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Neato launches Assistant-enabled Botvac D7 robot vacuum

Neato launches Assistant-enabled Botvac D7 robot vacuum

Cleaning your own home is so tedious and unpleasant, but paying people to do it can get expensive over time. If only there were some way to enslave a small robot and make it clean up after you. Actually, that's been a thing for years. The Neato Botvac D7 is new, though. This robot vacuum comes with voice assistant integrations and smart features most enslaved robots can only dream about.

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Amazon Cloud Cam gets web streaming, additional Alexa functionality, and more

Amazon Cloud Cam gets web streaming, additional Alexa functionality, and more

Amazon's Cloud Cam offers a compelling price tag for anyone looking to pick up a security camera on the cheap, but it's lacking in features compared to many of the more established players. Amazon is closing the gap somewhat with a web interface, more voice commands, and integration with Amazon's other hardware.

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You can apply for the new Arlo Smart beta starting today

You can apply for the new Arlo Smart beta starting today

Netgear announced the Arlo Smart service last summer, but it was far from ready for consumers. The goal is to bring improved object recognition features to Arlo security cameras, and that's a complicated task. A new beta program is starting soon, and you can apply for access right now.

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Arlo officially launches Google Assistant support

Arlo officially launches Google Assistant support

Netgear is officially launching Google Assistant support for its camera line-up, allowing users to view their camera feeds on their Chromecasts, phones, and Shield TV. After connecting Arlo, all one need do is ask any Assistant-enabled device to display the camera feed. 

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[Deal Alert] Nest Cam Outdoor two-pack is just $248.38 ($99.62 off) on Amazon

[Deal Alert] Nest Cam Outdoor two-pack is just $248.38 ($99.62 off) on Amazon

Nest makes some of the best security cameras on the market, and if you've been looking to add a little security to your home, now is a great time to do so. The Nest Cam Outdoor two-pack has fallen to just $248.38, nearly $100 off its MSRP. This is essentially the lowest price we've seen for this camera.

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[Deal Alert] August Smart Lock 2nd gen drops to $105.79 on eBay

[Deal Alert] August Smart Lock 2nd gen drops to $105.79 on eBay

Not having to carry or interact with a physical key is the new hip thing. Cars have had keyless entry and push-button start for years, and now Teslas can even be used with just a phone app. Smart locks for homes have been around for some time as well, and if you don't already have one, you might want to look into this deal on the August Smart Lock 2nd gen, which is now being offered for $105.79 via eBay.

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Arlo's cameras will work with the Google Home and Assistant

Arlo's cameras will work with the Google Home and Assistant

Gather 'round for some happy news, Arlo owners. If you've been envious of Nest's integration with Google Home and Assistant, the wait might be drawing to a close. Arlo has a landing page where it's promising that the Google Assistant integration is "coming soon" for its connected security cameras.

The entire page is very light on details and all we know is that you'll be able to stream any of your cameras by saying, "Ok Google, show me camera_name on tv/chromecast_name." That's the same thing you can do with Nest and Logi right now, and it requires a Chromecast connected to a TV or an Android TV set-top box to work.

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[Deal Alert] Get a grey Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $149 from eBay ($50 off)

[Deal Alert] Get a grey Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $149 from eBay ($50 off)

Even though the holiday season has come and gone (and thus the frequency of porch pirates), there are still plenty of reasons that someone might want a video doorbell. One of the more popular entries in the market, Ring, is currently selling the second generation model for $149 on eBay, saving you $50.

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[Update: Rolling out now] Canary Vision offers AI-powered person detection capabilities for free and paid users

[Update: Rolling out now] Canary Vision offers AI-powered person detection capabilities for free and paid users

It's been a bit of a bumpy road for Canary and its connected security cameras. While Rita had mostly nice things to say about the all-in-one camera in her review, the company has since done its best to annoy users (particularly those on the free tier) by changing its subscription model and then backtracking slightly. Perhaps some new features will go some way to win back the trust of its users.

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[Deal Alert] Save $50 on JBL Link speakers with Google Assistant

[Deal Alert] Save $50 on JBL Link speakers with Google Assistant

If you're looking to pick up a smart speaker with Google Assistant, but would prefer it to be portable and not resemble an air freshener, JBL has some good options for you, and they've each been discounted by $50 at several retailers.

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