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5 consumer hardware VCs share their 2021 investment strategies

Consumer hardware has always been a tough market to crack, but the COVID-19 crisis made it even harder. TechCrunch surveyed five key investors who touch different aspects of the consumer electronics industry, based on our TechCrunch List of top VCs recommended by founders, along with other sources. We asked these investors the same six questions, and each provided similar thoughts, but different approaches: Hans Tung, managing partner, GGV Capital Dayna Grayson, co-founder and general partner, ...
Tags: Health, TC, Hardware, India, Tech, Tesla, Xiaomi, Venture Capital, Nest, Vietnam, Wearable Devices, Shasta, Ggv Capital, Consumer Electronics, Shasta Ventures, Consumer Electronics Show

The best of Google, now in new devices

Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, technology should work for you. This week during a virtual CES and Galaxy Unpacked, we were introduced to a lineup of new products that do exactly that, all with the best of Google built in.Whether you're heading out or staying in, there's something new for you to get excited about. When you’re on the go The new Galaxy S21 series comes with a more cohesive Android experience and updates that make it easier to stay in touch with friends and family. From...
Tags: Google, Android, Families, Samsung, Sony, Nest, Kenwood, Michael Kors, Verizon FIOS, Darci, Samsung TV, Tuya, Rich Communication Services RCS, Google Assistant, Google Home, Google Duo

Google's Smart Speakers and Displays Now Have a Guest Mode

Google’s smart speakers and displays, like Nest Audio and Nest Hub Max, have a new feature as of today: Guest Mode, which makes the devices act more like a public Google Assistant terminal rather than a personal assistant, says The Verge.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Nest, Smarthome, Smart Speakers, Nest Hub Max, Guest Mode, Nest Audio

Guest Mode: An easy privacy control for your home devices

It's our responsibility to respect your privacy, no matter what device you're using. That's why Google Assistant is built to automatically keep your information private, safe and secure. By default, we don’t save your audio recordings and you can ask Google Assistant questions like “How do you keep my information private?” or delete activity from your Google Account by saying things like “Hey Google, delete everything I said to you this week.” Last year, we also added a way to adjust how sensiti...
Tags: Google, Nest, Safety And Security, Google Assistant, Google Maps YouTube, Nest Hub Max Just, Philippe de Lurand Pierre Paul

For Tony Fadell, the future of startups is connected and sustainable

Tony Fadell can’t stop thinking about what’s next in tech. The man credited with creating the iPod, building the iPhone and founding the smart-home company, Nest, had tried to retire before he started his latest venture, Future Shape, but found that retirement didn’t really take. So the 51-year-old designer, engineer and investor, together with a core group of collaborators, has spent the last three years staking out the shape of the future of tech with a slew of public and undisclosed invest...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Finance, Tech, Ipod, Tony Fadell, Nest, John Legend, Natalie Portman, Impossible Foods, Phononic, Hodinkee, Fadell, Sweetgreen, Menlo Micro

Google Nest Thermostat (2020) review: A little less, yet still the best

Google's new, stylish Nest Thermostat delivers nearly all of the smart features available in the original Nest Learning thermostat -- for about half the price.
Tags: Google, Trends, Nest, Smart Home, Nest Thermostat, Google Nest Thermostat, Google Nest Thermostat (3rd Gen

YouTube, Gmail, and Everything Else Google, Is Down Right Now [Update: Everything Should Be Back]

It’s not just you. YouTube, Gmail, and just about every conceivable Google-based service, from Google Docs to Google Play Movies to Google Calendar, is down right now across several parts of the globe, including the U.S., UK, Japan, India, and Australia, among a host of other countries.Read more...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Google Play, Science, Australia, Youtube, Google Docs, Nest, Google Calendar, Google Classroom, Google Play Movies, Discord, Google Home, YouTube Gmail, Is Google Down, Everything Else Google

YouTube, Gmail, and Everything Else Google, Is Down Right Now

It’s not just you. YouTube, Gmail, and just about every conceivable Google-based service, from Google Docs to to Google Play Movies to Google Calendar, is down right now across several places around the globe, including the U.S., UK, Japan, India, and Australia, among a host of other countries.Read more...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Google Play, Science, Australia, Youtube, Google Docs, Nest, Google Calendar, Google Classroom, Google Play Movies, Discord, Google Home, YouTube Gmail, Is Google Down, Everything Else Google

Deal integrates Google’s Nest with Samsung’s smart home ecosystem

Google Nest devices, which include thermostats, cameras and doorbells, will be Works With SmartThings certified starting in January 2021.
Tags: Google, Internet Of Things, Technology, Samsung, Radio, Iot, Nest, Smart Home, Smartthings, Select, Google Nest, Ralf Elias, Wwst

A smarter smart home from Google and Samsung

So many products come together to power a smart home—light bulbs, thermostats, TVs, speakers...the list goes on and on. To make it easier for you to control all of your connected devices, we’ve been working closely with manufacturers to make sure your devices communicate and work across the smart home ecosystem. Coming soon, your Assistant and Nest devices will now interoperate more easily with your Samsung smart devices in your home.You’ll be able access and control your Nest devices, like Nest...
Tags: Google, Samsung, Nest, Michele, Google Samsung, Google Assistant, Google Home

Apple Music Now Available on Nest Smart Speakers and Displays

Google today announced that Apple Music will begin rolling out today on Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers and displays in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Japan. This includes the Nest Audio, Nest Hub Max, Nest Mini, and more. To play music from Apple Music on Google Assistant devices, users first need to link their Apple Music account in the Google Home app. It is also possible to select Apple Music as the default music streaming service. Then, users can use voic...
Tags: Google, Japan, Featured, Nest, Amazon Echo, Apple Music, Google Home, United States United Kingdom France Germany, Max Nest Mini

$99 Speaker Showdown: HomePod Mini vs. Amazon Echo and Google Nest Audio

Apple recently released the HomePod mini, a new $99 version of the original HomePod that's smaller, cuter, and, most importantly, competitively priced. At $99, the ‌HomePod mini‌ can better compete with affordable smart speakers from companies like Google and Amazon. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The ‌HomePod mini‌ has been praised for its high-quality sound at its price point, so we thought we'd compare it to Google's Nest Audio and Amazon's Echo to see how...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Featured, Siri, Pandora, Nest, Amazon Echo, Apple Music, Alexa, Amazon Music, MacRumors YouTube, Alexa Amazon, Buyer's Guide, Amazon Subscribe

The Nest devices that save sleep-deprived parents

When my daughter Ruth was born this January, she was a handful. Literally. In the early months of her life, she refused to be put down, fussing and screaming unless we were holding her, walking up and down the hallways of our home. I became a sleep-deprived zombie, shuffling around with one arm free to get some much-needed coffee. And that was on a good day. I needed all the help I could get. And for me, some of that help came in the form of Google Assistant. Thanks to the Google Nest devices ar...
Tags: Google, United States, Nest, Ruth, Google Nest, Google Assistant, Nest Hub Max, Hub Max, Megan Friedman

I'm Tired of Broken Smart Homes

While smart homes can be pretty convenient, they also require a certain type of never-ending vigilance. Specifically, you have to keep up with which companies support what platforms, and if any mergers or acquisitions have royally screwed your entire setup. Then, you have to decide whether you’re going to go through…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Nest, Smart Homes, Philips Hue, Google Nest

Some gourd, old-fashioned Halloween fun with Google

A socially distant Halloween doesn't have to be antisocial; there's plenty of family fun at home to be had. We're launching several spook-tacular features across our products to help you celebrate. From AR characters and 3D magical cats to Doodle games and Google Assistant riddles--you’re in for a real treat. Magic cats and Search surprises  This Halloween our 2016 Magic Cat Academy Doodle is back with a subaquatic shriek-quel! When you visit the Google homepage for the next 48 hours, click ...
Tags: Google, Search, Brazil, Magic, Nest, Jack, Don, Momo, Google Assistant, Jack O'Lantern, Magic Cat Academy Doodle

Google Nest Audio vs. Google Home

Google Nest Audio is here, but how does it compare to the original Google Home? We take a look at these two smart speakers to see which one best fits your home.
Tags: Google, Trends, Nest, Smart Home, Buying Guides, Google Assistant, Google Home, Google Nest Audio

Nest Secure Is the Latest Google Device to Be Chopped

Google seems to be on a big hack-and-slash spree this year, culling products—even beloved ones—in an attempt to streamline its offerings. The tech giant is known for abandoning or restructuring certain devices, services, and apps that didn’t take off the way it hoped, but 2020 seems to be the year for it. And now …Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Rip, Nest, Nest Secure, Google Graveyard

Our favorite 10 new things coming to Smart Displays

Every day, people ask Google for help with things like catching up on their favorite shows, turning on their garage lights, filling their homes with relaxing music, playing games and even keeping their family on track. As we expect more of our smart home devices, Smart Displays are increasingly becoming a hub that entertains and connects the whole home and whole family, all day (and night) long. Today, we’re introducing a brand new experience that builds on the smarts of Google and visual capabi...
Tags: Google, Nest, Max, Google Assistant, Jack Krawczyk, Google Workspace, Disney Netflix YouTube TV

How to cast a Google Meet video call from your computer to a TV screen

If you have casting capability, you can view a Google Meeting on your TV screen. FilippoBacci/Getty Images You can cast a Google Meet video call from your computer to your TV if you have a Chromecast or Nest device. You can start casting a Google Meeting to your TV before or during the meeting itself. When casting, your TV will display the video for the Google Meeting, but you'll still be communicating through your computer's webcam and microphone. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference l...
Tags: Google, Trends, Chromecast, Nest, Video Conferencing, Tech Insider, Google Meet, Google Meeting, Product Card, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Tech How To, Smart Home (Reference, Newsroom Affiliate, Chrissy Montelli

The New Nest Thermostat Shaves $40 Off the Price But Also Ditches the Scroll Wheel

For the first time in three years, Google is introducing a new model to its Nest smart thermostat line and at $130 the latest addition is the cheapest model yet without sacrificing much functionality, particularly if it’s going to be your first smart thermostat upgrade.Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Thermostats, Nest, Smart Home, Consumer Tech, Nest Thermostat

Nest launches its $129 thermostat with a new design, swipe and touch interface on the side

Google’s Nest unit today launched its newest thermostat. At $129, the Nest Thermostat is the company’s most affordable one yet, but it’s also the first to feature a new swipe and tap interface on its side, as well as Google’s Soli radar technology to sense room occupancy and when you are near the device. Soli, it is worth noting, is not being used for enabling gesture controls. Instead, because the design team wanted a solid mirror finish on the front, Nest decided to use it purely for mot...
Tags: Google, TC, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Home Automation, Canada, United States, Thermostat, Nest, Ecobee, Cad, HVAC, Soli, Desai, Google Nest

Nest Audio review

The Nest Audio is a surprisingly hefty thing. It’s compact, but dense, packing a lot into a footprint not much taller than an iPhone. At 2.65 pounds, it’s 2.5x the weight of the original Home. It’s clear that, above all, Google was interested in offering up something premium, in spite of a quite reasonable $99 price point. It certainly took the company long enough. It’s been four years since the first device arrived — that’s a lifetime on the scale of smart home devices. But while Google i...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, New York, Hardware, Siri, Tech, Chromecast, Sony, Nest, Smart Home, Bixby, Google Nest, Google Assistant

The Nest team let us in on their at-home sound setups

No two homes are alike: The things, people and routines that fill them are totally unique. That’s why the Nest team is so focused on creating flexible, customizable products and tools that can help everyone—and every home—function more smoothly, and more joyfully. Personally, my recipe for Nest-enabled home happiness starts in the kitchen with my Google Nest Hub Max, which I consider my personal sous chef. There’s a Google Nest Wifi point (which doubles as a smart speaker) in the guest room-turn...
Tags: Google, Chromecast, Netflix, Nest, Max, Google Store, Google Assistant, Google Home, Google Home Max, Google Nest Hub Max, Google Nest Wifi, Brianna LaFleur, Gabe Slotnick, Arianna Clem, Nest Audios

All the Specs Google Didn't Share at Today's 'Launch Night In'

I’ve been covering press events for roughly 15 years or so, and in all that time, I’ve never seen a company speed through its announcements as quickly as Google did during today’s “Launch Night In” event. Perhaps Google knew it was staying up past its bedtime and didn’t want to get yelled at?
Tags: Google, Android, Chromecast, Nest, Lifehacks, Pixel

Made for music, the new Nest Audio is here

This year, we’ve all spent a lot of time exploring things to do at home. Some of us gardened, and others baked. We tried at-home workouts, or took up art projects. But one thing that many—maybe all of us—did? Enjoyed a lot of music at home. I’ve spent so much more time listening to music during quarantine—bossa nova is my go-to soundtrack for doing the dishes and Lil Baby has become one of my favorite artists. We worked with Kelton Research and found that over the past five months, Americans inc...
Tags: Google, India, Canada, Nest, Google Store, Google Assistant, Google Home, Google Home Google, Mark Spates, Kelton Research, Nest Audio, Google Home Nest Mini, Google Assistant on Nest Audio, Philips Hue TP Link

Google's new $99 Nest Audio will go head to head with Amazon's redesigned Echo — here's how to preorder the smart speaker

Nest Audio comes in five official colors: charcoal, chalk, sand, sage, and sky. Google Google's Nest Audio is a $99 smart speaker controlled by Google Assistant, and it's available for preorder now.The Nest Audio joins the $49 Nest Mini in Google's growing smart home device family, and it will compete with Amazon's redesigned Echo.Google announced the Nest Audio alongside its flagship Pixel phone and an updated Chromecast streaming device.Less than a week after Amazon revealed a redesigned ...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Trends, Tech, Chromecast, Nest, Alexa, Google Google, Tech Insider, Google Assistant, Google @home, Google Assistant Google, Smart Speakers, Google Home Mini, Kevin Webb

Walmart Spilled the Beans on Google's Next Smart Speaker a Week Early

Google isn’t expected to announce its next smart speaker until Sept. 30 during its Launch Night In event, but it apparently that hasn’t stopped Walmart from spilling the beans a week early.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Walmart, Leaks, Nest, Consumer Tech, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers, Google Launch Night In Event, Walmart Leaks Google Nest Audio, Nest Audio

Creating the Bridge Between Broker and Agent

[Note from editor: The “Mastermind Showcase” highlights companies and news from members of the GEM. Today’s showcase: Nest Realty.] Formed during the 2008 housing bubble crisis by Jonathan Kauffmann, Keith Davis and Jim Duncan, Nest believes in the partnership between a brokerage and an agent by offering technology, marketing, and business management support to its agents. All agents know they need to stay in touch with their clients: the Friends of Nest program is a  personal marketing camp...
Tags: Chicago, Radio, Nest, Nest Realty, Brokerages, Jennifer Kjellgren, Agents and Brokers, Matermind Showcase, Jonathan Kauffmann Keith Davis, Jim Duncan Nest, Friends of Nest

Property tech companies are helping landlords spy on residents, collect their data, and even evict them. Critics are calling it an invasion of privacy that could reinforce inequality.

"Landlord Tech" shows where tenants have reported the use of surveillance technologies like facial recognition in their buildings. Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Landlords are increasingly using facial recognition software and other surveillance technologies to track tenants' movements and collect their data. The companies selling "proptech" claim their products make residents safer, but some say flaws and biases mean they're really just accelerating gentrification and invading people's pri...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Real Estate, Congress, Housing, Life, New York City, US, Trends, Airbnb, Gentrification, Nest, Landlords, Zillow, Facial Recognition Technology

Google Wifi vs. Nest Wifi

Which is better -- Google Wifi or Nest Wifi? We take a look at each unit's speed, coverage, and features.
Tags: Google, Trends, Router, Computing, Wifi, Nest, Mesh, Buying Guides, Google Wifi