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Smart virtual assistant apps

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By Kimberly Deas

With the advancement of cellular technology comes a new generation of mobile apps designed to streamline your life and be an intelligent companion: everything from recommending restaurants to redirecting your morning commute, and all before you even ask.

If you thought Siri was smart, wait till you see these apps.

• Saga (iPhone / iOS5.0+)—The ultrasmart assistant tracks where you go, who you are with and how you got there, while pulling data from Facebook, Twitter and other apps to understand your preferences. As it learns your preferences, it makes suggestions for routes, restaurants, and more. Saga also works with other mobile apps like RunKeeper, a running app. If Saga sees you have not been running in RunKeeper, and knows you run every Tuesday, it will suggest a suitable time for you to get your run in. Free.

• Google Now (Android)—Already loaded on your phone, Android 4.1 users just need to swipe their finger from the bottom of their screen to the top to activate this silent giant. Once set up and activated, touching the Google search bar will reveal the suggestion cards for you. Get cards for the weather, traffic, restaurant suggestions and directions to your next appointment. The more you use it, the quicker it learns your patterns, and the smarter it gets. Google Now automatically provides directions and estimates drive times based on your past schedule. Included in Android 4.1 and above. Free.

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Kimberly Deas combines her 10+ years’ experience in telecommunications with a background in personal coaching and results-oriented training.

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