When you buy a smart home device, you should expect it to last for several years. Smart home gadgets aren’t like smartphones, after all—you don’t buy a new doorbell or smart display every year. (Ugh, can you imagine? That would be absurd.)
Google gets that, and yesterday it pledged to support Nest devices for “at least five years.” That’s excellent news for anyone in the Google/Nest ecosystem, as this means those devices will get security patches and bug fixes for no less than half a decade. Keep in mind that this timeframe starts at launch, not upon purchase.
Of course, even after that five years ends, your stuff will still work—it just won’t get updated. That could ultimately cause potential issues later in time, but for now, we’ll just be grateful for the five years. Many manufacturers only promise three years of updates.
Western Digital says that it meant to add code to prevent that whole My Book Live fiasco … but it forgot. Big woof.
The AirCar flying car hit the air for 35 minutes, then drove home. Could they not think of a better name for this thing?
Microsoft, Adafruit, and Raspberry Pi are getting together to make machine learning better.
In a recent blog post, Google provided an updated commitment to privacy and security for its Nest devices and announced it is publishing new security commitments in Nest’s centralized Safety Center. Google also promises at least five years of Nest device support. Read More »
Epomaker has a reputation for some solid budget keyboards like the SK61, but the GK96S is looking to takes things a step further. With a tight layout, hot swappable switches, and a wired/Bluetooth connection toggle, the GK96S has a lot going on—especially considering the $109 price tag. Read More »
Your Android phone will soon have the ability to store COVID-19 vaccination and testing information through Google Pay’s Passes API. Google says that all data is stored locally for security, and that you don’t need the Google Pay app to access this feature. It will begin rolling out in the U.S. over the coming weeks before going global. Read More »
A collection of newly-leaked Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 renders show the phone in black, dark green, and pearl white. The renders, obtained by 91mobile, allegedly come from an industry source. Read More »
Some smart home hubs, like SmartThings, use the cloud to enhance their capabilities. That lets them do more on weaker hardware, but the hub loses some or all of its functionality if the cloud stops working. Samsung plans to wind down its older SmartThings hardware and hubs from 2013, and Nvidia Shield adapters will stop working on June 30th, 2021. Read More »
Yoga mats are a great addition to everyone’s workout routine, even if you’re not a huge yoga fan, as they can also be used for pilates, stretching, toning, and other workout elements. Plus, this mat is extra wide and long—measuring 72 x 25.5 inches—with high-density padding so it’ll protect your knees and joints while still providing support, stability, and comfort. And despite its heftier dimensions, the mat only weighs two pounds, so it’s easy to carry around. The closed cell design adds to its durability and makes it super easy to wipe down and clean, as well.
Flying drones can be a ton of fun, although there’s a bit of a learning curve. One of the things you’ll need to keep in mind with drones is knowing where you’re legally allowed to fly them. Thankfully, Google’s Wing just created a free app that’ll help U.S. users do just that. Read More »
Following in T-Mobile’s footsteps, AT&T and Google just announced that all Android phones on the network would use Google’s Android Messages app by default for RCS and SMS. Rich Communication Services (RCS) delivers an improved experience similar to iMessage when both sides use it. Read More »
Volvo recently committed to an all-EV future, but to date, all of its electric cars have been redesigns of existing combustion engine models. Now, Volvo’s new Concept Recharge EV shows that its future products will stand out from the rest of its lineup by abandoning the “unnecessary elements” of traditional cars, such as the front grille. Read More »
Machine learning has a ton of potential applications and even though it’s fascinating, it’s not exactly easy for anyone to access. Now, however, Microsoft, Adafruit, and Raspberry Pi are teaming up to make it easier and more accessible. Read More »
First shown off at CES 2021, LG’s line of new QNED Mini LED TVs will arrive in the U.S. this July. The Mini LED TVs offer some features seen in OLED TVs, such as deep contrast and vivid colors, but cost considerably less. You can preorder LG’s QNED TVs now at B&H, though a shipping date hasn’t been announced. Read More »
A future with flying cars hasn’t quite panned out as we imagined from films like Blade Runner or Back to the Future, but the dream lives on. This week, a Slovakian company known as Klein Vision took its prototype “AirCar” flying vehicle on a milestone 35-minute flight, then landed and drove home. Read More »
At-home training equipment like the Peloton Indoor Exercise Bike use built-in screens to display training videos and virtual bike trails, a fun feature that encourages exercise. Now, Little Tikes is gearing up to release a Pelican bike for kids that mimics the Peloton using a tablet mount and built-in Bluetooth speaker. Read More »
Slack is adding a ton of new features to its repertoire, including a few that you actually asked for. Most of these new features aim to emulate the in-person work environment (but really just emulate Discord), while others bring straightforward improvements to the Slack interface. Here’s a rundown. Read More »
You’re not going to believe this. Western Digital now confirms that it disabled authentication code that should have prevented last week’s My Book Live factory reset exploit. What’s worse, this code was disabled in 2011 with the intent of replacing it with something better—Western Digital simply forgot to paste in the new code. Read More »
Sometimes, a new feature comes along that you never knew you needed. Satechi just launched the latest version of its popular Mac Mini USB-C hub, which features an integrated M.2 SATA SSD enclosure. It works with the 2018 and M1 models of Mac Mini and is available for $100 at Satechi and Amazon. (You can save 15% through June 7th with coupon code MACMINISSD.) Read More »
Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 11 release includes a cosmetic overhaul of File Explorer with several major changes when compared to the Windows 10 version. Here’s a quick look at the new design and features. Read More »
eReaders are great for helping you to read more. E Ink technology makes it so there isn’t much glare when you’re outside, and the low energy use makes eReader batteries last for weeks. We have some great eReader recommendations! Read More »