How to factory reset your Google Home, Nest Mini, Nest Hub, or other Google Assistant speaker

Smart speakers and smart displays are still relatively-new types of devices, and since many of them don’t have a screen, it’s not always obvious how to do certain tasks. That includes performing a factory reset, which involves different steps on Google’s smart speakers/displays and third-party Assistant devices.
In this guide, we’ll go over how to factory reset every kind of Google Assistant-powered smart thing. No matter if you’re trying to troubleshoot issues, or sell/give your smart device to someone else, this is an easy process. Read MoreHow to factory reset your Google Home, Nest Mini, Nest Hub, or other Google Assistant speaker was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Tink has the August Smart Lock Pro, Connect, and Keypad bundle for just $183 ($156 off) [Featured Deal]

When investing in smart home upgrades meant to keep you and your family safe, you need to know that you’re getting the best gear from a name you can trust. Founded in 2016, tink has become a leader in the smart home industry by pairing a portfolio of expert-tested products with devoted customer service, all for attractive prices plus free delivery and returns. This Black Friday, tink is offering plenty of discounts on some fantastic smart home products, like this August Smart Lock Pro, Connect, and Keypad bundle for only $182.95 ($156.04 off). Read MoreTink has the August Smart Lock Pro, Connect, and Keypad bundle for just $183 ($156 off) [Featured Deal] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Blast your favorite tunes with $100 off Google Home Max

The Google Home Max is a top-tier smart speaker, with amazing (and incredibly loud) sound. If you’ve wanted to pick one up but you’ve been understandably deterred by the $399 MSRP, now could be your chance: the speaker is $100 off basically anywhere you can find it.

In his review, Ryan said the Google Home Max is the best smart speaker you can buy. Still, 400 bucks is a lot to spend on one speaker, no matter how great it sounds. Read MoreBlast your favorite tunes with $100 off Google Home Max was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant ‘Home Alone Again’ commercial with Macaulay Culkin is pure genius

In a moment fans have waited on for almost 30 years, Macaulay Culkin has recreated some of Home Alone’s most famous scenes. The 38-year-old actor returns in a new commercial as Kevin McCallister – and while the feisty eight-year-old is now fully grown, he’s up to the same tricks previously displayed in the beloved 1990 Christmas classic.

The ad, which advertises Google Assistant and its Google Home products, begins with an establishing shot of the sprawling McCallister house, which in Home Alone becomes the site of Kevin’s ingenious booby traps as he defends it against a pair of robbers.

In just one minute, the video manages to tick several major Home Alone boxes.

“Grown up” Kevin has the house all to himself – which is slightly less of an issue than it was in the original film – and relishes in some alone time.

He runs out of aftershave, echoing the famous scene in which Kevin shaves his face then applies some of the product onto his cheeks, before screaming when he realises it burns his delicate skin. This time around, Kevin simply asks his home assistant to remind him to add aftershave to his shopping list.

Kevin then jumps on his bed, a simple pleasure he enjoys in the 1990 comedy after realising his family is gone.

He watches his favourite movie, the fictional Angels with Filthy Souls, and as he does in one of the most iconic sequences of Home Alone, uses some of the film’s dialogue to talk to a pizza delivery man.

All in all this is the perfect Christmas advert both heartwarming and painfully 2.0 – I won’t spoil all the great moments though. You should really watch this for yourself.

Happy Holidays!

Possibly the best idea for a Christmas movie reboot. What do you think?@madebygoogle and @IncredibleCulk can we make this a real movie for 2020?? #GoogleHomeAlone— Darren Millar (@darrenmillar) December 20, 2018

Google Home can now add sound effects and music to story time with certain Disney children's books

Some of Google Home’s best features are the ones that are just for fun, like playing the “I’m feeling lucky” game show, listening to different animal sounds, and asking for interesting facts. Google is expanding on that repertoire with storytelling sound effects for certain Disney stories. Parents in the US can activate the new feature by saying “Hey Google, let’s read along with Disney.” Their Home device will then listen along and play appropriate sound effects and music for the chosen story, which can be selected from a library of 11, with more to come. Read MoreGoogle Home can now add sound effects and music to story time with certain Disney children’s books was written by the awesome team at Android Police.