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August announces partnership to make its door lock even smarter

August's Smart Lock Pro is a popular option for those looking to add a connected front door lock to their smart home setup, and now it's getting even better thanks to a new partnership. Integrating with the platform opens August's lock up to a wide ecosystem of smart home security solutions including DSC, Interlogix, and Nortek.

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TP-Link announces Deco M9 Plus mesh router with built-in smart home hub

Single routers are so 2014. Now, everyone is making mesh router systems that blanket your home in the warm glow of wireless connectivity. The new TP-Link Deco M9 Plus mesh router (not to be confused with the old non-Plus version) connects your computers, smartphones, and other devices to the internet like other routers, but there's more. The Deco M9 Plus also contains a smart home hub for controlling IoT devices.

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Cielo Breez review: Smartening up your air conditioner, the easy way

Depending on where you live, most houses could be built with central heating and thermostats in mind or not. Even in houses that have a fully ducted system, getting a small expansion done like a bigger garage, an additional room, or a guest house could require you start looking at other options for heating and cooling. Ductless systems, whether they're split air conditioner units, window ACs, portable or floor standing units, or heat pumps, are the go-to solution then. But in a world that's more connected than ever, they present one main disadvantage compared to thermostats: they can't be easily retrofitted for automation and smartphone control.

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[Update: Final day, closing in on $3 million] The Eufy EverCam wireless security camera promises a year of battery life, and is now funded on Kickstarter

Most home security cameras need to be plugged into power, but there are a few that made do with batteries. Even the best wireless cameras currently on the market need a recharge every couple months, but Eufy (an Anker company) has an alternative. The EverCam has a humongous battery that offers a full year of operation on a charge. You can't get one yet, but you can join the Kickstarter.

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Ring Alarm is available for pre-order at $199, ships July 4th

Home security systems used to require professional installers to string wires throughout your home, but no more. Several consumer electronics companies have launched new "smart" security systems. Ring announced its security platform last year, but the launch ran into legal issues. Now, it's finally available for pre-order with an expected ship date of July 4th.

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Nest permanently drops Nest Secure price to $399 ($100 off) and Nest Detect to $49 ($10 off)

The Nest Secure is a smart security system that's super-easy to set up. However, it was also really expensive at launch. Today, Nest has knocked 20% off the price of the full Secure system, and this is a permanent price drop. If you want extra Detect sensors, those are a little cheaper, too.

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Skyrim: Very Special Edition is real and works on all Alexa devices (including your phone)

It's becoming a bit of a running gag that Bethesda will put Skyrim on anything as it continues to milk the popular game for all it's worth. So naturally, everyone thought the Alexa version of Skyrim Bethesda demoed in its E3 press event was a self-aware joke. Nope, it's completely real, and you can play it right now.

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[Deal Alert] Get $30-50 off Nest cameras on the Google Store

Nest makes some truly excellent security cameras, but they're not cheap. Today, they're at least a little cheaper on the Google Store. The Nest Cam IQ, IQ Outdoor, Cam Outdoor, and indoor camera are all on sale for the next ten days.

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You can finally add enhanced 'Arlo Smart' features to your Arlo cameras starting today

Netgear's Arlo cameras have traditionally lacked some features that you get with competing wired cameras. The completely wireless nature of Arlo cameras makes things like person detection tricky, but Netgear announced it was working on that and more last summer. The "Arlo Smart" add-on service has been in beta testing for months, but now it's finally rolling out to customers. Not only do you get person detection but activity zones, rich notifications, and more.

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You can now purchase the Echo Look from Amazon without an invite

Amazon has crammed its Alexa virtual assistant into a myriad of different devices and form factors. The strangest is the fashion-focused Echo Look camera. You can now find out just how weird it is for yourself. Amazon has opened general sales of the Look, and it can be yours for $200.

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