The best smart speakers for all budgets | Technology

After almost six years on the market, smart speakers now come in a variety of sizes, shapes, capabilities and prices. Whether you want a cheap speaker to keep the kids entertained, one that doubles as a digital photo frame or one that sounds so good you’ll want to yell “turn Continue Reading

Pixel Buds review: Google’s competent AirPods alternative | Technology

Google’s AirPods competitor is finally ready. The Pixel Buds are true wireless earbuds that aim to be all things to all people with a hybrid design that’s neither fully open nor isolating. The £179 earphones are Google’s second attempt at Bluetooth earbuds, the first being not great. The new version Continue Reading

Sonos launches new Arc soundbar with Dolby Atmos | Technology

The wireless home-audio specialist Sonos is launching the first of its next-generation speakers with a new Dolby Atmos voice-controlled soundbar called Arc. Arc replaces the firm’s popular Playbar and Playbase as its top-end TV sound system, re-engineered to provide a wider, more powerful sound and built on the new S2 Continue Reading

How to stop your smart home spying on you | Technology

During an interview with the BBC last year, Google’s senior vice-president for devices and services, Rick Osterloh, pondered whether a homeowner should disclose the presence of smart home devices to guests. “I would, and do, when someone enters into my home,” he said. When your central heating thermostat asks for Continue Reading

Google Nest Mini review: better bass and recycled plastic | Technology

The second generation of Google’s smallest smart speaker gets a new name, more eco-friendly, a little smarter and more bass. The £49 Nest Mini replaces the Google Home Mini as part of a revamped and renamed line of Google smart home products under the Nest brand, pushing its predecessor to Continue Reading

Google Nest Hub Max review: bigger, better and smarter display | Technology

Google’s latest smart display is larger and can recognise your face for proactively showing you personalised information making it just that little bit smarter than competitors. The £219 Nest Hub Max is Google’s second own-brand smart display and is essentially a super-sized version of the excellent original Home Hub (now Continue Reading