NOTE: 4 of this week’s 5 items are about Google and Google products. Sorry if it seems unbalanced, but they’ve been busy, and putting out things that deserve attention.
- Amazon’s Echo has been a hit since its introduction, and it’s taken more than a year for a challenger to enter the voice-controlled smart home assistant battle. How does Google’s Home measure up? CNET takes a look.
- Microsoft has released an iPhone app called Color Binoculars that makes it easier for people with color blindness to see the difference between colors they’re likely to confuse.
- Google WiFi creates a wireless mesh network and spreads strong WiFi love to every nook and cranny of your house. Here’s how it works and how to get it.
- Taking digital photos of your old printed-out photos isn’t easy. But it just got much better thanks to Google’s PhotoScan app (available for both Android and iPhone).
- Google (last one! I promise) is tackling “upsampling,” which is a fancy way of saying “make this junky picture look better.” It’s just a prototype now, but someday soon your pixelated photos might get a second, higher-resolution life.