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Two Google Home Max speakers for $339 means never having to hear your relatives (or anything else) ever again

The Google Home Max is kind of a ridiculous thing: it's huge, and even one can get plenty loud enough to incite a noise complaint. Even more ridiculous (and more likely to rile up your neighbors) is that the speakers are designed to work in pairs. If that sounds like something you'd be into, you're in luck: for Black Friday, retailer Tink is selling a two-pack for just $339, a full $259 under retail.

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Google and Nest go big for this Black Friday sale with discounts on cameras, alarms, locks, thermostats, smart speakers

When I set up my smart home infrastructure, I waited until Black Friday discounts to pay a little less for all my intelligent devices. Whether you're starting from scratch or want to add new products to your existing smart home configuration, you'll be able to benefit from exciting markdowns on a wide array of Nest products. These include security cameras, alarms, locks, thermostats, smart speakers, connected displays, and Wi-Fi routers. The markdowns will be available from November 28 until December 4, which will give you plenty of time to shop.

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You can now ask your Google home speakers to play recommended Spotify tracks

Google Home and Assistant already offer plenty of music-related commands that let you play any track, artist, album, or playlist you want. But if you have nothing in particular in mind, the options become a lot more limited. You can say "play some music," which usually continues where you last left off, though that's not conductive to discovery. With some new commands, you'll be able to trust Spotify to play recommended tracks for you without having to continue or choose anything.

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Grab this early Black Friday deal on the ecobee SmartThermostat and SmartSensor for $199 ($50 off)

The holidays are almost here, which means you're probably going to spend a lot of time preparing food over a hot stove while friends and family gather in the other room. Among the cooking and commotion, your conventional thermostat can easily become confused, failing to heat some portions of your home while the main areas encroach on sauna-like temperatures. To keep you and your guests comfortable this season, consider picking up a new ecobee SmartThermostat with SmartSensor, now only $199 ($50 off) on Amazon.

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Save up to $100 on Nest Thermostat and Google Home bundles with this coupon

Nest has been a powerhouse in smart home technology since the launch of their Learning Thermostat in 2011. With their acquisition by Google in 2014, they've continued to reign supreme over temperature variances in homes across the world . If you're looking to gift a Nest to a loved one, or would like to get cozy in your own home, this might be the perfect time to buy in.

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(Update: Humidifiers and dehumidifiers too) You can now ask Assistant to fill up your bathtub or close your faucet

When Google launched Assistant, it was criticized for working with fewer smart devices than Alexa. The company rapidly showered us with support for many more products, though, and has recently introduced compatibility with mops, microwaves, and showers. Until today, though, Assistant couldn't natively work with your entire bathroom. Google is now righting this wrong by bringing native support for bathtubs and faucets; hot!

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Hackers can hijack your Google Home or Amazon Echo with freakin' laser beams

Google's smart home speakers already don't have the best privacy-conscious track record. Back in 2017, our very own Artem Russakovskii had his Home Mini record every word he said for days on end, resulting in Google permanently removing top touch functionality from all Home Minis. Even when hotword functionality is working as intended, we often assume that a user has to be within earshot to actually control one of these devices. It turns out that's not the case, thanks to a new hack that uses laser beams to remotely interact with smart speakers.

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You can add Google Wifi routers to the Google Home app and that lets you enable WPA3

With the launch of Nest Wifi, we've learned that this new mesh system is backward-compatible with the existing Google Wifi, but if you're happy with your setup and have no plans to get a new Nest router or access point, you can still get a little benefit out of adding your old Wifi to the Google Home app. That lets you manage a few things from a central location and adds WPA3 security to the Wifis.

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(Update: Rolling out) Google Home app reportedly getting redesigned Cast media UI

When casting music, movies, series, or videos to a speaker or TV, the Google Home app conveniently lets you control it, even if you used another device to initiate playback. Although the interface was handy, it wasn't visual enough. Thankfully, Google is seemingly working on a revamped one for cast media control.

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Nest Thermostat E and Google Home bundle down to just $170 with this coupon ($100 off)

Smart thermostats offer a lot of added convenience and also help save energy, but maximum laziness comfort is achieved when paired with a smart speaker. Indeed, when used together, you can control the temperature in the room without having to leave your couch or bed. Unfortunately, a Nest Thermostat E and a Google home bundle typically costs about $270, which can be a roadblock for some. However, thanks to the coupon code below, you can pay just $170 for both products, saving you about $100.

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