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Next Nest update requires 2-factor authentication [UPDATE: for non-Google accounts]

Next Nest update requires 2-factor authentication [UPDATE: for non-Google accounts]

Starting this spring, Nest accounts will require 2-factor authentication, courtesy of Google. According to Google Nest, as they're called, all Nest users will be required to enroll in two-factor authentication, rather than just being given the option. Nest asserted that this feature will be required for all users, whether or not they've migrated their account to a Google account.

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Nest smart thermostats will detect HVAC problems before they happen

Nest smart thermostats will detect HVAC problems before they happen

Our homes today are equipped with some smart device or another, even if it's just a smart TV. But despite their seemingly intelligent features, not many of them are smart enough to foresee problems in advance. That may be true for their own self-diagnostics but even less for diagnosing other smart devices. That's where Google Nest is trying to lead the way by making its smart thermostat really smart enough to notice if there's something wrong with your heat or cooling systems before it's too late.

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Nest Hub Media View makes managing smart speakers easier

Nest Hub Media View makes managing smart speakers easier

The Google Nest Hub, previously the Google Hub, is designed to be the nerve center of the smart home. As far as giving information and controlling bulbs go, that's pretty much the case. The one thing it ironically doesn't do well is being the conductor to your multiple smart speakers. That is finally a thing of the past thanks to an update that brings all that control and knowledge at your fingertips, though not exactly at your verbal command.

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DISH Hopper and Wally now support the Google Nest Hello Video doorbell

DISH Hopper and Wally now support the Google Nest Hello Video doorbell

Imagine being in the middle of an intense moment of a film or TV show and suddenly the doorbell rings, jolting you out of your immersion. You quickly run to the door only to find out it was nothing important or no one at all (those pranksters!). The mood has been ruined, leaving you wishing for a way to know whether or not to even get up from the couch. Now you can if you own a Hopper or Wally receiver from DISH and a video doorbell from Nest, now known as Google Nest.

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Google Nest Hub ultrasound sensing will make reminders readable from a distance

Google Nest Hub ultrasound sensing will make reminders readable from a distance

Smart displays are great at showing information like the weather, schedules, recipes, or even just the time. Unlike clocks, however, these were primarily designed to be used up close and personal, making it harder to actually make out what's on the screen at a distance. That's no problem for people with better eyesight or more agile limbs but the Google Nest Hub flops in the accessibility department because of this. That's why Google has developed a new system that makes use of ultrasonic sensors to change what's on the screen depending on whether someone's near or far away.

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Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max ultrasonic sensor changes the UI as you get closer

Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max ultrasonic sensor changes the UI as you get closer

The Google Hub, along with the Amazon Echo Show, kicked off a new breed of smart home devices that basically combined a smart speaker and a tablet. These smart displays offered visual information and controls but, by nature, really only worked when you touch them or speak to them. It seems that Google is now mixing it up a bit by giving the Nest Hub and the Nest Hub Max some very basic presence detection thanks to the ultrasonic sensors in the devices.

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Nest Wifi Review – Mesh network with a side of Google Assistant

Nest Wifi Review – Mesh network with a side of Google Assistant

Google's Nest Wifi arrives as mesh networking is firmly embedding itself in the mainstream. Three years ago, Google Wifi surfed into homes at the bleeding edge of mesh, promising whole-home coverage with multiple interconnected routers filling in any dead spots. Now, Nest Wifi promises the same, only with fewer units and the addition of Google Assistant smart speaker functionality.

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Google’s smart displays and speakers grab SiriusXM with Assistant control

Google’s smart displays and speakers grab SiriusXM with Assistant control

Following its launch on Android TV earlier this year, SiriusXM announced today that it's picking up Google Assistant support as well. So, if you've got something like a Google Nest smart speaker or a smart display, you'll soon be able to access SiriusXM content using voice commands. With SiriusXM already compatible with Alexa, this move to include Google Assistant was really only a matter of time.

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Google Nest Hello doorbell gets spooky new ringtones for Halloween

Google Nest Hello doorbell gets spooky new ringtones for Halloween

If you have a Google Nest Hello connected doorbell, you now have access to fun new ringtones designed specifically for the Halloween season. Starting now, Nest Hello owners located in the United States can access special Halloween-themed ringtones, but only for a limited time. New offerings include a cackling witch, a vampire, and a scary monster.

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Nest WiFi is Google’s latest attempt at mesh networking

Nest WiFi is Google’s latest attempt at mesh networking

Google has offered a mesh router called Google WiFi since 2016, but today we're seeing the successor to that system. During its Pixel 4 event today, Google got up on stage and announced Nest WiFi, a new mesh router that improves on the Google WiFi formula. For starters, Google says that Nest WiFi is more capable than Google WiFi, boasting as much as twice the speed and 25% better coverage.

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Google Nest Mini gets louder and gains onboard Assistant processing

Google Nest Mini gets louder and gains onboard Assistant processing

There's a new Google Nest Mini, and while it may not look any different, Google promises its smallest and most affordable smart speaker should be louder, smarter, and more flexible. The new second-generation Mini looks just like its predecessor, a compact, circular blob that's topped with a speaker grille made from recycled plastic bottles.

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Nest Aware subscription prices rebooted with new Google Home app

Nest Aware subscription prices rebooted with new Google Home app

Today the Nest Aware and Nest Aware Plus system was revealed - or re-revealed, depending on how you look at it - for smart home systems. This is Google's full home security system coverage subscription service for Google Home / Google Nest products. Google also revealed the Nest Mini today for $49 USD - making it pretty much a new Google Home Mini with a slightly different hardware package - just a TINY bit different.

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