+ Wednesday April 24th, 2019

Assistant and Artificial Intelligence

Google is using the power of AI to help visually impaired people discover their surroundings

Google has taken to its blog to announce their new app that will help the nearly 253 million people in the world who are blind or visually impaired using Artificial Intelligence. The app, called Lookout, uses technology as Google Lens allowing users to search and take action on the objects …

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Great Deal: $119 Sony LFS50G Google Assistant Speaker at JB Hi-Fi 14-27 March

If you are considering purchasing a Google Home speaker, the Sony LFS50G Google Assistant Speaker sounds better and is on sale for only $119 at JB Hi-Fi from 14-27 March 2019. Besides sounding slightly better than the Google Home, the Sony LFS50G also differentiates by having a visible LED clockface …

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Australian healthcare provider Feros Care integrates Google Assistant to bring clients easy self-service voice commands

Australian not-for-profit health care provider Feros Care announced an Australian-first integration with the Google Assistant to provide customers with access to self-management service options via a voice interface. The announcement was detailed this morning at Google Australia’s Wellbeing Breakfast by the company’s CIO Glenn Payne. Payne explained how Feros Care …

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Bang & Olufsen Relaunches in Australia

High end audio brand Bang & Olufsen has relaunched in Australia in conjunction with new partner MJ Invest Australia (MJ Group), after parting ways with it’s previous distributor. For readers not familiar with B&O, they make premium priced speakers that could pass as artworks borrowed from the Museum of Contemporary …

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Continued Conversations rolling out to all Google Assistant Smart Displays, even in Australia

It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of both Google Assistant and Google’s Smart Displays here at Ausdroid, and as such any time the Assistant ecosystem reaches feature parity with itself it’s a cause for celebration. This week Google is finally rolling out their ‘Continued Conversations’ feature to all Assistant …

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Google is rolling out its Assistant voice calling feature to more US states; still no word on international availability

Google Assistant’s VP of Engineering had taken to the company’s blog, announcing broadening rollout plans for Duplex, its voice calling Assistant feature. The company intends to make the feature available in 43 US states over the coming weeks. Duplex is the voice calling feature of Google Assistant that allows it …

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D-Link & McAfee Launch DIR-2680 D-Fend AC2600 Wi-Fi Router in Australia to Secure Smart Homes

D-Link and McAfee have partnered to launch the DIR-2680 D-Fend AC2600 Wi-Fi Router in Australia a year after the product was announced at CES 2018. The DIR-2680 has a dual focus of making smart homes safer and protecting all the people in a home as well as visiting friends and …

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Sony SRS-XB501G Google Assistant Speaker — Australian Review

The Sony SRS-XB501G Google assistant speaker hides a lot of functionality under it’s exterior. For $399 you get a speaker that is Google Home Max’s portable lit up partying cousin. As part of Sony’s EXTRA BASS range the speaker’s default setting emphasises Bass but with some tweaking of the equalizer …

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How to call Google Assistant using the Bixby button on the Galaxy S10, S9, S8 and Note 9 and 8

Yesterday Samsung started to roll out an update to Bixby that would allow you to remap either the single or double tap of the Bixby button to a new function or app. However, in that update, Samsung blocked the ability to open other digital assistants list Google’s Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana …

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Apple Music appeared on Google Home (and then disappeared just as quickly)

Last week during all MWC 2019 news, this one almost slipped past our radar; Apple (or Google) brought Apple Music to Google Home as an optional music service. However, almost as quickly, the feature disappeared. With an update to Google Home (to version 2.9.118), Apple Music appeared as an option …

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Google brings Assistant Routines to the Clock app for Android

To help you streamline your morning, Google has brought Assistant Routines to the Clock app for Android phones in Australia. After dismissing an alarm, Assistant users can start routines, triggering multiple things such as announcement of the weather forecast, viewing traffic on the way to work, brewing a coffee and …

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