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Google's Nest family of smart home devices are quite popular due to their vast capabilities and ease of use. A number of these products depend on Google's cloud services to provide livestreaming and video recording functionality, but customers were let down in a big way yesterday. The company performed what should have been a routine "scheduled storage server software update," but things "didn’t go as intended." Google isn't giving details on what exactly went wrong, but the fallout was immense for customers that own a Nest Hello Doorbell, Nest Cam, Nest Cam IQ, and the Nest Hub Max. During a 17-hour period on Monday, camera functions on those aforementioned devices were knocked offline.... Read more...
Google is working on being more committed to privacy, and part of that commitment is being sure that Nest and Dropcam users know when they are being recorded. To make that possible, Google has announced a big change to the Nest cameras, Nest Hello, and Dropcam that has left some owners of the devices unhappy. Originally the status light for these devices could be turned off to make the cameras less of a bother at night. Google says that as part of its "commitment to privacy" it promised a "clear visual indicator when your Nest cameras are on and sending video and audio to Nest." Owners of Nest cameras received an email this week telling them of the pending change. The email stated, "When your... Read more...