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3 home tech ideas for your tiny space

Small—and smart<p>So, you got that tiny house. Or that compact one-bedroom apartment for which you endured a frightening co-op board interview. Or you and your partner moved into a studio that is really not meant to accommodate two people. Congrats! You are now Living Small.<p>There are innumerable ways …

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Facebook might be trying to pull off a smartphone miracle

Modular smartphones sound great on paper. They’re devices that would significantly outlive traditional handsets, as the user would be able to upgrade …

Project Ara

Samsung is working on new Bluetooth headphones featuring Bixby, says report

Back in March, Samsung Electronics unveiled its flagship smartphone for the year, the Samsung Galaxy S8, and placed emphasis on the device’s …

Samsung

Amazon adds Alexa voice control to even more devices

<b>Alexa may have started life in the Amazon Echo, but it has spread its wings in the two years since the Echo launched. Now you can find the smart</b> …

Amazon

3 next-level smart products for your home

You know that giants Amazon and Google are in the home hub space with the Echo Dot and Google Home, but there are some other major players in the …

Automation

Google Home now speaks Love Island lingo – and fans will love it

'You are 100% my type on paper,' says Google.<p><b>Whether you're watching Love Island or not – we can guarantee that you've heard everyone talk about …

Love Island

Genius Converts an '80s Intercom Into a Google Home With Raspberry Pi

When it comes to homebrew projects, Google is actually a pretty cool company. Unlike some of its rivals in Silicon Valley—particularly in …

Raspberry Pi

Google Home Australian review: does your house need one?

Though there are multiple options for voice-activated smart assistants available in the US, this week marks the first official entry into Australia: …

Automation

Samsung Is Ditching its Siri-Style Speaker | Investopedia

Despite a push by Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) to take on Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) in the voice-activated speaker market, Samsung …

United States

Smart Speakers Fail To Catch On In China

Smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home may be hot in the U.S. but not so much in China. Sales of the smart devices in the U.S. are many …

Advertising Industry

The Wirecutter's best deals: Google Home and Philips Hue bundles drop by $70

<i>This post was done in partnership with</i> The Wirecutter<i>, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy</i> The Wirecutter<i>'s independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their continuously updated list of deals here.</i><p>You may …

Headphones

Oldschool intercom gets Raspberry Pi upgrade to turn into Google Home

It has been years since the intercom began falling out of style, but thanks to Raspberry Pi and Google – it might be making a comeback… sort of.<p>True to his passion to bring vintage and modern technology together, recreational tinkerer Martin Mander decided to convert an antiquated 1986 Radio Shack …

Raspberry Pi

Samsung adds and swiftly removes sexist Bixby descriptor tags

Why does this keep happening<p>Samsung’s new voice assistant Bixby has finally arrived, and unfortunately, it was accompanied by sexist descriptions for its male and female voice options.<p>Under “language and speaking style” in the Bixby menu, as several have pointed out on Twitter, the female voice was …

Samsung

What happened to Fling, Amazon's Chromecast clone on Fire TV?

Back in July 2015, Amazon announced a Chromecast-like feature for its own Fire TV streaming box and Fire TV Stick. The feature was called Amazon …

Televisions

Old Intercom Transformed Into DIY Google Home Using Raspberry Pi (video)

Maker Martin Mander has combined a Raspberry Pi and Google AIY together with an old intercom system to create an awesome and very affordable retro …

Raspberry Pi

How Does a Virtual Assistant Work?

<i>Welcome to What Is a new column on dedicated to giving simple answers to complex things that affect the products around you. Got a question?</i> …

Shopping

These cool Lenovo AI concept products make us excited about the future

Google Home. Amazon Echo. Apple HomePod. Lenovo SmartCast+?<p>The company that brought you the Yoga Book has big plans for an artificially intelligent smart-device future — plans that it will reveal at the June 20 third annual Lenovo Tech World conference in Shanghai.<p>The Chinese company has created a …

Technology

Google Home Down Under: The cool Aussie stuff it can do

Google Home has arrived in Australia and it's as Aussie as Drop Bears, Triple J and a trip to Bonny Doon. Here are all the local things you can try.<p>After waiting an age for smart home tech to properly get off the ground, we're finally getting a good run at it in Australia with the arrival of Google …

Google

How to disable or enable Chromecast network notifications on Android

Google Chromecast is a great casting platform, but the Google Home companion app has now finally gotten a much asked-for update to make it even …

Google

Our favorite affordable smart plug is at a new low price right now

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.</i><p>Smart home devices can …

Home Automation

Samsung reportedly drops plans for a Bixby speaker, at least for now

In early July, a report said that Samsung was working on making a Bixby speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. As Samsung had not yet perfected Bixby Voice for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, it didn’t seem very reasonable. Now a report coming out of South Korea claims that Samsung has decided …

Samsung

Ask Google Home For Musical Notes To Help You Get In Tune

Google Home brings most of Google's awesome voice commands to your living room, but it also has a couple of tricks of its own. For example, you can …

Google

How to Permanently Remove the Google Chromecast Notification

The Google Chromecast can be incredibly convenient as it makes it quick and easy for you to instantly stream a song, video, or even just a picture …

Google

'Alexa, call 911' won't work. Here's what will

LOS ANGELES — Ask Alexa to call 911 and you won't get very far.<p>Say "OK Google, call the police," and you get, "I can't make calls yet."<p>But these are early days for home personal assistants. There are some workarounds for help now, and in the coming years, analysts see the assistants as becoming …

Technology

Leviton Decora Smart Dimmer review

A smart switch that may have a little too much missing<p><b>The Good</b> The switch is really easy to use and the simple design makes it hard to get confused with the controls. It also flows well with the Leviton Decora app and HomeKit, which give you greater control over brightness settings and, for $50 …

Home Automation

Bixby-powered speaker may not be revealed after all — report

We have heard quite a few rumors about the Bixby-powered speaker over the last month or so, which was expected to take on the Amazon Echo and Google Home, just to name a few. However, it now looks like Samsung may have had a sudden change of heart, as it might not release the device after …

Samsung

Google’s quantum computing push is opening a new front in cloud battle

For years, Google has poured time and money into one of the most ambitious dreams of modern technology: building a working quantum computer. Now the …

Quantum Mechanics

5 things you need to know in Australian tech today

Welcome to Wednesday. 1. It's a scary thought to turn down $9 million. But that's exactly what the founder of retail tech startup Brauz did two years …

Startups

Google Home launches coming to Australia, Germany

Google (GOOG, GOOGL) Home continues its geographic expansion with an Australian launch happening this week, alongside Google Wifi.<p>Germany will get …

Google

Google Home launches in Australia (and it speaks 'Strayan)

OK Google, please turn my house into a giant Google search engine... and organise my day while you're at it.<p>OK Google, Australia is ready for you to organise our lives.<p>We've been patiently waiting and now Google is delivering. Google Home, Google's voice-controlled smart speaker, has arrived in …

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