+ Tuesday May 21st, 2019

Assistant and Artificial Intelligence

Google announces the official launch of Assistant integration on Sonos speakers

It’s here, the day long promised to Sonos users by Google and Sonos alike, official support for the Google Assistant. Users with a Sonos One or Sonos Beam will have direct access to the Google Assistant and all other Sonos products can be controlled from a Google Assistant-enabled device, such …

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Sonos is finally ready to say hello to the Google Assistant

After a few false starts and missed deadlines, Sonos finally appears to be ready to roll out Google Assistant on their smart speakers. Shipping initially with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, Sonos One and Sonos Beam will be able to enable Google Assistant starting this week. In a letter to shareholders …

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Google wants to put Voice Assistant buttons on your keyboards and accessories

With Voice Assistants becoming more prevalent in both numbers and interfaces that they support, we’re filing this under the ‘oh I can’t believe it wasn’t already a thing’ category. According to some code commits found in Chromium there will soon be a standards-based approach to hardware assistant keys on USB …

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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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