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Google unleashes ‘smart displays’ loaded with Google Assistant (take that, Echo Show)

Lest you doubt that Google is serious about spreading its AI to every nook and cranny of the consumer electronics universe, consider today’s CES 2018 reveal: Google just announced four new “smart displays” from Lenovo, JBL, LG and Sony, plus a bevy of smart speakers and TVs from other partners, almost too numerous …

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Google Assistant gets fun with 50 new family games, activities, and stories

Google Assistant is quickly becoming the most indispensable tool in our lives. With calls, reminders, routines, voice recognition, and a variety of devices, Google Assistant is like a member of the family, always ready to help when called upon. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t know how to have fun. …

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IFA news: Google is talking up new products that leverage its Google Assistant

Amazon’s deluge of Alexa and Echo integrations and tie-ins at CES last January caught Google a bit flat-footed. It seems Google is looking to return the favor at IFA. The company announced several new third-party products that either have Google Assistant built in, so you can talk to them like …

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The Google Home Max takes aim at Sonos speakers with big sound and dynamic AI smarts

As expected, Google announced the Google Home Mini during its hardware event on Wednesday. But surprise! It also pulled the Mini’s antithesis out of its sleeve: the Google Home Max, a bigger, louder smart home speaker that takes direct aim at Sonos’s popular audio gear on the very same day …

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Google announces $49 Google Home Mini to compete with Amazon’s Echo Dot

Confirming one of the industry’s worst-kept secrets, Google announced today that it finally has a cost-reduced version of its Google Home smart speaker. The $49 Google Home Mini, available for preorder now, will go head to head with the Echo Dot that Amazon introduced way back in March 2016. Like …

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Samsung’s Connect Home smart hub/mesh router mash-up is finally going on sale

The Galaxy S8 might have grabbed all the attention at Samsung’s Unpacked event in March, but it wasn’t the only buzzworthy piece of tech unveiled on the big stage. Samsung also released Connect Home, a new smart hub that doubles as a Wi-Fi mesh router for all-over control of your …

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You’ll soon be able to control IKEA’s affordable smart lights with Assistant, Alexa, and Siri

We’ve been hearing a lot about how Google Home and Amazon Echo can control our smart appliances and devices, but for many of us, they’re still out of reach. Spending a couple hundred dollars on smart light bulbs or thousands on a new oven aren’t exactly impulse buys, especially if …

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Google Home gets hands-free calling and 6 other cool new features

Google Home is barely six months old, and Google is piling on new features. On Wednesday at its I/O developer conference in Mountain View, the company announced upgrades focused on personalizing your interactions and making them hands-free. Presented by Rishi Chandra, Google’s Vice President for Home Products, the new features …

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Fender’s Tone app replaces all your guitar’s stomp boxes and pedals

The worst thing about being in a rock band is waiting for the guitarist to set up and adjust—and re-adjust, and then re-re-adjust—his interminable collection of effects boxes and pedals. But now perhaps the biggest names in guitars has an app to fix all that. The Fender Tone app for …

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Google eyes massive AI expansion with new Assistant SDK

You might say 2017 is the year of Assistant. While Google’s AI chatbot launched last year, it’s really come into form over the past few months, with an array of third-party actions, support for all Marshmallow and Nougat phones, Android Wear integration, and most recently, the ability to access millions …

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