More Google Ads On The Way

Ready to see an ad on your thermostat? How about on your glasses or our watch? Google says “a few years from now, we and other companies could be serving ads and other content on refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches.”

Google paid a pretty penny to pick up home automation company Nest, so it might not be a surprise to find target ads on the screen when you go to turn on the air conditioning. Since Google already uses the content of your e-mail and your web searches to target ads, imagine what they can do with data like how much electricity you use and what you’re looking at through Google Glass.

 Microsoft Offers Discounted 8.1 To Makers Of Lower-Cost Devices

On the heels of offering Windows 8.1 free to the makers of devices smaller than 9 inches, Microsoft is now offering a deeply discounted Windows 8.1 with Bing to makers of lower cost devices. These devices will have Internet Explorer with Bing set as the default search engine, however users can change that setting if they want.

The goal is to help manufacturers build lower-cost Windows devices. Lower-cost devices are defined by Microsoft  as those with 1GB of memory and 16GB of storage. Many of these devices will come with Microsoft Office or a one-year subscription to Office 365. No specific devices were announced. Microsoft says the devices will be announced by manufacturers over the next few weeks.

Chrome Adds Voice Search To Desktop

Hands-free voice search is now available for the desktop version of the Google Chrome Browser. If you are updated to the latest version of Chrome and have a microphone for your PC, you can say Okay Google to start a voice search, set a timer or create a calendar reminder.

Just click on the microphone icon in the search box to enable this feature.

~ Cynthia