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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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The entire Amazon Echo lineup explained: Which smart device is right for you?

After Amazon’s event earlier this week there will shortly be a formidable amount different versions Amazon Echoes on the market.  In addition to the existing Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon Echo Show, and Amazon Echo Look, the ecommerce giant announced a newly redesigned Amazon Echo, a new speaker called …

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Google sets Amazon Echo Show in its sights with its own smart screen device

Google is apparently working on a smart speaker with a screen on it, very similar to Amazon’s Echo Show.  It already has an Echo competitor in Google Home, and it makes sense for it to introduce a device with a screen, especially when you factor in Amazon’s recent announcement of …

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Amazon Echo Plus: release date, price, news and features

At just over three years old, the Amazon Echo was due for a tune-up.  Thankfully, Amazon, the ecommerce giant and now would-be ruler of the smart home, realized this, and has overhauled its original device to create the all-new Amazon Echo Plus. The Plus isn’t just a marketing gimmick tacked …

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Amazon Echo Buttons let you star in your own game show

Amazon really loves buttons. First, it released the Amazon Dash button that allowed users to order previously purchased products in a matter of seconds.  Now, Amazon is unveiling Echo Buttons, accessories for the Amazon Echo that can be customized by developers to add additional experiences to their apps.  The example …

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Loads of LG smart appliances now work with Google Home

Your smart home just got smarter. That’s because a wide range of LG smart appliances are now compatible with Google Home, thanks to the Google Assistant. LG announced today that nearly 87 of its Wi-Fi connected home goods can now tap into Google Assistant through Google Home as well as …

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You can’t download 4K content on the new Apple TV, but rental times are up

Something to note if you’re rushing out to buy a new Apple TV 4K this weekend: the box can only stream content in 4K rather than downloading it and playing it offline, as per an official support document published by Apple. That’s perhaps not a huge surprise considering the limited …

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