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Food Ordering Features Now Available in Google’s Mobile Apps

Google has incorporated food ordering features into its mobile apps, allowing iOS and Android users to order food directly from

Google Duplex sounds a lot like a human — and sometimes it is one

Google Duplex was originally launched as a way to make bookings at restaurants and other locations. The service was hailed for sounding like a human, but according to a new report, the reason for that might be that sometimes it is a human.The post Google Duplex sounds a lot like a human — and sometimes it is one appeared first on Digital Trends.

Hey Google, let’s order out: Food delivery comes to Search, Maps, and Assistant

If you love your takeout, then Google's new online food ordering system is sure to bring a smile to your lips. You can now order takeout from Google Search results, Google Maps, or by using Google Assistant and pick your delivery service.The post Hey Google, let’s order out: Food delivery comes to Search, Maps, and Assistant appeared first on Digital Trends.

This 2-in-1 Smart Plug works with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, just $20

If you’ve ever thought about smartening up your home, but don’t quite know where to start, we’ve got a suggestion. Dip your toes into the connected home waters by making your wall outlets smart.The 2-in-1 Smart Plug from Syncwire is currently offered for just $20 through the AndroidGuys Deals Store and is the perfect starter accessory. In essence, it turns one wall outlet into two, and gives them new levels of control.Once you’ve got this in place you can use your voice to turn off the box fan or to automatically turn off the plug that your lamp uses. It’s controlled by an app or through voice using Amazon Alexa or Google Home. What’s more, you can also set it up with IFTTT and create rules.The possibilities are seemingly endless when it comes to using smart plugs. Not only can you do fun, interesting, and convenient things, but you can also help cut down on your electric bill, too.Syncwire 2-in-1 Smart PlugControl multiple devices in a confined area via remote or voice control using the Smart Life app or Alexa or Google Assistant devicesUse individually or in groupsCreate a schedule to automatically turn your appliances on & off to better manage energyCreate a group to control multiple devices w/ a single buttonShare the plug w/ family & friends via appSet up fast w/ your WiFi network — no subscription or hub requiredStack in a single outlet without blocking another thanks to the sleek, compact designOne of the best parts about the 2-in-1 Smart Plug is that you can stack it on a standard wall outlet. This turns your two old-fashioned plugs into four, independently operating and smart plugs.See AlsoGoogle Assistant gets a big update in time for ChristmasHow to enable Google Assistant on most ChromebooksHow to control Roku with Google AssistantWhere to BuyYou can purchase the Syncwire 2-in-1 Smart Plug for $19.99 from the AndroidGuys Deals Store. Or, get an even better deal and grab two of them for just $37.99!Save even more!In addition to the savings above, when you buy through AndroidGuys Deals, for every $25 spent, you get $1 credit added to your account. What’s more, should you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.Shop AndroidGuys!If this is your first time buying, then you are also eligible for a further 10% discount when you subscribe for email updates.How about a freebie?Not looking to spend any money today? That’s alright, we understand. Why not visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and take something anyhow? Go ahead, grab two!

Govee LED Strip Lights review: An excellent way to light up your TV and home

Want to illuminate your home with smart lighting? Our Govee LED Strip Lights review covers four kits that accent your

Google and Qualcomm want to make more smart headphones with the Google Assistant

Google and Qualcomm have released a new development kit aimed at making it easier for manufacturers to add Google Assistant support to headphones and headsets. The development kit is now available.The post Google and Qualcomm want to make more smart headphones with the Google Assistant appeared first on Digital Trends.

Next-generation Google Assistant runs in real time on your phone

We got an exciting sneak peek at the next-generation Google Assistant that will run on local phones, enabling swift responses to your requests without the need for a network connection. There's also a new Driving Mode and more.The post Next-generation Google Assistant runs in real time on your phone appeared first on Digital Trends.

Master & Dynamic MW65 review

What happens when you pair one of the best headphones in its class with the leading digital assistant? You end up with something like the Master & Dynamic MW65 headphones.Having had the chance to review multiple models in its portfolio over the years, we’ve really come to appreciate what Master & Dynamic puts forth. It’s not cheap stuff by any means, but it’s built with quality materials and attention to detail. And, of course, the headphones sound tremendous.The MW65 are the latest in the line of headphones and arrive as the first since the launch of the MW50/MW50+ in late 2016. As the first pair to feature active noise cancelling (ANC), they also boast built-in support for Google Assistant.We were fortunate enough to have received a demo pair of the MW65 a few weeks ahead of their formal debut. These were the last pre-mass production build and should largely be what consumers see when they ultimately go on sale.BuildThe MW65 comes with a soft protective canvas carrying case with zippered pouch, a flightadaptor, 3.5mm audio cable for optional wired connection, and both a USB-C charging cable and USB adaptor.The first thing we noticed about the MW65 was just how similar they looked to other models in the Master & Dynamic line. The color we received, silver and brown, was the exact same configuration as the MW60’s and MW50’s we tested. To us, this was a good sign.These are the sort of headphones that beg to be looked at before putting them on. The small details are worth looking at, including the stitching, aluminum frame, and the overall textures. They’re nothing like the standard plastic and foam you would see in a cheaply made or lower-end pair of headphones.The lambskin ear cups are present yet again, making for an incredibly comfortable wearing experience. It didn’t matter if we had these on for 20 minutes or two hours, they always felt good going on. More importantly, they never get to the point where you are essentially anxious about taking them off.Some headphones, particularly over-ear, can lead to a fatigue of sorts. If you’ve ever had a pair that feels like it’s squeezing your head and pushing on your temples, you know how aggravating and distracting it can be. That doesn’t happen here. As for the ear cups themselves, they can be replaced without any fuss whatsoever. They literally snap on and off inside of seconds.Google AssistantHaving Google Assistant built directly into your headphones is an interesting experience. Of all the ways we interact with it, this is perhaps the one where you have to “think” about it. On phones, and with smart speakers, it’s often as easy as speaking and/or asking. For headphones like these, you must hold a button down to activate.It sounds trivial, but there’s something about it that makes it feel more intentional. Does that mean we use it less? At first, yes. There’s a bit of a learning curve in feeling for buttons without looking. Trying to identify the right button is a smidge awkward for the first few times.ExperienceThe MW65 can’t necessarily be faulted for employing this tactic to activate Google Assistant. There’s not really any other way to go about it. To that end, you’ll use your volume buttons and music control buttons to manage Google Assistant. The buttons have excellent feedback and travel.The same can be said of the power, Bluetooth, and ANC buttons. Each has a distinct feel to it and they have very noticeable movement. There’s no accidental pressing here.We appreciate being able to quickly look at a device to see if it’s charging and that’s possible with the MW65. Moreover, you can also check a light to see the battery level, too. Using green, yellow, and red, one can easily identify where it is in terms of remaining battery.The MW65 headphones promise 24 hours of playtime but that will vary based on whether you’re using active noise cancelling and how loud you like your music.Did we ever get to 24 hours? No, but we weren’t trying too hard. Once we got to where it was red we plugged in the headphones overnight and awoke to a full charge. Speaking of battery, the USB Type C charging port lets us charge up around 50% in just 15 minutes.SoundThe ANC feature is a nice one to have, especially in those times where you really want to dissolve into the music. Listening to podcasts or audiobooks often sounds pretty much the same across over-ear headphones. What’s more, we’re often able to put up with ambient and environmental noises.When you want warm, rich audio, though, you don’t want to be distracted by chatter on the metro or people and cars at the park. Heck, sitting poolside or at the beach, there are times where we just want to go off the grid and fully immerse ourselves. The MW65 provides just that.Taking calls on headphones, earbuds, or earphones, is often a weird experience, too. Having audio on both sides of your head can be awkward as we are used to callers coming from one speaker in one ear. The MW65, for its part, doesn’t do anything to change that other than provide a deep, full sound.For a pair of Bluetooth headphones, the MW65s sound every bit as good as wired models. Further, we suspect that most readers and listeners couldn’t tell the difference between these and other, more expensive wired pairs.Bass is rich and low but never comes over as heavy or damp. Mids and highs are also very pronounced and the separation between levels is excellent. When you have music that is mastered, or remastered, with attention to fine detail you want headphones that can discern and deliver. These do just that.Layered and nuanced music really shines with the MW65s. Picking up minor guitar strums, bass pedal squeaks, vocal imperfections, and ambient sounds is really easy when you have a nice pair of headphones.There’s a reason why The Wall stands the test of time – it’s damn good music. No cover band can do Pink Floyd justice as the band’s warmth and enveloping sound cannot be replicated. When you have the right headphones you can dive right in and find yourself surrounded in that welcoming, atmospheric sound. The MW65 allow us to get comfortably numb.ConclusionGiven that the Master & Dynamic MW65 cost $499 they’re obviously not for everybody. The price point puts them outside of the area of impulse and “on a whim” buying.As we pointed out earlier, it’s possible that the average reader couldn’t discern these from other, pricier headphones. The same goes for the other way around, sadly. We imagine there are plenty who wouldn’t pick up subtle differences between the MW65 and something a hundred dollars, or two, cheaper. We’re not audiophiles and we don’t pretend to be heavy into headphones, drivers, and specifications. That’s just not who we are and we suspect it’s not who our target audience is, either. With that said, we’ve done our fair share of reading up on the Master & Dynamic brand over the years. Everything we’ve ever seen tells us this is a brand to consider.What we do care about are things like everyday usage, wear and tear, battery, and features like Google Assistant. To that end, the MW65 are built with precision and care and we’ve truly enjoyed our time with them.A quality pair of headphones is an investment. The right pair will last you years. There’s something to be said about getting what you pay for or cheapening out. These will easily outlast four sets of $150 headphones that you’d buy over the next decade.

Google combines Google Assistant with device and web searching in Chrome OS 74

Google's Chrome OS 74 was released this week and it has a new search utility that combines three different kinds of searching: Google Assistant, device searching, and web searching.The post Google combines Google Assistant with device and web searching in Chrome OS 74 appeared first on Digital Trends.

Survey says Siri and Google Assistant are the most used voice assistants

A recent survey conducted by Microsoft found that Apple's Siri and Google Assistant tied for the most used voice assistants on the market, with Alexa trailing despite the popularity of smart speakers.The post Survey says Siri and Google Assistant are the most used voice assistants appeared first on Digital Trends.

Google Assistant for Android and iOS wants to tell you a story

Just in time for National Tell a Story Day on April 27, Google has added the ability for Google Assistant for iOS and Android to read you a story. So now there's no excuse for not catching up with a good book.The post Google Assistant for Android and iOS wants to tell you a story appeared first on Digital Trends.

Google Brings Free Ad-Supported YouTube Music Streaming to Google Assistant Speakers

In lockstep with Amazon, Google has announced its own free, ad-supported music service for Google Home speakers.The new "free" streaming

Better understand AI, Machine Learning, chatbots, and Amazon Alexa for only $35

The beauty of the internet is you’ve got seemingly endless access to pretty much any information you’d like. We’re far beyond the days of education being offered solely at physical locations. It’s easier than ever to follow a passion or learn something new.If you’re like us, you’re fascinated by the emerging tech that is AI and machine learning. It’s essentially everywhere we look, from the chatbots in our Slack to the Google Home or Echo Dot.The AndroidGuys Deals Store has what you need to better understand this growing industry and can help you hone skills in Machine Learning. With more than 30 hours of instruction, you’ll get an intro to artificial intelligence that don’t require a master’s degree.For only $35, you can teach yourself all about Machine Learning. Typically priced almost $900, it’s about as cheap as it comes to learn something valuable.What’s included? How about nearly 360 lessons spread over 30 hours. Best of all, you’ll have lifetime access to all of the tools with online streaming anywhere you go.Take a look below and you’ll find it’s chock-full of lectures and content with everything you need to become dangerous.FeaturesBuilding Chatbots with Google DialogFlow ($99 value)Building Chatbots with Amazon Lex ($99 value)Building Voice Apps Using Amazon Alexa ($99 value)An Easy Introduction to AI & Deep Learning ($99 value)An Easy Introduction to Machine Learning Using Scikit-Learn ($99 value)Learn By Example: Apache MXNet ($99 value)Learn By Example: PyTorch ($99 value)Learn By Example: Spark Streaming 2.x ($99 value)Learn By Example: Spark 2.x ($99 value)Where to BuyAre you ready to step your game up and learn something new? Head to the AndroidGuys Deals Store and purchase the 9-piece bundle for only $35. Buy today and own it for life!Save even more!In addition to the savings above, when you buy through AndroidGuys Deals, for every $25 spent, you get $1 credit added to your account. What’s more, should you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.Shop AndroidGuysIf this is your first time buying, then you are also eligible for a further 10% discount when you subscribe for email updates.How about a freebie?Not looking to spend any money today? That’s alright, we understand. Why not visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and take something anyhow? Go ahead, grab two!

Google Assistant may not be disclosing search results as paid ads

When you ask Google Assistant a question, it might be responding with an ad. A recent report found that Google's voice assistant was delivering results from paid partners without clearly disclosing financial interests.The post Google Assistant may not be disclosing search results as paid ads appeared first on Digital Trends.

How to change your Google Home voice to John Legend

At last, after we anxiously waited to hear the smooth voice of John Legend coming through our Google Assistant-compatible devices, the time has finally come. Here's how to get the Legend voice.The post How to change your Google Home voice to John Legend appeared first on Digital Trends.

Google Assistant can now finally talk like a (John) Legend

Google Assistant's voice is about to get a whole lot smoother. After months of delays, Google has finally announced that John Legend's voice is coming to Assistant, meaning you'll be able to get the R&B singer to tell you the weather.The post Google Assistant can now finally talk like a (John) Legend appeared first on Digital Trends.

Google Pixel 3 revisited: What’s held up and what hasn’t after five months

I've been using the Google Pixel 3 since launch. Here are my thoughts after five months of use.

How to set a music alarm with Google Home or a Google Assistant speaker

I am not a morning person but, you know what makes my mornings better? Waking up to my favorite music. Waking up might be hard, but setting up your music alarm doesn’t have to be. Just follow these simple steps below and you’ll be waking up to your favorite tunes in no time.First, you’ll need to make sure you have your default music provider set up in the Google Home app. Next just try this command Hey Google set music alarm for 7 am tomorrow or any time of your choosing.Afterward, Google Assistant will follow up asking what music you’d like to be played. You can choose any artist, song, or radio station you’d like. Whether it’s your favorite song or one you hate to snap you out of your slumber.If you’d like to have it be a recurring alarm, try this variation Hey Google set music alarm for 7 am on weekdays. Once the alarm sounds you can make it stop by saying Hey Google stop or snooze by saying Hey Google snooze for 10 minutes or simply say snooze.To manage your alarms further you can access them from the Google Home app. This will allow you to view your current alarms, change the volume of the alarm, or delete it. 1 of 4 Now, whether you’re looking to feel the thunder or shake your groove thing you can wake up to your favorite music to start the day.One downside, of course, with using your Google Assistant speaker for an alarm is how easily it can be turned off with your voice. If you’re like me, you might need a backup alarm which isn’t so easily silenced.

Google Assistant is coming to Android’s default texting app

Google Assistant is getting better and better, and Google has announced that the service is set to make its way to more languages. On top of that, Google is expected to make its way to more Android apps, including Android Messages.The post Google Assistant is coming to Android’s default texting app appeared first on Digital Trends.

As Android’s nav bar fades, dedicated Google Assistant buttons are on the rise

A lot of new Android phones are going to come with a dedicated hardware button to access the Google Assistant, instead of using the home button on the navigation bar. It's to keep up with the increasing gesture navigation systems.The post As Android’s nav bar fades, dedicated Google Assistant buttons are on the rise appeared first on Digital Trends.

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Dead Cells now available on the Google Play Store

Dead Cells is a game like no other currently on Android. It is, to me, the best entry that its genre has seen for a long while. If you’re looking for a good time sink, this is the perfect game for you.Loyal to original roguevania titles like Castlevania and Metroid, the game is brutally hard, has procedural generated dungeons, and tough-as-nails boss fights. If all of this sounds enticing for you, you’re going to find this game right up your dungeon alley.Dead Cells is a game that has seen great success on gaming consoles and the PC. The game rewards players for taking bold and dangerous risks, but also punishes you for being too careless with your actions. As such, it has a very niche market.However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play it. If you’re a fan of side-scrolling hack ‘n slash games, combined with magic and dungeon crawling, you should give the game a shot.The game is now live on the Google Play Store and ready for purchase. At $8.99, this is the most affordable way to enjoy the game. You also replicate the experience on other platforms if you add in a controller, which the game supports.Even if you don’t have one, the game has support for touch controls, and lets you choose whether you want to enable auto-hit or play normally (tap to attack).Dead Cells is a game that you have to finish multiple times, and the game rewards you for your journey each time you complete it. If you want to enjoy the game to its fullest, you’re looking at four to five playthroughs of the game, at least.All in all, Dead Cells is easily right up there with games like Stardew Valley. A game you’ll keep coming back to when you want to kill some time on long trips or between commutes.If you’re looking to play the game with a controller, you can visit our guide on pairing a PlayStation 4 controller to your Android Smartphone.If you have bought Dead Cells on the Play Store, let us know what you think of it in the comments section below!

Arlo Video Doorbell review: Higher quality video on the cheap

The Arlo Video Doorbell is a more affordable choice compared to doorbells from Ring and offers superior 2K/4K video capture.

Skagen Falster 3 X By Kygo Review: Scandinavian stealth

Want the sleek smartwatch look, and love a special-edition product? This Falster 3 model is for you.

This waterproof solar charger packs three charging ports

Finding a power outlet is tough enough at home, but what about when you’re outside for any length of time? Whether you’re camping, hiking, or protesting social injustices, you’re going to need to stay juiced up.Running low on battery power isn’t anything to mess with in today’s climate. The last thing you need is to have an emergency situation arise where you don’t have a phone to make calls or record an all-important video.The RAVPower 24W 3-Port Solar Charger, on sale for just $59.99 right now, is the sort of thing you’ll want on your back when it comes time to staying charged in an almost perpetual manner.Unlike portable power banks or bricks, the RAVPower unit draws power from the sun. That means you don’t have to plug it in to charge before heading out. Unfold it, aim it at the sky, and let it do its thing.Converting nearly a quarter of available solar power into energy, the RAVPower is an effective and efficient charger that looks right at home with your backpack, hiking gear, or weekend getaway kit.24W solar charging technology increases the efficiency of charging by up to 21.5% to 23.5%Half the weight of similar solar chargers but equal in power so you can bring it anywhereiSmart technology automatically detects & delivers the optimal charging current for connected devicesSmart IC frequency technology detects & evenly distributes output current to all 3 USB portsBuy Yours NowShop the AndroidGuys Deals Store today and you can find the RAVPower 24W 3-Port Solar Charger for just $59.99, or 33% off.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.