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Nest Hubs are getting sunrise alarms, family sticky notes, and the Google weather frog wallpaper

Nest Hubs are getting sunrise alarms, family sticky notes, and the Google weather frog wallpaper

A big update is rolling out to Nest Hubs and third-party Google Assistant smart displays with lots of cool new features, many of which have been promised or teased/leaked for several months. You can now (well, if the features have rolled out to your unit) use your display as a sunrise alarm, put the Google weather frog as a background, leave sticky notes for your family to read, and more.

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Here's everything with Google Assistant revealed at CES 2021

Here's everything with Google Assistant revealed at CES 2021

This year's CES was different than usual, but just like every year, there is a mountain of new smart home devices. Google Assistant was front and center for many announcements, whether they be TVs, Chromebooks, Wi-Fi cameras, or something else entirely.

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Guest Mode lands for Google smart displays and Assistant speakers

Guest Mode lands for Google smart displays and Assistant speakers

Google is officially rolling out Guest Mode for its smart displays and Assistant-powered speakers as of today. Originally teased back in October, the feature appears to be live for all of us in testing. And, though you might think it, the feature it isn't really meant to enhance your privacy. It's just there to prevent friends or family from messing up your schedule or account history.

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JBL Link View smart display drops to all-time low of $85

JBL Link View smart display drops to all-time low of $85

With the holiday sale season over, it's not uncommon to see a few older products dropping in price to clear inventory that may not have sold sufficiently over the previous months. That makes it an opportune time to pick up gadgets like the JBL Link View, which just inched its way down below its previous record low of $90 to land at just $85.

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Google Assistant has a puny Dragon Ball Z Easter egg

Google Assistant has a puny Dragon Ball Z Easter egg

Google has a jovial side to it, and we've learned that over the years after discovering various Easter eggs in its apps and services. Google Assistant is no different, and it's time and again found a way to lighten up our mood. Recently, it partnered with Cadbury to bring a Do Nothing mode that was rather fun interacting with. Today I learned that Google Assistant can also go Super Saiyan.

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Google offers a silly solution for multilingual Android Auto users: Stick to one language

Google offers a silly solution for multilingual Android Auto users: Stick to one language

Google may offer quite some options for multilingual users, but there are still many hurdles when using the Assistant, Gboard, and other Google apps in two or more languages. Over the last year and a half or so, the problems have also moved over to Android Auto. Bilingual users have been reporting that the Assistant reads notifications in the wrong language, resulting in word soup and unintelligible sounds. After months of working on resolving the problem, Google has finally found a, uhm, let's call it solution: Just remove your secondary language from the Assistant.

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Linking devices to Google Home and finding the correct app will soon be easier

Linking devices to Google Home and finding the correct app will soon be easier

Setting up new smart home devices is always a hassle, which you might have noticed following the holidays and presents under the tree. You have to look through a list of Assistant actions during setup and select the appropriate one, which is just one part of the multi-step pairing process. Google is looking to make this step easier with the introduction of suggestion chips for new device's actions on your network, but smart home app developers will have to do their part to enable this.

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Google Assistant's new Do Nothing mode does just that

Google Assistant's new Do Nothing mode does just that

For the most part, people make use of Google Assistant to get work done or learn more about stuff. However, as we've seen over the years, there's also a lighter side to it that shows up now and then. The latest advancement along that line is a new Do Nothing mode that does just what the name suggests — nothing. And yeah, there's plenty of sass in its responses.

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Google Assistant ends a shitty year with a shitty New Year song

Google Assistant ends a shitty year with a shitty New Year song

Google Assistant has come a long way from its early days of answering simple questions about the weather. Unfortunately, it's got some way to go before it can be described as a competent singer, and I don't want you to take my word for it. Go ask it to sing you a New Year song and you'll see what I mean.

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Enjoy a holiday light show at home with a little help from the Google Assistant

Enjoy a holiday light show at home with a little help from the Google Assistant

If you have a Google Home or Assistant-powered smart display and some smart RGB lights, you can enjoy a little extra holiday cheer this year. Just tell it, "Hey Google, let's get jolly" to trigger a red and green light show paired with a quick bit of holiday music.

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