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Save 20% on Philips Hue outdoor lights and accessories in one-day sale (up to $70 off)

Now is the perfect time to tackle some simple DIY home improvement projects, and smart lighting is one of the most straightforward additions you can make to your home. Most people begin by replacing their interior bulbs and fixtures, but if you're ready to illuminate your exterior spaces, today's DOTD sale at Best Buy could be just what you need. Right now, you can save 20% off an assortment of outdoor-centric Philips Hue lights and accessories.

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IFTTT adds support for 25 new services, removes Wink and 13 other platforms

IFTTT is the cloud-based service that links together hundreds of smart home and web platforms, enabling you to automate tasks across ecosystems. The service regularly adds new connections and removes non-working ones, and this time around, IFTTT has done some (late) spring cleaning and added a few more connections.

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Get the Kasa Spot Pan Tilt indoor security cam for $40 ($10 off) on Amazon

Outfitting your home with smart tech can get expensive, fast. If you're looking to keep an eye on things without going broke, Amazon's got Kasa's Spot Pan Tilt security camera for $40 ($10 off) right now.

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The Lenovo Smart Clock will kick you out of bed for $40 ($50 off)

If you're looking for an inexpensive miniature smart display, the Lenovo Smart Clock is worth considering. It cost $80 at launch, which was too high for what it offered. Thankfully, you can now snatch it for half its original price, as it's dropped to just $40.

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Get a refurbished Ecovacs Deebot 500 robot vacuum for $120, today only on Woot

Do you have a robot vacuum yet? No? You don't know what you're missing. If you want to get in on the action for cheap, you won't find many better opportunities than this one-day deal on the Ecovacs Deebot 500. You can pick up a refurbished unit on Woot for $120, $40 under the going rate from retailers like Amazon.

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Google's $279 Pixel 3a sale expires tomorrow (May 28)

The Google Store started a sale last week on the Pixel 3a and a whole bunch of Nest stuff. The 3a phones have grown into old age for their product cycle, so if you do want to get a new one while supplies last, you only have through tomorrow to do so.

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Wemo is replacing its awful network-based smart home management with online accounts

Wemo's smart home products are far from perfect, with sometimes-difficult setup processes, tricky integration with third-party services, and an Android app that currently has 2/5 stars on the Play Store. Some of those issues stem from how Wemo doesn't have a unified account system, but the company is fixing that today.

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How to turn your old Android phone or tablet into a remote control for your smart home

Making your home smarter is probably on more people's minds than ever right now, but it can become a seriously dizzying project just remembering all the various voice commands and apps involved, to the point that you might even want a dedicated piece of hardware for controlling it all. Kind of like a universal TV remote, but for light bulbs, cameras, and smart thermostats. And using an old smartphone, you basically can, just as long as it isn't too old.

One of Android's real perks is that, while many phones do stop getting updated eventually, Google supports them for a tremendously long time via Play Store and Play Services updates so that their popular apps continue to work even on seemingly ancient hardware.

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Wink further delays its mandatory subscription, confuses users even more

Earlier this May, Wink announced out of the blue that it would charge customers $4.99 a month to continue using its services, or else their hardware would stop working. Following understandable customer backlash, the company first extended the cut-off deadline by a week, and has now indefinitely back-paddled, saying that it'll look for a new start date of the subscription.

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Get an Arlo Pro 2 system with 6 cameras at an all-time low price of $600 ($350 off)

If you'd like to keep tabs on your house with a few home security cameras, but just don't want to route 15 miles of cable from source to spot, the Arlo Pro 2 might do you well. You can get a six-camera system from Amazon right now for just $600 — the best price yet.

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