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Nest outages prove that the smart home needs a local fallback

Google's Nest service has been down once, twice, thrice, four times, no, scratch that, at least five times in five months, four of which were in the last few weeks. A similar thing happened toward the end of 2018. After each failure, a fix, an apology, more disgruntled users, and hours lost without any security recording for owners of the brand's cameras. Seeing the same headline with the same story every day proves that we can't solely rely on remote servers for the smart home, and local fallbacks need to be the first feature baked in, not an afterthought or a bonus.

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Netatmo refreshes its ugly and stale Security app, adds video quality selector

Netatmo may not be the first brand that comes to your mind when you think about smart home security, but the French company does a lot of things right. Its cameras come with no hidden fees, but offer local storage, backups to Dropbox and an FTP server, face recognition (though not super reliable), alarm detection, Google Assistant integration — perks that usually cost a lot with competitor products. However, in my review of the Welcome camera, one of the aspects I lamented most was the sluggish Android app. Two years later, it's finally received a big refresh.

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Keep an eye on your house and yard for $276 with this eufyCam 2 two-camera bundle ($74 off)

If you're on the market for a wireless security camera system to keep an eye on your home and your yard without breaking the bank, the Anker eufyCam 2 is an excellent option. With this deal, you can snatch a two-camera bundle for $276, which is $76 off the regular price.

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Arlo to require two-factor authentication logins later this year, in line with Nest and Ring

Smart security company Arlo is finally joining the ranks of Amazon's Ring and Google's Nest in requiring users of its products to go through two-step verification in order to authenticate access to their account. But when it comes to options for that second step, they may tally up a bit short for some people.

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Yi security camera two-packs drop to new low price during one-day sale (up to $68 off)

Outfitting your home with connected security cameras can be quite expensive, especially once you start looking into setting up multiple cameras, even more so if you need them to be capable of recording outdoors or in HD. Luckily, Amazon's latest Deal of the Day can help to upgrade your home security with the best pricing yet on Yi security camera 2-packs. Two of the dome-style indoor cams with pan, tilt, and zoom support will set you back $55 ($34.99 off), and the outdoor camera bundle is available for $71.99 ($68 0ff.)

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Amazon Cloud Cam down to new all-time low of $60 (half off) at Woot right now

If today's the day you're thinking of picking up a security camera, you might want to click fast on this deal for the Amazon Cloud Cam. Woot has a one-day sale on at its lowest price yet.

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Kami launches battery-powered outdoor security camera for $90

Yi Technology's Kami subbrand is known for its inexpensive but well-built smart home devices, including security technology. After introducing its first wire-free, battery-powered indoor camera a few months ago, the company has now taken the wraps off a similar cordless outdoor camera that's rated for up to six months of battery life on a single charge and should help you keep an eye on your house's exterior.

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Keep an eye on your little ones with the Arlo Baby Monitor for just $95, the lowest it's ever been (Update: Even cheaper)

Having a baby can be stressful, and even though old-fashioned baby monitors let you hear your little one, they're not as reassuring as more modern solutions. Arlo's Baby Monitor, which allows you to see and talk to your baby in real-time, is down to $95, the lowest price it's ever been.

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Wyze's replacement person detection AI is already in early testing for some users

Last November, Wyze announced that person detection would disappear temporarily, due to Xnor.ai, a third-party service provider, terminating its contract with the smart home company. Wyze quickly responded with intentions to create an in-house replacement but gave no timeline beyond some point in 2020. While we're still waiting on broad availability, person detection has already returned for at least some users in alpha testing.

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Five-piece Arlo Pro 2 security camera bundle hits all-time-low price of $570 at Amazon (Updated)

A great home security camera system should be easy to set up, strong enough to hold up against the elements, and capable of capturing HD footage even in the dead of night. Right now on Amazon, you can have all of these with this five-piece Arlo Pro 2 camera set with hub for an all-time-low price of $570.

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