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Lutron smart lighting systems get Google Assistant integration

Lutron smart lighting systems get Google Assistant integration

Lutron has announced that its connected lighting systems now work with Google Assistant, enabling users to control their home's lights using voice commands. The new Google Assistant integration works with the company's HomeWork QS, Caseta Wireless, and RadioRA 2; homeowners can control the system using the Google Home device or one of the Android smartphones that offers Google Assistant. The integrations will be fully available by this summer.

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Google makes Cloud Speech API generally available to devs

Google makes Cloud Speech API generally available to devs

Google has made its Cloud Speech API generally available to developers following its successful open beta last year. This Automatic Speech Recognition service is built upon the same foundation that powers Google Assistant and Google Now's speech recognition abilities, and it aims to solve the speech-to-text needs of Google Cloud customers, the company says. Joining its general availability are a couple improvements and expanded support.

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Google Earth gets revamped with massive update

Google Earth gets revamped with massive update

Today is a big day for Google Earth, as Google has delivered a large update that adds a lot of new features. In fact, the update is so big and packs in so many features that Google is prompted to call it "the new Google Earth." Indeed, there's a lot to explore, so let's get down to it.

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Google to no longer require bundled Android services in Russia

Google to no longer require bundled Android services in Russia

In Russia, Android users might be surprised to no longer see Google Search or other popular Google services in their new smartphones. That's because Google has settled with the Russian competition authorities after the tech giant has been found guilty of using its position as Android platform maker to push its own services to Android users. This status quo was challenged by its rivals, particularly Russian company Yandex, who gained a favorable ruling back in 2015. This unprecedented move opens the doors to Google's rivals not only in Russia but across Europe as well.

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This Pokestop trend makes Pokemon GO fun for kids again

This Pokestop trend makes Pokemon GO fun for kids again

Over the past month we've noticed a trend in Pokemon GO that could revitalize the game for fans of all ages. Those disillusioned by the influx of hackers and cheaters in the game will be glad to know: there's a group of players fighting back. While we've seen several "ban waves" from Niantic attempting to stop hackers, a group of resourceful players are waging a new battle in-game: opening up Pokemon Gyms for kids and new users.

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Here’s how to turn on YouTube’s hidden Dark Mode

Here’s how to turn on YouTube’s hidden Dark Mode

YouTube, for all of its benefits, still lacks at least one basic feature a lot of other video players around the web have. That, as you've probably guessed from the title, is dark mode - even though YouTube has been around since 2006, there's been no official way to "dim the lights" so you can better focus on the video in front of you. Or, to put a finer point on it, there's been no official way that we know about.

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Check this out: The Chemical Brothers enter the VR realm with Within

Check this out: The Chemical Brothers enter the VR realm with Within

A new project from The Chemical Brothers and Within are bringing a VR experience to Google's WebVR Experiments. This project goes by the same name as the Chemical Brothers' single: "Under Neon Lights." To access the entire world with next-level musical excellence, this project is accessible through a smartphone, desktop computer, or Daydream VR headset - with Google Pixel smartphones - and others.

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Google Image Search gets into fashion with “style ideas”

Google Image Search gets into fashion with “style ideas”

In case you didn't get the memo, Google Search can do more than search for text. It can also do image sources, which can be a prime source for inspiration as well as procrastination. It can be easy to get lost in the rabbit hole of results that may or may not be helpful to your end goal. To help you search smarter, Image Search is also getting smarter. At least when it comes to clothes, apparel, and accessories. Image Search's new "style ideas" feature will let you see not only what looks good but also what looks good together.

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Google Home can now manage flights and find fun things to do

Google Home can now manage flights and find fun things to do

Google Assistant is now able to help manage your vacations via a couple new abilities, including finding fun things to do in whatever location you're at (or heading to) and managing your existing flights. Don't have a flight yet? Google Assistant is also now able to find flight prices on your behalf and to keep track of their prices, alerting you whenever something changes.

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Pokemon GO Easter Event Start Time, Details, Strategy

Pokemon GO Easter Event Start Time, Details, Strategy

This afternoon the Pokemon GO Easter Event begins - though you wont find Niantic calling it that, exactly. Instead, Niantic calls this their Pokemon GO Eggstravaganza, and it begins this afternoon. In this event we'll find that a "greater variety of Pokemon can now be found in 2 km Eggs," in addition to additional Candy in every egg hatched. There's a bit more XP to be had at this event as well.

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Hyundai Blue Link gets Google Home support, is now standard for 3 years

Hyundai Blue Link gets Google Home support, is now standard for 3 years

Hyundai has announced that Blue Link, its connected car service, now works with Google Home and, therefore, with Google Assistant. Thanks to this support, certain Hyundai owners with a Google Home are able to control aspects of their vehicle using voice commands, such as firing up remote start or locking the doors from within your home. As well, Hyundai says that Blue Link is going to be a complementary, standard feature for three years on all of its 2017 IONIQ models and all of its 2018 vehicles.

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Google Cardboard now supports WebVR on Chrome

Google Cardboard now supports WebVR on Chrome

Virtual reality has to be personally experienced to be understood and appreciated, but it's not exactly the most accessible thing at the moment. Both in terms of equipment as well as content. Google Cardboard solved half the problem by making it almost too easy for anyone with an Android phone to get a cheap VR headset. WebVR solves the other half by making it easier to create content to work on almost any device that has a browser. Now Google is bringing those two together by making WebVR on Chrome work on Google Cardboard.

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