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Google and Sonos do battle for control of the living room with release of new voice-controlled ‘smart speakers’

THE battle among tech giants to control our living rooms intensified last night – with TWO giants unveiling new voice-controlled “smart speakers”. A £199 device from Sonos and two from Google – a cut-price mini-speaker for £49 and a high-end one at £399 – will go head to head with products from Apple and Amazon. […]

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THE battle among tech giants to control our living rooms intensified last night – with TWO giants unveiling new voice-controlled “smart speakers”.

A £199 device from Sonos and two from Google – a cut-price mini-speaker for £49 and a high-end one at £399 – will go head to head with products from Apple and Amazon.

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Google’s Home Mini will set you back a reasonable £49[/caption]

Smart speakers – set to be the must-have gadgets at Christmas, experts say – play music and radio with voice commands.

But they also have artificial intelligence brains so they can control household gadgets or answer questions.

Amazon was first to launch smart speakers and its Echo – brought to life by its Alexa assistant – is the top dog.

It has sold around 30million globally, with around 5million in the UK, and links up with the most apps and gadgets.

The Sonos One will be £199

The Sonos One and Google’s Home Mini and Home Max will go head to head with four new versions of the Echo unveiled last week plus another from Apple that hits shops in December.

All four tech firms plus big retailers like Currys, Argos and John Lewis are set to spend millions pushing them.

Sonos invented multi room speakers where users can dot them around their home and stream music to them from their phone.

Now it’s new £199 Sonos One speaker has voice control – also using Alexa after a tie up with Amazon. The One can also control other existing Sonos speakers too.

Those with a range of existing Sonos speakers don’t need to panic – a software update coming to them over Wi-fi will allow them to be voice controlled too with the One.

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Google’s Home Max, set to be £399, is a bigger, more powerful addition to last year’s Home[/caption]

Plus they can also be voice controlled from any Echo speaker.

Google’s Home Max, set to be £399, is a bigger, more powerful addition to last year’s Home, which is still on sale and costs £129. The Mini costs £49 and will be an entry-level offering for those not wanting to spend too much.

Jonathan Marsh, head of tech buying at John Lewis, said: “Not since iPads and rival tablets sold like hot cakes at Christmas 2012 or the battle of the new Playstation 4 and Xbox In 2013 have been seen interest like this for gadgets.

“Sonos has the pedigree as one of the best speaker firms. Amazon is market leader in smart speakers. Apple has the most successful smartphone and it’s given them huge influence. And who would bet against Google?

“They all want to be at the centre of our living rooms but how that happens is still up for grabs. The next battleground is the home.”

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People reveal their funniest Google search mistakes… from a bizarre ‘Trumpaline’ to an adorable ‘Spongedog’

WHAT’S the weirdest thing you’ve ever found on Google? Sometimes all it takes is a tiny typo to end up in a weird and wonderful corner of the internet, as this bizarre collection demonstrates. Donald Trump wasn’t the only celebrity to be featured in an incredible photoshopped image, with Barack Obama also making the cut. […]

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WHAT’S the weirdest thing you’ve ever found on Google?

Sometimes all it takes is a tiny typo to end up in a weird and wonderful corner of the internet, as this bizarre collection demonstrates.

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A tiny variation of trampoline ended up with this genius snap on Google[/caption]

Donald Trump wasn’t the only celebrity to be featured in an incredible photoshopped image, with Barack Obama also making the cut.

When a Twitter user Googled “Is Obama nice?” they ended up mis-typing it and searching for “Is Obama mice?” to which a shot of him with Mickey Mouse ears popped up on the search engine.

And another mistake of writing “Jabberscript” instead of “Javascript” threw up Jabba the Hutt from Star Wars, carrying a book entitled “Jabbascript for dummies”.

Here are some of the wackiest things to pop up on Google if you accidentally misspell a word…

Barking up the wrong tree

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Jabba the… what?

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Udderly confused at this one

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Mouse be kidding

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A grande mistake has happened here

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We have a prob-llama here

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No bones about it

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This is dark

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Going round in circles with this one

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Batty Google result

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S-mash-ing error here

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Take a seat, we have a winner

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Bach-ing mad

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Tanks for this!

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Birds of a feather

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Modern day fairytale

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Feline something isn’t quite right here

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The perfect pair?

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If you’re a bird, I’m a bird

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 You won’t want to take a bite out of this one

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The Plastics have a new member

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They aren’t the only odd things to have popped up on a search engine.

Here are 18 of the most weird, wonderful and just plain made search suggestions that have ever appeared on Google.

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Jihadis used social media giants Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to spread 27,000 extremist posts in just five months, shock figures reveal

JIHADIS used social media and other internet forums to spread 27,000 new bits of extremist content in the first five months of this year. Firms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are now hosting 180 new postings per day by ISIS alone. The content ranges from radicalising propaganda to guides on how jihadis can mount […]

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JIHADIS used social media and other internet forums to spread 27,000 new bits of extremist content in the first five months of this year.

Firms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are now hosting 180 new postings per day by ISIS alone.

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180 new pieces of extremist content are uploaded each day[/caption]

The content ranges from radicalising propaganda to guides on how jihadis can mount crude knife and truck attacks.

Shock figures released by the Home Office reveal the spiralling scale of the problem.

Theresa May will insist tech chiefs plough more of their billions into developing technology to police their sites.

She will say in New York: “As PM, I have visited too many hospitals and seen too many innocent people murdered in my country.
“And I say enough is enough.”

The under-pressure firms set up a global forum to tackle the international blight three months ago, but are yet to announce any hard action from it.

Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter will also make their own announcements today on new investment and more staff training to tackle the scourge.

Theresa May will pressure tech giants into investing more money into policing social media
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Theresa May will pressure tech giants into investing more money into policing social media[/caption]

A No10 source added: “These companies have some of the best brains in the world.

“They should really be focusing that on what matters, which is stopping the spread of terrorism and violence. We want them to break the echo chambers.”

ISIS is the world terrorism leader in spreading extremism on the internet.

TWITTER'S TERROR CRACKDOWN

TWITTER has suspended nearly a million accounts for promoting terrorism in less than two years, new figures reveal.

But the results show a drop-off in the rate during the first half of this year.

Twitter claims its own efforts account for the bulk of suspensions, with requests from the Government making up just one per cent – down 80 per cent on last year.

Mark Zuckerberg is expected to make an announcement about Facebook's plan to tackle the spread on extremist content on the platform
Mark Zuckerberg is expected to make an announcement about Facebook’s plan to tackle the spread on extremist content on the platform
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It has a massive social media operation based in Syria.

The Home Office has taken down 280,000 pieces since 2010 and the security services have also had some success in removing hate content quicker.

Last year the average time that posts remained live was 30 days, but that has now been reduced to 36 hours.

YOUTUBE'S LAX ON HATE VIDEOS

MORE than 120 hate videos remained on YouTube last night despite being reported three weeks ago.

A probe ordered by Home Affairs committee head Yvette Cooper found 107 jihadi and 94 far-right clips.
But around 60 of each are still there. Ms Cooper said: “They have the resources and capability to sort this. They need to do so fast.” YouTube said: “We’re determined to be part of the solution.”

Jeremy Corbyn attacked ban on British jihads coming home

FACEBOOK'S CHARITY AD'S U-TURN

FACEBOOK has done a U-turn and will let an RAF heroes’ charity advertise on it after originally banning their ads.

The Sun revealed the internet giant said a campaign by Flying Scholarships for Disabled People breached diversity guidelines by referring to a disability.

We also revealed that extremist material was still available on the site — which has now also been removed.

Yesterday the charity said Facebook had contacted them and that their ads will be in online within 48 hours.

The social network admitted it had made a mistake and made a donation to their cause.

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Jihadis used social media giants Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to spread 27,000 extremist posts in just five months, shock figures reveal

JIHADIS used social media and other internet forums to spread 27,000 new bits of extremist content in the first five months of this year. Firms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are now hosting 180 new postings per day by ISIS alone. The content ranges from radicalising propaganda to guides on how jihadis can mount […]

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JIHADIS used social media and other internet forums to spread 27,000 new bits of extremist content in the first five months of this year.

Firms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are now hosting 180 new postings per day by ISIS alone.

Alamy
180 new pieces of extremist content are uploaded each day[/caption]

The content ranges from radicalising propaganda to guides on how jihadis can mount crude knife and truck attacks.

Shock figures released by the Home Office reveal the spiralling scale of the problem.

Theresa May will insist tech chiefs plough more of their billions into developing technology to police their sites.

She will say in New York: “As PM, I have visited too many hospitals and seen too many innocent people murdered in my country.
“And I say enough is enough.”

The under-pressure firms set up a global forum to tackle the international blight three months ago, but are yet to announce any hard action from it.

Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter will also make their own announcements today on new investment and more staff training to tackle the scourge.

Theresa May will pressure tech giants into investing more money into policing social media
AP:Associated Press
Theresa May will pressure tech giants into investing more money into policing social media[/caption]

A No10 source added: “These companies have some of the best brains in the world.

“They should really be focusing that on what matters, which is stopping the spread of terrorism and violence. We want them to break the echo chambers.”

ISIS is the world terrorism leader in spreading extremism on the internet.

TWITTER'S TERROR CRACKDOWN

TWITTER has suspended nearly a million accounts for promoting terrorism in less than two years, new figures reveal.

But the results show a drop-off in the rate during the first half of this year.

Twitter claims its own efforts account for the bulk of suspensions, with requests from the Government making up just one per cent – down 80 per cent on last year.

Mark Zuckerberg is expected to make an announcement about Facebook's plan to tackle the spread on extremist content on the platform
Mark Zuckerberg is expected to make an announcement about Facebook’s plan to tackle the spread on extremist content on the platform
AP:Associated Press

It has a massive social media operation based in Syria.

The Home Office has taken down 280,000 pieces since 2010 and the security services have also had some success in removing hate content quicker.

Last year the average time that posts remained live was 30 days, but that has now been reduced to 36 hours.

YOUTUBE'S LAX ON HATE VIDEOS

MORE than 120 hate videos remained on YouTube last night despite being reported three weeks ago.

A probe ordered by Home Affairs committee head Yvette Cooper found 107 jihadi and 94 far-right clips.
But around 60 of each are still there. Ms Cooper said: “They have the resources and capability to sort this. They need to do so fast.” YouTube said: “We’re determined to be part of the solution.”

Jeremy Corbyn attacked ban on British jihads coming home

FACEBOOK'S CHARITY AD'S U-TURN

FACEBOOK has done a U-turn and will let an RAF heroes’ charity advertise on it after originally banning their ads.

The Sun revealed the internet giant said a campaign by Flying Scholarships for Disabled People breached diversity guidelines by referring to a disability.

We also revealed that extremist material was still available on the site — which has now also been removed.

Yesterday the charity said Facebook had contacted them and that their ads will be in online within 48 hours.

The social network admitted it had made a mistake and made a donation to their cause.

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