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LG intros the ThinQ smart speaker, a Google Home Max competitor

In 2018 LG will also be joining the smart speaker frenzy with a new product which has just unveiled today via a press released. The speaker is called ThinQ and boasts a familiar cylindrical shape. It will be showcased at CES 2018, alongside other speaker products including a portable Bluetooth speaker and a speaker bar. […]

New ThinQ Speaker brings LG into the smart home game using Google Assistant

This was basically an inevitability.

LG is continuing its tradition of pre-announcing things ahead of big trade shows, and has just dropped details on some of its home audio lineup for CES 2018. There are some new portable speakers and sound bars, but the most interesting part of the announcement is the new “ThinQ Speaker.” The ThinQ Speaker brings Google Assistant in yet another package, joining the ranks of several other companies that announced similar devices earlier this year.

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How to change the theme of your PlayStation 4 home screen

You’re right! That default blue background is boring! You’ve probably been hoping that you could change that drab background to something more exciting. Looking at exactly the same thing every time you fire up your PlayStation 4 can become quite tedious. There is a reason why computer operating systems have had the option to change your wallpaper for a long time.

Thank goodness, there is a better way. You can change the theme on your PS4 and the  [Read More…]

Basic Wi-Fi security: How to easily improve your home internet safety

Wireless routers seem scary, but they don’t have to be. Here are the basic security things you can fix yourself.

Attention, well-meaning family members: Nerds are not your holiday tech support. Sure, we twitch (more than) a little bit when we use operating systems that haven’t been updated in months, and firmware that’s just waiting for a patch. But we’re not home for that. No, we’re here for a little too much booze and to cast side eye  [Read More…]

Google Home Max has a slight latency issue with its aux port

Thankfully, most users won’t ever notice this.

Google recently launched the Home Max as its flagship smart speaker, and although it’s not perfect, it’s still a lot of fun for audio lovers that are heavily invested in Google’s walled-garden. The speaker isn’t without its flaws, but there’s a new one that was recently discovered that could prove to be a pain in the butt for a small group of people.

First reported by Variety, the Google Home  [Read More…]

How to enable Google Home ‘Guest mode’

Some parties are best handled by a single DJ, but it doesn’t hurt to let guests get in on the fun sometimes.

The Google Home, Home Mini and Home Max can be great party companions, filling the room with music or podcasts and taking occasional breaks to answer questions. But what if your guests want to play something from their own collection rather than talking to it directly? Well that’s what “Guest mode” is for. Once you  [Read More…]

Amazon acquires Blink, a smart home surveillance company

Amazon is acquiring Blink, a brand that knows what it’s doing when it comes to connected home surveillance equipment, likely in an effort to grow in that market.

Blink, a smart home surveillance company, has officially confirmed it has been bought up by Amazon. Blink says that its surveillance cameras will continue to work for the foreseeable future, so owners shouldn’t expect their devices to just give out on them. Blink offers cameras for both indoor and outdoor use, which range in price from $  [Read More…]

Look over your home with two wireless Yi Home Cameras for $40

You can’t be everywhere at once, but this could help.

Right now, you can grab two Yi Wireless Home Cameras for just $ 40 total when you enter promo code 32QMPUSR at checkout. You must add two to your cart to see this deal. $ 20 apiece is a price we’ve shared on this camera once before recently, and it sold out very quickly.

The wireless Yi Home Camera features 720p HD resolution with a 111-degree wide-angle  [Read More…]

Google Home Max vs. Sonos

While Google Home Max takes a poke at Sonos’ top-shelf speakers, it’s merely a product. Sonos is a system.

You can’t help but look at Google Home Max — the large, $ 400 version of Google Home — and come to the conclusion that Google is sticking its nose where Sonos has been for years.

That’s not to say that Google hasn’t done well in the realm of wireless music. Its Chromecast protocol made it ridiculously easy to “cast”  [Read More…]

Akita Might Be The Smartest Investment For Any Smart Home

Keep your home protected from IoT invasions and hacks with Akita!

We’re at a crossroads — smart home products have never been more affordable and accessible to the general public, but at the same time, they’re often unsecure and most connected devices are susceptible to attacks. Criminals have caught onto this trend and smart home hacks are on the rise. What can we do to secure our IoT products?

Fortunately, there are folks working to  [Read More…]