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Google Assistant now on Sonos here in Australia

Alexa not doing it for you? Now you can ask Google to help you out via your Sonos speakers instead. The new features landed in an update on Tuesday night.

Alexa has been available since last year for Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers. And while you can’t have both at the same time on the same single speaker, if you have more than one of either, or both, or whatever combo, you can have both Alexa and Google Assistant in different parts of the house and they can work together relatively seamlessly.

AIS gives Aus Women’s Cricket an Apple Watch edge

As the Aussie Women’s cricket team get ready to destroy the English in the Women’s Ashes Tour (after a 2-0 drubbing in the warm up one-day matches), it’s interesting to see they’ve worked with the Australian Institute of Sport to get some custom tech to help hit peak performance.

Apple Watch has been put to use to track training load, sleep, heart rate, and even mood, to ensure every cricketer is training at the right level. This means they can operate to well defined training ‘budgets’, which also tells them what’s too much so they avoid strain and overworking.

“We can analyse player data in real time and put interventions in place to manage player fatigue and mitigate the risk of injury,” says performance coach David Bailey. “Since the team has worn Apple Watch and shared activity, we’ve seen players become more accountable and engaged in the training process, more motivated by the data, and have more fun along the way.”

Apple’s War For Privacy

Exploring Apple’s growing efforts to defend privacy, not just as a question of better securing our data, but in stopping it from being collected in the first place.

It’s more than rhetoric. It’s not just a feature anymore. It’s becoming its own service and it could make the whole web a better place for everyone – not just people who own iPhones.

Smarter, better, easier passwords?

This week on Jetpacks Are Overrated, a conversation about the state of passwords. From biometrics to two-factor authentication, there’s a lot of new tools in the mix that might lead some to feel like there will be a version of our future out there on the horizon where we can finally stop having to remember so many damn passwords!

The Matrix 20 years on: how a sci-fi film tackled big philosophical questions

Incredible as it may seem, the end of March marks 20 years since the release of the first film in the Matrix franchise directed by The Wachowski siblings. This “cyberpunk” sci-fi movie was a box office hit with its dystopian futuristic vision, distinctive fashion sense, and slick, innovative action sequences. But it was also a catalyst for popular discussion around some very big philosophical themes.