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How to Listen to Apple Music on a Google Home Mini or Nest Audio Speaker

Wednesday January 12, 2022 9:45 am PST by
When Apple Music first launched in 2015, playing it on anything other than an Apple device was impossible. Thankfully though, over the years Apple has made its streaming service available to access through third-party devices and speakers, including Amazon Echo and Google-owned speakers. This article focuses on Google devices. If you have a Google Home mini or a newer Nest-branded smart...

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Nest Thermostat Gaining Apple HomeKit Support Starting Today via Matter

Tuesday April 18, 2023 6:44 am PDT by
Google today announced it will begin rolling out Matter support for the Nest Thermostat model released in 2020. Notably, this means the smart thermostat can now be controlled with Apple's Home app and Siri on the iPhone and other devices. In a blog post, Google said Matter support will be rolling out to the Nest Thermostat with an automatic over-the-air software update starting today, and...
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Apple Music Now Available on Google Nest Speakers in Five Additional Countries

Friday December 10, 2021 5:47 am PST by
Apple Music is now available to stream on Google Assistant-enabled devices like the Nest Mini and Nest Audio in five more countries, including Australia, Canada, India, Mexico, and South Korea, according to a recently updated Apple support document. Apple Music first became available on Nest speakers and displays in the United States, UK, France, Germany, and Japan late last year. Just...
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Apple Music Now Available on Nest Smart Speakers and Displays

Monday December 7, 2020 7:06 am PST by
Google today announced that Apple Music will begin rolling out today on Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers and displays in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Japan. This includes the Nest Audio, Nest Hub Max, Nest Mini, and more. To play music from Apple Music on Google Assistant devices, users first need to link their Apple Music account in the Google Home app. It...
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$99 Speaker Showdown: HomePod Mini vs. Amazon Echo and Google Nest Audio

Wednesday December 2, 2020 2:12 pm PST by
Apple recently released the HomePod mini, a new $99 version of the original HomePod that's smaller, cuter, and, most importantly, competitively priced. At $99, the ‌HomePod mini‌ can better compete with affordable smart speakers from companies like Google and Amazon. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The ‌HomePod mini‌ has been praised for its high-quality sound at...

Nest to Require Two-Factor Authentication for All Accounts From This Month

Tuesday May 5, 2020 4:09 am PDT by
Google will require compulsory use of two-factor authentication for all Nest accounts starting this month, the company has announced. In other words, users who haven't already enabled smartphone-based 2FA or migrated to a Google account will have to verify their identity via email-based authentication every time they log in. The change was spotted by Engadget in an updated Nest help page: E...

Google Plans to Reduce Nest Camera Quality to Ease Network Strain

Wednesday April 15, 2020 3:12 am PDT by
Google plans to lower the quality of its Nest cameras to preserve internet bandwidth as large numbers of adults and children work and play online amid the continuing stay-at-home measures. A spokesperson for the company told TechCrunch that it will lower camera quality settings by default this week. "To answer the global call to prioritize internet bandwidth for learning and working, in...
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New Nest Thermostat Feature Alerts Homeowners to Potential HVAC Issues

Thursday January 30, 2020 3:11 am PST by
Nest thermostat owners are getting a new feature that can detect irregular heating and cooling patters and notify the user about which part of the system likely needs attention. Starting today, Google is rolling out heating and cooling system (HVAC) alerts, and says it's also testing out the ability to help customers connect with a professional who can help, starting in select cities. Based ...
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Google Kills Off Nest Thermostat App for Apple Watch

Thursday July 11, 2019 2:24 am PDT by
Google has killed its Nest app for Apple Watch, meaning Nest smart thermostat owners can no longer control the device's target temperature and operating mode directly from their wrist. The deprecation of the wearable apps for both Apple Watch and Wear OS coincides with version 5.37 of the Nest mobile app, which was released on Tuesday. Any mention of the Apple Watch app has since been...
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Nest's $39 Room Temperature Sensors Now Available to Order

Thursday May 3, 2018 4:06 am PDT by
Nest's new Temperature Sensor, which works with the company's latest Learning Thermostat and the Thermostat E, is available to buy online from today. The battery-powered, inch-wide sensors are designed to be placed in different rooms around the house where they silently monitor how warm or cold it is. The white puck-shaped sensors continually relay this information to the companion...
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Nest Now Shipping 'Hello' Smart Doorbell With Night-Vision Camera and Two-Way Audio

Thursday March 15, 2018 3:02 am PDT by
Nest has begun shipping the Hello, a smart doorbell that's capable of streaming 160 degree HD live video from your door directly to your phone. First announced back in September, the $229 doorbell device can take a photo of a person standing on your doorstep before the bell is even rung, and also supports two-way audio so you can speak with them. The doorbell features a 3-megapixel...

Nest Announces New Alarm System, Smart Doorbell, and Outdoor Cam IQ

Wednesday September 20, 2017 10:32 am PDT by
Alphabet-owned Nest Labs today held an event in San Francisco to unveil a whole new range of Nest home security products. Nest products don't integrate with Apple's HomeKit setup, but are popular competing connected home solutions. Starting in 2018, Nest will release the Hello, a small smart doorbell device that's able to stream 160 degree HD live video from your door directly to your phone....
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Nest Announces the Thermostat E With a New Design and a Lower Price

Thursday August 31, 2017 1:52 am PDT by
Nest today announced the $169 Nest Thermostat E, a more affordable version of its original $250 smart home thermostat from 2011 with most of the same features, but with a less conspicuous design. Replacing the metallic look of its predecessor, the new HVAC energy-saving device features a soft-touch plastic white control ring around a black display, which lies behind a frosted screen to make...
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Nest Will Automatically Pre-Cool Homes Participating in New 'Solar Eclipse Rush Hour' Program

Friday August 11, 2017 5:35 am PDT by
Smart thermostat company Nest this week announced a new energy saving initiative coming on the day of the total solar eclipse, August 21, 2017. During the eclipse, clean solar energy will be reduced and in some areas of the United States traditional power plants will have to fire up in order to cover the energy shortfall for a brief period of time. Nest's solution is a "Solar Eclipse Rush...
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HomeKit Support for Nest Smart Products Unlikely Anytime Soon

Friday June 16, 2017 3:58 am PDT by
Rumors that smart thermostat maker Nest is considering adding Apple HomeKit support to its product range appear to be premature, according to a report on Thursday. AppleInsider spoke to a Nest employee who apparently confirmed there are "no immediate plans" to support Apple's smart home platform and "no roadmap" for such a migration. The rumors were apparently stoked by Apple's announcement at ...
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Nest Announces Cam IQ, a $299 4K Smart Home Camera With Facial Recognition

Wednesday May 31, 2017 1:00 am PDT by
Nest unveiled a new smart security camera today called the Nest Cam IQ, an indoor 4K device capable of increasing footage resolution when it detects unusual or suspicious activity in the home. Using built-in smart capabilities powered by Google's AI for facial recognition, the Nest Cam IQ is able to identify a person in its visual range, which automatically triggers a notification alert that...
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Nest Earth Day Discounts Include $30 Off Learning Thermostat, $50 Off Combo Purchase With Google Home

Friday April 14, 2017 5:02 am PDT by
Nest recently announced a new discount has launched for customers looking to purchase the company's Nest Learning Thermostat, allowing them to buy the IoT temperature-controlling device for $219 on its website, totaling $30 in savings. Nest founder and chief product officer Matt Rogers announced the temporary deal in a blog post this week, which he said is tied into upcoming celebrations...
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Nest Reportedly Working on Cheaper 'Learning Thermostat' to Sell for Under $200

Wednesday March 8, 2017 3:56 am PST by
Nest is in the process of making a cheaper edition of its Nest Learning Thermostat as well as a new line of home security products, according to someone familiar with the company's plans speaking with Bloomberg. Nest is said to be "seeking a bigger share of the connected home market" in its move to make a cheaper version of its flagship thermostat device. The cheaper Nest Learning Thermostat...
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Nest Adds Two-Step Authentication to Increase Security for Nest Cams and Thermostats

Tuesday March 7, 2017 5:43 am PST by
Smart home accessory company Nest today announced the addition of two-step authentication into its mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, which will act as an extra layer of security that prevents intrusions into a user's Nest account. The company said that these extra security measures can help prevent malicious access to private information, particularly camera feeds of Nest Cam products....
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Nest App Gains Automatic Door Detection and Better Notifications With Animated Previews

Tuesday February 14, 2017 5:44 am PST by
An update to the Nest app is rolling out today, bringing with it a new feature that lets Nest Cam Indoor and Nest Cam Outdoor automatically detect doors within their field of view, further allowing users to set these thresholds as "Activity Zones" with warning-based notifications attached to them. The feature will be available only to those who have the company's $10/month subscription service Nes...

Dropcam Co-Founder Greg Duffy Joins Apple

Wednesday January 25, 2017 11:21 am PST by
Greg Duffy, the founder and former CEO of security camera company Dropcam, has accepted a role at Apple and will be leaving Google, reports The Information. An Apple spokesperson confirmed that Duffy has been hired by Apple, but didn't share details on his role at the company. The Information speculates that he could be leading a special project at Apple, given his background. Duffy who...