when three become one - in honour of the Spice Girls return
"Hey Siri, Ok Google, Alexa – please put on a timer for five minutes." To which of course Alexa will say: "I couldn't find Old Timer for Fine Mimics."
thanks for that, started my Thursday / the WEEKEND - for me - with a damn good laugh LOL
Nothing to do with the internet, it's on mobile phones.
I do not need to wade through Siri/Alexa/Google shit to get to the internet on my computer. As for my phone, it's a model that does not support any of that shit either, so I'm good.
That said, there is a definite tendency for multi-billion dollar companies to act as if the internet existed only to support their marketing whims, I do agree.
Re: Stop the world, please.
Also even on mobile phones it's quite easy to avoid. You just don't say "Hey Siri". You don't even have to turn it of.
I'm finding voice control is quite good as long as I think carefully what I want to set up. "Ok Google I need to work late 2 hours" will keep the heating on in my home office 2 hours longer thanks to IFTTT. That saves a fair bit of dicking around launching an app, tapping on the screen and is genuinely useful. Equally "OK Google we want to watch a film" turns on the heating in our TV room so we can do that while on the way home.
Re: Stop the world, please.
>>>I'm finding voice control is quite good as long as I think carefully what I want to set up. "Ok Google I need to work late 2 hours" will keep the heating on in my home office 2 hours longer thanks to IFTTT. That saves a fair bit of dicking around launching an app, tapping on the screen and is genuinely useful. Equally "OK Google we want to watch a film" turns on the heating in our TV room so we can do that while on the way home.<<<
By not buying all this home spying tat I can afford to heat all of my house at the same time ;)
Proofread fail again and again
What is it with journalism these days and the journalists not proofreading the stories. Even my thesaurus advises changing the offending word to something else, that'll ensure you are no longer feeling as if a stroke is happening whilst trying to read the poorly written sentence.
Find the dodgy part of this sentence:
Not at all annoying. Having to say two companies fixed wake phrases is actually better than having to say just one because it will remind you have much you love saying brand names out loud all the time.
All inclusive exclusion
I'm happy to say that I don't have Google Assistant, Siri or Alexa; Assistant is disabled, I have never felt the need for the other two or any other eavesdropping technology.
I have a smart tv somewhere that I have had for a few years, so far I have yet to plug it in as I have a life and interests that don't require an endless stream of 'reality' shows, dumbed down history and geography and propaganda.
Re: All inclusive exclusion
One of the first things I do when setting up anything with these nuisances is to disable them. Not being enslaved to the Apple & Amazon ecosystems, I don't have to kneecap those anyway, and Google is just an unfortunate side effect of Android devices. And the MS ones I only have to encounter when rebuilding systems for others.
But it *would* be handy for these "assistants"(*1) to add an extra key-phrase to their systems. After all, when setting up a new system, the first voice command I'll give them is "go the fuck away Cortana/Google/Alexa/Siri". The systems should be set up to automatically disable the assistant(*1) with that phrase.
*1: when it comes to 'assistant', I'm reminded of a saying my father had: "There's two kinds of help; 'some help' and 'no help'."
In a very American celebration of setting aside differences to sit at the same table
You mean like the British Christmas which usually ends in shouting and fisticuffs (if done right)?
Sounds about right, especially considering it's celebration of the inadequacy of the Pilgrim Fathers — and what a bunch of inadequates they were! — to prepare for the winter and were dependent upon the generosity of the locals. And look how well that turned out for the First Nations! ;-)
Surely the moral should be: see a bunch of Americans starving, for God's sake don't help them or they'll take you for everything you've got!
Re: A christmas wish...
No good if the phone is out of hearing range. Besides I just ask my watch where my phone is.
I usually just use the house phone top call it. Which fails if the phone is dead, in the car, or the wind is blowing the wrong way and destroying what little cell signal we have at the house.
Just turn off the stupid voice-activated things.
And no, I didn't add a Google widget to my home screen because I can just long-press the home button to bring up Google search.
Or was that comment in the article aimed at the minority* of readers who are iphone owners? It did say "you" but didn't qualify that.
* Assumed, because Apple have a minority of the smartphone market.
A minority yes, but oddly are the first ones to actually get some decent Apps. While Android users are in no uncertin temrs to go fourth and multiply. Not that I'm as chuffed about Doctor Who, as I was but a year ago. But, I think there were at least a few Apps here that would have filled that definition given above.
re: Because the owners have self identified willing to pay cash for ooo-shiny
I have an iPhone (bought used) and have a variety of apps on it but I've never shelled out a bent penny for them. It if ain't free then it don't get bought.
Most those apps do have Android versions but several of those are regarded as pretty crap implementations.
Straw poll does anyone else find that voice recognition is better in (the older) Google Now than it is in (the newer) Google Assistent. The former understands me perfectly - 95% of the time, the latter mis-understands me 95% of the time. Alexa understands me perfectly about 85% of the time, if I remember to talk the way it likes.