Google Home will soon be able to do a lot more

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Google Home is about to get a lot more useful.

The company is opening its voice-enabled Assistant to developers who can start creating “actions” for the device. Early partners will include media companies like NBC News, Buzzfeed and NPR, as well as consumer apps like Quora, Genius and Todoist.

The idea is similar to the “skills” developers create for Amazon’s Echo line: companies can create “Conversation Actions” that link their services to Google Assistant on Home.

Using the actions created by Domino’s, for example, you can ask Google Assistant to order you a pizza, or ask for the latest CNN headlines.

Unlike Alexa’s skills that have to be manually enabled, Google notes that once developers create a conversation action, they’re automatically available. “It really is a conversation users won’t need to enable a skill or install an app, they can just ask to talk to your action,” Jason Douglas, Google’s product manager for actions, writes in a blog post.

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The company is already working with a set of early partners to build actions for Google Assistant, but other developers can request access now as well.

Beerud Sheth, the CEO of Gupshup, a bot platform that is among the early Assistant partners, said he expects the number of developers on the platform to ramp up fast. “Developers will be able to very quickly build new bots and services in a matter of hours or days,” Sheth tells Mashable.

Though Google is starting with Home, developers will also eventually be able to create integrations for Assistant on the messaging app Allo and the Pixel Phones, which have Assistant built in. Those integrations are “coming soon,” Google says.

BONUS: Someone rigged Amazon Echo and Google Home to talk to each other and it’s hilarious

Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/12/08/google-home-developers/

30% Federal Tax Credit for Renewable Energy (Solar Panels)

30% Federal Tax Credit for Renewable Energy (Solar Panels)

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Ways To Save In Personal Taxes With Green Energy

Ways To Save In Personal Taxes With Green Energy

Your home is your castle, but have you ever considered what is powering it? Green energy is a great solution that you can implement in your own home, in order to clean up the environment and lower your bills. Read on for some simple strategies that you can start using right now.

If you want to conserve energy, adjust your air conditioning unit so that it is set two degrees higher in the summer and two degrees lower in the winter. You will probably not be able to tell that you have changed it, but taking that step will save you on your monthly bill and bring down your carbon emissions.

If you are interested in saving energy, utilize the warm summer months to help you dry your clothes. Forgo the use of your dryer, and hang your wet items out in the bright sunlight. Not only will you save energy, but your clothes will smell fresh and feel wonderful.

If you are planning to go greener, you should consider fixing any taps that are leaking. Doing this will decrease the amount of water you use, and as a result, you will have more hot water in your home. This can really help if you are struggling to have enough warm water in the shower.

Try using energy efficient light bulbs or even LED lights in your home to cut costs for lighting. Turning off the lights when you are not in the room also helps to save energy. Keep this in mind when you are leaving home, as simply turning off the lights saves a lot of energy!

Green living is not only about buying the right products, but it is about saving on energy when ever possible. When you are not in the room, take the time to turn off your ceiling fans to conserve energy and not waste power. If you are not in the room, there is no need to have the fan on.

Use solar hot water. By installing a solar hot water system, you can use solar power to heat the water you use for everything in your home. It will work for your showers, washing dishes and doing laundry. If you are worried about not getting enough sun, you can invest in a small, traditional water heater as well.

Think small. If you are unable to use alternative energy for your entire house, start with just one room. You can use alternative energy sources in one room and when you are ready, install it in another room. This way you are not overwhelmed with the expense of making over your house to use alternative energy.

A clean environment is key to ensuring that we continue to have the food and water that we need to survive. It’s up to each individual to play their part and a great start to that part is to use the ideas in this article to “green” your energy use. Start implementing what you’ve learned and reap the rewards!