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[Update: $130 at Costco] Lenovo's 10-inch Smart Display marked down to just $140 this weekend

There sure are a lot of Lenovo smart home gadgets on sale this weekend — the Smart Clock for $50, the 8" Smart Display bundle for $90, and now the larger the 10" Smart Display on sale for $140, down from an original price of $250. That's $10 less than previous online deals we've seen.

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Arlo Ultra 4K wireless security cameras are up to $56 off

When we reviewed the Arlo Ultra, we were impressed by its video quality and battery life, but found its price to be very steep. Thankfully, the product is now on sale, down to $546 ($54 off) for a two-pack, or $756 ($44) for three cameras.

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LG revamping SmartThinQ app with Google Assistant voice commands for your fridge

LG is getting set to roll out an update to its SmartThinQ app that could change the way people use its smart home appliances: it will incorporate Google Assistant to recognize vocal commands for its Wi-Fi enabled laundry machines, refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, air conditioners, and other devices.

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Lenovo Smart Clock update adds photo slideshows and Continued Conversation

The Lenovo Smart Clock is the first (and still only) Assistant-powered clock. It looks like a smart display, but it's not as capable as a Nest Hub or Lenovo Smart Display. The new update will bring it a bit closer, though. Google and Lenovo will help you enjoy some memories and spend less time talking to your clock.

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Google will now let any household member remove you from your own Nest account

Google has finally started the process of migrating Nest accounts to Google, and there's no going back after you merge. So, you ought to give it full consideration before proceeding. Something to consider is that Google will "democratize" your Nest products when you migrate. All family members can add and remove people from the home. They can even remove you.

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Grab a third-gen Nest Thermostat, a temperature sensor, and a Google Home Mini for $200 from Best Buy ($70 off)

Nest is the market leader when it comes to thermostats, thanks to their reliability, ease of use, and pleasing aesthetics. If you were thinking of getting one and weren't ready to take the plunge, now is a good time to do so. Thanks to a Best Buy offer, you can save $70 on a Nest thermostat plus temperature sensor bundle, which comes with a free Google Home Mini.

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TP-Link cancels launch plans for the Kasa Smart Video Doorbell

TP-Link has been working on expanding its Kasa series of smart home plugs, lights, switches, and cameras for the past few years. This year at CES, it had announced a LED strip, an indoor security camera, and a video doorbell — which would be the company's first. Unfortunately, sometimes a product doesn't make it past the announcement stage and, in this case, the company as confirmed that the video doorbell has not made it to launch.

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Grab Xiaomi's Mi Home Wi-Fi security camera for just $30 ($10 off)

Xiaomi products are known to be affordable and do the job well, including its Mi Home security camera. The product was initially sold for a reasonable $40 but has just received a $10 markdown, making it quite a bargain for just $30.

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Hot topic: June smart ovens have been preheating in the middle of the night, company blames user error

You can pretty much get a smart anything these days, and while lots of connected products make sense, some can be more concerning. Smart ovens that show a live feed of your roasting turkey on your phone and can be switched off remotely certainly sound like a good idea, to begin with, but not so much when they turn themselves on in the middle of the night and heat up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

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TP-Link rolls out Smart Actions for Kasa smart home device control

With smart home appliances, you can weave a series of commands together and have them triggered just by flipping a switch or having a sensor detect motion. Smart assistants and task apps have long been able to cook up recipes or routines, but it takes two to tango — those partners being the appliance makers that need to be able to get their products synced up and ready for a command. TP-Link is the latest OEM to allow for synced or so-called "Smart Actions" on its Kasa lines of lightbulbs, switches, plugs, and cameras.

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