Smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo have always been in the buzz for the potential security/privacy issues.However, this time it is something more interesting.It looks like that you can remotely control a smart speaker powered by Siri, Google Assistant, or Alexa by just using a laser beam.The concept behind the flaw involves a bug in MEMS (microelectromechanical system) microphones.The microphones are so sensitive that they detect the laser […]
Earlier this week, we reported that in a firmware update that was pushed out to the Google Home and Home Mini devices, some users ended up with bricked devices where in some cases, there was nothing that they could do about it. It was made worse with some users claiming that Google was refusing to replace the affected devices outside of its warranty.
If you own a Google Home or Google Home Mini device, you might want to look into whether or not you can halt automatic firmware updates. This is because according to a series of reports, it seems that the latest firmware update being pushed out to these devices is bricking them, and it also seems that Google is of no help.
Smart assistants like Alexa or Google Home are always in the spotlight for being vulnerable to hacks/spies. And, it is quite shocking to know that it still isn’t a good option for privacy-concerned users.In a shocking report by SRLabs, it was found that Alexa and Google Home lets a malicious app to easily continue spying (or eavesdropping) even after you are done with the intended task.In other words, after you […]
Due to the fact that devices like the Google Home Mini are relatively affordable with the idea being that you can place multiple devices around the home. This is great for using Google Assistant throughout your home, but what if you wanted to transfer your current stream from device to device?
If you’re a Google One subscriber, you might want to check your emails because according to reports, it looks like Google is giving away free Google Home Minis to subscribers of its One service. Some users are reporting that they have received emails informing them of the giveaway, but it should be pointed out that you can go to your Google One account to access the redemption code to get […]
One of the useful features of smart speakers is its ability to be activated using our voice. This comes in handy when we need to do things but our hands are either full or dirty, like looking for recipes online, adjusting our thermostat, setting a reminder and so on. However, they can also be incredibly useful for those who can’t use their bodies.
If you’ve ever wondered if you should sign up and pay for a YouTube Music subscription, the good news is that now you won’t have to if you own a Google Home device. This is because Google has announced that starting today, YouTube Music will be free for users who stream it through a Google Home speaker.
Google Duo is the company’s answer to video calls. Previously Google had largely relied on Hangouts for video and audio calls, but with Hangouts now focused more on enterprise users, those who wanted to make video or audio calls over the internet had to use Duo (as one of the many alternatives).
The other day we reported that it looked as though Apple Music integration could soon be finding its way into Google Home. This is thanks to a sighting in the Google Home app in which it listed Apple Music as being available, although at that time it did not seem to work. This led to speculation that Apple Music could be coming soon to Google Home.
The problem with Apple’s walled garden approach is that it makes it hard to buy outside products and accessories. Take for example speaker systems such as Sonos where at the start, Apple Music was not supported (it is now). While you could stream it through Bluetooth, it wasn’t integrated the same way as other services such as Spotify.
We know that Google will be launching new Pixel smartphones this year, and now according to a report from the Nikkei Asian Review, they have detailed the hardware that Google could be launching this year which includes the Pixel smartphones, a budget Pixel smartphone that we have been hearing about for a while now, a new Google Home, and the Pixel Watch.
Some of you might be familiar with a very classic Christmas movie from back in the day known as “Home Alone”. For those who aren’t familiar, it stars Macaulay Culkin who plays as Kevin McCallister, a young boy who was accidentally left home alone (thus the name of the movie) by his family who were rushing off for their Christmas holiday.
These days we’re starting to see companies create connected speakers with support for multi-room audio. Being able to group these speakers and control them in a group makes a lot of sense, but for some reason, Google would not allow Chromecasts could not be grouped together, at least until now.