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Digging deeper into smart speakers reveals two clear paths – TechCrunch

By | 2018-07-09T17:39:17+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Categories: Google|

In a truly fascinating exploration into two smart speakers – the Sonos One and the Amazon Echo – BoltVC’s Ben Einstein has found some interesting differences in the way a traditional speaker company and an infrastructure juggernaut look at their flagship devices. The post is well worth a a full read but the

Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-29T16:41:23+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Categories: Google|

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but the launch of Apple Maps went poorly. After a rough first impression, an apology from the CEO, several years of patching holes with data partnerships and some glimmers of light with long-awaited transit directions and improvements in business, parking and place data, Apple Maps is still not

Google Calendar gets an ‘Out of Office’ mode – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-27T21:45:54+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Categories: Google|

Google Calendar is the latest Google app to get an update focused on improving users’ “digital wellbeing.” The company announced today it’s rolling out a new “Out of Office” feature in Google Calendar, alongside a setting for customizable working hours. The working hours signal to others when you’re unavailable, and allows Google Calendar

Google Home and Chromecast are down, affecting users worldwide – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-27T18:37:49+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Categories: Google|

It’s not just Slack — there’s a Google Home and Chromecast outage, too. A Google spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that there’s an issue affecting “some” of its customers of these platforms, and it’s currently investigating the issue and working on a solution. The company declined to share other information about the nature of

The Sonos Beam is the soundbar evolved – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-27T15:33:47+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Categories: Google|

Beam me up, Sonos Sonos has always gone its own way. The speaker manufacturer dedicated itself to network-connected speakers before there were home networks and they sold a tablet-like remote control before there were tablets. Their surround sound systems install quickly and run seamlessly. You can buy a few speakers, tap a few

Google rebrands its ad lineup, with AdWords becoming Google Ads – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-27T06:18:03+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Categories: Google|

Google’s complex lineup of ad products is getting rebranded. Sridhar Ramaswamy, the senior vice president who leads Google’s ad efforts, explained the rebrand at a press event this morning, where he said the company has been getting “consistent feedback” over the past few years that the plethora of ad products and brands —

Amazon’s Alexa app for iOS finally gets voice control – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-28T01:50:47+00:00 June 26th, 2018|Categories: Google|

Way back at the beginning of the year (seemingly 24 or 25 months, at this point), Amazon brought voice control to its Alexa app for Android. The move marked a big step toward the company’s push onto third-party mobile devices. At the time, it added that it would bring similar functionality to the

With Cloud Filestore, the Google Cloud gets a new storage option – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-26T17:56:58+00:00 June 26th, 2018|Categories: Google|

Google is giving developers a new storage option in its cloud. Cloud Filestore, which will launch into beta next month, essentially offers a fully managed network attached storage (NAS) service in the cloud. This means that companies can now easily run applications that need a traditional file system interface on the Google Cloud

Google Home now supports Spanish – TechCrunch

By | 2018-06-26T20:58:54+00:00 June 26th, 2018|Categories: Google|

Google Home has learned Spanish. Google announced this morning that its smart speakers are now able to listen and respond to users’ voice commands in Spanish. The update may help the speakers gain more ground against Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo devices, not only in the U.S. where a number of people today speak Spanish