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Google Assistant is Getting New Voices in Nine Countries

Google Assistant is getting a new batch of voices to give you a bit of variety when you're shouting obscenities at it for its continued and unrelenting insolence. Read More >>

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Google’s New ‘Reminders’ Feature Seems Like a Great Way to Piss Off Everyone You Live With

Google has announced a new feature for Assistant to that enables anyone in a given Google family group – be they family, friends, or god help us, roommates – to receive an “assignable reminder,” which Google says might include anything from completing chores to notes of encouragement. Read More >>

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Natwest Trials Voice Banking With Google Assistant and is Somehow Convinced it’s a Good Idea

Natwest is trialling a new way of doing internet banking that's essentially those annoying automated calls to your bank but with your Google Assistant instead. Read More >>

privacy
Amazon Really Doesn’t Care, Huh?

Apple and Google recently revealed that they have temporarily stopped letting contractors listen to recordings from their voice assistants. The announcements come after reports that some of these hired hands heard Siri users doing things like having sex or discussing private medical information. Amazon has not announced a pause in its process of letting humans listen to Alexa recordings, and that’s not a big surprise. Humans are bound to be a part of this process. Read More >>

technology
The New Service Wars Are Here to Suck Your Wallet Dry

Canon versus Nikon. Dell versus HP. Microsoft versus Apple. Tech companies have been battling over their piece of the pie for years, that isn't new. But recently, tech and non-tech companies alike have started changing up their business models so that instead of simply selling you a device and calling it a day, companies would rather sell you an ongoing subscription for the product you want, complete with a recurring monthly payment. Welcome to the Service Wars. Read More >>

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Lenovo’s Smart Clock Makes Snoozing Alarms Fun Again

In today’s world, it feels like every company is trying to spruce up old tech with the power of the internet. We got smart locks, smart lights, smart vacuums, so why not a smart alarm clock? But with so many people opting to set alarms on their phones rather than manage yet one more device, what’s that point? Well for one, because snoozing an alarm with a smack is a hell of a lot more fun (and easier) than trying to hit a random software button on the phone you just knocked onto the floor. Read More >>

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Here’s What You Should Know About the Upcoming Nest/Google Account Migration

At Google I/O 2019, Google announced it was renaming the Google Home Hub smart display to be the Google Nest Hub while also combining the two brands into a presumably more harmonious single entity. Now Google wants Nest users to better understand what’s happening. Read More >>

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Sonos Finally Figured Out How to Get Google Assistant to Work on Its Smart Speakers

If you own a Sonos One or a Sonos Beam, it’s about to be a lot more useful. Today, Sonos will push a software update to those models that will give them Google Assistant support. That makes the Sonos One and the Sonos Beam the first smart speakers that support both Assistant and Amazon Alexa, although you can’t use both at the same time on a single speaker. Read More >>

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The Best and Worst From Google I/O 2019’s Day One Keynote

Yesterday, Google executives made the first batch of announcements and took their bows at this year’s I/O Developer Conference in Mountain View, California. That means the world got a sneak peek at new Google products, including some fancy AI software and even a new phone. Some of it looks awesome! Some of it looks awful. Read More >>

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Does Asking Alexa Actually Save Time? An Investigation

Digital assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri are easier to use than ever. Not only are they built into smart speakers, these days you can access them via your phone, TVs, and even your smartwatch. Read More >>

privacy
The Terrible Truth About Alexa

This week, I read through a history of everything I’ve said to Alexa, and it felt a little bit like reading an old diary. Until I remembered that the things I’ve told Alexa in private are stored on an Amazon server and have possibly been read by an Amazon employee. This is all to make Alexa better, the company keeps saying. However, to many people, it’s not immediately obvious how humans interacting with your seemingly private voice commands is anything other than surveillance. Alexa, these people say, is a spy hiding in a wiretapping device. Read More >>

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The Government’s Added 12,000 Pieces of Data to Your Smart Speaker

Talking out loud to the government usually involves yelling "NO, I SAID SELF ASSESSMENT" down the phone to HRMC's robots, which then declare that the queue is too long and hang up on you. Read More >>

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Hey Google, Nobody Asked For Google Assistant In Their Games

So, Google’s Stadia game streaming service is here. Along with it comes the all-new Stadia-specific controllers. And on that nifty controller is a button that allows you to launch Google Assistant. What? Read More >>

apple
Yes, Apple. Siri Is Extremely Terrible

Apple is hiring an analyst, but not just any old analyst. It’s hiring someone to sift through the social media hellscape and parse just how customers really feel about its voice assistant Siri. Read More >>

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The Google Home Max is Half Price for a Very Short Time

If you've been hankering after a Google Home Max with its booming sound capabilities and self-adjusting acoustics, today is your lucky day: it's been temporarily slashed from £399 to £199 on the Google Store. Read More >>