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Google's best smart speaker is $20 off everywhere

Google's best smart speaker is $20 off everywhere

Home audio these days have to be two things: smart and sound good. Google's Nest Audio speaker looks smart, acts smart, and sounds terrific. And if you pick up one of these puppies today, you can get it for a better price.

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Microsoft just bought the company that built Siri's voice recognition for Apple

Microsoft just bought the company that built Siri's voice recognition for Apple

Cortana, Microsoft's digital voice assistant named after that hologram lady from HALO, didn't exactly set the world on fire. Most Windows users I've seen treat it like an annoyance to be avoided, instead of an integral part of the system, as Google's Assistant and Apple's Siri have become. But based on its latest corporate purchase, Microsoft might be taking another stab at voice-powered interaction.

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Google's new Android Auto app replacement is rolling out to more countries

Google's new Android Auto app replacement is rolling out to more countries

Google has been particularly slow with rolling out Assistant Driving Mode, which was announced at I/O 2019 but only made available in late 2020. Even then, it was limited to users in the US. But that's no longer the case as Google is now making the feature available for users in other countries too.

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The smart light bulb problem no one is talking about

The smart light bulb problem no one is talking about

Kitting out my new house with smart home gadgets has been a blast coming from the rigid confines of a rented apartment. But one particular issue affecting the simplest of all smart home hardware is driving me a little nuts. I was actually a little shocked to see it hasn't been talked about more, and while I wrestle with trying to get hardware that behaves a little better, I'd like to rant for the public record about how inconsistent smart bulbs are.

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This Google Assistant-powered Fiat 500 is basically a Pixel Car

This Google Assistant-powered Fiat 500 is basically a Pixel Car

The Fiat 500 doesn't turn any heads, except perhaps those of car enthusiasts looking for an extended sneer. But it's a popular model: a cheap, fuel-efficient, and eminently practical grocery-getter for urbanites. For the upcoming model year, Google and Fiat have joined forces for a "Hey Google Edition" of the hatchback, offering more extensive integration with Google Assistant than ever before.

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Google Duplex is finally available in every US state — except for Louisiana

Google Duplex is finally available in every US state — except for Louisiana

At Google I/O last year, we got our first glimpse of Duplex, an AI that can place phone calls for you to secure dining reservations. Google rolled Duplex out in an extremely limited test late last year. Now, Duplex is coming to Pixel phones in 43 states, and non-Pixel phones will have access soon.

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Google wants to improve hotword detection on Android in a way that protects your privacy, too

Google wants to improve hotword detection on Android in a way that protects your privacy, too

The infusion of federated learning into Gboard has helped Google pick up on popular terms in the moment by collecting anonymized data and spitting back out a delta of new information. The company is now bringing federated learning to Google Assistant on phones to help it better detect when you say (or when you aren't saying) "Hey Google."

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Assistant Memory looks like it's about to pick up some great new ways to keep track of stuff

Assistant Memory looks like it's about to pick up some great new ways to keep track of stuff

Google Assistant has been able to "remember" things on your behalf for years now, with voice memos saved across any supported device. It's one of the most valuable tools any voice assistant can offer, and Google's looking to make it a lot more powerful. A whole new visual layout for Assistant Memory is now in testing, designed to improve how reminders work on your phone.

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8 OxygenOS tips and tricks you didn't know existed

8 OxygenOS tips and tricks you didn't know existed

OxygenOS won plaudits for remaining mostly true to stock Android but has since developed more of its own personality. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, even if it bears a strong resemblance to Samsung’s One UI. Despite the visual transformation, OnePlus' skin has not only retained many of its neat little features, but some of its recent iterations have also introduced new tricks to make your life a tiny bit easier.

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Google is reminding you of whom you can track because that isn't creepy at all

Google is reminding you of whom you can track because that isn't creepy at all

Location sharing is great for keeping track of those important to you. It's also something that many forget about once it's been set up; it would be easy to share your location with someone on a day out, only to forget about it for months (or even years) to come. To help with this, Google Maps has started to remind us of whose shared locations we have access to.

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