voice assistant

Spotify belatedly extends Alexa podcast control outside the US

Nathan Ingraham/Engadget Americans have had the option of Alexa voice control for podcasts on Spotify since the end of 2019, but the rest of the world has had to sit tight. That creature comfort is finally reaching other parts of the world, though. Spotify has enabled Alexa control for podcasts in 11 more countries, including …

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Windows 10 test uses Cortana’s voice search to sift through your files

ymgerman via Getty Images While Microsoft undoes Cortana’s expansion to other platforms like Android or iOS, it’s making the voice assistant more powerful within Windows 10. A version of the OS currently available to Insider program beta testers includes the ability to find files on your PC simply by asking for them. Enterprise users with …

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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 …

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Amazon makes it easier to link smart home devices to Alexa

Nathan Ingraham / Engadget Amazon is making it easier for you to connect devices to your Alexa ecosystem with its latest feature. When Device Discovery is enabled on your Alexa app, you can go to the More section then Add a Device. You’ll see products on your WiFi network that you can link to the …

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Mercedes-Benz’s voice assistant will soon support Samsung SmartThings

Mercedes-Benz Samsung is teaming up with Mercedes-Benz to bring the automaker’s cars into its smart home ecosystem. Starting with the S-Class in 2021, you’ll be able to control many of your smart home devices via Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX Voice Assistant, including lights, locks, thermostats, home security systems and garage door openers. Back at CES in January, …

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Google Assistant will play podcasts from third-party services like Spotify

Nathan Ingraham/Engadget You might not have to depend on Google Podcasts if you’re asking Assistant to play your favorite serialized audio show. Android Police and its readers have discovered that Google is adding support for third-party podcast services, starting with Spotify. You just have to visit podcast settings in Assistant to choose your provider. We’ve …

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

Google 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 Google Assistant’s driving mode is at least partially enabled for Android users. The interface …

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Android TV may soon recognize your exact voice

Panos Sakalakis, Unsplash Google said that Assistant’s Voice Match feature was coming to many more speakers and smart displays in the near future, but it now appears that this includes your television, too. The 9to5Google team has discovered code indicating that Voice Match is in the works for Android TV. While it’s not certain just …

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

Sponsored Links Lenovo 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 recent sale price for the Nest Hub, …

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Apple buys an AI startup to improve Siri’s data

Sponsored Links Chris Schodt/Engadget Apple is continuing its string of AI startup acquisitions, this time to improve Siri’s performance. The company has confirmed to Bloomberg that it recently acquired Inductiv, a Waterloo, Ontario, Canada-based company that uses AI to correct data — which, in turn, improves machine learning. The company didn’t elaborate on its plans …

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