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August’s WiFi smart lock hits all-time low of $183 at Amazon

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Philips Hue module turns any light switch into a smart switch

Signify Smart lights normally require that you keep switches on all the time, and that can be a pain when someone flicks a switch out of habit. You’ll soon have a way to keep your lights available no matter what, though. Signify is releasing a Philips Hue wall switch module that upgrades existing switches to …

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Alarm.com’s touchless video doorbell is built for the COVID era

Alarm.com Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of people have turned to delivery services to get food and other essential items. If you own a video doorbell, that means it’s probably got a lot of use and become a hotbed for germs and the virus. So it was only a matter of …

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GE’s smart home brand expands beyond lighting with a security camera

GE Lighting, a Savant company GE sold its lighting business to smart home veteran Savant this spring, and that’s about to have a significant impact on the devices you can buy. The newly owned GE Lighting is ditching the slightly awkward C by GE branding in favor of the Cync name in the months ahead. …

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Amazon makes it easier to link smart home devices to Alexa

Nathan Ingraham / Engadget Amazon is making it easier for you to connect devices to your Alexa ecosystem with its latest feature. When Device Discovery is enabled on your Alexa app, you can go to the More section then Add a Device. You’ll see products on your WiFi network that you can link to the …

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Arlo’s Essential XL Spotlight camera can go a full year on a single battery charge

Arlo Arlo is adding two new models to its affordable Essential series of security cameras, the Essential XL Spotlight Camera and Essential Camera. The highlight of the former is a battery that can power the device for 12 months on a single charge. It also features an integrated spotlight, two-way audio, motion detection and a …

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Wink’s smart home platform faces a days-long outage

Wink Wink’s switch to a subscription service for its smart home platform hasn’t had the best start. The company has confirmed reports (via Android Police and The Verge) of a wide-ranging outage affecting its services, including integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Home/Nest services and even Wink.com (initially reduced to a basic landing page). The …

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Cornell’s VibroSense makes appliances ‘smart’ by tracking their vibrations

Choreograph via Getty Images We’ve all been there at some point: you forget to go to the dryer when it completes a cycle, letting your clothes sit and collect wrinkles. That’s just one example of inefficient home appliance use, and it’s probably one that most people would like to avoid if they could. A new …

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Arlo Video Doorbell now takes commands from Google Assistant

Sponsored Links Arlo You no longer have to live in an Amazon-focused household for Arlo’s Video Doorbell to make the most sense. Arlo has introduced Google Assistant support to deliver notifications and send commands. If you’re worried about the ruckus outside, you can ask Google to “show me the front door” and get a video …

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