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tinyCam is one of the first third-party apps to use Android 11's new power menu

tinyCam is one of the first third-party apps to use Android 11's new power menu

Android 11 brings a whole new look to the power menu — not just for reboots and shutdowns anymore, users will be able to change their tap-to-pay card on the fly and even control their smart home devices, too. tinyCam, a third-party monitoring app for smart home cameras, is trying to take full advantage of that space as it beta tests live monitoring from right within the power menu.

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Save up to $10 on indoor and outdoor smart plugs from TP-Link

Save up to $10 on indoor and outdoor smart plugs from TP-Link

Want a smart home, but don't need where to start? Get some smart plugs. Already have them? Maybe get a couple more. TP-Link has a bunch of its Kasa plugs suitable for your desk lamp to your garden path lights on sale right now on Amazon.

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Belkin's latest Wemo WiFi smart plug is now available for $25

Belkin's latest Wemo WiFi smart plug is now available for $25

When it comes to setting up a smart home infrastructure, there's a bunch of brands to chose from. If you have a tendency to trust major ones more than unknown manufacturers, you'd be happy to know Belkin's Wemo WiFi smart plug, which was announced at CES earlier this year, is now available for sale.

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Get the Nest Hello Doorbell and Nest Hub for $269 ($50 off) today only

Get the Nest Hello Doorbell and Nest Hub for $269 ($50 off) today only

Google is carrying on with its month of Nest product sales, and while there (sadly) haven't been any discounts on single items, we have seen some decent bundles so far. Today, Google is selling the Nest Hello Video Doorbell and Nest Hub together for $268.99, a discount of $50 compared to buying them separately.

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Roborock smart vacuums are up to $120 off on Amazon, today only

Roborock smart vacuums are up to $120 off on Amazon, today only

Still manually cleaning your floors like some kind of chump? Get with the program. Here in the future, we've got robots to do that sort of thing. And just for today, two such robots are on sale at Amazon: Roborock's S5 and and E4 smart vacuums are $120 and $65 off their regular going rates.

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Android 11 Beta incorporates refined smart home controls into power menu

Android 11 Beta incorporates refined smart home controls into power menu

We've known that Android 11 plans to integrate smart home controls into the long-press power menu, building on the wallet functionality it already added, and we've even seen mockups for what it will look like. But today we've received a report of the change live and in the wild on a Pixel running Android 11 DP4, and it turns out, anyone on Android 11 can enable it by sideloading the latest Google Home app release.

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Wink is giving its subscription another try starting July 27

Wink is giving its subscription another try starting July 27

Wink recently caused an uproar when it launched a mandatory subscription plan out of nowhere, hindering anyone unwilling to pay from controlling their smart home hubs after a meager 14-day heads-up. The troubled company since backtracked and gave an indefinite extension of its free service, but of course, the business still wants to tap into a recurring income stream. It has announced that the $4.99-a-month subscription will become mandatory starting July 27, though this time around, free users will be able to retain some extremely limited functionality — if you even want to call it that.

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Upcoming Google Home improvements include Assistant routines from device makers

Upcoming Google Home improvements include Assistant routines from device makers

Google has just come off of its virtual "Hey Google" Smart Home Summit with a bouquet of goodies that will let developers make their appliances more useful and, in turn, help people do things around the house in a smarter way. Some of the changes are ones we've already reported on, but there are a few you probably aren't aware of that might just fit your bill.

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IFTTT resumes support for Tuya Smart Life and Wink, gains 22 other new services

IFTTT resumes support for Tuya Smart Life and Wink, gains 22 other new services

IFTTT is one of the most convenient ways to automate tasks at home by linking smart home devices and platforms together. The service is regularly updated with new additions and removals, and we just got our fair share of changes for the summer.

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Wyze's long-awaited outdoor camera is here: 1080p, no subscription requirement, $50

Wyze's long-awaited outdoor camera is here: 1080p, no subscription requirement, $50

It hasn't exactly been a secret that smart home company Wyze has been working on an outdoor camera. Wyze said it was beta-testing such a product in February, and the camera passed through the FCC in April. Now every little detail about the camera has been revealed, including the price.

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