full retweet and comment, as I just found out to my disconcertment while preparing this post (click on the embedded tweets to see how they look in the wild).

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Vote for your city to be added to the Monopoly board game!

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Monopoly_boardgameIn honour of the Monopoly board game’s 80th birthday, Hasbro (the company who currently owns the rights to the game) has teamed up with Buzzfeed to ask the denizens of the internet to help design the next version of the game. Monopoly was first sold in stores in February 6, 1935.

Go to http://www.buzzfeed.com/votemonopolyca to vote for your city to be added in the game. If your city is not on the list, March 3rd and March 9th is “Wild Card Week,” where people can write-in specific locations and encourage others to do the same.

References: Engadget, Buzzfeed | Photo Credit: Jeramey Jannene

Get Cash Back on Groceries You Buy Easily Without Coupons

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If you love to use coupons, or wish you could use coupons but don’t have the time to gather, clip, and organize coupons, there’s an alternative way for you to be able to save money by getting cash back on groceries you buy. Thanks to a few apps you can download on your smartphone or tablet, you could simply just scan the receipt with the items that are featured that week, and you’ll easily get cash back on them. Once you’ve reached a certain amount, you can choose to cash it out, and they will send you a cheque or send you the amount through PayPal.

There are a number of apps available out there, but a lot of them only cater to those in the United States. If you live in Canada, here’s a list of those apps you can use:

What’s even better is you could still use coupons AND use these apps to pile on the savings!

Do you use any of these apps? Do you know of other similar apps that are available in Canada? Let me know in the comments!

Find Out How Your Smartphone’s Idle Time Can Help in the Search for the Ebola Cure

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BOINC appThe Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in partnership with IBM’s SoftLayer cloud-enabled World Community Grid makes use of a virtual supercomputer to help screen millions of chemical compounds to identify new drug leads for treating Ebola. This virtual supercomputer is collectively powered by volunteers’ computers, tablets, and smartphones where the CPU (central processing unit) is being utilized when the devices are idle through the use of a safe and free app installed on these devices.

Currently, anyone with a computer, Android tablet/smartphone, or an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, can volunteer their device to help in the cause to find a cure for Ebola. On a computer, first, you would need to go to www.worldcommunitygrid.org and register there. When you register, it will provide you the links to download and install the software to your computer.

If you will be using your Android device or Kindle Fire tablet to help this cause (sorry, no iPhones at this time), you can also register on the same site then download the app from the Google Play Store or Amazon App Store, or alternatively, you can download the app first and register from there.

On the app store, search for BOINC then download and install it. When BOINC starts, it will ask you to select the research projects that you want to support. Select World Community Grid, sign in (or register) and make sure you select the Outsmart Ebola Together project.

There are also two Android apps that are re-packaged versions of BOINC:

  • HTC Power to Give
  • Samsung Power Sleep (lets you participate in only one project, SIMAP; provides a simple alarm-clock interface).

Take note that BOINC will not significantly reduce your battery life or your charging time as it only computes when your device is plugged into a power source (AC or USB) and your battery is charged 90% or more by default. Click here for more BOINC FAQ.

Without your help, the research could take hundreds of years, instead of weeks or months. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s all help find a cure for Ebola now and help spread the word!

Video: Help find a cure for Ebola with your computer or smartphone

Read the IBM Press Release here.