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Google Home gets Gentle Sleep & Wake feature for Hue lights

Most of the methods we use to wake ourselves in the morning are jarring and unpleasant, but Google Home might be able to help. Starting today, Home supports Gentle Sleep & Wake, a feature that integrates with Philips Hue smart lights. Just tell Google to enable this feature, and you can ease into the day in a more natural way.

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Get two compact TP-Link smart plugs for $23

If you have a smart speaker and want to use it to control your home appliances, smart plugs are one of the most convenient options to do so. Thanks to their built-in WiFi radio, they connect directly to your home router, which allows you to operate the socket remotely and hence your electrical devices. They're also quite straightforward to set up, as they don't need additional hubs or bridges to get online. Unfortunately, good ones can be costly and drive buyers away, but thanks to this deal, you can get two compact TP-Link smart plugs for $23, representing a $12 rebate off their MSRP.

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Make your home safer and get a free Echo Dot with these discounted Ring alarm kits, video doorbells, and camera

Thanks to home automation, your lights and appliances become smarter and can be controlled remotely using your phone or smart speaker. With Ring, you can add a layer of safety to your infrastructure by installing smart alarms, doorbells, and connected cameras to always keep an eye on what's going on at home. As this is the case with most IoT products, price can be a roadblock for many, but thanks to these deals on Ring Home Security products, you can save a few bucks to make your home safer, and get a free third-generation Echo Dot speaker with your purchase, which can also double as a controller for your system.

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Put an Echo Dot in every room with this 3-pack deal for $70

Smart speakers are useful in our daily lives: They help us remember things, answer questions we ask them, and can even control our lights and appliances. They're not cheap, though, and since the least expensive Echo speaker typically costs $50, you have to be selective about which rooms to put them in. However, thanks to this deal on a 3-pack bundle, you can get three third-generation Echo Dots for just $70 and enjoy talking to Alexa anywhere in your house.

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Save up to 20% on these color Philips Hue bundles: 5-pack bulbs, switch, and hub for $270, or 3 pendant lamps and bridge for $290

I'm a big fan of Philips' Hue products because they're easy to use, reliable, expandable, work across platforms, and can be integrated with third-party software. Nevertheless, I find their regular MSRP to be quite high, which is why I'm usually on the lookout for discounts when I want to buy new bulbs. If you were thinking of getting Hue lights, today is your lucky day, as you can save up to 20% on Hue bundles.

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Grab two TP-Link smart plugs for $22 (56% off), today only

Whether you're thinking of buying a smart speaker to control your appliances or want to add more to your existing infrastructure, smart plugs are one of the easiest ways to do so. However, decent ones tend to be pricey and cheap ones can be risky to use with electrical products. Thankfully, this bundle on TP-Link's Wi-Fi smart plugs has dropped to just $22 instead of $50, which is less than half the initial price.

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IKEA and Sonos introduce pair of SYMFONISK Wi-Fi speakers, including one that's a lamp

IKEA's embraced the smart home market with a growing range of different products, such as smart blinds, bulbs, and outlets, so when a partnership with Sonos was announced back in 2017, it didn't really come as a surprise. After teasing us with some first looks this January, today the two companies revealed the first fruits of their collaboration and introduced the SYMFONISK table lamp and bookshelf, both equipped with Sonos-compatible Wi-Fi speakers.

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Ecobee's first smart home camera allegedly leaks in photos

Ecobee already competes directly with Nest in the smart thermostat game, and according to smart home blog Zatz Not Funny, it looks like it's about to do the same with smart cameras. Two photos of the camera were leaked, though details are otherwise sparse thus far.

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Philips Hue multicolor 4-bulb kit with Home Mini 2-pack is just $170 ($128 off) at Best Buy

Of the companies with skin in the smart lighting game, Philips' Hue brand is perhaps the most well-known and reputable. Best Buy is currently offering a Hue starter kit with four multicolor LED bulbs, with two Google Home Minis thrown in, for just $169.99 — an impressive $128 less than the regular price.

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TP-Link announces Deco M4 mesh router system with IFTTT and Alexa support

You can still get a single router if that's your speed, but most manufacturers have started pushing mesh systems. TP-Link has a few, and you can add another one to the list today. The budget-oriented Deco M4 comes with three AC1200 hubs and support for smart home automation for $179.99.

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