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Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 leak suggests big upgrades coming

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 leak suggests big upgrades coming

Although it is still mired in privacy controversy, Amazon's Ring video doorbells remain one of the most popular brands in that specific market. It's so popular that there are almost a dozen models just for the video doorbell alone. Of course, there's always room for one more and Best Buy accidentally revealed one that's coming in over a month, bringing a much-needed upgrade to the Ring Video Doorbell Pro with features that seem to be opportune for today's health situation.

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Google Assistant bug breaks voice control on smart home devices

Google Assistant bug breaks voice control on smart home devices

The Internet has definitely made the world a smaller place and the Internet of Things has made our houses even smaller. Of course, there are risks involved in putting all or even most of your smart home eggs in one basket, be it an Internet basket or some smart home platform, especially when that basket suddenly breaks. That's the reality that some smart homeowners are now finding themselves in when Google Assistant suddenly turned their smart appliances a tad hard of hearing.

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Amazon Ring camera network now has 2,000 police and fire partners

Amazon Ring camera network now has 2,000 police and fire partners

Smart doorbells are convenient not just because they connect to the Internet but because they can also take photos and videos of who's at the door. Many of these rely on motion sensors to trigger their cameras which, in turn, can often have a wider and farther view than just what's immediately in front of your door. That has made these smart video doorbells interesting for law enforcers and almost 2,000 of these are now enlisted as partners that can request a copy of what the Amazon Ring may or may not have seen.

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Ring Video Doorbell Wired goes small on price and size

Ring Video Doorbell Wired goes small on price and size

Ring has launched a new video doorbell, and rather than temperamental batteries the Ring Video Doorbell Wired focuses on two things: size, and price. The company's smallest doorbell so far, it also has the smallest price of a Ring model, coming in at $59.99.

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HomePod mini update brings promised ultra-wideband features

HomePod mini update brings promised ultra-wideband features

It seems that UWB, short for ultra-wideband, will be the new buzzword for this year, with more and more tech companies and device manufacturers adopting the short-range wireless technology in products ranging from phones to smart home appliances to even cars. That said, Apple already laid the groundwork for that quite some time ago with its U1 chip but it is only now that it's turning on that functionality for the HomePod mini that it promised would be ready before 2020 ended.

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Amazon Alexa will proactively take action on Hunches

Amazon Alexa will proactively take action on Hunches

In the earlier days of smart assistants, they seemed only smart because of how they seemed to know things or do things like magic. Of course, they still needed to scour the net or wirelessly flick a switch, and most of the time you still had to actually tell them to do those. These days, the likes of Amazon Alexa have definitely gotten smarter, able to predict your next move, and, in this latest update, even take action without having to ask your permission.

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SmartThings integration with Nest, Android Auto starts rolling out

SmartThings integration with Nest, Android Auto starts rolling out

At its very early Unpacked 2021 event last week, Samsung didn't just announce a new Galaxy S21 smartphone, Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds, and Galaxy Smart Tag trackers. It also announced a collaboration that made sense but few probably expected would ever happen. Samsung revealed that it was nurturing a closer relationship with Google, even in areas where they have competing products, bridging the gap between Samsung's SmartThings IoT platform and Google's Nest-branded devices and Android Auto car platform.

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Nest Hub Sunrise alarm, Weather Frog, Family Sticky Notes arrive

Nest Hub Sunrise alarm, Weather Frog, Family Sticky Notes arrive

Some might question the need or use of a smart display, just as many have questioned the sense of a smart speaker in the first place. Given how we almost always have our smartphones stuck to our hands, it almost feels redundant to have another display in the house. There are, of course, some things that are better or are only possible using smart displays, like these new features that are landing on the Nest Hub and other Google Assistant smart displays.

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Philips Hue Wall Switch Module finally makes your old switches smarter

Philips Hue Wall Switch Module finally makes your old switches smarter

Philips Hue has a new line-up for CES 2021, with a fresh outdoor light to make dull walls more interesting, along with a long-anticipated way to make dumb light switches smart. The Philips Hue Wall Switch Module finally settles one of the last big frustrations about the smart lighting system, and is joined by a 2021 update of the Hue Dimmer Switch remote.

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Galaxy Upcycling at Home turns old phones into smart home devices

Galaxy Upcycling at Home turns old phones into smart home devices

Smartphone makers are starting to advertise their strategies in reducing their environmental footprint, but many of those often involve changes to packaging. The latest example is the controversial removal of the charger from iPhone 12 boxes, something that Samsung first ridiculed but then will reportedly copy. Electronic waste, however, comes in different forms and one of the biggest is actually the number of smartphones being thrown out. At CES 2021, Samsung revealed a new aspect of its Upcycling program that will give unused Galaxy phones a new lease on life at home.

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Ubiquiti IoT device owners urged to enable 2FA after data breach

Ubiquiti IoT device owners urged to enable 2FA after data breach

2020 ended with the rather big and bad cybersecurity news around the SolarWinds exploit that laid bare many government and company emails. If you thought that 2021 would be more positive, that clearly isn't the case given the news of the past few days. In terms of cybersecurity, the year is starting off rather poorly for owners of Ubiquiti routers, security cameras, and other IoT products as the company started reaching out to owners to tell them to change their passwords after discovering a rather serious security breach on a third-party cloud server.

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Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige toothbrush uses AI to adjust to your style

Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige toothbrush uses AI to adjust to your style

Machine learning and AI are the buzzwords in tech these days and almost all new products add these to their bullet points as a selling feature. Although they have long been using such marketing strategies, it sometimes still boggles the mind that something like a toothbrush would advertise such a feature. Still, that hasn't stopped Philips from putting out such smart dental care products and the latest Sonicare 9900 Prestige tries to put AI to work to adjust the toothbrush to your personal brushing style.

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