Google's 'Scheduled Pause' Lets You Customize WiFi Down Time
Google today added a feature to Google WiFi called Scheduled Pause. The tool is meant to help families control and manage when devices can and cannot access the internet. Using on-device settings, Google WiFi owners can schedule brief pauses in connectivity to assist everyday activities around the home, such as bedtime, dinner, and homework, by making WiFi inaccessible. Google says Scheduled Pause is primarily meant to help parents control screen time in the home. The tool is free to use.
Google Wifi Lets You Check Network Connections for Each Device
Google is rolling out a new tool to its wifi product that will let people gain more insight with respect to the performance of their home network. The Google Wifi Network Check function lets people measure how each individual device is performing on their wifi network.
Google Gives Nexus Phones Access to WiFi Assistant
Google this week made its WiFi Assistant feature available to all Nexus devices. The tool is a direct carryover from Google's Project Fi.
Google Shows Off $200 OnHub Home WiFi Router
Google today announced the OnHub, a WiFi router meant for use in the home. Google and hardware partner TP-LINK hid the antennas inside and gave the router a more useful set of lights so people will be more apt to put it out in the open, where it will work better.
Facebook Adds Sleep Mode to Messenger Kids for More Parental Control
Facebook today gave parents more control over the Messenger Kids application. The new sleep mode allows parents to set designated on and off times for the app.
Google Home Now Lets You Control Play Movies Via Voice
As promised, Google has added voice control support to its own video service, Google Play Movies & TV, to Google Home. People who own Google Home products can now speak voice commands to access movies and television shows purchased or rented through the Google Play Store and have that content play on Chromecast-connected television sets.