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LG CordZero Cordless Vacuum A939 with All-in-One Tower Review

LG CordZero Cordless Vacuum A939 with All-in-One Tower Review

Cordless vacuums have grown up. No longer merely accessories to a good clean, models like LG's new CordZero A939 are powerful, long-lasting, and flexible enough to be your daily go-to, rather than just tidying up around the edges. For maximum convenience, though, this $999 vacuum - and its imposing All-in-One Tower base station - promises to empty itself.

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Wyze Video Doorbell Pro arrives for preorder: Features, release date, price

Wyze Video Doorbell Pro arrives for preorder: Features, release date, price

Smart home company Wyze has launched its new Video Doorbell Pro for preorder. The device is exactly what it sounds like: a smart doorbell with a built-in camera, offering consumers an alternative to similar products from larger companies. Wyze promises a wide-angle view, rapid installation, long battery life, and more.

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Nanoleaf Lines Review

Nanoleaf Lines Review

The latest LED light system from Nanoleaf goes by the name Nanoleaf Lines. These are LED light bars that are sort of the opposite of what they've released in past editions. The first several sets of Nanoleaf products were LED light shapes connected in combinations chosen by the consumer. With Lines, Nanoleaf still has a modular system for placement, but the lights shine at the wall instead of outward.

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IKEA Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker (Gen 2) Review

IKEA Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker (Gen 2) Review

Sonos' collaboration with IKEA continues to flirt at the odder edges of the smart home, and the new IKEA Symfonisk table lamp speaker (Gen 2) is a perfect example. Like the original, launched back in 2019, it's a Sonos speaker and an IKEA lamp in the same footprint, combined with the relative affordability the Swedish furniture-maker is infamous for.

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Nest Renew uses Energy Shift to put focus on a clean future

Nest Renew uses Energy Shift to put focus on a clean future

A new service called Nest Renew is being released on a by-invite basis in the United States. Nest Renew is a service that combines existing Nest thermostat programs with new elements to allow users to "play a part in the fight against climate change." This service works with intelligent automation, user education tools, renewable generation support, and nonprofit funding focused on clean energy equity.

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Arlo cameras now let Google Assistant speak when they detection movement

Arlo cameras now let Google Assistant speak when they detection movement

Google just announced the availability of new smart cameras under its Nest smart home brand, but those are hardly the only options available in a rather congested market. When it comes to security cameras and video doorbells, Arlo's name is right up there, especially when it comes to integrating with Google's own smart home platform. Once again demonstrating its close ties with Google, Arlo just updated its Motion Detection system to allow Nest Hub and other Google Assistant speakers or devices to audibly notify homeowners when people or a package have been detected.

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Nest’s cheapest camera and its Nest Cam with Floodlight go on sale

Nest’s cheapest camera and its Nest Cam with Floodlight go on sale

Nest's newest connected security cameras - including its first with a built-in floodlight system - are now up for order, offering new options inside and out. The Nest Cam (wired) and Nest Cam with Floodlight were announced back in August, alongside the second-generation Nest Doorbell and the new Nest Cam (wireless).

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Dyson robot vacuum readied for potential US release

Dyson robot vacuum readied for potential US release

Dyson has a robot vacuum they'll likely release this year to roll up on Roomba. Appearing in an FCC filing this week, the Roomba robot vacuum shows a collection of features that make this device seem at least as powerful as the previously-released (internationally, anyway), Dyson 360 Heurist. This new device sports a shocking blue (as all good Dyson vacuums should) and assurance that it works with a brand new Dyson Hyperdymium motor.

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Amazon Astro robot leak alleges big privacy and durability concerns [Update]

Amazon Astro robot leak alleges big privacy and durability concerns [Update]

Only hours after Amazon took the wraps off its pricey Astro robot comes a damning report that alleges numerous privacy, navigation, and durability concerns related to the product. Multiple sources who allegedly worked as developers on the Astro project made serious claims about the product, with one going so far as to call the robot "terrible."

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“Astro, hold my beer”: Amazon’s home robot should fear more than the stairs

“Astro, hold my beer”: Amazon’s home robot should fear more than the stairs

Amazon knows you're probably skeptical about "Alexa on wheels," but it's making its Astro robot anyway. Announced today, the latest iteration of the retailer's smart assistant cuts the cord completely - well, for as long as the battery lasts, anyway - in a way the rotating Echo Show 10 could only dream of, though there's still an uphill struggle if Astro is to convince us that it's a household necessity.

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Ring Alarm Pro puts a WiFi router in your Ring base station

Ring Alarm Pro puts a WiFi router in your Ring base station

It's not an Amazon Devices and Services reveal event without new Ring devices, and Amazon announced an interesting one today. Amazon led its Ring announcements with the reveal of the Ring Alarm Pro, which combines an eero WiFi router with a Ring Alarm base station. In addition to the Ring Alarm Pro, Amazon also announced several new services that will be associated with it, including something that will allow construction professionals to secure their jobsites when they're away.

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Amazon Blink Video Doorbell and camera mounts: Making sense of it all

Amazon Blink Video Doorbell and camera mounts: Making sense of it all

Amazon expanded their Blink ecosystem of whole-home security products with their Blink brand this week, including their first video doorbell. The Blink Video Doorbell will be ready to roll in among the collection that also includes a Blink Floodlight Camera and a Blink Solar Panel Mount, both of which can be bundled with the previously revealed Blink Outdoor in a variety of combinations.

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