CNET Update: Google Now keeps your travel on track
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CNET Update: Google Now keeps your travel on track

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The Siri competitor learns new tricks, Facebook changes log-in rules for apps, and Kapture aims to record the audio around you -- all day.

Google Now is keeping track of more things in your life. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Google's rival to Siri called Google Now is adding more information to be of assistance when you're traveling. Google Now does more than answer your spoken questions and has these information cards that pop up to tell you relevant information about what's going on in your world today. For example there are cards that let you know about upcoming appointments or the best route to take home after work, but now when you're on a trip users could see a card with details about car rental reservations and directions to the rental center. It knows this information based on what's in your email and calendar. If you're going to a concert your ticket will be ready to scan. If you take public transit Google Now will inform you of the last train or bus so you won't miss it. And when leaving for work it can send a message to your loved ones that you're on your way home. It's with a setting called Commute Sharing. It also is adding NCAA scores for college football fans and if you're watching TV it can listen to a few seconds of audio to tell you some basic facts about the show. Right now only Android users can get these extra cards in the latest version of the Google search app. A few updates are coming to social networks. You'll now have more control the next time you use the log-in with Facebook button on a mobile app. Now mobile apps must separately ask for permission to post anything back to a person's Facebook account so you can log in with Facebook and never worry about posting anything to your profile you don't want if you so wish. And LinkedIn group pages are getting a fresh redesign. Among the changes is the ability to toggle between popular and recent updates. There's a new type of wearable gadget that is asking for your money to become a reality, but it might make you uncomfortable. It's called Kapture. It's a wristband that records audio around you 24 hours a day. If you thought Google Glass was an invasion of privacy anyone with this wristband is recording what you say at all times. It gives you the power to get an instant replay on what was just set around you. Maybe you wanna savor or share a joke a friend told you. You wanna save the audio of something funny your kids said or you can even share proof of customer service gone wrong. It'll send the audio snippets to an app so you can edit them or save them before sharing to social media. This product is hoping to raise money on Kickstarter on September 3rd, but it could cause some legal complications. Several states have laws that say you can't record a private conversation without both parties knowing they're being recorded if you're not in a public place and there's a reasonable expectation of privacy. Some people might get in trouble with sharing these snippets of audio on social media. That's your Tech News Update. For more details head to CNET.com/Update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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