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Samsung's new super-precise object trackers are finally arriving later this month

Samsung's new super-precise object trackers are finally arriving later this month

Samsung announced the Galaxy SmartTag back in January, alongside its Galaxy S21 series of phones. A direct competitor to Tile, SmartTags are designed to help you keep track of keys, wallets, and anything else that has a habit of disappearing on its own. Although the standard SmartTags have been on sale for a little over two months now, the enhanced Tag+ model lagged behind a bit. Samsung has now announced retail availability: April 16th.

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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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These battery-powered security cameras are cheaper than ever on Amazon right now

These battery-powered security cameras are cheaper than ever on Amazon right now

Home security systems used to require a whole lot of hassle to set up, but these days, as long as you've got a stable Wi-Fi connection, you're good to go. Eufy makes some of the best affordable smart home gear around, and its security camera lineup is no exception. Today only, you can grab one of Eufy's home security systems with up to four cameras from Amazon, all available at new lows.

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This Google Home app feature you probably didn't know existed has new customization options

This Google Home app feature you probably didn't know existed has new customization options

I use the Google Home app pretty often to control my lights and various other smart home gadgets, but I must admit I had entirely forgotten about the second tab in the app's bottom navigation. It's a feed that alerts you to certain events across your home, such as the addition or removal of devices or Wi-Fi status updates. Google has just rolled out a new settings menu you allowing you to customize the types of notifications in this feed.

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The smart light bulb problem no one is talking about

The smart light bulb problem no one is talking about

Kitting out my new house with smart home gadgets has been a blast coming from the rigid confines of a rented apartment. But one particular issue affecting the simplest of all smart home hardware is driving me a little nuts. I was actually a little shocked to see it hasn't been talked about more, and while I wrestle with trying to get hardware that behaves a little better, I'd like to rant for the public record about how inconsistent smart bulbs are.

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Amazon's latest Echo Show 10 is down to $210 ($40 off)

Amazon's latest Echo Show 10 is down to $210 ($40 off)

If you're on the market for a smart display, Amazon's latest Echo Show is currently marked down, selling for $210, which is $40 less than its traditional price. It's a great option to place calls, listen to music, watch content, and even have a handy helper in the kitchen while cooking.

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Arlo's Android app finally gets a dark mode (APK Download)

Arlo's Android app finally gets a dark mode (APK Download)

Arlo is one of the leading smart home security companies out there, and its companion app is what you need to make the most of the hardware. While the iOS version of it has had a dark mode for a couple of years now, it's been woefully absent from the Android app. Fortunately, that's changing with the latest update.

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Xiaomi Mi Smart Clock review: Repeating the same mistakes, time after time

Xiaomi Mi Smart Clock review: Repeating the same mistakes, time after time

Lenovo is one of a few companies to ever launch dedicated smart alarm clocks with Google Assistant, so there's never been loads of competition in the market. Xiaomi is looking to change that with its new Mi Smart Clock, a cute little gadget that should fit well with almost any bedroom design.

Unfortunately, the device is held back by the same issues that made the Lenovo clocks hard to recommend. Smart clocks are much more limited than smart displays, but they don't cost much less. They're not compatible with most video streaming apps, and they don't display some of the useful visual elements full-fledged smart displays offer.

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Nest devices suffer a brief outage, Google says system should now be fully operational

Nest devices suffer a brief outage, Google says system should now be fully operational

If you tried to take a peek through your Nest Wi-Fi cameras earlier today, and couldn't, you weren't alone. The Nest system appeared to have a widespread outage on Wednesday, as reported by users on Reddit, Twitter, and other social networks. According to a statement from the official Google Nest Support account, the outage is over.

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Latest Google Home update delivers live data usage charts to Nest Wifi owners

Latest Google Home update delivers live data usage charts to Nest Wifi owners

The Google Home app is getting an update to version 2.34 today in the wake of the debut of the new Nest Hub — namely, the app has been made to support said new device as well as a couple of other more features if you're in a Google Workspace or own a Google Wifi or Nest Wifi mesh network.

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