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Monday deals: Save on the Nokia 6.1, Jaybird X4 Bluetooth earbuds, TP-Link smart plugs, and more

We see too many good deals to let you know about them all in real time, so in posts like these, we round up the ones that slipped through the cracks. Over the past few days, we've seen a lot of solid deals that didn't get their own posts, from budget phones and tablets to assorted smart home gadgets.

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Amazon's Ring reportedly gave unrestricted camera access to employees

It might be time to throw your Ring cameras in the garbage. Amazon purchased Ring in 2017, and the company's smart home security cameras and locks have continued to be incredibly popular. In fact, the Ring Doorbell 2 was one of the best-selling smart home devices on Amazon during the 2018 holiday season. However, reports from The Information and The Intercept claim that Ring gave unfiltered access to all customer video footage to its R&D facility and some employees.

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These Ring and Nest doorbell bundles from Costco come with a year of free video cloud service

Even the most jaded smart home cynic can see the use in connected security systems, locks, and doorbells. Our own David Ruddock recently called his new smart door lock "the most sensible smart home gadget I've used," and, by his own admission, he's difficult to impress. For those interested in getting in on the smart home doorbell/lock/security kit game, Costco is currently offering discounted Ring and Nest bundles, some of which offer year-long subscriptions to cloud services for storing security video.

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Nest Hello can now be purchased from the Google Store in the US and Canada

The Nest Hello smart doorbell went up for sale a few days ago on Nest's site alongside the Nest x Yale Lock. But given the fact that Google owns Nest and that the Google Store already offers many Nest products, it was only a matter of time before the Hello made its way to the Google Store.

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Nest Hello doorbell will begin shipping on March 15

Nest announced its smart doorbell, the 'Nest Hello,' back in September of last year. It has an HD night-vision camera on the front with two-way audio, so you can see who's at the door from anywhere, even on your Chromecast. The company initially said it would be available in Q1 2018, and according to the Nest Twitter account, shipments will begin on March 15.

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Bloomberg says that Nest is working on a cheaper thermostat and some new home security products

If you've had your eye on a Nest thermostat, but couldn't pull the trigger because of the price, then this Bloomberg report might be of interest to you. Supposedly, a cheaper, sub-$200 thermostat is in the works and it could launch next year. Bloomberg's source also indicates some other new products, like a home alarm system, a digital doorbell, and an update to the Nest Cam, are in development, too.

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Meet The DoorBot: A Wireless Doorbell With Video, Two-Way Chat, And Lockitron Support

I have a confession to make: I'm usually not a big fan of anything I see as a "novelty" product. Sure, there are cool ideas, but I'm all about usefulness. Things that make life easier, more convenient, or just generally better. I think the DoorBot is one of those things.

The DoorBot, in short, is a W-Fi doorbell with one-way video and two-way chat. Here's how it works: someone rings your doorbell, which notifies you on your phone. You answer it like a call, thus activating the DoorBot's camera so you can see who's there. Then you're free to talk back and forth.

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