Google, Please Don’t Kill Hangouts

I may not be the biggest fan of Google, but I have to say that Google Hangouts is one of the best messaging apps I’ve ever used. It’s available on every platform, so I can start a conversation on my computer and continue it on my phone if I step away from my desk. It supports group chats and person-to-person chats equally well. Most importantly, it’s simple to send animated gifs and pictures (which we all know is the only way to truly express yourself online).

So why does it seem like Google is killing it? Why can’t we have nice things?

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Why I’m Excited About an Apple Watch with LTE

The Apple rumor train has been picking up speed as we get closer to the fall, and we’ve started to hear some interesting things about the Apple Watch. Specifically, there seems to be a strong indication that the next version of the Watch will have an LTE cell radio. You might be wondering why Apple would want to put a cell radio in a watch, but I think it’s an exciting possibility. Let’s take a look at what this feature means and how Apple could use it to make the next version of the Watch better.

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Amazon Vs. Google: Which Voice Assistant System Should You Invest In?

If you’re ready to get in on the home voice assistant craze, you are immediately faced with a difficult decision: which assistant should you sign your life away to? Every manufacturer wants to sell you an entire ecosystem of products that are designed to work together, so you have to commit to a single system to reap the full benefits. But how do you make that choice?

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The Amazon Tap Is My New Favorite Echo

I first got my feet wet with the Amazon Echo line of products with an Echo Dot in December of last year, and since then it’s become one of my most often used gadgets when I’m at home. Between using it to control my lights, checking the weather, and asking Alexa to play music, I find myself regularly using the Echo Dot. No, it doesn’t do anything that I can’t do with an app on my phone, but when I’m doing things around the house, the convenience of voice commands is great.

But, of course, the catch is that the Echo is only useful if it’s nearby and listening.

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Should You Hold Out For The Apple HomePod?

At the WWDC conference last week, Apple announced its long-awaited entry into the home voice assistant market: the Apple HomePod. In traditional Apple fashion, it’s beautiful and expensive. But unfortunately, it’s not going to be available until December. So the question is: should you hold out until the HomePod is released, or go with another option now, such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home?

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Sometimes Tech Just Needs To Be Good Enough

As a tech blogger, I spend a lot of time researching and trying products. From security cameras to password managers, I’m constantly trying to figure out which product or service is the absolute best choice. I do this with other parts of my life, too. I’m currently buying a house, and I found myself doing an exhausting amount of research into mortgages, insurance, and all of the other details that go into purchasing real estate. I can’t help but try to be the most informed consumer possible when I buy things.

But–and this is a hard truth for someone like me–I don’t think everyone operates this way. For a lot of people, choosing a new smartphone or TV isn’t a matter of finding the best one, it’s a matter of finding one that is good enough. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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Home Security Camera Buying Guide

If you’re in the market for a home security camera system–perhaps after reading our article about whether security cameras are the best choice for you–you’ve probably discovered that there are approximately a million different options. Between consumer-level WiFi-enabled “Internet Of Things” cameras to professional-grade multi-camera systems that record to a dedicated video server, it can be overwhelming to try to narrow your choices down. Hopefully this article can help with that.

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Do You Need Security Cameras?

Whether you are a homeowner or an apartment dweller, you’ve probably given some amount of thought to home security. For some people, security is as simple as locking the deadbolt on the front door, while others invest in professional security systems that monitor the entire home and automatically notify emergency services in the event of a break-in.

If you’ve ever considered improving the security of your home, it’s likely that security cameras were one of the first things you thought of. We’ve all seen security cameras in commercial buildings and other public places, and the idea of catching an intruder on video is appealing. But before you go out and invest in a camera system, it’s a good idea to consider what your needs are and whether a camera system will meet those needs.

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Amazon Echo Look: Do Voice Assistants Need Eyes?

Last week, Amazon announced the Echo Look, an Alexa-enabled camera that gives you fashion tips and helps you take selfies. The Echo Look has the same Alexa voice assistant found in the Echo and Echo Dot, and can do everything those devices can, such as telling you the weather or playing music. However, the Echo Look is the first product in the Echo line to include a camera, making it a much different device than previous Alexa-powered products. I’m not really sure how to feel about it.

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