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Canary Flex weatherproof security camera half off MSRP and only $100 at Verizon

Smart home gadgets, especially outdoor smart home cameras, tend to be on the expensive side, but Verizon has pushed out a substantial discount on the Canary Flex, an indoor/outdoor weatherproof HD security camera. Right now you can snag one for just $100 at Verizon of all places, which is half of the $200 MSRP, which Canary is still asking for at its own site.

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[Update: Coming back online] Smart home halt: Nest is down for many

If you're having issues with your nest devices right now, you aren't alone. By all appearances, the service seems to be in the midst of an outage. According to the company's Twitter account, and Twitter support account, it's looking into it.

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Certified refurbished Philips Hue products are up to 38 percent off today on Amazon

Hue lights can be pricey, but buying refurbished is a good way to save some cash, especially when additional discounts are available. And wouldn't you know it, additional discounts are available today! Amazon has a number of Hue bulbs and package deals on sale for up to 38 percent off.

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Samsung's Black Friday deals are here: Solid Galaxy S9, Chromebook, and TV discounts

Pre-Black Friday sales continue to trickle out a full week ahead of the day itself, and Samsung is the latest to publish its own preview for upcoming discounts. The variety covers everything from wearables to TVs and even smart home gadgets(and we're happy to tell you about them, too), but the promotions that have us most excited are for the company's latest Note and Galaxy-series phones. Starting on the 18th you can get a Note 9 for $800 unlocked, and a Galaxy S9 and S9+ for $520 and $640, respectively.

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Alexa now supports adding smart home devices to groups using just your voice


Arlo Pro 2 two-camera kit down to $378 on Amazon ($102 off)

You'll have a tough time finding a wireless security camera setup that beats Netgear's Arlo Pro 2 bundles. As with most top-of-the-line products, the Arlo 2 usually costs you a pretty penny, but Amazon is selling the two-camera pack for just $378 right now. That isn't exactly cheap, but it's $102 less than the usual asking price. We'll save you a few precious seconds and tell you that this comes out to $189 per camera.

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Get the Ecobee4 thermostat with an Echo Dot for just $199 from Best Buy ($100 off)

As Black Friday approaches, tons of deal are already dropping, with Best Buy getting heavily involved in the discount season. Another good one we've spotted there is an Ecobee4 WiFi thermostat for $199, and while that's not that incredible by itself — we've seen it that low before — they're also chucking in a free Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) with it.

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IFTTT adds 16 new services, including Logitech Circle, Legrand, and Roost

There's a reason why IFTTT's the most popular automation platform out there, and that's the incredible amount of services it supports. Since we last covered IFTTT additions back in September, 16 new services have been added to the support list. Highlights include Logitech Circle, Legrand, and Roost.

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Canary View smart indoor camera is $50 (half off) at several retailers

Smart home security cameras don't always have to be expensive. Case in point: The Canary View — already a good value at its typical $99 price tag — is on sale right now for a mere $50. That's 50% off, making it one of the cheapest ways to get into smart home security, or a good opportunity to pick up a 2nd (or 3rd, or 4th) camera for your existing Canary setup.

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Kasa Smart Power Strip review: Six smart outlets in one package

Internet-connected outlets are among the most common smart home devices, partially because they are typically cheap (~$30-50), and partially because they are so versatile. Do you constantly leave the TV or computer on after you leave home? Do you hate using Hue bulbs? Use a smart outlet.

The vast majority of smart plugs only have one outlet. If you need multiple internet-connected plugs in the same place, TP-Link has just the product for you. The new Kasa Power Strip has six individually-addressable smart outlets, complete with energy monitoring and scheduling features. Each plug can be controlled using the Kasa app, Google Assistant, or Alexa.

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