Google Home

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo -- 6 months later

The gap has closed between the Google Home and the Amazon Echo for voice assistant supremacy just 6 months after the Home's release. Which will be crowned the Prizefight champion?

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How to use voice shortcuts with Google Home

Google Home now has shortcuts, which are custom, short phrases you can use instead of long, complicated commands. Here's how to set them up.<p>Google introduced an easier way to issue complicated or long commands to your Google Home speaker. It's calling the new feature Shortcuts, and it's sort of …

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How to Build a Smart Home Entertainment System That’ll Rock Your World

fStop Images - Twins/Getty Images; realtor.comWith all the interconnected, smarter-than-smart home features available today, it makes sense that our …

Wi-Fi

Apple’s Rumored Smart Speaker Might Not Be An Echo Killer–Or Even A Smart Speaker

If Apple is diving into the category Amazon created, it may be less about taking on the Echo and more about building out its HomeKit connected-home vision.<p>There are plenty of reasons to take rumors of a new Apple “smart speaker” seriously. Such a product would not only answer a clear desire among …

Automation

The 5 Most Important Announcements at Google I/O 2017

Google has been holding its annual developer conference for ten years now, but I/O is no longer just a developer conference. It’s a place for Google …

Google

The Future of Technology

From lightbulbs to thermostats and from doorbells to refrigerators, household electronics are getting smarter. Tech manufacturers are adding wi-fi …

Automation

Ikea's cheap smart lighting will be Apple HomeKit, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa compatible

Ikea's low-cost TRÅDFRI smart lights first announced in Europe last year, will soon get voice control for owners of Google Home, Apple HomeKit, and …

Home Automation

Here's everything Google is rumoured to be launching in 2017

For years, Google was happy to be a software company.<p>It built the apps and services by other companies on their devices, and it the model worked well for Google. Its search engine is overwhelmingly the most popular way to find information online. Its mobile operating system, Android, is on more …

Google

Google is adding an option to disable all network media notifications on Chromecast and Google Home devices

The addition of Chromecast network notifications probably seemed like a good idea at the time. They allow you to control media even if you aren't the …

Google

You may not need the Echo Show, but Amazon does

The company that pioneered the smart speaker risks falling behind as voice interfaces match up with displays.<p>Unlike the original Amazon Echo, its …

Amazon

Google Home Meets ESP8266

[Luc Volders] is building his own smart house with the help of Google Home and an ESP-8266. Inspired by the house computers from the TV show, Eureka …

Automation

Google’s Plan for the Post-Typing World

Google makes money by showing people ads after they type in search queries. But who will take the time to type when they can find an answer simply by …

Artificial Intelligence

Google’s AlphaGo set to take on Starcraft following Go success

<b>Google’s AlphaGo has become a master at what is considered to be the most difficult board game around – Go – but now the company has a new challenge</b> …

Artificial Intelligence

Smart Home Survey Probes the Tech-Savvy and the Tech-Reluctant

Nearly half of all Americans consider themselves to be tech-savvy, according a new survey by ReportLinker. Zero in on millennials and, not …

Automation

Ikea smart bulbs to get Google Assistant, Alexa, and HomeKit integration

Ikea’s line of Trådfri smart LED light bulbs for the home are already compatible with an Android app for controlling them wirelessly. Now Ikea has …

Home Automation

Say It Out Loud - A Voice-Operated World Will Make Us Happier

"<p>Remember Ask Jeeves? This early search engine's brand name suggested it would serve up whatever info you needed with a flourish of personal service. Sadly the experience didn't live up to the expectation. Thankfully, the concept of a personal technology assistant has recently been reborn in a new …

Amazon Echo

Amazon Leads Boom In Virtual Assistants, With Apple Way Behind

'Catching Apple asleep at the wheel, smart speakers are becoming the next big thing in consumer gadgetry. Year-over-year, in fact, the number of U.S. …

Advertising Industry

Gifts for Your Graduate That Are Sure to Inspire

Graduating from college is a huge milestone in a young adult’s life, and it’s an accomplishment worth celebrating! Right now all around the country, undergraduate students are donning caps & gowns and walking out to “Pomp & Circumstance” as they are ushered into the newest chapter of their life: …

Inspiration

Google is getting a lot more family friendly

Google has slowly been expanding each of its apps to work better for families. It even launched Family Link, a way for kids to use Google's apps with parental supervision.<p>The company is now expanding its family offerings across many more apps, including YouTube TV and Google calendar, the company …

Google

On Amazon Echo And Google Home, Notifications Could Be Brilliant–Or Brutal

With voice assistants, Amazon and Google have a chance to reinvent notifications and stop the madness we already get from our phones.<p>Amazon Echo and Google Home would like your attention now. Or at least they will in the near future.<p>The two tech giants have both recently announced proactive …

Amazon Echo

Lessons from 1,000 Voice Searches (on Google Home)

It's hardly surprising that Google Home is an extension of Google's search ecosystem. Home is attempting to answer more and more questions, drawing …

SEO

IKEA’s Low-Cost Smart Lights Will Support HomeKit

Earlier this year IKEA announced a collection of low-cost smart lights under the Trådfri name. At the time, it was unknown whether the lineup would be compatible with existing smart home platforms, such as Apple's HomeKit. Today MacRumors shared new details announced in a Swedish press release:<p>IKEA …

Home Automation

Deal: Buy two Amazon Echo devices and save $80 at Best Buy

Best Buy has a great deal on the Amazon Echo speaker. If you buy two of them, you’ll save a total of $80. The Alexa-powered device retails for $179.99, which means that you would normally have to dish out $359.98 to get two units. Thanks to the discount the retailer is offering, you can now get two …

Amazon

Need Mood Lighting to Go With Your Music? Ask Alexa. No App Required.

SEATTLE — Today, most people know Amazon’s Echo speaker as an easy way to play music using voice commands, but the device and others like it are catching on as ways to control light switches, thermostats and other smart home appliances.<p>Now Amazon has a deal with one of the best known purveyors of …

Fortune 500

A Google Home and an Amazon Echo Have a Charming Discussion About Becoming Friends

YouTuber Emma K. performed a clever experiment to see how well her Google Home and Amazon Echo would get on. Placing the two devices across from each …

Amazon Echo

Why Google's Shazam-like patent has the potential to transform search

Google recently filed a patent that on first glance seems remarkably similar to Shazam. But rather than identifying music, Google will "listen" to …

Google

Conversation Between Google Home, Amazon Echo Proves We’re All Doomed

2,089<p>When picture the apocalypse, they usually imagine it accompanied by sounds of zooming asteroids and rolling tidal waves.<p>However, it’s becoming …

Amazon Echo

Google’s 3 Secrets To Designing Perfect Conversations

First of all, try to be human.<p>We’ve all been frustrated when talking to a computer. Maybe it can’t understand what you’re saying. Maybe it hears you, but doesn’t understand what you mean. Or maybe it’s just a tedious chat with a cloying personality with whom you’d never choose to associate in real …

Chatbots

Sayspring raises $1.5M for software that lets designers prototype and test voice apps without coding

Sayspring, a startup that enables designers to create voice-enabled apps without code ahead of handing over projects to development, has just raised $1.5 million in funding for its efforts, the company is announcing today. The round was led by Compound (formerly Metamorphic Ventures), with …

Startups

Google Offers 7,000 Developers Free Home Devices in Pursuit of Amazon Alexa

Most Popular<p>Here is Google's vision for the future of computing: As you drive home from work, you tell your car, "Ok, Google," triggering the …

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