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AI-Driven Audio News Feed Comes to Google Assistant

Audio news on Google Assistant will roll out first to a limited number of people in the US in English. The effort is part of the Google News Initiative

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Google has partnered with some of the top news organisations and publishers to let people listen to curated, customised and long-form news stories via its Google Assistant-enabled smart home speakers.

Over the past year, the tech giant worked with publishers including CNBC, Hollywood Reporter, Washington Post and the South China Morning Post, building a prototype that brings the Artificial Intelligence (AI) of Google News to the voice context of the Assistant.

“This new experience will bring you an audio news playlist assembled in that moment, for you. It starts with a briefing of top stories and updates on topics you care about, and extends into longer-form content that dives deeper into more stories,” Google said in a statement late Thursday.

You can ask Google Assistant to skip a story, go back or stop.

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The prototype is now open for news organisations that would like to participate. It relies on single-topic stories — segmented out from newscasts or shows — to contribute to the audio news feed.

Audio news on Google Assistant will roll out first to a limited number of people in the US in English. The effort is part of the Google News Initiative.

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“Publishers from around the world who produce English-language content are welcome to submit feeds for inclusion and sign up to try the experience,” Google informed.

To help with this, the Google News Initiative provided funding to a number of news organisations, such as KQED and McClatchy, to support building out more audio capabilities for the industry as a whole. (IANS)

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Now Move Music Between Multiple Devices with Google Assistant

Voice command on Google now allows you to move Music, Videos, Podcasts and more

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Google Assistant can now move music between multiple devices in your home with just your voice command, including streaming YouTube videos between Chromecast and Google Nest smart displays.

If you start playing music on the Google Home Mini in your kitchen, just say, “Hey Google, move the music to the living room speaker.”

“Stream transfer is a new feature that lets you easily move music, videos, podcasts and more between compatible devices in your home using your voice, the Google Home app or the touchscreen on your Nest smart display,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

Users can now control entertainment with the Google Home app.

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Tap the cast button to see all the devices in your home, then choose which device or group you’d like to move your podcast or music to.

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“Browse for your favourite YouTube videos on Nest Hub Max, and tap the cast control on the screen to move it to your Chromecast-connected TV. Or, say “Hey Google, play it on living room TV,'” said Google.

If you have more than one Google Home and Nest smart speaker or display, you can set up a speaker group in the Home App, and transfer music from a single speaker to the speaker group to fill your whole home with music.

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According to CNET, Google is working on bringing the functionality to additional third-party devices in the future. (IANS)