For those of us building a smart home, we all face the same problem: Which digital assistant to use? Between the vast libraries of skills and abilities of the two biggest players, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, it can be tough to choose. But the good news is that you actually don't have to. You can comfortably live with both assistants under one roof thanks to these helpful tips. You've got a Google Home at one end of the living room and the best Echo speaker, Amazon's Echo (third-generation) at the other--which one is worth talking to all the time? Both Google Assistant and Alexa offer plenty of connected home prowess.
Google has plastered digital billboards and the Las Vegas Monorail with the "Hey Google" wake-up command. It's announced a range of new gadgets featuring its assistant on everything from smart displays to pressure cookers. And it's sent out the clowns -- a jumpsuit-wearing army of advertising associates wearing brightly-colored Converse sneakers and hovering around partner firms' booths to explain how Google's technology works.
The idea of stringing together commands to make a program is daunting prospect for most, but that's because many have never seen visual programming tools. Monday's Google Doodle puts a super-easy visual programming tool on the search page and gently guides even the most programming-averse among us with straightforward and kind of cute tutorials. Google Doodle Coding Interface starts simply. Google's Programming for non-programmers" effort is part of Computer Science Education Week (Dec. While there are in-person, free Hour of Code programs at Apple and Microsoft stores around the world, Google's on-your-desktop approach certainly has the widest reach.
Google's big hardware event is only a few hours away, and the company is expected to announce a bunch of new gadgets including a new Pixel phone, Pixelbook laptop, and Google Home smart speaker. The show takes place in San Francisco is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. The event itself is mostly restricted to members of the media. But if you're itching to follow along with the latest updates, fear not: Google will be live-streaming the event on its YouTube page (shown above). As always, Mashable will be covering the event from the ground as news breaks and updating the site frequently, so be sure to check back for all the latest information.
Have you heard the good news? Disney is available to stream on Google smart displays, just like many other popular streaming services including Netflix and Hulu. Technically you've always been able to watch Disney on a Google smart display (like the Nest Hub Max) by casting from another device, but that's not quite as smooth as calling out, "Hey Google, play Hamilton on Disney ." With the new update, it's easier than ever to catch up on all of your favorite movies and more when your Disney account is connected to a Google smart display--all you have to do is ask. Here's how to watch Disney using your Google-enabled smart display.