Michele Masterson

Google Adds Voice Recognition to Search

If you’re wondering if UPS has lost your package or if your flight is delayed, you can now find out via voice recognition in Google Search, using Gmail, Google Calendar or Google+.
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On a blog post, the company said that it is rolling out search voice recognition for U.S. English-speaking users on desktops, tablets and smartphones. Users can query Google+, for example, to find photos, or get information about flights, reservations, purchases, and plans. The company has already featured voice recognition for over a year in Google Now.

The company said that Google Search uses SSL to encrypt the connection between a user’s computer and Google to help prevent intermediary parties, such as Internet cafes, ISPs, and Wifi hotspots, from intercepting or interfering with search activities. For supported browsers, Google may use this option by default.

Although SSL helps protect search results, which may include personal information from other Google services, it does not provide complete security against all potential risks (such as viruses and malware), Google said. Users should also note that while SSL encrypts the information seen on Google’s search results page and login information, it does not always protect the fact that a user has visited google.com or hide which search terms were typed.