Google has enhanced the Nest Hub by using ultrasound technology to detect when users are closer, then displaying detailed information on appointments, reminders and alerts. When users move farther away, the display type grows larger and only the most important information is shown.
The Car Seat CoPilot Automatic Alert System is a simple device that latches onto a child car seat and sets off an alarm if the parent's paired keychain is more than 10 feet away. The system uses radio frequencies, rather than Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, to ensure consistent functioning.
Version 55 of the Opera browser for Android is promising to bring dark mode to all websites. The feature also allows users to schedule dark mode and to dim screen keyboards.
Charity platform Momentum launched a new app on Giving Tuesday that allows people to make automated donations to charity based on events. The app lets users set causes, donation sizes, and triggers such as natural disasters or tweets from President Donald Trump.
The Google Photos app has made private photo sharing easier with the addition of a tab that allows users to highlight images and send them directly to contacts without having to create an album. The communication remains private and off social media channels.
Melanie Cohn, Dunkin' Brands' senior brand engagement manager, discusses video content produced by influencers and how the company is increasing engagement on YouTube and Instagram. She also talks about brand safety as a priority and the emergence of newer players, such as TikTok, Facebook Watch, IGTV and Snapchat.
Plex has joined the sea of streaming options with the rollout of its ad-supported, video-on-demand service, which is free to Plex customers. The service offers thousands of TV, film and documentary titles and is available on most smart TVs, set-top boxes and smartphones.
Wyze's Lock package takes a simplified approach to home security: Users need only place the lock cover over their deadbolt and plug in a Wi-Fi bridge within 50 feet to have a functional smart security system. The package, which includes the lock and a wireless keypad, will be available in February.
Amazon has released a device that's designed to make Alexa and most of its functions portable. The Echo Input Portable, whose battery lasts 11 hours, lacks line-out capabilities and is initially available only in India, but it will eventually make its way to other markets.