Google Home is a voice activated speaker powered by Google Assistant. It is designed to fit your decor, therefore the base colours vary. Underneath the swappable shell a speaker waits to play back songs and allow Google Assistant to talk to you.
On top of the device is a capacitive touch display with four LEDs that are used to:
interact with Home
trigger the assistant
adjust the volume, etc
There are no buttons on the top, just mics that listen for your voice, but a single mute button can be found on the shell. Google Home can filter and separate noise from speech to offer an Assistant that can follow instructions.
You can ask it questions, tell it to do things and have your Google always ready to help. Just start with: “Ok Google” to power your Google Assistant up.
Google Home is a WiFi speaker that can stream music directly from the cloud. It also works as a smartphone control centre and an assistant for the whole family. You can access songs, playlists, albums, and podcasts from your music services by using your voice. You can also use Google Cast to send music from your Android and iOs devices.
Google Cast allows you to adjust the other speakers in your home. You can even get multi-room playback if you add one or more Google Home devices to a group of speakers to hear music where you are in the house. Google Cast will also allow you to watch choose videos from Youtube. Tell the assistant and the content will appear on the television.
Google Home can be used to:
playback entertainment throughout the entire house
manage every-day tasks
and to ask Google to do something
set alarms and timers
control lights, switches and doors and Googles own Nest products
Google is working with others to allow you to:
book a flight or car
You can ask Google assistant anything:
facts on Wikipedia
any question that can be answered by Google
ask follow-up questions.
You can ask Google who George Clooney is. And then you can ask where he went to school. Google will understand that you mean George Clooney!
You can even ask complex questions such as What was the USA population when NASA was established.
Google can also read the relevant part of the webpage back to you.
You can ask Google Home to play that Shakira song from Zootopia and he will be able to find the correct song from your favourite app without you having to name the song
Google Home supports the following:
IFTTT (to activate recipes over speaker)
Google Play Music
Google Assistant and its machine learning capabilities allows Google Home to know you and your preferences. It can also act as a Chromecast Audio Receiver. Google Assistant is a Siri-like bot that is an adaption of Google Now and OK Google. It is called Google Assistant and improves two-way conversation experiences of those two services.
Google released a new Google Drive interface a few days ago. Google Drive, when enabled, allow you to access , create and edit your Google docs and presentations offline. I find it useful when I need to get access to my documents where no Internet is available.
The offline function is only available in Chrome browsers. Follow these steps to enable the offline function.
Open Chrome browser
Check the box next to
Click on the gear icon (far right)
Click on settings
Check the box next to Offline to sync Google Docs, pages, etc to be edited offline as well
Turn off wifi
Click on document you want to edit and it opens in the chrome browser
When you are connected to the Internet, the files will sync automatically.
create an event and invite an audience before streaming.
The chat feature is still available, but the following features are no longer available:
questions and answers
Users of Hangouts on Air will still have access to content created before, but the link will be in read-only format in the Activity Log. The recorded events are still available on YouTube.
Google created Hangout in 2011, and Hangout on Air the following year (2012). When YouTube Live rolled out live streaming in 2013, live streaming found a more natural fit under YouTube’s wings. Instead of competing with YouTube, Google discontinued Hangouts on Air in favour of Youtube Live.
Are you also frustrated with a gmail inbox cluttered with emails? And you do need to go through a pile of emails to find the right ones?
I have tried to solve that problem by having more than one gmail address, but in the process I have missed a few important emails. Until I have discovered gmail’s affordances. One of these is to prioritise your inbox.
Click on the gear (far right)
Cllck on settings (instellings)
Click on inbox (Inkassie)
Click on Inbox type and change to priority first
Click on save settings
Your inbox will first show important messages, and all other messages will be shown after a section break. You can also add more sections of important messages if you have created folders, and your life is sorted. Quick and easily.
Google uses machine learning to learn which messages are important, and which are not. It acts on signals to learn what you regard as important, so, this is how you can help Google to know what to be prioritised:
respond on important emails
use keywords in subject area and emails
Click on the important marker (star) next to messages
If Google makes a mistake, click on the yellow importance marker next to the name of the sender to mark it as not important
It made my life much easier, so I can start to use only one account. Or, maybe not. I will keep two. One to be shared with people I trust, and one to all other who might turn out to be sellers of private emails. That is the only explanation I have for receiving thousands or trash I do not even read, but wastes a lot of time when I have to delete them to get to the important stuff.
You probably know that you can use Google to translate text. But, did you know that you can change the language of an individual document written in Afrikaans to remove red lines indicating spelling errors?
Follow these steps:
Open the document
Click on file (leêr) if you have changed language to Afrikaans
Click on language (just look at the use of Afrikaans in the screenshot) and chose Afrikaans
And now you can use Afrikaans to create and edit documents.