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  • Google Home is $60 off at Walmart

    Google Home is $60 off at Walmart

    TL;DR: The hands-free Google Home is the perfect hub for your smart home — pick one up for just $69 at Walmart.  While not everyone can afford to hire a real-life personal assistant to follow them around everywhere and help with various tasks, the next best thing is actually pretty affordable. We’re talking about smart […] More

  • Buy a Nest thermostat, get a free Google Home Mini at Walmart

    Buy a Nest thermostat, get a free Google Home Mini at Walmart

    June 5 is World Environment Day. We would have said “Happy World Environment Day,” but record high levels of CO2 and yesterday’s heart-stopping headlines about earth’s 2050 demise don’t make “happy” feel like the right term. If we work fast, a collective lifestyle change from all of us can make a difference. Buying a reusable […] More

  • Google Home Minis are on sale: Get 2 for $58

    Google Home Minis are on sale: Get 2 for $58

    In this day and age, even your bathroom scale and light bulbs can be smart. It’s safe to say P.A.T. would be shook right now. When your living space is filled to the brim with all these newfangled smart devices and gadgets, it’s worth doing your research to find a great smart home hub that’ll […] More

  • Google launches new Assistant developer tools

    Google launches new Assistant developer tools

    At its I/O conference, Google today announced a slew of new tools for developers who want to build experiences for the company’s Assistant platform. These range from the ability to build games for smart displays like the Google Home Hub and the launch of App Actions for taking users from an Assistant answer to their […] More

  • Google Home smart devices are on sale at Walmart — save up to $100

    Google Home smart devices are on sale at Walmart — save up to $100

    It seems like anything can be made “smart” these days — there are smart scales and smart luggage — so, if you haven’t made the leap to a smart home, you might be feeling behind. Not to worry, though. There’s no wrong time to start implementing smart technology into your life. But, there are especially […] More

  • Alphabet cites ‘headwinds’ in smartphone sales, teases I/O hardware announcement

    Alphabet cites ‘headwinds’ in smartphone sales, teases I/O hardware announcement

    Alphabet’s Q1 earnings were a disappointment for Wall Street, courtesy primarily of ad revenue shortcomings. The hardware team met with some difficulties, as well, owing in part to a stagnating global smartphone market that has impacted virtually all players. CEO Sundar Pichai cited “year over year headwinds” when referring to the company’s smartphone line, following […] More

  • Google Home’s Philips Hue integration can now wake you up gently

    Google Home’s Philips Hue integration can now wake you up gently

    Maybe you love the sound of your alarm clock blaring in the morning, heralding a new day full of joy and adventure. More likely, though, you don’t. If you prefer a more gentle wakeup (and have invested in some smart home technology), here’s some good news: Google Home now lets you use your Philips Hue […] More

  • 200 million people will probably be using smart speakers by the end of this year

    200 million people will probably be using smart speakers by the end of this year

    Whether you see them as life-changing or privacy-violating, it looks like smart speakers are here to stay. At least, that’s the takeaway from a new study by market researchers at Canalys, a market analyst firm. According to their projections, the global install base for smart speakers like Amazon Echo, Google Home, and more will exceed […] More

  • Illinois bill banning eavesdropping by IoT devices defanged by tech lobby

    Illinois bill banning eavesdropping by IoT devices defanged by tech lobby

    Enlarge / Illinois’ Senate had a bill that would ban devices from eavesdropping without telling you. But the Internet Alliance made sure the bill as passed would have no teeth. (credit: NBCUniversal via Getty Images) On April 10, the Illinois State Senate passed the “Keep Internet Devices Safe Act,” a bill that would ban Internet […] More

  • Review: The $199 Echo Link turns the fidelity up to 11

    Review: The $199 Echo Link turns the fidelity up to 11

    The Echo Link takes streaming music and makes it sound better. Just wirelessly connect it to an Echo device and plug it into a set of nice speakers. It’s the missing link. The Link bridges the gap between streaming music and a nice audio system. Instead of settling for the analog connection of an Echo […] More

  • Google Assistant may promote advertisers without telling you about it

    Google Assistant may promote advertisers without telling you about it

    Google’s voice-recognition virtual assistant, , can do a lot now. It can be your personal , it can find you the home, and it can even donate to your favorite . One thing Google Assistant won’t do, however, is when its potentially recommending you a company advertising with Google. When Google Assistant users ask their […] More

  • How to listen to 2019 NCAA tournament games for free using Google Assistant

    How to listen to 2019 NCAA tournament games for free using Google Assistant

    The 2019 NCAA tournament is drawing to its always-thrilling conclusion. There are only fifteen games left, as the Sweet Sixteen round starts Thursday and goes into the weekend.  Every game can be seen on TNT or CBS, or streamed online using a cable login; however, if you can’t do either of those things or simply […] More