Google may reveal ‘Nest Wifi’ with beacons that double as smart speakers on October 15th
Google Wifi, meet Google Home Mini
The Google Nest Wifi takes this legacy and expands on it even further, bringing faster speeds and an even more attractive design, but with a higher price tag. For folks in the UK and Australia, the Google Nest Wifi will be available a bit later, but we'll be sure to update this hands-on review when we get
Two-minute review . The Google Nest Wifi is the company’s latest crack at mesh networking, coming off the wild success story that has been the Google Google Nest Wifi is available now in the US, UK and Australia starting at 9/£129/AU9 for a single router unit. This wireless router simply
CHICAGO — Keishana Mahone had spent a year studying graphic design when she got the inconceivable news: Her college was closing.
Being in her early 40s, and not wanting to spend years to get a degree, she’d hoped Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago would help her quickly sharpen her skills and advance her career. Instead she left school saddled with student loans and worthless academic credits.
Google WiFi successor could include Assistant-enabled beacons
When it hosts its Pixel 4 launch event on October 15th, Google could announce an interesting new update to its WiFi mesh router. According to 9 to 5 Google's Stephan Hall, the company plans to update the device by adding a newly designed Assistant-enabled beacon to the mix. Building on what companies like Eero offer, Google's new beacons will not only extend the range of a WiFi network, they'll double as voice-activated smart speakers like the Home Mini. This is a new approach for Google. With the company's current setup, you add multiple Google WiFis, all of which are full-fledged router units, to create a WiFi network that covers your entire home.
Google Nest Wifi looks great, but how does it function? Google Nest Wifi review notes: The Nest Wifi was sent to me from Google for the purposes of this review . I’ve been testing it for about a week now, paired with a CenturyLink 850Mbps connection.
Like its predecessor, Nest WiFi , Google hopes, is pretty enough that you won't shove it in a cupboard or behind your TV. After all, operating in plain sight is better for wireless performance. Then there's the Nest WiFi Point, which is a Google WiFi puck with a Nest Home Mini stuck on top.
“I was devastated,” said Mahone, of the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. “Every time I think back on it, I want to cry.”
Mahone is among hundreds of students whose lives were upended when the for-profit chain of schools shut down in December 2018. The Chicago and Schaumburg campuses — not related to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago — were among dozens owned by a troubled Pittsburgh company that were closed throughout the U.S.
On Friday, the U.S. Department of Education announced it was canceling the student loan debt for more than 1,500 people in Illinois and Colorado. The move will erase around 4,000 loans, officials said.
Nest WiFi's range extenders double as smart speakers
The Pixel 4 wasn't the only secret Google couldn't keep from spilling all over the internet. Another device, the Nest WiFi, has been leaked a couple of times before the company's Made by Google event in New York City today. But now it's official. As rumored, Google's new Nest WiFi can be paired to "points," aka beacons, that will help extend the range of your wireless network at home. Not only that, but these Nest WiFi points can double as smart speakers, making them compatible with Google Assistant. This means you'll be able to use your voice to control your WiFi setup, like if you ever want to say "Hey Google, pause WiFi for kids devices.
Google 's new Nest WiFi —an updated and renamed version of its previous home networking product—looks good, or at least innocuous enough that it can live on a bookshelf or counter rather than hidden away. And, in line with the trend, Google Assistant is embedded into its mesh extension unit.
Reviewing the Google Nest WiFi router and point, including full setup, a tour of the best features and how it's been upgraded vs the original mesh system.
The announcement came amid increasing scrutiny over the department’s oversight of the schools, and less than three weeks after Mahone and four others sued the department and Secretary Betsy DeVos alleging the agency was complicit in the mismanagement of the institutions.
The students and members of Congress have asserted that federal officials knew the schools were operating without accreditation, which should have disqualified them from Title IV federal financial aid programs and prevented students from borrowing to pay tuition and fees. Instead, they allege, the department authorized federal funding then tried to cover it up.
Aaron Ament, president of the National Student Legal Defense Network, which filed the federal lawsuit, called the announcement “a major victory” for the students.
Google's Assistant-friendly Nest WiFi router is available now
You now have your chance to try Google's latest, Assistant-fueled take on home networking. As promised, Nest WiFi is now available through Google's store and other channels. You can buy the core router by itself for $169, but the system only really comes alive when you buy Points that both extend the mesh network and double as Google Assistant smart speakers. A standard pack with a router and one Point will cost you $269, while a three-pack will serve large homes for $349. You can buy further points for $149 online.Nest WiFi has its share of limitations. You won't find a wide array of Ethernet ports (there are just two) or USB (none).
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Google promises that Nest Wifi has twice the speed and processing power of the older hardware and much better coverage, with the 9 two-pack (including the router and one point) covering around 3,800 square feet of space, which is comparable to the reach of the Google Wifi three-pack.
“We’re here today because many of these students had the courage to stand up and fight back,” Ament said. “We are really thrilled for them that they will get their loans discharged and be able to move on with their lives.”
Education Department officials have denied wrongdoing, instead blaming the school’s oversight agency.
“The Department is committed to holding institutions and accreditors accountable to the students they serve,” DeVos said in a statement. “In this instance, students were failed and deserve to be made whole.”
In early 2017, Dream Center Education Holdings LLC bought dozens of schools under the Art Institute, Argosy University and South University names from Education Management Corp. Dream Center leaders announced they would convert the institutions from for-profit to not-for-profit.
The Higher Learning Commission, which accredits schools throughout the Midwest, approved the acquisition in January 2018 but removed accreditation for the Illinois and Colorado art schools pending review.
Schools can operate without being accredited. In this case, however, it meant future academic credits could be worthless to potential employers or to other schools. For-profit schools also cannot receive federal student aid unless they are fully accredited.
Google's Assistant-friendly Nest WiFi router is available now
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Google 's been trying to make the perfect WiFi gear for nearly five years, and Nest WiFi is its third-generation attempt at it. Like its predecessor, Nest WiFi , Google hopes, is pretty enough that you won't shove it in a cupboard or behind your TV. After all, operating in plain sight is better.
The Nest Wifi is Google ’s follow-up to the very popular Google Wifi mesh router. It’s faster and more capable than before, and it’s still cheaper than the competition. A 9 option provides a second Point and can cover up to 5,400 square feet and up to 300 devices. Our review of Google Nest Wifi .
Students said they didn’t find this out until July 2018, when Dream Center announced the impending closure during break between quarters.
“All of the sudden, it was like a bomb had dropped,” Mahone said. “There was nothing leading up to us not having a school anymore.”
“I didn’t realize what accreditation was until we didn’t have it anymore,” said Emmanuel Dunagan, of Bellwood. “We got one email about the loss of accreditation. The way it was worded, and I’m an intelligent person, you would not have understood it without having it explained.”
Mahone left school in July. RJ Infusino, of Wood Dale, withdrew from the Schaumburg campus in September. Dunagan finished his two remaining classes before the school closed in December 2018.
“It was madness,” Infusino said. “I didn’t have a good understanding of whether I’d be able to graduate. I’d already spent close to four years on this and to not get my degree would have been a waste of time.”
The House Education and Labor Committee has been investigating the Dream Center collapse for several months.
In October — the same day the students’ lawsuit was filed — Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott released scathing allegations the department skirted federal law and illegally doled out nearly $11 million in federal student aid to those schools.
Google updates the Nest Hub to sense where you are without a camera
If you've been patiently waiting for Google to update your Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max with the cool ultrasound sensing feature it unveiled last month, today is the day. According to Android Police, the company has started rolling out the feature to both devices. Ultrasound sensing is a smart workaround for the fact the original Nest Hub (née Google Home Hub) doesn't feature a camera. By using high-frequency sounds, the smart display can tell whether you're in the same room as it is, in addition to your approximate position. It will then use this information to adjust its interface.
Google Nest Wifi release date, price and features. By Joe Osborne, John McCann 2019-10-15T15:47:54Z Computing. This is the next generation of Google ’s Wi - Fi solution, the successor to Google Wifi . As such, it brings several improvements upon the original model.
TheThe new Nest Wifi from Google does the thing that everybody has been asking for since we first laid eyes on smart speakers: combine them I can’t actually speak to whether Google ’s performance and range claims are accurate, of course. We’ll need to actually use and review the Nest Wifi .
Scott has threatened subpoenas.
“If the department continues to refuse to respond, the committee will then be forced to conclude that the department is purposefully frustrating Congressional oversight for reasons that are not in the best interest of the American taxpaying public,” Scott wrote in a letter to DeVos.
DeVos said the department was canceling loans because of the HLC’s “newly developed and improperly defined accreditation status” that has hurt students’ ability to find jobs and transfer to other schools.
Eric Rothschild, litigation director with Student Defense, said the accreditor did nothing wrong. He said the lawsuit and Scott’s investigation compelled the department to erase the students’ debt, which should take effect immediately.
“I think the conduct that was revealed, including the way they answered questions to Congress about this, was frankly indefensible,” Rothschild said. “This was a way they could avoid defending this in litigation or further hearings.”
The lawsuit will continue as attorneys sort out how much debt will be canceled and whether the department also will reimburse students for payments they’ve already made.
Meanwhile, the students are trying to move on. Infusino transferred to a Florida-based online college. He was seeking to erase about $7,600 in debt. Dunagan is doing internships in designing. His loan debt had reached more than $11,000.
Mahone is trying to decide if it is worth starting over at another school. She has about $3,600 in loans that could be canceled.
“They stole from us, they lied to us, they manipulated us and now it’s like, move along,” Mahone said. “I don’t want anyone else to have to go through this. It derails dreams.”
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Google Nest Hub and WiFi are on sale for the holidays .
If you're still trying to finish your holiday shopping, Best Buy has an intriguing offer. The retailer is currently offering a Nest Hub two-pack for $100. Normally, if you were to buy two of them separately, they would cost you $260. There's a couple of ways you could go with two smart displays. One option is to keep one of the devices for yourself and to gift the other to a relative that lives across the country. That way, if you have an elderly parent or a child who recently went off to college, you two can easily stay in touch with video chat.