Google Home’s new Night Mode will keep it from yelling at you at 2 AM

One of the more annoying aspects of the Google Home (or any smart speaker, really) is the response volume is static. Unlike a normal person, it won’t talk to you at the same volume you are speaking. If you were blasting music earlier in the day and you forgot to turn it down later, asking to turn off a lamp later could result in an ear-popping “OK, TURNING OFF THE LAMP!”

 

Google created a preview program for the Google Home back in August, allowing users to test upcoming features.

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Google is working on a Chrome OS emulator for the Android SDK

As more and more Chromebooks support running Android apps, it’s becoming more important than ever to make sure developers create Chromebook-friendly apps. Google offers extensive documentation to help developers, but there was no way to test these apps without buying a real Chromebook. Thankfully, that could change soon, as recent code commits indicate a Chrome OS emulator will be arriving soon in the Android SDK.

If you’re unfamiliar with it, the Android SDK is the Android development kit created and maintained by Google.

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Firebase is launching Cloud Firestore, a new document database featuring realtime sync, no-hassle scaling, and offline support

Ever since Google acquired Firebase in 2014, it has grown to be a formidable platform for mobile and web app developers. Earlier this year, Google used its I/O 2017 app to feature some of the advantages provided by the Firebase Realtime Database and Cloud Functions for Firebase. Now Firebase is launching a new product called Cloud Firestore, a fully-managed NoSQL document database, and it boasts a pretty compelling set of features for developers.

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[Deal Alert] Get the HTC U11 for $549 ($100 off), U Ultra for $449 ($300 off), and HTC Bolt for $400 ($200 off)

Every few weeks, HTC does a big sale on its devices and now’s the time for another one. HTC is celebrating 10:08, the default time on its devices’ press images by discounting some of its phones and giving away some free gear. The offers last until October 8, or 10/08.

Let’s start with the phone discounts. HTC’s newest flagship the U11 is dropping $ 100, while the older U Ultra is losing $ 300 and the Sprint/Boost-exclusive Bolt is losing $ 200 off its MSRP. I’ll detail the discounts below so you can quickly browse through the ones that are interesting to you.

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You can now make Alexa-to-phone number calls in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Alexa-to-Alexa calls in the UK, Germany, and Austria

Amazon introduced calling and messaging to its Echo speakers back in May then implemented the same feature inside the Alexa app so you could start a call or receive one from your phone, without having to be near your Echo. However, the feature had one main limitation: the person you were calling had to have an Echo or at least Alexa calling set up. Calls to phone numbers weren’t possible, but now they are.

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