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Smart Speakers Are a Great Tool for the Visually Impaired 

Touchscreens have become the primary way many of us interact with the digital world, but they aren’t great options for the visually impaired. Smartphones have small displays and require precise controls, and their screens shut off after a few moments of inactivity, which makes them difficult to use if your vision…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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How to Use Google Home or Amazon Echo to Control What’s on Your TV

Your smart speaker is getting smarter—and part of that involves taking over what’s on the big TV screen sat in the corner of your living room. You can buy Google Homes and Amazon Echos with screens built-in, but here’s how to use them with a separate display, whether you want to watch movies or see […]

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How to Protect Your Privacy on Your Smart Home Devices

Smart speakers are cool, convenient and fun to use, but when it comes to privacy, they leave a lot to be desired. If you own an Amazon Echo, a Google Home, or a HomePod, there are a bunch of settings and features to tweak if you’re worried about protecting your personal data.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How the HomePod Stacks Up Against Other Smart Speakers

It seems like every new wireless speaker on the market comes with a voice assistant now. Since 2014, when Amazon announced the Echo, the idea of a smart speaker has taken the gadget world by storm. Apple has finally thrown its hat into the ring with the release of the HomePod, leaving us to wonder […]

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Put a Coaster Under Your Apple HomePod to Protect Wooden Surfaces

If you just picked up Apple’s flashy new HomePod speaker you might be thinking of displaying it proudly on the nicest piece of furniture you have, but before you do there’s something you should know. The $350 gadget’s silicon base can damage wooden surfaces, leaving behind an ugly stain.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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HomePod Is the Ultimate Apple Product—in a Bad Way

Sometimes, years pass before Apple creates a completely new product like the HomePod. During that parade of iPhone redesigns and MacBook upgrades, it can be easy to forget that when Apple enters a new space, the company does it with swagger. The products are beautiful. They work well. But they are also usually…Read more… Continue […]

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The First Thing You Should Do With Your HomePod Is Turn Off Personal Requests

Apple’s HomePod is finally launching on February 9, but the reviews are already pouring in. Overall, it sounds like Apple managed to make a great-sounding speaker while leaving out many of the features that might qualify it as smart. However, there is one “smart” feature the HomePod does offer that you’re probably…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Set Up a Basic Smart Home Sound System

Our Homehackers video series is back to help you convert your typical casa into a super cool smart home. In this episode, we cover the basics of smart home stereos and talk about your best entry-level options for listening to music in any room at your place.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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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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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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How to Control Your Sonos Speakers Through the Pandora App

Pandora’s fine-tuned internet radio playlists and Sonos’ wireless speaker systems should be a match made in heaven, but until today, the two products didn’t exactly get along. Now, the two companies are teaming up to bring the best of Pandora to Sonos (and vice versa).Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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