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The ultimate guide to Google Home: Tips and tricks for understanding and making the most out of your assistant speaker

Article Contents<p>1 The basics<p>2 Voice Match and multiple users<p>3 Assistant apps<p>3.1 Important distinctions about Assistant apps<br>• 3.2 Assistant apps are …

Smart Homes

'The Chi' Soundtracks Hope and Beautiful Flaws on Chicago's South Side

Barry Cole, music supervisor on films like 'Belly' and 'Brown Sugar,' captures the spirit of Chicago in Lena Waithe's 'The Chi.'<p>At the start of <i>The Chi</i>, Coogie bikes down the South Side neighborhood, riding past street art and portraits of Barack Obama splattered across abandoned buildings. Chance …

Lena Waithe

I Tried Out a Bunch of Natural Highs to Make Dry January Less Boring

From floating to masturbation to self-flagellation—there's a lot of stuff that doesn't contain alcohol and allegedly gets you high.<p>Though it was only started five years ago as a UK charity campaign, the Dry January challenge is rapidly becoming a worldwide phenomenon. With a reported 3.1 million …

Dry January

Motion Picture Mixtape: Music Discovery Though Film Soundtracks

While original film scores are tailor-made for visuals onscreen, creating the perfect soundtrack is an art unto itself. With the right song, at the …

Sensel is shopping around its Morph trackpad tech for use in other devices

It took two years, but Sensel finally managed to start shipping the Morph to backers. The company apparently ran into every potential pitfall for a brand new hardware manufacture, include a microscopic design flaw that forced it to scrap an entire run, resulting in around $60,000 in costs. That’s …

AWE.tv Demo with Barry Cole, Dub Fiction

AWE.tv Interview with Barry Cole, Dub Fiction

Graphic Novels and Commerce with Barry Cole

AWE:NY 2014 - "Soundboy Manifesto" with Barry Cole, Dub Fiction

How Barry Cole captured the sound of a city on Showtime's 'The Chi'

When music supervisor Barry Cole signed on for Lena Waithe's show "The Chi," about the intersecting lives of black Chicagoans on the city's South Side, he had two distinct jobs.<p>One, he had to authentically showcase a huge range of music from the city's history and present. That could mean sounds …

Lena Waithe

The CPU catastrophe will hit hardest in the cloud

Cloud platforms have patched fast — but the hardest work is yet to come<p>This week, two disastrous new processor vulnerabilities spilled out into the open — and the tech world is still coming to terms with the damage. The vulnerabilities, dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, affect nearly every processor …

The Academy awards its first Oscar for virtual reality

Virtual reality experiences aren't just games and cheap thrills -- some creators use the medium to start a dialogue and tell worthwhile stories. Take the VR exhibition <i>Carne y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible)</i> by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, who's known for directing <i>Birdman</i> and <i>The Revenant.</i> …

How to Use Audio to Engage Customers in a Connected World

Have you ever heard a song in the morning, only to have it stubbornly stick in your head all day long, even though you don’t care for it?Of course …

Marketing

43 games you can play with Google Home

Google Home isn't only for streaming music and controlling your smart home. It has tons of games you can enjoy solo or with a group of friends.<p>Google Home ($79.00 at Crutchfield) is great for controlling your smart home and helping out in the kitchen. But smart speakers are just as much for play as …

The iPhone Helped Convince Us We Need The Web All The Time, Every Day

That’s according to Brian McCullough, who runs the popular Internet History podcast, and discussed the iconic device’s impact upon its 10th anniversary.<p>The iPhone wasn’t the first so-called smartphone when it launched in 2007, but it was arguably the first to capture the popular imagination, and it …

Chinese schools are scaring kids off drugs with psychedelic VR simulations

This is one way to put kids off drugs.<p>Children in southern China experienced the "side effects" of drugs, as part of a series of activities …

10 tasks for Twitter’s new VR and AR team

Last week, UploadVR broke the news that Twitter has started an AR and VR team and pegged ex-Apple designer, Alessandro Sabatelli, as its director of VR and AR to “[empower] us all in the spatial computing revolution.” Beyond that, Twitter is remaining mum on where it is going with the new medium — …

Augmented Reality

The reality of AR/VR survival

VR will be big, AR will be bigger (and take longer). But as in most early-stage tech markets, growth will be curved, not straight. There will be a few billion dollars of revenue this year, a progressive ramp in 2017 and a hoped-for inflection point in 2018 (when AR could deliver that magic …

Augmented Reality

Tuning out: Norway is about to become the first country to ditch FM radio

Norway will become the first country in the world this week to start turning off its FM radio network as the country moves to a digital-only …

Brain.fm’s AI-powered audio tracks are like a mind-focusing drug (80% off)

You need to concentrate on an important assignment. Maybe you need to relax. Or maybe you just need to get some sleep. Whatever the task, Brain.fm can actually enhance your state of mind to help you achieve your goals. And you can grab a lifetime subscription for the low, one-time price of just $39 …

Matched

Hackers could take control of a plane using in-flight entertainment system

A flaw in an in-flight entertainment system used by major airlines including Emirates, Virgin and Qatar could let hackers access a planes' controls.<p>The security hole in the Panasonic Avionics in-flight system is used in planes run by 13 major airlines and could put passengers' information and …

Security

BMW’s HoloActive Touch in-car interface offers tactile feedback on a floating display

BMW is doing something pretty sci-fi with the interior of its vehicles at CES – it’s showing off a new HoloActive Touch system, which is a touch sensitive display for showing the driver information about music, navigation and more, which appears to float in air, and which also provides actual felt, …

3 reasons 2017 is the year to develop a company chatbot

While the power of voice-controlled digital assistants is undeniably impressive, in the past two years, businesses have been increasingly exploring the capabilities of chatbots, the software that can understand and reply to typed commands and questions. Each can accomplish similar goals, but …

Infographic: The Most Popular Words In Music Of The Past 50 Years

We’re still pretty much singing the same old love songs.<p>The music industry loves love. The latest project from Nickolay Lamm–a Pittsburgh-based digital artist whose previous work has included visualizing Wi-Fi, the body of the average American and the future face of humanity–tracked the popularity …

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Beatles’ Songwriting In One Cool Infographic

Which band member wrote the most of The Fab Four’s 310 songs? How many Beatles songs <i>weren’t</i> written about love? And how much did Ringo <i>actually</i> …

Infographics

Delete yourself from the internet by pressing this button

The internet can be a beautiful and horrible place at the same time. It’s weird, and sometimes you feel like you want to leave. Sadly, there’s no easy way out — or there wasn’t, until now.<p>Swedish developers Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck created Deseat.me, a web app that offers a way to wipe your …

Apps

Anyone for quantifiable VR mindfulness?

What’s the point of virtual reality? At this nascent stage the question remains hanging in the pixelated air like the promise of a better life off-world. As does the associated unknown of whether the tech’s promise of “exceptional immersion” will stand the test of time and make the leap to …

Why your app could fail before you launch -- and how to avoid the crash

Credit: Google<p>Even with the best idea in the world, if you’re trying to do too much or you haven’t gotten user feedback before you build, your app is likely to fail.<p>To help you avoid crashing and burning before you even launch, I asked 13 entrepreneurs from YEC the following question:<p>What is the …

Apps

More Than 1 Million 'Check In' On Facebook To Support The Standing Rock Sioux

More than 1 million people have "checked in" on Facebook to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation page, in a show of support for the tribe that has been rallying against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.<p>Most of the "visitors" are not actually at the protest camp in North Dakota, where the …

Environment