smart displays

Amazon’s new Echo Show 10 pans and zooms to follow you

Amazon’s new Echo Show 10 pans and zooms to follow you

During its big product reveal event today, Amazon announced the Echo Show 10, which is unquestionably one of the biggest reveals of the show. The Echo Show 10 comes with a lot of new functionality, but users will have to pay a pretty penny to get it - while smaller Echo Shows can be had for around $100, the new Echo Show is going to set you back a whopping $249.99.

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Google Nest Hub in hotels promise a safe, hands-free stay

Google Nest Hub in hotels promise a safe, hands-free stay

One of the heaviest industries hit by the COVID-19 pandemic has been the hospitality industry, with people avoiding or advised to avoid hotels and tourist spots as much as possible. Sooner or later, however, the need to stay at some lodging will be inevitable. If you're staying at a select number of hotels in the US and one in the UK, you can at least take some comfort that you'll be touch things less just to get some things done, including asking the front desk for some extra amenities.

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Facebook Portal is getting a lot more useful with third-party video calling apps

Facebook Portal is getting a lot more useful with third-party video calling apps

Facebook Portal is getting a little more useful, with the video calling screen adding a number of new third-party apps for those who use Zoom and other platforms. The new update sees Webex, GoToMeeting, and BlueJeans - along with Zoom - being added to Portal, broadening the smart display's usefulness in this time of working-from-home.

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Google Smart Display Zoom support could make homeschooling easier

Google Smart Display Zoom support could make homeschooling easier

Google Smart Displays are gaining Zoom support, with the ability to use the Assistant-powered screens to join video calls from the service. While that might once have only been of real use to businesses, the dramatic increase in working from home - as well as schools shifting to distance learning and homeschooling - means setting aside a Smart Display for Zoom calls could be significantly cheaper than buying a second laptop.

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Google Assistant Smart Displays can now play audiovisual games

Google Assistant Smart Displays can now play audiovisual games

They may look like tablets but they are definitely not as versatile as tablets. Smart displays, that breed of devices that slap a screen on a smart speaker, are mostly designed for giving visual feedback to otherwise spoken responses from a digital assistant, though some can indeed play videos or even be used for video calls. There's definitely a lot of room for expanding its capabilities while still sticking to its core philosophy. It turns out, that core philosophy is perfect for some games you can play with the family in the living room.

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Google Nest Hub and Hub Max smart displays get Netflix support

Google Nest Hub and Hub Max smart displays get Netflix support

Google's latest and greatest smart displays, the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max, have received support for one of the biggest streaming services available: Netflix. With this new support, users can stream their favorite Netflix content directly on the smart display, making it easier to watch content while washing dishes, doing the laundry, or any other tasks that may take place near the device.

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Google Assistant features expand to Bose, Sonos, other smart speakers

Google Assistant features expand to Bose, Sonos, other smart speakers

Google Assistant is available on a wide variety of smart devices, not just those with Google's name on them. Unfortunately, the reality is that Google's own devices naturally get some preferential treatment in getting features before others. Sometimes those features never come but sometimes they do just take their time rolling out to others. Fortunately for owners of third-party smart speakers, that day is close and soon they'll be able to enjoy some of the latest features Google Assistant has to offer.

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This low-key Android 11 feature has big implications

This low-key Android 11 feature has big implications

There are two sorts of people that'll read this article: Those that think the Hinge Angle Sensor feature in Android 11 is interesting, and those that do not. This feature has big implications for the future of foldable devices. That's a term that refers specifically to devices with foldable displays - but Hinge Angle Sensor functionality in Android could have implications that expand well beyond this relatively category of devices. It's about the hinge!

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Nest Aware subscribers get free Nest Hub offer, codes finally working

Nest Aware subscribers get free Nest Hub offer, codes finally working

During these weeks or even months of practically being forced to stay at home, it's not unusual for companies to offer some free or extended trial period to customers to do their part in keeping them sane and healthy. Google, however, seemed to have gone over and beyond by offering free devices instead, like free Nest Mini speakers to YouTube Premium subscribers. Now it's doing the same with a Nest Hub smart display but you need to have jumped on the new Nest Aware subscription to qualify.

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Xiaomi Redmi is launching a Smart Display and a massive smart TV

Xiaomi Redmi is launching a Smart Display and a massive smart TV

It's been something of a big day for Xiaomi - in addition to announcing the Redmi K30 Pro and the K30 Pro Zoom, the company also announced a new smart display and a new TV. Details on the TV and the smart display aren't as readily accessible as they were for both the phones, but Xiaomi did give a little bit away about each device. In fact, in the case of the smart display, there's no guarantee it'll even get made.

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Review: Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab with Google Assistant

Review: Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab with Google Assistant

Lenovo is back with another smart home device: the Yoga Smart Tab with Google Assistant. This product looks like a tablet, but with some extra features you won't find on an ordinary slate. The device packs Google Assistant, as its name suggests, and it can function as a smart display -- one that includes a nifty built-in hinged kickstand that enables users to literally hang the tablet from a nail or hook. Is the Yoga Smart Tab better than a dedicated smart display? Read on to find out.

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Lenovo ThinkSmart View gives Microsoft Teams video calls a dedicated screen

Lenovo ThinkSmart View gives Microsoft Teams video calls a dedicated screen

Lenovo has added a standalone video conferencing device to its range, the ThinkSmart View, giving Microsoft Teams calls a dedicated screen alongside your PC or laptop. The new smart display has an 8-inch touchscreen along with an integrated camera, microphone, and speakers.

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