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Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into a smart speaker with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa integration – Notebookcheck.net

Fancy making use of a Raspberry Pi as a smart speaker? Well, two projects have demonstrated the steps for getting the popular single-board computer working with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The realised projects support wake words and may be a cheaper o…

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Two projects have demonstrated how to bring Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa functionality to the Raspberry Pi. Published on Hackster.io by Shailesh Saravanan, both projects call for a USB microphone for capturing voice commands and speakers for audio playback.
Both projects use Raspbian as an OS, although the setup process for integrating Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa is different. Saravanan has published walkthroughs for both, along with screenshots at various stages of deploying and configuring the software.
Saravanan points out the so-called Alexa Pi is incompatible with Amazon Music, but it will work with other music streaming providers like Spotify. The latter is also compatible with Google Assistant. Both projects support wake words, although the process for configuring Google Assistant is lengthier.
If you have a Raspberry Pi lying around, then these projects should be a cheaper way of having a digital assistant around the house than purchasing an Echo Dot or a Nest Home Mini. You could also switch between the two digital assistants if you tire of one, which you cannot do if you purchase first-party smart speakers.

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How to ‘disappear’ on Happiness Avenue in Beijing – BBC News

A group of volunteers trying to avoid surveillance cameras took more than two hours to walk 1km.

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Vincent Ni and Yitsing WangBBC World Service
image captionDeng and several participants crouch to avoid being caught by a surveillance camera
On a busy Monday afternoon in late October, a line of people in reflective vests stood on Happiness Avenue, in downtown Beijing.
Moving slowly and carefully along the pavement, some crouched, others tilted their heads towards the ground, as curious onlookers snapped photos.
It was a performance staged by the artist Deng Yufeng, who was trying to demonstrate…

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Black Ops Cold War dev responds to Xbox Series X bricking issues – CharlieINTEL.com

Black Ops Cold War is crashing the Xbox Series X, which could lead to the console being permanently broken. A Treyarch dev has responded.

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Some leaked files have indicated that we could be getting more Black Ops Cold War zombies perks in the near-future. After only including six in the base game, a new update could be nearly doubling that amount.
There has been a slight disappointment in the zombies community with the new “Die Maschine” mode only offering six perks for players to buy. The noteworthy change to perks this year is the fact that they can now be customized and fine-tuned with upgrades.
Also, survivors can now own all of…

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Microsoft hints at turning Xbox into an app for your TV – The Verge

Microsoft’s Xbox chief has hinted we’ll likely see an Xbox app for TVs in 2021. The smart TV app could allow owners to stream Xbox games to a TV.

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You should be able to stream Xbox games to your TV soon
Microsoft is in the early phases of rolling out its xCloud streaming service on mobile devices, but TVs are the next logical step. In an interview with The Verge, Xbox chief Phil Spencer has revealed well likely see an Xbox app appear on smart TVs over the next year. I think youre going to see that in the next 12 months, said Spencer, when asked about turning the Xbox into a TV app. I dont think anything is going to stop us from doing that.

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