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Arlo Ultra now available for that premium 4K peace of mind

Arlo Ultra now available for that premium 4K peace of mind

Security cameras are not that new and are no longer just for businesses and mansions. Smart homes are starting to also become smarter at security but many DIY security cameras only offer standard or Full HD resolutions to cut down on storage, bandwidth, and price. When it comes to security and peace of mind, however, you can't really afford to be cheap. The new Arlo Ultra promises to be worth every penny with a 4K HDR wire-free camera that brings out all the details, including the ones you'll need to chase down culprits.

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Simplehuman Rectangular Sensor Can Review: A $250 trash investment

Simplehuman Rectangular Sensor Can Review: A $250 trash investment

When I mention the cost of this garbage can, you may recoil in horror. How dare I even consider recommending anyone pay two hundred and fifty US dollars for a can into which garbage should go? I thought the same thing at first, then I considered how often I'd replaced my kitchen garbage can in the last decade. Then I got to thinking about how much I hated the fact that no garbage can I'd ever owned really did a great job of masking smells of any significant strength, ever. Then I wondered if a can of this caliber could actually be a good investment.

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Dyson V11 vac, Cool Me purifying fan, Lightcycle lamp break cover

Dyson V11 vac, Cool Me purifying fan, Lightcycle lamp break cover

While iRobot and its Roomba is the household name for robot vacuum cleaners, Dyson is the brand for fancy, hi-tech, and expensive home appliances, from cordless stick vacuum cleaners to bladeless fans to even "supersonic" hair dryers. The company has now come out with three new products to add to that list, at least two of which bear features that might be very familiar to those keeping tabs on the smartphone market.

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Qualcomm QCS400 SoCs to power the next wave of smart speakers

Qualcomm QCS400 SoCs to power the next wave of smart speakers

Qualcomm may be best known for its smartphone processors but those are hardly its only silicon product. There is, for example, its LTE chips that is part of the legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple. And while Snapdragon chips haven't become as common in IoT as they are in mobile, Qualcomm is making a move to target a fast-growing segment of that connected home market. With the new QCS400 System-on-Chip (SoC) series, Qualcomm is making sure that its be the household name in the next generation of smart speakers that will be invading households in the years to come.

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IKEA’s affordable smart shades are delayed – but there’s good news

IKEA’s affordable smart shades are delayed – but there’s good news

IKEA's smart blinds aren't unfurling on schedule, with the affordable remote-controlled window treatment running into a firmware hold-up. The Swedish retailer sent smart home fans into a frenzy earlier in the year, with the news that it was working on a set of smart blinds that could seriously undercut the competition.

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August View doorbell camera ditches the wires, embraces QHD video

August View doorbell camera ditches the wires, embraces QHD video

The ability to see who's ringing your doorbell was, until recently, the stuff of science fiction. Also just recently, the technology was only available to companies and individuals with deep pockets. Thanks to the explosion of the connected home market, however, such things have now become not only more common or more affordable, they've also become more stylish, too. Moving from its blocky and cumbersome offering, the August View now comes in a more presentable form and with better quality video to boot.

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Amazon Dash buttons are no longer available for purchase

Amazon Dash buttons are no longer available for purchase

When they first came out, Amazon's Dash buttons easily became the butt of jokes. Who would want a dedicated button just to order laundry soap through Amazon? Apparently, a lot did and Amazon saw the quirky $5 connected devices as hit to the point that its success may have been its own undoing. Now the retailer has announced that it will no longer be selling these quirky physical Dash buttons but its spirit and support lives on in today's connected home appliances.

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Google faces Senate grilling over secret Nest Secure camera

Google faces Senate grilling over secret Nest Secure camera

Facebook can probably take a short breather thanks to Google. The search giant may be the latest target of scorn and inquiries over something that could have probably been easily avoided with a footnote or an inconspicuous line of text. Google has been sent a letter from the US Senate Commerce Committee demanding answers regarding the existence of a microphone on its Nest Secure system that remained undisclosed until earlier this month.

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Google Home app update adds smart light color controls

Google Home app update adds smart light color controls

Google's Home app is supposed to be the single hub on your phone for all your smart home needs. It, however, originated from a time when all that you could real connect was a Chromecast. And while it has been revamped a few months back to truly be a Home hub, it has yet to gain some basic functionality you'd expect from such an app. Fortunately, Google has taken on such small step forward and has added the ability to change the color of any smart bulb connected to the app.

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Apple Music is finally coming to Google Home

Apple Music is finally coming to Google Home

Apple Music is apparently coming to the Google Home smart speaker range, with the on-demand service continuing to lead the way in Apple's push beyond its own ecosystem. Although there's been no official announcement yet regarding the new integration, Apple Music has quietly been added to the list of music sources for the smart speakers and hubs.

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Samsung has 3 new US stores for its Galaxy S10 launch: Here’s why

Samsung has 3 new US stores for its Galaxy S10 launch: Here’s why

Samsung doesn't just have the Galaxy S10 making its big debut next week: the phone-maker will also open up three new stores in the US on the same day. The Galaxy S10 - indeed multiple versions of the phone - will be revealed on February 20, and at the same time Samsung will have new retail locations in three cities in the US for the first time.

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Pixel 3 Lite release with Pixel Watch leads rumored Google strategy shift

Pixel 3 Lite release with Pixel Watch leads rumored Google strategy shift

The Google Pixel 3 Lite is set to launch later this year and undercut the iPhone XR, a new report claims, bringing the long-anticipated Google smartwatch and other hardware with it. It's said to be part of Google's attempt to expand its audience with Pixel smartphones, offering a more affordable version as it scales up its hardware ambitions with a number of new devices and form-factors.

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