The push for home speaker assistants in your house could lead to the extinction of your home phone, assuming Google and Amazon have their way in the near future. According to a report out of the Wall Street Journal, both companies are looking at ways to integrate a home phone service into products like Google Home and Amazon Echo. (more…)
Plex, the personal media collection service that allows you to stream your movie, music, and photo collections from anywhere, received integration with Amazon’s Alexa today. Thanks to new voice controls through an Echo, Echo Dot, or other Alexa-supported device, your Plex experience is ready to step into the future.
To get setup, you’ll need to enable the Plex skill, which you can do through the Amazon Alexa app on your phone. Once done, you can then ask Alexa to open Plex and get to streaming. (more…)
UPDATE: Well, we have an interesting change here. It appears as if NVIDIA originally posted the 5.0 update changelog to the 2015 SHIELD TV release notes page, but should have posted it on a new page for the new 2017 SHIELD TV. As you can see from their release notes pages here, the 5.0 update is no longer listed on the 2015 SHIELD TV page, yet it is now listed on the 2017 model page. At this point, that means we don’t know when the SHIELD TV (2015) is getting the update to 5.0. However, 2017 models should be getting the update almost right out of the box.
UPDATE 2: NVIDIA says to expect the update for current SHIELD TV (2015) devices in the next week or so.
On the eve of the launch of the new NVIDIA SHIELD TV (2017), NVIDIA has pushed out an update to the original SHIELD TV (2015), an update that bumps the ultimate streaming device to Android 7.0 Nougat. The update isn’t just an OS change, though. It brings so much more, including a bunch of stuff scheduled to be a part of the new SHIELD’s launch, like Amazon Video.
With the update to Android 7.0 Nougat, NVIDIA is including picture-in-picture support, a new settings menu, and an option I needed a year ago – recent apps page. Other related enhancements include a pause/play button by double tapping the volume slider, ability to write to an attached USB or SD card, a cast option for HBO GO, and support for 4.1, 6.1, and 8.1 Plex speaker configurations. (more…)
Aukey is currently running a pretty solid deal through Amazon on their 20,000mAh Quick Charge 2.0 power bank. With coupon code (AUK2MAHQ), this tank of a battery pack drops to just $27.99, plus it includes Prime shipping.
For output ports, you have a single 2.4A port and single Quick Charge 2.0 port, combined with input ports for microUSB and Lightning. The device also has a flashlight, for those times when your power is iffy. (more…)
CES 2017 is officially here and Lenovo is one of the first companies out of the gate with some major announcements. Their line-up for 2017 will of course include new computers, but on a mobile or smart home front, we have some other goodies to share. First up, Lenovo announced the Lenovo Smart Assistant, which is a smart home speaker powered by Amazon Alexa. Think of it as an Amazon Echo and Google Home mash-up device, only made by Lenovo. (more…)
Eero, the smart WiFi system that uses mesh network technology and pre-dates Google WiFi by a good two years, is on sale today at Amazon in a 3-pack for $371.83 with Prime shipping. That’s a $127 discount and the best price we have ever seen on this modular-style router option.
What is Eero? If you have been following Google WiFi news in recent months, well, there you go. Eero is the same idea, only it’s from a smaller company who has been pioneering this concept for a couple of years. Like Google WiFi, the goal of Eero is to blanket your house with WiFi, so that no corner goes untouched. You can start with a single unit and grow that to as many as you like. (more…)
Ever since Amazon launched Echo, every other company in the field of digital assistants has been playing catch up. With Google launching Google Home, it’s just Microsoft and Apple we’re waiting on, but with the Windows and Harman Kardon teams now teasing a Cortana-powered digital assistant speaker for the home, Apple is all that’s left. (more…)
I’m not sure I need to explain for the 20th time what each does, so I’ll try to keep this short. Echo products from Amazon are like smart home voice control boxes, but the bigger Echo includes a decent-sounding speaker too for tune listening. Each device is good for ordering stuff from Amazon, getting news or weather or sports scores, setting timers and alarms, playing music from popular streaming services, playing games (like Jeopardy!), and more. They are very much a more seasoned Google Home because they have been around a lot longer.
If interested, these are the best prices you’ll find and we aren’t sure how long they will last. With that in mind, Amazon is showing some pretty delayed shipping times. However, a handful of additional retailers are selling these at the same prices, with Xmas-approve shipping.