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Six gadgets that work with your smart speaker to automate your home

Popular Science

Dozens of gizmos will work with one or both of these speakers, and third-party manufacturers continue to bring out additional ones. If you'd like to see all of your options, Google has made a list of Home-compatible devices and Amazon has collected the Echo-compatible ones. With so much smart tech out there, it can be hard to figure out which device to buy first. So we collected six of our favorite gadgets for smartening up your home. Google's dinky streaming dongle works like a charm with Google Home.


How to find and discover new podcasts — the 2017 edition

USATODAY

Jefferson Graham shows the many options for finding audio podcasts to listen to, from apps to connected speakers, TV and the car, on #TalkingTech. LOS ANGELES -- There are hundreds of thousands of podcasts to listen to, and finding them has gotten easier than ever, thanks to apps, the connected speaker and smart TVs and streaming boxes. Remember when we had to do to acquire podcasts by connecting the phone to the computer and syncing our subscriptions? Those days are long gone. Let's take a look at just how much easier it's become.


Uber's 'disruption' is far from benign - but it's not too big to ban Abi Wilkinson

The Guardian

Uber is one of those companies that seems to take pride in upsetting the status quo. Its cheerleaders claim the minicab app is a shining example of "disruptive innovation" – where entrepreneurs change entire industries by thinking outside the box. Critics contend that Uber's business model is actually pretty traditional. The only major difference is scale, and the use of a high-tech booking system. And while the app booking system is certainly convenient, it's far from unique to Uber.


Google Lens vs. Bixby Vision: Visual Analysis Apps For Easy Web Search

International Business Times

Google Lens was announced at the Google I/O 2017 in May and has been slowly gaining steam since then. The app has the ability to identify songs and now can also recognize objects in a smartphone camera's field of vision. Google seems to have taken a page from Samsung's book -- the feature is pretty similar to the company's Bixby Vision, which was launched in August. Both applications use augmented reality algorithms to detect objects in a smartphone camera's range of vision. However, Samsung's execution of Bixby Vision has been flawed at best.


Which robot vacuum should you get? This list can help you figure it out.

Mashable

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Robot vacuums are the hot item this season and though they could obviously make your life 100 times easier, there's a hard part to the process: picking the right one. With so many brands, features, and app capabilities out there, deciding which vacuum you're going to drop a hefty load of cash on can be overwhelming. We hate cleaning just as much as you do and have laid out a simple, comprehensive list of all your best options, storted by price. SEE ALSO: Walmart Black Friday Deals just dropped and suddenly Nov. 23rd is too far away If you're not looking for anything fancy, but just a reliable bot to get the job done, the ECOVACS Deebot N79 could be right for you.


Which Sonos Speaker is Best For You?

WIRED

Here at WIRED, we like Sonos speakers. Throughout the last five years, we've reviewed everything from its small Play:1 speaker to its soundbars and recommended every one of them. But it's not cheap to turn your home into a Sonos-powered shrine to sound. Like Apple products, Sonos speakers are built to work with other Sonos speakers, and don't come cheap, starting at $200 for the least expensive, smallest model. But which ones should you buy? Read on for our recommendations.


12 iPhone X Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

TIME

Apple's decision to remove the home button means there can be an unexpected learning curve when using the iPhone X for the first time. Many tasks that used to be executed by tapping or holding the home button, like launching Siri or closing apps, have now been assigned new gestures. Here's a quick overview of the most important iPhone X tips and tricks, from taking a screenshot to force restarting the phone. To take a screenshot on the iPhone X, press and release the side button and the volume up button at the same time. When using an app, swipe up from the bottom of the display to return to the home screen.


In an age of AI and machine learning, app marketing gets supercharged

#artificialintelligence

Remember the saying, "there's an app for that"? It may be the case that there are too many apps for "that" these days. The number of available apps in the Google Play Store was placed at 3.3 million apps in September 2017. Apple's App Store is the second-largest app store with 2.2 million available apps. In such a cluttered space, even the best apps struggle to find an audience.


Gadget Lab Podcast: Pixel Buds, AirPods, and the Future of Ear Computers

WIRED

Headphones aren't really just headphones anymore. Sure, you can use them to listen to music, as always. But they've got touch controls now. They're embedded with custom wireless chips to ease pairing. They also open a direct line to the voice assistant on your phone.


5 security mistakes you're probably making

USATODAY

A simple trick goes a long way in hiding your webcam: tape. You don't think about your car until you get a flat. You don't appreciate your phone until the screen cracks. Cyber-security is something you take for granted, until someone hacks your account, steals your bank info, and spreads compromising pictures of you all over the Internet. Most people know about virus protection.