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Deepak Ravlani
Blogger | Technology Evangelist | Lifehacker
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How your futuristic life could be in a world full of VR and AR

The overnight success of Pokémon Go has left many wondering whether the smash-hit mobile game is merely another passing fad or the harbinger of something much more momentous – the beginning of a widespread integration of augmented and virtual reality technologies into our daily lives.

If you wonder about the ways in which these technologies are shaping the world to come, ‘Hyper-Reality’ is about to blow your mind.

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#augmentedreality   #virtualreality   #internetofthings   #hyperreality #pokemon   #learnwithDeepak  

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Google Home to Amazon Echo: 'Anything you can do...'

Google Home will soon provide you with contextual visual responses

While Assistant on the Google Home is useful, there are certain things that are best expressed visually rather than via audio. If the information that Google Home needs to tell you could be better expressed on a screen, you can throw it onto your phone or onto a TV with Chromecast support. Whether you're wanting to see your calendar information, check out what's trending on YouTube, or navigate to your next event, Home will soon provide you with visual responses on the appropriate screen.

Google Home will soon gain the ability to cast its response to TVs as part of a new feature called “Visual Responses.” Users will be able to ask Google Home for directions to a given address, or a roundup of the day’s schedule when asked
- "Show my calendar on my TV" and Home will cast the response to your TV, eliminating the need to reach out for the smartphone.
- Asking "OK Google, what's on YouTube?" will display a personalized list of choices. You can also ask to show YouTube's Watch Later list or play individual videos.
- Asking "OK Google, what's on my DVR?" brings up the list from Youtube TV's cloud DVR, and further voice commands can play individual shows or movies.
- If you need to know the location of a restaurant, Home can easily tell you but asking it for directions there is a bit stickier. Instead, you can say, “OK, Google. Let’s Go.” and Google will toss the directions to your phone seamlessly.

Obviously, if someone else asks Home for something, the information relevant to them will show up thanks to the multi-user recognition. This adds a whole new dimension of personalization to Assistant and Home, especially since no phone or remote is required.

I've a feeling, once this arrives, Amazon echo show may end up being redundant.

#googlehome #smarthome #googleassistant #androidtv #homeautomation #connectedhome #chromecast

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Google Home seamlessly connects with your Nest Thermostat. With a simple voice command, Google Home can change the temperature without you lifting a finger. +Nest has a discount on Nest Thermostat and Google Home bundle.
$328 final price + free shipping.

Note: Discount requires purchase of both qualifying products. Offer ends Jun 3.

#googlehome #smarthome #nest #googleassistant #connectedhome #memorialday
A connected 🏠 is a happy one. Save $50 when you purchase #GoogleHome & #Nest Thermostat.
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Google Home will soon stream TV content from a host of streaming services.

You'll be able to ask Google Home to play content from new partners such as HBO Now, +Hulu, CBS All Access, CW, +Crackle, and many more. This also includes support for Google services such as Google Play Movies & TV plus new cloud DVR platform YouTube TV. If you know what you want to watch you can dive into any of those products using Google Home and have it play whatever you desire. It can also come in handy if you don't really know what you want to watch

For a while now we've been able to play videos through our Chromecast via +YouTube and +Netflix, and now many more services are being added. With such a wide variety of options, Google has positioned Google Home device to be an all-in-one streaming hub. Now that Google Home has made it easier than ever to access streaming services without even lifting a finger, these surprises for streaming are going to make it more appealing than ever to finally cut the cable.

#googlehome #cordcutters #hulu #hbonow #netflix #youtubetv #smarthome #homeautomation

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You'll soon be able to send money to friends and others with Google Assistant
Assistant will let you make peer-to-peer payments through voice command.

Google really wants to make buying things easier, adding a transactions function to Google Assistant will enable payments, identification, notifications, receipts and account creation.

During Gerardo Capiel and Varouj Chitilian's session on Google's commerce technologies, they introduced the new API and then proceeded to show us "something really cool that no one's seen before". Gerardo asks the Assistant to "send Gerardo $10 for dinner", and sure enough it uses the new payment API to go ahead and send the payment. The p2p payment uses the debit card linked to your Google account, and they also mentioned that they'll soon be adding other p2p payment providers.

Here's demo:

#googlehome #smarthome #googleassistant #googlecommerce

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+Spotify, +Deezer,, and +SoundCloud will be joining other music services on Google Home soon

The most exciting part is that Spotify(free account) streaming will not require a premium account to work with the Google Home, which is currently required for streaming on Echo.

#googlehome #smarthome #googleassistant #spotify #deezer #soundcloud

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You'll be able to enjoy +SoundCloud through your Google Home soon

#googlehome #smarthome #googleassistant #soundcloud #connectedhome

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Assistant will now show a history of previous commands and questions that you’ve asked Google.

Google will give you access to your Assistant history for “when you want to see what you’ve previously asked".

Long pressing on one will give users the ability to “Edit the query” which copies the command — even if it was given via voice — into the text field. Additionally, users can delete a group, which includes the command and response, from your search history.

#googlehome #smarthome #googleassistant #history

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Finding and using Google Assistant Actions is about to get a lot easier

Google Assistant gets an Actions directory with categories and sample commands. Until now, the only place you could see all the Actions on Google was a scrolling list in the Home app. With the updated Assistant implementation, Google is aiming to make Assistant-compatible Actions easier to find as well as allow users to more seamlessly integrate their favorite apps with it. The new directory will serve as a highlight to the conversational services which use chat rather than traditional UIs, with Google telling that it believes this will significantly boost discoverability. However, it’ll also allow those already taking advantage of the Assistant to streamline interactions with their most commonly-used services.

The Assistant directory will give each app a page, just as each app in the Google Play store has. However, curious users will be able to try that app, directly from that directory page. If they like it, they’ll be able to go on and install it. The cards include a sample phrase you can use, and the ones that require an account login have an "unlinked" icon in the corner. Tapping on an app brings up a full info screen with more suggested phrases and a button to link an account, if that's required. Any ongoing Assistant functions like reminders and shortcuts are listed in the "Your Stuff" tab at the top, too.

Each directory page is shareable, and there’s extensive search built in too. In fact, the Assistant can now make suggestions for its own extensions, as well as other apps. You can ask for automotive apps and get curated suggestions, for instance.

What might be more useful, however, is the ability to flag which are your most frequently-used Assistant services. By linking them in the directory, the Assistant will be able to automatically figure out which service you want to use when you make a specific request. On IO stage, a surfing app was marked as a favorite, so that when you want to find out what the conditions will be in the morning you don’t need to specify the app to query, you only have to say “Ok Google, is the surf up?”

#googlehome #smarthome #googleassistant #homeautomation #actionsongoogle

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Keyboard input is finally here for Google Assistant

Now, instead of only being able to communicate with Assistant with voice, you can also type your queries.

When you open the Assistant on smartphone, it defaults to voice, but you can hit a little keyboard button and get the keyboard. Tap it and a keyboard will pop up to let you ask any question or issue any command in writing without having to talk to your phone and either wake up your sleeping child to turn off the light or let everyone on the train know you're getting a dinner reservation tonight.

When you do this, it also changes the Assistant’s behavior to allow you to type in your query, and Assistant will reply visually on the screen. It will work on both Android and iPhone.

Keyboard input can actually be set as the default in settings too. If you're frequently in noisy environments, this could be an option worth choosing.

#googlehome #smarthome #googleassistant #virtualassistant
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