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Google Assistant gets The Motley Fool, BART train tracker, and more

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About 15 new Google Assistant actions are now available to chat with on the Google Home smart speaker, including credit card recommendations, the latest Trump tweets, and a stock tracker from The Motley Fool.Last week Google Assistant got actions for baby monitoring, art history, and FML, still perhaps the funniest action available today.In recent weeks, Google has added over 40 actions to the Google Home app, more than any other time since the launch of the Actions on Google platform in December.Latest Trump Tweet does exactly what its name suggests and nothing else: It reads you the latest tweet by President Trump.

The Motley Fool action tells you about stock prices and allows you to create a watchlist of stocks you want to track.BART Helper is the second action launched in the past two weeks for real-time BART train times.

BART Helper information comes directly from BART via their API, Starbutter AI CEO Arun Rao told VentureBeat in an email today.BART Helper may be the better of the two because you can ask when a certain train type is leaving a specific station, whereas SF Transit requires unclear syntax like “Ask SF Transit next BART from Hayward.” On the other hand, SF Transit gives up to four upcoming train times, while BART Helper only gives two times.

Transit actions have also been made for people living in Singapore, London, and Dublin.I spent more than 10 minutes having weird conversations with Silly Bean, a bot that told me “I am pure virgin” and called me mean.

This bot is not always precise — it told me it was both a man and a woman in the span of about five minutes — but it sure is conversational.

Made by developer Lennart Lopin, Silly Bean is more than a decade old.

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