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October 26, 2017

You can now cast HBO and CBS shows with your Google Home

Just last week, Google Home gained the ability to control YouTube TV with voice commands. Now Google is bringing another big improvement to Assistant on Google Home. Starting today, you can ask your Google Home to cast shows and movies from subscription services like HBO NOW, CBS All Access, and The CW.

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All you need to do is open up the Google Home app and link your HBO NOW/CBS All Access [...]

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October 21, 2017

8 things you didn’t know you could do with Google Assistant

Google Assistant keeps on growing. New features and functionality are constantly appearing and that’s made keeping track of all the service’s little quirks and features tougher than ever. You can do much more than just searches these days.

Here’s a list of some of Google Assistant’s lesser known but still incredibly handy features.

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Control your smart home

You don’t need a Google Home to be the ear in your living room, Google Assistant on your smartphone can also control the various smart doodads dotted around your home.

Google Assistant plays nicely with smart home products from Nest, Philips [...]

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June 13, 2017

Google Voice Kit review

Google recently launched its Assistant API for the Raspberry Pi, and a couple of weeks ago I wrote about how to build your own digital assistant with a Raspberry Pi. My instructions were based in part on the “Voice Kit”, a hardware and software solution which demonstrates how to get a natural language recognizer up and running with a Raspberry Pi and the Google Assistant.

The Voice Kit was given away for free with the May 2017 edition of MagPi, the official Raspberry Pi magazine, but it was sold out in hours. At the time I wasn’t able to get hold of a Voice Kit, but I used it as the basis for my own digital assistant. After I published the instructions Google contacted me [...]

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May 24, 2017

Google Assistant will make revenue from online sales

Back in March, customers started getting riled up when Google Home began playing advertisements for the new movie Beauty and the Beast. It did this by including a spot for the film in the daily briefing, and asked the users if they wished to know any fun facts about the movie. Customers weren’t too happy about this move, and it seems that Google is testing another revenue acquisition model using Google Assistant.

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Google Senior Vice President of Advertising and Commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy expanded on the Assistant revenue model at the Google Marketing Next conference on Tuesday, [...]

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