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Here’s why your next wireless speaker will listen to your every word – CNET

Smart speakers are here to stay Sarah Tew/CNET There will come a day, and probably pretty soon, where pretty much every standalone speaker will have a voice-operated assistant inside of it. In the same way way that most TVs today have integrated “smarts” in the form of streaming apps for video, “smart speakers” will simply be the default, offering streaming audio apps and music at your voice’s beck and call. At CES 2018 there were a raft of new models were announced with either Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or a…

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Google Home or Chromecast might be crashing your Wi-Fi – CNET

If your Wi-Fi at home has been acting up lately, your Google Home ($129.00 at Walmart) speaker or Chromecast ($35.00 at Walmart) might be the culprit. On Jan. 13, Android Police reported several instances where a Google Home Max ($399.00 at Walmart) speaker was knocking TP-Link Archer C7 routers offline. Since then, other devices have been affected by the bug, including other Google Home speakers and Chromecast dongles, as well as additional TP-Link router models and routers from Asus, Linksys, Netgear and Synology. According to comments on Reddit, some Google Wifi ($114.00 at…

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In 2018, voice assistants will make the leap out of your home – CNET

Google’s CES 2018 booth featured an impossible-to-ignore sign stating “Hey Google,” the command to wake up your smart assistant. Sarah Tew/CNET At one section of Google’s giant outdoor booth at CES was an impromptu, carney-style one-man show, with a guy wearing dark sunglasses and a white Google Assistant jumpsuit loudly and enthusiastically giving away free electronics one by one to a snaking line of gawking tech-show goers. “He got a Google Home Mini! Let’s get a picture, boss!” he yelled out as I walked by on Thursday. “Google’s even giving…

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Voice assistants dominate CES as Google plays catchup with Alexa

Well, that looks cool, but can I talk to it?Gene Blevins/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock By Timothy Revell This week about 180,000 visitors flocked to the world’s biggest technology exhibition, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. And while all the usual gadgets made an appearance, from smart fridges to self-driving cars, there was one dominant theme: speech. With nearly half of people in the US using voice-activated digital assistants in their smartphones or tablets, and the ownership of standalone digital assistants, like Google Home and Amazon Echo, expected to double in 2018, every tech company now…

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How to find everything Google Home can do – CNET

One of the biggest boons for Amazon’s Alexa speakers were third-party skills. Now with over 30,000 skills available, there isn’t much Alexa can’t do. Similarly, Google Home has its own catalog of third-party software. These third-party services are referred to as Assistant apps and, since the beginning, finding them has been difficult, if not impossible. Originally, going to More settings > Assistant apps in the Google Home app would take you to a single, alphabetical list of all the available apps. Not only was it not categorized or sortable, there was no way to search.…

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Amazon Echo gets brand new rival – LG launching smart speaker with a MAJOR advantage

Amazon Echo and Google Home are getting a major new rival in the smart speaker wars, with LG getting ready to enter the ring. The South Korean tech giant’s upcoming ThinQ Speaker (WK7) is powered by Google Assistant and will also act as a smart home hub. It was originally announced back in December, but LG revealed more details on it at CES 2018. And, like with Apple’s HomePod, the ThinQ will offer users one advantage over rival smart speakers, with LG promising a “premium” audio experience.  Speaking about the…

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JBL Link View Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

JBL With two 10-watt stereo speakers, the JBL Link View looks like it’ll have a smart display and actually sound good. With new competitive smart speakers from big brands such as Lenovo, Sony and LG all debuting at CES, JBL will rely on its background in affordable speakers to stand out in the blossoming smart display category. Smart displays like the Amazon Echo Show ($229.99 at Amazon.com) combine the functionality of an always-listening smart speaker like the Amazon Echo with some of the touchscreen functionality of a tablet. The JBL…

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Google takes on Echo Show with four new smart displays – CNET

The Google Assistant-enabled Lenovo Smart Display is expected to go on sale early this summer with a starting price of $200. Josh Miller/CNET Chris Turkstra, director of Google Assistant, sat on a couch in a Renaissance hotel suite in Las Vegas on Sunday and started to chat with what was essentially your family’s old kitchen TV on steroids. On a side table to his right was the Lenovo Smart Display, more or less a Google Assistant-powered smart speaker with a built-in touchscreen. The gadget is one of four new smart…

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Lenovo Smart Display Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

Josh Miller/CNET The Amazon Echo Show ($229.99 at Amazon.com) isn’t alone anymore. In fact, at CES 2018, the Show’s getting lots of company in the smart display category. Lenovo’s entry into the field — simply called the Lenovo Smart Display — might be the most stylish of the bunch. Launching Monday along with other Google Assistant-equipped displays from LG, Sony and JBL, the Lenovo Smart Display features either an 8 or 10 inch screen for $200 and $250 respectively. Both will go on sale this summer, but no word if…

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7 things Amazon Echo can do that Google Home can’t – CNET

Now Playing: Watch this: Top 5 things Amazon’s Alexa can do that Google Home can’t While Google Home can do a lot that the Echo can’t — like contextual conversations or throwing images and videos to your televisions — it has plenty of catching-up to do with Amazon Echo ($174.03 at Overstock.com)‘s Alexa. Google is always adding new features to Home, so that list continues to shrink, but there are still seven things we wish it could do. One technical note: Throughout this piece, Google Assistant is often compared to…

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