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Who’s smartest — Alexa, Siri, Cortana, or Google Assistant?

When it comes to knowing stuff, Google Assistant on Google Home rules the virtual assistant world, according to results of a study conducted by Stone Temple Consulting earlier this year and released today.Microsoft’s Cortana was the second smartest, and Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa brought up the rear.Though Google ruled, “Cortana is pressing quite hard to close the gap, and has made great strides in the last three years” in terms of smartness, Stone Temple says. Unlike Google, “Alexa and Siri both face the limitation of not being able to leverage a full crawl of the web to supplement their knowledge bases. It will be interesting to see how they both address that challenge.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
http://www.cio.com/article/3192139/consumer-electronics/whos-the-smartest-alexa-siri-cortana-or-google-assistant.html#tk.rss_consumerelectronicsMicrosoft Office 2010
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Google cooks up a tasty update to Home with step-by-step recipe instructions

Google Assistant is already a great help in the kitchen when we need to convert something from pints to cups or remember to buy eggs on our next shopping trip. But with a new update to Google Home, it’s graduating to full-on sous chef.In a feature rolling out to users just in time for Mother’s Day, Google Home will now provide step-by-step instructions to more than 5 million recipes from Bon Appétit, the New York Times, Food Network, and more. And you can even listen to music while doing it.The new system isn’t quite as simple as saying, “OK, Google, tell me how to cook coq au vin,” but it’s pretty close. To find a recipe, you’ll need to use Google Assistant or Google search to find what you want to cook. Once you find something that looks good, you can select the new “Send to Google Home” button, and it will be saved to your recipe box.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
http://www.cio.com/article/3192668/android/google-cooks-up-a-tasty-update-to-home-with-step-by-step-recipe-instructions.html#tk.rss_consumerelectronicsMicrosoft Office 2010
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Google cooks up a tasty update to Home with step-by-step recipe instructions

Google Assistant is already a great help in the kitchen when we need to convert something from pints to cups or remember to buy eggs on our next shopping trip. But with a new update to Google Home, it’s graduating to full-on sous chef.In a feature rolling out to users just in time for Mother’s Day, Google Home will now provide step-by-step instructions to more than 5 million recipes from Bon Appétit, the New York Times, Food Network, and more. And you can even listen to music while doing it.The new system isn’t quite as simple as saying, “OK, Google, tell me how to cook coq au vin,” but it’s pretty close. To find a recipe, you’ll need to use Google Assistant or Google search to find what you want to cook. Once you find something that looks good, you can select the new “Send to Google Home” button, and it will be saved to your recipe box.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
http://www.cio.com/article/3192668/android/google-cooks-up-a-tasty-update-to-home-with-step-by-step-recipe-instructions.html#tk.rss_consumerelectronicsMicrosoft Office 2010
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Google Fit update finally brings strength training feature to all Android Wear 2.0 watches

Whether you have a new Android Wear 2.0 watch or a first-gen model that just received an update, they’re about to get a lot more buffed. We already know the new Google Fit app brings a bunch of new trackers and motivators for workout buffs, but in the latest update, Google is finally turning on the best new feature.Back when we reviewed the LG Sport and Style watches, we noted a strange difference between them regarding one of Google Fit’s better features. On the Sport, we were able to activate Strength Training, which used the watch’s sensors to automatically track what we were doing (situps, weight lifting, etc.) and count our reps. But on the Style that option wasn’t present, and we couldn’t figure out why.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
http://www.cio.com/article/3191874/android/google-fit-update-finally-brings-strength-training-feature-to-all-android-wear-2-0-watches.html#tk.rss_consumerelectronics

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OK, Google, let’s put the new voice ID everywhere

Google Home knows who’s talking.When each recognized user speaks Home’s wake words — which are “Hey, Google” and “OK, Google” — Home now switches to that person’s account to give personalized information.This is a huge deal, a technological marvel and a major leap forward in human-machine interaction.It’s also a cautionary tale about the downside of overzealous concern about privacy.How Google Home knows you’re you Google Home is a virtual assistant appliance similar to the Amazon Echo that runs a version of the Google Assistant. Assistant is also available in Google’s Allo messaging app.[ Further reading: 3 months with Google Home: Fun, functional, and frustrating ] Google Home now supports up to six users for a single device.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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The Google Home app will now help you decide what song you want to hear

One of Google Home’s biggest strengths is its ability to fill our homes with music on command. All we need to do is say, “OK Google, play Shape of You,” and it will dutifully comply, but if you don’t know what you’re in the mood to hear, the boundless options can be overwhelming. A new feature in the Google Home app is looking to help make it easier. Joining Watch and Discover, there’s a new Listen tab in the Google Home app that is dedicated to finding just the right music at just the right time. As Google describes, the new section “shows you curated lists of ready-to-stream, personalized albums and playlists from your favorite music apps, like YouTube, Google Play Music, and Spotify. You’ll also find compatible music and audio apps you already have on your phone or tablet, as well as a section to discover new apps to download.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
http://www.cio.com/article/3180997/android/the-google-home-app-will-now-help-you-decide-what-song-you-want-to-hear.html#tk.rss_consumerelectronics

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Google to ship Project Soli gesture development kits later this year

Google will start shipping development kits for its Project Soli wireless gesture recognition technology later this year.Project Soli involves a millimeter-wave radar chip that can detect “very fine” gestures with fingers and hands. It can then be used for playing games using hand gestures on mobile devices, computers, and electronics.The technology has the potential to get rid of controllers and input devices. Its biggest impact could be in virtual and augmented reality. When using VR headsets, users now need to hold controllers, but Project Soli could allow hand gesture movement to define how a user roams a virtual world.The chip is so tiny that Google has put it in devices as small as smartwatches. It was jointly developed by Google with Infineon, which has said the technology will be jointly marketed by both companies later this year.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
http://www.cio.com/article/3181749/software-games/google-to-ship-project-soli-gesture-development-kits-later-this-year.html#tk.rss_consumerelectronics

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Google to ship Project Soli gesture development kits later this year

Google will start shipping development kits for its Project Soli wireless gesture recognition technology later this year.Project Soli involves a millimeter-wave radar chip that can detect “very fine” gestures with fingers and hands. It can then be used for playing games using hand gestures on mobile devices, computers, and electronics.The technology has the potential to get rid of controllers and input devices. Its biggest impact could be in virtual and augmented reality. When using VR headsets, users now need to hold controllers, but Project Soli could allow hand gesture movement to define how a user roams a virtual world.The chip is so tiny that Google has put it in devices as small as smartwatches. It was jointly developed by Google with Infineon, which has said the technology will be jointly marketed by both companies later this year.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
http://www.cio.com/article/3181749/software-games/google-to-ship-project-soli-gesture-development-kits-later-this-year.html#tk.rss_consumerelectronics

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Google pulls virtual assistant ad after user outcry

Google Home users got a surprise on Thursday when their virtual assistants cheerily mentioned that the live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” is opening in theaters this weekend.The ad seems to pop up when users ask for a rundown of their day, which kicks off the Home’s “My Day” feature. That feature is supposed to offer users information about the weather, their calendars and relevant news. But at the end of the rundown, the Google Assistant offered the following unsolicited tidbit, according to a video posted to Twitter by Bryson Meunier :“By the way, Disney’s live action ‘Beauty and The Beast’ opens today,” it says. “In this version of the story, Belle is the inventor instead of Maurice. That rings truer, if you ask me. For some more movie fun, ask me something about Belle.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
http://www.cio.com/article/3181893/consumer-electronics/google-pulls-virtual-assistant-ad-after-user-outcry.html#tk.rss_consumerelectronics

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Google Voice finally lets you delete conversations

Earlier this year Google pushed out a surprise update to Google Voice, bringing what many thought was an abandoned service a modern update and some new life. At the time, Google also vowed that it wouldn’t neglect its original VoIP service anymore, and less than two months later, it’s making good on its promise. In a posting on the Google Voice Help Forum, community manager Vanessa outlined several new features that have begun rolling out to users. The biggest change is the overdue ability to delete conversations. To purge your window of a conversation, click the options menu in the top right corner and you’ll see a new Delete option right above Help & feedback. Tap it and the conversation will be purged forever just like in Android Messages. Furthermore, you can long press on a thread in the Android app to archive messages that you might need to refer to later.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
http://www.cio.com/article/3182266/android/google-voice-finally-lets-you-delete-conversations.html#tk.rss_consumerelectronics

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