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Burn Movie Review

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In his debut feature, writer/director Mike Gan has created a small film that, if there's justice, will attain a cult-like status. "Burn" takes place in the course of one evening and entirely within the confines of a rural, out-of-the-way gas station shop.
It's the kind of place that loners might wander into for a hot cup of coffee at 3am. Obviously this is not a big budget film, but Gan squeezes an awful lot of goodness out of it. Maybe we should call it badness.

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Google Assistant Can Now Read And Reply To Third Party Text Messages

Google Assistant could read out SMS and Hangouts messages but now it can read and reply to third party messaging apps like WhatsApp

Google Assistant gets cleverer by the day, even if that is at the expense of you sharing a lot of your data with the company. If you don’t mind the trade for the convenience then you’ll be pleased to hear it can now read out and reply to messages from third party apps like WhatsApp, Slack, Telegram and more.


The update was first spotted by Android Police, who note that previously Assistant could only read messages from Google’s own Hangouts or the native SMS app on your phone. Now you can say ‘read my messages’ to the Assistant on your phone and it’ll scrape messages from other messaging apps and allow you to view and reply to them directly in the Assistant app screen.

At present this is restricted to just text playback and will ignore videos or audio. When you say ‘read my messages’ as well as the on-screen display, the Assistant voice reads out who your unread messages are from and from which apps. It then reads the most recent message out loud and asks you if you want to reply, which you can do with your voice. It’s all pretty neat.
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Of course, you’ll have to be comfortable letting Google further scrape all your messaging apps by allowing a permission on Android for it to be able to read messages in the first place.

We’ve tried the feature ourselves in the UK and it looks like the US also has functionality, but you might have to wait for the updates to be quietly rolled out to your region before you can opt in. It’s also great to see another useful Google Assistant feature that is pure software and isn’t restricted to Google hardware.


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