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What is a smart lock and how does it work?

A smart lock brings added versatility to your door, letting you open it using a keypad or smartphone app. Here's everything you need to know about smart locks.
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Building a smart home? You need this Nest Thermostat Prime Day deal

With this Nest thermostat Prime Day deal, you can save $50 on the Google Nest Learning Thermostat to help you fill out your smart home for less.
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How to install a Nest thermostat

Considering upgrading your home with a smart Nest Thermostat? Here's everything you need to know about choosing the right one and exactly how to install it.
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Google Assistant to forget its location-based reminders

Google Assistant has been losing features over the last several months and now two 'reminders' features have been put on the chopping block.
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Best Google Assistant settings to update right now

Want to make your Google Assistant work better for you? Check out these settings to improve your experience or fix issues you have with the voice assistant.
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The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 gets Google Assistant, at last

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is finally getting Google Assistant as a standalone app, 10 months after its release and ahead of the Google Pixel Watch's arrival.
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Can your smart home save you money on homeowners insurance?

We all know the smart home is supposed to make our lives easier, but can it save you money on insurance? Let's find out.
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There’s no new Nest Hub, but that’s OK

Google didn't announce a new Nest Hub yesterday, but that's OK. Other areas need to be focused on first.
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Everything announced at Google I/O 2022: Pixel 6a, Pixel Watch, search enhancements and more!

Google's annual tech conference has begun. Here's a rundown of everything announced.
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The ‘Look and Talk’ feature means you don’t have to say ‘Hey Google’

Updates to Google Assistant make interacting with the device easier and more streamlined than ever before.
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Google just made it easier to change your breached passwords

Google Assistant's new password update has streamlined the process of replacing breached passwords, making web security feel safer and easier than ever.
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Home Depot’s new Hubspace-compatible items include smart plug

Home Depot releases several new products to its Hubspace smart home line, including a true smart plug.
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How to use the Google Home app on your PC

Want to add Google Home's smart controls to your computer? While there's no desktop app, you can try one of these workarounds to get Google Home on your PC.
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Smart homes without Wi-Fi: Huge possibilities or roadblocks?

Our wireless networks are the building blocks of our smart home ecosystems, but should every automation require an Internet connection? Here's what we think.
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The Google Nest lineup needs a redesigned plug

The Google Nest Hub is a great smart display, but its bulky plug is in dire need of a redesign. Here's why users are still frustrated years after its launch.
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Google kills semi-hidden assistant feature, Snapshot

The Google Assistant Snapshot feature wasn't used by many, but it certainly was helpful before Google recently ended its service.
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The most common Google Home problems, and how to fix them

Google Home and Nest devices are smart, but they aren't perfect: Here are the most common issues, and what solutions we've found work best to address them.
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Bose Smart Soundbar 300 review: Sweet sound for small rooms

At $400, the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 isn't cheap, but its tiny frame powers great audio, while its voice assistant options make you a hands-free media master.
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Is it feasible to go all-in with one smart home ecosystem?

What is the true cost of choosing only one smart home ecosystem? Whether HomeKit, Alexa, or Assistant, we tackle what it will take to invest in just one.
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How to connect Google Home to Sonos speakers

A step-by-step setup guide on how to connect Google Home to your Sonos speakers. Plus, find out which Sonos models work with Google Assistant.
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This one upgrade would make all our homes even smarter

Motion sensors are an under-utilized, but potentially game-changing aspect of smart home functionality.
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What you need to know about all Google Nest products

Interested in getting a Nest product? Start with our guide to all available Nest products and valuable information on the current Google models.
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Google Assistant and YouTube Music coming to Galaxy Watch 4

Google is building on its partnership with Samsung to bring new Android communication, productivity, and entertainment features to the Galaxy Watch 4.
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Google Home (Nest Audio) vs. Amazon Echo

Google's Home speaker and Amazon Echo are two of the most popular smart speakers, but which is the better of the two? Here's our comparison of both devices.
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Do you need a smart home hub?

A smart home hub keeps all of your Internet-connected gear logged and controllable under one easy-to-use interface, but do you need one? Let us weigh in.
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The best smart home hubs for 2022

The best smart home hubs on the market can control your digital life at home. But which hub is best? Let's take a look at the top options and what they can do.
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How to reset a Nest Cam

Having trouble with a Google Nest cam? If it's not performing the way it should, you may need a factory reset. Here's what to do and what to know ahead of time.
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Get affordable smart lighting coverage for your entire home, thanks to Vont

Installing smart lights or smart bulbs in your home doesn't have to expensive. Vont offers incredibly useful and affordable smart bulbs. Learn more here!
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Why Matter is the most important smart home trend from CES 2022

There were a lot of tech trends at CES 2022, but one stands out above the rest: The rapid adoption of Matter among smart home companies.
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How to organize your work from home with Google Workday routine

How to set up the Google Home Workday routine to help with your work from home schedule.
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Does that appliance need an app? I don’t think so

Do mobile apps really make our home appliances smarter? Manufacturers say yes, but we beg to differ.
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Why smart lights are the perfect entry point to the smart home

Start building your smart home on the right foot. Smart lights are painless, easy to set up, and highly affordable.
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Get the Google Nest Thermostat for $100 at Best Buy today

Best Buy has discounted the Google Nest Thermostat all the way down to only $100, a savings of $30, with 3 months of free YouTube Premium included.
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How to make calls on your Google Nest, Home, or Mini

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to set up hands-free calling on the Google Home. Learn how to sync your contacts, and make and end calls.