Even if your family gets bored and stops listening to you this Christmas, at least your computer will still have open ears. Just in time for the dark nights of winter, Google has officially released voice recognition for Chrome browsers in the form of a Chrome extension.
To enable the new Voice Search Hotword ability, all you need to do is head to the Chrome Web Store and download the extension. At that point, you'll be able to talk to your laptop totally hands-free, like it was a Kinect sensor for an Xbox One. To activate the feature, simply say "OK Google" followed by your search or command. You know the drill.
Whether you need to start a timer, look up unit conversions, or dates, or whatever, Google's voice command will listen, and relay back to you out loud. See, winter doesnt have to be so lonely after all, kind of. [Google+]