Google's assistant now works on smart speakers with screens
The Google Assistant is going places this year, hopping between smart displays, cars, headphones, and TVs from various partners.
Adoption of these smart speakers is still relatively low, but tech companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple are betting these voice-first devices are the next major platform, like smartphones or desktop computers.
For that reason, the Lenovo Smart Display can be seen as an upgrade to a smart speaker. The brand has also announced that it will launch more headphones from Jaybird, JBL, LG and Sony, which will be optimized for the Google Assistant.
With the Google Assistant in Android Auto, drivers will be able to listen to playlists from Spotify or Google Play Music, get directions from Google Maps or Waze and send or receive messages with services like WhatsApp. In addition, JBL, Lenovo, LG, and Sony will be releasing Google Assistant speakers with a screen by the summer.
But with a display, the Google Assistant gets amplified.
Software and security updates can be pushed to installed devices through the Google Cloud, helping OEMs to quickly and efficiently add new features, fix bugs, and update security while reducing cost of product life cycle maintenance - even at global scale. The 8-inch model Smart Display has an HD screen, and the 10-inch bumps that up to full HD.
Main stock indexes close at records as earnings get underway
The Labor Department said its Consumer Price Index excluding the volatile food and energy components rose 0.3 percent last month. Investors are betting on bullish quarterly earnings reports from big companies and details on savings from federal tax cuts.
Watch a Nest cam on the smart display. If you want to see how it all works before buying any of the Whirlpool smart appliances, you can check them out at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas until January 12. Video calling is also a thing thanks to Google Duo and front-facing cameras.
Lenovo's first Smart Displays have Google Assistant inside and are launching this summer.
Available in a soft Grey or natural Bamboo colour, it matches most wooden, glass or granite tabletops.
Dark Souls: Remastered coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One
From Software's masterpiece, and officially the greatest game of all time*, will receive a remastered edition in May this year. And lastly, one source indicates that there are plans to bring all three Dark Souls games to Switch eventually.
The platforms are created to facilitate easy development of new smart home products featuring Google services (primarily Google Assistant) by manufacturers.
Juventus boss Allegri 'agrees to take over at Chelsea'
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Saudi women attend football match for first time
The easing of the strict gender segregation was announced in October 2017 which also, for the first time, allowed women to drive. The move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's ambitious project to modernise the Saudi society and boost its economy.
Jet Airways not to allow 'Smart Luggage' on-board
The airline further advised passengers to remove batteries from their smart luggage and to declare them to the check-in staff. The airline said the luggage would not be permitted either as check-in baggage or cabin luggage.
India's democracy under threat, say 4 SC judges
This is the first time in Indian history where the Supreme Court's sitting judges have addressed the media. The chief justice said the allegations were "nonsense" during a court hearing previous year .