+ Monday August 19th, 2019

Assistant and Artificial Intelligence

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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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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