+ Thursday September 19th, 2019

Assistant and Artificial Intelligence

Telstra and Google officially launch Voice-activated calling from Google Home devices

A few weeks ago we spotted that voice calls via a Google Home / Nest device through the Telstra network had appeared in the Google Home settings. Today, Telstra has officially announced that they are the first carrier on the planet to provide voice calling via a Google Smart Speaker. …

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Google bringing a new ‘Android Auto for Phone Screens” to the Play Store for those with Android 10

At Google I/O this year Google gave a lot of time to the new changes that were coming to devices for Android Auto. We have already seen the interface changes to the Android Auto projection to a display mode but there is more. Google discussed that they were moving away …

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Review: Mirabella Genio Wi-Fi Door-Window Sensor is a Simple Cost Effective Security Gadget

Mirabella is continuing to expand its range of low cost smart home devices, and one of the latest is a Wi-Fi enabled Door & Window Sensor that’s available for $25 at Kmart. This is not a complicated device. At its core what it does is detect whether a door or …

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Google announces Assignable Reminders, to help manage your house (or your housemates!)

If you’re a smart home parent, or maybe it’s easier herding cats than organising your housemates, coordinating everything by our phones is almost a given these days. Whether its the groceries, picking up the kids, or reminding people to take out the bin, digital assistants are here to help. Google …

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Google temporarily suspends transcription of Assistant recordings, amid EU investigation

Like most AIs, Google’s Assistant isn’t actually Skynet, and doesn’t actually learn by itself. Just as with Siri and Alexa, Assistant is improved – at least in part – by humans transcribing interactions and helping Assistant to better understand what it’s being asked to do. In Google’s case, recent news …

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Google Assistant can now read and reply to messages in WhatsApp, Telegram, Google Voice and more

Google Assistant has always had some measure of integration with various messaging apps; for example, it’s long been able to read and reply to Telegram messages (which we use at Ausdroid) but that integration hasn’t been complete. However, that’s now changed. Google Assistant can now include many third party messaging …

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Australia’s Cheapest Retail Smart LED Light Strip Review: Mirabella Genio Wi-Fi Colour 3 Metre Strip

Last year Australian lighting brand Mirabella launched a range of smart lightbulbs and smart switches at Kmart. Now Mirabella has expanded their Genio smart home range to include a very affordable $39 3-metre smart wi-fi colour changing LED strip light, motion sensor, window/door sensor and IR Controller. None of the …

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Google Assistant and Alexa go travelling with you thanks to TripIt

Regular travellers know the pain of having several flights booked in the next week and occasionally not even knowing what state (or country) you’re in the next day. TripIt have worked collaboratively with Google and Amazon to bring Assistant and Alexa integration to their app. From your chosen smart assistant …

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