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iDevices adds Google Assistant support for its smart home products

iDevices adds Google Assistant support for its smart home products

That's probably one of the most ironic things you'll hear. A brand that is so easily associated with Apple's ecosystem is adding support for an exclusive Google product. But don't let the name fool you. iDevices line of connected home products is actually compatible with more than just Apple's HomeKit platform. In fact, with Google Home now in the bag, its smart switches and sockets now support Apple's, Amazon's, and Google's smart assistants.

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Google, Raspberry Pi team up for AI DIY kit, Voice HAT

Google, Raspberry Pi team up for AI DIY kit, Voice HAT

Although initially intended to help teach kids and adults alike the workings of a computer, the Raspberry Pi has long shed off its educational roots. The single-board computer (SBC) is now the most popular cornerstone for all sorts of DIY projects, from gaming emulators to the new Internet of Things. Jumping on that bandwagon, Google has teamed up with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to build RPi-compatible kits that will take users on a journey of AI discovery, starting with a Voice Kit.

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Google Assistant comes to PCs via AutoVoice Chrome extension

Google Assistant comes to PCs via AutoVoice Chrome extension

There is no shortage of voice-controlled smart assistants, even on desktops. There's Cortana for Windows 10, Siri for macOS, and a variety of smaller services on Linux. But what if you have been hooked on Google's latest Assistant? Unless you had a Pixel phone or a Home speaker, you were out of luck. That, however, changes thanks to a few resourceful developers who have strung up separate pieces of software to bring a voice-activated Google Assistant to Windows PCs, Macs, and even Linux.

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Google Assistant SDK developer preview arrives for gadget makers

Google Assistant SDK developer preview arrives for gadget makers

Google has announced the launch of a Google Assistant SDK developer preview, opening the door for Google's personal assistant to exist on many devices. Google highlights some potential uses for its software, including for use on a smart mirror with voice functionality or on a DIY robot. This paves the way for a slew of new devices beyond the bounds of Google Home and select currently supported Android devices.

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Google Home gets step-by-step cooking instructions for 5 million recipes

Google Home gets step-by-step cooking instructions for 5 million recipes

Modern cooking typically involves putting a tablet in the kitchen and fumbling through the directions while trying to keep the screen clean. Google is changing that. The company has announced that it is bringing step-by-step cooking instructions to Google Home via Google Assistant, giving its users access to more than 5 million of these spoken recipes. With them, cooking is as simple as listening to the Home device.

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Google Home multiple user support recognizes you by voice

Google Home multiple user support recognizes you by voice

Google Home is addressing one of its most criticized features, adding the ability to differentiate up to six people by voice and serve them up their own, personalized results. The smart speaker launched back in May last year as Google's answer to Amazon's Alexa and the Echo but, like Amazon's system, had a big issue for those in multi-person homes. Only one person's Google account could be logged in at a time.

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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 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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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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Burger King tricks Google Assistant with clever and creepy ad

Burger King tricks Google Assistant with clever and creepy ad

It's not often that mentions of Burger King appear on websites dedicated to technology and gadgetry, but Burger King has forced its way in nonetheless. A new ad from Burger King is causing quite the stir and a lot of discussion today, which is pretty impressive considering it's only 15 seconds in length.

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Google Home could soon play text-based, audio-only games

Google Home could soon play text-based, audio-only games

Games and smart speakers is probably the combination all but a few have in mind, and yet that is exactly what Google is now trying to push for its Google Home speaker. Forget whatever preconceived notion you might have about computer games. There are no fancy graphics here, not even 8-bit ones. There are no joysticks or gamepads either. Since Google Home is simply a speaker that accepts voice inputs, that exactly the only thing you can use. In short, Google Home gaming will all be about text adventure games, only delivered through audio instead of readable text.

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Google Home adds integrations with Wink, TP-Link, LIFX and many more

Google Home adds integrations with Wink, TP-Link, LIFX and many more

Google has introduced new integrations for its Google Home product, making it possible for owners to use Google Assistant with a slew of new products. Google Home, of course, is the company's somewhat new competitor to Amazon Echo, giving users hands-free access to the Google Assistant product. These integrations go a long way toward making Google Home a suitable device for controlling a smart home, including everything from lighting to heat.

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