Advertisement Our phones aren’t merely devices we use to call the people we like (and some folks that we don’t). They’ve become life partners. We take them with us everywhere, even places we would never take the people we love. We cuddle up with them abt night and start our days with their company.But this relationship isn’t one of pure affection. Our phones serve us—they’re personal assistants. Apple’s Siri was the first explicit digital assistant to break into the mainstream. She’s not available on Android, but you may find the options here even better.So what’s the best Siri alternative for Android? Here are our favorites.1. Google AssistantGmail users, Android owners, and YouTube watchers have given Google plenty of data over the years. Google Now was a feature that used this data to surface information before you knew you wanted it. Google Now sent out suggestions based on your search history, what you watched, and what went … [Read more...] about 7 Siri Alternatives for Android: Google Assistant, Cortana, Alexa, and More
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Advertisement Using voice control in your life isn’t science fiction. If you know the right “OK Google” voice commands to say to Google Assistant, it can make your life better in ways you’ve never imagined.In this article, we’re going to take a walk through the typical day of a Google Assistant power user. You’ll see how Google Assistant can streamline your whole day. You’ll learn how it can remove daily annoyances from your life, and how it can even improve your relationships.1. “Tell me the weather”As you wake up in the morning, you’re not sure what to wear for the workday. Will it be cold or warm? Will it rain or not? You roll over toward your phone and say, “OK Google, tell me the weather.”Google assistant tells you (out loud) the day’s weather, and what the forecast looks like for the week.Using what you learn from Google Assistant, you choose your attire accordingly. Cold but sunny means a good … [Read more...] about 15 Ways to Voice Control Your Life With Google Assistant
Have you spoken to a gadget today? There’s a good chance that have, with the number of voice-activated smart speakers and AI tasks rapidly growing as manufacturers and developers seek to cash in on the popularity of voice assistants like Alexa. When you can control gadgets, summon your favorite tunes, get a weather forecast and more simply by uttering a few words, why wouldn’t you?But when it comes to the news, especially in a media landscape in which there are growing concerns about misinformation in the form of ‘fake news’ – and with fact-checking processes by Facebook falling into disrepute – there’s an ongoing debate about what impact the increasing use of voice interfaces to access news will have.While Siri was perhaps the first well-known voice assistant – and provided the inspiration for Spike Jonze’s Oscar-winning movie Her – Siri’s successors, Alexa and Google Assistant, have proved far more popular for … [Read more...] about Will smart speakers restore our trust in the news, or break it?
(Lenovo Smart Display 7 with the Google Assistant) BERLIN—Rather than create an entirely new lineup of smart home devices, Lenovo has given its existing ones a refresh by integrating Google Assistant. The Smart Tab M8 and Yoga Smart Tab come equipped with Google Assistant Ambient Mode—a new Google feature that uses AI to show suggestions via the always-on display based on your usage, such as commute times or calendar appointments. The Smart Display 7 with Google Assistant, meanwhile, is smaller and more portable than its predecessor, allowing you to place it anywhere in the home without sacrificing too much counter space. Here at IFA, Lenovo also tipped a new AR game for the Lenovo Mirage. Lenovo Smart Display 7 With the Google Assistant Coming in at 6.10-by-6.92 inches, the latest Lenovo Smart Display has a smaller footprint and reduced bezels than the original model, so it won't take up too much space on your kitchen counter or nightstand. On the front is a 7-inch … [Read more...] about Lenovo Upgrades Smart Displays With Google Assistant
In plenty of ways, driving in the year 2030 will likely look a lot like it does now. A decade is still well shy of the most ambitious projections for full-autonomy on American highways and city streets. Cars, for all their technological pageantry, will still have a steering wheel, a couple pedals, and four wheels. What is V2X communication? Creating connectivity for the autonomous car era But in other ways the driver's seat may well seem like a futuristic wonderland. Cars are where technologies often converge first and get their road test in the market, and with advancements in AI, voice, and mixed reality underway, automakers and retailers are looking to enhance the in-vehicle experience in some very interesting ways.SEE: Autonomous vehicles and the enterprise (ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature) | Download the free PDF version (TechRepublic)CBInsights recently released a report on the future of the in-car experience. It begins with a potent of what's in store:A quick fingerprint … [Read more...] about What will driving look like in 10 years? A technological wonderland