Google Home Can Now Handle Up To Three Queries

Three Queries Can Now Be Handled By Google Home At Once

Google Home can now handle up to three queries at once.  It has gained the ability to multitask with added support for a feature called “multiple queries”.

Google Home’s “Multiple Queries” Ability

The “multiple Queries” ability of Google Home allows you to combine two requests into one voice command.  This ability was first introduced in November.  Today, Google Home is getting even smarter about multitasking.  It is now able to handle not two, but three queries at once.

The new feature was announced on Google’s Twitter account.  But users quickly discovered its limitations.  Unfortunately for Google’s global customer base, multiple queries is available in the English language for the t[me being, in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia.

How The Feature Works

The feature works by combining voice queries with the word “and” in between them, to separate the different requests.  Each command must  be the sort of thing Google Assistant can respond to, on its own, without further input or clarification.

You have to be specific and give out detailed requests so it does not need to ask a follow up question.

The Beginning Of Google’s Multitasking Ability

Google’s multiple queries was first rolled out in November 2017 with a little fanfare.  In February, Google Assistant gained support for Routines as well, which allow you to create custom workflows with a single voice command.

The company formally announced multiple queries for Google Home at Google’s I/O developer conference in May.  It was then referred to as “Multiple Actions”.  The announcement was done along with a other upgrades for Google Home Actions. It included Routine Suggestions.  This allow voice app developers to prompt users to add their app’s Action to a Routine.  It also included Action Notifications, which allows voice apps to alert users to new features and content, and more.

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Mute Feature for Instagram is Possible Plus other Few Features

Possibility Of Mute Feature For Instagram Plus More

The Mute feature for Instagram is possible and it is cool. There are instances wherein you would love to mute somebody’s story in Instagram. But the only thing you can do is to unfollow that somebody if you get irritated by the stories they post. Well, do not despair. Instagram will have Mute feature now.

What Can The Mute Feature Do

The autoplay functionality may not be that cool. But having a Mute feature is okay. By muting other people’s posts, it also turns off the autoplay feature for that particular post. You will then have the option to decide when to play it. You can choose when and what time you want to watch the Story.

So whether you are avoiding an obsessed fan, or you just simply do not want to watch your ex’s Insta Story post, you can choose to abstain from watching it. You can then decide when to watch it, if you are ready for your username to appear on the viewers list. And it only takes a couple of clicks.

How To use The Mute Feature

Here are the steps on how you can take advantage of Instagram’s Mute feature:

• Find the person’s profile picture in the Stories Bar. Swipe through the Stories bar until you find the account in question.
• Long press on the profile in question to bring out the options.
• Select “Mute Story”. Once you have muted someone’s Instagram Story, the ir icon will appear at the end of the stories bar as greyed out. You can still watch that person’s story anytime. But it will not autoplay with the rest of the stories in the Stories bar.
• Repeat the same process to un-mute the stories. Long press on the muted Stories you would like to bring back into the main section of your stories bar.

This is a welcome development for those who have long been enduring the annoying posts of friends. Unfollowing them is out of the question as it might ruin your friendship. All you have to do is to mute them temporarily. You can watch their Story later when you feel up to it.

Back-to-back Requests For Alexa

Feel Free to Make Back-to-back Requests From Amazon’s Baby

Back-to-back requests are made possible for Alexa. Amazon adds a follow-up mode for Alexa for back-to-back requests. This new feature on its Alexa voice assistant allows you to make successive requests without needing to repeat your Echo speaker’s wake word.

This new setting is called “follow-up mode”. This will enable you to make multiple requests in one breath without having to mention “Alexa” over again before each request. This feature works by letting Alexa to continue listening for up to five seconds after the initial command. You will know that the “follow-up mode” is working if the blue light continues to stay on. If the blue light is still on that means you can give another command. Once the blue light is off, it means you have to wake Alexa again before giving a command.

There are some points you have to take into consideration. Alexa can be awaken by whatever words you program provided you mention her name. The new feature only works when Alexa is confident that you are giving her a command and it is not just a conversation or the noise from a TV program.

Expect this new feature to not work properly at first. It may not work as it should all the time. Alexa might register false positives. Amazon advices that Alexa should be forcibly put back to sleep. In order to do this you can use the words “thank you” or “stop”. She will not be able to do commands not given to her once she is put to sleep.

There are some debates going on as to the best way to converse with voice-based AI software.

The power to design the interfaces of these devices lie on Amazon, Google and others. This will then facilitate certain user behaviors.

The follow-up mode setting is opt-in and is available for all devices in the Echo line-up according to CNET. This may also be available for some third party echo devices. This feature is available only in English at the moment. It only works when Alexa is not being used for another persistent activity like listening to audiobook or music.

 

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