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The Lenovo Smart Clock will kick you out of bed for $40 ($50 off)

If you're looking for an inexpensive miniature smart display, the Lenovo Smart Clock is worth considering. It cost $80 at launch, which was too high for what it offered. Thankfully, you can now snatch it for half its original price, as it's dropped to just $40.

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Google realizes smart displays aren't very intuitive, starts experimenting with usability improvements

Google is giving 1,000 Nest Hub Max smart displays to residents in seven Merrill Gardens retirement communities in Washington state as part of a new test. The company is using it as an opportunity to provide a "new experience" that changes the smart display's interface a bit to help with ease of use and feature discovery.

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How to factory reset your Google Home, Nest Mini, Nest Hub, Chromecast, or other Assistant device

While smart speakers have rapidly become ubiquitous in many of our homes, there are practical things about them—like initiating a factory reset when you sell them—that just aren't intuitive without a bit of Googling. And since the Assistant (fortunately) won't abide your voice request to initiate one, that means this is one smart speaker and display feature that requires going hands-on. Fortunately, it's pretty easy in most cases for devices like Google Home, Nest Home, and Nest Hub.

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Nest Hub and other Smart Displays get improved smart home controls for Hue, Shield, smart locks, vacuums, and blinds

Google's Nest Hubs and third-party Assistant Smart Displays have been receiving an update that vastly improves their smart home controls. Among the changes we spotted are live light status and scenes for Philips Hue and Lifx, new Shield controls, the ability to unlock your smart lock, plus controls for blinds, air fresheners, and vacuums. Other product categories may be updated too, but we don't have everything on hand to test with.

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Google Home finally lets you adjust 'OK Google' listening sensitivity

There's still a little bit of magic every time you say "OK Google" and all your smart speakers, displays, and Android handsets line up to respond with a cacophony of lights and buzzes. But while that makes for a fun little display, sometimes we wish that all these smart devices weren't so sensitive, and that things like Google Home were better about knowing when you were talking to them in particular. Thankfully, it looks like a new "Hey Google" sensitivity setting is about to arrive, letting users control how responsive they want their devices to be.

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Google Home testing separate Assistant voice volume setting

One of the longstanding demands of Google Home users, myself included, has been the ability to control Assistant’s volume independently of the music’s. A new setting has started appearing for iOS users that lets you tweak the volume of your Assistant's voice — but it doesn't really work yet.

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Today only: Grab two Nest Hub smart displays for just $100

Smart displays are a convenient way to make your home more intelligent: They can help with everyday queries, be of assistance when cooking, and blast some tunes when you feel like dancing. With this deal, you can get two Nest Hubs for just $100, which is significantly cheaper than purchasing them separately. It's particularly handy if you live in a big house or even if you'd like to give one away as a gift.

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Google is temporarily lowering Chromecast's ambient mode photo quality and slideshow speed

Following the announcement that it'd be reducing Nest's video quality to help lower network strain around the world, Google has also revealed that it'll do the same for the Chromecast and smart displays. The move is temporary and comes from a mindset that every bit helps, even if it's just saving everyone a little bit of bandwidth.

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The JBL Link View smart display is down to just $100 at Best Buy ($200 off MSRP)

If you're quarantined at home, you might enjoy the company of a smart display. It'll help you get through your day, cook, and stay in touch with loved ones. JBL's Link View offers excellent audio quality, combined with a front-facing camera and microphones, letting you enjoy a complete smart display experience. When it came out, the device cost about $300, but it's now down to just $100 at Best Buy.

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The Nest Hub Max can help you stay in touch remotely and is on sale for $180 ($50 off)

While the original Nest Hub offered lots of great features never before seen on a display-free smart speaker, its lack of a camera and the inclusion of a relatively small screen prevented it from being used for video calls. Fortunately, Google addressed these complaints with its follow-up, the Nest Hub Max, and you can pick one up from Home Depot for only $180 — saving yourself $20 off compared to other retailer's current pricing and $50 off the list price.

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