+ Sunday August 25th, 2019

Assistant and Artificial Intelligence

Google announces Assignable Reminders, to help manage your house (or your housemates!)

If you’re a smart home parent, or maybe it’s easier herding cats than organising your housemates, coordinating everything by our phones is almost a given these days. Whether its the groceries, picking up the kids, or reminding people to take out the bin, digital assistants are here to help. Google …

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Google temporarily suspends transcription of Assistant recordings, amid EU investigation

Like most AIs, Google’s Assistant isn’t actually Skynet, and doesn’t actually learn by itself. Just as with Siri and Alexa, Assistant is improved – at least in part – by humans transcribing interactions and helping Assistant to better understand what it’s being asked to do. In Google’s case, recent news …

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Google Assistant can now read and reply to messages in WhatsApp, Telegram, Google Voice and more

Google Assistant has always had some measure of integration with various messaging apps; for example, it’s long been able to read and reply to Telegram messages (which we use at Ausdroid) but that integration hasn’t been complete. However, that’s now changed. Google Assistant can now include many third party messaging …

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Australia’s Cheapest Retail Smart LED Light Strip Review: Mirabella Genio Wi-Fi Colour 3 Metre Strip

Last year Australian lighting brand Mirabella launched a range of smart lightbulbs and smart switches at Kmart. Now Mirabella has expanded their Genio smart home range to include a very affordable $39 3-metre smart wi-fi colour changing LED strip light, motion sensor, window/door sensor and IR Controller. None of the …

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Google Assistant and Alexa go travelling with you thanks to TripIt

Regular travellers know the pain of having several flights booked in the next week and occasionally not even knowing what state (or country) you’re in the next day. TripIt have worked collaboratively with Google and Amazon to bring Assistant and Alexa integration to their app. From your chosen smart assistant …

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Augmented Reality App Lets You Place Hisense Products In Your Home

If you’re considering buying a Hisense TV or other appliance but aren’t sure how it would look, Hisense Australia has released a Home AR app that claims to let you view a true-to-scale product in your home space before purchase. Developed in the Australian market in partnership with Hisense’s local …

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Domino’s is investing in technology to improve the quality of your next pizza

Domino’s Pizza is investing in new technology that will help ensure you get a pizza that actually looks like it should. By monitoring the toppings used and the outcome of the baking process, Domino’s hopes to rid itself of its most common complaint – “my pizza doesn’t look like it …

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Swann Security add a hardwired, Wi-Fi connected flood light to their home security range

The growing availability of home security devices, particularly cameras has been growing for some time and shows no sign of slowing down. What the devices are doing is becoming less conspicuous. That is exactly what has happened with the Floodlight Security Camera from Swann. Because the home security scene is …

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