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Shelly Palmer Radio Report – May 29, 2014

If you’ve been dying to make Google searches with your voice, you’re in luck – Google has rolled out hands-free search to every version of Chrome. The feature was previously available for beta testers or as part of third-party extensions, but came with additional bugs that hadn’t been worked out yet. But now the feature is available to anyone based in the US – or anyone who has Chrome set to US English. To get started, go to Google’s homepage or open a new tab in Chrome. Say, “OK Google” to wake up your computer or webcam’s microphone, then speak the phrase you want to search. If you don’t like the idea of your computer always listening to you, it’s easy to make sure the feature is turned off. Click on the Chrome menu in the top right corner of your browser, then click Settings. At the bottom of that screen, click “Show advanced settings,” then uncheck the box that says “Enable ‘Ok Google’ to start a voice search.”

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.