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UK government adds '12,000 pieces of information' to Google Assistant and Alexa

Smart speakers are great for answering basic questions, like "what's the weather tomorrow" or "what's the population of Brazil" (it's 209.3 million, in case you were wondering). However, since the answers to many of these questions come from Google's ability to scrape the content of webpages, they can sometimes be inaccurate or purposely manipulated. Answers to questions about the UK government should now be fairly accurate, as the country has added "more than 12,000 pieces of information" to both Google Assistant and Alexa.

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[Update: Possibly fixed] Casting content to Android TV from a Google Home is still broken

No matter if your default video device is an Android TV box or a Chromecast, you can say "Play Star Trek on CBS All Access" or "Play Android Police on YouTube" to a Google Home speaker, and the content will start playing on the streaming device. However, this functionality has been broken for many Android TV users for nearly a month, and Google hasn't stated when a fix will be available.

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Google Home gets Gentle Sleep & Wake feature for Hue lights

Most of the methods we use to wake ourselves in the morning are jarring and unpleasant, but Google Home might be able to help. Starting today, Home supports Gentle Sleep & Wake, a feature that integrates with Philips Hue smart lights. Just tell Google to enable this feature, and you can ease into the day in a more natural way.

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Silence your phone via Google Home with new Assistant command

Back in November last year, Google announced a range of new features for the Assistant on Home devices and phones that included routine integration for the Android clock app among other additions. A new command that would allow you to enable Do Not Disturb on your phone via a Google Home speaker was said to be "coming soon" — now it's here.

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Refurbished JBL Link 10 portable Assistant speaker on sale for $50 ($30 off)

Most Assistant speakers are tied to a power outlet, but the JBL Link 10 can go where you go. It debuted at a rather hefty $150, but the price has since dropped to around $80. Now, you can get a Link 10 for even less cash, as long as you're cool with a refurb. The speaker is on eBay for $49.99.

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Google Messages v4.2 now supports attachments of any type, adds Verified SMS details [APK Teardown]

Google Messages just received its 4.2 update today as it adds a subtle but potentially valuable feature: Sending generic file types. Yes, you can now send files without being limited to just the standard photo and video collection. A teardown also brings follow-ups to the topics of Verified SMS and Google Assistant integration.

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John Legend's voice comes to Google Assistant today

Google's long-delayed John Legend Assistant voice made an unexpected appearance last week, but Google insisted it was a bug. Well, that claim is a bit more suspect now that we know Mr. Legend is coming to your phone and speakers this very day. According to Google, John Legend will be available for select Assistant interactions starting today.

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Chrome OS Dev channel integrates Google Assistant results in app drawer search

Chrome OS has been slowly but steadily incorporating Google Assistant, with Chrome OS 71 first introducing native support and version 72 bringing it to more devices. The latest developer version of the operating system continues with this effort by including results from the Assistant when you type in the search bar.

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Add a little color to your home with this $36 Philips Hue smart bulb ($14 off)

Smart lights are so convenient: They can obey your voice commands, be programmed to turn on or off by themselves, work together with motion detectors to light up when someone's in the room and can create a relaxing atmosphere when coupled with other bulbs. However, the best way to produce a lovely setting with lights is by using colors. I love to use my Hue Iris and Lightstrip to design a dimmed ambiance with shades of blue in my living room when I want to relax. The only drawback with this setup is that the lights are bulky and need to be plugged into a power socket.

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KaiOS may succeed where Android Go Edition has failed

Competition is always good for any market, but when it comes to smartphone platforms, there have only been two viable choices for the better part of a decade — Android and iOS. Microsoft poured billions into Windows Phone and Nokia, only to capture a small fraction of the market for a few years. Tizen, Sailfish, webOS, Symbian, Ubuntu Touch, and Firefox OS also failed to take a decent chunk of users away from Google and Apple.

There's another mobile operating system on the rise, but this one is special for a few reasons. First, it's not necessarily trying to unseat iOS and Android — it's designed to run on feature phones.

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