Tag: Google Assistant

Nest Guard gains support for Google Assistant

Good news if you’re the proud owner of Nest’s eponymous, puck-shaped security system controller: Nest Guard. It now responds to voice commands, specifically those of the Google Assistant variety. Starting today, Guard can preheat ovens, toggle off connected lightbulbs, lock smart deadbolts, and more — entirely hands-free. “Let’s face it: Getting out the door can […]

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How Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, and Cortana talk about the Super Bowl

By now, you may have already seen commercials with the Alexa hot tub and Harrison Ford’s dog or the Home Alone remake with Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, and Google Assistant. For AI assistants from tech giants like Amazon, Google, Apple, and Microsoft, the Big Game is a marketing blitz. It’s also when companies tend to roll out […]

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Which voice assistant speaks the most languages, and why?

Contrary to popular Anglocentric belief, English isn’t the world’s most-spoken language by the total number of native speakers — nor is it the second. In fact, the West Germanic tongues rank third on the list, followed by Hindi, Arabic, Portuguese, Bengali, and Russian. (Mandarin and Spanish are first and second, respectively.) Surprisingly, Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s […]

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Universities deploy digital assistants to enroll and support students

Chatbots, digital assistants — whatever you want to call them — seem to be reaching into every nook and cranny of the internet. Ordering pizza? Yup. Sorting out your home insurance? You bet. Automating enterprise processes? Certainly. There are even companies that specialize in helping other companies develop their own customer service chatbots. Educational institutions […]

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Microsoft wants to make Cortana available through Google Assistant

Cortana might not be the most popular voice assistant around, but Satya Nadella doesn’t have a problem with that. Microsoft’s CEO told media this week that the company’s strategy isn’t to expand its assistant’s reach at the expense of rivals like Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, or Amazon’s Alexa, but rather to work with competitors to […]

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Top 10 products revealed at CES 2019 that work with Alexa or Google Assistant

The curtains closed on the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show this past Friday, as the last of the remaining 3,500-odd exhibitors packed up their wares and filtered out of the Las Vegas Convention Center and Sands Expo. CES 2019 was jam-packed with announcements from the likes of Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio, many of which shared […]

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ProBeat: This Google Assistant Ride video is what CES should be all about

Tuning into CES remotely is just not the same, or so I’m told. Nothing can compete with being one of the 180,000 attendees jostling to see what tech will bring this year and beyond. So I cannot offer you an overview of what CES 2019 was all about (see Dean’s column for that). I can, […]

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Google Assistant will soon be on 1 billion devices, but still can’t speak like John Legend

The Google Assistant — the AI assistant that lives in Android and iOS smartphones, TVs, headphones, tablets, smartwatches, cars, smart displays like the Google Home Hub, and smart speakers like the Google Home Mini — has had a banner year by any measure. As of October, it works with 10,000 dishwashers, ovens, light bulbs, and other […]

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Moen’s digital shower system will soon support the Google Assistant and HomeKit

Refrigerators. Ovens. Toilets. These days, it’s tough to find an appliance that you can’t control with Siri, Alexa, or the Google Assistant. Today, Ohio-based faucet and fixture company Moen is climbing aboard the platform-agnostic voice assistant train. At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company announced that U by Moen, its “cloud-based” digital shower […]

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Kohler reveals new lighted mirror, intelligent toilet, touchless faucet, and more

On the lookout for an intelligent toilet? Kohler could have you covered. The vaunted manufacturer today announced enhancements to its Kohler Konnect lineup of bathroom fixtures and smart devices, which follow its connected shower system and bathtub kit that were introduced last year. In addition to a new bathroom mirror — the Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror — […]

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Gourmia wants you to say ‘Hey, Google’ to your coffee maker

Thought voice assistants couldn’t cook you dinner? Think again. In advance of the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, Brooklyn-based kitchen appliance designer Gourmia today showcased a trio of products — an air fryer, a crock pot, and a coffee maker — that can be controlled by Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. […]

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Developer used Raspberry Pi to control an Alexa device with Google Assistant

Forcing Alexa-compatible devices to speak to the Google Assistant might sound like smart assistant blasphemy, but that’s precisely what an enterprising hobbyist set out to accomplish with a Wi-Fi plug, a Raspberry Pi, and a little bit of elbow grease. Hackaday reports that the intrepid technologist hooked up a Google Assistant-compatible wall plug — TP-Link’s HS-105 — […]

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LG Unveils New Soundbars With Google Assistant Integration

Every year at CES, there are certain product announcements that we have learnt are almost a given: TVs and speakers. For those shopping about for new speakers, LG has unveiled a bunch of new soundbars ahead of CES 2019, with these soundbars not only featuring Dolby Atmos technology, but also integration with Google Assistant. Given […]

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LG unveils new soundbars with Dolby Atmos and Google Assistant

Looking for a new Google Assistant-imbued, Dolby Atmos-driven soundbar to drive your living room setup’s sound? Look no further than LG’s refreshed portfolio. The Seoul electronics giant today unveiled a trio of new models — the SL10YG, SL9YG, and SL8YG — ahead of the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas, and they look to […]

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10 things to try with your new Google Home smart speaker

Hot dog: You’re the owner of a Google Home smart speaker. With Google Assistant inside and conversational AI, these speakers can do a great range of things. Here’s 10 worth trying, drawn from VentureBeat coverage over the course of the past year. For extra tips, check out last year’s list of 10 things worth trying […]

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‘Smart Speaker IQ Test’ Shows That Siri is Getting Better at Answering Questions

The digital personal assistants out there are already pretty helpful, but the companies behind these services are always working to improve them. Which is good news for the end user, because that means, gradually, the digital personal assistant they use will get better over time. These types of improvements can be small in nature, or […]

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Google Assistant now predicts flight delays

Just in time for the holidays, Google is rolling out new tools to keep your cross-country flights stress-free — or as stress-free as they can be. The Mountain View company today announced proactive flight notifications from the Google Assistant and in Google Flights, its online flight booking search service, plus more detailed fare breakdowns, search […]

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