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Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt review: A lock this good is 'key' to smartening up your home

Some smart home gadgets seem like solutions in search of a problem, shoehorning IoT connectivity into something that was working just fine without it — unless you're that one guy who really needs to talk to Alexa while playing the keyboard. But on the opposite end of the spectrum, you've got the smart lock, an early leader into the world of the connected home that managed to reinvent a "dumb" product with some genuinely useful new functionality.

There's no shortage of smart lock options out there, running the gamut from fully integrated replacements to add-ons that quickly attach to existing locks.

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Tech giants including Amazon, Apple, and Google come together to establish new smart home standard

Modern "smart" home standards have more than a few dumb things about them, like the fact that certain hardware often locks you into a specific ecosystem of supported devices and software. If something works with Alexa, it doesn't always mean that it will work with the Assistant or Siri, and that's not even mentioning the whole obnoxiousness of "hubs." Thankfully, a new open standard is being developed by some of the biggest names in the smart home industry, with Amazon, Apple, and Google all backing a new open-source approach via the imaginatively titled "Project Connected Home over IP." It's a complicated-sounding name, but what really matters is the fact that future smart home products will be more inter-compatible and secure.

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Roland's Alexa-enabled GO:PIANO is a musical instrument that lets you play music and order food

Smart speakers can play your favorite tunes and help you achieve a variety of daily tasks, such as controlling smart devices, ordering food, or checking the weather. However, they're not particularly common in musical instruments, but Roland just released a keyboard that lets you play your own music and interact with Alexa with a single device.

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Hold on to your butts: Samuel L. Jackson's voice coming to Alexa today

Back in September, Amazon announced that Samuel L. Jackson's voice would be coming to an Alexa speaker near you. As of today, that interminable wait is over, and for just $1 you can tell Alexa to answer all sorts of questions with the man himself — though, sadly, he can't help when it comes to lots of things.

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TripIt streamlines adding meetings to your trip's itinerary

Taking a trip can be a stressful time; remembering tickets, hotels, rentals, and plans can easily become a bit overwhelming. TripIt attempts to ease that burden by allowing you to link your email to its planning services and spitting out a professional-looking and easy-to-read itinerary. So far, you've had to manually enter any meetings or miscellaneous entries into your TripIt app when you wanted to add something besides travel. Now, TripIt is helping to streamline that process with seamless support for adding meetings and invitations to your itinerary.

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The unlocked Moto G7 Play with Alexa Push-to-Talk is as low as $130 ($70 off) on Amazon (Update: Non-Alexa version also on sale)

It's not too terribly difficult to find a new unlocked phone for sale, but many of the deals that come across our desks commonly only run on GSM networks, leaving a lot to be desired for the CDMA users of the world. Today, though, you're in luck. Motorola is currently selling an unlocked version of the Moto G7 with Alexa Push-to-Talk support for as low as $129.99 ($70 off) on Amazon.

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Control USB widgets with Google Assistant via Sonoff's new $5 smart adapter

When you think about a smart home, one of the first things that comes to mind would be smart plugs. But maybe you'd like to manage some USB-powered tools ortrinkets with the touch of an app or the sound of your voice. If so, you might want to look to the Chinese accessories market as Sonoff has made what it calls a smart remote control to link your widget up with Google Assistant or Alexa.

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Make your home smarter with this Echo Dot plus two Hue bulbs bundle for just $35 ($45 off)

Setting up a smart home infrastructure can be costly, especially when you're starting from scratch. However, thanks to this bundle, you'll be able to do so without breaking the bank. The kit includes all the essentials to get you started: An Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker, as well as two Hue bulbs for just $35, which is $45 less than what you'd typically have to spend.

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Amazon's new portable Echo Input has 10-hour battery life, launches first in India

India is an increasingly important market for Amazon’s retail business as a whole and its smart speaker line in part. The Echo range commanded close to 60 percent of the local market last year and gained support for the Hindi language this September to reach a broad base of non-English speakers. Maintaining that trajectory, and by popular demand, Amazon today introduced the portable Echo Input — its second battery-powered Alexa smart speaker — in the Indian market.

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Bose's Alexa-compatible Wi-Fi speaker SoundTouch 20 is down to only $175 (50% off)

Bose's products are known for being small yet able to fill whole rooms with sound, seemingly defying physics at times. As much is the case with the Alexa-compatible Wi-Fi speaker SoundTouch 20, which is currently reduced to just $175 at Amazon — almost 50% less than the previous $349 it was going for.

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