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The Xiaomi Yi 1080p home security camera is a steal at $25 on Amazon

Surveillance cameras can get pricey, with higher-end models going for hundreds of dollars a pop. Xiaomi-owned Yi offers a pretty affordable option in its 1080p home security camera. Normally $30.99, it's even cheaper right now with a couple of discounts on Amazon.

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ADT announces new Command and Control security system

Traditional security services firm ADT entered the connected home space with its Pulse app and has also partnered with Samsung SmartThings in the past, but at CES 2019 it's showing off a whole new own-branded platform. The Command and Control security system consists of a tablet-esque hub and new app for your phone.

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Ring announces new alarm sensors, smart locks, and Alexa voice control

Ring launched its Z-wave security system last summer for $199, and now the company is releasing more sensors that can be used with it. At the same time, Ring has partnered with several lock makers to sell compatible products on the Ring site while also adding Alexa voice control features.

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Swann wired security cameras now support Google Assistant voice commands

We cover plenty of home security cameras here at AP, but they're usually from upstart tech firms or larger companies entering into the market. Swann has been an industry leader since way before smart home security became accessible to the masses, and it's announcing that its wired security systems are now compatible with the Google Assistant.

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New Alexa skill 'Away Mode' wards off potential burglars using the power of awkward conversations

When you leave your home for an extended time, you have a handful of ways to deter would-be burglars, including sticking signs with a security company's logo in your lawn or on your apartment door, scheduling lights to turn on at certain hours, or owning a dog with a vicious bark. But now a new Alexa skill called "Away Mode" lets you tap into the power of awkward conversations to make crooks think twice before barging into your abandoned abode.

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Canary partners with Noonlight to introduce Safety Button [Updated]

Canary is known for its popular smart home security cameras, but it's now adding a new feature to its app that'll help keep you safe when out and about, too. It's joining forces with Noonlight, a service that integrates with other connected platforms such as Google Home, IFTTT, and Alexa to trigger emergency responses when you're in danger.

With help from Noonlight, Canary is adding a Safety Button to its app that can immediately share your GPS location and personal details with first responders.

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August announces Alarm.com partnership to make its door lock even smarter

August's Smart Lock Pro is a popular option for those looking to add a connected front door lock to their smart home setup, and now it's getting even better thanks to a new partnership. Integrating with the Alarm.com platform opens August's lock up to a wide ecosystem of smart home security solutions including DSC, Interlogix, and Nortek.

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[Update: Final day, closing in on $3 million] The Eufy EverCam wireless security camera promises a year of battery life, and is now funded on Kickstarter

Most home security cameras need to be plugged into power, but there are a few that made do with batteries. Even the best wireless cameras currently on the market need a recharge every couple months, but Eufy (an Anker company) has an alternative. The EverCam has a humongous battery that offers a full year of operation on a charge. You can't get one yet, but you can join the Kickstarter.

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Ring Alarm is available for pre-order at $199, ships July 4th

Home security systems used to require professional installers to string wires throughout your home, but no more. Several consumer electronics companies have launched new "smart" security systems. Ring announced its security platform last year, but the launch ran into legal issues. Now, it's finally available for pre-order with an expected ship date of July 4th.

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IFTTT adds 10 new channels for Sengled, Linn, Securmate, PG&E, and more

IFTTT (if this, then that) is an expansive, free automation platform that helps users connect apps, services, and devices. The possibilities are aplenty, and now there are 10 new channels open for use. Most are related to controlling and setting triggers for smart lighting, security, and energy systems at home.

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