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Amazon and Google have an on again and off again relationship that all started with a spat over how YouTube was presented on the Amazon Show device. Google pulled YouTube from the Amazon Show because of issues with the layout of the video app that removed some of YouTube's normal capabilities. Only a few weeks ago, the YouTube app returned to the Amazon Show and everyone though that the feud was over. As it turns out, the war between the two companies is far form over. Google has now announced that it will be blocking YouTube from two Amazon devices. Google has also criticized Amazon for refusing... Read more...
When it comes to AI smart speakers currently on the market, the two dominant players on the market are Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo family and the newly expanded Google Home family. During the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales bonanza, the "original" Google Home was available for as low as $79, which is a $50 price break from its normal MSRP. However, Best Buy is far surpassing those deals with its current two-pack offer on the Google Home. The $129 price that you would normally pay for a single Google Home will instead get you two for the same price. So, you're essentially pay $65 for each Google... Read more...
You may have noticed, but the madness that is known as Black Friday has already begun. Sure, there will be "door buster" deals later this week that require actually marching to a physical store location and fighting the crowd for what little stock is available on the most heavily discounted items, but there are plenty of deals to be had online, both now and later this week. Among them are several Internet connected devices from Google. If you're looking to outfit your home with a Google Assistant in every room, you will be able to score a nice discount on Google's Home Mini speaker later this week.... Read more...
The smart home speaker market is red hot, with Amazon and Google leading the way with their respective Echo and Google Home products. And with Black Friday and Cyber Monday in view, there will be a lot more smart speakers find their way into homes this week, and through the holiday season. As with all Internet of Things (IoT) devices, it's important to keep security in mind, and Symantec has some tips on that very topic. "While they make life easier in some ways, could voice-activated smart speakers also be endangering people’s privacy and online security? The range of activities that can... Read more...
We first got a glimpse at the BlueBorne vulnerability back in September, when it was revealed that that Bluetooth-based attack vector was exploitable on phones, computers, and IoT devices -- basically, anything with a Bluetooth radio. BlueBorne was especially nasty since it is capable of man-in-the-middle attacks and remote code execution. It was initially revealed that both Windows- and iOS-based devices had been updated to defend against BlueBorne, while Android device manufacturers should have already delivered updates to address the exploit. However, we're now learning about another category... Read more...
The Black Friday ads keep rolling in, giving you plenty of time to formulate a shopping strategy. One of the newest ads to land is from Walmart. The massive retail chain will have discounts on a wide assortment of items, including some nice deals on 4K resolution televisions, and game consoles such as Microsoft's Xbox One S and Sony's PlayStation 4. Sadly, Nintendo's Switch will not be marked down, but it will be in stock, at least initially.If you're after a 4K TV, one of the better deals is a Sharp 55-inch 4K Smart TV (LC-55P6000U) with high dynamic range (HDR) support for just $298. Walmart... Read more...
We told you that leaks surrounding Google's upcoming hardware refresh would get more frequent as we approach tomorrow's keynote, and retail giant Walmart didn't disappoint today. Not only did Walmart mistakenly put up a preorder listing for the Google Home Mini, but it also managed to get in a single shot of the Google Pixel 2 XL as an added bonus. As we previously reported, the Google Home Mini is a downsized version of the Google Home. The "Mini" has all of the functionality of its bigger brother including full Google Assistant integration, but it looks more discrete and doesn't resemble an air... Read more...
We've seen plenty of leaks regarding the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL over the past few months, but this might be the most fruitful of them all. We have what are claimed to be images of both new flagship Android Oreo devices. According to Droid-Life, the Pixel 2 XL (not Pixel XL 2 as it has previously been referenced), will be available in two different color options. The first is black, while the second is primarily white, with a black glass panel on the upper backplate. Overall, the design of the smartphone adheres very closely to what we saw with the Pixel and Pixel XL. This time around, however,... Read more...
If you own a Google Home device and have been craving some Bluetooth audio action, then you should be really happy to know that as of right now, an update is being rolled out to the devices that will remedy a very long-standing request from consumers. Up to this point, those wanting to listen to music through their Google Home have had to use one of the supported platforms, which have included Spotify, Play Music (of course), and Pandora. That's great if you want one of the services, but if you have another app to play your own local music, or some other streaming service, you've been... Read more...
A smart speaker that does not allow you to make phone calls does not seem very smart, does it? Google agrees, and so the Mountain View outfit is bringing hands-free calling to its Google Home speaker. Starting soon, the AI assistant powering Google Home will allow users to make voice-activated phone calls for free to anyone in the United States and Canada, Google confirmed in a blog post. Call anyone (at their home, on their mobile or at their office). It’s easy to use, and it’s free," Google says. Being able to make hands-free phone calls brings Google Home one step closer to parity with Amazon's... Read more...
Google has been making run at the smart home speaker market with its Google Home device, though it has not reached parity with Amazon and its growing number Alexa-powered Echo products. Perhaps in time Google Home will become just as fleshed out and capable. In the meantime, Google Home owners can gain access to experimental features by enrolling in the speaker's Preview program. The program is relatively new. It first showed up in an updated help page on Google's website a few weeks ago, though at the time there was no way of signing up to participate. Google must have been getting things in order... Read more...
Google is not about to let Amazon steal the spotlight with its upcoming Prime Day sales event. While Google is countering with a site wide sale of its own, the Mountain View company is offering a hefty discount on its Home smart speaker and Chromecast streaming gadget bundle. The two devices are being offered up through Google's eBay account for just a Benjamin ($100).That is a 39 percent savings over the cost of buying them individually, which would set you back $164. Free shipping is part of the promotion, too. According to the eBay listing, Google is offering up a "limited quantity" of its Home... Read more...
It looks as though Google is trying to unload any remaining Pixel XL handsets it still has before launching its next generation of Pixel phones. Or the Mountain View company finds itself in a giving mood. Either way, you can score a Google Home smart speaker for free with the purchase of a Pixel XL smartphone, though you will have to act fast—the offer is good while supplies last.The Google Home speaker is a $129 value. It is similar to Amazon's Echo products, in that it listens for a wake phrase ("OK Google") and can respond to various commands. The speaker's built-in Google Assistant can provide... Read more...
So, what did Apple do with those old design models for the Mac Pro? Apparently, it used them to create the HomePod, which is Apple’s take on the smart speaker movement that is sweeping the tech world. The HomePod is a “Breakthrough Home Speaker” first and foremost that measures less than seven inches tall and features seven beam-forming tweeters at the bottom of the device and an Apple-designed woofer for rich bass. As you might expect, HomePod has full support for voice controls with deep Siri integration, which would put it in the same league as the Amazon Echo and Google Home; albeit with far... Read more...
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