Search engine giant Google has made huge strides in terms technological advancement in terms of deep learning and machine learning to make its Google Assistant for smartphones and speakers. The company today introduced Google Assistant Connect, a new platform for device manufacturers. For example, you can say "Hey Google, take me home", to open Google Maps and get directions for your commute.
Premium speakers like the Sonos One and Sonos Beam will be getting the update to enable things like music, podcast, and radio playback via voice, and Sonos has also announced that older Sonos speakers will be getting Assistant capabilities as well.
The most notable change discussed was a new "Interpreter Mode" that promises to translate speech from foreign languages in real-time. That set off a German-English discussion with Phillip Klimke, manager of strategic partnerships for Google Assistant, about finding tickets to a show.
Integration with a wider range of products will certainly help Google Assistant reach one billion devices.
LG unveils flexible television that can be rolled up
LG Display showed a similar prototype concept in 2018 but this is the first time it has appeared as a consumer product. On Monday, LG announced in a press release that it demoed the LG Signature OLED TV R (model 65R9) at CES 2019.
Interpreter Mode should be rolling out sometime in the next few weeks.
Google Assistant has been around for two and a half years now and has been installed on almost one billion devices globally.
The smart clock, which is slated to go on sale in the spring, marks Google's latest foray into smart displays. The JBL Link Drive is similar to Anker Roav Bolt and packs dual-noise cancelling microphones and connect to your auto via Bluetooth or an aux cable. It uses the existing smart home platform to expand to new device types.
Saying "Google, check into my flight" will do the trick, presumably if you've got the flight stored on your calendar.
Earlier this year, Google launched the Home Hub that's basically a voice-activated touchscreen mounted on top of a stand and can play YouTube videos, show recipes and handle other common commands like showing the weather, traffic updates and more. If there is a check-in available, Assistant will send a notification to remind you about it.
For example, "Hey Google, I'd like to book the Cambria Hotel in NY on January 12th".
German data breach affects hundreds of politicians
The data was spread via two Twitter accounts named @_0rbit and @_0rbiter, according to security researcher Luca Hammer . At least one German politician was quick to draw conclusions about the data leaks based on the nature of the breaches.
Tesla breaks ground to make electric cars in China
Tesla has broken ground at Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai , China during a ceremony attended by chief executive Elon Musk. Tesla purchased the land for the Shanghai factory just outside the city for approximately $140 million in October.
Tigers Stem Tide as Clemson Rolls Alabama for National Title
Alabama couldn't do anything after halftime as the Tigers went on to score 13 more unanswered points in the third quarter. The 28-point loss was the worst a Nick Saban-coached Alabama team has ever suffered. "We beat Notre Dame and Alabama".
Timothy Weah expecting to play as a No. 9 with Celtic
PSG allowed the 18-year-old Weah to leave on the day he signed a contract extension with the French team until June 2021. Celtic have announced the signing of Ivorian striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo on a four-year deal.
10-man Real Madrid loses 2-0 to Sociedad
Of the 15 matches that Solari has overseen in charge, he's handed two starts to Isco; neither of them coming in the league. The decision was "scandalous", Ramos said later. "We players go onto the pitch and we must be better and more focused".