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Amazon’s Ring has teamed up with over 2,000 police and fire departments

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Ring’s police collaborations didn’t slow down in 2020 despite controversies — if anything, they ramped up. The Financial Times reports that the Amazon-owned smart home security brand now has 2,014 police and fire department partnerships in the US, with 1,189 of them added in 2020. Montana and Wyoming are the only two …

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

Engadget All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. If you buy something through one of the links on this page, we may earn an affiliate commission. Pricing and availability are accurate as of the time of publication but are subject to change. August’s 4th-generation WiFi smart …

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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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You can open LG’s new refrigerators with your voice

LG Voice-controlled refrigerators are already a practical reality, but LG might just make them particularly handy. The tech giant has introduced a 2021 line of InstaView fridges that can open the door with a voice command. That’s useful when you have your hands full with groceries, of course, but it could also be helpful during …

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Google Assistant can finally schedule your smart lights

Engadget Google Assistant already works with Hue and other smart lights, but functionality has been limited to turning them on and off, using them with alarms and a few other features. Now, you can schedule lights and other electric devices to turn on and off at specific and even general times, as Android Police and …

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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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Smart fabric can recognize the food you put on the table

Tatjana WAGNER via Getty Images Wouldn’t it be helpful if a food tracking or recipe app could determine what you’re eating just by detecting what’s on your table? You might get your wish. Researchers at Microsoft and multiple universities have developed Capacitivo, a smart fabric system that can detect food, drinks, and other objects based …

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Google’s Nest thermostat gets a redesign and a bunch of new features

The new Nest thermostat is operated with a touch-sensitive ring interface. Google The thermostat comes in four different color options. Google Roughly five years have passed since the third-generation Nest thermostat was introduced, and a lot has happened since then—like an acquisition of Nest by Google. Today marks the first big overhaul to the Nest …

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