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What I hated about being woken up by my newborn in the middle of the night — aside from, you know, being woken up by my newborn in the middle of the night — was learning what time it was.

Hearing his cry for the third or fourth time since putting him down and then groggily opening my eyes to discover that it was only 11 p.m. left me sad and frustrated, making it difficult to go back to sleep. I suppose I didn’t need to know the time, but I liked having a general idea of whether his sleep stretches were getting longer or shorter (oh, please not shorter), and I needed a clock to gather that information. That’s when I realised my Google Home could help.


Google Assistant is everywhere. From Android handsets, to hundreds of smart home accessories including Google Home, it's becoming embedded in our workplaces and abodes. But how do you get the most from Google Assistant? Here are our top ten 10 tips, hacks and tricks for a better experience with Google Assistant.


Home automation has moved from being super hard to now being an almost plug-and-play exercise. But there is no so much gear around that it can be challenging to work out what you need. To help you get started, I've put together a starter kit so you have an idea of what you can do.


Google Assistant has been given an update, linking it with Android's Clock app. Now, when your morning alarm goes off, it can trigger events such as telling you about the weather and traffic for the commute to work, turning on your coffee maker and lights, playing the news and anything else you need to kick start your day.


Waking up to an alarm clock, even your smartphone, almost feels like an ancient practice at this point. If you’ve bought into the smart speaker craze — mainly, one of the Google or Amazon speakers, or Apple’s wood-staining HomePod — then you have so many more options for getting yourself ready for the day than the annoying braaap-braaaap-braaaaap of an alarm.


Google’s aptly named AI helper, Google Assistant, is poised to have a great year in 2019. Not only will the digital assistant be spreading to numerous devices old and new, but there are a host of new features coming, too, several of which were shown off at CES the week before last.


One of the most convenient features Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 owners enjoy, call screening, is getting an important upgrade. By the end of the year, your device will be able to save the call transcriptions it creates when dealing with suspected spam calls (or calls you choose to screen manually). And if you don’t want to wait, you can beta test the feature right now.


Google Assistant got a bit of an upgrade on iOS this week with the introduction of support for Siri shortcuts. Now you can record a phrase like "OK Google" within Siri, and then have that phrase open the Google Assistant app on your phone.


While Apple and Google play well together in some areas - such as the multi-billion deal that makes Google the default search on iOS - they are on less friendly terms in others. Apple and Google, and a few others, are locked in a pitched battle to dominate automation through smart assistants such as Siri, Alexa and Google's platform. But an update to the iOS version of Google's Asistant proves that where there's a will, there's a way to bring enemies together.


Apple has Siri, Amazon has Alexa, Microsoft has Cortana and Google has Google Assistant. One of those names is not like the other but the functionality of Google Assistant is still up there with the other personal assistant apps. Here are a few things you can do with it.


Google Assistant is likely to become as pervasive for general computer use as the company's search tool as it endeavours to embed its products and services into every aspect of our lives and work. Over the years, Google has launched and dropped numerous services, but the Google Assistant could become the glue that ties them all together.

As Google Assistant is now part of a number of different products, ranging from the Google Home Hub to third-party headphones and almost every Android and iOS device, it is likely to become the gateway we all depend on. Here's everything you need to know.