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Google Assistant app on iOS backed with Siri shortcuts

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Google Assistant app on iOS backed with Siri shortcuts

The Google Assistant app on iOS is now backed with Siri shortcut to make the use of Assistant more convenient for iOS users.

“We added support for Siri Shortcuts to make it even easier to access your Assistant,” read the app description on Apple’s App Store.

You can also set up Siri shortcuts for phrases you frequently use with Assistant, come up with a custom voice command for a single smart home action, trigger Google Assistant smart home routines inside of Siri, The Verge reported on Tuesday.

“Like saying ‘Goodnight Google’ to Siri could open Assistant and run a routine like turning off all your lights and locking the door,” added the report.

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Users can already add an Assistant widget on the iPhone screens and with the new feature, users could cross stream and use Siri to connect to Google Assistant.

The new shortcuts integration is available as part of the updated version of Assistant for iOS.

Earlier in May, Microsoft Cortana and Amazon Alexa performed the first ever integration of two intelligent assistants at the “Build 2018” developers’ conference held in Seattle.

Their integration worked with the command: “Alexa, open Cortana” and while Alexa accepted personal requests, Cortana helped with business needs.

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Apple releases animated holiday ad focusing on Mac

Apple has released an animated short film named “Share Your Gifts” as its advertisement for 2018’s holiday season, focusing only on its line of personal computers — Mac.

At Apple’s Fall event in October, CEO Tim Cook mentioned that the brand wants to make sure that everybody knows that Mac is an important product for the company, The Verge reported on Tuesday.

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The ad shows a dreamy teenager who spends a lot of time on her MacBook creating art, scared to share her work until one night when her dog accidentally opens the window and the sheets fly out reaching people who seem to like her work. She eventually realises that sharing feels great and overcomes her fears.

The song featured in the ad is an original from a 16-year-old singer Billie Eilish who, like many young musicians, started writing music on a Mac in her bedroom, the report added.

No other Apple device — iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch — has been featured in the advertisement.

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