In the battle for the future of voice computers, Google is moving fast — but Amazon is still moving faster (AMZN, GOOG, GOOGL)

Google was aggressively pushing its Assistant at CES 2018, with a marketing blitz and a party with a performance by John Legend. Google announced a bunch of new, key partnerships with companies including LG, Sony, and Lenovo to integrate with the Google Assistant. However, Amazon’s Alexa, and its line of Echo smart speakers, still dominate the market, with no signs of slowing down. At last week’s Consumer Electronics Show, the Google Assistant was inescapable. There was a “Hey Google” ad on the side of the Las Vegas monorail, a reference to the magic words for invoking voice commands with the Google Assistant. The search giant also had a massive booth… Read More

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In the battle for the future of voice computers, Google is moving fast — but Amazon is still moving faster (AMZN, GOOG, GOOGL)

Google was aggressively pushing its Assistant at CES 2018, with a marketing blitz and a party with a performance by John Legend. Google announced a bunch of new, key partnerships with companies including LG, Sony, and Lenovo to integrate with the Google Assistant. However, Amazon’s Alexa, and its line of Echo smart speakers, still dominate the market, with no signs of slowing down. At last week’s Consumer Electronics Show, the Google Assistant was inescapable. There was a “Hey Google” ad on the side of the Las Vegas monorail, a reference to the magic words for invoking voice commands with the Google Assistant. The search giant also had a massive booth… Read More

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A child development expert reveals how listening to podcasts could affect your kid

Researchers have looked into how parents’ TV-watching habits affect their kids, but there’s not much research on how listening to a podcast or radio show influences childhood development. It’s likely that playing a podcast in the background would not be as disruptive to kids as television. But parents shouldn’t expect that young children are learning about the world by listening to informative podcasts, either. Being a parent comes with millions of questions. Many of the most anxiety-provoking ones fall into a simple category: “How is whatever I’m doing affecting my child?” That question even applies to what parents do to relax. Research suggests that even having a television on in… Read More

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A child development expert reveals how listening to podcasts could affect your kid

Researchers have looked into how parents’ TV-watching habits affect their kids, but there’s not much research on how listening to a podcast or radio show influences childhood development. It’s likely that playing a podcast in the background would not be as disruptive to kids as television. But parents shouldn’t expect that young children are learning about the world by listening to informative podcasts, either. Being a parent comes with millions of questions. Many of the most anxiety-provoking ones fall into a simple category: “How is whatever I’m doing affecting my child?” That question even applies to what parents do to relax. Research suggests that even having a television on in… Read More

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A craft marijuana brand is turning a famous California winery into a Wonka Factory for weed

Marijuana tourism is on the horizon for California’s famed wine country. A craft cannabis brand called Flow Kana is building a marijuana processing and manufacturing hub on the site of a former winery in Mendocino County. The company purchased the 80-acre parcel once owned by the founding family of Fetzer Vineyards for $3.6 million in 2017. Much like a winery that hosts tours and tastings, the Flow Cannabis Institute will build experiences around the operation. Visitors will eventually tour the facilities where small farmers test, dry, cure, trim, process, and package marijuana for distribution; learn about the plant in seminars and pairing dinners; take a yoga class; and stay at… Read More

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