Tag Archive: Home


Just say Stop to dismiss timers on Google Home and Assistant smart devices

One of the most common uses for Google Home just got less annoying.

Google Assistant may have hundreds of thousands of features you can use on smart speakers and smart displays like music, recipies, and so, so many web searches, but one of the most-used features — alarms and timers — had a disapppointingly dumb conclusion. See, you can easily set a timer or alarm with your voice, but trying to dismiss the loud tones that sound when those  [Read More…]

Make your Chromebook feel like home with a new wallpaper

When using a Chromebook, you may notice that your desktop isn’t used in quite the same way as it is on a Windows or MacOS laptop. While other systems let you use the desktop as a dumping ground for all your documents and application shortcuts, Chrome has your desktop clean, clear, and used for only one thing: your wallpaper. As such, your wallpaper is more important than ever, and here’s how to set one you actually like on  [Read More…]

Upgrade your home network with the user-friendly Google Wifi

Best answer: Even though the system came out in 2016, its tech is still relevant and can give your home network a boost. Google Wifi is worth the investment if you’re looking to upgrade your home network, or even if you just want to get your network to reach that one dead spot in your house. It’s a solid and easy-to-use mesh router that stands out among other home Wifi systems because of its low entry price  [Read More…]

Facebook Portal vs. Google Home Hub: Which should you buy?

After spending hundreds of hours with Smart Displays, it has become clear there’s no such thing as one device for every kind of person. But thanks to the fantastic choices available today, it’s surprisingly easy to choose the right one for you.

Google Home Hub

Nearly perfect

$ 150 at Best Buy

Pros Incredible display Touch-friendly UI Privacy-forward design Amazing smart home support Cons Speaker is just OK No camera can be a bummer

Google  [Read More…]

Amazon’s Alexa team can apparently find your home address in seconds

The convenience of virtual assistants comes at a cost.

In the world of smart assistants, Amazon Alexa is one of the most popular and widely-used. It’s accessible through smart speakers, phones, and smartwatches, and while it’s an incredibly powerful tool, the convenience of using it comes at the expense of your privacy.

Privacy conerns surrounding Alexa, Google Assistant, etc. aren’t new, but according to a new report from Bloomberg, employees of Amazon’s Alexa Data Services team have  [Read More…]

These are the best of the best in smart home devices compatible with Alexa

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

Smart plug times six TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip

TP-Link’s  [Read More…]

LG to reportedly stop producing smartphones in home country of South Korea

Phone production will be moved to an existing plant in Vietnam.

Quarter after quarter, LG continually loses money on its smartphone division. The company’s tried to shake things up, such as moving away from being committed to releasing a new phone every year, but it looks like things still aren’t working.

According to a report from Reuters citing Yonhap News Agency, LG is planning on stopping production of smartphones at its manufacturing plant in South Korea and  [Read More…]

Works With Ring unites your smart devices and home security system

Ring has never been better.

Ring has announced a new Certified addition to the Works With Ring program, which gives certain items that already pair on a superficial level with Ring the ability to do even more. Imagine you’re using the Live View of your Ring Stick Up camera when you see someone suspicious approaching your front door. If you also happen to have a Certified smart lock like the Schlage Encode deadbolt, you’ll be able to  [Read More…]

Pick up the Capcom Home Arcade console this fall

Nostalgia is a hell of a drug and Capcom is looking to give you your latest fix.

We already have the SNES Classic, NES Classic, and PlayStation Classic so what else could we need? Well according to Capcom, we’ll need its new Capcom Home Arcade console. It’s not exactly a reimagining of a previous console the company released, but it will bring 16 classic games to your living room.

Break some high scores in single player,  [Read More…]

The Google Home Hub will apparently be rebranded as ‘Google Nest Hub’

And people wonder why Google’s brand identity gets made fun of.

Back in October, Google released the Home Hub — an excellent little smart display with a fantastic design, gorgeous display, and solid price tag. It’s an awesome smart home device that fits in line with Google’s other Home products, but according to a new report, it’ll soon go by a different name.

Per 9to5Google, the Google Home Hub will soon be rebranded and relaunched as the  [Read More…]