Google’s Home Steps Into the Ring Against Amazon’s Echo; Microsoft App Takes on Color Blindness; More


    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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.

Joseph Sullivan

Joe Sullivan is a User Experience Designer for the Center for REALTOR® Technology.

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