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Swann multi-camera security systems add support for Google Assistant

By on July 25, 2019
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Security company Swann today added support for Google Assistant to 15 different weatherproof security camera kits.

Similar to Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant is Google’s voice AI. Google Assistant can respond to a variety of queries when you use the wake phrases “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google” with a Google HomeGoogle Home Mini or Google Home Max smart speaker.

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Otter Mickey Mount gives your Home Mini a mouse house

By on July 5, 2019
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I’m calling this thing the Mickey Mount, but you’ll find it online as the Otter Den Series for Google Home Mini featuring Disney Mickey Mouse. It didn’t get any airtime during the company’s keynote presentation at its Pixel 3 launch event, but it did make its debut there in a demo room or two. It’s a mount for your Google Home Mini, and it’s actually kind of charming if you’re a fan of this kind of thing.

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Siri vs. Alexa vs. Google Assistant

By on June 20, 2019

Siri now has a dedicated smart speaker to call home, so it’s time to consider how Apple’s voice assistant compares to Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. Let’s explore the obvious — as well as more nuanced — differences between these voice AIs. By the end of it, we’ll have a better sense of each assistant’s strengths, as well as where they need the most work.

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IRobot’s Terra robot lawn mower cuts the grass while you relax

By on June 6, 2019
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For some, mowing the lawn is intensely satisfying. For others, it’s a time-consuming chore. If the latter sounds like you, take heart. Help is on the way from iRobot, the company that gave us the Roomba robot vacuum. Its latest creation, the iRobot Terra, is a grass-cutting robot designed to autonomously trim your turf. According to iRobot, the Terra will be as smart and as easy to use as a Roomba.

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