+ Wednesday June 26th, 2019

Assistant and Artificial Intelligence

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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Crikey! Google honours Steve Irwin with a Google Doodle drawing

Google is honouring Aussie icon and all-around legend Steve Irwin with a dedicated Google Doodle this Friday 22 February 2019, which will see the Doodle drawing run for 24 hours from midnight on Google homepages around the world – including Australia, the US, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South …

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LG is bringing more voice-enabled appliances to more countries

For those not familiar with all of LG’s offerings, they actually make a lot more products than just phones and TVs. LG is a major domestic appliance maker as well and with their ThinQ line, they have been slowly bringing ‘smarts’ to their appliance line. LG has announced today that …

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Telstra launches 3rd generation streaming device with localised voice control and no more lock-in Home Broadband plans

Telstra has announced and launched its third generation streaming device, the Telstra TV, along with localised voice control along with no more lock-in Home Broadband plans for Telstra customers. The third generation of Telstra TV is sleeker, smaller, and includes a new and improved wireless remote control with voice search, …

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Gmail is now blocking 100 million more spam messages with TensorFlow

Who doesn’t hate email spam clogging up their inbox daily? Google is now working to fix this, with the Gmail team and Google recruiting its in-house machine learning framework, TensorFlow, to help train additional spam filters for Gmail users. Google has said, via the Gmail Blog overnight, that Gmail is …

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Amazon’s Alexa Speakers get Followup Questions option in Australia

Amazon enabled Follow-up Mode in Australia for Alexa powered speakers today, nine months after the feature debuted in the USA. The feature allows multiple questions to be asked in a row without saying “Alexa / Echo” each time. It was announced via Amazon’s What’s New With Alexa newsletter. Follow-Up mode …

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Jabra launches business-focused Evolve 65t in Australia

Earlier this week, Jabra announced new business-focused smart earbuds for Australia in the form of the Evolve 65t. Importantly for business users, Jabra says these are the first true wireless earbuds to attain Skype for Business certification. The style of earbuds is not new – true wireless earbuds are increasingly …

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Lenovo launches two hybrid Android Tablet/ Amazon Show devices, and they’re heading to Australia next month

It’s official, Dr Frankenstein or one of his descendants, is officially working at Lenovo because they just announced a new hybrid Android Tablet / Amazon Alexa powered “show mode” device, and I think I want one. The Lenovo Smart Tabs Powered by Amazon Alexa come in two varieties, the P10 …

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Amazon Alexa coming soon to Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

The Ausdroid team’s current favourite noise cancelling wireless headphones Sony WH-1000XM3 will soon receive Amazon Alexa support. The WH-1000XM3’s were recently reviewed by my colleague Dan who concluded that: It’s clear to anyone who has the happy chance to try on a pair of these headphones that Sony has taken …

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Google and Lenovo announce a new Google Assistant device category, meet the Lenovo Smart Clock

Who says everything leaks before a major tech announcement? Overnight at CES 2019 Google and Lenovo pulled a surprise rabbit out of their hat, if the rabbit was a new Google Assistant device category, Smart Clocks. Right off the bat, the Lenovo Smart Clock looks gorgeous; it’s clad in a …

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Samsung’s Bixby will soon talk to Google apps on your Android phone

In a world dominated by two voice assistants – Google Assistant and Alexa – Samsung keeps fighting to make their virtual assistant relevant. At CES this week Samsung announced that Bixby will soon be able to ‘talk with’ the Google Apps installed on your device. Exactly what this means is …

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