[With my comments re Google Home] Alexa Is a Revelation for the Blind

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/05/what-alexa-taught-my-father/556874/

        Companies like Amazon are presenting voice-activated devices
        as the ultimate easy-to-use technology. Just speak naturally
        to Alexa (or Apple's Siri, or Google's Assistant), and it will
        answer your questions and respond to your commands. What could
        be simpler?  But every other supposedly obvious technical
        interface has proved to require some prior knowledge or
        familiarity. 

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I've been pointing out the potential for Google Home in these ways for
ages now. But the problem remains of it being tired to smartphones for
setup and routine configuration changes. Many persons would benefit
from this tech but don't have someone locally available to set it up
and maintain it for them. Many of these persons don't even have
smartphones. 

Please see: "Google Home Is Leaving Elderly and Disabled Users Behind" -

https://lauren.vortex.com/2017/12/26/google-home-is-leaving-elderly-and-disabled-users-behind

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