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    Aussie customers can now use Google Assistant with their Nest Cam IQ, as part of a new integration. With no additional hardware required, the Nest Cam IQ will double-up as your very own Google Home – the first product of its kind to have the Google Assistant built-in. The free software update is...
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    Make no mistake about it, voice assistants will be one of the biggest categories at this year’s CES. Google Assistant is being plastered all over Las Vegas. Many CES attendees have arrived early and are sharing posts of the massive Google presence, complete with ‘Hey Google’ the activation phrase...
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    YouTube is 12 years ago, kind of hard to imagine a world without it at this point. When it began, there was little attention paid to the design, with a focus on just getting the fundamental functionality established. Over the years it has gone through a number of iterations...
  • Google are aggregating job adverts, just search ‘Jobs near me’

    If you’re looking for a job, there’s actually a stupid amount of job boards to look through. Google is using their core competency of data aggregation and overlaying a job search feature that pulls results from the likes of Facebook, LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, Monster and many others. As a user...
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    YouTube have announced they’re killing annotations on videos. Instead, creators will have to use cards which are structured clickable links that appears at the end of your video, rather than the wild west that was annotations, many of which were miss-used by authors. YouTube says you can think of cards like...
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    Google Earth has always been amazing, but now Google’s Earth Engine takes it to the next level. The satellite images are combined in a timeline that allows you to see the evolution of planet earth. In Australia, you can see images as far back as 1984, which happens to...
  • Google Pixel costs up to A$1,419

    Overnight Google had their big ‘Made by Google‘ event where they officially announced what had already leaked, the new Pixel phones. There’s the 5″ version and a 5.5″ XL model. Available with either 32GB or 128GB of storage, the phone starts at A$1,079, but runs all the way up to...
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    Google are once again running their Global Impact Challenge in Australia again and are offering serious investment in ideas that’ll change the world. Aussie innovators in the non-profit sector who want to use technology to make an impact will compete for up to $250,000 each of a total pool of $4.5...
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    Starting today, developers can download a preview of Android Wear 2.0. Set for release in the fall, Wear 2.0 will be the biggest update since the platform launched. Google are finally supporting local apps, which means you can leave your phone at home when you go for a run. Your...
  • Android N has a VR mode, Google Play, YouTube will support VR

    Google just announced Daydream, their new Virtual Reality platform. There’s 2 real components to this strategy. Daydream for Mobile is essentially built into the N release, but you will need a new phone that supports their specs to ensure latency is 20ms. The second part of the Google VR...
  • Google Allo is Google in messaging, bots made useful

    Google’s third announcement for the day, is Google Allo. This is a chat-bot that allows you to get context-aware responses to questions. Google says, for the first time, you can use Google in your chats with friends. This adds Google Assistant, context-aware suggestions to help you get your chats done faster....
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    Google’s home appliance has just been announced, meet Google Home. It’s their competitor to Amazon Echo which received a shout out during the I/O keynote. Google Home will be available later this year. This hardware product will listen for your commands and return queries from the web. Better than that,...
  • Google Assistant announced at I/O, context-aware search

    Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai is on stage at the Google I/O keynote and just announced the first new product, Google Assistant. It’s a context-aware voice-search, but we can think of it as the first bot that’s usable by real people. The idea here is that you can simply look...
  • Watch Google I/O 2016 in Virtual Reality

    At 3AM AEST tomorrow morning, Google will hold I/O, their famous developer conference. Remember how 2016 was going to be the year of VR, well Google are getting on-board with the announcement they’ll live stream the I/O keynote in 360 degrees, allowing VR owners to experience the event in an immersive...
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    Android Pay coming to Australia, NAB, CBA missing

    If you’ve ever spent time in Asian countries, you’ll know that tapping your phone to pay is second nature. Despite mobile phone manufacturers including the required technology in our devices for years, Australians still can’t use this option. Google’s has confirmed today that Android Pay is coming to Australia...
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    Factory made marshmallows now shipping

    Android 6.0 Marshmallow is officially shipping on the new Nexus 5X, the first phone to ship with the latest release. The Nexus 5X is latest smartphone collaboration from Google and LG Electronics, and today is released to the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, India, Korea and Japan. You’ll...
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    Google’s unveils why there’s “S’more to love” about Nexus smartphones…

    Google officially announced the latest iteration of its Android operating system, dubbed Marshmallow, earlier in the year. Since then, it hasn’t taken much more than a brief Web search to gather details relating to how Android 6.0 will help shape new devices and services from Google. This morning, we learned...

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