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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 on the sidelines while the Echo grabs the spotlight as a home automation hub. Heck, the Echo will now... 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. "They’re already delivering amazing products you can buy right now--thermostats that save... Read more...