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The LG X venture is a rugged smartphone exclusive to AT&T

AT&T is hoping that customers looking for a rugged smartphone that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg will look into the newly announced LG X venture. The carrier will be the exclusive home for the phone in the US, and it goes on sale starting on Friday, May 26.

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AT&T says the LG X venture will have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, which means that the phone should continue to work in up to 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. The image of the phone also shows what looks like a textured back, which should make it easier to hold for people on the go. Additionally, the phone will have a “glove mode” that will allow the screen to be used by people who are wearing gloves up to 2 mm in thickness.

The LG X venture has a dedicated side button that’s designed specifically to launch the phone’s Outdoor Essentials app. As the name suggests, it offers a number of features designed for people who want to use the phone in the great outdoors, including a barometer, a compass, and counters to record steps, distance and calories burned. The app also shows weather info and includes a flashlight.

The other hardware specs on the LG X venture include a 5.2-inch display. Inside, it will run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of on-board storage, with a microSD card to add more storage. It will also have a 16 MP rear camera, a 5 MP wide-angle front-facing camera and a large 4,100 mAh battery. AT&T will sell the LG X venture for $11 a month for 30 months, which likely means that the off-contract price will be $330.

What do you think of the LG X venture? Would you want this phone on your next hike through the wilderness? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Get certified as a Cisco engineer

Cisco Systems is without question the name in system networking. And since every organization under the sun needs a network (and people to tend to it) Cisco engineers are in huge demand.

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The complete list of services with Google Home support (Updated)

Google Home is supposed to be the central hub for all your connected devices. Whether you’re looking for an easy way to turn on your connected lights via voice command or play the first season of Stranger Things on your television, Google Home will help you do just that.

The success of Google’s connected speaker depends heavily on what services support it, though. If your favorite music streaming services or smart home devices aren’t compatible with Google Home, you’re not going to have a good time with it.

Although Google Home has only been out for a few months, plenty of popular apps and services have added support for the connected speaker. Wondering which services have Google Home support? You can find the full list below.

Editor’s note: We will update this list as more services add support for Google Home.

Audio

Google Home currently has support for a number of popular music streaming services, including Play Music, Spotify, Pandora and more. Whichever service you’re using, you’ll be able to stream music from your favorite artists, genres, playlists and albums. Do note that Google Home only supports one account per streaming service at the moment.

Supported services:

  • Google Play Music
  • YouTube Music (US only) (requires YouTube Red subscription)
  • Spotify
  • Pandora (US only)
  • TuneIn
  • iHeartRadio
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Smart home

If you happen to own any smart home devices, you can use Google Home to control them via voice command. Nest, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings and a few other services are supported here, and we’re happy to see most of the well-known brands on the list.

Supported services:

  • Nest Thermostats
  • Philips Hue
  • Samsung SmartThings
  • Honeywell
  • Belkin Wemo
  • Wink
  • TP-Link
  • LIFX
  • Best Buy Insignia
  • If This Then That, by IFTTT
  • Osram
  • Lowes Iris
  • Lutron Caseta
  • iHome
  • Emberlight
  • Leviton
  • Artik Cloud
  • iDevices (Lights, plugs, and switches)
  • NuBryte
  • Universal Devices (Lights, plugs, and switches)
  • Mobilinc (Lights, plugs, and switches)
  • LightwaveRF
  • Plum
  • Voice UPB Bridge
  • Smartika
  • Nanoleaf
  • Hive
  • Awair
  • D-Link
  • Wiz
  • Deako
  • Geeni

It’s worth pointing out that Google Home technically supports more smart home services than the ones listed above, if you’re an IFTTT user. With IFTTT, you can control your LIFX, Logitech Harmony, Rachio devices and more, plus a ton of other non-smart home services like Evernote, Fitbit and Withings. For a complete list of services compatible with Google Assistant, head here.

Streaming devices

Do you own a Chromecast, smart TV or connected audio device? If so, you can use Google Home to control those products, too. Just say something like “Hey Google, play the latest video from Android Authority on my Chromecast” or “Hey Google, play Stranger Things on my TV”.

Supported services:

  • Google Chromecast (Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, Chromecast Ultra)
  • Vizio
  • Toshiba
  • Philips
  • Sony
  • Bang & Olufson
  • B&O PLAY
  • Grundig
  • Polk Audio
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Videos and photos

Have a YouTube video you’d like to watch on your television? What about a photo album that you’d like to show your friends and family on the big screen? As long as you have a Chromecast or a device that features Chromecast built-in, you can access YouTube, Netflix and Google Photos via voice command.

Supported services:

  • YouTube
  • Netflix
  • Google Photos

Tasks

Frequent user of Google Calendar or Google Keep? Good news – you can use your Google Home to schedule events, add things to your shopping list, and more.

Supported services:

  • Google Calendar

Again, this is a scenario where IFTTT really comes in handy. The automation service currently supports Google Drive, Todoist, Slack and plenty of other productivity and task management applications that Google Home doesn’t support out of the box.

Games and fun

It’s all fun and games until… well, it can be fun and games all the time if you really want it to be. Play Mad Libs with your Google Home. It’s a lot of fun.

Supported services:

  • Mad Libs

There are a few other tricks up Google Home’s sleeve. Try saying “Play Lucky Trivia”, “Crystal ball”, or “What are your Easter eggs?”.

Anything else?

Yes! In addition to any Chromecast-enabled audio app, there are tons of other third-party applications that have added support for Google Home. In fact, Google just recently added over 30 new services back in December 2016. The entire list of third-party apps is far too long to attach here, but we’ll point you to some of the more popular options below:

  • AutoVoice – Run your voice commands in Tasker with the help of the AutoVoice Android app
  • BuzzFeed – Take a fun daily quiz from BuzzFeed
  • CNBC – CNBC brings you the most up-to-date business and stock news, market insights and CNBC TV schedules
  • CNN – CNN delivers real-time updates and breaking news stories from reporters and anchors across the globe
  • Domino’s – The Domino’s action can place your most recent or Easy Order, & track orders with Domino’s Tracker
  • FitStar Personal Trainer – Get a total body workout with FitStar in just seven minutes
  • Food Network – Food Network recipe and schedule search
  • Genius – Look up songs by their lyrics
  • HuffPost Headline Quiz – Think you’re up-to-date on the week’s news? Play the HuffPost Headline Quiz to find out!
  • NPR One – Public Radio made personal
  • Quora – Ask questions and get answers from experts on Quora
  • The Wall Street Journal – Business & Markets News from The Wall Street Journal
  • Uber – Ride with Uber for fast, reliable rides that are affordable and available 24/7
  • WebMD – WebMD has the answers to your health questions, from conditions to drugs to side effects and more

To find the full list of services with Google Home support, open your Google Home app, then go to Settings>More settings>Services.

Some services require you to link the service account to your Google account before you can use it with Google Home. From the Services section in your Google Home app, tap the card of the service you want to link, tap Link Service, then sign in to the service. And that’s it – you should now be able to use your favorite services with Google Home.


That’s it, folks! We’ll of course update this list in the future as more services add Google Home support. Did we miss anything? Do you have a Google Home? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Next: How to set up payments and shop with Google Assistant on Google Home

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Crowdfunding project of the week: Vintage Vinyl Bluetooth Speaker

Welcome to our ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’, where we highlight some of the coolest gadgets coming from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. You can’t be browsing through hundreds of campaigns, so we do all the hard work for you. Let’s jump right into this weeks featured project!

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Are you a vinyl fan? We know plenty of audiophiles are all about it. Today’s speaker will represent your love for records while giving any room an awesome vintage touch. In essence, this is simply a Bluetooth speaker; it is its design and materials that make it special. An actual vinyl is shaped to look like a horn loudspeaker, while the rest of the body highly resembles a classic gramophone.

Where things get fun is in customization. You can choose the album, as well as the label. Pledging $195 will get you a speaker made with an album representative of your genre of choice. Options include 60s Rock, 70s Rock, The 80s, Disco, Jazz and more. Pledge $205 and you get to create your own custom label or design the album artwork. You can even submit your own favorite album to be built into the speaker. If you don’t have it, pledge $250 and the team will find it for you.

It is not the cheapest Bluetooth speaker around, but you are buying more than just a speaker. This will be a representation of musical history and your own taste. Are any of you signing up?

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Google will learn if it will be charged in EU antitrust cases in a few months

Google will learn very soon if it will be charged in the many antitrust cases that have been under investigation by the European Commission, the European Union body that oversees competition.

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According to Reuters, Tommaso Valletti, the European Commission’s chief competition economist, stated in a conference today that the agency will announce its decision on all the Google cases “in the next few months.” If the Commission does decide that Google did violate its anti-trust laws, the company could be hit with large fines.

The Commission actually has three separate antitrust probes into Google’s business practices.

The Commission actually has three separate antitrust probes into Google’s business practices. It first started investigating the company way back in 2010, with the Commission claiming that Google promoted its own shopping listings on its search results over its rivals. Google has tried to settle that particular case a number of times, but so far its efforts have not satisfied the Commission.

In 2016, the Commission announced it was filing official charges against Google for anti-competitive behavior surrounding its Android operating system. The Commission claims Google has prevented competitors from offering rival search apps and other services on Android devices. While Google has denied those charges from the Commission, it recently settled with the country of Russia over similar antitrust complaints. Among other things, Google has agreed to not require hardware makers that apps like Maps, Gmail and others to be pre-installed on phones sold in Russia in order for those devices to gain access to the Google Play Store (they will still have the option to preinstall those apps, however).

Later that year, the Commission said it was also looking into Google’s AdSense service, which provides the majority of Google’s revenue. It says it is investigating complaints from rivals that AdSense, combined with Google’s search engine, offer an unfair advantage when running ads on websites.

Google has tried in the past to make the case that its business practices actually encourages competition, as well as provide more choices for European consumers. The Commission doesn’t seem to agree, and we won’t have to wait much longer to find out exactly what changes the agency will ask Google to make for Europe, along with any fines it will have to pay.

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