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Amazon will share your home Wi-Fi with strangers' devices — this is how to opt out

Amazon will share your home Wi-Fi with strangers' devices — this is how to opt out

Amazon has one of the largest ecosystems of smart home gadgets on the market today. From Echo speakers to Ring's lineup of security cameras and doorbells, millions of users rely on Alexa-compatible gear to stay connected and protected. With a massive IoT presence, Amazon is no stranger to privacy concerns, and it seems like the company is once again facing some public scrutiny. Next week, a low-bandwidth mesh network will be activated across its gadgets in the US, leaving users only a few days left to opt out.

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Ring's new floodlight cam features its best motion detection yet

Ring's new floodlight cam features its best motion detection yet

It's been a busy start to the year for Ring. After releasing one of the most affordable smart doorbells on the market today, the company has returned with not one but two new cameras designed to keep your home monitored when you aren't around. In addition to a brand-new Video Doorbell 4, Ring is finally upgrading its popular floodlight with the new Floodlight Cam Wired Pro. Both versions are gaining some great improvements over the last-gen models.

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Ring unveils the Video Doorbell Pro 2, its most advanced smart doorbell

Ring unveils the Video Doorbell Pro 2, its most advanced smart doorbell

Ring's video doorbells are amongst the most advanced ones on the market. Its existing Video Doorbell Pro already comes with a bunch of features, including a 1080p camera and a built-in infrared sensor. The new generation builds on these and adds extra technology, making it one of the best products in its category.

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Ring's Smart Responses turn your doorbell and camera into a virtual butler

Ring's Smart Responses turn your doorbell and camera into a virtual butler

Ring pioneered the smart doorbell market with the launch of the Video Doorbell back in 2014. The company is constantly continuing to innovate with handy accessories and new features, such as end-to-end encryption and customizable motion zones. Its products just gained a handful of new functionality, allowing owners to use Alexa as their virtual greeter, play pre-recorded messages, and warn intruders they're being watched.

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Ring launches its most affordable wired video doorbell for $60, shipping late February

Ring launches its most affordable wired video doorbell for $60, shipping late February

Those video doorbells out there might be nice and new, but they're also quite expensive and run on batteries you'll need to replace every so often. Amazon-owned Ring is launching its Video Doorbell Wired to address both of those pain points — notably, it's the most affordable in its portfolio.

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Ring now offers end-to-end encryption for video

Ring now offers end-to-end encryption for video

Cloud security is always a concern when using smart home devices, but it's a little less so now with Ring devices. The company has announced that end-to-end encryption for video is rolling out today to all eligible devices. Ring has had some security issues in the past, so it's nice to see some good Ring security-related news.

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Fire TV update lets you quickly check your security camera feed without pausing the show

Fire TV update lets you quickly check your security camera feed without pausing the show

Amazon just started sending out a big home screen redesign to Fire TV devices, but that's not all the new stuff that's coming. Owners of the second-gen Fire TV Cube, 2020 4K Toshiba Fire TV, and 2020 4K Insignia Fire TV will soon be able to view their security camera feeds in picture-in-picture mode without interrupting the content currently playing.

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You can now attach a webcam to your Fire TV Cube to enjoy video calls on the big screen

You can now attach a webcam to your Fire TV Cube to enjoy video calls on the big screen

The holidays are upon us, and video calling is more important than ever these days for staying in touch with loved ones. Amazon is making that easier for users with the second-gen Fire TV Cube by enabling a new feature that lets a webcam be connected to the device for two-way video chatting on your TV — and the company also has new Alexa and Ring features coming to Fire TV.

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Save up to $80 on select Ring cameras today at Amazon and Best Buy

Save up to $80 on select Ring cameras today at Amazon and Best Buy

Ring rolled out customizable motion zones for its cameras last week, and now Amazon and Best Buy have rolled out savings on select Ring cameras. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is on sale for $169.99 ($80 off) and a Stick Up Cam 2-pack is just $159.98 ($40 off), making this a great time to sharpen up your home security.

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Ring rolls out customizable motion zones for its video doorbells and security cameras

Ring rolls out customizable motion zones for its video doorbells and security cameras

Most security cameras and smart doorbells come with a feature that can automatically warn you when it senses motion. While this can be handy, it can also become particularly annoying if your camera is inadvertently triggered by cars or pedestrians passing by. Thankfully, Ring is rolling out a free update to all its battery-powered devices, enabling you to customize the motion sensing zone and avoid unwanted and unnecessary notifications.

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