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

Target's Black Friday sale will include $50 off Google Home and Home Hub

Believe it or not, it’s just two weeks and change until Thanksgiving — and more to the point, Black Friday. Target’s ad is out, and the retailer has got some solid deals on Google goods: $50 off the Home and Home Hub, plus money off the Google Home Mini and both Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra.
It seemed obvious Google’s new Home Hub would be discounted for the holiday season, and those who waited will be rewarded. Read MoreTarget’s Black Friday sale will include $50 off Google Home and Home Hub was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

TV commercial is spreading unsolicited Christmas Cheer via Google Home devices

Today I noticed something odd when I returned home from my morning croissant and hot chocolate. There was Christmas music playing throughout my house on my Google Home speakers. Eager to find the source, I took to Twitter and quickly found out that I wasn’t alone:

So the Currys Christmas advert starts with “OK Google, play Christmas music”. Yeah, that’s not going to get annoying fast
— Rob Game (@RobGameUK) November 2, 2018

Well thank you @curryspcworld Your ad is now activating our @Google Home to play Christmas music! Not funny! It’s not even December! 😡
— Bradders! (@Bradders_71) November 2, 2018

Hey @curryspcworld, your TV ad just triggered my Google Home to start playing Christmas music quite loudly at 10PM. At least get in touch with Google to blacklist your ads like they do with their own.
— antsu (@4ntsu) November 2, 2018

This may just be an innocent attempt to spread some early Christmas cheer, but in a society where even the smallest of things can offend almost anyone, is this an invasion into our personal lives or even a blatant violation of our privacy.
As home smart assistants become increasingly popular, shall we surrender to the fact that it’s something we’ll have to deal with on a daily basis? I can’t help think it’s one of the most intrusive forms of advertising. I’ve already had to ask Google to stop playing the music 4 times today.
The offending TV commercial is included below. I expect we’ll see a few more of these as holiday commercials ramp up over the following weeks.  Have you been affected by unsolicited Christmas cheer?

Our new 2018 Christmas TV advert is here! The Magic of Christmas, upgraded.Shop the Magic of Christmas at Currys PC World here; #ChristmasUpgraded
— Currys PC World (@curryspcworld) November 1, 2018

Update: It looks like Google is on the case.

Hey Darren, we’re sorry for the trouble — we’re looking into it. If this happens again, you can file a feedback report with the keywords “Home Ad Triggered”.
— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) November 3, 2018


Get a free Google Home Mini when you sign up for Spotify Family plan

Everybody loves free stuff and this latest promo from Spotify is one of the better ones we’ve seen around these parts. Spotify is teaming up with Google to offer a free Google Home Mini to anyone who signs up (or upgrades their account) to a Spotify Premium for Family plan.
The promo is only good until December 12th, 2018, and only while supplies last — so you’ll need to act quick if you want to take advantage of the deal. Spotify Premium for Family costs $14.99 a month and allows you to add up to 6 people to your plan with their own separate accounts for ad-free, unlimited music streaming. Even if you’re already a Spotify user (Premium or Premium w/Hulu) you can still upgrade your account to take advantage of the deal.

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive an email with a link you can follow that takes you to the Google Store. There you’ll be able to choose your color (whit- sorry, chalk already appears to be sold out) and you’ll see a promo code already applied in your cart, reducing the price to zero dollars. Now that’s a deal.
Once the order has been placed, a Google Home Mini will appear on your doorstep a few short days later. It doesn’t get much easier than that. To jump on this deal, simply hit the link right here.
Source: Spotify

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.

Xiaomi Mi Box S bundle comes with Google Home Mini for $85 ($24 off)

Xiaomi announced the Mi Box S on October 9, on the same day as Google’s Pixel 3 et al. announcements. This new Android TV box from the company keeps its cheap pricing, but you wouldn’t say no to more savings, would you? In that case, you can now grab the Mi Box S along with a Home Mini for $24 off the total price of both.

While the Mi Box S isn’t the highest-specc’ed media streamer, it’ll do its job just fine and play 4K HDR video. Read MoreXiaomi Mi Box S bundle comes with Google Home Mini for $85 ($24 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Get a Nest Hello doorbell and Google Home Mini for $199 ($79 off)

Google’s Nest family or products have particularly tight integration with Assistant. For instance, the Nest Hello doorbell can announce visitors if you’ve got a Google Home on the same network. Now, you can get both components of that setup (at a discount) in a single purchase from B&H.

The Nest Hello usually costs $230, and I think it’s worth that much. It has 1600p HDR video, attractive design, and it’s pretty easy to install. Read More[Deal Alert] Get a Nest Hello doorbell and Google Home Mini for $199 ($79 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.