New Google Nest Audio speaker packs a huge punch for $99

The old Google Home that looked like an air freshener has been reinvented, renamed and redesigned to rock out.

a close up of a keyboard: Nest Audio speakers

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Nest Audio speakers

Now known as Nest Audio, the new editions look more like a tiny, traditional speaker, this time in a multitude of colors (pink, blue, green, white and black), sell for less than the original Home ($99.99 versus $129.99) and the big news is a major sound upgrade.


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Nest Audio, available today, is still being sold as a personal assistant to run your smart home, answer trivia questions, set reminders, get news updates, translate languages and, of course, play music and podcasts.

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But the speaker, which runs on the Google Assistant, still lags Amazon’s Echo speakers and the Alexa system in doing many obvious tasks that various Google help pages

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New mini PC packs dedicated GeForce GPU for some moderate gaming

Not everybody needs hugely powerful, custom-built computers – mini PCs can be great little machines for work, media centers, or some modest gaming. Minisforum is now unveiling the EliteMini H31G, a small PC with a dedicated GPU that should let it run some more heavy-duty games.

For these kinds of devices, space is always key, and the H31G only takes up 154 x 153 x 62 mm (6 x 6 x 2.4 in). Inside that small package is a decent set of hardware – it’s powered by a 9th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU, which can be boosted up to 4.4 GHz or 4.7 GHz respectively.

It’s also packing a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU, and Minisforum says that this makes it the smallest mini PC to have a discrete graphics card. In the grand scheme of things, the 1050 Ti is far from top of the

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