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Google Has Released Their First Home Hub Smart Display Just In Time For Amazon’s Newest Echo Show To Be Available
A year after Amazon introduced its first smart display, the Echo Show, Google has responded with its own version: the Google Home Hub. And in just a week from now Amazon’s 2nd generation Echo Show will hit the shelves.
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Updates In The New Echo Dot Include A More Inviting Look With Better Sound Quality
Amazon recently has a new look to their Echo Dot by replacing the plastic with fabric. They’ve also made sure that the latest model has better sound quality by installing a 1.6-inch speaker.
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Amazon, Google, Apple, And Now Facebook. Does Smart Home Supremacy Begin With The Smart Speaker?
Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook all have developed their own smart speakers. Each company has its own strategy and downside risk of regulation. As we see it, there are three key reasons for all the tech giants to come up with smart speakers and keep up the trend.
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Google And Amazon Currently Dominate The Smart Home Landscape. But Do You Have To Make A Choice Between The Two Giants?
Pick either Amazon and Alexa or Google and Assistant, and pick it before you start looking at all the smart things you want to buy.
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It’s Easy To Enter The Smart Home World With The Help Of Virtual Assistants
​The best way to step into the world of the connected home is to invest in a smart speaker. Smart speakers connect to the internet, and like a smartphone, they also have a personal digital assistant (Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, or Google Assistant) that responds to verbal commands.
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Simple Ways To Make Your Home Safer By Limiting The Vulnerability Of Smart Devices
These are some of the things you can do to keep yourself safe. Rename and reroute your router and change the default password. If you have guests visiting, create a guest network for them. Don’t give anyone access to your primary network. While the two-factor authentication is not foolproof, it does offer some protection. Turn it on.
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Partnership Between Amazon And Travelers Means Discounts On Smart Devices And Insurance Policies
Travelers insurance is launching a storefront on Amazon. Their customers in eligible states can get a discount on smart home kits that include security cameras, water sensors, motion detectors, an Echo Dot and a hub to coordinate all of them.
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Facebook’s Portal Is More Than Just A Video Chat Smart Display
Facebook recently came up with a new way of video chatting. The device called Portal lets the users video chat with their Facebook friends, whether they own Portal or not. Portal can also pull videos for you from Facebook Watch and play music from Pandora or Spotify.
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Try Before You Buy! B8ta Partners With Google To Let You Test Out Smart Devices.
Many consumers would love to try out a product properly and this does not include the assisted demo in a shop. B8ta, a startup, believes in this idea and has partnered with Google to make it happen.
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Trust Remains An Important Factor As Facebook Rolls Out Their Portal Smart Display
Consumer privacy concerns led Facebook to limit initial use cases for Portal, keeping out much of its knowledge of your social life, and it’s potentially why Portal did not debut with facial recognition software, as had initially been reported.
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