Google to expand Smart Reply feature to third party apps

Google’s Smart Reply feature might be made into an app that would provide these predictive answers in third party messaging apps. This means that other apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and WeChat would be able to offer contextually suggestive answers like on Allo and Inbox by Gmail. This news comes from Android Police where a reader sent in an email from a department of Google’s that tests experimental products. This email was sent to those who signed up to receive such notifications and a sign up form can be filled out to test this new app. The email outlined a few features of…

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HomePod Diary: The best party gadget ever, and the difference between ‘really good’ and ‘great’

Friday morning, my HomePod arrived; Friday evening, we had a small party. And the belle of the ball was the HomePod.

We had a group of friends round for drinks and pizza. That seemed a good opportunity to put HomePod to the test – both to see what others thought of it as a speaker, and to allow friends to try Siri control …

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The Verge Playlist: Super Bowl party

Something we don’t talk about enough is American football.

Just kidding! Something we don’t talk about enough is that period of time between September 2016 and December 2017 when Dutch police were training eagles to hunt drones. They had to stop doing it because the eagles didn’t really always feel like hunting drones, and they definitely didn’t feel like following orders from cops. It never really seemed like a great idea, and falconer Robert Muster told the NL Times at the outset: ”If an eagle can not catch his prey, he may become so frustrated that he picks up something else. Eagle talons are so strong that it can easily pierce a child’s head.”

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Best party games for Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch was designed to be ultra-portable, which makes it the perfect party console. Make any party a blast with these fantastic party games for Nintendo Switch!

The portable nature of the Nintendo Switch makes it the perfect console to bring to any party or family gathering because it’s so easy to carry around. Of course, if you’re bringing the Switch to a party, you’re going to need some party games because as much as we all love The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it doesn’t exactly liven up a party. Here are my top picks for the best party games on the Nintendo Switch!

Mario Kart Deluxe

If you go to a party and don’t play a Mario Kart game, did you even party? The Mario Kart franchise has been making parties and gaming nights a blast since the days of the Super Nintendo and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is no different!

You can play with up to four players with two sets of Joy-Cons and it’s a really easy game to teach because you only really need to learn a couple of buttons! Whether you’re racing in Grand Prix for a trophy, or you’re fighting each other in battle mode, Mario Kart 8 can offer hours of high-speed fun!

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Super Bomberman R

I have had Super Bomberman R since the Nintendo Switch launch day and I have played this game at more parties, family gatherings, and gaming nights than any other game in my collection.

The best thing about bringing Super Bomberman R to a party is it can play up to eight players in battle mode! Plus, it’s perfect to play on a single Joy-Con controller because all you need is the joystick and one button to play. No complicated buttons, combos, or movement to teach new players, it’s about as close to a pickup-and-play a game as you can get.

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Overcooked: Special Edition

Overcooked: Special Edition is an incredibly cute and fun party game that has you and up to three other people work together to cook food.

In order to keep the kitchen running smoothly, you’ll need to communicate with each other and man the proper station. “Will somebody chop a damn onion!” is a common phrase you might hear or ever yell at on of your friends.

The kitchens can be a little crazy too, offering annoying obstacles for you and your co-chefs to get around or deal with while you’re running around preparing food.

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Jackbox Party Pack 3

Jackbox has been the king of adult-themed party video mini-games for a while and they come out with a new party pack every year or so. I have played all the games in the Jackbox Party Packs 1,2,3,and 4 and personal number three is my favorite.

If you’ve never tried a Jackbox Party Pack before, each one consists of a handful of small games that you play on your phone with the help of your Switch. They have done so many games that’s it’s hard to keep track, but Quiplash and Fibbage tend to be the two most popular.

I personally love the Jackbox Party Pack 3 the most, it’s variety of games is the best in my opinion, but Part Pack 2 is also worth a look!

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Snipperclips

It’s not often a launch title for a console holds up well enough to recommend after the second wave of games is launched, but Snipperclips is just that good. This puzzle game forces you to think about yourself as both the character and the tool needed to solve the puzzle, making it uniquely challenging. It’s also a solid multiplayer game, though single-player options exist if you’re tired of your friends failing to follow instructions.

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Which games do you pull out at parties?

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