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tinyCam is one of the first third-party apps to use Android 11's new power menu

Android 11 brings a whole new look to the power menu — not just for reboots and shutdowns anymore, users will be able to change their tap-to-pay card on the fly and even control their smart home devices, too. tinyCam, a third-party monitoring app for smart home cameras, is trying to take full advantage of that space as it beta tests live monitoring from right within the power menu.

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Win one of 4 ANNKE C500 Dome or ANNKE C800 Dome IP security cameras (Update: Winners)

As the pandemic drags on, and you inevitably spend more time at home, you need a good security camera to keep tabs on what's happening outside your front door. Luckily, our friends at Annke are giving away two C500 Dome and two C800 Dome IP security cameras to our readers. Here's everything you need to know.

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Win one of 4 VACOS outdoor/indoor security cameras (Update: Winners)

With more people spending time at home, having a reliable home security camera is vital to keeping tabs on your property while you work and relax indoors. To help you stay on top of the things happening beyond your front door, our friends at VACOS are giving away four outdoor/indoor security cameras to our readers. Here's everything you need to know.

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The best video doorbells for Android phones and smart displays

Doorbells are a necessary nuisance in our lives, but they're also among one of the best household features to go "smart" in years. Video doorbells have been around for ages, but cloud-connected smart video doorbells are pretty much a revelation if you've never experienced one. You'll know every time someone is at the door, be able to check for packages without getting up from your couch, and avoid pesky door-to-door solicitors (when we have those again). Arlo, Nest, and Ring all have compelling options, but there's one we think is the best choice for most people, especially if you're using an Android phone and a Google-powered smart display like the Nest Hub.

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Pick up an Arlo Ultra system with two cameras for $450 ($150 off)

When it comes to monitoring your home security, Arlo cameras are some of the best out there. The Arlo Ultra 2 may have just been released, but the original Arlo Ultra is still a solid option. The camera had a bit of a rocky release in 2018, but since then the company has ironed out the launch issues. Right now you can get an Arlo Ultra kit with the hub and two cameras for $450 at Amazon and Best Buy.

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Arlo announces $129 Essential Spotlight camera with 1080p video and color night vision

There are many, many options for home security cameras, but most of those require a power outlet. Arlo is one of the most prominent purveyors of battery-powered cameras, and it has a new one to talk about today. The Essential Spotlight borrows some features from Arlo's more expensive cameras, but it sticks with 1080p resolution. It'll cost just $129, and unlike most of Arlo's cameras, it doesn't require a dedicated wireless hub.

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Google's revamped Nest Aware subscriptions roll out this week

It's been a while since we got any new Nest products, but Google did promise improved subscription plans last year. Now, those plans are finally rolling out. In the coming days, Nest users will be able to migrate to the new Aware plans, which start at $6 per month for all your cameras.

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Grab a Kasa Indoor Wi-Fi Camera for $45 ($35 off) at Best Buy

If you're looking to stock up on wireless home security cameras, you might want to grab a few from TP-Link's Kasa brand. Indoor, outdoor, and pan-and-tilt cameras are all on discount from some online retailers. But your best crack at getting available inventory as well as an extra discount is at Best Buy.

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Arlo announces the Pro 3 Floodlight camera, coming this spring for $250 (Update: Pre-orders open)

Netgear spinoff Arlo has produced security cameras, smart floodlights, and even some cameras with tiny lights of their own. Now, there's a floodlight with a built-in camera. The new Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight has all the features of the recently released Pro 3 but adds a giant LED array to illuminate the camera's field-of-view.

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Ring will require two-factor authentication starting today (Update: Blink verifying emails)

Ring has dealt with its fair share of privacy snafus (and then some), but its latest move might allay some of your fears. The Amazon-owned smart home company has instituted a new login policy, effective immediately. Now, you'll need to enter a two-factor authentication (2FA) code every time you log into your account.

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