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Nest’s camera system was down for 17 hours this week

This week on Tuesday, Google’s Nest had a major outage which affected the entire cloud system for Nest cameras. Nest had an issue with a scheduled software update, which didn’t go quite right. “scheduled storage server software update that didn’t go as intended” The 17 hour outage obviously affected all of the Nest cameras, including the Nest Cam IQ cameras, the Nest Hello Doorbell and also, the Nest Hub Max. Update: […]

Google is launching Stadia on 18 new phones

Google Stadia, its new cloud gaming service is now launching on 18 new phones. Up until now, Google has made Stadia an exclusive for the Pixel line of phones, but last week Google has made the gaming service available elsewhere. The new phones Stadia supports are as follows: Asus ROG Phone, ROG Phone II, Razer Phone, Razer Phone II and these Samsung models too: S8, S8+, S8 Active, Note 8, […]

Nest will require two-factor authentication this spring

Smart home security is a hot topic at the moment, what with Ring having had some accounts comprised partly due to users reusing passwords from other accounts, not having two-factor authentication enabled and also contractors having had access to video feeds. Google’s Nest is planning on boosting its users security later this year by requiring that all new and existing users to enable two-factor authentication, but not SMS based as […]

Google Maps has now been around for 15 years

Google Maps has been with us for fifteen years now, it was the 15th year anniversary yesterday and to celebrate this, it now has a new icon. Gone is the map icon and we actually return to a pin icon, which one of the very early versions had, but this time with more colour. Not just the icon has changed however, Google has added a few new features to the […]

Google I/O 2020 is 12th-14th May

Google weren’t going to reveal the actual date of this years I/O conference without making it interesting for people, so Google released a puzzle earlier in the week, which if completed would reveal the date of the conference for this year. Enough people have now cracked the puzzle and Google CEO Sundar Pichai has revealed that Google I/O will take place on the 12th May though the 14th May. Cosmos […]

Google is now supporting new Chromebooks for 8 years

Google has said this week that it is now extending the support for any new Chromebooks purchased in 2020 for the Chrome Education Upgrade program. The Chrome OS Automatic Update program ensures devices are kept up to date with automatic updates. When Google first introduced the automatic updates program, devices were only for three years after purchase but since then, it has slowly been increased to the now eight year […]

YouTube TV is now available on the PS4

In the United States, YouTube TV is a pretty big deal now and it is making its way to more and more devices and PlayStation 4 owners can now get access to it. But at the same time, PlayStation Vue has now been cancelled, Sony’s own live TV service had most of the same features which YouTube TV does. YouTube TV is $50 a month and has a wide offering […]

BMW will support Android Auto next year

BMW has long been charging a yearly fee for CarPlay, which it has now ditched because why would you charge for CarPlay? Every other car company includes it as no charge. And now, BMW has announced that by July 2020 it will finally support Android Auto. However the support is only wireless, which isn’t an issue with CarPlay as all phones work with wireless CarPlay, but only a few Google […]

Google Assistant can now search podcasts topics and photo sharing via voice

Google Assistant and Alexa are two of the most popular voice assistants on the market – and they keep getting more capable, all the time and last week, Google added a few new tricks to the Google Assistant. You can now say ‘Hey Google’ to search for types of podcasts by topics, Google Assistant can also make notes and lists but share them with third party services and also photos too. […]