+ Monday June 17th, 2019

Assistant and Artificial Intelligence

Google Assistant adds two more smart home partners to their live offerings

Google Assistant has today gotten a lot smarter with the addition of two new partners. Today’s announcement sees the previously announced WeMo integration going live as well as the addition of new partner Honeywell. Alongside WeMo support, Google has also announced that the range of Honeywell range of smart devices …

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Google Assistant and Google Home can control my TV using Logitech Harmony and IFTTT

Since getting my Google Home, I’ve been slowly integrating anything in my house that I can, it all started with my Christmas Tree thanks to a Belkin WeMo power outlet and has progressed to my Garage Door. Now thanks to the powerful combination of IFTTT, a Harmony Home Hub and …

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Samsung’s virtual assistant Bixby is getting ready for launch with IP Australia trademark applications

Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy S8 won’t be coming at Mobile World Congress next month, but Samsung is making all the moves to ensure the phone will launch without incident, including trademarking the Bixby virtual assistant. Samsung has applied for trademarks for Bixby in both Europe with the European Trademark …

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Report: LG G6 may be the first ‘non-Google’ phone to include Google Assistant

Google’s decision to retain the Google Assistant as a Pixel exclusive feature has been a source of consternation for some, but a new report out of Business Korea says that the Google Assistant could be branching out to another phone, in particular the LG G6. The inclusion of Google Assistant …

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Microsoft’s virtual assistant, Cortana, is Coming to Android lock screens

Microsoft’s virtual personal assistant, Cortana, seems to be coming to Android lock-screens very soon. We understand that Microsoft have begun beta testing a version of Cortana that allows access directly from your phones/devices lock screen, according to a report from MSPowerUser. It would seem that the version of Cortana under test …

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With Google Assistant, IFTTT and Belkin’s WeMo, I’ve automated my garage door

The smart home has been often promised and typically half delivered, few products exist that deliver you “the package”, and to be honest that’s still the case today. However, with the right combination of pieces, you can get close, and with just a few more integrations I think the IOT/ …

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Google Assistant may be updated for continuous conversations, as demoed on Android TV [Video]

Having used Google Assistant via voice on both my Pixel XL and now my 2 Google Homes devices, one thing more than anything else drives me Bonkers, and that’s having to say “Ok Google” over and over and over and over again, especially when I’m having a “continuous conversation”. If …

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Lenovo will be bringing their Alexa powered Smart Assistant to Australia ‘Soon’

Lenovo, like many other companies this year at CES have launched products which are using Amazon’s exciting voice assistant technology Alexa. The Lenovo Smart Assistant announced this week is slated for launch in the US in May, but it’s also heading to Australia. The confirmation of an Australian launch comes …

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NVIDIA is bringing Google Assistant to your TV, plus a new Shield Console and NVIDIA AI microphones

NVIDIA has gained a reputation for just wowing us with their announcements, and this year’s CES press conference is no exception. Their charismatic CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took to the stage and made announcement after announcement, first the biggies, for us at least, a new Gen 2 Nvidia Shield Console, Google …

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