Google Home devices are connected speakers that do your bidding, including playing music from almost any streaming service, searching for answers to questions, working in tandem with Chromecast to display photos and videos on a TV, and controlling a bevy of smart-home devices. While Google Assistant might have some advantages over Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s smart speakers aren’t compatible with as many smart-home products as Amazon’s speakers. Well, at least not yet. Of course, Alexa’s spent the better part of the last couple years integrating with partners, and Google Home devices are still playing catch-up. That said, the Google Home, Google Home Mini, Google Home Max, and Google Assistant-powered smart displays like the Google Home Hub and Lenovo Smart Display have come a long way since the first Google Home was released. There are lots of lights, switches, and thermostats you can control with your voice. But how do you know if that smart … [Read more...] about The best Google Home-compatible devices for 2019
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Google has made it so all its smart home products work nearly seamlessly together, and it all stems from the brains of the operation: Google Home ($99 at Walmart). With one of Google's smart speakers, you can adjust the temperature of a Nest thermostat, control Nest security ($499 at HP) cameras, and stream your favorite shows on Chromecast ($24 at eBay), without ever lifting a finger.There's also something Google Home can do that you might not have known. It can turn on almost any TV. Here's how.Check your TV for CEC supportTo turn on your television with Google Home, you need two things: a Chromecast and a newer television that supports CEC.A Chromecast by itself can power on your TV through a feature called CEC or Consumer Electronics Control. In short, if you enable this feature on your TV, it allows you to control the television through various HDMI devices. For instance, your Xbox, PlayStation or Blu-ray player can toggle the power of your television, and in the case of … [Read more...] about How to turn on your TV with Google Home
Arlo started life as a Netgear brand, but has slowly been moving away from its parent company and striking out on its own, raising funds and looking to fulfil its wider ambitions.Those ambitions are to be a smart home platform, rather than just a connected camera company. Arlo used CES 2019 to announce the Works with Arlo programme, a compatibility standard that will see third-party devices integrated into the Arlo system.What is Works with Arlo?Works with Arlo is a new compatibility programme that has been developed by Arlo, to ensure that devices you buy will be compatible with your Arlo system. The aim is to make Arlo the hub of your connected devices, so that you can control and integrate a full range of connected devices from different manufacturers. You'll be able to connect other devices, control them through your app and create routines that cross brands. What will I need for a Works with Arlo system?You'll need an Arlo hub and so far most of the information is … [Read more...] about What is Works with Arlo and what devices are compatible?
Google Home is more than just an internet-connected speaker with a voice assistant. It also works as a smart home hub.Google Assistant on Google Home can control smart home devices, although it's fair to say it doesn't support as many products as its main rival, Amazon Echo.That's not to say Google Home should be discounted as a viable option to control your home, so, for those of you want to partner up with Google's speaker over Amazon's, here's a list of devices that respond to "OK Google".Smart home thermostatsSmart home thermostats not only bring intelligence to your home heating, they also make your heating more efficient by learning how you like your home warmed and when. They base temperature adjustment on when you're going to be home and reduce power waste by accounting for when you're not in. This intelligence makes for a great addition to your smart home setup. You can also control some smart thermostats with Google Home devices - adjusting the temperature of your … [Read more...] about Best Google Home compatible devices you can buy today: Top Google Assistant accessories
Staples does much more than simple office supplies, and for Black Friday, the retailer has traditionally pushed both work-related and personal tech devices. A few notes before we begin:Most of these discounted prices should be available to order on Thanksgiving Day, and picked up or purchased in-store starting at 7 a.m. local time on Friday Nov. 23. That means the direct links below won't reflect the planned sale prices until (in most cases) Nov. 22. CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.With that, happy shopping! Amazon Fire Tablets, $29-$99 Sarah Tew/CNET Most of the Fire line is deeply discounted. The 8-inch is probably the best overall value in terms of features and performance. If you're buying for a child, the Kids Editions are actually worth a bit extra for the better warranty and tons of included subscription content. See at Staples Amazon fire HD 8 review Amazon Echo Dot, $24 Does anyone buy an Echo Dot at full … [Read more...] about Best Black Friday 2018 deals at Staples: $60 Fire TV Cube, $99 Google Home Hub and more