Google’s AI Assistant intends to go beyond the wise speaker

Although voice assistants have spread across smartphones and into cars and offices, they’re currently most commonly found in the home.When Google launched its now distinctive digital assistant in 2016, it was already in danger of being an also-ran. At the time, Amazon had been selling its Echo smart speaker, powered by its Alexa voice assistant,…

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Everything Google Reported at I/O 2019 That Matters

Photo: David MurphyMOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—It’s Google I/O time, the annual smorgasboard of all things Android. This includes updates to the mobile operating system, newer (and cheaper) smartphones, various smarthome gadgets that are helpful (with a few caveats), and news about the latest additions to Google’s plate—including its much-anticipated Stadia game-streaming platform and the debut of…

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Hey, Google and Alexa: Moms and dads stress voice assistants can listen in on kids, survey discovers

by Edward C. Baig, Usa Today Credit: CC0 Public Domain You’re cool chatting up Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant and Siri and having each come alive when you utter the “Alexa,” “Hey, Google” or “Hey, Siri” wake words. But your kids are also engaging with the popular digital voices inside the smart speakers in your…

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Google Play Store’s Malware Problem, and More Security News This Week

Valery Sharifulin/TASS/Getty ImagesThis week started off with one of tech’s biggest events of the year: an Apple product release. One of the most inter­esting launches to come out of Cupertino was rectangular, incredibly thin, and made of metal. But it isn’t a gadget, it’s a credit card—the Apple Card—which the company says will have better…

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The Google News Effort, one year in

GNI Anniversary-Keyword-hero.gif Richard Gingras VP, News Published Mar 20, 2019 In the first year of the Google News Initiative, our efforts have centered around a spirit of experimentation, with programs focused on three pillars: working with the news industry to evolve their business models, raising up quality journalism and driving new thinking and approaches in…

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