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Google Now says giraffes praise the iPad

first_imgThere are some things in this world you simply must see, or in this case hear, to believe. When you ask Google now to tell you about giraffes, one of the helpful things the tool will teach you is that these majestic creatures praise the iPad.Google Now pulls information from a variety of sources across the web, and uses it as a knowledge engine. Combined with the speech translation and voice dictation tools Google has picked up along the way, you can ask Google questions with your voice and get a spoken response from whatever Android gadget you use. The voice command part of Google Now isn’t used quite as much as the context engine that takes all of your Google account activity and shows it in ways you didn’t even know you needed, but it is nice to have. As long as you have the Google Now app open all you need to do is say “Google” and the voice service will wake up and is immediately ready to do whatever you ask.Should you ask Google Now “What are giraffes?” you will find an interesting ending to the answer. Google Now will start off by showing you a link to the Wikipedia article on giraffes, and continue speaking to you portions of the definition. In mid sentence, when telling you about the patterns on their coats, Google Now shifts gears. The audio session ends with “he now praises the iPad, suggesting that giraffes have a thing for Apple’s tablet. The iPad isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Wikipedia article, and a quick look at the history of that page showed that the tablet has never been mentioned on the page.So, where did this funny little bug come from? There’s no concrete explanation yet, but several people who have discovered it for themselves suggest that the audio clip is an accident from when Google Now was being created. Hundreds of pages of text were read in order to give Google Now a better understanding of how to assemble certain sentences, and this line might have accidentally been left in somewhere. Until they pull the audio or fix it, you have a funny way to show your friends that giraffes are Apple fanboys according to Google.last_img read more

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