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The NHS Will Use Alexa To Find At-Risk Patients

We've already heard that smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo might soon be able to call 999 for you (but in the meantime, please don't rely on Alexa to contact the authorities), and now it seems they'll perform another vital role in the UK. Read More >>

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We Didn’t Want Cortana Smart Speakers Anyway, Says Microsoft

As smart assistants go, there are the favourites: Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and then there are the also-rans: Bixby and Cortana. Read More >>

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CES 2019: Lenovo and Google Figured Out the Perfect Alarm Clock

It took a couple of years, but we finally have the perfect application of Google Assistant—an alarm clock. The Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant looks like a sibling to Google’s Home Hub and Home Mini. Only instead of being a hub for smart home control, or a dinky speaker with Google Assistant built in, its primary function is as a Google Assistant powered alarm clock. Read More >>

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Google Brings Back Kevin McCallister In #1 Trending Ad

The number one trending video on YouTube right now is an ad -- for Google Assistant, starring none other than Macaulay Culkin reprising his unforgettable role as Kevin McCallister. Read More >>

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Google’s Feature for Predicting Flight Delays Actually Sounds Useful Now

Flying during the holidays is typically frustrating at best, and even worse if you’re travelling to or from anywhere that snows. So to help alleviate a tiny bit of stress, Google is adding its flight delay predictions feature to the Google Assistant. Read More >>

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Google Assistant Can Do Some New Stuff, I Guess

‘Tis the season and Google is feeling generous. Today it rolled out a bunch of new Google Assistant features, including improvements nifty to-do list functionality and a new feature that encourages you to be polite to your inanimate, question-answering bot. Read More >>

apple
How to Make Siri Less Garbage by Linking It to Google Assistant

Hey Siri, how do I make you suck less? Turns out the answer is to link it to Google Assistant. A new update to Google Assistant for iOS adds support for Siri Shortcuts, so you can actually get some decent voice assistant action on your iPhone. Read More >>

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The Complete Guide to Google Assistant in 2018

Beyond Gmail, Google Maps, and YouTube, Google Assistant is shaping up to be one of the most important Google products in the years ahead, and it’s already more pervasive and more advanced than you might have realised. Here’s everything Google Assistant can do and everywhere you can find it. Read More >>

sonos
One of Sonos’s Most Anticipated Features Is in Purgatory

Bad news for Sonos fans. That Google Assistant feature the company promised would be ready in 2018, well, Sonos is going to have to break that promise. Google Assistant will not be available on the popular wireless speakers this year. Sonos users will have to wait until an undetermined date in 2019. Read More >>

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We Might Be Getting a Welsh Alexa

In the ongoing effort to keep the amazing language that is Welsh active and thriving, the Welsh government is launching a 'technology action plan' that includes recommendations for smart speakers that speak the language. Read More >>

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Google’s Home Hub is a Great Start to a Smarter Home

The idea of a smart home console is exciting. A little screen where you can turn all your lights on and off and turn on the TV and see who’s at the door and crank the oven up to 500-degrees to roast that garlic and broccoli for dinner? That’s cool! It’s also what Google promises with the new Home Hub. Google doesn’t not deliver. But the new Home Hub also falls short of the magic gadget I’d hoped for. At least not right now. Read More >>

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All Headphones With Google Assistant Will Soon Become Babelfish

Google Translate is full of wizardry that the Big G has historically been pretty bad at shouting about. For instance, hardly anyone seems to know that you can hold your phone camera over a menu in another language and see it in English via the magic of Word Lens, bought by Google in 2o14. Read More >>

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You’ll Soon Be Able To Talk To Your Android Lockscreen

Asking Google questions out loud hasn't really caught on in the UK in the way that is has in more self-assured countries (read: America), but for those who love hands-free searching, there'll soon be a new way to bug Google Assistant without even unlocking your phone. Read More >>

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Did Google Finally Fix the Smart Home?

The Home Hub appeared at this week’s Made by Google event like a dessert you forgot to order. Sure, there were plenty of rumours that Google would announce its own touchscreen-enabled Home device. But after spending just a few minutes with the thing, I realised what a treat it might be. This little hub might be the thing that ties the whole smart home concept together. Read More >>

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Google Assistant Just Got Upgraded With Better Touch Support and Richer Visuals

At first, the Google Assistant was designed primarily as a voice-based helper. However, after making its way to phones, smart displays, and whatever else Google can cram its assistant into, being forced to use your voice to access a lot of GA features hasn’t always offered the best experience. So today, Google has announced a revamped interface for the Google Assistant that should make searching, organising, and anything else you use the assistant for a little friendlier for both spoken and touch-based inputs. Read More >>