Do you use your manners to your smart assistant?

Alexa might be our most thoughtful friend. As you may have noticed if you have an Amazon device running your smart home, Alexa is now testing out a ‘brief mode’, which allows us not to have to hear her say ‘ok’ every time we ask her to perform a task, instead emitting a short chime to signal that the job has been done. Seems small, but with the new follow up mode (allowing us to ask back to back questions with no need to reawaken her each time), it means we don’t have to hear ‘ok’ ‘ok’ ‘ok’ repeated 10

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Smart … JUICER?! is that necessary?

As a nation, we love to stay healthy. We love vegan, gluten free with a smashed avo on the top. And we also love juicing. As someone who owns a juicer, it already seems like a pretty simple process. We put the fruit (or whatever) in, it gets mushed (technical...!) and boom, healthiness in a bottle! So, what’s the deal with the NutriBullet Balance? Do we need to smarten up our juicers? The answer to this lies in how committed you are to the whole juicing phenomenon in more than one way, really. The main draw with this product is

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google assistant for ios ?

[kc_row use_container="yes" force="no" column_align="middle" video_mute="no" _id="465473"][kc_column width="12/12" video_mute="no" _id="134285"]So you have an iPad, maybe an android phone, so how do you utilise home automation effectively without just committing to one brand? Of course Apple have the market lead on tablets, so good news is here in that Google Assistant is now available as an app on your iPad! It’s been available on the iPhone for a while now, but the new iPad version features a lot of new updates, not least being able to use landscape or portrait on your iPad. It’s also super inclusive with 7 different languages choices.

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Will wearable tech revolutionise home automation?

[kc_row use_container="yes" force="no" column_align="middle" video_mute="no" _id="509058"][kc_column width="12/12" video_mute="no" _id="421706"] Wearable tech seems like it’s stagnated over the last few years. The Apple Watch was exciting when it arrived, you can check your texts without the need to look at your phone, it can even count the lengths you swim in the pool while remaining waterproof. And we all know the FitBit lovers who like to keep track of their steps and exercise regime. But away from the novelty and fitness aspect, what is wearable tech actually good for? Surprisingly, with the leap forward in home automation, we’re about to experience

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Voice automation in cars

[kc_row use_container="yes" force="no" column_align="middle" video_mute="no" _id="128803"][kc_column width="12/12" video_mute="no" _id="456223"]We’ve had a bumpy ride recently, with the automobile/automation combo. Of course, it’s been impossible to ignore the tragic news of a Tesla driverless car taking a human life, not to mention the accidents and deaths that texting/social media-ing and driving causes every year. But a complete ban on technology and cars mixing is unenforceable, and perhaps shortsighted. Even using a sat nav requires an amount of distraction from the road, even if you have a trusty ‘Co-driver’ with you. It’s the pressing buttons that seems to cause the most distraction, as

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Google now compatible with 3rd party speakers

[kc_row use_container="yes" force="no" column_align="middle" video_mute="no" _id="211336"][kc_column width="12/12" video_mute="no" _id="869643"] If you love your google home mini, but are frustrated with the sound through fabric covered speakers, you’re in luck as Google have decided to make all their home devices compatible with Bluetooth speakers. Even though the sound isn’t the most important thing about Google’s smart home devices (of course it’s the not the main reason you buy a smart speaker), it’s pretty frustrating to invest in tech and have things not work as well as they COULD, especially if you’re using it to play a lot of music around your

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Potential Google smart display

[kc_row use_container="yes" force="no" column_align="middle" video_mute="no" _id="337866"][kc_column width="12/12" video_mute="no" _id="628297"]From the end of last year, there were rumblings of Google launching their own smart display and it seems like this launch is still on track. In a recent interview, Vice President Rishi Chandra hinted coyly that we may be hearing more about a smart display system soon, though gave no specifics. While Google Assistant will be available on Lenovo and Sony smart display devices, it still seems like Google is considering making a solo effort themselves. By partnering with these hardware makers, they’re dipping their toe into the waters of smart

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Would a Smart Speaker from Facebook be welcome ?

[kc_row use_container="yes" force="no" column_align="middle" video_mute="no" _id="711235"][kc_column width="12/12" video_mute="no" _id="631952"]Do you trust Facebook anymore? Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg are in damage control mode, due to the data sharing in the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook, due to low privacy controls, allowed the app to access the personal data of potentially up to 80 million people, even data that Facebook users didn’t know they were publicly sharing. The social media site are in a privacy crisis at the moment, with allegations that certain election groups also used people’s data to potentially influence elections. While everyone frantically updates their privacy on the site,

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Amazon’s Alexa add music to their routines

[kc_row use_container="yes" force="no" column_align="middle" video_mute="no" _id="921296"][kc_column width="12/12" video_mute="no" _id="795977"]Using routines on smart home devices is pretty awesome as it is. Saying just one phrase and having loads of cool stuff happen at the same time? Makes you feel kind of like a wizard, or at least, pretty epic. So any updates of capabilities of routines on our Alexa devices is always going to be pretty exciting, and get this! These new updates can help you LEARN...! Or....just listen to more of those true crime podcasts you love. Amazon has finally added music to Alexa’s routine function, so you can now

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will 5G mobile make NBN obselete

[kc_row use_container="yes" force="no" column_align="middle" video_mute="no" _id="176913"][kc_column width="12/12" video_mute="no" _id="671212"]Even though there are no 5G enabled devices for us to use yet, Telstra are busy rolling out the world’s first 5G capable wi-if hotspots. And although we can’t use these speeds yet, and those using the hotspots will only get 4G, it’s kind of a breath of fresh air to be first on the list for once! We all know the disappointments we get in Australia where technology is concerned, so to be the first in the world to have 5G hotspots, if unusable to their full potential, is actually exciting!

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