Google also hinted that more celebrity cameos could be on the way thanks to the company’s WaveNet tech — a speech synthesis program that helped bring John Legend to your countertop smart speaker. In the meantime, here is Google’s list of questions you can ask to hear a reply from John Legend: Easter eggs: “Serenade me.” “Sing me a song.” “Are you John Legend?” “Do you know Chrissy Teigen?” “How are you?” “Sing Happy Birthday.” “Tell me a joke.” “Who’s your celebrity crush?” “What’s your favorite song?” “What’s your best pickup line?” “Compliment me.” Ordinary questions: “What’s the weather?” “How far away is the moon?” “What are jazz hands?” “How do you cook bacon in the oven?” “Is there an atmosphere on the moon?” “Is Venus the same size as the Earth?” “Why is the sky blue?” “What’s the temperature outside?” “Do I need an umbrella today?” $99 Smart Home Culture Share your voice Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot Google Assistant is everywhere at CES 2019: Here’s everything announced so far 6:59 See it Walmart Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Google Home News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house $79 reading • Google Assistant launches first celebrity cameo with John Legend CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Google Almost a year ago, Google announced a bunch of new voice options for the company’s digital helper, simply known as Google Assistant. Singer and songwriter John Legend headlined the group of voices, which were otherwise of the AI-generated variety. The rest launched shortly after the May announcement, and finally, starting Wednesday, Google’s first celebrity cameo for Google Assistant goes live. John Legend’s voice will be available in English in the US on any device with Google Assistant — smart speakers like the Google Home, smart displays like the Google Home Hub and smartphones. You can enable it in the settings of the Google Assistant app or by telling your device to “Talk like a Legend.” (Here’s more detail on how to give Google Assistant John Legend’s voice.) Note that your default Google Assistant will still respond to most of your queries. John Legend’s voice will respond only to certain relevant questions like, “What’s your favorite music?” as well as some more general ones like, “What’s the weather?” And apparently, John Legend’s voice will be available only for a limited amount of time. $69 Now playing: Watch this: • See It Mentioned Above Google Home Comment Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now See It Google Assistant makes your Android texts smarter Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected How To • Make Google Home get your groceries CNET Smart Home Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it 1 24 Photos Tags Crutchfield See All Google Assistant Google
Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • Apple MacBook Air review: Rebooted as a thinner, lighter, more expensive laptop The Samsung Notebook 7 Force. Samsung The Notebook 7 Force is Samsung’s newest 15.6-inch laptop, and it’s all clean lines and high performance wrapped up in a black metal chassis.The Force, which will start at $1,500 when it’s available in the US on July 26, is a traditional clamshell design — not a two-in-one like Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pro — and looks very much like it’s aimed at potential Razer Blade buyers. Samsung even went so far as to call the laptop’s color Blade Black. Though, seeing as how Apple kicks off WWDC 2019 tomorrow, I suppose it’s also possible Samsung was tired of waiting for Apple to bring back the black MacBook, too, and decided to give people another strong Windows option.And it does look from the specs like it’ll be a good fit for anyone after performance for content creation and gaming. Built around a full-HD display with thin bezels on the top and sides, the Notebook 7 Force has an eighth-gen Intel Core processor (Samsung doesn’t say which one, but I assume it’s an i7 at this price) and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 graphics. You’ll also get 16GB of memory and a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD and room to add a 2.5-inch hard drive and another SSD.The Samsung Notebook 7 will be available in 13.3- and 15.6-inch sizes. Samsung If you don’t need the Force to be with you, Samsung also announced plain ol’ Notebook 7 laptops available in 13.3- and 15.6-inch sizes starting at $1,000. These look more like the Notebook 9 Pro, though again, they’re traditional clamshells and not two-in-ones. Components are similar to what you’ll find in the Force, but with integrated graphics and not the GTX 1650. There will, however, be a 15.6-inch configuration with entry-level GeForce MX250 discrete graphics.The Notebook 7 will also be available on July 26 in the US from Samsung and Amazon. Preorders start July 12.Also read: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti mobile, 1650 are the new cheap gaming graphics News • Hands-on with the new Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro $899 See All Intel Nvidia Razer Samsung Apple reading • Samsung Notebook 7 Force Macbook Pro alternative appears ahead of WWDC Apple Laptops Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Air (128GB, Gray, 2018) See it Apple MacBook Air See It Walmart $1,099 $1,199 Apple Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Preview • The MacBook Air is dead. Long live the MacBook Air Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 0 Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment • Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It
Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related Bill Bellamy Joins Octavia Spencer Netflix Series ‘Madam CJ Walker’ Drake, the Canadian music artist and Toronto Raptors mega-fan, is getting into the sports-media business with a major assist from NBA superstar LeBron James.Uninterrupted, the athlete-empowerment brand and media company founded by James and his longtime business partner Maverick Carter, is launching in Canada in partnership with Drake. Uninterrupted Canada is the first international expansion for Uninterrupted, which launched in the U.S. in 2015 with backing from Warner Bros. and Turner.“Expanding into Canada with some incredible partners puts Uninterrupted on a global scale and creates new opportunities for even more athletes and fans to be a part of what we’re building,” LeBron James said in a statement.Drake commented, “Uninterrupted has been an incredible platform for athletes to tell their stories and connect with fans. I’m honored to partner with LeBron to bring Uninterrupted to Canada, a country that continuously supports innovation and creativity.” Pop Is Crushing Hip-Hop in 2019, According to Hit Song Study Like the U.S. version, Uninterrupted Canada will produce “athlete-driven” content, events and merchandise. Uninterrupted Canada is collaborating with Shopify Studios to develop content that will spotlight athletes and entrepreneurship.As part of Uninterrupted Canada’s content slate, the company has signed an exclusive first-look deal with Toronto Raptors star Serge Ibaka, which will include a fashion project. Uninterrupted Canada also is producing a motivational series with pitcher Marcus Stroman, formerly with the Toronto Blue Jays and now with the New York Mets, focusing on shorter-than-average athletes titled “Height Doesn’t Measure Heart.” Uninterrupted Canada will also distribute content from Uninterrupted‘s U.S.“Drake understood the power of what LeBron and Maverick are building and the potential to do something special in Canada where there is real understanding and love for our athletes,” said Adel “Future the Prince” Nur, Drake’s business partner.Uninterrupted Canada will be led by CEO Scott Moore and chief content officer Vinay Virmani. Moore comes to Uninterrupted Canada most recently from Rogers Media, where he spent the last eight years as president of Sportsnet. He will lead business operations and development as well as brand partnerships for the company in Canada. Virmani, who will lead Uninterrupted Canada’s creative operation and content development, has a background as a film producer, director, actor and sports fan.Uninterrupted raised $15.8 million in 2015 from WarnerMedia’s Warner Bros. Entertainment and Turner Sports.