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Hot topic: June smart ovens have been preheating in the middle of the night, company blames user error

You can pretty much get a smart anything these days, and while lots of connected products make sense, some can be more concerning. Smart ovens that show a live feed of your roasting turkey on your phone and can be switched off remotely certainly sound like a good idea, to begin with, but not so much when they turn themselves on in the middle of the night and heat up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

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TP-Link rolls out Smart Actions for Kasa smart home device control

With smart home appliances, you can weave a series of commands together and have them triggered just by flipping a switch or having a sensor detect motion. Smart assistants and task apps have long been able to cook up recipes or routines, but it takes two to tango — those partners being the appliance makers that need to be able to get their products synced up and ready for a command. TP-Link is the latest OEM to allow for synced or so-called "Smart Actions" on its Kasa lines of lightbulbs, switches, plugs, and cameras.

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TP-Link Kasa Wi-Fi cameras are up to 30% off at B&H

Safety cameras are convenient to keep an eye on your house when you're away, but their steep price can be a roadblock. However, thanks to this deal, you'll be able to pay 25% to 30% less on a selection of TP-Link Kasa safety cameras. B&H is discounting four models, which range from $35 to $80 with the markdown.

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[Update: Now on all Assistant speakers and displays] Google Home will finally control your lights without talking to you about it

Controlling smart lights was one of the first useful features of Google Home, but the speakers sure do like to talk about what they're doing. Sometimes the verbal feedback is useful, but not so much when you're just turning off the lights like you do every day. Well, Google has finally recognized this is a problem. Soon, your Assistant speakers won't get so wordy when controlling lights.

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[Update: Dead] The Philips Hue 2-bulb color starter kit is almost 50% off on Amazon at just $78

Hue bulbs are among the best ones on the market, thanks to their reliability and compatibility with many third-party services such as Alexa, Assistant, IFFT, and many more. Unfortunately, they're also known for their relatively high price, but this deal on the color starter kit with two bulbs is a steal at just $78, almost 50% off their traditional MSRP.

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Rachio's second-generation smart sprinkler controller is $100 ($50 off) today on Woot

Robots can handle a lot of your mundane household tasks, like vacuuming, mopping, and climate control — and with this neat system from Rachio, watering the lawn. Normally $150, you can pick one up for $100 at Woot, but only for today.

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Ecobee Switch+ smart light switch with Alexa is down to $45 ($35 off)

When I set up my smart home infrastructure, I went on an uncontrollable buying spree to make sure almost everything from the lights to the vacuum was connected. The Ecobee Switch+ is a neat all-in-one smart switch that comes with Alexa and a bunch of sensors, to avoid multiplying the number of smart things you buy. Given the number of things it can do, its initial $80 price was reasonable, but it's now dropped another $35, making quite an exciting deal.

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Philips unveils a new range of Wi-Fi bulbs that forgo the Hue Bridge

Back in June, Philips introduced a new range of bulbs that worked without the need for a hub. Although these connect to your phone directly through Bluetooth, they lack direct Internet access if you don't buy the Hue bridge. The company is looking at fixing this drawback with the release of a new lineup that operates directly over Wi-Fi and forgoes the need for a hub.

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Maximus's dual-camera video doorbell keeps one eye on people, the other on packages for $199

For a long time in the phone industry, it's always seemed like two cameras (or more) were better than one. When it comes to doorbell cameras, perhaps it should be the case as well. A few months ago, ODM Kuna announced that it had launched a reference design for a dual-camera doorbell and that it would go commercial in the spring. Well, it's quite late at this point, but Kuna brand Maximus has finally brought its Answer video doorbell to market.

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Monday deals: Save on Google Nest Hub, Chromecast, and more

It's the first Monday of a new month, and we've got fresh deals for you. This week you'll find the return of an absolutely great deal on Google Nest Hub, plus savings on a Chromecast two-pack, some smart home accessories, and spare USB-C cables.

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