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Google Assistant can finally schedule your smart lights

Engadget

Google Assistant already works with Hue and other smart lights, but functionality has been limited to turning them on and off, using them with alarms and a few other features. Now, you can schedule lights and other electric devices to turn on and off at specific and even general times, as Android Police and Reddit users have noted. The feature works via Google's "Scheduled Actions" feature. That allows you to say "Hey Google, turn on the lights at 7 AM," for example. You can set times for the current day or any other day over the next week by saying "Hey Google, turn on my coffee maker at 8 AM tomorrow," or "run my sprinkler in a week at 5 PM," for example.


Fitbit updates Sense and Versa 3: Google Assistant, answer phone calls, and more

ZDNet

I used the Fitbit Sense for a solid month and then spent the last few weeks with several other new wearables as I evaluated which device would be best for me. With today's news from Fitbit, the Sense jumped to the top of my list and will be worn as my primary wearable for the foreseeable future. When Fitbit added integrated GPS to the Fitbit Sense and Versa 3 I was very excited to have one of my primary desires back on a Fitbit wearable. However, I still preferred other wearables due to their more complete user experience and am pleased to see Fitbit now directly challenge Google's Wear OS watches with an ecosystem that is much more expansive and exciting for users. In November 2019 we saw Fitbit release the OS 4.1 update that added several new features to the platform.


Google Assistant will let your kids ask it where you are

Engadget

If your family is anything like mine, smart displays like the Nest Hub tend to get a lot of use by both adults and kids. The conversational capabilities of Google Assistant make that almost a certainty. So it makes sense that for one of its last major updates of 2020, Google is focusing on families with a suite of new features for Assistant-enabled smart displays and speakers. To start, Google is adding a new Family Notes feature that will let your clan append digital sticky notes to the Nest Hub and other smart displays. You can use them to leave messages and keep track of shared to-dos.


Google smart displays get sticky notes for family members

PCWorld

Need to remind the family to take out the garbage, pick up a prescription at the drugstore, or perform some other household duty? Just leave a digital sticky note on your Google smart display. First announced back at CES in January, the Family Notes feature is rolling out to Google smart displays starting today, along with an update to the Family Bell feature, interactive stories, and "find my family" functionality. First up, you'll soon be able to ask Google Assistant to leave a sticky note on your Google Nest Hub, Google Nest Hub Max, or another Google Assistant-enabled display. Just ask, "Hey Google, leave a family note that says pick up the dry cleaning," and Google Assistant will leave a digital sticky note in the top-right corner of the screen that reads, "Pick up the dry cleaning," along with a timestamp and the name of the person who left the note.


Five Ways How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Will Transform Businesses in 2021

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Artificial Intelligence, once a buzzword in the digital world, has become a part of our everyday life. From Google Assistant, Siri, Alexa to Uber and Ola, several AI-enabled services are available today that make our lives easier. The ongoing pandemic has undoubtedly impacted business models but it didn't wane the impact AI has on our lives and businesses. On the contrary, it has become evident that Artificial Intelligence, with its self-teaching and learning algorithms, will play an essential role in transforming businesses in 2021. Companies have swiftly started leveraging the potential of AI.


A Data Product View on Conversational AI

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Unlike humans, conversational artificial intelligence (AI), most commonly deployed today via chatbots, are "up" 100% of the time. Beyond chatbots, automated voice response systems (as annoying as they may still be) and virtual voice assistants all utilize conversational AI to power human-to-machine dialog. Conversational AI is the technology that allows users to ask queries to a machine and get automated responses. The most notable of these machines are the virtual assistants such as Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. At the heart of Conversation AI, is the utilization of Natural Language Processing (NLP).


This week's best deals: AirPods for only $100, plus more early Black Friday sales

Engadget

The holiday shopping season is in full swing -- and yes, we know it's only early November. Retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy have already kicked off the first rounds of their big sale events, and there will be more to come in the lead-up to Black Friday. This week, we saw AirPods drop to a new all-time low; a great price for Samsung's Galaxy Watch 3; and a bunch of worthwhile deals at Walmart for Instant Pots, robot vacuums and more. Here are the best deals from this week that you can still get today. Now's the time to grab Apple's classic AirPods for someone on your list, or for yourself.


Smart home gadgets and kitchen tech that make great gifts

Engadget

We're all spending a lot more time at home lately, so when it comes to the holidays, it makes sense to give a gift that'll make the humble abode a lot more enjoyable. To that end, we've recommended an assortment of home-related goodies, from innovative kitchen gear to attractive smart speakers, to give that special someone in your life. It might not stop them from getting cabin fever, but it just might bring them a sense of home sweet home. Google's latest smart speaker is the Nest Audio, which delivers a huge upgrade over the small puck-like Nest Mini. It has automatic tuning so that its audio quality improves over time as it learns more about your loved one's listening habits and the room it's in. Your giftee can use it to play their favorite tunes, and thanks to Google Assistant, they can also ask it for info like the weather, upcoming calendar appointments or their to-do list simply by using their voice.


Philips Hue Iris review: This gorgeous accent light supports both Zigbee and Bluetooth

PCWorld

The latest version of the Iris, a smart mood lamp from Signify-owned Philips Hue, cannily improves on the elegant original, upping its brightness, improving its translucent light diffuser and spiffing up the power cable, while adding a Bluetooth radio in the bargain. Capable of working both with or without a hub, the $100 Iris can cast a soothing shaft of color or tunable white light on a nearby wall, while its translucent diffuser glows inside the lamp's clear shell. A cinch to set up and compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, and (if used with a hub) HomeKit, the Iris makes for an easy and inexpensive way to warm up a room. While the Iris has a list price of $100 (or $99.99 if you want to get technical about it), the recently released lamp is only now finding its way into retail channels, so don't be surprised if you see inflated prices from third-party resellers. While it's rated for up to 570 lumens, or twice as bright as its predecessor, the Iris isn't really meant to light a room or illuminate a workspace.


AI Revolution -- Voice Assistants & Their Smartness

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Every day, Every Hour, Every Minute, we are saying few simple words like "Hey Google" or "Hey Alexa" or "Hey Siri" to know something or to get our works done. "Hey Google, How do you work?" or "Hey Alexa, Why are you so smart?" or "Hey Siri, What's behind your success?" It's simply because as a client we never bother about these things. In any application clients are the ones who needs to be satisfied and in today's world these assistants are so much smarter that there is no reason to think or ask these things as a client. But as a Tech Enthusiast, or as a guy from CS background it's always too much fascinating to know about behind the scene technologies, these popular companies are using to make these smart assistants capable of extraordinary performance.