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Works with Nest transition to Works with Google Assistant explained

Works with Nest transition to Works with Google Assistant explained

At I/O 2019 last week, Google announced that Nest would be its single brand not just for existing Nest products but also for its other smart home devices, like the Home smart speakers. It was meant to consolidate the branding strategy and lessen confusion but, as with any reorganization, it produces more confusion at the start. Now Google is providing details on how that transition will proceed, especially with the Works with Nest platform.

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Nest Hub Max: Hands-on with this camera-clad display

Nest Hub Max: Hands-on with this camera-clad display

Google revealed the Next Home Hub today, and with it, they re-shuffled their branding for smart home products. Now we've got a bigger Nest Hub Max (with 10-inch screen) and the smaller Nest Hub. This larger device is akin to a device released before, by Google, albeit without the camera.

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Google Nest consolidates smart home products under single brand

Google Nest consolidates smart home products under single brand

Google brought Nest back into the fold last year, and now it has announced that the smart home brand is being rebranded as Google Nest. The decision was announced during the Google I/O 2019 keynote today, marking the latest change for Nest. Before being absorbed into Google, Nest existed as a separate company under Alphabet. The rebrand joins Google's announcement that its Home products are being moved under the Nest brand.

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Google Nest Home Hub 10″ smart display adds camera: Pricing and release

Google Nest Home Hub 10″ smart display adds camera: Pricing and release

Google has a new smart display, the Nest Hub Max, a bigger, camera-enabled sibling to the renamed Google Home Hub, which is now the Nest Hub. The new Nest Hub Max has a 10-inch touchscreen now, focused on multi-user households, as well as the option of face recognition so that individual people see the information that's most relevant to them.

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Pixel 3a, Nest Hub Max outed by Google Store and we’re simply shocked

Pixel 3a, Nest Hub Max outed by Google Store and we’re simply shocked

Late last week, listings for what are probably the Pixel 3a and 3a XL appeared on the Google Play Developer Console. As those listings are meant for app developers to learn about specifications for devices they don't physically have on-hand, they more or less confirmed that Google is indeed plotting a pair of mid-range Pixel 3 phones. Apparently not satisfied with just one unfortunate leak, Google has leaked the phones again, this time through its online store.

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Google faces Senate grilling over secret Nest Secure camera

Google faces Senate grilling over secret Nest Secure camera

Facebook can probably take a short breather thanks to Google. The search giant may be the latest target of scorn and inquiries over something that could have probably been easily avoided with a footnote or an inconspicuous line of text. Google has been sent a letter from the US Senate Commerce Committee demanding answers regarding the existence of a microphone on its Nest Secure system that remained undisclosed until earlier this month.

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Nest Secure had a mic Google told no one about for months

Nest Secure had a mic Google told no one about for months

Earlier this month, Google made an announcement that seemed nothing short of magical. It proudly announced that its Nest Secure system can now also moonlight as a Google Assistant smart speaker using the Nest Guard base. That's almost surprising because few if not none of the Nest Secure owners were even aware that the hardware was capable of performing that feat. That's because Google and Nest didn't disclose that the base station had a microphone inside in the 18 months is has been in the market.

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Pixel 3 Lite release with Pixel Watch leads rumored Google strategy shift

Pixel 3 Lite release with Pixel Watch leads rumored Google strategy shift

The Google Pixel 3 Lite is set to launch later this year and undercut the iPhone XR, a new report claims, bringing the long-anticipated Google smartwatch and other hardware with it. It's said to be part of Google's attempt to expand its audience with Pixel smartphones, offering a more affordable version as it scales up its hardware ambitions with a number of new devices and form-factors.

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Nest responds to home security hack reports

Nest responds to home security hack reports

Nest has responded to recent reports of a security breach, contacting owners of devices like the Nest Cam IQ and Nest Secure to insist that there has been no grand hack of the company. The outreach comes after claims that a US family found their Nest security system had been remotely accessed, and the speaker used to taunt the home's occupants with racist obscenities.

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Nest Secure Google Assistant update makes Guard a smart speaker

Nest Secure Google Assistant update makes Guard a smart speaker

Nest Secure is gaining Google Assistant support, turning the Nest Guard base station for the home security system into Google Home-style AI interface. The update to the keypad-topped Nest Guard will see the security tech expand its Assistant integration, which until now has been used primarily to arm the system.

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That Glitter Bomb Package Thief Video: What’s inside the box?

That Glitter Bomb Package Thief Video: What’s inside the box?

This week - and possibly this year - the most popular video on YouTube shows a fantastic invention made solely for revenge. And for science, of course - because what good is revenge without science? In this video, Rober displays his mechanical engineering prowess in a bid to take back his porch from the evil that is the Porch Thief. And oh, he gets his revenge. He gets his revenge REAL good.

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Google Black Friday 2018 revealed: Pixel 3, Pixelbook, Nest, Chromecast

Google Black Friday 2018 revealed: Pixel 3, Pixelbook, Nest, Chromecast

The official Google Store for hardware began their Black Friday sales early this year, starting on November 16th, 3018. That's a week and a day before the official Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving here in the United States, Thursday, November 22nd, 2018. Google's list of products with sales runs from tomorrow right on through the week after Black Friday on into Cyber Monday, too - and there's a wide variety of products on which to gaze.

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