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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Facebook's billionaire CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed threats to free speech in a rare public address on Thursday. Zuckerberg said he was concerned by the spread of laws that restrict free speech online, admitted that Facebook and other social media platforms run the risk of restricting their users' speech, and said that people are trying to redefine what types of speech are dangerous. Zuckerberg slammed China for allegedly censo...


Google exec says Nest owners should probably warn their guests that their conversations are being recorded

Google devices chief Rick Osterloh said he believes anyone "in proximity" of a microphone-fitted smart device like Google Nest or Amazon Echo should be informed the devices are in use. Osterloh was asked by the BBC whether homeowners should warn guests that their Nest devices could be recording them, and responded that he does so for his own houseguests. Google Nest devices use microphones and CCTV cameras that monitor sound and movement in a home, recording video and audio.  Visit Business In...
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, Bbc, Cctv, Nest, Amazon Echo, Rick Osterloh, Google Nest, Osterloh


Google Chief: I'd Disclose Smart Speakers Before Guests Enter My Home

After being challenged as to whether homeowners should tell guests smart devices -- such as a Google Nest speaker or Amazon Echo display -- are in use before they enter the building, Google senior vice president of devices and services, Rick Osterloh, concludes that the answer is indeed yes. The BBC reports: "Gosh, I haven't thought about this before in quite this way," Rick Osterloh begins. "It's quite important for all these technologies to think about all users... we have to consider all stak...
Tags: Google, Tech, Bbc, BBC News, Pixel, Rick Osterloh, Google Nest, Osterloh


Google Nest Mini with improved bass and Nest Wifi mesh router announced

Google has announced Google Nest mini second-generation Google Assistant speakers and new Nest Wifi mesh router at its US event. The second-generation Nest Mini has been completely re-engineered with upgraded hardware for improved bass. The Nest Wifi mesh router, which are two separate devices: The Nest Wifi router plugs directly into your modem, forming the basis for a strong and powerful home network, and the Nest Wifi point expands your coverage where you need it most. Highlights of Goog...
Tags: Google, News, US, Blogging, Google Nest, Nest Wifi, Google Nest Mini, Nest Mini, Google Nest Mini price, Google Nest Mini Nest Mini


Nest Mini brings twice the bass and an upgraded Assistant

It’s only been two years, but already, millions of you have received hands-free help from the Google Assistant in any room in your home, all thanks to Google Home Mini. And now, we’re bringing you the second-generation Nest Mini, which is completely re-engineered to make everything you love about the original even better. Back in May, we brought together the Google Home and Nest teams under the Google Nest brand, and Nest Mini is the next step as we build the helpful home.  A new speaker wit...
Tags: Google, Italy, Philips, Lake Como, Google Nest, Google Assistant, Google Home, Mark Spates, Google Home Mini, Nest Mini, U S Nest Mini


Boost your home's signal and style with Nest Wifi

Homes weren’t built for Wi-Fi, so when we introduced Google Wifi in 2016, we built it to work for any home. With Nest Wifi, we’re taking everything you love about the original and making it even better, with a powerful router and a Wifi point that includes the Google Assistant, bringing you more help at home. Whole home coverage The Nest Wifi system is actually two separate devices: The Nest Wifi router plugs directly into your modem, forming the basis for a strong and powerful home network,...
Tags: Google, Daniel, Google Nest, Google Assistant, Google Home, Google Wifi, Nest Hub Max, Nest Wifi, Sanjay Noronha


Keep an eye (and ear) on your home with the new Nest Aware

To make your home more helpful, we want to make it easier for you to stay up to date about what’s happening in your home, giving you peace of mind wherever the day takes you. For the last few years, we’ve been delivering on that goal through our Nest Aware service, which, combined with our Nest Cams, provides intelligent alerts and camera history. Today we’re announcing the new Nest Aware, which will soon offer whole home awareness across more of your Nest devices at one affordable monthly rate....
Tags: Google, Google Nest, Google Home, Nest Aware, Ruchi Desai


Better privacy and more flexibility with Nest devices

Homes are evolving quickly. We all started with one simple smart device (like a thermostat or a light bulb), but now many of us find ourselves living in homes with multiple devices from multiple companies. But privacy and data security hasn’t evolved with the growth of these devices.Getting this right is the basis for the decisions we have been making at Nest. We’re living the commitments we published in May, putting your privacy and data safety first. While we’re focused on developing a more op...
Tags: Google, Nest, Michele, Google Nest, Google Assistant


Watch Google unveil the Pixel 4 live right here

Google is about to unveil its new smartphone lineup, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. And if you’re an Android fan, you know that the Pixel is one of the most interesting Android phones out there thanks to a bloatware-free operating system and some incredible cameras. The conference starts at 10 AM Eastern Time (7 AM Pacific Time, 3 PM in London and 4 PM in Paris). You can watch it live right here. Rumor has it that Google isn’t just going to announce some new phones. You can also expect som...
Tags: Google, Startups, Gadgets, London, Paris, Pixel, Watch Google, Google Pixel, Google Nest, Google Home, Google Home Mini, Pixelbook, Pixel Buds, Pixel 4, Google Hardware Event 2019, AM Eastern Time 7 AM Pacific Time


Hey Google, talk like Issa

Here's a trivia question for you. Which actress is also a writer and producer, started a web series on YouTube, translated common insecurities into a hit show, gives a great pep talk and makes a cameo as a voice on the Google Assistant? It's Issa Rae! Starting today, Issa Rae’s voice is available as a cameo on the Google Assistant, in English for a limited time in the U.S. To switch to Issa’s voice, simply say “Hey Google, talk like Issa," or go to your “Assistant voice” in Assistant Settings. Y...
Tags: Google, Youtube, John Legend, Pixel, Daniel, Lawrence, Issa, Issa Rae, Google Nest, Manuel Bronstein, Google Assistant, Google Home, Issa Rae Starting


Google Makes It Easier To Move Music and Video Streams Between Devices

Google is finally introducing a way for users of its smart speakers and streaming adapters to move media between those devices. From a report: The company introduced a new feature called Stream Transfer Tuesday that makes it possible to move an ongoing music stream, podcast or YouTube video from one compatible device to the next. At launch, these devices include Google Home and Nest smart speakers as well as Google Nest smart displays and Chromecast-equipped TVs. The transfer of a stream can be ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Chromecast, Max, Google Nest, Google Home


Move your music between rooms with stream transfer

Since 2013, we’ve been working to make it easier for people to play music and watch their favorite shows and videos at home.  It started when we first launched Chromecast, which lets people get content from their phones to their TVs through a simple dongle. It continued with Google Home in 2016, which let people stream music effortlessly with a simple command — “OK Google, play music.” And with the newest member of our family, Nest Hub Max, users now have the ultimate smart display for streaming...
Tags: Google, Chromecast, Google Nest, Chris Chan, Google Home, Google Home Mini, Nest Hub Max, YouTube Music Spotify Pandora, YouTube Stream


5 tips to make your home Wi-Fi even better

These days, access to a reliable Wi-Fi signal can feel as crucial as having basic electricity or plumbing. In fact, a recent study conducted by Kelton Research and commissioned by Google found that 28 percent of people don’t think they could last a single day without Wi-Fi. But in that same study, a whopping 81 percent of people said they have experienced issues with their Wi-Fi at home. So why is something so essential considered such a hassle?Luckily, there are some simple strategies to maximi...
Tags: Google, Google Nest, Google Wifi, Wi Fi network, Kelton Research


We hear you: updates to Works with Nest

Last week we announced that we would stop supporting the Works with Nest (WWN) program on August 31, 2019 and transition to the Works with Google Assistant platform (WWGA). The decision to retire WWN was made to unify our efforts around third-party connected home devices under a single platform for developers to build features for a more helpful home. The goal is to simplify the experience for developers and to give you more control over how your data is shared. Since the announcement, we’ve rec...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Google Nest, Google Assistant, Google Home, WWN, Amazon Alexa Additionally


Watch the newest commercials on TV from Apple, Google Nest, Nike and more

Every weekday we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the TV ad measurement and attribution company. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time over the weekend (May 10-12). Google Nest serves up scenes of domestic life that are alternately amusing and touching (and sometimes both) in a commercial that ends with the lines “You make a house a home. We make a home a nest.” Nike says that “the craziest dream of all is the one that starts a million mo...
Tags: Apple, Advertising, Nike, Google Nest, Apple Google Nest Nike


Nest, as You Knew It, Is No More

There was a lot of news at Google’s I/O developer conference this year, but when it came to the smart home, one thing stuck out. Nest, which Google bought back in 2014 for $3.2 billion, has been fully absorbed and rebranded as Google Nest. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Nest, Smarthome, Google Io, Google Nest, Privacy And Security, Nest Camera, Google Io 2019


Count ‘em up: 100 things we announced at I/O ‘19

Another I/O is in the books! We played in sandboxes, watched eye-popping product demos and listened to AI-powered music. But the fun isn’t over! In case you missed it, here are 100 announcements we made at I/O: Hardware 1. Hold the phone! Our new smartphones—the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL—hit the shelves this week, bringing together all the essential Google features at a lower price ($399 for the 5.6-inch display and $479 for the 6-inch model)..2. Good things come in threes, like Pixel 3a’s co...
Tags: Google, Sweden, Dart, Australia, India, Developers, Canada, Chromebook, Google Maps, Google News, Hdr, Google Photos, Unicode, Sdk, Max, Lens


Google Nest Hub Max vs. Amazon Echo Show: Battle of the smart home video hubs

Which video home hub is the best? Google Nest Hub Max or. Amazon Echo Show? In this comparison we look at features, screen resolution, display size, speaker quality and much more to help you choose the right smart hub for your home. The post Google Nest Hub Max vs. Amazon Echo Show: Battle of the smart home video hubs appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, Smart Home, Google Nest, Amazon Echo Show, Google Nest Hub Max


Google pledges more privacy. Plus, new Woodstock 50 drama: Wednesday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. You can get an audio version of this briefing on your Alexa device; sign up here. What people are talking about today So far in 2019, Apple launched an ad campaign boasting of its commitment to user privacy, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised -- after successive user data scandals -- that “the future is private.” Yesterday it was Google’s turn to publicly tackle the hot tech topic of t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Washington Post, Jay Z, Advertising, Nike, Netflix, Conde Nast, Wall Street Journal, Biz Stone, Sundar Pichai, Woodstock, Variety, Sloane, Now Variety


Google’s Nest Hub Max smart display hopes to to take on the Echo Show

Google revealed the Google Nest Hub Max, a smart display that is powered by the Google Assistant. The device with a 10-inch screen with a built-in video camera and facial recognition will retail for $229. The post Google’s Nest Hub Max smart display hopes to to take on the Echo Show appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, News, Trends, Nest, Smart Home, Max, Google Nest, Google Home, Amazon Echo Show, Google Nest Hub Max


Google’s Nest Hub Max smart display hopes to to take on Amazon’s Echo Show

Google revealed the Google Nest Hub Max, a smart display that is powered by the Google Assistant. The device with a 10-inch screen with a built-in video camera and facial recognition will retail for $229. The post Google’s Nest Hub Max smart display hopes to to take on Amazon’s Echo Show appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Amazon, News, Trends, Nest, Smart Home, Max, Google Nest, Google Home, Amazon Echo Show, Google Nest Hub Max


Google goes all-in on Nest with a total rebrand of its smart home devices

Nest is now Google Nest, which represents Alphabet's smart home products. Users will definitely notice some changes, as they'll be prompted to migrate their Google accounts to their Nest apps. There's also some IFTTT trouble ahead. The post Google goes all-in on Nest with a total rebrand of its smart home devices appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Trends, Google Nest


The Nest Hub Max is the first addition to Google’s revamped Nest family

Quite a few noteworthy things happened at today’s Google I/O event, including some sheer breakthroughs in the way the company processes, stores, and protects data… however on the hardware front, the Nest Hub Max may have been the keynote’s biggest reveal. Google’s shifted all its home accessories to the Nest brand, leaving core operations to Google, and hardware for homes to its then-thermostat-and-security company, Nest. The Nest Hub Max is in, a lot of ways like the Google Home Hub, but take...
Tags: Google, Home, Gadgets, Design, Nest, Home Hub, Google I/o, Product Design, Max, Google Nest, Smart Display, Google Home Hub, Nest Hub Max


More help is on the way with Nest Hub Max

Today we’re bringing the Home products under the Nest brand. It’s a natural next step since our products work together to help you stay informed, feel more comfortable and safe, keep an eye on home when you’re away, and connect to friends and family. Now we’re taking our first step on a journey to create a more helpful home.We’re introducing Nest Hub Max, the first product from our newly-formed team. Nest Hub Max has all the things you love about Nest Hub (formerly Google Home Hub). It has a dig...
Tags: Google, UK, Sweden, Australia, US, Google Photos, Max, Google Store, Google Nest, Google Home, Google Home Max, Voice Match, Google Home Hub, Nest Hub Max, Hub Max, YouTube TV Tell


Google Nest: welcome to the helpful home

Since Nest joined Google’s hardware team last year, we’ve been working to make the smart home a little less complicated, and well, more helpful. It’s a home where products work together to help you feel comfortable and safe, keep an eye on things when you’re away, and connect you to friends and family. Today, we’re committing to that goal by bringing the Home products under the Nest brand. Our first step as Google Nest is to go beyond the idea of a “smart home,” and to focus instead on creating ...
Tags: Google, Google Account, Google Nest, Google Home, Step Verification, Google Account for Gmail


At I/O '19: Building a more helpful Google for everyone

Today, we welcomed thousands of people to I/O, our annual developer’s conference. It’s one of my favorite events of the year because it gives us a chance to show how we’re bringing Google’s mission to life through new technological breakthroughs and products.Our mission to make information universally accessible and useful hasn’t changed over the past 21 years, but our approach has evolved over time. Google is no longer a company that just helps you find answers. Today, Google products also help...
Tags: Google, Android, Indonesia, Stanford, Developers, Ai, Google News, Safety And Security, Google Nest, Google Assistant, Google Lens, Euphonia, Google Nest Hub Max, Urmila, Google Nest Hub Max With Pixel, TCAV


Alphabet records $31.1 billion in revenue in Q1 2018, Google ad business contributed 85%

Google's parent company; Alphabet has announced their first-quarter results for 2018. The company has recorded a $31.1 billion in revenue with an increase of 26% and 22% over the previous year, respectively. Google ad business remains strong and roughly contributes to about 85% of the revenue.  Google's advertising is the most substantial portion of Alphabet's earnings, making up $26.6 billion of the revenue. The operating income is at $7,001 billion with an operating margin of 22%. Alphabet ...
Tags: Google, News, Blogging, Nest, Alphabet, Asu, Google Nest, Pixel Home


As a smart-home war with Amazon looms, Nest releases its first new products since rejoining Google (AMZN, GOOG, GOOGL)

Nest announced the availability of the $229 Nest Hello video doorbell and the $249 Nest x Yale smart lock, as well as a remote temperature sensor for the Nest Learning Thermostat.  The new Nest products launch just weeks after Amazon announced it had purchased video doorbell maker Ring for about $1 billion. Amazon also will no longer sell devices from Nest. Nest itself was recently reabsorbed into Google.  While a smart-home war with Amazon is definitely on the horizon, Nest tells Business Ins...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Yale, Nest, Amazon Echo, Veron, Mondelez, Google Nest, Google Home, Maxime Veron Nest, Nest Nest, Nest x Yale, Amazon Veron, Veron He


Google-Nest merger raises privacy issues

Campaigners are concerned that smart home specialist Nest will no longer be a separate business.
Tags: Tech, Google Nest


Longstanding, unpatched Bluetooth vulnerability lets burglars shut down Google security cameras

A security researcher has published a vulnerability and proof-of-concept exploits in Google's Internet of Things security cameras, marketed as Nest Dropcam, Nest Dropcam Pro, Nest Cam Outdoor and Nest Cam Indoor; these vulnerabilities were disclosed to Google last fall, but Google/Nest have not patched them despite the gravity of the vulnerability and the long months since the disclosure. (more…)
Tags: Google, Security, Post, Crime, W3c, Infosec, Iot, Github, Free Speech, Whistleblowing, War On General Purpose Computing, Google Nest, EME, Internet Of Shit, My Voice Is My Passport Verify Me