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Nest Temperature Sensor is now available from the Google Store and Nest

Nest announced a long-awaited temperature sensor add-on for its thermostats several months ago, but it's only been available for pre-order thus far. Some of those early orders shipped, but it's now officially available and the app is ready for it. You can pick up the sensor on Nest's store or from the Google Store.

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Target releases Target Connected for Android, an app to control the retailer's own smart lamps and nightlights

Apparently Target has its own line of smart lamps, for which the US retailer released an iOS app called Target Connected back in October 2016. Now that app is available for Android devices, though without Google Assistant integration or any groundbreaking features, it's far from anything to get excited about. Oh, and it tries to sell you stuff from

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Reolink Go is a weatherproof LTE-equipped security camera on Indiegogo

Sometimes it can be hard to get excited about all the smart home gadgets out there. Almost every company seems to have a wireless security camera (just give a search on Amazon), but every once in a while we see something that's actually sort of cool or unique. Today it's the Reolink Go that's caught our eye. It's a 4G LTE security camera with a weatherproof design, rechargeable battery, and optional solar panel. It's currently available for pre-purchase at a promotional price via an Indiegogo campaign, which has already met its funding goal with one month remaining. 

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[Deal Alert] Nest Cam IQ on sale at Woot for $199.99 ($100 off) or $339.99 for a 2-pack ($160 off)

Nest launched the Cam IQ last year as its first device with facial recognition, and over time, it's gotten more features like Google Assistant integration. It's a great camera, but the $300 asking price is steep. You can, however, get a solid discount today on Woot. You can save $100 or more, and the camera isn't even a refurb.

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Canary app updated to v2.15 with more person detection and recording options

Home security makers are investing big in AI features, and Canary is no exception. After deploying person detection earlier this year, the company has rolled out a new app update that includes refinements to that feature, as well as more control over what your cameras record.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Yi Dome Camera for just $40.59 ($59.40 off) from Amazon

Yi Technology is a Xiaomi-backed Chinese company that makes various digital imaging products, including affordable but feature-filled security cameras. The Yi Dome is already good value at $99.99, but Amazon is offering it at an even lower price as one of its daily deals.

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[Update: New info on device] Facebook delays smart speaker reveal due to heightened privacy concerns

Facebook has decided to delay the unveiling of a new line of smart speakers "in part because the public is currently so outraged about the social network’s data-privacy practices," sources tell Bloomberg. The home devices were apparently planned to debut at Facebook's developer conference in May, well ahead of their scheduled fall release date.

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IFTTT updated with semi-adaptive icon and new sync option, plus more services added [APK Download]

Part of the reason that automation app IFTTT is so popular is how often it's updated to add useful new features and more third-party services. It recently got support for custom rich notifications on Android and Cortana was among the new services added in February. The latest update to the app has just arrived, bringing with it a couple of minor changes, and yet more services have also been added.

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[Deal Alert] Get a Zolo Halo Alexa speaker for $29.99 ($30 off) with Amazon coupon code

Anker is well known for making quality, affordable accessories, and its subbrand Zolo is gaining a similar reputation for audio products. The Zolo Liberty+ true wireless earbuds are among the best in the category, and the company also makes Google Assistant-equipped smart speakers. It also makes the Zolo Halo speaker, which has Amazon's Alexa on board.

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[Update: Pricing for more models] Sony announces new 4K HDR Android TVs with Google Assistant built in

Sony's been busy with announcements so far at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, debuting new headphones and speakers, an Android Auto audio system, and some new phones (trademark bezels still intact). There are surely many more new Sony things being launched at the show, but not all of them are relevant to us here. New Android TV sets with the Google Assistant built in? Yep, that's relevant enough.

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