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Android TV bug may have exposed private user photos

Android TV bug may have exposed private user photos

Things have been relatively silent on the Android TV front lately, but today, the platform is forcing itself back into the spotlight. Unfortunately, it's not good news we're hearing, but rather reports of a serious-sounding bug that's potentially exposing the private photos of Android TV users. At the very least, the bug is causing Android TV and Google Home to show lists of Android users where they shouldn't be, which is bad enough.

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Apple Music won’t be coming to Google Home after all just yet

Apple Music won’t be coming to Google Home after all just yet

Google Home owners and Apple Music subscribers may have gotten all worked up for nothing. Just two days ago and seemingly out of the blue, evidence popped up suggesting that Google Home smart speakers would finally be able to stream Apple Music, just like their Amazon Echo rivals. Apparently not the case as Google just confirmed that the sighting, though legit, wasn't exactly a feature but a bug instead.

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Google Assistant interpreter mode just went live on smart speakers

Google Assistant interpreter mode just went live on smart speakers

Google has quietly enabled Interpreter Mode for smart speakers and smart displays like the Google Home and Google Home Hub. Announced back at CES 2019, the new feature brings Google Translate functionality to the smart home devices, with real-time translations between a number of different languages.

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Amazon Echo install base dominates Google Home, Apple HomePod

Amazon Echo install base dominates Google Home, Apple HomePod

The latest data from CIRP suggests that Amazon's Echo device active installed user base towers over that of the competition. It's never really been a contest, since the group started recording data, back in December of 2017. Amazon's Echo devices with Alexa started with more than double the smart speaker installed base of their closest competitor in Google with Google Home. Each successive quarter showed a similar pattern, with Amazon in the very, very clear lead and Google Home sitting at around 1/3 the base Amazon commands.

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Project Alias makes your smart speaker mind its own business

Project Alias makes your smart speaker mind its own business

With the rise of always-listening smart home speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home comes a greater worry about the privacy of their users. While Google and Amazon have maintained that their smart home speakers are only ever listening for their wake words, the fact that you're putting a mic that's live 24/7 in your house is unsettling for some people. Enter Project Alias, which is a new accessory that attempts to keep the mics on those smart home speakers in check.

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Chromecast gets Google Home speaker group syncing for audio

Chromecast gets Google Home speaker group syncing for audio

Google has updated Chromecast with the ability to sync to Google Home audio groups. The new functionality enables users to tie together both televisions and speakers in their home, expanding the number of devices that can be used to play audio. When synced to a speaker group, a television with Chromecast will play the same audio as the speakers.

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How do I get a free Google Home Mini from Spotify?

How do I get a free Google Home Mini from Spotify?

This week the folks at Google and Spotify teamed up to deliver the Google Home Mini to families across the United States. This plays in well with Google's plan to get the Google Assistant in every single home in the world, starting with these United States of America. Spotify is also glad to partake, without a doubt, as their partnerships with Google have kept them in the limelight even more than they'd been over the past several years as a premiere source for streaming music around the world.

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Spotify is giving away Google Home Mini smart speakers

Spotify is giving away Google Home Mini smart speakers

Spotify's family plan already offers pretty good value if you've got multiple listeners living under the same roof, but beginning tomorrow, Spotify will attempt to sweeten the deal for those who may be on the fence but haven't taken the plunge. Spotify today announced that it'll be handing out free Google Home Mini speakers to family plan account holders.

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Google Home will play sound effects when reading stories aloud

Google Home will play sound effects when reading stories aloud

The Google Home speakers, except the new Home Hub, are a bit of a puzzle. While they are a font of knowledge and power over your home, you might think them pretty boring in terms of entertainment value aside from music. Especially when it comes to kids that seem to gravitate more towards the visual things in life. But both as a sort of counterculture and proof that you can make magic just with sounds, Google and Disney have teamed up to make reading bedtime stories out loud a more memorable and enchanting experience, complete with matching sounds for scenes and moods.

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NVIDIA SHIELD updated with these new Google Home abilities

NVIDIA SHIELD updated with these new Google Home abilities

This week the folks at NVIDIA revealed their longest-lasting device in the history of the world, NVIDIA SHIELD, will get a Google Home update. This isn't the first time users were able to command their NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV device to do things. It's just the most major expansion of commands available on the NVIDIA SHIELD that work not only with the NVIDIA SHIELD, but with other Google Home voice command-capable devices.

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JOT turns Google Home Mini into a portable smart speaker

JOT turns Google Home Mini into a portable smart speaker

Generally speaking, smart home speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo are meant to stay in one place. This isn't usually a problem for most people, especially those who have multiple smart home speakers for each room in their house. If, however, you've ever found yourself wishing you could easily take your speaker from one room to another, then Ninety7 might have the perfect accessory for you.

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Google Home app updated in time for stronger smart home push

Google Home app updated in time for stronger smart home push

Google’s launch of the Home Hub smart display isn’t just a one-off product launch. It’s actually a cog in a machine that’s now starting to swing into full gear. That machine is Google’s Connected Home, a.k.a. smart home, thrust and it is the unspoken underlying theme of Google’s event earlier today. Because what better than a new Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL phone to run the updated Google Home app that will put you in touch with over 10,000 connected devices in your home.

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