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Google testing 'Move to' casting controls on Nest Hub

Google's decision to run different software on its Nest smart displays has led to a confusing jumble of features. Some displays have features the others don't, and Google is always testing something or another that further muddies the waters. Today, Google has started rolling out a change to the Now Playing interface on the Nest Hub. Instead of volume controls, you get "Move to" casting controls.

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Nest Secure alarm kit down to all-time low of $210 ($190 off) for one day only

If you're looking at getting a home security system for the home you're trying to smarten up, you're spoiled for options. The Nest Secure alarm kit might be one you're considering, featuring a hub that doubles as a Google Assistant speaker, motion sensors, and tags along with an app that allows you to arm and disarm whenever and wherever you are. We've seen it come down in price with a few recent sales, but its once again down to its lowest price yet at almost half-off. You just have to make the purchase today.

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Logitech Harmony Smart Control down to $50 ($80 off) on Amazon

Even though most TVs in our living rooms are becoming smart ones, we often connect them to third-party devices such as set-top boxes, sound systems, and DVD/Blu-Ray players. Using a separate remote control for each can be a pain, mainly because at least one of them is likely to vanish, but also because it's simply inconvenient to switch between several controllers. With the Harmony Smart Control kit, Logitech offers to group all these remotes into a single one, and even control your devices using your phone or smart speaker. Originally sold at $130, the product is now down to $50, which is quite an attractive discount.

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Wyze smart plugs are available for pre-order today — $15 for two plugs

The previously teased and leaked Wyze smart plug is now a reality. Well, it will be soon. It's real in that you can spend money on it, but Wyze won't send the plugs for a few more weeks. The price is predictably low, just like other Wyze products. For $14.99, you get a pair of Wyze smart plugs that pair with your favorite assistant and other Wyze products.

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Automate all your stuff with three TP-Link smart plugs for $30 ($21 off)

Connected plugs are perhaps the lowest-stakes way to infuse your home with some smarts. They're not expensive, and they work with all your existing non-smart stuff. TP-Link's gadgets are already generally affordable, and with this deal, you can dive into home automation head-first: a bundle of three smart plugs is just $30 right now at B&H.

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Huawei ban reportedly killed an Assistant-powered smart speaker

Huawei has not had a great 2019. Just a few short years ago, the company was gearing up for a big push in North America. Then, the political climate got downright chilly for Chinese firms. Now, Huawei is facing down a technology trade ban that threatens to cut it off from US suppliers. The Information reports that one casualty of the dustup was an Assistant-powered smart speaker from Huawei.

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Wyze Bulb review: Smart lighting this affordable is clearly a bright idea

Wyze is on a mission to convert your house into a full-blown smart home, even if it has to do so piece by piece. The company started out selling very affordable surveillance cameras, which have only become more powerful as they pick up new functionality.

But the big move for Wyze happened just a couple months back, with the expansion beyond cameras into the security-focused Wyze Sense. Now we've got a smart scale and connected outlets just over the horizon, but today we're taking a look at Wyze's first foray into lighting, as we go hands-on with the recently released Wyze Bulb.

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[Update: Plug confirmed] Wyze Scale leaks at FCC with full photos and manual, Wi-Fi smart plug may be in the works

Based on the details of an FCC exhibits listing, Wyze may soon have a smart bathroom scale to add to its smart home gadget lineup of security cameras, sensors, and lights. The "Wyze Scale" will run off of 4 AAA batteries, connect to the Wyze app over Bluetooth, and measure both weight and body fat percentage. According to a report by Zatz Not Funny!, a Wi-Fi smart plug may also be in the works.

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Arlo finally allows you to mute notifications from your cameras

Arlo has come under fire for the botched launch of its Ultra 4K camera, but overall, it remains a solid service provider in the smart home security cam space — especially since its devices reliably run on batteries, making them more versatile than their wired counterparts. One long-requested feature has now found its way into Arlo's apps: You can finally temporarily mute notifications from your cameras.

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Blink XT-2 smart camera bundles are up to 44% off on sale, offer subscription-free cloud storage

Most smart security cameras need a wired connection to receive power, which can be a pain when setting up cameras outdoors. The Blink XT2 is amongst the few battery-operated security cameras, lasting up to 2 years on a pair of standard AA cells. For Prime Day, Amazon-owned Blink is having a massive sale on the recently launched Blink XT2, with prices dropping to as low as $50 a pop.

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