Google has reportedly fixed user’s Nest Hub that was seeing a stranger’s camera, but we still have questions

Google has reportedly fixed user’s Nest Hub that was seeing a stranger’s camera, but we still have questions

This story was originally published 2020/05/14 3:58pm PDTon May 14, 2020 and last updated 2020/05/22 2:00pm PDTon May 22, 2020.  The tale of the Google Nest Hub that apparently fired up a random stranger’s doorbell alert is creeping its way to a close. Following the disturbing not-so-smart-home event last week, Google has informed the affected customer that it pushed out an update to prevent this issue from reoccurring, and the Home Hub that picked up the random stranger’s doorbell feed has been shipped to Google engineers for inspection. If you’re unfamiliar, last week on May 14th, a Redditor claimed that...

Google Assistant gets new ‘Confirm with Voice Match’ setting for payments

Google Assistant gets new ‘Confirm with Voice Match’ setting for payments

A new setting to allow Voice Match to confirm purchases made through the Google Assistant has been spotted in the Assistant’s Payments and Security settings pane. Although we’re not sure it actually does anything just yet, the new toggle claims to offer another method to verify your identity before you pay for goods via the Assistant, and piles of Google’s support documents have been updated to reference it in recent months. The new “Confirm with Voice Match” setting. There are a couple different ways to get to the Assistant’s Payments and Security settings pane, where the new setting lives, but...

LG manages to bring Android 10 to V35 on AT&T

LG manages to bring Android 10 to V35 on AT&T

It’s been 11 months since the LG V35 (also known as the LG V30S that AT&T was willing to sell to its customers which is also known as a lightly modified V30) received its Android 9 Pie upgrade. It’s well beyond time that phone got Android 10, huh? AT&T has published details for that very update. The file, which brings Android 10 with April’s security patches on build QKQ1.191222.002, sizes up at 1.65GB. As the V35 launched with Oreo, this marks the last OS change for the phone. It comes in lockstep with Android 10 for the G7 in the...

Chrome 83 is crashing on some Asus phones, but a fix is on the way

Chrome 83 is crashing on some Asus phones, but a fix is on the way

Chrome 83 started rolling out to desktop and mobile platforms earlier this week, and while there were quite a few new features, it seems some bugs also slipped in undetected. The new update has been crashing on some Asus-made phones and tablets, but Google says a fix is on the way. Shortly after Chrome 83 started to roll out on Android, reports started coming in of tabs instantly crashing on select Asus phones. The main affected devices appear to be the Zenfone Max Pro M1 and Max Pro M2, and the issue also causes Chrome Custom Tabs (and possibly embedded...

Here’s where you can find Messenger Rooms in Facebook and Instagram

Here’s where you can find Messenger Rooms in Facebook and Instagram

Facebook has rolled out Messenger Rooms, its answer to the Zooms and Google Meets of the world, in the United States through its Facebook and Instagram apps. The company announced what was really an expansion of its Messenger video call capabilities last week. On Facebook, users will see a band of Rooms at the top of their home feed. They’ll be given in-app prompts to tailor which friends can join the call, whether a shareable room link can be given out, what purpose the chat has, and when it begins. On Instagram, Rooms can be found in the Direct messages...

Snag a refurbished Galaxy Fold for only $1,300 at Daily Steals with our exclusive coupon code ($100 off)

Snag a refurbished Galaxy Fold for only $1,300 at Daily Steals with our exclusive coupon code ($100 off)

Sure, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold didn’t exactly enjoy a smooth launch. Within a few weeks of release, numerous reports of broken review units quickly surfaced, primarily centered around that ultra-critical hinge. Thankfully, Samsung quickly tweaked the hinge’s design to add a bit more resiliency and dirt resistance. Right now, you can grab a refurbished Galaxy Fold from Daily Steals for only $1,299.99 if you enter our exclusive code APGFLIP at checkout. Doing so will save you $80 off Daily Steals’ usual refurb price, $100 off Amazon’s refurb price, and a whopping $680 off when compared to the MSRP. Aside from the...

All the new movies and early theater releases you can watch at home right now

All the new movies and early theater releases you can watch at home right now

This story was originally published 2020/03/20 1:07pm PDTon Mar 20, 2020 and last updated 2020/05/22 11:11am PDTon May 22, 2020.  Movie theaters were coincidentally closed up during a time when fewer blockbuster movies are scheduled, and studios quickly delayed many of their biggest budget films to aim for more favorable ticket sales. While many movies have been pushed back to later this year, or even as much as 2 years out, we’re drawing close to the summer months and some mainstream movies are still on the books. We’ve organized many of the newly added films, along with some upcoming releases....

How to preserve some privacy when you’re using a Google Assistant speaker

How to preserve some privacy when you’re using a Google Assistant speaker

Google Assistant speakers can be great tools, giving you an easy entry into voice-controlled home automation, but they can also feel like spies giving Google intimate insights into your life and daily routines. If you don’t want to do without all of the convenience an Assistant speaker provides, there are at least some things you can do to make it less invasive. First off, if you want to use Google Home or Nest speakers, you won’t be able to stay private 100% — that makes sense, since Google needs to process what you say to make the devices work for...

T-Mobile OnePlus 8 update adds new 5G band support

T-Mobile OnePlus 8 update adds new 5G band support

The OnePlus 8 is available as an unlocked device, but T-Mobile and Verizon have their own versions. T-Mobile and OnePlus are rolling out an update today that enhances the phone’s 5G support with two new bands. You might not run into those bands right now, but now you’ll have them for the future. The new update (build number 10.5.8.IN55CB) adds 5G bands 2 and 66. That’s in addition to the bands 5, 41, and 71 that worked on the phone at launch. Band 2 is 1900MHz and band 66 is 1700/2100Mhz, sometimes known as extended AWS. Currently, T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G...