Facebook is developing a voice assistant, which may end up in the company's virtual reality headset. The company confirmed the news on Wednesday after CNBC reported that the social network was creating a voice assistant to rival Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, and the Google Assistant. "We are working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across our family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus, and future products," a Facebook spokesperson told PCMag in an email. The company didn't offer any other details about the upcoming assistant. But according to CNBC, Facebook's augmented reality and virtual reality group is behind the project, which dates back to early 2018. The voice assistant could certainly make the company's Oculus VR headsets easier to use. In 2017, Facebook began rolling out an "Oculus Voice" feature to allow voice searches to pull up games and apps. But for now, the headset primarily works with the help of physical controllers. The same … [Read more...] about Facebook Prepping Voice Assistant, Possibly for VR Headsets
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Advertisement Google Assistant began life as an exclusive feature for Google Pixel phones. But now it’s slowly starting to spread its wings. First, modern Android devices running Marshmallow and Nougat got it, Google Assistant Is Coming to More Smartphones Google Assistant Is Coming to More Smartphones Google is beginning to roll Google Assistant out to more smartphones. Unfortunately, the majority of Android handsets are not included in this initial rollout thanks to fragmentation. Read More and now it’s available as a standalone app for the iPhone You Can Now Use Google Assistant on Your iPhone You Can Now Use Google Assistant on Your iPhone Google has done the unthinkable and brought Google Assistant to the iPhone. Google Assistant is Google's answer to Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, and Amazon's Alexa. Read More (in the U.S.).It’s no secret that when it comes to online services, Google is much better at it than Apple. And when … [Read more...] about Google Assistant vs. Siri: Which iPhone Voice Assistant Is Best?
Privacy "We are exploring this issue in terms of data protection and whether stronger transparency and legislation is needed in this area." Stephen Warwick 3 Dec 2019 0 Source: iMoreWhat you need to know Apple and Google are to appear before Irish lawmakers today (December 3) to discuss privacy concerns around voice-activated digital assistants. The joint committee on communications, climate action, and environment wants to clarify how Apple and Google handle audio data. Given Apple's operations in the country, any change in law might hit the Cupertino company harder. Apple and Google are both set to appear before Irish lawmakers to discuss privacy concerns surrounding voice-activated assistants such as Siri and Google Assistant, today, December 3. According to a report from Irish Legal News: Internet giants Google and Apple will appear before an Oireachtas committee this afternoon to discuss privacy concerns surrounding their voice-activated digital assistants. … [Read more...] about Apple and Google meeting with Irish lawmakers to discuss voice assistants and privacy
With Frozen (movie) fever taking over, Google has added a new skill to its Assistant that now lets users have characters from the film read them a story. The new update is currently available across all Google Assistant devices by default. To activate it, users just need to say: "Hey Google, tell me a Frozen story." When you do, you'll launch the skill (there's some music and an intro), which takes you to a campfire with some of the film's main characters. After the intro has finished playing, you or your child can select a character you'd like to tell you a story, Life hacker reported on Sunday. Each of these tales from Frozen is about three or four minutes long from the beginning to end. The stories last just a few minutes, making them a decent option when you need a bathroom break without the kiddo or want to put something quick on before bedtime, the report added. Follow Gadgets Now on Facebook and Twitter. For the latest news, tech news, breaking news headlines and live … [Read more...] about Now, ask Frozen characters to tell stories using Google Assistant
If you have a number of devices in your house, universal remotes bring efficiency, simplicity, and peace to your setup – they can take control of all the gadgetry you've got installed without breaking sweat and can be upgraded via their firmware to be compatible with anything you buy down the road.Of course, like so many other things in life, there's more than just one option out there, and it can be hard to tell whether the cheap remotes out there will be good enough, or if you need to splash out on a $300 / £300 / AU$500 clicking machine. Buying things is hard, ok?With Black Friday and Cyber Monday on their way, you may find a decent discount on one of these remotes – or, more importantly, some Black Friday TV deals to make sure you have a good television to point and click at.But to help you from overspending on the best universal remotes, we've put together a complete guide for the gadget – what you need to know, how much you should spend, and which models we … [Read more...] about Best universal remotes 2019: from entry-level clickers to pro zappers