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Philips Hue family expands with Adore illuminated mirror, tease of upcoming LightStrip Outdoor

Smart lights might not seem very exciting, but once you get a set of your own, the convenience of automated home lighting is sure to change your mind. So although it's a bit more pedestrian than a new phone or Chromebook, we're excited to see Philips Hue reveal two new products in its smart lighting lineup: The Hue Adore Mirror and the Hue White and Color Outdoor Lightstrips.

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Lenovo will launch the first Assistant smart displays July 27th

Google has teased Assistant devices with a screen, including one from Lenovo, but they've all been theoretical until now. Lenovo and Google have teamed up to bring the first Assistant smart displays to market. The aptly named Lenovo Smart Display will launch tomorrow in two different sizes. It's the Assistant you know but with some cool extra features.

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TP-Link announces new Kasa Outdoor Camera and dual-outlet smart plug

TP-Link isn't just making routers anymore. It has branched out into smart plugs, cameras, and more routers. The company is preparing to roll out two Kasa-branded new products in the coming weeks: an outdoor security camera and a smart plug with two outlets. As with all other Kasa devices, these have full integration with Google Assistant.

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Arlo announces wireless Audio Doorbell that integrates with your existing cameras

Arlo already offers wireless cameras and security lights, and now it's branching out to another popular smart home arena: doorbells. The new Arlo Audio Doorbell is coming soon to help you keep an eye on your entryway. Well, not an eye... but an ear. The Audio Doorbell doesn't have a camera like other smart doorbells, but you also don't have to screw around with the wiring inside your house.

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[Deal Alert] Logitech Circle 2 wire-free security camera $129.99 ($70 off), wired model $139.99 ($40 off)

It's tough to choose a good security camera nowadays. Hundreds of brands are releasing their own and almost all of them offer a similar featureset. What I look for, personally, is integration with other smart home systems — namely Google Home — and whether or not a monthly fee is required to get the basic features. For those two reasons, the Logi Circle 2 has been on my watchlist for a long time, and its temptation is getting harder to resist with these two discounts.

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Arlo Pro 2 review: The best wireless camera still has some drawbacks

It's getting easier to set up your own internet-connected home surveillance system, but that usually still means running cables to power all your fancy HD cameras. Arlo, which recently spun off from Netgear, offers an alternative. Its Arlo Pro line of cameras can keep tabs on your home without wires, and they last for months on a charge.

After wowing us with the original Arlo Pro, the Arlo Pro 2 ups the resolution and adds new features. At the same time, Arlo has finally rolled out its AI-enabled Arlo Smart system to compete with systems like Nest Aware. Can a wireless camera ever compete with wired, though?

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[Deal Alert] Ring Video Doorbell Pro on sale for $174 ($75 off) on Amazon

The Prime Day deals continue to roll in. Next up, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, which usually sells for $249. Today, there's a healthy discount of $75. It's never been cheaper to see who's at the door without getting up.

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IFTTT adds 15 new services, including Hive View, VeSync, and Tailwind

Automation services like IFTTT are great, but are only useful so far as they support the devices and platforms you're interested in. With hundreds of such options already lined up, IFTTT has a pretty darn solid library of compatibility, but just because it's already so big doesn't mean there's not room to grow. We've been keeping an eye out for all the new additions to the IFTTT support list, and we've got quite a few to share since we checked in with you last.

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Canary partners with Noonlight to introduce Safety Button [Updated]

Canary is known for its popular smart home security cameras, but it's now adding a new feature to its app that'll help keep you safe when out and about, too. It's joining forces with Noonlight, a service that integrates with other connected platforms such as Google Home, IFTTT, and Alexa to trigger emergency responses when you're in danger.

With help from Noonlight, Canary is adding a Safety Button to its app that can immediately share your GPS location and personal details with first responders.

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Nest app updated with support for creating and editing activity zones

One of the features Nest reserves for Nest Aware subscribers is activity zones. However, even subscribers had to go to the Nest web interface to add and edit their zones. Now, you can finally do it right from the Android app.

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