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Sonos Roam review: the portable speaker you’ll want to use at home too

Cheaper wifi speaker has Bluetooth plus Google or Alexa for great indoor and outdoor musicSonos’s new smaller and cheaper Roam portable speaker is one that won’t end up relegated to a drawer collecting dust as it sounds great at home too.The £159 Roam joins the much bigger and heavier £399 Move as the second of firm’s battery-powered models and proves itself as one of the best options in a saturated market. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Technology, Bluetooth, Wifi, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers


Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) review: wearable-free sleep tracking smart display

Radar-based gesture and sleep tracking turns top smart assistant into a great alarm clock tooGoogle’s second-generation Nest Hub smart display now comes with radar-based sleep tracking as it attempts to keep Amazon’s Alexa at bay.The new Nest Hub costs £89.99 on launch, which makes it cheaper than its predecessor and slightly undercuts competitors of a similar size. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Gadgets, Technology, Alexa, Alphabet, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers, Google Nest Hub


Google Assistant Can Finally Schedule Your Damn Lights

Smart lights are the easiest, most affordable entryway into the smart home. In terms of convenience, scheduling your lights is one of the biggest perks, especially if you’ve got a set routine, your hands are tied, or you are going away for a few days. This is why it was really annoying that Google Assistant couldn’t…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Smart Home, Consumer Tech, Smart Lights, Google Assistant


Google Assistant Has Arrived on the Fitbit Sense and Versa 3

Earlier this summer, Fitbit threw down the gauntlet with the ambitious Fitbit Sense and a revamped Versa 3. But while these gadgets launched a few months ago, some of the marquee features teased in August were still MIA. Well, not anymore. Fitbit OS 5.1 is landing today for U.S. users and the updates included are some…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Smartwatches, Fitbit, Voice Assistants, Consumer Tech, Google Assistant


Google Assistant comes to gaze-powered accessible devices

People who rely on gaze-tracking to interact with their devices on an everyday basis now have a powerful new tool in their arsenal: Google Assistant. Substituting gaze for its original voice-based interface, the Assistant’s multiple integrations and communication tools should improve the capabilities of the Tobii Dynavox devices it now works on. Assistant will now be possible to add as a tile on Tobii’s eye-tracking tablets and mobile apps, which present a large customizable grid of common...
Tags: Health, Google, Gadgets, Mobile, Hardware, Tech, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Ada, Eye Tracking, Tobii, Tobii Dynavox, Google Assistant, Google Home, Gaze Tracking, Fredrik Ruben


Google's Nest Audio Is the Best Sounding Smart Speaker You Can Get for $100

After buying Nest back in 2014, Google has been repositioning all of its smart home products under the brand, and that includes its smart speakers. One of the last holdouts to be upgraded as a Nest was one of the company’s first smart speakers, the 4-year-old Google Home. But the new Google Nest Audio sounds like it’s…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Audio, Speakers, Tech, Smarthome, Consumer Tech, Google Assistant, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Google Nest Audio


Bypass Siri With This Stick-On Smart Speaker That Brings Google Assistant and Alexa to Your iPhone

The three most popular AI-powered smart assistants are all available on the iPhone, but only Siri can hear and acknowledge your voice requests while the phone is locked. For Alexa and Google Assistant, you have to be actively using your iPhone and have the Amazon or Google apps open to access them. That’s a…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Gadgets, Science, Siri, Tech, Smartphones, Alexa, Consumer Tech, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers, Smart Assistants, Popsockets, Talksocket


Google Nest Mini review: better bass and recycled plastic

Upgrade keeps what is good and improves sound for Google’s smallest, cheapest smart speakerThe second generation of Google’s smallest smart speaker gets a new name, more eco-friendly, a little smarter and more bass.The £49 Nest Mini replaces the Google Home Mini as part of a revamped and renamed line of Google smart home products under the Nest brand, pushing its predecessor to a clearance price of only £19. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Technology, Smart Homes, Alphabet, Google Assistant, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Google Home Mini, Google Nest Mini


Everything Google Announced Today

In a somewhat unconventional spectacle that included a fireside chat about the company’s environmental initiatives and photographer Annie Leibovitz dropping by to talk about smartphones, Google’s Pixel 4 event in New York today included few surprises, and at times, even fewer details on its new hardware.Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, New York, Science, Video Games, Audio, Speakers, Tech, Smartphones, Headphones, Wifi, Annie Leibovitz, Pixel, Consumer Tech, Stadia, Google Assistant


Google makes moving music and videos between speakers and screens easier

Google today announced a small but nifty feature for the Google Assistant and its smart home devices that makes it easier for you to take your music and videos with you as you wander about the different rooms in your home. ‘Stream transfer’ as Google prosaically calls it, allows you to simply ask the Assistant to move your music to a different speaker, or — if you have the right speaker group set up — to all speakers and TVs in your home. All you have to say is “Hey Google, move the music to ...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Tech, Companies, Chromecast, Artificial Intelligence, Speaker, Assistant, Google Cast, Google Assistant, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Google Nest Home Hub


Over a quarter of US adults now own a smart speaker, typically an Amazon Echo

U.S. smart speaker owners grew 40 percent over 2018 to now reach 66.4 million — or 26.2 percent of the U.S. adult population — according to released this week, which detailed adoption patterns and device market share. The report also reconfirmed Amazon Echo’s lead, noting the Alexa-powered smart speaker grew to a 61 percent market share by the end of last year — well above Google Home’s 24 percent share. These findings fall roughly in line with other analysts’ reports on smart speaker market sh...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Echo, US, Siri, Tech, Smartphone, Smartphones, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Speaker, Sonos, Amazon Echo


The Anker Roav Bolt lets drivers plug Google Assistant into their car

Google Assistant is following Amazon Alexa into vehicles. One of the first products to offer the capability is from Anker — just like as one of the first in-vehicle Alexa products. Called the Roav Bolt, the device plugs into a 12-volt power port and lets the driver access Google Assistant through the “OK Google” command. Once connected to the in-vehicle system through Bluetooth or a 3.5mm cable, the product will let drivers play audio, enable navigation, read text, make calls and more. The Ro...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Tech, Anker, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, CES 2019, Anker Roav Bolt, Roav Bolt


Facebook Portal needs more. At least it just added YouTube

To offset the creepiness of having Facebook’s camera and microphone in your house, its new Portal video chat gadget needs best-in-class software.   Its hardware is remarkably well done, plus Messenger and the photo frame feature work great. But its third-party app platform was pretty skimpy when the device launched this week. Facebook is increasingly relying on its smart display competitors to boost Portal’s capabilities. It already comes with Amazon Alexa inside. And now, Google’s YouTub...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, TC, Gadgets, Facebook, Apps, Hardware, Media, Youtube, Tech, Lenovo, Jbl, Amazon Alexa, Cambridge Analytica, Google Assistant


Google Home Hub review: the smart display to buy

This gadget is your Google Assistant, smart-home dashboard and digital photo frame in one – and it’s good for cooking, tooThe Home Hub is Google’s first own-brand smart display, combining Google Assistant, advanced smart-home control and a digital photo frame into a neat and tidy package.Google isn’t the first to market with smart displays. Amazon’s Echo Show put the company’s Alexa on a screen a year ago, while Google Assistant smart displays made by Harman, Lenovo and LG were released a few mo...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Technology, Lg, Smart Homes, Home Hub, Voice Recognition, Alexa, Alphabet, Google Assistant, Google Home, Google Home Hub, Amazon 's Echo Show, Harman Lenovo


Comparing Google Home Hub vs Amazon Echo Show 2 vs Facebook Portal

The war for the countertop has begun. Google, Amazon and Facebook all revealed their new smart displays this month. Each hopes to become the center of your Internet of Things-equipped home and a window to your loved ones. The $149 Google Home Hub is a cheap and privacy-safe smart home controller. The $229 Amazon Echo Show 2 gives Alexa a visual complement. And the $199 Facebook Portal and $349 Portal+ offer a Smart Lens that automatically zooms in and out to keep you in frame while you video ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, TC, Gadgets, Facebook, Ecommerce, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Skype, Home Hub, Alexa, Google Amazon, Amazon Alexa, Smart Displays


Here are all the details on the new Pixel 3, Pixel Slate, Pixel Stand, and Home Hub,

At a special event in New York City, Google announced some of its latest, flagship hardware devices. During the hour-long press conference Google executives and product managers took the wraps off the company’s latest products and explained their features. Chief among the lot is the Pixel 3, Google’s latest flagship Android device. Like the Pixel 2 before it, the Pixel 3’s main feature is its stellar camera but there’s a lot more magic packed inside the svelte frame. Pixel 3 Contrary to...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, TC, Gadgets, New York City, Samsung, Tech, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Computing, Tablet Computers, Speaker, Machine Learning, Google Nexus, Home Hub


JBL’s smart display combines Google smarts with good sound

If you’re looking for a smart display that’s powered by the Google Assistant, you now have two choices: the Lenovo Smart Display and the JBL Link View. Lenovo was first out of the gate with its surprisingly stylish gadget, but it also left room for improvement. JBL, given its heritage as an audio company, is putting the emphasis on sound quality, with stereo speakers and a surprising amount of bass. In terms of the overall design, the Link View isn’t going to win any prizes, but its pill shap...
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Gadgets, Tech, Chromecast, Speaker, Lenovo, Assistant, Lucas Matney, Jbl, Smart Speaker, Google Assistant, Google Home, Google Homes, JBL Link View Lenovo


The Google Assistant is now bilingual 

The Google Assistant just got more useful for multilingual families. Starting today, you’ll be able to set up two languages in the Google Home app and the Assistant on your phone and Google Home will then happily react to your commands in both English and Spanish, for example. Today’s announcement doesn’t exactly come as a surprise, given that Google announced at its I/O developer conference earlier this year that it was working on this feature. It’s nice to see that this year, Google is roll...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Android, Gadgets, Hardware, Google Search, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Roomba, U K, Germany France, Smart Speaker, Google Assistant, Google Home, Johan Schalkwyk, Google Speech


Google’s Wear OS gets a new look

Wear OS, Google’s smartphone operating system that was once called Android Wear, is getting a new look today. Google says the overall idea here is to give you quicker access to information and more proactive help. In line with the Google Fit redesign, Wear OS now also provides you with the same kind of health coaching as the Android app. In practice, this means you can now swipe through multiple notifications at once, for example. Previously, you had to go from one notifications card to the n...
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Tech, Smartphone, Smartphones, Software, Smartwatches, Operating System, Assistant, Google Assistant, Wear OS


JBL’s $250 Google Assistant smart display is now available for pre-order

It’s been a week since Lenovo’s Google Assistant-powered smart display went on sale and slowly but surely, its competitors are launching their versions, too. Today, JBL announced that its $249.95 JBL Link View is now available for pre-order, with an expected ship date of September 3, 2018. JBL went for a slightly different design than Lenovo (and the upcoming LG WK9), but in terms of functionality, these devices are pretty much the same. The Link View features an 8-inch HD screen and unlik...
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Tech, Chromecast, Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Lg, Lenovo, Jbl, Google Assistant, JBL Lenovo


Digging deeper into smart speakers reveals two clear paths

In a truly fascinating exploration into two smart speakers – the Sonos One and the Amazon Echo – BoltVC’s Ben Einstein has found some interesting differences in the way a traditional speaker company and an infrastructure juggernaut look at their flagship devices. The post is well worth a a full read but the gist is this: Sonos, a very traditional speaker company, has produced a good speaker and modified its current hardware to support smart home features like Alexa and Google Assistant. The Son...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Echo, Spotify, Technology, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Kickstarter, Speaker, Smart Technology, Sonos, Einstein


The NEEO universal remote is a modern Logitech Harmony alternative

The advanced universal remote market is not a very crowded market. In fact, for a while now, Logitech’s Harmony line has been pretty much the only game in town. Newcomer NEEO wants to upset that monopoly with its new NEEO Remote and NEEO Brain combo ($369), which is a system that can connect just about any AV system, along with a smorgasbord of connected smart devices including Nest, Philips Hue, Sonos and more. NEEO’s two-part system includes the Brain, which, true to its name, handles all o...
Tags: Reviews, Iphone, Apple, Google, Android, TC, Gadgets, Technology, Hardware, Tech, Logitech, Ethernet, Remote Control, Philips, Sonos, Harmony


Two Sonos One speakers now cost $349 – the same as one Apple HomePod

 Sonos is offering a special limited deal for its new Sonos One smart speaker, which works with Amazon’s Alexa right now, and is gaining support for Google Assistant in a future update: You can buy two for $349, which is the same price as one of Apple’s HomePod Siri-enabled speakers. This is likely not a coincidence. Individually, the Sonos One retails for $199, so you get a $50… Read More
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Internet Of Things, Technology, Hardware, Siri, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Wireless, Sonos, Alexa, Apple Inc


When JBL met Google

The one thing that makes Apple so desirable is the one thing that will kill it. Exclusivity. While it tries hard to make everybody adopt its technology, the truth still remains that over 80% of smartphone users use Android, and that inclusive strategy is the one to beat. Google’s betting hard on that strategy by now making its AI assistant available to third parties to integrate into their hardware. Take for instance JBL’s Link View. It combines the best of both worlds… JBL’s heavy-hitting aud...
Tags: Apple, Google, Gadgets, Music, Design, Audio, Speakers, Product Design, Portable Audio, Jbl, Google Assistant, Google Home, Google Home Mini, Ces2018, Link View


Kate Spade gets into the smart watch game

 As it stands right now, Apple is absolutely dominating the smart watch market. But that hasn’t stopped other entrants from trying their hand, or wrist, in the space. Most recently, Kate Spade New York has introduced a new line of smart watches in collaboration with Fossil. This is part of a larger push by Fossil Group to launch smart watches across as many brands as possible, as announced… Read More
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Gadgets, Wearables, New York, Smartwatch, Android Wear, Tech, Kate Spade, Kate Spade New York, Fossil Group, Google Assistant, Android Wear 2.0


Google launches smart displays with JBL, Lenovo, LG and Sony

 We’ve been waiting for Google to bring its Assistant to devices with a screen. After all, voice assistants are great — until you need some visual information to go with their answers. But Google is not launching a Google Home with a screen. Instead, the company today announced it is working with JBL, Lenovo, LG and Sony to launch new smart displays later this year. Read More
Tags: Google, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Sony, Lenovo, Jbl, Google Assistant, Google Home, CES 2018, Smart Display, Google Assistant at CES 2018, JBL Lenovo LG


Google Home Max review

 The Max sounds good. But is it $399 good? On the whole, it’s a solid offering. It isn’t a flashy speaker from a design perspective, but the audio is loud and clear, and the bass bumps like a mofo. Read More
Tags: Reviews, Google, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Tech, Assistant, Google Assistant, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Google Home Max


The Google Assistant wants to play games with you

 It’s not just the kids on South Park that are fascinated with the endless possibilities of playing with personal assistants like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Virtually every kid over three has now surely figured out how to get Alexa, Siri or the Google Assistant to do its bidding (or at least play the Moana soundtrack). Now, the Google Assistant officially wants to be their… Read More
Tags: Google, TC, Gadgets, South Park, Tech, Amazon Echo, Personal Assistants, Google Assistant, Google Home, Alexa Siri


Google’s Home Max brings premium audio to its Assistant speaker

 Google Home is getting bigger, in more ways than one: Google announced a few updates for its smart home speaker line, and one is the Home Max, a larger version that packs in stereo speakers and more premium looks and materials. The new, larger Home speaker is clearly intended to be an answer to critics who suggested the original Home lacked good audio quality (myself included) by providing… Read More
Tags: Google, Home, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Tech, Smart Speaker, Google Assistant, Google Home, HomePod, Google Hardware Event 2017


Bose debuts new Google Assistant-optimized noise cancelling headphones

 Bose’s rumored QC 35 II noise-cancelling headphones are rumored no more: Bose made them official today, revealing the update to the company’s popular QC 35 premium noise-cancelling cans. Google worked with Bose to create the new headphones, the company explained in a new blog post, helping to “optimize” the audio accessory for Assistant, Google’s virtual helper… Read More
Tags: Google, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Tech, Headphones, Bose, Virtual Assistants, Google Assistant



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