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Nuki smart lock review: A simple to use, reliable, and very smart solution for European-style locks

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

For the past year or so, I've been looking at smart locks and wanting one yet not able to fully commit to anything. Living in Lebanon means our doors don't have the American-style deadbolts, but what is known as the Euro Style/Profile Double Cylinder - a lock that is quite prominent across France, Germany, the UK, and other countries. So August, Yale, Schlage, Kwikset, and plenty of brands geared toward the US market were mostly out of the question unless I wanted to take a risk and get something that doesn't fit at all with my apartment's door.

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Nuki smart lock review: A simple to use, reliable, and very smart solution for European-style locks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant adds command for syncing smart home devices

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Smart home devices can become extremely complicated. You have to use different apps for each brand, and new devices you add might not be visible to a Google Home. Google has now (partially) solved this problem, with a new voice command.

You can now say "sync my devices" to Google Assistant (on your phone, Google Home, etc) to refresh all of your smart home services. For example, if you have Philips Hue lights and WeMo outlets, Google will pull the full list of your devices from those services.

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Google Assistant adds command for syncing smart home devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant adds command for syncing smart home devices

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Smart home devices can become extremely complicated. You have to use different apps for each brand, and new devices you add might not be visible to a Google Home. Google has now (partially) solved this problem, with a new voice command.

You can now say "sync my devices" to Google Assistant (on your phone, Google Home, etc) to refresh all of your smart home services. For example, if you have Philips Hue lights and WeMo outlets, Google will pull the full list of your devices from those services.

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Google Assistant adds command for syncing smart home devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

New Google Home Mini update restores touch functionality with long-press on the side

Friday, December 8th, 2017

The Google Home Mini is a super-affordable way to get Google Assistant in your life, but Google was forced to hobble the device shortly after launch because a sticky touch sensor caused Artem's Google Home to record everything he said. That functionality is now coming back with a small tweak. Instead of tapping the top of the device, you'll be able to long-press the side.

When we reported the original defect to Google, it investigated the issue and determined a small number of Home Minis had a touch sensor that triggered on its own.

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New Google Home Mini update restores touch functionality with long-press on the side was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant will soon help you find local professionals depending on exactly what you need

Friday, December 1st, 2017

When you're having some sort of issue with your house, chances are that you immediately go to Google to find someone who can take care of the issue if you don't already have a go-to guy saved in your contacts list. However, it's not uncommon to see people with the same general profession specialize in different areas. Thankfully, Google will soon make it easier to figure out who you should call.

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Google Assistant will soon help you find local professionals depending on exactly what you need was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Tip: Turn on your Christmas tree with Google Home and a smart plug

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Two years ago, when I started getting into smart home stuff, I had a small epiphany when I heard a podcaster say they set up their Christmas tree to turn on and off with their iPhone. Until then, I had considered smart plugs completely useless for me, since we use recessed ceiling lights a lot here in Lebanon and rarely have floor or desk lamps. But a Christmas tree and one you can turn on and off without kneeling, ruffling half the tree, and dropping several decorations in order to unplug and replug the lights?!

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Tip: Turn on your Christmas tree with Google Home and a smart plug was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Google Lens actions are live] Google app v7.17 beta brings visual changes and Voice Match branding, hints at Android P, new Google Lens suggestions, and search filters [APK Teardown]

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

A bunch of new updates are rolling out as Google developers prepare to take a long holiday break. One of the big updates for the week is to the Google app itself. Version 7.17 began rolling out to the beta channel yesterday with some visual tweaks and the addition of something called Voice Match, Google's branding for its voice detection features.

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[Update: Google Lens actions are live] Google app v7.17 beta brings visual changes and Voice Match branding, hints at Android P, new Google Lens suggestions, and search filters [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google app v7.17 beta brings visual changes and Voice Match branding, hints at Android P, new Google Lens suggestions, and search filters [APK Teardown]

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

A bunch of new updates are rolling out as Google developers prepare to take a long holiday break. One of the big updates for the week is to the Google app itself. Version 7.17 began rolling out to the beta channel yesterday with some visual tweaks and the addition of something called Voice Match, Google's branding for its voice detection features. A teardown also reveals a curious reference to the next version of Android, new features for Google Lens, and in-app searches may finally get filters like the web interface.

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Google app v7.17 beta brings visual changes and Voice Match branding, hints at Android P, new Google Lens suggestions, and search filters [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TicHome Mini review: A worthy portable Google Home Mini alternative, as long as you don’t mind paying double

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Google introduced the Assistant SDK back in April, making it possible for third parties to build the digital companion into their devices. Sure enough, at IFA 2017 in Berlin back in August, the first Google Assistant-enabled speakers were announced, due to hit the market this fall. There are now several different options from a range of manufacturers, and they cover various use cases and price points.

Other Google Home alternatives with better speakers have also been announced by the likes of Sony and Panasonic.

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TicHome Mini review: A worthy portable Google Home Mini alternative, as long as you don’t mind paying double was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TicHome Mini review: A worthy portable Google Home Mini alternative, as long as you don’t mind paying double

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Google introduced the Assistant SDK back in April, making it possible for third parties to build the digital companion into their devices. Sure enough, at IFA 2017 in Berlin back in August, the first Google Assistant-enabled speakers were announced, due to hit the market this fall. There are now several different options from a range of manufacturers, and they cover various use cases and price points.

Other Google Home alternatives with better speakers have also been announced by the likes of Sony and Panasonic.

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TicHome Mini review: A worthy portable Google Home Mini alternative, as long as you don’t mind paying double was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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