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Amazon has struck a chord with its Echo speaker. First released back in November 2014 (initially as an exclusive for Amazon Prime members), the wireless speaker doubles as a voice-controlled digital assistant providing frequently-requested information regarding traffic, weather and even sports scores. Later updates added home automaton functionality to the device. And if that wasn’t enough, Amazon released two Alexa-powered follow-up devices earlier this month: the hockey puck-sized Echo Dot and the portable, Bluetooth-enabled Amazon Tap. Now we’re learning that Google has had enough of sitting... Read more...
Google's ongoing efforts to infiltrate your homes with different types of digital gadgets continues with the acquisition of Nest Labs, a maker of modern day digital thermostats and smoke alarms. Not for the faint of wallet, Google agreed to pay $3.2 billion cash for Nest Labs, which was founded by Tony Fadell, the former Apple senior vice president who worked with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in helping to design the iPhone. "Nest’s founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, have built a tremendous team that we are excited to welcome into the Google family," Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement.... Read more...