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August and Yale smart locks can now use fingerprints, faces for security

August and Yale smart locks can now use fingerprints, faces for security

Smart locks have been offering hi-tech ways to secure our homes but their apps ironically only provide old and less secure ways of securing access to those locks. Many phones these days provide biometric security in the form of face recognition and fingerprints to have a more accurate and foolproof way to gain access to a smartphone or files. Finally, August and Yale smart locks can now take advantage of these same technologies but the feature comes with one important catch.

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August and Yale smart locks add extra biometric security option

August and Yale smart locks add extra biometric security option

August and Yale smart locks are adding an extra, optional layer of security, tapping the biometric sensors included in most iPhone and Android devices. The new update taps smartphones' fingerprint and facial-recognition systems, requiring biometric verification before WiFi-enabled smart locks can be remotely unlocked or locked.

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August Wi-Fi Smart Lock goes on sale – no bridge required

August Wi-Fi Smart Lock goes on sale – no bridge required

August's new slimmer, smarter Wi-Fi Smart Lock has gone on sale, after the new IoT security gadget was announced back at CES 2020 in January. Most notably, the Wi-Fi Smart Lock drops the separate bridge requirement of its predecessors, baking in a WiFi connection so that it can directly connect your router.

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August Wi-Fi Smart Lock goes on a diet and ditches the bridge

August Wi-Fi Smart Lock goes on a diet and ditches the bridge

Smart door locks are one of the hardest parts of the smart home market to get into. Given the risks and potential fallout, few seemed to dare promise security married to hi-tech convenience. August dared and, to date, remains one of the top names in that corner of the IoT industry. At CES 2020, it's showing that it isn't done yet even after nine products. Its latest offer slims down the door lock to a more convenient size and includes Wi-Fi from the get-go.

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August View video doorbell back up for sale after beleaguered launch

August View video doorbell back up for sale after beleaguered launch

It's been a strange year for the August View video doorbell. It launched early on in the year, at the beginning of April, but then a few weeks later August decided to halt sales of the device and start issuing refunds. At the time, the company blamed "performance challenges" in some environments, saying that it would have the doorbell back on sale once it smoothed out the issues.

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August View shipping paused, refunds given: Here’s how

August View shipping paused, refunds given: Here’s how

Today the folks at August revealed they'd be halting shipping their doorbell camera to new customers. Users that already have an August View doorbell will need to pay attention to this situation, too - it affects everyone involved. According to the company, they have become aware of some "performance challenges in specific user environments."

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August View Review: A video doorbell for renters

August View Review: A video doorbell for renters

Sometimes the smart home can seem not-so-smart when you're renting, something the new August View doorbell camera aims to address with its wire-free installation. Latest in the connected home security company's range of smart locks and accessories, the new video doorbell promises not only easy installation but more useful results, courtesy of an unusual camera. Question is, is all that worth $229.99?

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August View doorbell camera ditches the wires, embraces QHD video

August View doorbell camera ditches the wires, embraces QHD video

The ability to see who's ringing your doorbell was, until recently, the stuff of science fiction. Also just recently, the technology was only available to companies and individuals with deep pockets. Thanks to the explosion of the connected home market, however, such things have now become not only more common or more affordable, they've also become more stylish, too. Moving from its blocky and cumbersome offering, the August View now comes in a more presentable form and with better quality video to boot.

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August View video doorbell might be coming with a new look

August View video doorbell might be coming with a new look

Doorbells are no longer sufficient these days. While they served their simple function of calling attention to those inside the home, they no longer offer enough security and peace of mind in this modern age. That’s where smart doorbells and doorbell cameras come in. The niche market is slowly growing, along with the larger smart home market, around a few key players. Not to be left behind, August, makers of one of the earliest smart locks, is jumping into the fray again. And this time, it might have a video doorbell you won’t be ashamed for anyone and everyone to see.

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Yale Assure Lock Connected by August gives your door a smart upgrade

Yale Assure Lock Connected by August gives your door a smart upgrade

August and Yale have released a new range of connected smart locks, delivering both smartphone and auto-unlock control, as well as a keypad for PIN access. The Assure Lock Connected by August line-up combines Yale's Assure Lock range with a new August module, which makes the electronic lock smart.

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August Smart Locks get new Auto-Connect feature

August Smart Locks get new Auto-Connect feature

Internet of Things company August has added an Auto-Connect feature for certain August Smart Locks, the company has announced. This is a convenience feature that enables the lock to automatically detect when the home owner is in front of the door. As well, the Auto-Connect feature knows when the owner is accessing the smart lock remotely, offering what August calls "seamless control."

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Apple Watch now unlocks doors (with August Smart Lock)

Apple Watch now unlocks doors (with August Smart Lock)

The folks behind the August Smart Lock revealed a new feature Wednesday that allowed users to unlock their door with an Apple Watch. This app update for August Smart Locks does not require an iPhone nearby when the unlock switch is tapped. "The all-new native August Apple Watch app lets house 'Owners' with any generation of our August Smart Lock and any Apple Watch control their lock, without needing to carry their iPhone."

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