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Ten tips and tricks for your Google Nest Hub

Ten tips and tricks for your Google Nest Hub

Get more out of your Google smart display Google’s Nest Hub smart displays have a lot of self-evident uses: checking the weather, setting timers, or watching a little YouTube. But they can feel a bit underwhelming out of the box, especially if you’re not the kind of person to go diving into various settings menus...

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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...

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How to factory reset Google Home, Nest Home, Nest Hub, and Chromecast

How to factory reset Google Home, Nest Home, Nest Hub, and Chromecast

This story was originally published 2019/11/30 8:00am PSTon Nov 30, 2019 and last updated 2020/05/17 9:29am PDTon May 17, 2020.  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...

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Nest Hub and Google Assistant Smart Displays get better smart home controls for Hue, Shield, locks, blinds, vacuums, more

Nest Hub and Google Assistant Smart Displays get better smart home controls for Hue, Shield, locks, blinds, vacuums, more

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...

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Someone got a stranger’s Nest doorbell alert on his Google Nest Hub

Someone got a stranger’s Nest doorbell alert on his Google Nest Hub

Smart home security cameras are usually meant to make your home more secure, not less, but that isn’t always the case. In what is sadly becoming a familiar story, someone over on Reddit claims to have received a short alert video from a random stranger’s Nest Cam. If that brings on some déjà vu, it’s not...

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Google’s revamped Nest Aware subscriptions roll out this week

Google’s revamped Nest Aware subscriptions roll out this week

It’s been a while since we got any new Nest products, but Google did promise improved subscription plans last year. Now, those plans are finally rolling out. In the coming days, Nest users will be able to migrate to the new Aware plans, which start at $6 per month for all your cameras. Previously, each...

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Google Nest Wifi routers now available in 10 new markets across Europe

Google Nest Wifi routers now available in 10 new markets across Europe

With so many people having to stay at home these days, it’s important to have reliable home internet. Google’s first mesh router system offered a powerful, easy-to-set-up home network, and the second-gen Nest Wifi model is even better. Now Google has announced it will be expanding the product sales to new European markets. Previously, Nest...

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Google begins requiring two-factor authentication for Nest accounts

Google begins requiring two-factor authentication for Nest accounts

Google started beefing up Nest account security last year after a string of embarrassing but entirely preventable hacks. Part of that effort was mandatory two-factor authentication (2FA) for logins starting in spring 2020, and the time has come. Google says all Nest users will begin seeing 2FA prompts this month. The latest 2FA changes only...

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YouTube’s recent free Nest Mini offer was sent out erroneously

YouTube’s recent free Nest Mini offer was sent out erroneously

Google generously handed out Home and Nest Minis to its YouTube Premium subscribers through the last quarter of 2019. The campaign spread outside the US and was well received all over, because who doesn’t like free stuff? YouTube recently started showing a similar promo to some of its paid users, only this time, the redemption...