Anyone who’s traveled to another country knows how frustrating it is to be geoblocked from streaming content that’s available back at home. Due to licensing restrictions, content providers like Netflix aren’t always able to provide the same viewing experience across different countries, and so some countries get access to a worse content library than others. Hypothetically, this shouldn’t happen within the European Common Market (to which the European Union belongs), which seeks to “guarantee the free movement of goods, capital, services, and labour,” but in reality there’s always some gap between theory and practice.
After an unusually busy week of updates, Google capped it off with a late-Friday rollout of its central app. As we should expect, there aren’t any immediately obvious changes to the interface from installing this update – those will appear in the coming weeks as Google switches them on remotely. However, we’ve got a teardown of the APK that covers some of what we’ll be seeing in the future.
Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android’s application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
Google app v7.25 beta teases Google Assistant for Households, email and payment access with Google Home, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
As previously reported, Google will be launching the Google Home devices in the Indian market. According to a invite we received from Google this morning, it seems the launch will happen on Tuesday, April 10. While the invite doesn’t specify exactly what the event will be about, the description states that it’s ‘something that’s bound to keep you talking for a long, long while’. The invite also has a donut theme, which makes me think that Google will only be launching the smaller, donut-sized Google Home Mini in the Indian market. It also makes sense to start with the smaller…
If you live in the European Union, your holidays just became a little more enjoyable. The EU's long-promised digital media portability rules have taken effect as of April 1st, letting residents access Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and other paid digit…
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Altering layouts and features in your home can be an expensive as well as time-consuming project. Sometimes, when you finish the renovations, you look around at a place that you didn’t expect, and quite frankly, one you didn’t want. You can model features in your home and view the end result without replacing a brick with Live Home 3D Pro for Mac. Grab it on sale right now in iPhoneHacks Deals Hub. Continue reading
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Google is gearing up to officially launch its Home and Home Mini devices in India next month. The news was originally picked up as part of a communication by Redington India with its retail partners. This move has been widely anticipated, since the Google Assistant rolled out support for Hindi last month. Plus, Amazon’s competing Alexa and its Echo Plus, Echo and Echo Dot devices have recently begun selling in the subcontinent as well. Officially expanding the ongoing, cut-throat voice assistant battle to a vast new battleground. Alexa has the benefit of a substantial library of local skills…
Since the public release of the Electra jailbreak for iOS 11, we’ve seen a bevy of jailbreak tweaks explicitly designed for the iPhone X. Some of the most recent ones focus on the handset’s Home Bar – the bar at the bottom of the screen that you use to close apps, multitask, etc.
A new free release dubbed HomeBarSizer by iOS developer Kiran Patil is no different. As the name suggests, it will let you customize both the size and appearance of your iPhone X’s Home Bar so you can achieve the look and feel you desire…. Read the rest of this post here
“HomeBarSizer lets you resize the iPhone X’s Home Bar” is an article by iDownloadBlog.com.
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Foxconn Interconnect Technology Limited (FIT), a company most famous for being a supplier of Apple’s smartphones announced it has bought US consumer electronics maker Belkin International for $ 866M.
Belkin is a maker of consumer electronics products including wireless chargers, home automation, and intelligent water solutions. Its three core brands are Belkin, Linksys and, WeMo. FIT expects to leverage Belkin’s sales networks, technology and production capabilities, thus carving out its ‘smart home’ business by acquiring Belkin as well as its Linksys and Wemo businesses.
The acquisition was framed as a merger between FIT and Belkin leaving Chet Pipkin, CEO and founder, Belkin International at the helm of Belkin with additional responsibilities as part of FIT’s management team. “FIT is excited to acquire Belkin and its capabilities in the premium consumer products space,” Integrating Belkin’s best-in-class capabilities and solutions into FIT, we expect to enrich our portfolio of premium consumer products and accelerate our penetration into the smart home,” said Sidney Lu, CEO, FIT.
The merger announcement comes on the heels of President Trump’s blockage of Broadcom’s bid to acquire Qualcomm. “The FIT-Belkin merger is subject to approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States,” reports Financial Times.
As opposed to the current trend of hardware startups raising millions in several rounds of outside investments, Belkin only raised a private equity round in 2002 led by Summit partners. Neither it acquired any companies during its growth journey to become a multi-million enterprise.
On the contrary, Apple supplier Foxconn previously bought several companies to grow beyond smartphone market. It bought Japan-based Sharp Corporation, a manufacturer and, a seller of electric telecommunication, electric and electronic equipment for $ 3.8B in Mar 2016.
FIT-Belkin merger marks the second high-profile acquisition deal of 2018 as Google announced last month its acquisition of Xively from LogMeIn for $ 50M.
When first launched, Google received some pushback about the smart home speakers not being able to pair to an outside audio source like Amazon Echo. There was not even an AUX-out port so you could not even use an external speaker through a traditional 3.5mm jack. You could, however, use audio with a compatible Google Cast speaker or speaker connected to a Chromecast audio. We still get no headphone jack with either Google Home, but Bluetooth support is now coming with the Google Home Mini (or Max). You will be able to pair a Google Home or Home Mini with a Bluetooth speaker so you can…
Google Home devices work perfectly fine as speakers, but some people have higher quality Bluetooth speakers that they might prefer to listen to music with. Now they can do just that with their Google Homes.
Any Google Home device can now connect to other Bluetooth speakers and play audio through them. Just open the Google Home app, go to the device settings, and follow the pairing instructions. You can then ask Google Home to play music and it’ll be piped through your Bluetooth speaker without you having to use the name of the device.
You can then add any Bluetooth speaker to a group in the Google Home app and have multi-room audio.
This is a nice feature for Google to add to its Home devices. As I mentioned before, you’ve been able to use Google Home devices to play audio, but products like the Google Home and Google Home Mini aren’t exactly known for stellar audio quality. Now folks who do have high-quality Bluetooth speakers can use those products to listen to music while still benefitting from the voice controls that Google Home has to offer.