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Google Assistant is getting deeper links to your smartphone

Phone makers and wireless carriers will soon have an easier time tapping into Google’s AI powers. Google says it’s releasing new tools for integrating Google Assistant with smartphones, so that device makers can add their own voice-controlled features, ensure that hands-free voice commands work properly, and make use of hardware AI chips. Wireless carriers can … Continue reading “Google Assistant is getting deeper links to your smartphone”

Google Assistant is getting deeper links to your smartphone
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Now Google might make a game console and game-streaming service

Google could try to get serious about gaming with a rumored console and game-streaming service, according to the Information. The service, codenamed “Yeti,” would stream modern games over the internet instead of processing them locally, allowing them to run weaker hardware such as Google’s Chromecast dongles. Several other companies, including Nvidia and Sony, already offer … Continue reading “Now Google might make a game console and game-streaming service”

Now Google might make a game console and game-streaming service
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The Consumer Electronics Show lost electricity because irony knows no bounds

Electricity has been a fact of life for almost a century and a half, but apparently we’re still working out the kinks. A number of power outages were reported Wednesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where CES—the world’s largest annual showcase of tech and gadgets—has been underway since Monday. Event organizers called the outage … Continue reading “The Consumer Electronics Show lost electricity because irony knows no bounds”

The Consumer Electronics Show lost electricity because irony knows no bounds
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Google Assistant is headed for devices with screens à la the Echo Show

Last June, Amazon released the Echo Show, which added a touchscreen to the smart-speaker experience established by the original Echo—and therefore made the Alexa digital assistant more useful in new scenarios. Now Alexa’s archrival, the Google Assistant, is making its way onto screen-enabled devices. But instead of merely adding a display to its own Google … Continue reading “Google Assistant is headed for devices with screens à la the Echo Show”

Google Assistant is headed for devices with screens à la the Echo Show
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Facebook just signed another music licensing deal–this time with Sony/ATV

It’s a trend–or, at least, it’s almost a trend. Sony/ATV is following in the footsteps of Universal Music Group and signing a deal with Facebook to let users soundtrack their videos on Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus with songs from the publisher’s catalog. That means songwriters will get royalties for Facebook plays and your cool cousin gets … Continue reading “Facebook just signed another music licensing deal–this time with Sony/ATV”

Facebook just signed another music licensing deal–this time with Sony/ATV
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