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Samsung SmartThings Link for NVIDIA SHIELD now on pre-order

Samsung SmartThings Link for NVIDIA SHIELD now on pre-order

Google and NVIDIA made a big splash when it announced that Google Assistant has just landed on Android TVs and, specifically, the NVIDIA SHIELD. But that's really only part of the equation. Sure, you'll be able control your NVIDIA SHIELD with just your voice, but if you want to do anything beyond the TV, you'll need another piece of the puzzle. That piece is Samsung's SmartThings Link that transforms the SHIELD into a makeshift SmartThings Hub. And while that dongle won't ship until next month, you can already pre-order one right now.

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Google Home Max tipped to better battle Echo

Google Home Max tipped to better battle Echo

Much like the Pixel has its own Pixel XL, so too is it tipped that the Google Home will have a slightly larger partner soon. Word on the street is that the device will come with stereo speakers and that it's code-name is Google Home Max. This device will likely appear - or perhaps just be mentioned - at the Google event set for October 4th, 2017.

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Google Assistant is now on LG’s smart appliances

Google Assistant is now on LG’s smart appliances

Earlier this year, we heard that LG had plans to bring Google Assistant to its range of smart appliances. It appears that today is the day for that functionality to go live. LG revealed this morning that its roster of 87 WiFi-connected smart appliances can now talk to Google Assistant through Android, iOS, and Google Home.

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Google Home can now finally set and manage reminders

Google Home can now finally set and manage reminders

Smart speakers that house smart assistants have become quite the tech fad, allowing you to control your digital life with voice alone. Well, almost. If you are using a Google Home, you'd be painfully aware of how you can't actually do one of the most important task of living a digital lifestyle: setting reminders. Well now you can! Or rather as soon as you receive this update to Google Home that finally lets you set and manage your reminders without even touching your phone.

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First Google Assistant headphones made by Bose

First Google Assistant headphones made by Bose

Though we imagine many headphone manufacturers are rushing to integrate Google Assistant with their products, Bose has beaten them all to the punch. In the very same breath it used to announce its new SoundSport Free earbuds, Bose also confirmed rumors and revealed a QuietComfort 35 refresh that tosses Google Assistant into the mix. The QuietComfort 35 II, as they're being called, will be the first wireless headphones on the market to come with Google Assistant built-in.

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Google Home Mini – the same, but smaller

Google Home Mini – the same, but smaller

Alongside the Google Pixel 2 this October 4th, it's been tipped that a Google Home Mini will appear. This device will likely be revealed as a smaller version of what's already out as Google Home, and will be released at a lower price, as a result. Amazon's strategy with their Echo Dot (with Alexa onboard), the Google Home Mini is tipped to essentially be a smaller, less powerful version of the larger Home device.

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Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones leak with Google Assistant

Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones leak with Google Assistant

Ahead of Google's phone event early next month, a leak has surfaced showing the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones with Google Assistant baked in. The original leak has been rounded out with a later one that includes photos of a retail box supposedly belonging to the headphones -- the box confirms the Google Assistant inclusion.

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Alexa, Siri are easily hacked, you won’t even hear it coming

Alexa, Siri are easily hacked, you won’t even hear it coming

Voice-controlled smart assistants are all the rage these days. Just look back at IFA 2017 to see how many devices were proud to announce support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple Siri (via HomeKit). They are admittedly pretty convenient and powerful, but those same strengths might actually be their Achilles’ heel as well. Chinese researchers have demonstrated that Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant can be easily told to do things without the knowledge, much less permission, of their owners. All by saying commands that no human can actually hear.

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Sony’s smart speaker has a low-tech feature they all should have

Sony’s smart speaker has a low-tech feature they all should have

Sometimes the very simplest features are those you come to appreciate most of all. Sony clearly got that memo, anyway, hence the one basic piece of tech on its new LF-S50G smart speaker which, though not as clever as the Google Assistant, still elevates the gadget above its increasingly numerous rivals. That advantage? A clock.

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TicHome Mini puts Google Assistant in a portable speaker

TicHome Mini puts Google Assistant in a portable speaker

Google may not have a portable version of its Home smart speaker, but that leaves the door open for third-party alternatives. One such example launched at IFA 2017 this week, the Mobvoi TicHome Mini. A circular Bluetooth speaker that also happens to hook up to your WiFi connection and deliver the Google Assistant.

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Sony LF-S50G puts Google Assistant in a new wireless speaker

Sony LF-S50G puts Google Assistant in a new wireless speaker

Officially speaking, Google Home is the only smart speaker that houses Google Assistant. Other speakers and devices usually only get Google’s smart assistant after the fact or as an added feature. Google Home is, of course, far from perfect and it could do with a second iteration, which is probably unlikely to happen. Fortunately there is now the Sony LF-S50G which was made and designed specifically for Google Assistant, built with the lessons learned from Google Home and other smart speakers now filling the market.

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LG smart appliances can now talk with Alexa, Google Assistant

LG smart appliances can now talk with Alexa, Google Assistant

Say what you want about LG, but one thing you can’t say is that it’s not willing to play nice with its competitors. While it has its own platforms, like webOS and SmartThinQ, it isn’t beyond opening its doors to rivals. At least if that’s where the market is headed. And since the market does seem to be headed towards the likes of Amazon Echo and Google Home, LG has announced that its 2017 line of smart home devices and connected appliances will be able to connect with Alexa and Google Assistant, offering users hands-free access to its products.

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