Title: Google to Combine Assistant and Bard AI for Enhanced Capabilities
In a surprising announcement, Google has revealed its plan to merge its virtual assistant, Assistant, with its Bard AI to enhance functionality. During a demo, Google showcased how the Assistant can extract information from party invites in Gmail, allowing users to ask about the party’s location and receive directions through Google Maps. This integration empowers the Assistant to utilize data from various contexts, expanding its capabilities significantly.
Moreover, the fusion with Bard AI enables users to interact with it to create meal plans with an exportable grocery list to Google Docs or Gmail. Although the release date for this Assistant and Bard collaboration has not been disclosed, Google confirms that it will soon be available on Android and iOS platforms.
Additionally, Google’s latest smartphones, the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, have been introduced in the Pixel series. The regular Pixel 8 offers a smaller size, making it more convenient for one-handed use, while the Pro model features a new matte finish, upgraded cameras, and a temperature sensor. Both models are equipped with Google’s Tensor G3 processor and come with seven years of Android and security updates, ensuring a longer lifespan for these flagship devices.
The temperature sensor on the Pixel 8 Pro allows users to measure the temperature of objects by launching the Temperature app and selecting the object type. Google is currently seeking FDA approval to enable the Pixel 8 Pro to measure body temperature.
With regards to pricing, the Pixel 8 starts at $699, while the Pixel 8 Pro starts at $999, representing a $100 increase compared to their predecessors.
In other news, Airbnb, the popular accommodation platform, has announced plans to expand into the long-term rental market. CEO Brian Chesky aims to increase interest in long-term bookings, especially considering that only 18% of gross nights booked in the second quarter of 2023 consisted of stays longer than 30 days. Airbnb currently offers monthly rentals, but Chesky believes there is potential for further growth in this area. The company has also unveiled a redesigned app and website as part of its efforts to expand its offerings.
Furthermore, Patreon, a platform enabling creators to monetize their content through subscriptions, has introduced a range of updates and rebranding. Supporters now have more ways to engage with their favorite creators, and creators can offer free memberships, granting non-paying members access to certain content and updates. Additionally, a new commerce tool allows creators to sell individual pieces of content, such as recordings, videos, and downloadable files.
Lastly, Google is launching the public build of Android 14, with Pixel users being the first to access the new operating system on supported models. Android 14 emphasizes customization, control, and accessibility, offering users more options for lock screen customization and generative AI capabilities for wallpaper customization through text prompts.
These developments in technology and digital platforms are set to bring enhanced functionality, convenience, and customization to users worldwide.
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