We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more. talk to me Which talking speaker do you want controlling your home? Russell Holly 14 Oct 2016 68 For over a year now, a lot of people have wanted Google to launch a product that competed directly with Amazon's Echo speaker. Something that you could call out to from across the room that connected to all of your Google services and gave commands to your other connected home accessories on your behalf. We finally got Google's answer to Echo, and it's called Home. Instead of being a feature for feature competitor with Amazon Echo, Google Home focuses on delivering Google Assistant in a convenient package. It seems like a smart product with some serious growth potential, but Amazon's two year lead means it has a lot of data Google doesn't have about how these connected speakers get used. Setting aside whether you'd prefer to call out for Google or Alexa when you want something done in the house, the battle … [Read more...] about Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: The battle to control your home
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What's new in Android Nougat With Android Nougat, Google is refining the experience instead of reinventing it. Jerry Hildenbrand 24 Jan 2017 87 Android Nougat is Google's way of refining what we already have and adding some essential features to an operating system they were already happy with. The past two years have shown us how Google was shifting its design language on the phones it sells itself and the apps and services that come on your phone. Android itself has followed this trend, and with Marshmallow, we saw a flat but bold design that tied everything together. Android Nougat doesn't make major changes to the way your phone looks or the way it "feels", but what Google has done under the hood brings some new features — and much-needed polish — to our favorite smartphone operating system. Android Nougat makes updates faster and easier When it's time for your phone or tablet to get updated, you won't have to do anything. While you're doing the things … [Read more...] about Android Nougat: Everything you need to know
Parental controls for the masses After being announced as an invite-only service in March, Family Link can now be used by any and all parents in the U.S. Joe Maring 28 Sep 2017 18 Back in March, Google officially introduced Family Link — a suite of parental controls that aimed to help make raising your kids in the 21st century just a little bit easier. Family Link could only be accessed with an invitation when it first launched, but today, Google is making the service available for everyone to try. You'll still need to live in the United States and have a Google account to get things started, but assuming you do, you can start using Family Link by either going to the Family Link website or downloading the official app from the Play Store. Once you've done this, you can start creating Google accounts for your children if they don't already have one. With your kids' accounts made and connected to your account via Family Link, you'll be able to set all sorts of limits … [Read more...] about Google Family Link is now invite-free for parents in the U.S.
Today marks the official launch of Brave 1.0, a free open-source browser. The beta version has already drawn 8 million monthly users, but now, the full stable release is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. Brave promises to prioritize security by blocking third-party ads, trackers, and autoplay videos automatically. So you don’t need to go into your settings to ensure greater privacy, though you can adjust those settings if you want to. Several browsers have taken steps to block trackers and ads, but in many cases, they’re limited or need to be enabled. Firefox started blocking some trackers by default earlier this year. Safari goes a step further by blocking almost all third-party trackers from sites you don’t visit frequently while allowing trackers from sites you check regularly but limiting their duration to 24 hours. Microsoft Edge is still testing a feature that also only blocks some trackers by default, which should arrive on January 15th. … [Read more...] about Brave 1.0 launches, bringing the privacy-first browser out of beta