+ Sunday December 8th, 2019

Assistant and Artificial Intelligence

Google add 16 new device types to Google Assistant Actions, everything from Blenders to Sous Vide and so much in between

Google’s been getting busy with 16 new device types showing up in the list of Google Assistant compatible devices over the past day or so. It seems the team has mostly been on a kitchen accessory mission but there are a few unexpected bits of bedroom furniture that tagged along …

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Echo Studio Australian Review – Finally a Great Sounding Alexa Speaker

The launch of the new Echo Studio speaker by Amazon gives Australians a strong new contender to compare and contrast with other in home mains powered smart speaker options such as Sonos, Google, Bose etc. Until recently Australians who wanted to listen to an Alexa powered speaker that sounded good …

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Australian Alexa Speakers Can Now Control Dyson and Roomba

Amazon Australia has announced that they have officially enabled the local Skills so that Echo and Alexa powered speakers can control compatible Dyson and iRobot Roomba devices. At an event earlier this week in Sydney, Amazon demonstrated controlling settings on a Dyson fan and iRobot Roomba vacuum. To be able …

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Control your Christmas Tree lights with Google Assistant and Alexa thanks to Mirabella

Alright, yes I know it’s not quite Christmas yet, but with our major retailers now getting ready with their Christmas stock now being displayed in store, I was intrigued to learn that my local Kmart store are stocking Wi-Fi controlled and enabled Christmas tree decoration lights. Just like their other …

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A Google Home firmware update is destroying some devices, and they can’t be fixed

You mightn’t be aware, but your Google Home devices (Google Home, Google Home Mini, and so on) automatically update new firmwares every so often and install them, almost entirely without your involvement (or even knowledge). Usually, this process is entirely seamless, and they’ll reboot silently at a time when you’re …

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Google’s new Assistant will not work for G-Suite users or many students without jumping through a few hoops first

Google have made a big deal about their new Assistant coming to the Pixel 4 in Australia later this year via an OTA update but the problem is that many users will not be able to use it without performing some software installation acrobatics. Android Police have unearthed the new …

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Hands On Review: Mirabella 9W Wi-Fi Dimmable Colour Downlights

The days of bayonet and screw in bulbs are over for most newly built modern homes and apartments which usually have grids of ceiling downlights installed in all the rooms. Until recently all these downlights tended to be dumb lights but now smart downlights like the Mirabella Genio 9W LED Wi-Fi …

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Google looking to bring a ‘Raise to Talk’ for Pixel 4’s Google Assistant

Google just wants everyone to use Google Assistant — and they have been going the right way about it with not just getting their smart speakers into so many places but making it easier and easier to call on the Assistant on smartphones. According to 9to5Google beginning with the Pixel …

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Google Smart Speakers are getting the ability to make Duo voice calls, finally!!

One of the most requested features for Assistant-powered Smart Speakers has been the ability to make a Duo Voice call (well any voice call), and of course, receive a Duo call. Earlier this month Australians got their first taste of voice calling on Assistant Speakers for Telstra customers. Now Google …

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