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Google Play audiobooks bakes Assistant into Amazon rival

Google Play audiobooks bakes Assistant into Amazon rival

Google has added audiobooks to Google Play, offering cross-platform playback and voice control with the Google Assistant. Launching in 45 countries from today, the Google Play audiobooks will support nine different languages. Users with Android and iOS devices will be able to access them, though that's not all.

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Best Smart Speakers of 2018: the Pros and the Cons

Best Smart Speakers of 2018: the Pros and the Cons

At CES 2018, the usual circus of new products, experimental devices, and moonshot projects seem to have a common undertone: AI assistants. At almost every turn, you’ll find something, be it a “smart display”, a TV, a car head unit, or a door lock that integrates with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, or even Microsoft Cortana. The age of the personal AI assistants have come, and it all started with the somewhat unassuming and still really bewildering smart speakers. We take a brief look at some of the best ones in the market, and some still to come, and why, despite their appeal, they might not exactly be worth your money just yet.

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SkyBell Plug-in Camera mounts directly over a wall outlet

SkyBell Plug-in Camera mounts directly over a wall outlet

SkyBell has announced a new security camera simply called the Plug-in Camera. That names hints at the camera's most notable feature: it plugs into the wall. Yes, every camera plugs into the wall, but SkyBell's new model is a bit different. You don't mount the Plug-in Camera somewhere and then plug it into the wall using a long charging cable; rather, the camera itself installs directly over an outlet by plugging into it.

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Google mulls Assistant shopping in war with Alexa

Google mulls Assistant shopping in war with Alexa

The Google Assistant could echo Amazon's Alexa in selling products and services by voice, insiders claim, with the search giant hunting ways to close the gap between the smart speaker technologies. Google's presence at CES 2018 this week has been considerable, buying out much of the advertising space on the strip and around the Consumer Electronics Show convention centers, and setting up shop in a sizable tent to demonstrate its Assistant's prowess.

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LG WK9 Google Assistant touch screen speaker completes the trio

LG WK9 Google Assistant touch screen speaker completes the trio

Like any CES, there is a wide variety of technologies and products that flooded the Las Vegas Convention Center. But if there’s one thing that binds most of them, it would be AI assistant. Product after product advertising support for Amazon Alexa and/or Google Assistant have been announced, heating up the rivalry between the two. Drumming it up even more, Google and its OEM partners announced touch screen speakers to rival the Amazon Echo Show. Following the JBL Link View and the Lenovo Smart Display, LG is also revealing its new ThinQ WK9 speaker with Google Assistant inside.

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Anker Zolo Model Zero Google Assistant speaker has an odd design

Anker Zolo Model Zero Google Assistant speaker has an odd design

If you thought Anker was done flooding CES with all sorts of devices, whether they were directly related to its core charging business, better think again. It still has one last hurrah to give and it’s a head-turner. Its ZOLO smart audio brand has announced a new smart speaker with a very unique design that you’ll want to show off in your home. Inside the Zolo Model Zero, however, lies not just power but also intelligence, thanks to Google Assistant at your bekc and call.

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Dish Network DVR Google Assistant support will bring Hands-Free TV

Dish Network DVR Google Assistant support will bring Hands-Free TV

Dish Network customers who have the company's Wally, Hopper, or Joey DVR will soon have access to Hands-Free TV via Google Assistant support. The company announced the new integration today, though it isn't yet available; Dish expects the feature to be available "in the coming months." Once it does arrive, customers with a supported DVR will be able to control the device using voice commands as an alternative to the remote.

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Beoplay H8i, H9i headphones unveiled: ANC, 18+ hour playback, luxury designs

Beoplay H8i, H9i headphones unveiled: ANC, 18+ hour playback, luxury designs

Bang & Olufsen has announced an expansion of its product portfolio, including the new H8i and H9i, as well as Special Edition Collection versions of the E8, namely the addition of all-black and all-white limited color options. The company has also announced the addition of Google Assistant to some of its TV audio products and speakers, allowing them to be controlled via Google Home or Google Home Mini devices. B&O is also adding AirPlay 2 support to many of its products.

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TiVo Alexa and Google Assistant integration is on the way

TiVo Alexa and Google Assistant integration is on the way

TiVo sees the smart home revolution and it wants to be a part of it. Today the company announced that it will soon offer integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, two AI assistants that are quickly becoming the centerpiece of many smart home systems. When these enhancements arrive, TiVo envisions the potential to watch your content in a way you haven't yet before.

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Milo smart speaker doubles as home hub, Google Assistant inside

Milo smart speaker doubles as home hub, Google Assistant inside

CES is usually a time for big announcements but, this year, there is a somewhat silent undercurrent happening. An army is silently growing, made up of smart speakers that integrate this or that AI assistant. But, smart as they are, they are often just another device you have to add to your network. Startup Hogar Controls thinks it has the solution. Meet Milo, a smart speaker that almost looks like any other smart speaker, except for one invisible talent. It can also double as the central hub for your smart home instead of being just another node in the network.

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Google Assistant displays, Android Auto, speakers headline CES 2018

Google Assistant displays, Android Auto, speakers headline CES 2018

CES isn’t usually Google’s time to grab the spotlight but this year, it’s making its presence felt in a rather new way. No, there’s no new Google product or device being announced. Instead, there are dozens of new ones. Confused? You probably will be once you take a load of all the new speakers, headphones, smart displays, and in-car audio systems debuting at CES 2018. Despite hailing from different brands and coming in different forms, they all have one thing in common. They all have Google Assistant inside.

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Lenovo Smart Display gives Google Assistant a touchscreen and camera

Lenovo Smart Display gives Google Assistant a touchscreen and camera

The Google Assistant is getting its touchscreen and camera, with the new Lenovo Smart Display taking on Amazon's Echo Show at CES 2018. Taking the same Assistant we know from the Google Home smart speaker, Lenovo's new Smart Displays give it an 8-inch or 10-inch housing for video calling and more.

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