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Google is gifting a free Home Mini to some YouTube Premium subscribers

Google will announce a new rebranded Google Home Mini next week.

What you need to know Some YouTube Premium subscribers are receiving an offer for a free Google Home Mini via the Google Assistant. A Google Home Mini normally retails for $ 50, but with this promotion you’ll only pay tax and shipping. Google is expected to announced a new and improved Google Home Mini rebranded as the Nest Mini at its October 15 Made by Google  [Read More…]

Linksys can now use its mesh networks to track motion in your home

Turn your mesh into a motion sensor for your home.

What you need to know Linksys Aware is a subscription service that notifies you about motion in your home. It tracks motion using only the signal from the Linksys Velop Tri-band mesh system. Subscriptions start at $ 2.99 per month, $ 24.99 per year.

If you have a Linksys VelopTri-Band AC2200 mesh system, you will be receiving an update that enables your system for Linksys’ new Linksys  [Read More…]

You can finally make Duo voice calls from your Google Home

Google Home joins the Nest Hub in getting support for Duo audio calls.

What you need to know You can now make Duo audio calls on your Google Home, Home Mini, and Home Max. The feature is now available as long as your Assistant language is set to English (United States). You can call contacts just by issuing a command to your Google Home speaker.

You could make Duo video calls on the Nest Hub Max and  [Read More…]

Google is giving away a free Home Mini to some YouTube Premium subscribers

Google is giving away free Home Minis yet again.

What you need to know Google is offering a free Home Mini to select YouTube Premium subscribers in certain regions. The company started offering a free Home Mini to some Google One and YouTube Music subscribers in Europe recently. Google Nest Mini, the rumored successor to the Home Mini, is expected to be launched on October 15.

If you happen to be a YouTube Premium subscriber and have  [Read More…]

These smart home devices work with Amazon Echo

Smart home tech is becoming a more accessible and popular way of upgrading your current household setup. The best thing about the Amazon Echo family of products and Amazon Alexa is the seemingly endless integration with many popular and emerging smart home devices. Here is a smorgasbord of some of the best Alexa-compatible smart home tools that work with your Amazon Echo device.

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10 smart home accessories to buy with an Amazon Echo Dot

The Amazon Echo Dot alone is a pretty unassuming product, but it’s all you really need to control many different smart home products using just your voice. We’ve rounded up the ten best smart home accessories to buy with your Amazon Echo Dot.

Amazon’s best streaming device Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Amazon updated its Fire TV stick in 2018 to support 4K HDR, and it also ships with a handy remote control with a  [Read More…]

What are Routines in the Google Home app, and how do you use them?

Have you ever wished you could make your smart home do multiple actions at once with a single command? Maybe turning off all the lights and adjusting your thermostat in your home when you leave for the office in the morning. Another example would be starting your morning by hearing the weather, latest headlines, your favorite music, and turning on your lights.

Well, the good news is, that’s exactly what Routines were created for. With a few simple steps, you  [Read More…]

Pimp out and protect your home with these smart sensors

Smart sensors are great little devices if you’re looking for added security. They can detect movement, alert you when someone tries to enter your home, detect leaks, and others can monitor room temperature. Our top pick is the Ecolink Z-Ware Door and Window Sensors. Set up is quick and easy, and it is compatible with SmartThings so that you can use voice controls through multiple smart hubs. Check our top picks for the best smart sensors out there.

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These are the best smart home upgrades you can buy for $50 or less

Building out your dream smart home doesn’t mean you have to drop hundreds of dollars on smart home stuff. There are some quality smart home products that are available for under $ 50 that let you upgrade your smart home one room at a time. We’ve rounded up the best value for smart speakers, smart bulbs, smart plugs and more so that you can kick back and enjoy your fancy new smart home.

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Samsung launches Galaxy Home Mini beta testing program in South Korea

For now, the beta program is limited to Galaxy smartphone owners in South Korea.

What you need to know Samsung has opened a beta program for the Galaxy Home Mini in South Korea. The smaller version of the unreleased Galaxy Home smart speaker had passed through the FCC in May. Samsung’s Galaxy Home Mini comes with the company’s Bixby voice assistant and AKG sound technology.

In May this year, a smaller version of the Galaxy Home Mini  [Read More…]