+ Thursday August 22nd, 2019

Assistant and Artificial Intelligence

Put Google Assistant in any Car with Anker Roav Bolt, we may even see it in Australia

Earlier this year Anker announced its Google Assistant Powered 12V accessory socket USB Charger/ voice assistant module the Roav Bolt. The Bolt plugs into your 12v socket in your car and gives you 2 USB power outlets and Voice integration with Google Assistant. The best bit? It’s now on the …

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Major TicTocTrack Watch Security Flaws Discovered

Australian security researcher Troy Hunt has just reported major security flaws in the popular TicTocTrack Watch used by Australian parents to track their children. Hunt and Ken Munro from Pen Test Partners discovered that the TicTocTrack Watch was simply a rebranded Gator tracking watch. This type of child tracking watch …

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Google Home devices no longer repeat what they’re doing, at least in Assistant Routines

One of the most annoying quirks of Google Home devices is their incessant need to repeat what the instructions they’ve just been given. Amazon’s Alexa doesn’t do this – thank goodness – but Google’s Assistant still does, and it drives us nuts. Fortunately, it seems change is in the air. …

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Amazon Echo Link and Echo Link Amp bring streaming music to your existing audio gear

Amazon are getting serious about the Aussie market bringing more and more equipment from the Alexa range of devices to our market. The Echo Link and Echo Link Amp have both started sales here in Australia. Both bring Alexa functionality to your home through the Alexa app or voice control …

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Access your G Suite calendar with Google Assistant – Integration with G Suite accounts just got better

For those of you with a G Suite account, you’d be well versed in the idiosyncrasy of Google’s paid offering. Up front, you’d think oh, Google has a paid productivity service it must be better right? Well if what you’re after is full access to all of Google’s features the …

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NETGEAR Australia Launches Nighthawk AX8 With WiFi 6 (802.11ax) Capability

NETGEAR’s new science fiction space ship shaped Nighthawk AX8 router is now available in Australia, enabling early adopters of WiFi 6 802.11ax devices to use the next generation of WiFi right now. The new Wi-Fi 6 AX standard is based on OFDMA technology which allows better simultaneous data transfer between …

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Google Assistant reportedly showing ads for some users, but Australia seems to be spared .. for now

Google is busy updating Google Assistant to give new and improved responses to questions, but there’s a new feature coming that isn’t exactly what most users would call an improvement. What is this new feature? That would be the inclusion of ads in Google Assistant responses. Fortunately, we don’t seem …

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Australians Can Alexa Enable Speakers With Amazon Echo Input

Amazon’s Echo Input device is available for purchase in Australia today. What is the Echo Input? Think of it as a much thinner Echo Dot, with the external speaker and internal speaker drivers removed. Echo Input allows people to Alexa-enable existing individual or speaker systems via an AUX 3.5mm audio …

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New Office 365 Trick: Convert Photo of a table into Excel Table automatically on your Android

Anyone who has had to manually create an Excel table from a printed data table knows how the boring and time-consuming this is. Thanks to an update for Office 365 those days are over – say goodbye to manual data entry. With Insert Data from Picture, you can take a …

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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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