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Google Home May Get Smarter at Multitasking

The feature will likely work in English-speaking countries like the US, UK, Australia and Canada

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Google's new Search feature gives single result to certain queries. Pixabay

Google Home — the voice-activated smart speakers by the tech giant is set to get a little better at multitasking as the tech giant is working to improve features to handle multiple queries for the devices.

Back at Google I/O (Google’s annual developer conference), the company had announced that it was working to improve support for multiple commands like these and make them smarter.

The announcement was recently made on Twitter by Made by Google: “You’re not the only one who can multitask. Now Google Home can perform up to three queries at a time, so you can get more done.”

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The tweet was, however, deleted, indicating that the feature may not be ready right now.

Multiple commands have been supported on Google Home speakers for a few months now but the support has been relatively limited.

This would expand Home’s earlier multitasking feature which could handle two things at once.

Adding a third request could save time for people who have a lot of smart home appliances controlled by their Google Home, according to CNET.

The feature will likely work in English-speaking countries like the US, UK, Australia and Canada, the CNET report added. (IANS)

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Study Says, Multitasking can take Teenagers to both Positive and Negative Approach

The study involved 71 adolescents aged 11 to 17 living in the Midwest

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Study suggests that Teenagers may be less likely to multitask if they already find their tasks rewarding. Pixabay

Multitasking makes Teenagers feel both more positive as well as more negative about the main task they are trying to accomplish, says a new study.

The study, published in the journal Human Communication Research, found that when adolescents combined something they had to do (like homework) with media use (such as texting with friends), they said the homework was more rewarding, stimulating or pleasant.

But they also reported feeling more negative emotions about the homework, such as finding it more difficult or tiring.

“It suggests that Teenagers may be less likely to multitask if they already find their tasks rewarding,” said study co-author Zheng Wang, Professor at the Ohio State University in the US.

The study involved 71 adolescents aged 11 to 17 living in the Midwest. All participants reported their activities, both media-related and non-media related, three times a day for 14 days on a digital tablet device.

At each time point, they listed a main activity they were doing (such as homework or chores), and whether they were doing any media multitasking (such as texting or playing video games) at the same time.

For each main activity, they rated to what extent they felt seven emotional responses (three positive and four negative).

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Multitasking makes Teenagers feel both more positive as well as more negative about the main task they are trying to accomplish, says a new study. Pixabay

The results showed that the teens in the study were media multitasking about 40 per cent of the time that they were performing other activities.

According to the researchers, both positive and negative emotions initially increased when participants said they were multitasking.

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But the longer they were working at any main task and multitasking, the less they felt these negative and positive emotions, the study said. (IANS)