New Facebook hardware looks to support video chat

Facebook has always been about trying to help people connect. New reports about some hardware in the works from the company indicate a device specifically designed for video chat may be released as soon as early 2018. The video chat device would be the first hardware to come out of Facebook’s Building 8 lab, an experimental unit the company created to open up a new hardware phase as it continues to seek ways to grow the company. Early builds of the device are already being tested by some users.

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Report says Samsung is working on AirPod-esque earphones with Bixby built-in

While Samsung’s incomplete Bixby virtual assistant may have its very own dedicated button of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets, many owners would rather remap the button as a camera button instead. The alleged Bixby smart speaker has apparently been shelved, but that doesn’t mean that Samsung is giving up on its attempt to push its virtual assistant on its customers, with the latest rumor saying that the company is developing a set of Bixby-powered wireless earphones, ala Apple’s AirPods. 

Sony adds Amazon Alexa support to its 4K HDR TVs running Android TV

If you own an Amazon Echo device and a Sony 4K television (2017) with Android TV, you can now control your television by voicing your commands to Alexa. Thanks to a new firmware update for your Sony 4K TV, Alexa can control the power, volume, switch inputs, and change channels. You can even ask Alexa to play, pause, stop, or even fast forward your favorite show. 

Google Home update lets you play purchased or uploaded songs on Google Play Music

Streaming music via Google’s Play Music service to the Google Home is a great way to listen to your favorite songs, but if you aren’t a paid subscriber you’re restricted to music sourced from the free radio stations. Thanks to the latest update, though, you can now stream both the music you’ve previously purchased and uploaded to your Google Home unit.

[Deal] Google Home on sale for $99, 2nd gen Chromecasts $10 off

As clocks start to roll over to July 11th around the globe and Amazon’s Prime Day sales event gets underway, competitors are gearing up their own special deals. One of them is Google which has launched some special deals on Google Home and Chromecast devices in an effort to lure buyers over to their ecosystem for connected home and personal assistant hardware and services. Although not quite as cheap or discounted as heavily as an Amazon Echo, the Google Home can be grabbed for only $99.