If you’ve got an Amazon Alexa or Google Home device, then you’ve already found out that while intelligent speakers are okay, they usually aren’t that great to look at nor do they sound as amazing as one might hope.
Digital assistants have come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. Starting with Apple’s clunky early iteration of Siri in 2011, it’s only taken a few years to get here, with multiple competitors in common use (including Cortana and Google Now) and dozens of new versions to come.
Portable? Yes. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Enabled? Yes. Rechargeable Battery? Yes. Talk and Touch Control? Yes. Android Tablet With Touchscreen? Yes. Stereo Speakers? Yes. And perhaps best of all, the Clarity Speaker works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Voice services. It’s coming soon and we can’t wait to check it out. Preorder pricing is $149. After that, it is $199.
Today’s announcement by Facebook, that they’ve decided to enable sound along with their existing autoplay videos in my home stream, has me praying for Google Chrome to step up to the plate with a native feature to auto mute sounds from tabs.
Less than 24 hours after being unveiled, the Google Pixel XL 128 GB is officially out of stock. The phone, Google’s first attempt at managing the design process, had been widely criticized as too expensive.
If you travel a lot your phone is your friend. It keeps track of your flight, your hotel, and more but it’s either via e-mail or an app like Google Keep or something else. Well, Google has brought together everything in one beautiful app called Google Trips!
If you or someone you love is headed back to school, then you’re likely looking for affordable laptop options. Acer has a selection of Chromebooks and Convertible Notebooks that might fit the bill!
I’m not sure how new this is however Android users who say “Ok Google” and then “Add xxx to my Shopping List” will find that Google Keep is able to maintain a shopping list for them.
Version 8 of Google Hangouts for iOS is now available and it adds a long missing video attachment feature. Users on iOS finally have the capability to attach up to a 1 minute video clip.
We’ve been trying to get our “junk drawers” organized, and in the process we unearthed my old Toshiba NB205 netbook. I loved this netbook, and it was a faithful companion for two years. Time took a toll on performance, and it slipped into the pile of unused electronics. It has new life, though, thanks to Neverware’s CloudReady (ChromeOS) build!
Google Play Music is offering gift subscriptions for their service at $4.99 per month. This is a savings of $3/mo for “legacy” users who had been paying $7.99 per month or $5/mo off the regular $9.99 monthly rate.
I joined Project Fi in August of this year. Project Fi is essentially a prepaid phone service for which Google acts as an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). This is just a fancy term for a company which doesn’t own the cellular towers but merely purchases a bulk block of service from the carrier(s) and resells it.
Verizon is really going all-in on the Star Wars marketing. They already license “Droid” for their exclusive phones, and now they’re getting into the movies too, with exclusive Google Cardboard viewers for Verizon customers in BB-8, Kylo Ren, Stormtrooper, or R2-D2 themes!
Google was quite busy today, announcing two new Nexus phones, previewing a new Pixel C tablet, revealing a new Chromecast and a Chromecast Audio, plus several software updates! All good stuff, so let’s jump right in with a quick rundown…try to keep your wallet closed until the end!
I used Google Wallet for one reason: it held my loyalty cards. Unfortunately, with the new Android Pay I can’t access my loyalty cards unless I have a compatible bank card added! Wallet functioned fine without a card added, and even if I add a bank card, if it’s not a supported card I can’t access anything in Android Pay.
Once, I debated the future of Microsoft with my father. He pointed out they had a lot of great ideas, but they were so big any changes were like turning around a battleship in a bathtub. I can’t help but think that was on Google’s mind when they announced their new restructuring, though nothing explains why they renamed themselves “Alphabet”.
Google tracks everything we do. It’s common knowledge that they use web search, emails, and general use patterns to tailor advertising to their users. But Google is always looking for ways to gather even more data, and if you’re an Android user one of those tools is Google Opinion Rewards, an app that pays you to take Google Surveys.
If you apply for Project Fi as I did (back in April) you can check the status of your invitation on their site here. Unfortunately in my case, it looks as if I won’t be receiving an invitation any time soon as my status shows “Expect your invite in 12 or more weeks”.
This weekend I used some Google Play credits to grab a quick game for my phone. Immediately, I had an email from Google letting me know a game was purchased in my account with my credits. It’s not that weird, except that I had made some purchases in iTunes recently, and it took TWO DAYS to get a confirmation email!
Friday I received notification that Android 5.02 was available for my Nexus 9. I accepted the update and left it on the charger in my office before leaving for the weekend. Upon my return Monday morning, I found that update 5.02 has apparently bricked my Nexus 9, leaving it in perpetual reboot sequence, and it doesn’t look like I’m alone.
It may seem a bit macabre to imagine what will happen with regard to your Google account access when you die, but honestly, wouldn’t you rather make the decision about who gets access or what happens to your data while you are still completely in charge of your facilities? Yeah, I thought so. Here’s how to set that up.