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Arlo Pro 2 bundles with one, two, four, and six cameras are up to $250 off at Best Buy

Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, and some Black Friday markdowns are already starting to appear online. As part of Best Buy's promotions, Arlo Pro 2 bundles are up to $250 off, ranging from the simplest pack with a single camera, which is down to just $150, all the way up to the six-camera kit, selling for $250.

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Grab a Ring Peephole Cam and Echo Show 5 in this renter-friendly bundle for only $180

Internet-connected doorbell cameras are one of the most popular categories of smart home devices but, the wiring work required to install many of these products has made them unavailable to those who rent, rather than own. One of the few renter-friendly doorbell cameras on the market, Ring's Peephole Cam, is currently available on Amazon as part of a bundle that includes a rechargeable battery pack and an Echo Show 5 for $180.

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(Update: Humidifiers and dehumidifiers too) You can now ask Assistant to fill up your bathtub or close your faucet

When Google launched Assistant, it was criticized for working with fewer smart devices than Alexa. The company rapidly showered us with support for many more products, though, and has recently introduced compatibility with mops, microwaves, and showers. Until today, though, Assistant couldn't natively work with your entire bathroom. Google is now righting this wrong by bringing native support for bathtubs and faucets; hot!

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(Update: Fixed) Nest Hellos are stuck on Halloween themes with no way to revert them back

This year, Google decided to lighten up things a bit for Halloween by offering a seasonal theme for the Nest Hello that plays spooky sounds instead of the usual doorbell ring. However, with the festivities come and gone, many are now unable to get back to normal sounds — a delayed spooky surprise!

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Google smart displays finally start showing dates on slideshow photos

You might remember a decade ago when everyone wanted a digital photo frame, but those devices were all junk. In the era of smart displays, we finally have good digital photo frames powered by Google Photos that happen to do a lot of other things, too. The experience is getting a bit better today with the addition of dates in the photo slideshow. However, they only appear on some photos.

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Lenovo Smart Clock down to just $40 (50% off)

If you're looking for an Assistant-powered smart display but need something slightly smaller than a Nest Hub, the Lenovo Smart Clock is worth considering. However, its $80 launch price was way too high for it to make sense. Thankfully, the manufacturer realized its product was too expensive and started selling it for $20 less. That markdown was apparently not enough, as the Lenovo Smart Clock has dropped to just $40, which is half its original MSRP.

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Pick up an Arlo Pro 2 dual-camera system with Audio Doorbell for $250 ($200 off)

Arlo's wireless security systems have emerged as one of the more popular choices on the market, but their high price may have prevented many customers from giving them serious consideration. Starting today, Best Buy is offering a massive discount on the Arlo Pro 2 two-pack with Audio Doorbell, all for only $250, $200 less than usual.

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Nest Secure can now recognize the sound of breaking glass

In the coming days, Google's modular Nest Secure alarm system will gain a new ability. The microphone inside the Nest Guard keypad, which was previously used only for the Assistant functionality, will start pulling double-duty to detect for the sound of glass being broken on windows and doors. The idea is that even if your Nest Detect sensors aren't disturbed by a broken window, the Guard may still be able to alert you to a break in.

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SwitchBot Curtain is a tiny robot that helps smarten up your dumb curtains, backable now on Kickstarter

In the last several years, SwitchBot has become known for its quirky ability to retrofit "dumb" home accessories with some smart – occasionally bizarre – gadgets built for the modern age. If you're tired of flipping light switches in your home, SwitchBot has a solution for that. If you've always wanted to control your TV with your smartphone, they make an IR hub that can help. Now SwitchBot has a new project on Kickstarter that'll shove your curtains open (or closed) so you don't have to get up and do it yourself.

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Ecobee launches eco+ to help you further reduce your energy bill

Smart thermostats offer plenty of energy-saving benefits by letting you schedule different modes, turn them off when you leave home, and optimize temperature based on occupancy. Ecobee is now taking these smarts further with its new eco+ mode.

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