Tag Archive: Voice


Google Maps gets in-depth walking directions with detailed voice guidance

Only in the U.S. and Japan for now.

What you need to know On World Sight Day, Google began rolling out detailed voice guidance for Google Maps. The new feature will give in-depth walking instructions in Google Maps, announcing the distance to your next turn, warning of busy intersections, and notifying you if you go off-route. Currently, it is available in English for the U.S. and in Japanese for Japan with additional languages and countries coming in  [Read More…]

Issa Rae makes a cameo as the new Google Assistant voice

Clearly, everyone wants to talk to a celebrity these days.

What you need to know Issa Rae is the second celebrity cameo voice for Google Assistant. This free addition is available only in the United States. Cameo voices for Assistant only work for specific replies, not for every response.

Google is bringing comedy gold to its Assistant with Issa Rae’s voice, starting today. The comedian and actress who gained fame from her YouTube series, Awkward Black Girl,  [Read More…]

Marshall Major III Voice keeps the retro design, picks up Google Assistant

Marshall rolls out its first headphones with Google Assistant integration.

What you need to know Major III Voice has Google Assistant built-in, allowing you to play songs, get weather updates, and more with the press of a button. You get 40mm drivers, and 60 hours of listening time on a full charge. You can now pick it up for $ 169.

Marshall is rolling out a new model in its Major III series, dubbed the Major III  [Read More…]

You can finally make Duo voice calls from your Google Home

Google Home joins the Nest Hub in getting support for Duo audio calls.

What you need to know You can now make Duo audio calls on your Google Home, Home Mini, and Home Max. The feature is now available as long as your Assistant language is set to English (United States). You can call contacts just by issuing a command to your Google Home speaker.

You could make Duo video calls on the Nest Hub Max and  [Read More…]

Does the Fossil Gen 5 support voice calls?

Best answer: Yes, since the Fossil Gen 5 has a microphone and speaker you can take a phone call via your watch — as lonng as you’re connected to your phone’s Bluetooth. Alternatively you can take your call using a good set of Bluetooth headphones paired to your watch or phone to stay hands-free.

Keep connected: Fossil Gen 5 ($ 295 at Amazon) Hands-free: Anker Soundbuds Slim ($ 26 at Amazon) Phone calls Dick Tracy style

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Xbox mobile app snags voice channel support on iOS and Android

Voice chat has gone mobile.

What you need to know The Xbox mobile app now allows you to voice chat with friends. This update also adds the ability to share images and videos from your phone’s gallery. The update is part of a recent, broader push to improve messaging in the app and is available now on Android and iOS.

The latest update to the Xbox mobile app brings voice chat to your conversations. The update began  [Read More…]

Here’s how to set up Voice Match with Google Assistant

Google Assistant works best when everyone in the home gets personalized results, and all you need to do is set up Voice Match in your Home app settings to get there. With Voice Match set up, you can set personal reminders about Google Calendar updates and get Assistant to pull up your favorited playlists from Spotify without worrying about bumping someone else off their account. Best of all, it’s a feature that’s super easy to set up for  [Read More…]

BBC will launch its in-house ‘Beeb’ voice assistant next year

BBC’s digital voice assistant will be activated with the wake word “Beeb”.

What you need to know BBC has announced that it will be launching a digital voice assistant in 2020. The digital voice assistant from BBC will work on all smartphones, TVs, and smart speakers. Analysts believe BBC’s digital voice assistant may not be able to compete with the existing voice assistants from Amazon, Google, and Apple.

UK public broadcaster BBC has announced that it is  [Read More…]

Get rid of those Alexa voice recordings

Having Alexa cater to your every whim and request is certainly very useful, but do you really want her to remember everything you’ve said? Fear not; it’s easy to remove your voice recordings from your Echo speakers and Amazon’s servers. We’ll show you how in the step-by-step guide.

How to delete your voice recordings

We’ll be showing you how to delete your voice recordings from Amazon’s servers through the Alexa app on your phone. However, it’s worth noting  [Read More…]

Facebook has been using contractors to transcribe Messenger voice chats

How. Does. This. Keep. Happening.

What you need to know A report indicates that Facebook was paying third parties to transcribe Messenger audio conversations. The conversations were anonymous and often “vulgar.” Facebook says it has since stopped this human review process.

Were you sitting there to yourself and thinking, “Gee, it’s been too long since Facebook screwed up?” Me neither, but that’s exactly what’s happened. Again. According to a report from Bloomberg, Facebook has been paying hundreds  [Read More…]