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Two settings to achieve max smart home privacy

Some things Google Home knows about you are obvious — what music you like, how bad you are at math — because those are the things you rely on it for the most. But Google Home knows a lot more about you than you might realize. That’s because your smart home speaker is tied to your Google account, so it’s also connected to a deep well of personal information, like your email address and debit or credit card number. That means privacy and security settings are just as important with Google Home as with your Gmail account.



a close up of a stuffed toy on a table: Keep your personal information private by setting up Voice Match on Google Home. Josh Miller/CNET


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a stuffed animal sitting on a table: Keep your personal information private by setting up Voice Match on Google Home.


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Keep your personal information private by setting up Voice Match on Google Home.


A lot of the same steps you should take to protect your Gmail account, like

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Smart Home Market Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Scope and Forecast 2020 to 2030

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Sep 18, 2020 (Profound via COMTEX) —
A new study on the global Smart Home Market has been published by Insight Slice. It presents a wealth of information on key market dynamics, including the drivers, market trends, and challenges, as well as the structure of the global Smart Home market. The study offers valuable information about the global Smart Home market to illustrate how the market would grow during the forecast period 2020 – 2030. The report provides the value and volume of the global Smart Home market for the period 2020ndash;2030, considering 2019 as the base year and 2030 as the forecast year. The report includes an elaborate executive summary, along with a snapshot of the growth behavior of various segments and sub-segments included in the scope of the study.

Key indicators of market growth, which

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IFA 2020 Delivers Several Significant Smart Home Announcements

IFA events are a remarkable experience, as anyone who has attended one will likely tell you. Meticulously planned and held in exciting European locales, IFA gives journalists and tech analysts alike a chance to see what the superstars of the tech space have been working on. Of course, all of that was before COVID-19 came knocking on the world’s door. While the formal IFA press conference in April was canceled, like many other high-profile industry events, I was glad when the organizers of IFA 2020 announced they would be holding a virtual/physical event in early September.

Even with the unorthodox format, there were some newsworthy announcements made at the event—particularly from a smart home standpoint. Here’s my take on what I consider to be the top three.

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Smart Home Market 2020 Global Share, Business Growth, Trend, Segmentation, Top Key Players Analysis Industry, Opportunities and Forecast to 2027

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Sep 16, 2020 (Market Insight Reports) —
Selbyville, Delaware: MarketStudyReport.com offers 2020 report on Smart Home market that evaluates industry growth trends through historical data and estimates future prospects based on comprehensive research. The report extensively provides the market share, growth, trends and forecasts for the period 2020-2027.

Market research predicts that the global market for smart homes would witness a CAGR of 15.01% over the forecast period 2019-2027. Smart homes technologies are the ones that utilize electronics & software to increase the comfort of the inhabitants of the house. Infrastructures such as the Internet of Things, software development and availability of electronic components have helped in the advancement of the smart home market.

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The rising aging populace, government initiatives, rise in urbanization & infrastructure projects and growth

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Minnesota Homeowners: Smart Updates For A Green Kitchen

Cooler weather is on its way, and it’s the perfect time of year to think about all those indoor projects that you want to tackle. Why not consider renovating your Minnesota home and making it more energy efficient?

If you want to “green” up your home, a kitchen renovation is a great place to start. With just a bit of planning, you can remodel and make updates that turn your kitchen into an environmentally friendly space that’s both green and stylish.

Value of a Green Kitchen

Even if you have a limited budget to work with, here’s why you should consider greening up your kitchen:

  • Cost-effective: Green remodeling is affordable. Many eco-friendly building materials are cost-effective.
  • Low-maintenance: Green kitchens focus on low maintenance and high quality, so over time you’ll spend less on repairs.
  • Energy-savings: Lower energy costs in your kitchen give you the benefit of long-term energy savings.
  • Health
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Renovation can be a sound strategy for smart investors

Renovation can increase the value of your property investments

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Getting ahead in real estate investments is not just about buying properties – the most strategic move for you may be to improve the value of a property you already own, even your home. If you are happy where you are, renovation can be a sound financial strategy. When you renovate your own home, you win twice – once when you enjoy the benefits of a better home, and once again when you sell the home.

When it comes to resale value, however, not all renovations are created equal.

Let’s look at an example. Suppose you live in a landed property and fancy a hot tub on your back deck, and decide to invest $10,000 or so. Will that add $10,000 to the value of your home? Likely not. The truth is, not everybody

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Smart Home Market Worth $144 Billion by 2025| Growing Significance of Internet of Things (IoT) to Promote the market

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Sep 16, 2020 (Heraldkeepers) —
Smart home is a suitable home system where appliances and devices can be controlled remotely from any internet-connected place in the world using a smartphone or any other networked devices. The smart home system requires an interface application or web portal to interact with the automated system. The growth of the smart homes market is primarily driven by factors, such as perpetually growing internet users, increased adoption of smart devices, awareness of fit and healthy lifestyles, and rising sense of home safety and security.

Rapid proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) has certainly encouraged the concept of using smart devices across different end-use sectors including residential, industrial, and commercial sectors from past few years. However, the concept of smart home is not just a technological wave topass without making much impact on

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Best smart home products for 2020 that aren’t made by Google or Amazon

Google and Amazon dominate the smart home market. Beyond Amazon’s growing roster of Echo smart speakers, the tech giant also owns home security brands Ring and Blinkand Wi-Fi router brand Eero. Smart thermostat maker Ecobee gets funding from Amazon. Google owns Nest and brought the company further under its control this year, rebranding most of its connected devices from “Google Home” to “Google Nest,” like the Google Nest Mini and the Google Nest Hub

Our current list of best smart home devices features 12 products; seven of them are Amazon or Google devices — or devices made by Amazon- or Google-owned (or funded) companies. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They’re all solid gadgets and we heartily recommend them. As much as Google and Amazon (the latter especially) deserve credit for bringing some much needed organization to the smart home category via

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Zeasn launches Smart TV App Store

OTT and smart TV services provider Zeasn has announced version 3.0 of its Smart TV App Store (Zeasn App Store). Zeasn says the new release adopts a minimalist design style and has completely innovated the UI, as well as a series of new features and improvements, including One-click Update, Silent Installation, Batch Uninstall Apps, Advertising Configuration Optimization, and support XAPK application installation etc. The update will begin rolling out this week, the company said. Zeasn’s existing customers can upgrade for free, and the pending new Smart devices can also be integrated too. 

In terms of design, compared to the dark green style of the old version 2.0, the color palette for the new store is based on soft purple, emphasizing simple and concise visual effects. The Zeasn design team hopes that through the minimalist design and intuitive visual experience, users can focus on the core of the large TV

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Amazon’s law enforcement data requests heighten smart home concerns

  • Amazon received a record number of information requests from US law enforcement for user data.
  • This increase could reinforce privacy-minded consumers’ aversion to smart home devices.
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Amazon received a record number of information requests from US law enforcement in the first half of 2020. The 3,105 requests—the bulk of which came in the form of subpoenas, though there were also search warrants and other court orders—represented a 24% increase relative to requests from the first half of 2019, and a 38% increase relative to requests from the first half of 2017.

US law enforcement information requests to Amazon

Amazon received a record number of information requests from US law enforcement for user data.

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Amazon discloses the law enforcement requests for the sake of transparency, and the

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