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Multivocal 0.9.1 and auth samples now available

There have been a few updates that we didn't release notes for, and these are below. Even bigger is that we have some new sample code - focusing on how to use Multivocal with Account Linking and Google Sign In for Assistant (now generally available).

Multivocal is a library to help you build great agents for the Google Assistant (and other platforms in the future). We take a different approach - letting you focus on what you want to do and say, rather than the boilerplate. Learn more at https://multivocal.info/

As always - we are looking for your feedback. What else can Multivocal help you with?

Updates in 0.8.1
- Added Multivocal.getConfig() to allow non-Multivocal code to access the same resources in the same way.
- The Firebase configuration option now maps vertical lines in keys to forward slashes (in addition to underscores being mapped to periods).
- Bug fixes in the requirement handlers
- Added the ability to register new requirements and handlers
- Improved documentation about requirements and requestors
- Bug fixes in sending cards

Updates in 0.9.0
- Added support for precondition validation
- Added short circuiting for the Actions on Google healthcheck

Updates in 0.9.1
- Bug fix in ssml template function
- Bug fix in preconditions

New samples

We have three new samples available from https://multivocal.info/:
- multivocal-sample-auth0 : Provides an example for using the popular Auth0 Identity service with Mutlivocal and Actions on Google Account Linking. This lets you manage your accounts with Auth0, and gives your users a single sign-in.

- multivocal-sample-auth1 : Uses the newly available Google Sign In for Assistant to get a user's public Google Profile with Multivocal.

- multivocal-sample-auth2 : Builds upon using Google Sign In for Assistant to get the user's permission to access Google's APIs on their behalf. Once they have signed in and given your Action permission, either through the web or through the Assistant, you'll be able to access information about their files in Google Drive.
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These words from +Brad Abrams sum up why I'm into ubiquitous computing.
Some #ThursdayThoughts on the impact of voice technology from Googler Brad Abrams:
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Convergence Approaching

Yesterday, I spent the day at a workshop on some fairly mundane technology. Important. Useful. New, but not bleeding edge. But somewhat mundane.

No fewer than five people at the workshop asked me about Glass. One person asked me to take their picture several times after I demoed it. One pulled out their phone and started searching ebay listings.

While I was there - there was news about Dialogflow, one of the tools behind the Assistant, voice interactions, and Glass coming out of Google's NEXT conference in San Francisco.

This isn't really saying "Glass is back". We've known Glass was still around a year ago. This isn't a consumer model. This isn't even the Assistant on it, which is my eventual hope. But this is a demonstration how some companies see the vision and are working to make it a reality, one step at a time.

https://www.wired.com/story/google-glass-is-backnow-with-artificial-intelligence/
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Remember, this holiday does not memorialize a military victory or the start of a war. It honors no General or military or civil leader. It marks no grand discovery.

It remembers one hot summer day, when a group of representatives of the people drew a line in the sand and said "this is what we stand for". And mutually pledged to each other to defend those principles with "our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."
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I'm organizing and mentoring at a #BuildActionsForYourCommunity event in NYC this summer. If you're in the area, would love to see you at one or both events!

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“We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. ... Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.” --Gen Logan, Orders for 30 May 1868
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Army Sgt. Pamela G. Osbourne immigrated to the United States at 14 from Jamaica. In 2001, she enlisted in the US Army (before 9/11), telling her husband she wanted to give back to the country that had given her a new life.

SGT Osbourne died in Iraq October 11, 2004, when she and another soldier were hit by rocket fire.

SGT Osbourne did not need to deploy to Iraq, she had a medical condition that could have kept her safely in the States. But she had become a citizen just a few months before, and told her husband that she was going to serve her country as fully as she could.

We honor the memory of SGT Osbourne today, for loving her adopted country so much that she gave her life serving it.






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