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How to Use the Best New Google Home App Features

How to Use the Best New Google Home App Features

Google Home version 2.27 adds a bunch of new features to the app, including new in-app controls for Nest home security products on iOS and Android and expanded device support for Android 11’s Power Menu shortcuts. Oh, and there’s finally a dark mode on Android — though it might be…

You Should Mute Your Smart Speaker’s Mic More Often

You Should Mute Your Smart Speaker’s Mic More Often

Does your voice assistant often seem a little too eager to chime in? A recent study by Ruhr University Bochum and Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy found over 1,000 words and phrases that Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant frequently misidentified as activation commands (also known as “wake words”)….

You Can Now Tell Alexa To Delete Your Conversations

You Can Now Tell Alexa To Delete Your Conversations

If you don’t like the idea that your Echo device is recording every question you ask it — all in the interest of, well, whatever Amazon’s reasoning is — you can now wipe its memory each day with a handy voice command. Say this to your device, “Alexa, delete everything…