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Hubble Hugo mood-tracking smart camera has Alexa onboard

Hubble Hugo mood-tracking smart camera has Alexa onboard

Amazon's Alexa continues its march across the smart home, showing up next in Hubble's Hugo, an eyeball-like motorized camera that can also figure out your mood. Part-security camera and part-robot, Hugo is a spherical lens atop a moving base, and actually looks quite a bit like 'bots from Jibo and LG. What those robots can't do, though, is tell when you're furious just by glancing at you.

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You got a new phone for Christmas: What to do with your old phone

You got a new phone for Christmas: What to do with your old phone

If Santa left a new iPhone or Android smartphone under the tree, what do you do with your old smartphone? It's a perennial question each holiday season, but the answer doesn't have to be "sell it" or "dump it in a drawer". Instead, there are plenty of useful things a smartphone can be turned into, even if it doesn't have an active phone line connected. Read on for some of our favorites.

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Blink XT outdoor security camera goes on pre-order

Blink XT outdoor security camera goes on pre-order

We have been impressed, though left wanting for more, by Nest’s attempt at bringing its security camera to the great outdoors. Nest, however, is hardly the only game in town. Blink, which also has an indoor home security camera and cloud storage, is almost stepping out of its shell. Introducing the Blink XT, whose only real difference, aside from the price, is that it is fit to be used outdoors, under sun, rain, or snow. All while still providing the same key benefit of the regular Blink camera.

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Yi Dome Camera goes after the smart home security market

Yi Dome Camera goes after the smart home security market

Yi Technology, a Chinese company closely associated with and funded by Xiaomi, entered the US market guns blazing with an affordable action camera to take on the king of action cameras, GoPro. Since then it has expanded into the home camera segment and it is now doing yet another round, this time with security in mind. The not dome-looking Yi Dome Camera offers 360-degree coverage while the Yi Cloud subscription offers near unlimited storage space, all at the fraction of what everyone else is requiring from consumers.

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Review: Funlux Smart Wireless Mini CAM security camera

Review: Funlux Smart Wireless Mini CAM security camera

Consumer-grade home security cameras are a safety blanket, a source of reassurance while you're traveling or when the babysitter is over. Security cameras like the Nest Cam let you take a peek in or around your home even if you're not home, they keep watch while you're asleep, send notifications when you're not looking, and are an excellent way to make sure your insurance company honors a claim. They also tend to be expensive.

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Netgear Arlo Go wireless security camera works with AT&T’s 4G LTE

Netgear Arlo Go wireless security camera works with AT&T’s 4G LTE

Netgear has introduced another Arlo security camera, this one the Arlo Go. The camera looks very similar to the Arlo Pro we detailed last month, offering completely wireless functionality alongside a design that can handle exposure to the elements. According to Netgear, the Arlo Go is the first wireless mobile security video camera that supports AT&T’s network, enabling it to work in places that don’t have WiFi but that do have 3G or 4G LTE coverage.

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Netatmo Presence subscription-free security cam gets priced up

Netatmo Presence subscription-free security cam gets priced up

There's no shortage of connected security cameras out there, but your options are limited if you don't want to pay a monthly fee but still want on-demand video recordings. Netatmo is aiming to fill that niche with its Presence camera, on sale today. Announced back in January at CES, the camera has been a long time coming but the wait may be worth it if you want to avoid another subscription.

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Blink security system integrates with Amazon Alexa

Blink security system integrates with Amazon Alexa

Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap will soon be able to control the Blink security system. This comes after the company announced that they'd be working with Amazon to integrate functionality into the smart voice assistant system, allowing users to "use voice alone to make their homes more secure." This system will allow Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap users to ask Alexa to arm and disarm their Blink security system. Users can also ask for information about their security system at any time.

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Nest Cam Outdoor Review

Nest Cam Outdoor Review

Streaming security cameras are probably the most popular gadget in the connected home, and Nest the best known today. After a fairly slow start after its Dropcam acquisition in 2014, Nest finally has an outdoor model, the unimaginatively titled Nest Cam Outdoor. Like the Nest Cam - designed for indoor use - it's $199.99, though for the full range of features you'll need to cough up a monthly or annual subscription.

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Canary Flex is a small, smart outdoor security camera

Canary Flex is a small, smart outdoor security camera

Canary has launched a new security camera product called the Canary Flex; it is small, smart, and can be used outdoors, withstanding things like rain and wind to stand ever vigilant over your home. The camera sits idle, and starts recording when it detects movement. If something particularly odd — at least in the camera’s estimation — comes into view, it’ll fire off a push notification to its owner. Overtime, Flex will better understand what kind of things are worth sending notifications about and which ones are, while unusual, of no particular interest or importance.

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Ring Stick Up Cam Review: Solar-powered security

Ring Stick Up Cam Review: Solar-powered security

There’s a tricky balance to be struck when you’re designing an outdoor security camera: do you go with the convenience of battery power, or the performance of wired? Ring’s Stick Up Cam attempts to straddle the two, offering the flexibility of a built-in rechargeable battery with the option of an add-on solar panel for truly off-the-grid use - well, just as long as your WiFi is within range. Question is, has quality taken a back-seat in the hunt for easy installation?

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Nest Cam Outdoor offers 24/7 video streaming and easy install

Nest Cam Outdoor offers 24/7 video streaming and easy install

Nest is taking its intelligent cameras outside with the launch of the Nest Cam Outdoor, a weatherproof version of its streaming security system that makes ease of use and simplicity of installation its twin priorities. It'll work with a new machine learning system intended to cut out false warnings from motion-triggered alerts, together with a redesign of Nest's app that will affect users of its entire range of smart home products.

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