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The 4 reasons Ring thinks you’ll trust its flying camera

The 4 reasons Ring thinks you’ll trust its flying camera

At first glance, it's a tough ask: allow Amazon-owned Ring to fly a mini drone carrying a camera around your house, all in the name of security. Ring Always Home Cam was undoubtedly the weirdest of the announcements at yesterday's big Amazon Fall hardware event, but while it may seem like an Onion gag the security firm insists it's headed to your living room in 2021.

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Amazon Alexa gains new abilities and more privacy controls

Amazon Alexa gains new abilities and more privacy controls

Amazon announced quite a handful of new products today, including some from its Ring subsidiary, but it isn't just bringing new hardware to its customers. The e-commerce giant also announced upgrades to the hands-free experience that powers many of its devices, giving the AI-powered Alexa more skills and more brains. Going beyond that, however, Amazon is also trying to address one of Alexa's most unpopular flaw: its privacy.

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This $30 Ring sensor could be Amazon’s best product today

This $30 Ring sensor could be Amazon’s best product today

Amazon announced a number of new products today, including a redesigned Echo Dot smart speaker, Echo Show 10 smart display, its new Luna cloud gaming service, and more. One of the products that didn't get a mention during its event is a mailbox sensor called, you guessed it, the Ring Mailbox Sensor. The product targets the budget smart home market with its $30 price tag, offering a bit of niche functionality to help keep your mail safe.

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Ring Always Home Cam is a flying security drone

Ring Always Home Cam is a flying security drone

Amazon just revealed a security camera that can rise up out of its dock and fly around your home. It's called the Ring Always Home Cam, and it can rise up... out of its dock... and fly throughout your home. This is one of a line of new Ring devices revealed today, including a Ring Car Alarm, Ring Car Cam, and Ring Car Connect.

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Eero 6 and Pro 6 revealed with Wi-Fi 6 and prices to compete

Eero 6 and Pro 6 revealed with Wi-Fi 6 and prices to compete

Today Amazon's event dumped a bunch of new products on the public with the smart home at the center of focus. This event revealed the new Eero 6 and Eero Pro 6, the latest in Wi-fi hubs for the Amazon smart home collection. These new Eero devices look a lot like their predecessors - simple, no-nonsense aesthetics.

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Wyze Video Doorbell is just $30 – Headphones and Thermostat to come

Wyze Video Doorbell is just $30 – Headphones and Thermostat to come

Wyze has launched its new Video Doorbell, the first of three new products - including headphones and a smart thermostat - it plans to announce over the next two weeks. The Wyze Video Doorbell promises a 1080p Full HD video feed from your front door, with motion-triggered notifications and an aspect ratio designed to capture everything that's going on at your doorstep.

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Amazon Sidewalk adds Tile as neighborhood network nears launch

Amazon Sidewalk adds Tile as neighborhood network nears launch

Amazon Sidewalk, its hyper-local neighborhood network system set to launch later this year, will work with Tile and Echo speakers the retailer has confirmed today. Previewed in 2019, Sidewalk promises a distributed alternative to regular WiFi networks, in which smart home devices like Ring cameras double as hubs for local communications.

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Amazon Alexa Routines can now be shared with anyone

Amazon Alexa Routines can now be shared with anyone

Smart assistants and smart speakers have introduced new ways of making our busy lives less frantic but, until recently, they have been more about single-action commands. Routines, scenes, and other similar features have started rolling out to truly offer some automation, bundling related actions together for a specific theme or time. These are definitely useful but only if you actually know how to create them in the first place. Amazon is helping remove the guesswork by making it dead easy to share Alexa Routines around.

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iRobot Roomba i3+ is a cheaper robot vacuum with an auto-emptying bin

iRobot Roomba i3+ is a cheaper robot vacuum with an auto-emptying bin

iRobot's smart robot vacuums are getting a cheaper baby brother, with the Roomba i3+ promising intelligent navigation and the ability to empty its own bin. Joining the existing Roomba i7+ and s9+ models, the i3+ uses the company's Genius Home Intelligence platform for easier feature updates down the line.

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This new Arlo video doorbell is battery powered for easier installs

This new Arlo video doorbell is battery powered for easier installs

Arlo has launched a new video doorbell, and this time it's going completely wire-free for those who don't want to run cabling to their front door. The Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell keeps the 180-degree lens and HD resolution camera of its wired counterpart, but pairs it with a battery for much easier - or even temporary - installation.

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BodyCompass sleep posture monitor offers accuracy without cameras

BodyCompass sleep posture monitor offers accuracy without cameras

Researchers have developed a sleep posture monitor that doesn't require the subject to wear sensors or mount a camera near their bed. Called BodyCompass, this radio frequency-based system can be used to monitor someone as they sleep, offering insight into the progression of disease symptoms, health risks, and more. The system will be introduced next week at the UbiComp 2020 conference.

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New Google Thermostat hits the FCC and it looks like Nest is getting Soli

New Google Thermostat hits the FCC and it looks like Nest is getting Soli

A new Google thermostat has been spotted at the FCC, with indications that it could include Google Soli gesture control using a new sensor. It's been several years since Google last updated the Nest Thermostat, with competition in the smart HVAC space arriving in the intervening years to fill that gap.

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