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Logitech’s Circle 2 Magnetic Mount makes renters an easier camera

Logitech’s Circle 2 Magnetic Mount makes renters an easier camera

Connected security cameras are a mainstay of the modern smart home, but if you rent and can't get busy with your drill then installing them can be a pain. Logitech is adding a new, easier way to fix up its Circle 2 camera line-up, a Magnetic Mount that promises to cling tenaciously to most metal.

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Arlo Security Light is wire-free and works with security cameras

Arlo Security Light is wire-free and works with security cameras

Netgear has launched a new product in its home security Arlo product line, the Arlo Security Light. As the name suggests, this Arlo product is designed to illuminate potential threats outdoors, working wirelessly and with the maker's existing security cameras. This light is part of the Arlo Smart Home Security portfolio; it boasts a completely wire-free design.

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Echo Dot Kids privacy concerns raised by lawmakers, advocacy group

Echo Dot Kids privacy concerns raised by lawmakers, advocacy group

Amazon is facing both questions and criticism following the launch of its new Echo Dot for Kids, a colorful version of its Echo Dot product marketed specifically for children. The device is identical to the regular Dot device, the only exception being its colorful skin; it does, however, bring FreeTime Unlimited out-of-the-box alongside a slew of privacy concerns.

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TiVo Alexa control goes live this week

TiVo Alexa control goes live this week

TiVo is getting Amazon Alexa integration, allowing voice control of changing channels, skipping commercials, and more. The support for Amazon's assistant is rolling out to boxes this week, TiVo says, allowing anybody with a TiVo BOLT, Roamio, or Premiere to link their DVR with a supported Echo device.

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This Philips Hue promo makes for a cheaper smart home

This Philips Hue promo makes for a cheaper smart home

When it comes to getting started in the smart home, connected lights are where most people start, and one of the more popular platforms is Philips' Hue. If you're looking to get some more connected color in your IoT life, Amazon is running a sale on a number of Hue products today, from starter kits to individual bulbs.

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Schlage smart locks now support unlocking via Alexa

Schlage smart locks now support unlocking via Alexa

Schlage has announced Alexa support for two of its smart locks, the Sense Smart Deadbolt and the Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt. With this support, smart lock owners can use voice commands to unlock their door, a feature that uses a PIN for extra security. Access is also available through the maker's iOS and Android apps, though a WiFi Adapter is necessary.

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Ring’s Neighbors app makes camera security sharing standalone

Ring’s Neighbors app makes camera security sharing standalone

Ring has launched a new app, Neighbors, opening up its security video sharing in the hope that it becomes Nextdoor but for more than just complaining about security. The app, the first to be released since Ring was acquired by Amazon, pulls out features that previously were only available within its Ring app for camera owners.

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Philips’ Hue app is getting a huge – and much-needed – overhaul

Philips’ Hue app is getting a huge – and much-needed – overhaul

Philips' Hue connected lighting has done a good job bedding itself into the average smart home, but for a long time its smartphone app has been the weakest link. Now, Philips is changing that with an all-new Hue app which, the company promises, will address some of the lingering complaints about the old interface.

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Google’s big Android Things plan to dominate the IoT is here

Google’s big Android Things plan to dominate the IoT is here

Google's Android Things has graduated to v1.0, with final software and four new hardware designs announced for those wanting to fast-track Internet of Things devices like smart speakers and connected displays. Announced back in December 2016, Android Things was Google's attempt to make developing IoT products more straightforward, wrapping up Android, Brillo, and some turnkey hardware from partners into an easily-deployable package.

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These big Echo, Fire TV and Kindle deals bring Dots down to $30

These big Echo, Fire TV and Kindle deals bring Dots down to $30

Amazon made sure we knew just how many skills Alexa had this past week, and today there are deep discounts across a range of Alexa-powered devices to make the most of those talents. The retailer is running a limited-time sale across its Echo, Fire tablet, Fire TV, and other hardware, while if you're in the market for a new Kindle there are savings there too.

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Wink just killed its Apple Watch app

Wink just killed its Apple Watch app

Wink users relying on the smart home hub to control their automation from their Apple Watch look set to be frustrated, with the functionality being quietly retired. The company confirmed the news in an iOS app update released this afternoon.

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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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