Michael SimonStaff Writer, Greenbot

If it has a screen, battery or a plug, Michael Simon wants to play with it. He has been obsessed with technology since he bought his first ThinkPad—the one with the lift-up keyboard that let you swap out the drive. He's still waiting for that to come back in style.

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Google eyes massive AI expansion with new Assistant SDK

Google is launching the developer's preview of a new Google Assistant ASK, which will bring the AI chatbot to a slew of new products.

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Amazon wants to put a smart, Alexa-powered camera in your bedroom with Echo Look

The $200 Echo Look contains a hands-free, LED-lit camera that will take photos on command and analyze the stylishness of your outfit.

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Google cooks up a tasty update to Home with step-by-step recipe instructions

An update rolling out to Google Home this week will let you get step-by-step instructions for more than 5 million recipes from Bon Appétit, the New York Times, Food Network, and others.

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Now it's personal: Google Home picks up support for multiple accounts, voice recognition

In an update rolling out to all U.S. users, Google Home will now support up to six users and be able to differentiate between who is speaking for personalized briefings and playlists.

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Google primes Home for a major new feature: multiple account support

Google appears to be turning on support for multiple accounts in Home, letting family members access their own calendars and music libraries on the speaker.

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Report says Samsung's Tizen OS on smart TVs is a virtual playground for hackers

A researcher has uncovered some 40 serious vulnerabilities in Samsung's code that could be remotely exploited by hackers.

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AI test drive: Is Alexa on your phone as good as it is in your home?

We test Alexa on the iPhone and the Mate 9 to see if the expanded availability can replicate the experience we get on Amazon's devices.

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The Google Home app will now help you decide what song you want to hear

A new Listen tab in the Google Home app is dedicated to helping you find the right music to fit your mood.

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Google eyes remote content controls for parents in YouTube Kids app

Hidden in the code for the latest version of the YouTube Kids app is a reference to Family Link, which would let parents block videos and change settings remotely.

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YouTube launches streaming TV service with 40 channels and unlimited cloud DVR storage

Google-owned YouTube has announced plans for a streaming TV bundle that includes all four major networks, ESPN, Disney, and others for $35 a month.

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Google Home can now buy stuff for you on command

Now you can ask Google Home to order things from Walgreen's, Costco, or Toys R Us through Google Express.

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Google turns up the integration between Home, Play Music with new personalized playlists

Google Home now uses machine learning and location services to deliver the perfect Play Music mix for whatever you're doing.

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Now you can control your smart devices from your Pixel, no Google Home required

A new option in the Google Assistant settings lets you control your lights, thermostats, and cameras with your Pixel.

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Google merges YouTube, Play Music teams as it looks to create a streamlined experience

A new unit that combines the YouTube Music and Play Music teams looks to bring some clarity to Google's streaming music ambitions.

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Popular YouTubers can finally get their mobile live stream on — and make money doing it

Google finally flips the live-streaming switch on YouTube, opening the feature to all creators with more than 10,000 subscribers.