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TP-Link's latest Kasa smart home gadgets include a previously canceled doorbell

TP-Link's latest Kasa smart home gadgets include a previously canceled doorbell

TP-Link has introduced plenty of smart home devices under its Kasa brand, including the excellent Smart Power Strip and Smart Light Strip that we reviewed. The Chinese manufacturer is now taking to CES 2021 to introduce a bunch of new products, one of which is a previously-canceled doorbell that looks pretty similar to the Nest Hello.

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Nest outages prove that the smart home needs a local fallback

Nest outages prove that the smart home needs a local fallback

Google's Nest service has been down once, twice, thrice, four times, no, scratch that, at least five times in five months, four of which were in the last few weeks. A similar thing happened toward the end of 2018. After each failure, a fix, an apology, more disgruntled users, and hours lost without any security recording for owners of the brand's cameras. Seeing the same headline with the same story every day proves that we can't solely rely on remote servers for the smart home, and local fallbacks need to be the first feature baked in, not an afterthought or a bonus.

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