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Nest Is Making Two-Factor Authentication Mandatory
Maybe one of the greatest ironies of Google’s Nest security cameras—and the Nest line of products in general—is just how dang insecure they are. In the past, we’ve seen these devices hijacked to spout North Korean propaganda, spy on sleeping toddlers, and harass families in their homes—leading the company to start beefing up Nest’s internal security substantially over the past year. © Photo: Getty The latest example of this beef-up comes in the form of a public post made by one of Google’s employees on the company’s Nest support forum.
A July 4th sale makes it tempting to outfit your home with Google smart displays., and will throw in a free Nest Hub when you buy a for $229. That means you’ll pay $229 for a bundle valued at about $318, which is a great discount on two of Google’s most capable smart displays.
The 10-inch Nest Hub Max is one of our favorite Google Assistant devices, earning a score of 86. It’s arguably the best speaker of all of Google’s first-party displays and its larger screen makes it best for viewing photos and watching video. It could become something like a mini TV set if you watch YouTube a lot, and if placed in a kitchen, you can ask the Google Assistant to show you recipe videos while you cook a new meal.
New Nest Aware service launches, but it isn't better for everyone
The change is good news for customers with multiple Nest cameras -- but possibly bad news for everyone else.Nest Aware is a cloud service that gives Nest Hello, Nest IQ Cam and other Nest security camera customers access to advanced features, like facial recognition, as well as some more basic ones, like saved video history. Although Nest Aware is optional and contract-free, Nest Aware is necessary if you ever want to view saved video footage from past events.
The Hub Max also has a 6.5-megapixel camera that you can use for video chats and as a Nest Cam. The latter is a feature that’s unique to the Hub Max — it essentially lets you use the built-in camera as a security device, allowing you to check in on a part of your home from your smartphone or from other Nest smart displays.
We like the camera’s gesture recognition capabilities, too. While watching a video, you can hold your hand up in front of the camera to pause it. This and other gestures are quite useful once you learn the ones you’d use most, but even if your hands are tied, you can still rely on voice commands and the Google Assistant to fetch information and do things for you. Also, Google made sure you can disable the camera and microphone electronically whenever you want.
Google makes smart displays easier for the less tech-savvy to control
To help the elderly stay connected to their loved ones when they're isolated at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Google announced Monday that Nest Hub Maxes will be gaining a handful of updates that will make them easier to control by those who struggle with technology. To address this issue, Google announced that it has launched new tools for Nest Hub Max smart home displays which simplify device control. The Nest and Google Assistant teams came together to create this new experience that brings people a pre-loaded shortlist of contacts to make initiating a video call more efficient and easier.
We reviewed the Nest Hub back when it was called the Home Hub and gave it afor its lovely display and minimalist design. It’s a more compact version of the Hub Max with its 7-inch screen, making it better for tighter spaces. While it doesn’t have a built-in camera like the Hub Max does, it can do almost everything else that its larger counterpart can including play YouTube videos, stream music and handle Google Assistant commands.
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Netflix comes to Google's Nest Hub devices .
From today, Netflix is available to stream to Google’s Nest Hub and its Nest Hub Max, enabling you to catch up on your favorite shows wherever you’ve connected those devices. As with any Nest setup, you simply need to connect your account inside the Google Home or Assistant app. To celebrate, Google is boasting about the discounts its offering right now to get people to buy one of these devices for your kitchen or hallway. If you’re not aIf you’re not a paid-up member of the Nest ecosystem, you may have thought that Netflix was already on the platform. After all, Nest Hub devices have Google Cast built-in, and it can already stream other video services, including Hulu, CBS All Access and Disney+.