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Google Launches AI driven ‘Your News Update’, Ok Google, play me the news

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We are living through an audio revolution where more and more people are consuming content via audio rather than written form, thanks largely to the explosion and growing popularity of Podcasts. Here's the problem: how do you pull out the...

Lenovo’s Smart Display 7 makes its way to Australia; on sale now

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Back in September Lenovo announced their next Google Assistant powered smart speaker, the Smart Display 7 with Google Assistant. The device has quietly made its way to our shores, listed for sale in Australia for $129. You'll find listings for...

Xbox one now has some capacity to work with Google Assistant

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It was over a year ago that we heard that Google Assistant and Alexa may come to the Xbox platform. It has been some time in the making but has finally appeared, but with the caveat that it's...

Australian Alexa Speakers Can Now Control Dyson and Roomba

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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...

Hey Google, make it rain! Google Assistant can now control more water appliances

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Google's been slowly but surely adding more and more device types to its list of supported Actions for Google Assistant, and today they've opened the flood gates, well the plumbing type anyway. The latest devices types are Baths and...

Deal: $49 Amazon Echo Spot smart display runout at Officeworks and The Good Guys

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In a sure sign that it's being sold in a stock clear-out, the Amazon Echo Spot is now available for $49 at Officeworks and The Good Guys. The Amazon Echo Spot is a small round smart display and speaker which...

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

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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...

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

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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...

Frozen 2 comes to Google Assistant powered smart speakers

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You know a major movie is nearing release when you start seeing the advertising partnerships rolling out. Today Disney and Google announced Frozen 2 stories on Google Assistant-powered Smart Speakers. The stories are live now and work in Australia. To...

Google’s new Assistant will not work for G-Suite users or many students without jumping...

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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...

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

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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...

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

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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...

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

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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...

Google Assistant is set to appear on more Chromebooks

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Google Assistant is working its way into our lives in a deeper and more meaningful ways. For those users who have made the decision to simplify electronic life and move to Chromebooks, there’s good news with Google looking to...

Huawei announce their new digital assistant, Huawei Assistant

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Huawei announced their second flagship for 2019 overnight -- their flagship sans-Googley apps and services. One of the big advantages of Android with Google is the Google Assistant but of course without Google Services Google Assistant will not...

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