John Velasco

John Velasco

John is the Smart Home editor at Digital Trends covering all of the latest tech in this emerging market. Prior to Digital Trends, John worked for various publications like PhoneArena, Android Authority, and VR Source. He's been covering mobile tech for the better part of the last decade, but is also passionate about how VR/AR/XR are reshaping our world. Outside of tech, John is a big foodie and loves sharing about some of the unique bites he comes across. And way before diving into tech journalism, he was driving around in a Volkswagon Beetle working with the Geek Squad.

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Samsung Galaxy Home is a no-show in 2019, but that may be a good thing

The Samsung Galaxy Home failed to release in 2019. But maybe it's a good thing that it has yet to come out? Still, there's plenty to ponder regarding its future.
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Facebook Portal (10-inch, 2019) review: For Facebook fans only

Inviting Facebook into your home may seem invasive given the company’s track record. Despite that, Facebook's Portal smart display hopes to keep users connected with friends through video calls.
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CES 2020: This could be the year your robot vacuum gets a security camera

We have a feeling that we'll see more robot vacuums with built-in security cameras as part of their arsenal at CES 2020. This could be the year it becomes mainstream.
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Lenovo Smart Display 7 Review: Video calls for less

The Lenovo Smart Display 7 is smaller and more compact than the company's previous smart displays released last year, but don't think that there are compromises with it.
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How to set up a Google Nest Hub Max

The Google Nest Hub Max is arguably the best smart display around. We break down how to set up your Google Nest Hub Max to ensure it is ready to serve you.
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Amazon Echo Show 8 Review: Third time’s the charm

The Amazon Show 8 shares many of the same features as other smart displays in Amazon's portfolio, but its size and price gives it broader appeal for consumers looking to buy a smart display.