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Google confirms new voice-confirmation feature for purchases in Assistant

Google confirms new voice-confirmation feature for purchases in Assistant

This story was originally published 2020/05/22 1:27pm PDTon May 22, 2020 and last updated 2020/05/25 10:09am PDTon May 25, 2020.  A new setting to allow Voice Match to confirm purchases made through the Google Assistant has been spotted in the Assistant’s Payments and Security settings pane. We’ve confirmed with Google that the new feature is...

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How to preserve some privacy when you’re using a Google Assistant speaker

How to preserve some privacy when you’re using a Google Assistant speaker

Google Assistant speakers can be great tools, giving you an easy entry into voice-controlled home automation, but they can also feel like spies giving Google intimate insights into your life and daily routines. If you don’t want to do without all of the convenience an Assistant speaker provides, there are at least some things you...

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Nest Hub and Google Assistant Smart Displays get better smart home controls for Hue, Shield, locks, blinds, vacuums, more

Nest Hub and Google Assistant Smart Displays get better smart home controls for Hue, Shield, locks, blinds, vacuums, more

Google’s Nest Hubs and third-party Assistant Smart Displays have been receiving an update that vastly improves their smart home controls. Among the changes we spotted are live light status and scenes for Philips Hue and Lifx, new Shield controls, the ability to unlock your smart lock, plus controls for blinds, air fresheners, and vacuums. Other...

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You can now talk to JustWatch on Google Assistant

You can now talk to JustWatch on Google Assistant

JustWatch is a neat way to find out which streaming service has the TV show or movie you’re looking for. But wouldn’t it be better if you could simply ask the Google Assistant to do the searching part? While there is no official solution from JustWatch yet, an indie developer was able to deliver the...

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The best smart light bulbs that work with Google Home and Assistant

The best smart light bulbs that work with Google Home and Assistant

This story was originally published 2020/03/19 11:38am PDTon Mar 19, 2020 and last updated 2020/05/04 1:36pm PDTMay 4, 2020.  Smart light bulbs are an increasingly crowded space, and an increasingly confusing one as a result. It’s rapidly become difficult to tell which bulbs properly work with your Google Home, Google smart display, or Android smartphone,...

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The best smart light bulbs that work with Google Home and Assistant

The best smart light bulbs that work with Google Home and Assistant

This story was originally published 2020/03/19 11:38am PDTon Mar 19, 2020 and last updated 2020/04/30 11:05am PDTApr 30, 2020.  There are an absolutely dizzying number of smart light bulbs out there, from name brands like Philips Hue to endless white label products from China on Amazon, costing anywhere from under ten bucks to nearly $100...

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Google Home testing separate Assistant voice volume setting

Google Home testing separate Assistant voice volume setting

One of the longstanding demands of Google Home users, myself included, has been the ability to control Assistant’s volume independently of the music’s. A new setting has started appearing for iOS users that lets you tweak the volume of your Assistant’s voice — but it doesn’t really work yet. In addition to the usual Bass...

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Google Assistant adds support for router and network control

Google Assistant adds support for router and network control

These days, you can control most of your smart home using only your voice — Google Assistant lets you adjust your bed, mow the lawn, open your closets, start your Xbox, control your TV, and so much more. Routers and networks are the latest new addition to the Assistant’s library of natively supported actions, allowing...

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Google Assistant adds native support for TVs, set-top boxes, and media remotes

Google Assistant adds native support for TVs, set-top boxes, and media remotes

Google Assistant already supports more than 60 device types, from smart lights and thermostats to more eccentric ones like dehydrators, pergolas, or fireplaces. Now it’s officially adding three new ones: TVs, media remotes, and set-top boxes. You may be thinking that Assistant has already been able to control these for years, and you’re right. Support for...

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