New Razer Phone deal gets you a free Leviathan Mini speaker ($179 value)

Back in December, one month after the Razer Phone hit the market, Razer offered a free Leviathan Mini wireless speaker (pictured below) with the handset, though only for a short period of time. Now, the promotional offer is back, but, again, it’s just for a couple of days – February 20 and February 21. 
This new deal is available exclusively on Razer’s official website. To receive the free Leviathan Mini, you’ll have to add the Razer Phone to your cart, and use this promotional code (minus the period) at checkout: DEALS18. Unfortunately, …


Google releases an official $15 Home Mini wall mount

The smart speaker market is rapidly growing. Are you a new owner of a Google Home Mini? Are you looking for a place to put your new, donut-shaped smart home speaker? Well, until now—unless you went for a third-party solution—the Home Mini was destined to occupy a flat, horizontal surface in your home.

However, Google has somewhat surprisingly partnered with mobile accessory maker Incipio to bring an official wall mount for the Mini to the Google Store. The mount itself is a simple plastic build with a slot for the tiny device to snap into place. It comes …

The Razer Phone now comes with a free Leviathan Mini Bluetooth speaker (limited time offer)

Released last month as the first smartphone in the US to sport a
screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, the Razer Phone is certainly a handset to
consider buying if you’re looking for something a bit different. Of course, its
$699.99 price isn’t for everyone, but maybe Razer’s current promotional offer
will broaden the phone’s appeal.

Update: Razer says that, “due to overwhelming response,” it has extended its limited time promotion until December 21 – that’s today, so you still have a bit of time to score a free Bluetooth speaker.

Today and tomorrow only (December 18 and 19), Razer is …

Google Home Mini gets some of its tap functionality back

You might remember that in the middle of October, Google had to disable the tap functionality on top of the Google Home Mini smart speaker after a small number of units malfunctioned. While tapping the top of the smart speaker would activate Google Assistant and control music, alarms and timers, the malfunctioning units kept acting as though the top was constantly being tapped. This led to the device recording over and over again, sending whatever was picked up back to Google.. Luckily, the only units affected were review and other early release models. Pre-ordered Google Home Minis and those sold …

Score a free Google Home Mini with the purchase of a Nest product or bundle costing more than $99

From now until the rest of the year, Nest and Google have a deal that will net you a free Google Home Mini smart speaker. All you need to do is purchase any Nest product or bundle priced above $99 from the Google Store or from the Nest Store. The two online stores are where you’ll find Nest products for the home, such as smart thermostats and lights, security cameras for inside and outside the house, and smoke/carbon monoxide alarms.

With the deal, at least one of the Nest products purchased, or a single bundle, has to be priced above $99. In other words, you can’t just buy a number of …

Streaming music at maximum volume is crashing some Google Home Mini units

One of the capabilities that smart speakers can handle is the ability to stream music over a speaker. But according to some users of the Google Home Mini who posted on reddit, certain songs played at a high volume result in the crashing of the product. This isn’t the first issue that the Google Home Mini has suffered with. Previously, it was discovered that the material Google was using to cover the smart speaker with, was forcing the Home Mini to be in listening mode 24/7. As a result, Google made the mini smart speaker voice activated only.

According to reports from Google Home Mini users, …

Free Google Home Mini promo codes are now going out to early adopters of the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL

Last year, Google threw in a free Daydream View headset with every Pixel or Pixel XL purchase. This year, early adopters of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are getting free Google Home Minis! If you were quick to snag either of Google’s 2017 flagships, check your email now, as the company has begun sending out promo codes to those eligible for the offer.

The Google Home Mini is a compact, puck-shaped home speaker powered by Google Assistant, that, despite its diminutive design, is capable of pretty much everything that its bigger brother, the Google …

YouTube TV gains voice control on Google Home and Google Home Mini

Google has just announced it has improved its YouTube TV service with voice control support on Google Home and Google Home Mini. The search giant also confirmed Google Home Max will receive the same feature soon.

Obviously, you can only use it in those U.S. cities where Google’s YouTube TV service is available, and you’ll also require a subscription. If you don’t have a YouTube TV subscription yet, you can get one now ($35 per month) and receive a Chromecast for free (limited-time offer).

In order to cast YouTube TV on your TV, you must set up your Google …

Deal: Apple iPad Mini 4 Wi-Fi 128GB is 25% off at Best Buy

The two-year-old iPad Mini 4 is on sale once again, so if you haven’t bought a cheap Android slate or a more expensive Apple tablet, you might consider this deal.

Best Buy now offers the Wi-Fi only version of the iPad Mini 4 128GB for just $299.99, so you’ll be saving $100 when you buy it. The slate comes in three color variations: Space Gray, Silver, and Gold.

Along with the tablet, customers who purchase it will receive a 6-month subscription to Trend Micro Internet Security, a software meant to protect up to three devices (PC, Mac, Android iOS and Windows …

Some Google Home Mini units would spy on users 24/7, but a fix has already been deployed

Google introduced the Home Mini early this month and the AI speaker is already available for purchase in many countries. For example, in the United States, Google Home Mini costs $49 and ships by October 18.

If you’ve already got one, then there’s a slim chance that your speaker might have been spying on you 24/7 due to a hardware issue. A number of early units would constantly be triggered to listen to commands even when no one is around.

Moreover, these flawed Google Home Mini units were recording every time they were triggering and send the information …