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Citing ‘a few’ malfunctions, Google nukes touch function from Home Mini

By | Gadgets, Google, Google Home Mini, Internet of Things, IoT, TC | No Comments

 Google is permanently axing all “top touch” functionality from its new Home Mini device after a nasty bug was documented yesterday that essentially recorded everything around the gadget and sent it to Google. These things happen! Either the company couldn’t be sure it could fix it or it couldn’t be sure people would trust that it did — so they made the choice to… Read More

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A messed up Google Home Mini recorded a tech reporter 24/7

By | Gadgets, Google, Google Home Mini, privacy, surveillance, TC | No Comments

 The idea of inviting an always-on recording device into our bedrooms would have once seemed beyond creepy, but now most consumers hardly give it a second thought. As Android Police reports, a small number of Google Home Mini review units given to tech reviewers malfunctioned, persistently recording audio in the background without being activated by a hotword. Read More

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Bose debuts new Google Assistant-optimized noise cancelling headphones

By | bose, Gadgets, Google, Google Assistant, Hardware, headphones, TC, virtual assistants | No Comments

 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

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Google, HTC sign $1.1B USD cooperation agreement to boost Google’s hardware game

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 Google and HTC have entered into an agreement where certain HTC employees will join Google. As part of the transaction, HTC will receive $1.1B USD in cash from Google. Google will also receive non-exclusive license for HTC’s intellectual property. HTC says many of the employees worked with Google to develop the Pixel smartphones. Read More

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Google’s Pixel 2 XL leaks in two colorways, reportedly priced at $849

By | Android, Gadgets, Google, Hardware, Mobile, Pixel 2 XL, smarthone, TC | No Comments

 Google’s big Pixel 2 event is coming up very soon – it’s set for October 4. The Pixel 2 XL has leaked, however, with pictures of both a black and a white color option, and the Pixel 2 XL name is apparently going to be the official one, too, according to a new report from Droid Life. The smartphone looks like the original, but with a sleeker rear two-tone look, with what… Read More

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Let’s review some of tech’s big second quarter financial stories

By | Amazon, Apps, Blue Apron, Facebook, Gadgets, Google, Mobile, Netflix, Snap, Snapchat, TC, Twitter, Yelp | No Comments

 Now that the second-quarter “earnings season” — when all of the biggest public tech companies spill their financial guts to the public — is over, and it was filled with a lot of weird stories that seemed a little outside of the mold that we normally see. There weren’t any blockbuster product launches, huge advertising beats, wildly surprising numbers (outside… Read More

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Google Home now works with Spotify free accounts

By | Gadgets, Google, google home, Spotify, TC, voice assistants | No Comments

 For all the talk of how voice assistants could be the future of IoT or computing in general, the only consistently engaging use of home assistants like Echo or Google Home seems to be audio playback. Today, Google is making it a bit easier for the cheapos to get in on the action, as it’s beginning to roll out support for Spotify free accounts on its Home platform. Read More

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Ikea smart lightbulbs get HomeKit, Alexa and Google Home support

By | Amazon, Apple, Gadgets, Google, Hardware, ikea, TC | No Comments

 Ikea’s smart lighting system has received an update that makes its wireless hub compatible with Apple’s HomeKit, as well as with Amazon Alexa, and Google Home. This means if you have the hub and bulbs, you should be able to control them with your voice using any of those devices, as well as control them in Apple’s iOS Home app. The update also makes it possible to discover… Read More

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