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Samsung’s new TVs will come with Google Assistant and Alexa integration

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Hell hath frozen over. Just when we thought Samsung was still all-in on Bixby they have shocked us all by opening up their TVs to more digital assistants, you know, the ones that 99.9 percent of us use. Just...

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

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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...

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

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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...

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

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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...

Alex’s top tech picks for 2018

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It's that time of the year again and 2018 has been an interesting year for Google, Android and its many partner manufacturers. We have seen the rise of the mid range smartphones, and home automation and smart speakers taking...

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

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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...

Google Home will now add sound effects to a story while you read it...

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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...

Aussies and Brits living abroad in the US can now get a taste of...

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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...

Bose Home Speaker 500 – Australian Review

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The Bose Home Speaker 500 is a powerful chunky black anodised aluminium addition to the list of Alexa powered smart speakers at a premium price of $599 RRP. I listened to it for a week before it had to be...

Hey Google & Alexa: Is it Raining Today?

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Some of the most popular questions asked of Google and Alexa voice assistants are about weather so let's see how they both let you know about rain. The photo above taken by my colleague Jason tells me that it is...
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Hey Google & Alexa: What’s The Air Quality?

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Residents of NSW have been watching the western sky for the last few days to see if an orange dust cloud like the famous one in 2009 was approaching. These few days in 2009 resulted in some amazing photos but also...

Google enables Home Voice Control for Stan, Youtube & Play Music on Mi Box...

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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...

Hey Google, it looks like you can now control Telstra TV

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Telstra has announced the arrival of Voice Linking, a new feature that allows you to use the Google Assistant on your Google Home or smart speaker to control Telstra TV. Setup is simple - Telstra TV is now listed as...

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

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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...

Sony A9F Gives Other 4K OLED TV Manufacturers a Master Class

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Sony has let the rest of the audio visual industry know who the new OLED TV leader is by showcasing it's new Master Series A9F OLED TV to the Australian media. Their spokesperson told us that the aim of the...

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