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August Doorbell Cam Review

August Doorbell Cam Review

Home security is one of the cornerstones of the Internet of Things, and seeing who is at the door - and then optionally letting them in - is a growing market. August is following up its popular Smart Lock with the August Doorbell Cam, a handsome WiFi-connected streaming video camera which gives you a sneaky eye on the front door frame. At $199, though, before you've even bought the Smart Lock, it's not a cheap upgrade for your home security, but does the convenience make it worth it?

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2nd-gen Amazon Dash Button bypasses Wi-fi

2nd-gen Amazon Dash Button bypasses Wi-fi

This week the folks at Amazon have had their second-generation Amazon Dash Button appear in the FCC. This device appears to be rolling with the same capabilities as its predecessor, able to connect to its web-based functions via 802.11 WiFi - but this time adds Bluetooth. What might a device like this need with Bluetooth? Why, to connect via your smartphone, of course. Or perhaps to go Echo on us all?

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iPhone gets AT&T international WiFi calling support with iOS 9.3

iPhone gets AT&T international WiFi calling support with iOS 9.3

Alongside the new iPhone and iPad announcement event on Monday, Apple finally released the iOS 9.3 software update. While the most noticeable change is the new Night Shift feature for adjusting color temperatures at night, users on AT&T that make frequent trips overseas and still need to place phone calls will be happy to hear about improved WiFi calling support. The carrier has announced that iOS 9.3 includes support for international WiFi calling, as opposed to just in the US as it was before the update.

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Raspberry Pi 3: why this one is special

Raspberry Pi 3: why this one is special

Four years after the launch of the original Raspberry Pi, the new Raspberry Pi 3 has appeared with several very important new features. This version of the device - the $35 computer, that is to say - comes with two essential features that've been relegated to accessories until now. Both Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi are now built-in with this Raspberry Pi 3, freeing up room for more ports for more projects and more freedom for the device on its own!

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Passive WiFi uses 10,000 times less power than normal WiFi

Passive WiFi uses 10,000 times less power than normal WiFi

A group of researchers at the University of Washington has made a WiFi breakthrough that could result in wireless networks that consume much less power. As it is now, WiFi-enabled devices give up a significant amount of their battery life to stay connected to wireless networks. The researchers have made a passive WiFi discovery that uses 10,000 times less power than current WiFi methods.

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TP-LINK RE590T range extender gets wild paint and touchscreen control

TP-LINK RE590T range extender gets wild paint and touchscreen control

TP-LINK has rolled out a pair of new range extenders including the RE590T AC1900 Touch Screen WiFi Range Extender and the RE350K AC1200 WiFi Range Extender. The coolest of the duo is the RE590T with its wild color scheme that looks like some sort of tile mosaic on top and the large touchscreen for controlling the settings and accessing menus of the extender. That screen is 4.3-inches and the range extender can expand WiFi up to 10,000 square feet.

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This is Nokia’s Next Big Thing (and 5G plays a huge role)

This is Nokia’s Next Big Thing (and 5G plays a huge role)

Nokia may be out of the phone business but the next step for the storied brand might see have an impact on more pockets than ever before. The company has brought new devices to Mobile World Congress 2016, but unlike previous years they're not smartphones. Instead, It's Nokia AirScale, a 5G-ready ecosystem that, while you may never hear the name in daily life, could end up gluing together your future handsets, IoT devices, cars, smart homes, and more.

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NYC launches its pay phone-replacing free WiFi hubs

NYC launches its pay phone-replacing free WiFi hubs

New York City residents now have much easier access to free, public WiFi hotspots. The city has launched its LinkNYC service throughout the five boroughs, with terminals replacing old pay phones, capable not only of free WiFi, but free domestic calls and access to the web via built-in tablet display. It's all supported with built-in advertising, and city officials say it's the start of what will become the world's largest municipal network.

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Linksys launches EA7500 MAX-STREAM MU-MIMO networking solutions at CES 2016

Linksys launches EA7500 MAX-STREAM MU-MIMO networking solutions at CES 2016

Linksys has unveiled a complete new range of WiFi networking solutions at CES 2016. The new networking solutions are all in the MAX-STREAM MU-MIMO family. The products were designed to keep up with the increasing performance needs of new WiFi devices like 4K TVs, computers, smartphones, and game consoles.

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TP-Link Talon AD7200 WiFi router packs 802.11ad 60GHz support

TP-Link Talon AD7200 WiFi router packs 802.11ad 60GHz support

TP-Link has rolled out a new multi-band WiFi router at CES 2016 that claims to be the first WiFi router based on 802.11ad technology. Inside the router are 802.11ad and 802.11ac MU-MIMO solutions from Qualcomm Atheros. The router is called the TP-LINK Talon AD7200 Multi-band Wi-Fi router. It’s capable of delivering network speeds up to 4.6 Gbps on 60 GHz bands.

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Almond 3 WiFi router controls your network and smart home

Almond 3 WiFi router controls your network and smart home

Securifi has unveiled the latest router in its Almond touchscreen wireless router family and it is called the Almond 3. The router is a smart home hub and a traditional WiFi router in one device. It supports Gigabit WiFi, has an integrated ZigBee radio, supports Z-Wave, and Bluetooth devices. It also has an integrated programmable siren for home security.

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Withings Thermo hands-on: the smart thermometer

Withings Thermo hands-on: the smart thermometer

Connecting your home thermometer to your Wi-fi network wasn't the first thing you were thinking about the last time your kid ran a fever. That's what Withings wants you to think about, though, as the Withings Thermo works with what may be the smartest electronics ever jammed in to such a device. Today we're getting our hands on this device for the first time.

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