Blip: Chrome sparks up a conversation, Siri gets jealous

Blip: Chrome sparks up a conversation, Siri gets jealous

Chrome users are in for a bit of fun today – the conversational voice search shown off at Google I/O is now live with the Chrome 27 update.

This means Chrome will respond to you when using voice search function. All users need to do is go to, clock the mic icon and grant permission to the new feature. And if your query is too broad, Google’s response will handily come with information cards as well.

It’s not quite at the “Ok, Google” point yet – you’ll still need to click that microphone every time you want to chat to Chrome. But hey, it’s always nice to have a new friend, right?

More blips!

“Ok Google, show me some brilliant blips

Eric Schmidt: Google Will Continue Investing In UK Even If Taxes Raised

DavidGilbert99 writes “Eric Schmidt hasn’t changed his stance on Google’s tax policies in the UK but has said that even if the tax legislation changes in the UK it will continue to invest in the country because ‘we love the UK.’ Gushing about its relationship with the UK, Schmidt said: ‘Google will invest in the UK no matter what you guys do, because the UK is just too important for us. The citizens are too important for us and in our view we provide too much good.'” (Beware the auto-playing video advertisements). This after writing an Op-Ed lamenting the complexity of international taxes.

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Twitter lands ‘pull to refresh’ patent but says it won’t chase the copycats

Twitter lands 'pull to refresh' patent but says it won't chase the copycats

Twitter has been granted a patent for its “pull to refresh” feature. That’s right, the one that everyone else already uses anyway.

It will be the first feature to utilise Twitter’s Innovators Patent Agreement (IPA), announced last year, which means that any features designed by developers working for Twitter will stay in their hands.

Loren Brichter’s “pull to refresh” feature is the first to get the IPA treatment, which was built into Tweetie, the Twitter app that was acquired by the company in 2010 and used as the official client.

But the agreement states that Twitter will only act on the patent for “defensive purposes”, which means that it won’t aggressively pursue anyone who has replicated the feature.

Innovate not decimate

Twitter has taken this non-aggressive stance in the name of innovation, and assumedly not to waste loads of money in fruitless patent lawsuits.

“This is a significant departure from the current state of affairs in the industry,” said Twitter’s VP of engineering Adam Messinger when the IPA was announced last year.

“With the IPA, employees can be assured that their patents will be used only as a shield rather than as a weapon.”

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