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August announces Alarm.com partnership to make its door lock even smarter

August's Smart Lock Pro is a popular option for those looking to add a connected front door lock to their smart home setup, and now it's getting even better thanks to a new partnership. Integrating with the Alarm.com platform opens August's lock up to a wide ecosystem of smart home security solutions including DSC, Interlogix, and Nortek.

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TP-Link announces Deco M9 Plus mesh router with built-in smart home hub

Single routers are so 2014. Now, everyone is making mesh router systems that blanket your home in the warm glow of wireless connectivity. The new TP-Link Deco M9 Plus mesh router (not to be confused with the old non-Plus version) connects your computers, smartphones, and other devices to the internet like other routers, but there's more. The Deco M9 Plus also contains a smart home hub for controlling IoT devices.

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Ring Alarm is available for pre-order at $199, ships July 4th

Home security systems used to require professional installers to string wires throughout your home, but no more. Several consumer electronics companies have launched new "smart" security systems. Ring announced its security platform last year, but the launch ran into legal issues. Now, it's finally available for pre-order with an expected ship date of July 4th.

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Nest permanently drops Nest Secure price to $399 ($100 off) and Nest Detect to $49 ($10 off)

The Nest Secure is a smart security system that's super-easy to set up. However, it was also really expensive at launch. Today, Nest has knocked 20% off the price of the full Secure system, and this is a permanent price drop. If you want extra Detect sensors, those are a little cheaper, too.

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Skyrim: Very Special Edition is real and works on all Alexa devices (including your phone)

It's becoming a bit of a running gag that Bethesda will put Skyrim on anything as it continues to milk the popular game for all it's worth. So naturally, everyone thought the Alexa version of Skyrim Bethesda demoed in its E3 press event was a self-aware joke. Nope, it's completely real, and you can play it right now.

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You can finally add enhanced 'Arlo Smart' features to your Arlo cameras starting today

Netgear's Arlo cameras have traditionally lacked some features that you get with competing wired cameras. The completely wireless nature of Arlo cameras makes things like person detection tricky, but Netgear announced it was working on that and more last summer. The "Arlo Smart" add-on service has been in beta testing for months, but now it's finally rolling out to customers. Not only do you get person detection but activity zones, rich notifications, and more.

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You can now purchase the Echo Look from Amazon without an invite

Amazon has crammed its Alexa virtual assistant into a myriad of different devices and form factors. The strangest is the fashion-focused Echo Look camera. You can now find out just how weird it is for yourself. Amazon has opened general sales of the Look, and it can be yours for $200.

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Weekend poll: Do you use Assistant with any smart home devices?

We do a lot of smart home reviews here at Android Police, and quite a lot of that hardware is conveniently compatible with Google's Assistant. That makes it easy for those already invested in Google's ecosystem to configure a home with everything from smart locks to lights and cameras, all together with the same ease of use and flexibility the Assistant (usually) provides. But there are also many people that don't find them to be worth it, for a variety of reasons. So we're curious: How many of you use smart home hardware with Google's Assistant?

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IFTTT adds 10 new channels for Sengled, Linn, Securmate, PG&E, and more

IFTTT (if this, then that) is an expansive, free automation platform that helps users connect apps, services, and devices. The possibilities are aplenty, and now there are 10 new channels open for use. Most are related to controlling and setting triggers for smart lighting, security, and energy systems at home.

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Wyze Cam Pan is a versatile smart security camera that costs just $30

Wyze released its first smart camera, the Wyze Cam, just last year. It was (and still is) a crazy bargain: 20 bucks for a stationary, 1080p, connected security camera that can see in the dark. Now the company has announced an even better version for just $10 more. The Wyze Cam Pan does everything the Wyze Cam does and then some for $30.

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