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Accidentally summoning an AI helper like Google Assistant by inadvertently speaking the wake word (or something that sounds enough like it to fool a computer) has become a fact of life ever since Siri was first introduced. It can be a chronic problem too, depending on your living situation and how you use your smart devices: Sometimes the things can be... overzealous in their desire to serve you and will assume any vocalisation means you’re trying to activate them. On the other hand, there are times when your devices can’t seem to hear you when you want them to.

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Now that Google Home, or Google Nest, has been around for a while, an ecosystem is building around the platform. That means the number of apps and hardware that work with Google's digital concierge keeps growing every day. What are some of the things you can ask Google to do for you?

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Google Assistant is everywhere. From Android handsets, to hundreds of smart home accessories including Google Home, it's become embedded in our workplaces and abodes. Get the most out of your Google Assistant by following out top 10 tips.

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Google's voice-activated AI tool - AKA Google Assistant - is getting smarter and more useful with every new update. If it's been a while since you used it last, you might be surprised by the huge number of tasks it can now help with. Here are 66 useful questions and commands to try today.

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Google Home is an artificially intelligent digital assistant that responds to your voice commands in a variety of ways. If you've finally got yourself a Google Home and aren't sure what to ask it, here are 57 commands and questions to get you started.

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At some point, I decided to go all-in on having Google Home devices around. I love being able to ask what the weather is, set timers and reminders, and figure out how old an actor is by just asking, so much so that there’s a Google Home device in almost every room of my home now. For the rooms that don’t have one, a Mini is likely close enough for it and pick up my voice.

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Not everything has to be a platform for something else, and that’s especially true in your smarthome. While you can supplement your smart speakers with skills, actions, and apps—we’re mainly talking about the Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home devices—you should think twice about what you’re installing. Vulnerabilities that have yet to be corrected by either company could open you up to phishing or eavesdropping by a malicious developer.

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If you have multiple chubby Google Home speakers—the Max—or two of the company’s brand-new Nest Mini speakers, then you’ve probably already been playing around with their Stereo Pair feature. Don’t fret if you’re still rockin’ an old-school Google Home or Google Home Mini, however; your time has come. Almost.

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I love a good scientific mystery—stuff like quantum weirdness, dark matter and dark energy, strange gravitational behaviour, or even why smart speakers respond to light waves as if they were sound. That last one was the topic of a recently published paper from researchers at the University of Electro-Communications Tokyo and the University of Michigan, who used lasers to remotely control smart speakers, phones, and tablets from hundreds of feet away using “Light Commands.” While it’s a fascinating discovery that currently has no mechanical explanation, it’s also yet another vulnerability of using smart devices.

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According to numerous reports, a recent firmware update—automatic, of course—has killed a number of Google Home and Google Home Mini speakers. There’s no way to tell whether yours could be affected until the firmware update drops (and it should have already, given these reports have been hitting since September or so).

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If your Google Home has stopped working, you're not alone. Devices have seemingly been bricked by recent a software update from the company. Google says issue only affects 'small number' of devices but the total number is not currently known. Here's what to do if you think your device is affected.

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Sometimes, I'll hear the voice of my four-year-old daughter in the other room, and I'll wonder, who is she talking to? And then I'll realise, oh, it's Google Home, the wifi-connected, voice-controlled smart speaker that has become her little buddy. (Yes, I realise how weird that sentence sounds.)

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Whether it's listening to podcasts or watching YouTube while cooking, video calling friends or just seeing the latest pics of grandkids show up as they're taken, Google's new Nest Hub Max has an awful lot of utility and an impressively intuitive hands-off operation. In other words it's exactly what you want in a smart display.