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Nest outages prove that the smart home needs a local fallback

Google's Nest service has been down once, twice, thrice, four times, no, scratch that, at least five times in five months, four of which were in the last few weeks. A similar thing happened toward the end of 2018. After each failure, a fix, an apology, more disgruntled users, and hours lost without any security recording for owners of the brand's cameras. Seeing the same headline with the same story every day proves that we can't solely rely on remote servers for the smart home, and local fallbacks need to be the first feature baked in, not an afterthought or a bonus.

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Pre-orders are now open for Wyze Band and Scale (Updated)

Wyze, the company known for making affordable smart home products, was rumored to be working on a fitness tracking band and a smart scale. The company confirmed this information and released further details on their availability last month, hinting these devices were almost ready to hit the market. We now know they will be available for early access buyers on Tuesday.

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Get four Philips Hue color bulbs and a hub for $120 today only

Looking to deck your home out in smart lights? Or perhaps you just want to make your new home office a bit more colorful? Whatever your reason might be for wanting some smart lights, a 4-pack of Philips Hue (plus the required hub) is just $119.99 right now on Amazon-owned Woot.

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Grab a refurbished JBL Link View smart display for just $69

JBL was one of the first companies to release a third-party Google Assistant smart display. While the JBL Link View certainly produces richer sound than any other Assistant display, the original $250 price tag was hard to justify. Now you can grab a refurbished unit for the low price of $69 from the company's eBay store. Nice.

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Some Google Nest cameras are still having issues following last night's outage

Starting last evening, Google's Nest cameras started suffering widespread issues with both live feeds and recorded video history. Although the issue resolved for many overnight, some are experiencing problems accessing video recordings and, in some cases, live feeds as well. Google currently claims a "small portion of cameras" are still having trouble, and it's working on a fix.

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Keep an eye on your house and yard for $276 with this eufyCam 2 two-camera bundle ($74 off)

If you're on the market for a wireless security camera system to keep an eye on your home and your yard without breaking the bank, the Anker eufyCam 2 is an excellent option. With this deal, you can snatch a two-camera bundle for $276, which is $76 off the regular price.

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Arlo to require two-factor authentication logins later this year, in line with Nest and Ring

Smart security company Arlo is finally joining the ranks of Amazon's Ring and Google's Nest in requiring users of its products to go through two-step verification in order to authenticate access to their account. But when it comes to options for that second step, they may tally up a bit short for some people.

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Yi security camera two-packs drop to new low price during one-day sale (up to $68 off)

Outfitting your home with connected security cameras can be quite expensive, especially once you start looking into setting up multiple cameras, even more so if you need them to be capable of recording outdoors or in HD. Luckily, Amazon's latest Deal of the Day can help to upgrade your home security with the best pricing yet on Yi security camera 2-packs. Two of the dome-style indoor cams with pan, tilt, and zoom support will set you back $55 ($34.99 off), and the outdoor camera bundle is available for $71.99 ($68 0ff.)

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Roborock S6 robotic vacuum review: Super-fine controls for cleaning your smart home

Robotic vacuums used to be a luxury product, but they've trickled down into the mainstream. For lots of folks, the math just works out: It costs less than the value in saved time, and those extra moments can be spent more productively. So if you want a high-end model with more granular controls, room mapping and detection, and Assistant integration, then the Roborock S6 might be a good choice. That is, if you can stomach the $650 price tag and a few noteworthy drawbacks.

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Kami launches battery-powered outdoor security camera for $90

Yi Technology's Kami subbrand is known for its inexpensive but well-built smart home devices, including security technology. After introducing its first wire-free, battery-powered indoor camera a few months ago, the company has now taken the wraps off a similar cordless outdoor camera that's rated for up to six months of battery life on a single charge and should help you keep an eye on your house's exterior.

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