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Google Chromecast review: A streaming device that gets better the more it knows

Once upon a time, watching TV involved picking up a remote control, pressing the power button and flipping through channels.

Boy, have things changed. When you watch TV with the new $50 Chromecast streaming stick from Google, the search giant tries to find content that you may want to watch based on what it knows about you.

Before you get started, it wants you to take these steps:

1. After plugging the streaming stick into the back of your TV, you press and hold two buttons on the white remote control.

2. On your smartphone, you download and open the Google Home app, log in with your Google account and enter the home address where you are using the Chromecast.

3. You give the app access to your smartphone’s location data to help find the nearby Chromecast. (Wait, didn’t you just share your home address?)

4. You give the Google

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Nest Audio is Google’s new Home speaker. 7 things to know about the upcoming device

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The new Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home speaker.


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Google’s new smart speaker for your home takes on a completely new design — and a new name. From the specs to the look, Nest Audio is very much the next-generation full-size smart speaker for everyday use.

There’s plenty we know about the fabric-coated device, and much we’ll still have to find out. For example, we know it promises to improve speaker volume by an astonishing percentage, but we’ll have to see how the Nest Audio stacks up tothe recently updated Amazon Echo in real-world tests. If the Nest Audio’s specs are any indication, this could be the Alexa-killer Google has been hoping for.

We’ll walk you through the most important things to learn about the Nest Audio’s price, colors, sale date and features. And we’ll explain what the new name means for other Google Home ($99

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Ring launches its 2020 smart home security device lineup

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Ring, one of the leading brands in smart home security systems, is expanding its roster of security solutions to cover not just your home, but your mailboxes and cars as well. 

The California-based company has announced a slew of new security cameras, alarms, and sensors. These include the Ring Always Home Cam, an indoor drone camera created to watch over every room in your home; the Ring Car Alarm, designed to detect car break-ins, bumps, and even tows; and Ring Mailbox Sensor, which alerts you whenever your mailbox has been opened.

These new products are in line with Ring’s mission to “make neighborhoods safer.” And, they couldn’t have come at a better time, with mail theft on the rise and car theft or break-ins becoming more common. 

Rounding off this host of new

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