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Yi Home Camera Review: a great budget security camera

Yi Home Camera Review: a great budget security camera

Every home should have a security camera even if it's just for peace of mind. There's no shortage of options on the market, and just about every budget range is covered. The lower one goes on the budget scale, though, the higher one's odds of picking up a low-quality, inferior product. Such concerns have been expressed about Chinese company Yi's wireless Home Camera, but are those concerns valid? Read our review to find out!

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Google’s new Family Link app invites live (APK download)

Google’s new Family Link app invites live (APK download)

This afternoon the family crew at Google have revealed Family Link, a connection app between Android devices for smart device control. This control app will help parents monitor and control the account use of their child. Digital ground rules is the term they use to encompass this situation.

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Amazon tipped to release Alexa-based home intercom devices

Amazon tipped to release Alexa-based home intercom devices

Amazon has plans to bring Alexa into more homes via one or more devices that function as in-home intercoms and as devices for making phone calls via voice commands. The news comes from recently surfaced sources who claim Amazon will be releasing one or more of these types of devices some time this year, and that such hardware has already undergone beta testing within the company.

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Amazon home security camera, possibly with Alexa, leaks on retailer’s site

Amazon home security camera, possibly with Alexa, leaks on retailer’s site

It looks like Amazon’s getting into the home security camera market, at least if a new image pulled from the retailer’s website is any indication. According to a recent report, an automated script stumbled upon the image; in it we see a tall oval-shaped camera with Amazon branding on the top and a glowing blue ring, possibly indicating Alexa is present, on the bottom.

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Acer Air Monitor uses a ‘breathing’ LED light to monitor air quality

Acer Air Monitor uses a ‘breathing’ LED light to monitor air quality

Acer has introduced its new Air Monitor, a device that does exactly what its name suggests: monitors the quality of air that is, in this case, located within one’s home or other indoor space. The Air Monitor features what Acer describes as a ‘breathing’ LED light that helps owners monitor the quality of the air in their home at any given time.

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Dyson undercuts its flagship cordless with V8 Animal

Dyson undercuts its flagship cordless with V8 Animal

Dyson knows you had your eye on a V8 Absolute cordless vacuum but might have blanched at the $599 price, and so now the company is rolling out two more battery-powered models that are a little more affordable. The Dyson V7 Motorhead and Dyson V8 Animal each pack more suction than the vacuum-maker's old V6 models - up to 150-percent in the case of the V8, in fact - but are both priced under $500. Meanwhile, there's also a pair of new Dyson uprights.

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D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD now available from Apple

D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD now available from Apple

The cylindrical D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD home security camera is now available from Apple's website, and will be available in Apple stores later on this month. The Omna 180 Cam HD is HomeKit-enabled and allows users to monitor their homes, as with competing connected security cameras. The device’s name hints at the camera’s super-wide-angle 180-degree lens, though that doesn’t cause image distortion thanks to ‘de-warping’ tech that corrects the image.

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ElliQ is an adorable robot that helps the elderly stay connected

ElliQ is an adorable robot that helps the elderly stay connected

The company Intuition Robotics has introduced a new home robotic device that helps the elderly stay connected with their friends and family, only without the confusing aspects of using a smartphone or tablet. The system is sort of like Amazon Echo, in that it speaks and can be spoken to. However, it works with a dedicated tablet device and also provides the owner’s family or caretakers with things they may need to know, such as whether the house is too hot or cold.

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Heng Balance Lamp uses floating wooden balls as a power switch

Heng Balance Lamp uses floating wooden balls as a power switch

A new successful Kickstarter campaign presents the Heng Balance Lamp, a modern lamp with a minimalist design and natural wood appearance. Unlike most lamps, the Heng Balance Lamp doesn’t have an obvious power switch — this is because the two seemingly decorative wooden balls in the middle turn the device on and off, also appearing to float in the air thanks to embedded magnets.

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ASUS HiveSpot and HiveDot eliminate home WiFi dead zones

ASUS HiveSpot and HiveDot eliminate home WiFi dead zones

Among its CES wares is the ASUS HiveSpot and HiveDot mesh networking system, something the company describes as a modular and high-speed solution for home networks that’ll get rid of poor connections and dead zones in one’s residence. The system is comprised of HiveSpot and HiveDot ‘nodes,’ of which at least three are required to get a home mesh network up and running. The system maxes out at five nodes.

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August Smart Lock Mortise Kit is the first of its kind in North America

August Smart Lock Mortise Kit is the first of its kind in North America

August has introduced its new August Smart Lock Mortise Kit, the first product in North America that converts a mortise style lock into a smart lock. This mortise kit works with the August Smart Lock, and brings the same functionality we’ve previously detailed. Though the name is likely unfamiliar, most people have used these lock styles before -- they're commonly found in commercial office buildings, schools, and similar places.

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Ring Floodlight Cam joins video doorbell for outdoor home security

Ring Floodlight Cam joins video doorbell for outdoor home security

Ring, maker of the Ring Video Doorbell, has introduced a new outdoor security product called the Ring Floodlight Cam. This item is designed to take a standard floodlight and add onto it the benefits of both a smart home ecosystem and what Ring calls ‘proactive vision technology.’ The company says its new product is now the ‘most powerful security camera’ available.

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