The Verge: Google’s Nest announces new smart thermostat with simpler design, lower price

The Verge: Google’s Nest announces new smart thermostat with simpler design, lower price. “Google’s Nest smart home division has a new smart thermostat available to order starting today. The new Nest Thermostat is a simpler model than the Nest Learning Thermostat or Nest Thermostat E and comes with a lower price, just $129.99.”

Mashable: Google will replace certain Nest thermostats that can’t connect to Wi-Fi

Mashable: Google will replace certain Nest thermostats that can’t connect to Wi-Fi. “The company has acknowledged the existence of a hardware fault leading to the w5 error some Nest owners have encountered. And while it’s still not clear exactly what is causing the problem, Google will replace thermostats if the normal troubleshooting steps fail.”

Business Insider: Google’s Nest cameras will downgrade video quality to preserve bandwidth during lockdown

Business Insider: Google’s Nest cameras will downgrade video quality to preserve bandwidth during lockdown. “Google is temporarily reducing the video quality of its Nest security cameras in an attempt to preserve bandwidth. Nest cameras’ quality and bandwidth setting will be set to the default setting in the next few days, amid the strain placed on internet resources caused by worldwide coronavirus lockdowns and an uptick in people working from home.”

TechHive: Google is ‘aware’ of buggy Bluetooth for Home and Nest speakers and working on a fix

TechHive: Google is ‘aware’ of buggy Bluetooth for Home and Nest speakers and working on a fix. “For months, users of Google’s Home and Nest speakers have been complaining that their devices can’t hold a steady Bluetooth connection to a phone or an external speaker, and now Google says it’s looking for a fix.”

Computer Weekly: Sextortion campaign hits Nest home security cameras

Computer Weekly: Sextortion campaign hits Nest home security cameras. “The campaign was uncovered by researchers at email cyber security company Mimecast, which found almost 1,700 examples sent to individuals, mostly in the US, earlier in January. Although in essence a run-of-the-mill extortion racket, it is a more unusual campaign than usual due to a rather more complex methodology that appears to obfuscate the origins of the scam emails and other details that might make it possible to identify those responsible, said Mimecast’s head of data science overwatch, Kiri Addison.”

ZDNet: Google kills Xiaomi-Nest integration after user gets images from strangers

ZDNet: Google kills Xiaomi-Nest integration after user gets images from strangers. “We know creeps have hacked smart baby monitors to spy on families, but a bug affecting Xiaomi smart cameras linked to Google accounts creates the reverse problem: one user received unwanted images from strangers’ homes when streaming content from his own camera to a Google Nest Hub.”

Motherboard: Inside the Podcast that Hacks Ring Camera Owners Live on Air

Motherboard: Inside the Podcast that Hacks Ring Camera Owners Live on Air. “The NulledCast is a podcast livestreamed to Discord. It’s a show in which hackers take over people’s Ring and Nest smarthome cameras and use their speakers to talk to and harass their unsuspecting owners. In the example above, Chance blared noises and shouted racist comments at the Florida family.”

AdNews: Australian radio industry links with Google devices

AdNews: Australian radio industry links with Google devices. “The agreement between industry body Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) and the tech giant will make more than 300 AM, FM and DAB+ digital radio stations available with simple voice commands across Google Nest devices, including Nest Home and Nest Mini.”