Issue in Google’s Cast-enabled devices, including Chromecast causing home Wi-Fi outages, router crashes

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Google’s Chromecast and Home devices are reportedly causing issues with some Wi-Fi networks, with the Cast-enabled hardware like the Google Home Max flooding the network with packets of data after waking from ‘sleep mode,’ a problem Google is working to rectify.
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Netatmo adds a Facebook Messenger bot for its products, including its cams

I’ve been using a Netatmo Welcome camera for the past month or so (review coming soon) and enjoying its facial recognition features, its completely free plans which save everything to an SD card and can connect to your Dropbox, and its neat little cylinder design. What I haven’t liked, however, is the fact that it doesn’t integrate with anything else I own. SmartThings? Nope. Google Home? Nada. Echo/Alexa? Niet. There’s an IFTTT channel but that’s about it. The cams are like the bastard children of Netatmo’s ecosystem.

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Essential has some new accessories available, including USB-C earbuds and a fast charger

To say it’s been a bumpy ride for Essential would be an understatement. After the initial hype surrounding the company’s first phone died down, reviews were lukewarm and strong sales failed to materialize. Considerable price drops have followed, and there’s also been controversy surrounding founder Andy Rubin and alleged inappropriate behavior. That said, there are some positives for owners of the device, with Essential quick to deliver updates and make improvements.

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10 new Chromebooks, including the Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015), get the Play Store

The Play Store keeps trickling down to more Chromebooks. The last time we covered it, 17 new models had received the Play Store either on the stable or beta channel, and now 10 more are joining the ranks. The most prominent of these is the Toshiba Chromebook 2, but only the 2015 model. If you’re like me and you got way too excited thinking this is for your computer, hold your breath and make sure you have the 2015 model (the best way to know is if you have vents on the back next to the display hinge like so).

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Google Duo could be getting major new features, including group calls

Some major changes/features are in pipeline for Google Duo. Justin Uberti, lead engineer of Google Duo and WebRTC, took it to twitter to share the 2018 roadmap for the service, revealing smart displays with Duo video calls are coming soon. First day back at work, time to kick off our 2018 #GoogleDuo roadmap!Coming soon, smart displays with Duo video calls via #GoogleAssistant:https://t.co/Dkx9TopV1v— Justin Uberti (@juberti) January 9, 2018 Uberti also confirmed Duo will be getting features like web app support and group calling is the subsequent discussion with users. Yes—…

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