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Amazon and Google May Be Adding Voice Calls to Their Smart Home Speakers

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Amazon and Google are currently considering adding voice call functionality to their smart home speakers, namely the Echo and Home, respectively. It’s unclear exactly how the function would work, but it’s expected that Google will likely tie the Home into Google Voice or Project Fi, while Amazon will focus on adding either a dedicated phone number … Continue reading Amazon and Google May Be Adding Voice Calls to Their Smart Home Speakers

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You Can Now Control Your Smart Home via Google Assistant on the Pixel

For whatever reason, Google Assistant across devices is different. Some functions are available on the Google Home, while others can be utilized on the Pixels. Thankfully, one of the Home’s most well-known features is finally making it’s way down to the Pixel and Pixel XL: smart home control. In Google Assistant’s settings, you’ll now find a ‘Home control’ option which allows users to add or … Continue reading You Can Now Control Your Smart Home via Google Assistant on the Pixel

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LG’s New Fridge Features Both webOS and Amazon Alexa

LG is working hard this year to put its software, webOS, everywhere it can. Now they have put it in a fridge, with an integration of Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa. With this software, you can automatically adjust the settings, power consumption or have it order groceries all with your voice. They are not stopping there, as it also has the ability to play music, check … Continue reading LG’s New Fridge Features Both webOS and Amazon Alexa

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Lenovo’s Smart Assistant is a $129 Alternative to the Amazon Echo

At CES 2017, Lenovo unveiled the Smart Assistant, their take on a voice-controlled smart home assistant. It’s similar to how the Google Home works as it’s directly in its price range, but it more closely resembles the work Amazon has done with the Echo since a) it’s powered by Alexa and b) Lenovo and Amazon built it together. At first glance, you’ll notice that the … Continue reading Lenovo’s Smart Assistant is a $129 Alternative to the Amazon Echo

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Plume’s Mesh-Based WiFi System Now For Sale

Plume, a California-based company, announced today that their Adaptive WiFi system is now ready for purchase. This comes after pre-orders opened this summer. Plume is a mesh-based Wi-Fi system for in your home that uses compact “pods” to provide coverage in every room of your house. This product is similar to what Eero and other WiFi mesh systems offer: to prevent signal drops and deads spots … Continue reading Plume’s Mesh-Based WiFi System Now For Sale

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Google Slashes Prices of OnHub Routers By Up to 40%

We’ve only got a week to go until Google’s new Wifi smart router hits the market, but they’re not yet letting go of their first attempt at home internet called the OnHub. They slashed the price on Amazon in light of their upcoming launch. The TP OnHub router now sells for $117.49, which is a pretty big discount at 40% coming from $200. Due to large … Continue reading Google Slashes Prices of OnHub Routers By Up to 40%

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Amazon is Reportedly Working On an Echo with a Fire Tablet Attached to It

Amazon’s Echo has recently met some competition thanks to Google Home, however the company now looks to be upping their game a bit in the world of home assistants with a new, upgraded Echo device that could launch as soon as Q1 2017. According to Bloomberg, the company will integrate a 7-inch display that’s “tilted upwards” on top of the Echo that’ll display information such … Continue reading Amazon is Reportedly Working On an Echo with a Fire Tablet Attached to It

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Deal: Google Home Will Be $99 From Google For a Limited Time

Just a few days ago, it was made known that Best Buy would sell the Google Home, Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo, for just $99 during Black Friday. However, it appears that this was unveiled a bit prematurely as Google themselves have announced that the smart home accessory will be for sale at $99 through their own dedicated store and likely third party retailers such as Walmart … Continue reading Deal: Google Home Will Be $99 From Google For a Limited Time

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Deal: Get Google Home for $99 at Best Buy on Black Friday

Most Americans right now are probably gearing up for November 25th. In other words, Black Friday is almost here. Therefore, plenty of retailers are rushing to spread the word about their discounts and various deals that’ll take place Thanksgiving evening and into Saturday morning. One deal that’s definitely worth a note here is one Best Buy is having on the Google Home, Google’s answer to … Continue reading Deal: Get Google Home for $99 at Best Buy on Black Friday