Ring pioneered the smart doorbell market with the launch of the Video Doorbell back in 2014. The company is constantly continuing to innovate with handy accessories and new features, such as end-to-end encryption and customizable motion zones. Its products just gained a handful of new functionality, allowing owners to use Alexa as their virtual greeter, play pre-recorded messages, and warn intruders they're being watched. Read More
Amazon just started sending out a big home screen redesign to Fire TV devices, but that's not all the new stuff that's coming. Owners of the second-gen Fire TV Cube, 2020 4K Toshiba Fire TV, and 2020 4K Insignia Fire TV will soon be able to view their security camera feeds in picture-in-picture mode without interrupting the content currently playing. Read More
The holidays are upon us, and video calling is more important than ever these days for staying in touch with loved ones. Amazon is making that easier for users with the second-gen Fire TV Cube by enabling a new feature that lets a webcam be connected to the device for two-way video chatting on your TV — and the company also has new Alexa and Ring features coming to Fire TV. Read More
Ring, the company behind the popular connected doorbell, recently published an app called Neighbors. The idea is to connect neighborhoods together by providing residents with real-time security and crime alerts and safety information. This function was previously limited to the Ring app, but now it's being broken out into its own affair. Read More
The market for camera-equipped doorbells is taken by three brands these days: Ring, Skybell, and August. Of the three, Ring has an interesting proposition thanks to a fleet of other products (stick-up camera and floodlight camera) that you can outfit your house with to stay within the same ecosystem. It also integrates with Samsung's SmartThings and the Wink hub.
If that's something you're interested in and you don't mind manually installing the doorbell and connecting it to your existing chime through electrical wires (there are tutorials for that), then you might want to check out the Ring Pro on Amazon today. It usually retails for $249 but is now being discounted to $199.99. Read More