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Latest Philips Hue app update finally adds power-on behavior

The Philips Hue is the largest and most well-known smart light ecosystem. If someone has connected light bulbs, there's a good chance they're Hue. However, those lights would always flip to full brightness when powered. Now, you've got options. The latest app update finally adds power-on behavior settings.

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[Update: Down to $259] Arlo Pro (first-gen) security camera 2-pack on sale for $275 (about $75 off)

Keeping a watchful eye on all areas of your home can be hard when power outlets aren't always available. There are battery-powered security cameras to help with that, and the best we've ever tested are the Arlo Pros. The first-gen Arlo Pro is on sale right now—the two-pack is about $275, which is the lowest price yet.

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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Winter 2018)

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10-inch Lenovo Smart Display down to $160 ($90 off) at Best Buy

Lenovo's Smart Display was the first Assistant-powered screen on the market, but it wasn't cheap. Luckily, the price has come down somewhat over the last few months. It even got as low as $150 at Costco on Black Friday. Today's sale isn't quite that low, but it's close at $160.

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TP-Link's versatile HS100 Wi-Fi Smart Plugs are 2 for $20 ($30 off) at B&H, but only for today

Wi-Fi-connected plugs can add smarts to just about any dumb appliance. Air conditioning window units, space heaters, lamps; anything that has a switch and plugs into the wall. They're generally an affordable way to dip a toe in the smart home water, and this deal makes them even more so: today only, you can snag a two-pack of TP-Link's HS100 smart plugs for just 20 bucks at B&H.

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Arlo announces the Arlo Ultra security camera with 4K HDR video, coming early 2019 starting at $400 [Update]

Arlo, a recently spun-off Netgear business, has been making wireless security cameras for several years. We've covered the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 a lot because they're far and away the best fully wireless cameras on the market, but the current offerings top out at 1080p. That changes with the upcoming Arlo Ultra. These cameras, expected in early 2019, will sport 4K HDR video, a spotlight, color night vision, and more.

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[Update: Rolling out in Europe, too] Google Home Mini is now available in aqua from the Google Store

Google announced that its li'lest smart speaker was coming in a minty fresh new color ahead of its hardware event in October. The aqua Google Home Mini was initially planned to release on October 29, but, well, it didn't. It's now available, though, both at the Google Store and Walmart.

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[Update: It's back] Nest is down for the second time in two weeks

Yes, Nest is down again. You'd think that a security camera system that tens of millions of people use would be better at keeping its service up and running, but this is the second time Nest has gone down in less than two weeks.

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Get the 8-inch Lenovo Smart Display with a free smart outlet or light bulb for $100

This is the first holiday season with Assistant-powered smart displays on the market, and there are plenty of discounts to be had. Lenovo's smart displays are getting down there, as you can see from the roundup post. However, there's one Lenovo deal that warrants special attention. The 8-inch Smart Display can be yours for $100 with a free smart outlet or light bulb.

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[Update: Now live] Arlo adding animal, vehicle, and package detection to Arlo Smart plans

Arlo's cameras didn't have any of the AI-powered features of their wired competitors for a long time, but the company started testing those capabilities in 2017. Arlo Smart finally rolled out earlier this year, but it was missing some of the detection features from the beta. Now, the compnay appears to have worked out the issues and plans to add several more detection capabilities to Arlo Smart soon.

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