+ Monday June 17th, 2019

Assistant and Artificial Intelligence

In 2018 Google Assistant grew by 600% and by February will be on 1 billion devices

Last year at CES we saw a lot of Google Assistant devices announced. As you would expect, since then the uptake of Google Assistant devices has grown exponentially Google have announced today. Available on just 500 million devices in May of 2018 Google Assistant saw growth of close to 400% …

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KitchenAid joins the smart display party with a water resistant 10 inch device

We have seen and reviewed all smart displays that are available here in Australia and soon hopefully there will be one more on the way Downunder. At CES well known high-end home appliance manufacturer, KitchenAid, has announced that they will be coming to market with a smart display this year. …

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At CES 2019, LG is putting Google Assistant in everything, from TVs to a Smart Mirror

CES is fast becoming the yearly show for the Internet of Things (IOT), and smart assistants have become a huge part of the IOT space. Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant have been at each others throats for a couple of years now, and it’s always interesting to see which of …

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Hisense confirms 2019 Australian Android TV Series, Google Assistant and Alexa on VIDAA 3.0

In a surprise move Hisense Australia has confirmed to Ausdroid that the brand will sell an Android TV series as part of their 2019 product range: “Android fans will also be excited to hear we will be introducing an Android TV to the Australian market providing Australian consumers more choice …

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Google Home will now add sound effects to a story while you read it — US only

Google Home has some great interactions that can be used by kids and families alike. Google have now added to this with a new ability for the Google Assistant to add sound effects to a Disney story as you read it. For a limited number of Disney stories, and only …

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Aussies and Brits living abroad in the US can now get a taste of home with British and Australian voices now available on US Google Homes

The threat of home sickness for Aussies and Brits living abroad is being offset (well, a tiny bit) with the introduction of British and Australian accented voices to Google Homes across the US. The voices are the same as we’ve come to know and love here in Australia and in …

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Google enables Home Voice Control for Stan, Youtube & Play Music on Mi Box 3 and other Android TV devices

Most people would expect that Android TV’s and standalone Android boxes like the Xiaomi Mibox and NVDIA Shield which are available as Cast targets would have the same abilities as a Chromecast device. Until now that hasn’t been the case but there’s a sign that feature parity could happen soon. …

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JBL announce the Google Assistant-toting Everest 710GA headphones are now available to purchase in Australia

Way back at CES in January JBL (a Harman company) announced their Google Assistant-enabled premium headphones, the Everest 710GA headphones. A few weeks ago we noticed them appear on the JBL website but were unavailble to purchase. Now they are. JBL have announced that their new Everest 710GA over-the-ear premium …

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Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Headphones Set New Benchmark

Sony’s new WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling headphones have put down the gauntlet to Bose with new class leading battery life and arguably better sound quality. I listened to the WH-1000XM3 headphones for a while in each of 3 noise environments setup by Sony to mimic the sounds you’d hear while walking …

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