Tag Archive: Assistant


What’s Home Assistant and why should home automation enthusiasts consider it?

Get all of your digital smart things talking to each other and doing more meaningful things!

Did you ever wish that Alexa or Google Assistant was able to let you have a smart home instead of just a bunch of smart things? It would be awesome to wake up to fresh coffee, have the news playing on a TV or radio, the toaster pre-heated and the temperature adjusted correctly and all the other things we can use  [Read More…]

Nest Secure can now be armed using Google Assistant

Available as part of the latest Nest Secure software update.

Google and Nest products have always worked well together, and now that Nest is part of Google’s hardware division, that point should be even more prevalent going forward. Most recently, Nest finally added Google Assistant integration for its Nest Secure home security system.

This functionality is available as part of an update to Nest Secure itself, and the next time you open the Nest app you should  [Read More…]

You can now use the Google Assistant to send money to your friends (via Google Pay)

You can now easily make payments using your voice. Just tell your Google Assistant on your phone who you want to send the money to.

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Google brings to peer-to-peer payments to Assistant on Android, soon Google Home

No more bugging friends, or having friends bug you, for that drink money.

Google has announced that it is bringing a popular feature of Google Wallet, peer-to-peer payments, to Assistant on Android and iOS this week.

Peer-to-peer payments were sequestered to the Wallet app for many years before recently being subsumed into the Google Pay app itself under the brand Pay Send. Now users can ask Assistant to do all the hard work, as long as the  [Read More…]

How to get March Madness scores with Google Assistant

Ok Google… who broke my bracket today?

The Big Dance is just beginning, and while there are apps aplenty to keep bracket-makers and die-hard fans watching and trash-talking, not all of us need that. Some of us just want to see how far our local team has gotten so far. Some of us just need a quick way to find out what channel the next good game’s going to be on. Some of us just want to  [Read More…]

Alexa’s new ‘Brief Mode’ makes the assistant talk less

Rolling out to Alexa users now.

Amazon’s constantly adding new features to Alexa to ensure it’s as helpful as can be, but the latest goodie actually makes the assistant talk less. As part of a new feature called “Brief Mode”, Alexa’s responses are shortened, and in some cases, replaced with just an audio cue rather than saying “Ok.”

According to users on Reddit, they were first informed of the feature when normally interacting with Alexa. In one  [Read More…]

LG’s first Google Assistant smart speakers are now up for pre-order in the US

LG wants you to forget all about the Google Home Max. The company has unveiled two Google Assistant-powered speakers including a premium one.

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You can now talk to Google Assistant in Hindi

Google Assistant in Hindi is now rolling out to all devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above.

Google announced Hindi support for the Google Assistant at the start of the year, but the feature was limited to a few queries. That’s changing today, as Google is rolling out the full-fledged Assistant tailored for Hindi-speaking users. Assistant in Hindi is now available on all phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above, and is coming soon to devices running  [Read More…]

The benefits of a major appliance with Google Assistant or Alexa support

Better. Smarter. Possibly more annoying.

Did I leave the stove on? … What do I need from the grocery store? Is the washer done yet? … It rained — I’d better stop the sprinklers from watering. … Man, I really wish we hadn’t left the lights on all day. … It’d be great if we remembered to turn off the air conditioning when we’re gone.

Look, I’ll be the first person to tell you that not everything needs  [Read More…]

Add an Alexa voice assistant to your home with a sale on Amazon’s Echo or Echo Dot this week only

Just don’t ask her to laugh.

Right now the Amazon Echo 2nd generation smart speaker is down to $ 84.99. That’s a drop from $ 100 and only the second deal we’ve seen this year. You can get this discount on a few color variations, including Charcoal, Heather Gray, and Sandstone.

The Echo Dot is also on sale for $ 39.99 from a street price of $ 50. Again, after Amazon went ham during the Black Friday  [Read More…]