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Google Nest Hub Max update adds a ton of new games

Google has added a slew of party games like Jeopardy! and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? for the Nest Hub Max and other smart displays. The games are part of a new update for Google Assistant rolled out to the public on Thursday and accessible by saying the phrase, “Hey Google, let’s play a game”. Besides the game show staples, you can find the mobile phone phenomenon Trivia Crack and Escape the Room, alongside Dustin from Stranger Things, a spin-off game from Netflix. So why is Google releasing games on its Nest Hub Max and other smart displays? They help demonstrate Google Assistant’s new Continuous Match mode that allows you to have an on-going conversation with the assistant – and most have a freemium model that asks you to buy in-game items for a few bucks, so there’s a financial incentive too. Admittedly, not all the new games are great and can be a bit rough around the edges, but Google says they’re just the first of many more games expected to arrive by the end of the year.  Now can we get Stadia on our Nest Hub Max? These mobile games are entertaining for a few minutes at a time, but wouldn’t it be nice if Google enabled Stadia streaming on the Nest Hub Max? While Google has made no announcement as to when we’ll start seeing Stadia on more devices in the future, the service did just get a new feature a few days ago in the…Continue readingGoogle Nest Hub Max update adds a ton of new games

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Google’s latest local news effort is a dedicated sports hub

At a later date, the project will expand to include a dedicated sports news hub. The website will feature a dashboard where you’ll be able to set the specific teams, leagues and players you want to follow. You’ll be able to access all of the content on The Matchup as long as you have a subscription with one of the local publications that’s taking part in the project. According to the Local Media Consortium, all subscription revenue will go back to the local companies providing content for The Matchup, and any money the hub makes off of sponsorships will be shared between them as well.   Over the last few years, Google has launched several other efforts to support local journalism. In 2018, for instance, the company started providing free two-year G Suite licenses to publications with fewer than 500 employees. More recently, the company announced Project Oasis, a research initiative that aims to develop resources for the broader local news ecosystem. Compared to those efforts, The Matchup feels more immediately tangible.   Source linkContinue readingGoogle’s latest local news effort is a dedicated sports hub

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Best Buy sale knocks $100 off two Nest Hub Max smart displays

The Nest Hub Max is one of our favorite smart displays and it earned a score of 86 when we reviewed it. It’s more versatile than Google’s smaller smart displays as its 10-inch screen is great for watching videos and viewing photos, and it also comes with a video camera. That extra hardware feature lets you video chat with friends and family, and it also lets the Hub Max act as a security camera for your home. Instead of using a separate Nest Cam, the video camera on the Hub Max can watch over your home when you’re away and you can use the companion mobile app to watch the video feed whenever you want. While there’s no physical camera shutter, you can electronically disable the camera and microphone with a swipe on the screen. The camera also keeps an eye out for gestures you can do to control the Nest Hub Max, like holding your palm up in front of it to pause a song it’s playing. Since the hub Max is the biggest Google smart display, it’s a lot more powerful in terms of audio than its smaller siblings. It has two front-facing tweeters and one rear-facing woofer, and those help it sound much better than the regular Nest Hub. All of these features make it a great smart display that’s worthy of a spot on your kitchen counter or in your living room — and with this deal, you could have one in both spots or spread…Continue readingBest Buy sale knocks $100 off two Nest Hub Max smart displays

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Instagram’s redesigned shopping hub goes live in the US

Facebook is serious about the new spruced up section. So serious, in fact, that it’s promised to add a shortcut to the navigation bar later this year. “So you can get to Instagram Shop in just one tap,” the company explained. So long, Activity tab shortcut. It’s all part of a renewed push by Facebook into e-commerce. The company announced Shops back in May which, not to be confused with Instagram Shop, allows any business to set up a free storefront on their Facebook page and Instagram profile. If users discover one of their products — through Stories, an advert, or a conventional post in their feed — they can save it for later or place an order immediately. As The Verge reports, Facebook has teamed up with reputable third-party services such as Shopify, BigCommerce and Woo, to make this all happen behind the scenes. Instagram posts with Checkout — Facebook’s term for products that can be bought without leaving the app — will soon support Facebook Pay, too. If you haven’t been keeping track, this is the payments system that Facebook announced last November. It works across Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, and was initially meant for fundraisers, in-game purchases, person-to-person payments and select purchases from Facebook Marketplace. It supports PayPal and most debit and credit cards, theoretically making it easier and safer to shuffle money around the internet. For now, it has no relation to Facebook’s Calibra wallet and Libra digital currency, though. Facebook Pay is worth your…Continue readingInstagram’s redesigned shopping hub goes live in the US

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This week’s best deals: Apple Watch Series 3, Nest Hub Max and more

Buy Apple Watch Series 3 at Amazon – $169 MacBook Air Engadget The latest MacBook Air is on sale again at Amazon: you can snag the model with Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for only $899, which is $100 off its normal price. Undoubtably the best thing about the 2020 MacBook Air is the updated keyboard — gone are the butterfly keys of yesteryear as they have been replaced by firmer, springier alternatives. That’s one of the reasons why we gave the MacBook Air a score of 87, along with its Retina display, solid trackpad and accurate TouchID sensor. Buy MacBook Air at Amazon starting at $899 iPad mini Engadget Those in need of an iPad mini with extra storage can get the 256GB model at Amazon for $499 right now, which is $50 less than its normal price. The WiFi- + Cellular model is on sale as well for $629. This is the latest model of the iPad mini that we gave a score of 85 for its strong performance, good battery life and improved display. Buy iPad mini (WiFi) at Amazon – $499 Buy iPad mini (WiFI + Cellular) at Amazon – $629 Weber SmokeFire connected grills Billy Steele / Engadget Outfit your backyard with a new grill while Weber has its SmokeFire series on sale. You can get the SmokeFire EX4 for $799 and the SmokeFire EX6 for $999 right now, both of which are $200 off their normal prices. These are…Continue readingThis week’s best deals: Apple Watch Series 3, Nest Hub Max and more

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You can get a free Google Nest Hub when you buy the Nest Hub Max in July 4 sales

The 4th of July sales is always a great time to find tech discounts, and this year you can save big on your next smart display, thanks to this fantastic Google Nest Hub deal from Home Depot.  Right now, when you buy a Google Nest Hub Max, you’ll get the smaller Nest Hub smart speaker for free. Together, that would usually cost you $320, but with this deal you’re only paying $229 – a huge saving of $91. (Not in the US? Scroll down for the best Google Nest Hub deals in your region.) Today’s best Google Nest deal Google Nest Hub Max smart display with free Nest Hub: $320 $229 at Home DepotWith a 10-inch display, the Google Nest Hub Max brings more screen real estate to your smart display, as well as an improved camera for better quality video calls. You can control your smart home devices, play music, check recipes, and display your calendar, all from this voice-controlled device. Not only that, but this deal means you get the smaller 7-inch Google Nest Hub thrown in for free.  This deal is also available at B&H Photo.View Deal According to Engadget, this deal will also be available at Best Buy, though at the time of writing, these retailers haven’t gone live with the discount. Smart displays like the Google Nest Hub Max can be a great way to stay in contact with your family and friends, with the ability to make video calls and display photos of your loved ones.  Now…Continue readingYou can get a free Google Nest Hub when you buy the Nest Hub Max in July 4 sales

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Google Nest Hub Smart Display is on sale for $40 off at Lowe’s

All products featured here are independently selected by our editors and writers.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission. You can watch the news, make shopping lists, and even call friends all with the Google Nest Hub. Image: google By Veronika KeroMashable Shopping2020-07-02 15:32:19 UTC TL;DR: Take control of your day without lifting a finger with the Google Nest Hub Smart Display for $89.99 at Lowe’s a $40 savings. (But hurry: This sale   only lasts through July 2.) If you are slowly but surely tranforming your house into a smart home, it won’t really be complete without some help from Google. They’ve grown to master much more than just the search bar and are bringing us helpful gadgets like the Nest Hub.  The Google Nest Hub is your hands-free ticket to control and organization. Using Google assistant, your voice is the only thing that’s needed to complete tasks like making a shopping list, calling the doctor’s office, and even getting dinner ready by pulling up the recipe on its seven-inch touch screen.  You can also use voice control to command compatible lights, TVs, and even cameras. The Nest works with over 5000 smart devices so it shouldn’t be a problem to get your smart home all synced up.  When you’re not using it to be your best productive self, use Live Albums to turn it into a digital picture frame with photos of your favorite memories. Or you can blast your favorite tunes…Continue readingGoogle Nest Hub Smart Display is on sale for $40 off at Lowe’s

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Get a free Nest Hub when you buy a Nest Hub Max

Buy Nest Hub Max bundle at Home Depot – $229 Buy Nest Hub Max bundle at B&H Photo – $229 The 10-inch Nest Hub Max is one of our favorite Google Assistant devices, earning a score of 86. It’s arguably the best speaker of all of Google’s first-party displays and its larger screen makes it best for viewing photos and watching video. It could become something like a mini TV set if you watch YouTube a lot, and if placed in a kitchen, you can ask the Google Assistant to show you recipe videos while you cook a new meal. The Hub Max also has a 6.5-megapixel camera that you can use for video chats and as a Nest Cam. The latter is a feature that’s unique to the Hub Max — it essentially lets you use the built-in camera as a security device, allowing you to check in on a part of your home from your smartphone or from other Nest smart displays. We like the camera’s gesture recognition capabilities, too. While watching a video, you can hold your hand up in front of the camera to pause it. This and other gestures are quite useful once you learn the ones you’d use most, but even if your hands are tied, you can still rely on voice commands and the Google Assistant to fetch information and do things for you. Also, Google made sure you can disable the camera and microphone electronically whenever you want. We reviewed the Nest…Continue readingGet a free Nest Hub when you buy a Nest Hub Max

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Facebook will link all 2020 US election posts to its voter hub

When it comes to potential cases of voter suppression, every post that mentions the 2020 election will include a link to the Voter Information Center. Facebook also plans to flag posts made by politicians in this same way. “This isn’t a judgment of whether the posts themselves are accurate,” said Zuckerberg. “But we want people to have access to authoritative information either way.” He went on to say the reason the company isn’t taking a more nuanced moderating approach is that it would be difficult to do so at scale. Zuckerberg said the company is also tightening its policies on content that misleads people on when or how they can vote. In the 72 hours leading up to election day, the company’s Elections Operations Center will remove posts that include false information about polling conditions. The company will work state authorities to decide on the accuracy of posts that potentially violate the policy. Facebook is also banning posts that falsely claim there are ICE agents at a polling station checking immigration papers since that’s a frequent tactic used by some to prevent people from voting. For much the same reason, the company likewise plans to remove posts that threaten coordinated interference. The example Zuckerberg gave is of someone writing something like their friends will be there to ensure “only the right people vote.” In the same stream, Zuckerberg announced Facebook will add warnings to posts from politicians who break the company’s rules. The social media giant has recently been under…Continue readingFacebook will link all 2020 US election posts to its voter hub

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Google Nest Hub Max gets group calling feature for your next morning meeting

Starting today, you’ll be able to use your Google Nest Hub Max for group video calling using Google Duo or Google Meet. To set it up, use the Google Duo app on your phone to set defined groups – say, all the members in your family or a group of friends – and then say, “Hey Google, make a group call,” and tap on the Duo group you want to connect with. According to a new Google blog post, Google Meet group video calls can be setup using a Google Meet room code or you can say, “Hey Google, join my next meeting” to jump onto the next call on your personal Google Calendar – a handy feature while most of us are working from home. Both types of video calls are rolling out first in the US on the Google Nest Hub Max, but Duo group calls will soon be available on other Google-based video speakers like the LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9 Smart Display, JBL Link View and Lenovo Smart Displays as well. Eat your heart out, Zoom Zoom has been making some serious strides in the video conferencing space since the Covid-19 pandemic began back in March, but the latest addition to the Nest Hub Max could help drive more folks to use Google Meet and Google Duo for video calls. Before today, the Nest Hub Max was only able to make one-to-one calls, which has limited its functionality as a versatile video calling speaker. This is…Continue readingGoogle Nest Hub Max gets group calling feature for your next morning meeting