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Google Assistant’s driving mode for Android is nearly ready, one year later

By android, apps, driving, driving mode, engadget, gear, google, google assistant, Google: Maps, Internet, Mobile, News, voice assistant

Google promised an Assistant driving mode for phones would arrive in mid-2019, but that clearly didn’t happen — over a year passed without any sign of it. It appears to be ready, though. XDA-Developers has discovered (via Android Police) that …

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Lenovo’s 7-inch Google smart display is on sale for $80 at Best Buy

By Best Buy, commerce, engadget, engadgetdeals, gear, google assistant, lenovo, News, Smart Display, smart display 7, smart speaker, thebuyersguide, voice assistant

You’re in luck if you want an affordable, Google-powered smart screen but feel the Nest Hub is too basic for your tastes. Best Buy has discounted Lenovo’s Smart Display 7 to $80, or a good $20 off the usual price. That’s lower than Best Buy’s …

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Qualcomm’s latest Bluetooth chips could bring ANC to lower-cost earbuds

By active noise cancellation, anc, audio, av, battery life, bluetooth, chips, earbuds, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, hearables, qcc304x, qcc514x, Qualcomm, true wireless, ultra low power bluetooth, voice assistant

Today, Qualcomm unveiled its next-generation of ultra-low-power Bluetooth Systems on a Chip (SoCs). The SoCs are designed for true wireless earbuds and hearables, and they could make top-end features, like active noise cancellation (ANC) and v…

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Apple’s Siri helps Americans wondering if they have COVID-19

By apple, cdc, coronavirus, covid-19, engadget, gear, health, Internet, ios, iPad, iPhone, medicine, Mobile, siri, smartphone, voice assistant

It’s not just Alphabet’s Verily offering a COVID-19 screening tool. Apple has quietly updated Siri in the US to provide a questionnaire (using US Public Health Service and CDC data) when they ask if they have the coronavirus. The voice assistant will…

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Alexa-powered Lego challenge winners include a game system and waffle iron

By alexa, Amazon, diy, do it yourself, engadget, entertainment, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, Internet, lego, lego mindstorms, Toys, video, voice assistant

Amazon and Lego have unveiled the winners of their Alexa-focused Mindstorms challenge, and they’re as clever and oddball as you’d hope. The grand prize winner is Jason Allemann’s Game Station, a project that uses Alexa for a five-game console — you…

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Alexa can refill your prescription and remind you to take it

By alexa, Amazon, engadget, gear, giant eagle, giant eagle pharmacy, Internet, medication, medicine, omnicell, pharmacy, prescription, services, voice assistant

Amazon’s healthcare push now includes a simple but important convenience: the ability to manage y our prescriptions from your smart speaker. The company has partnered with Omnicell to let Alexa not only remind you when to take your medication, but t…

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Cortana app will stop working on phones in some countries (updated)

By AI, android, app, artificial intelligence, Australia, Canada, Cortana, engadget, gear, Internet, ios, Microsoft, microsoft launcher, Mobile, UK, voice assistant

Microsoft’s changing Cortana strategy is about to have consequences for some phone users. The company has revealed that the Cortana app will stop working after January 31st, 2020 for people in Australia, Canada and the UK. Lists, reminders and other…

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Pandora now works in Spanish on Alexa and Google Assistant

By alexa, amazon alexa, amazonalexa, assistant, av, engadget, entertainment, google assistant, googleassistant, language support, languagesupport, Music Streaming, musicstreaming, pandora, services, spanish, voice assistant, voiceassistant

Pandora can now respond to requests en español in the US via Alexa and Google Assistant. You can activate Spanish voice controls by adding the language through the Alexa or Assistant settings.

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Here’s how Alexa learned to speak Spanish without your help

By AI, alexa, Amazon, artificial intelligence, av, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, machine learning, neural network, voice assistant

Now that Alexa knows how to speak Spanish in the US, there’s a common question: how did it learn the language when it didn’t have the benefit of legions of users issuing commands? Through new tools, it seems. Amazon has revealed a pair of system th…

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You’ll be able to contribute to 2020 presidential campaigns via Alexa

By 2020 election, 2020election, alexa, Amazon, amazon alexa, amazonalexa, campaign contributions, campaigncontributions, election, engadget, gear, politics, presidential election, presidentialelection, voice assistant, voiceassistant

With debates underway and just a few months until the first primaries, 2020 presidential election campaigns are in full swing, and you’ll soon have another way to donate to your favorite candidate. Campaigns can sign up to receive contributions via A…

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Google Assistant on Pixel 4 may handle calls while you’re on hold

By AI, artificial intelligence, calling, engadget, gear, google, google assistant, google duplex, Internet, Mobile, pixel 4, smartphone, voice assistant

Google Assistant’s ability to handle phone calls may extend beyond booking appointments. A 9to5Google source claims Assistant on the upcoming Pixel 4 will have the option of taking over when you’re on hold, bringing you back when another human answe…

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Alexa adds in-depth NFL stats ahead of the new season

By AI, alexa, Amazon, artificial intelligence, av, engadget, fantasy sports, football, gear, Internet, ncaa, NFL, services, Sports, voice assistant

Alexa’s football knowledge is now decidedly more profound. Amazon has added a slew of info to its voice assistant’s repertoire that includes “comprehensive, in-depth” stats for NFL teams and their players. If you want to know your favorite player’s…

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Microsoft contractors listened to what people told their Xbox consoles

By assistant, audio, console, contractors, Cortana, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, gaming, gear, kinect, listened, Microsoft, privacy, Security, services, voice assistant, xbox

Microsoft contractors reportedly listened to Xbox owners too. Earlier this month, we learned that contractors heard audio snippets from Skype calls and Cortana interactions. Now, Vice reports that Microsoft contractors also listened to audio p…

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Samsung’s Galaxy Home smart speaker is still alive, somehow

By Bixby, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, Galaxy Home, galaxyhome, gear, home, note10event, Samsung, smart speaker, smartspeaker, voice assistant, voiceassistant

While Samsung’s Unpacked event was mostly about the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+, a new S Pen and a Galaxy Book S laptop, plenty of observers expected some news on the fate of Galaxy Home. Samsung announced the smart speaker a year ago, but it’s been…

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Pandora’s Voice Mode is your personal music assistant

By av, customized, engadget, entertainment, gear, Internet, Mobile, music, pandora, personalization, personalized, voice assistant, voice commands, voice mode

Pandora is rolling out Voice Mode to all users today. While you may have used Pandora voice controls on smart products like Amazon Alexa or Google Home, the new feature takes voice commands to the next level. It’s meant to be more like a personal ass…

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Pandora’s Voice Mode is your personal music assistant

By av, customized, engadget, entertainment, gear, Internet, Mobile, music, pandora, personalization, personalized, voice assistant, voice commands, voice mode

Pandora is rolling out Voice Mode to all users today. While you may have used Pandora voice controls on smart products like Amazon Alexa or Google Home, the new feature takes voice commands to the next level. It’s meant to be more like a personal ass…

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Windows 10 preview could bring Alexa to your PC’s lock screen

By alexa, Amazon, engadget, gear, Internet, Microsoft, personal computing, personalcomputing, Software, voice assistant, windows, Windows 10

Amazon Alexa can be helpful on Windows, but you can’t quite treat your PC like a supersized Echo when third-party voice helpers don’t work until you’ve signed in. That might not be a hurdle in the near future. Microsoft has released a Windows 10 pr…

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A closer look at the Bose 700 noise-cancelling headphones

By alexa, Amazon, apple, av, bluetooth, Bluetooth headphones, bose, bose 700, bose noise cancelling headphones 700, engadget, entertainment, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, google, google assistant, hands-on, Headphones, Mobile, noise cancellation, noise cancelling, qc35, qc35 ii, quietcomfort, siri, voice assistant, wearables

As great as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones sound, let’s be real: they look like they were designed for dads on a business trip. And listen, as someone who’s into the whole chunky, dad-shoe trend, I’m not here to judge if you’re into their des…

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