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Google Assistant now works with over 50,000 smart home devices

Google Assistant now works with over 50,000 smart home devices

Back in 2018, Google touted that the Assistant worked on over 10,000 smart home gadgets from 1,000 different brands — that's quite a lot of speakers, smart bulbs, cameras, and other hardware that the Assistant can either control or is built into. But in the two intervening years, that number has further exploded, and today Google claims that the Assistant now works with over 50,000 devices from over 5,500 brands. That's some serious growth.

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Firewalla review: A powerful solution to monitor and protect your home network (Update: 4 months later)

Firewalla review: A powerful solution to monitor and protect your home network (Update: 4 months later)

Security and privacy are at the heart of our concerns with technology now. With every breach, hack, and vulnerability, we discover how frail this digital footprint we've created is. To protect ourselves, we make sure our devices are always updated with the latest security patches, we try to avoid suspicious sites and apps, we keep our eyes open for phishing attempts in our inbox, but that still isn't enough. If you have smart home gadgets or if you don't control every device in your household, you need network-level protection. Some Wi-Fi routers offer this, but the feature is usually tied in a monthly subscription.

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Trade your dumb vacuum cleaner for a Eufy RoboVac 15C, on sale for $170 (down from $250)

Trade your dumb vacuum cleaner for a Eufy RoboVac 15C, on sale for $170 (down from $250)

In the last decade, technology has changed daily life so much it's funny to reflect on the way things used to be. Remember printing out directions on MapQuest and trying to read them while cruising down the freeway? These days, you don't even have to vacuum your own home, and if you still do, you might want to jump on this Eufy RoboVac 15C, on sale now for $170 (down from $250).

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Right before Google I/O, Amazon says Alexa now supports 60,000 smart home devices

Right before Google I/O, Amazon says Alexa now supports 60,000 smart home devices

Google I/O is kicking off in a few hours and we expect to hear a lot about Android, Assistant, and various other Google products and services during the conference. Just in time for this parade of all things Google, Amazon has updated its Alexa smart home compatibility page to say that a staggering 60,000 smart home devices from 7,400 brands are now compatible with the voice assistant. Sixty thousand.

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Google Assistant adds command for syncing smart home devices

Google Assistant adds command for syncing smart home devices

Smart home devices can become extremely complicated. You have to use different apps for each brand, and new devices you add might not be visible to a Google Home. Google has now (partially) solved this problem, with a new voice command.

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