Smart Displays: An Overview

The two leaders in the smart display game – Amazon and Google. Amazon has one product out on the market, the Echo Show. The Google Display interface is available on a few different smart displays made by different manufacturers. Here’s a breakdown of the similarities between the two. Amazon Echo Show Amazon has one display available on the market –…

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Setup Guide: Chromecast

One of Google’s greatest gifts to us is the Chromecast. Long before the concept of a smart home became popular, Google offered a the Chomecast. This device, a HDMI dongle, gives the ability to send video from a mobile device or Chrome browser to a television.

Alexa Guard Feature Overview

This week, Amazon released announced and released Alexa Guard to it’s line of smart speakers. Alexa Guard is a feature that is offered to help protect your home when you are away. It is triggered by saying “Alexa, I’m leaving.” Here are the features that Alexa Guard offers. Smart Alerts With Smart Alerts, Alexa will be listening to sounds that…

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Android Auto Feature Overview

One of the best uses of the Android operating system is Android Auto. Many car manufacturers offer in-car apps that allow you to use and control Android Auto on a vehicle’s console display. If your car doesn’t support that, this app can also be run on any Android phone, including the new Pixel 3A. I’ll go over a few of…

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Google I/O Event Recap

On May 7th – 9th, 2019, Google held their annual conference, Google I/O. Of the many things that go on at this conference, the most interesting to us is product announcements. Here are a few that stand out.

New Features For Google Home

Google continues to bring brand new innovations to it’s smart home speakers and other Google Assistant products. Some innovations are more usable and applicable then others – but all the same, Google’s consistent ability to innovate always leaves users impressed.

Multi-Room Audio – A Google Home Feature

One of the best features about having Google Home-enabled smart speakers throughout your house is multi-room audio. The ability to play the same audio throughout your house in a synchronized fashion really adds an extra element of luxury to your home.

Amazon and Google Call a Cease-Fire

Thankfully – and finally – Amazon and Google have called a truce. In December of 2017, Amazon made things very serious in their spat with Google and removed the YouTube app from all Fire TV devices. This came after months of other shots fired, including: YouTube pulling programming from the Echo Show Amazon removing Nest products from it’s market place…

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Amazon Is Listening To You!

On Wednesday, April 10th, Bloomberg released a report confirming what we all knew was happening – but maybe not to this level. Amazon is listening to you! Amazon is paying thousands of people to listen into end users conversations with Echo smart speakers. The reasoning behind this is for the development of the smart assistant technology. Employees listen to conversations…

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