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'Google Now' Reads Emails, Suggests Calendar Entries. Creepy?

by on June 13, 2014
in Productivity, News, Phones and Mobile, Mobile Apps, Android Apps, iPhone/iPad Apps, Blog, Organization :: 1 comment

Finger with reminder stringThe Google Now service is almost terrifyingly smart. It intelligently pulls information from your location history, hotel and flight confirmations in your Gmail and data on your past searches to automatically provide you with traffic updates, reminders about where you parked, scheduling reminders and more. Now, it’s rolling out a feature that scours your Gmail for casually written meeting and event requests from friends and work to automatically create reminders for them, Android Police is reporting.

For example, if a friend emails your Gmail account to suggest you get lunch next Thursday, Google Now will grab the relevant scheduling excerpt and add it as a card. You’ll be given the option to add the info to your calendar as well, making the event official.

If you don’t want Google Now automatically pulling this information from your Gmail account, it’s easy to stop. Just enter your Google Now settings and toggle it off.

As said, the feature is being rolled out to Google Now users in waves, so if you don’t have access to it yet, check back soon. If you’d like to get Google Now on your phone, you can download it for iOS at the Apple App Store and for Android at Google Play. You can also get Google Now reminders on the Chrome web browser.

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From Adam Gman 773 on June 13, 2014 :: 5:47 pm

I already don’t like it “suggesting” friends. This would be the WORST. I have a full calendar already. TO have google help me would be BAD and creepy…and stalkerish.


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