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Google Home’s Philips Hue integration can now wake you up gently

By | Australia, Canada, Companies, consumer electronics, Gadgets, Google, google home, Hardware, home appliances, Home Automation, india, lighting, Philips, philips hue, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States

Maybe you love the sound of your alarm clock blaring in the morning, heralding a new day full of joy and adventure. More likely, though, you don’t. If you prefer a more gentle wake-up (and have invested in some smart home technology), here’s some good news: Google Home now lets you use your Philips Hue […]

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Review: The $199 Echo Link turns the fidelity up to 11

By | Amazon, Amazon Echo, amazon music unlimited, computing, echo, Echo Link, Gadgets, Google, google home, Hardware, microsoft windows, operating systems, Pandora, smart speakers, Sonos, Spotify, streaming services

The Echo Link takes streaming music and makes it sound better. Just wirelessly connect it to an Echo device and plug it into a set of nice speakers. It’s the missing link. The Link bridges the gap between streaming music and a nice audio system. Instead of settling for the analog connection of an Echo […]

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The 9 biggest questions about Google’s Stadia game streaming service

By | Gadgets, game streaming, Gaming, GDC 2019, Google, google stadia, Hardware, list, Mobile, stadia, TC

Google’s Stadia is an impressive piece of engineering to be sure: Delivering high definition, high framerate, low latency video to devices like tablets and phones is an accomplishment in itself. But the game streaming services faces serious challenges if it wants to compete with the likes of Xbox and PlayStation, or even plain old PCs and smartphones. Here are our 9 biggest questions about the new platform.

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Google scores a custom AMD GPU to power its Stadia cloud gaming hardware

By | Gadgets, game streaming, Gaming, GDC 2019, Google, Hardware, streaming, TC

Google’s new Stadia game streaming service may be great for people who don’t own a powerful PC or console, but those games have to run somewhere — specifically, in a Google datacenter. And the hardware they run on will be largely powered by a custom graphics card from AMD that, on paper at least, puts the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X to shame.

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Google’s new voice recognition system works instantly and offline (if you have a Pixel)

By | Apps, Artificial Intelligence, Gadgets, gboard, Google, Mobile, natural language processing, nlp, Speech Recognition

Voice recognition is a standard part of the smartphone package these days, and a corresponding part is the delay while you wait for Siri, Alexa, or Google to return your query, either correctly interpreted or horribly mangled. Google’s latest speech recognition works entirely offline, eliminating that delay altogether — though of course mangling is still an option.

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Over a quarter of US adults now own a smart speaker, typically an Amazon Echo

By | Amazon, Amazon Echo, apple inc, Artificial Intelligence, Assistant, Gadgets, Google, Google Assistant, HomePod, smart speaker, smart speakers, smartphone, smartphones, Sonos, Speaker, TC, United States, virtual assistant, voice assistant, voice computing

U.S. smart speaker owners grew 40 percent over 2018 to now reach 66.4 million — or 26.2 percent of the U.S. adult population — according to a new report from Voicebot.ai and Voicify released this week, which detailed adoption patterns and device market share. The report also reconfirmed Amazon Echo’s lead, noting the Alexa-powered smart […]

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Google makes it easier for cheap phones and smart devices to encrypt your data

By | adiantum, cryptography, encryption, Gadgets, Google, Mobile, Security, TC

Encryption is an important part of the whole securing-your-data package, but it’s easy to underestimate the amount of complexity it adds to any service or device. One part of that is the amount of processing encryption takes — an amount that could be impractical on small or low-end devices. Google wants to change that with a highly efficient new method called Adiantum.

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