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Back in November, IFTTT rolled out one of the biggest redesigns the service has ever experienced. In addition to a new site and a new look, what used to be referred to as recipes are now called applets. Brands with services on IFTTT were given special privileges for creating custom, multiservice applets. And the ability …

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Google introduced an easier way to issue complicated or long commands to your Google Home ($114.00 at Jet.com) speaker. It’s calling the new feature Shortcuts, and it’s sort of like a text expander for your voice. Here’s how to make your own Google Home shortcuts. What are Google Home Shortcuts? Taylor Martin/CNET When texting from …

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While the Google Home smart speaker still can’t create reminders and take voice notes, it can keep track of your shopping list. Just say, “OK, Google, add bread to my shopping list.” And lo, bread will indeed be added to your list, which you can later reference in the Google Home app. Before last month, …

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When they work as intended, Amazon’s Echo, Dot and Tap speakers are quite impressive and save the hassle of having to whip out a phone to change the color of smart lights or the temperature setting of the thermostat. But things don’t always go as planned and Amazon didn’t create a truly flawless product. Alexa …

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Smart speakers have proven themselves useful around the house. They’re great for streaming music, getting updates on the news, controlling your smart home, fact checking and much more. But of all the places you can have a smart speaker in your home, one of the places it can be the most useful is in the …

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Amazon‘s Alexa voice assistant, found in its Echo, Dot and Tap speakers, may be good for flipping on the lights or locking the doors, but she’s especially useful in the kitchen, where taking commands hands-free can be particularly helpful. Here are 11 reasons you might want to keep your Alexa-housing speaker in the kitchen. Update, …

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Since the Google Home launch in November, Google has been frequently updating the voice assistant speaker to close the gap between what it and Amazon’s Alexa speakers can do. Among many other things, Google has rolled out support for third-party services, voice shopping and a wide range of smart home devices. Google continues to close …

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Taylor Martin/CNET Out of the box, Alexa can do an impressive number of things. It can stream Amazon Music or Spotify, control your Philips Hue smart bulbs or anything connected to a SmartThings hub and integrate with IFTTT for a laundry list of other functions. You can also order millions of products off Amazon without …

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One of the biggest gripes with the Google Home has been its lack of support for multiple accounts. Living in a house with multiple people meant you either had to share things like calendar and music accounts or get multiple Google Home speakers. Today, Google fixed that. The Google Home now supports multiple accounts with …

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Apple TV is a very capable streamer that has only gotten better over time, with the addition of the Siri remote, apps and a TV guide. Still, the Apple TV is not impervious to problems; there are a handful of common issues with the box. Fortunately, most of those problems are easily solved. Here are …

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