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How to Add an Aux Port to Your Google Home Mini

The Echo Dot’s best feature (aside from Amazon Alexa voice controls) may just be its built-in aux port, which makes it easy to plug your old speakers into the puck-shaped device. Unfortunately, Google didn’t include an aux port in its similarly-sized Home Mini, meaning you’ll need a Chromecast Audio to connect it to…Read more… Continue […]

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Google Home Syncs Your Smart Home Gadgets With One Phrase

Smart devices are becoming more and more ubiquitous. Whether you’re the owner of a smart lightbulb, smart outlet, security camera, or all of the above, managing your devices can get tricky, especially if you’re amassing a collection. If you’re using a Google voice assistant, though, they’re making it easy to add new…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Google Home Mini Recovers Some Touch Controls After Creepy Spying Bug

Thanks in large part to the low-cost Echo Dot, Amazon grabbed an early lead in the smart speaker space. But this fall Google hit back hard with the Home Mini, which has become the best cheap smart speaker to buy for most people. Unfortunately, shortly after its launch, a bug affecting the top touch controls in […]

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Kids Can Take Free Coding Workshops at Apple Stores This Week 

It’s Computer Science Education Week, and Apple is offering thousands of free coding sessions at all Apple Stores. There are all sorts of workshops happening—at my local store, aspiring coders can learn the basics of the Swift programming language, design a maze and navigate Star Wars droids through obstacles, and…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Should You Purchase USB-C Headphones for Your Pixel 2?

The Pixel 2, like its competition, has ditched the headphone jack, opting to include a single USB-C port on its bottom. While it makes waterproofing the device much easier, it restricts the kinds of accessories you can connect to your smartphone. Specifically, every pair of headphones you have ever owned, along with…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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You Can Now Run Microsoft Office Apps on Your Chromebook

Chrome OS: Chromebook users looking for an alternative to Google’s set of editing tools can now turn to Microsoft Office, which is finally available on Chromebooks. The suite of office apps—Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and Outlook—has been available on macOS, iOS, and Android devices, but Chromebooks have been left out of…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Controlling Your Smart Home With Google Home Is About to Get Easier

Amazon Echo has a head start when it comes to the skills and software support needed to control the rest of your smart home gadgets, but Google’s competing voice-controlled speaker is quickly catching up. A recent update to the Google Home support site (spotted by Android Police) reveals how the gadget is set to make…Read […]

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How to Delete the Voice Data That Amazon Echo and Google Home Are Storing

For those of us who don’t have an Amazon smart speaker, visits home for the holidays bring with them a new family member, always being shouted at. Alexa! ALEXA! SKIP SONG! But for anyone living with Amazon’s or Google’s smart home device, day in and day out, you eventually start to wonder: How much is […]

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Google Home & Alexa don’t record everything their users say, but assistant owners can easily delete their command history anyway

Contrary to viral belief, Amazon and Google’s electronic assistants aren’t recording everything that Google Home and Alexa users say. While the Alexa and Google Home’s microphones remain on, the systems don’t register conversation until a user says the given assistant’s “wake word.” Traditionally “Ok Google” for Google Home owners, and “Alexa” for Amazon’s Alexa, once […]

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How to Manage Multiple Calendars with Google Home

Google Home, the search giant’s answer to Amazon’s Echo speaker, launched with at least one glaring omission: the ability to access and manage multiple calendars. That’s particularly surprising considering that so may people use Google’s own Calendar app to organize their lives, but, thankfully, the company now seems…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Swap Your Pixel 2’s Google Assistant for Cortana

Your Google Pixel 2 has a pretty capable built-in butler in the form of Google Assistant. Not everyone with an Android phone, however, is all-in on Google’s ecosystem. In fact, some users might be—wait for it—Microsoft users. And that means Cortana is their go-to virtual assistant. Thanks to Microsoft, you can ditch…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Android Users: Google’s Collecting Your Location Data Whether You Like it Or Not

An inquiry from Quartz revealed that Google’s been spying on some of its users. The search giant has been collecting location data from Android smartphone owners, whether or not they have location services enabled. Though Android users can’t disable it, it looks like they won’t have to worry about it for much longer. Read more… […]

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How to Get a Free Chromecast or Smartphone from Google Through Project Fi

It’s been a while since Google dropped the referral requirement for Project Fi, opening up its simple and cheap cell service plan to anyone—assuming you have the right smartphone. But for the next few weeks the company is pushing its customers to spread the word again, and offering some tech goodies in return.Read more… Continue […]

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The Google Maps Visual Update Makes Public Transportation Easier to Find

Google is rolling out an update to its Maps app, giving it a refreshed visual style, more easily recognizable markers, and context-aware information. If you’re prone to getting disoriented using public transit, or get frustrated searching for a gas station during a road trip, the update makes it easier to know where…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How the OnePlus 5T Stacks Up to Its Smartphone Competition

OnePlus has carved out a niche for itself in the competitive smartphone market by offering high-quality hardware at bargain prices. The company’s latest phone, the OnePlus 5T is no different, offering the kind of tech you’d expect from the latest Apple or Samsung device, but for half the price.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Facebook adds ‘trust indicators’ to its news to fight misinformation

In the wake of “fake news” and the age of online journalism, where the dissemination of falsehood runs rampant, Facebook has made an effort to intervene. By implementing “Trust Indicators” — that go live on the site today — when users click on a news story, they will be provided with additional context regarding the article’s reporter and publisher. The reader will have the option […]

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