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LG's smart home app adds voice control through Google Assistant

Many smart appliance makers’ apps still require that you tap buttons to control your home, but not LG’s. It’s introducing Google Assistant-powered voice control to its ThinQ app (previously SmartThinQ) to steer all its connected appliances, whether it’s an oven, fridge or washing machine. Yes, you can already use Assistant outside of the app, but this gives you more…
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YouTube AI thought robot fighting was animal cruelty

In the latest example of the need for further human moderation, YouTube’s automated system took down several videos after mistaking robot fighting matches as animal cruelty. Those affected, including some BattleBots contestants, received a message stating, “Content that displays the deliberate infliction of animal suffering or the forcing of animals to fight is not allowed on…
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Hitting the Books: How big tech might monopolize AI

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and delivering an…
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Google Assistant takes on the sticky note with assignable reminders

Setting reminders for yourself is easy, but not so much when you want to remind someone else of their responsibilities. You often have to resort to old-fashioned techniques like text messages and Post-it notes, which are easily lost and forgotten. Google, however, has come up with an alternative solution. Now, you can ask Google Assistant to assign reminders to other people, specifically family…
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Can an open-source AI take on Amazon and Google?

It’s only been a few years since Amazon unveiled the Alexa-powered Echo, but since then, smart speakers have become a major consumer-electronics category. Key to its success is the notion of the always-on virtual assistant, which other companies like Apple and Google…
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The Morning After: VAIO's new laptop has all the ports

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to Friday morning! Google is refunding the difference if your flight price drops after you book it with them, VAIO has an epic laptop with every port imaginable and Apple suggests you don’t replace your iPhone battery with a third-party service. But only on certain flights for a limited time. Google Flights will refund the difference if prices…
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