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Google disables the Mini speaker’s top button to fix spying bug

Yesterday news broke that a Google Home Mini speaker had gone rogue and started recording everything that was being said around it – not the way Google’s smart speakers are intended to work, and not the best way to earn the trust of users. It seems the issue only affected …

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Amazon Echo Show is $30 off right now

Amazon has dropped the price of its Amazon Echo Show smart speaker by $30, but the deal is only good for a limited time. The Echo Show, which, unlike the standard Amazon Echo smart speaker, features a display through which you can make video calls and view content (just not …

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Amazon is reportedly seeking ways to deliver packages inside your house or car

Image credit: Phrame Tired of having your Amazon packages stolen? Sick of seeing them destroyed by rain? How would you feel if you could let Amazon’s delivery team inside your house or your car’s trunk to deliver your stuff? What could go wrong? Amazon appears to have some confidence the …

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Smart speaker’s corner: why Amazon and Google can’t let go of hardware

A few short months ago I thought I knew where the world of smart speakers was heading. I made bold claims about how Amazon’s Echo hardware was on the verge of redundancy now that a host of third-party manufacturers were rushing to produce Alexa speakers of their own.  Now, though, …

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Made by Google and Made for Google: a guide to the tech giant’s big new programs

Google’s big hardware event for the year has finally arrived, and we’ve been treated to a slew of great new products from the company – including the all-new Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. Those devices, however, weren’t the only new products from Google on display October 4 …

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Harman Kardon’s Cortana speaker will be half the cost of a Google Home Max

If you’re in need of a musically talented smart home speaker, and nothing from Apple or Google have caught your eye yet, Harman Kardon Invoke might be exactly what you’ve been waiting for.  Additional details on the first Cortana speaker, which was announced back in May, have begun to leak …

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Google Home vs Home Mini vs Home Max: which smart speaker is for you?

With the dust now settling on Google’s host of new hardware announcements, it’s time to take stock of where the Google Home family of devices has ended up.  There are now three official Google Home devices. There’s the original Google Home speaker, which was announced back in 2016, and the …

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Sonos One vs Amazon Echo: Can Sonos beat Amazon’s home team advantage?

After over a year of promises, Sonos has finally announced its own smart speaker. Called the Sonos One, the speaker will combine the intelligence of Amazon’s Alexa with the multi-room capabilities of Sonos when it releases on October 24.  Not to be outdone, Amazon has also announced some new additions …

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Walmart spoils Google Home Mini surprise with release date and price

Walmart has a blue light special today on the Google Home Mini – the new, completely unannounced product from Google that the tech giant was supposed to unveil at its big press event tomorrow, October 4.  Instead, a pre-order page for the tiny smart home speaker appeared on Walmart one …

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Ring debuts DIY home security system that’s more affordable than Nest

Ring already has a solid name for its video doorbells, which means there’s good cause to look forward to the inexpensive do-it-yourself home security system the company announced for pre-order today. Called the Ring Protect, it complements the company’s growing range of security gadgets with a fairly conventional home security …

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