Top 5 Black Friday smart speaker deals: Amazon Echo leads the pack

The home smart speaker is the newest home consumer electronics product category. And this year the technology is more advanced with features like built-in displays.

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Amazon Deploys Army of Echoes Against Oncoming Threats


Amazon has unveiled five new Echo products that raise the bar in the automated home market. Among other things, Amazon has improved the sound quality in its second-gen Echo speaker to compete with several new competitors in the high-end audio segment. The new Echo has a new speaker architecture, a dedicated tweeter, Dolby sound processing, and a 2.5 inch down-firing woofer. The new smart speaker uses Amazon’s second generation far-field technology, which offers improved wake word-processing, better beam-forming and enhanced noise cancellation.

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Get ready for Hurricane Irma: 10 essentials for sheltering at home

Turn your home into a hurricane defiant fortress … if you are not planning to evacuate from the path of a hurricane, then sheltering in place still means you absolutely need to gear up and get ready.

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Hurricane essentials: 12 must-have items to help you survive the storm

Are you ready for a hurricane to strike? What if you need to suddenly leave your home for a few days? Is your “go bag” prepared with the right essential items in case you need to evacuate to safety?

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HP's virtual reality simulator will 'build' a colony on Mars

HP is hooking up with chip company Nvidia and others in a “Mars Home Planet” project where participants make 3D models of Martian buildings, cities, vehicles and infrastructure.

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Tech Q&A: Best smart home devices

I want a smart home that lets me remotely control temperatures, turn on the lights and use a code instead of a key to get into my house. There are so many different products. What are the best smart home gadgets?

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How to Set Up a Mesh Network for Your Home or Small Office

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One of the most exciting developments in home tech recently has been the explosion of mesh networking solutions, which allow nearly seamless distribution of Wi-Fi throughout your home or small office. Here’s how to get started.

The post How to Set Up a Mesh Network for Your Home or Small Office appeared first on ExtremeTech.

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Google bets on modular homes to help employees with soaring housing costs

Soaring home prices and apartment rents in Silicon Valley have become a growing headache for technology titans. Google owner Alphabet Inc. is taking a step toward addressing the issue.

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Google Home can now support up to six different accounts

Now, up to six people can connect their accounts to one Google Home, and the speaker will recognize each person’s voice and respond accordingly.

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Burger King Ad Creates Whopper of a Mess for Google Home


Burger King in essence hijacked the voice-activated Google Home speakers in some consumers’ homes. In a 15-second television ad, the camera zooms in on a young man wearing the company uniform who says, “OK Google, what is the Whopper burger?” The “OK Google” trigger phrase for Google’s artificial intelligence Assistant activated Google Home speakers situated nearby, prompting them to read Wikipedia’s description of the Whopper. Burger King apparently intended to prompt the Assistant to deliver the glowing description posted on the page.

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Google may combine Home and Wi-Fi hub into a single product

Google is said to be considering combining its Google Home and Google Wi-Fi smart-home devices into a single product, expanding functionality and cutting costs for smart homes of the future.

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Google Home surprises users by playing 'Beauty and the Beast' promo

Google Home surprised users Thursday by slipping in a promo for the movie ‘Beauty and the Beast’ into its ‘My Day’ feature.

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