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Wyze asks users for donations as it struggles to solve its person detection AI dilemma

Wyze asks users for donations as it struggles to solve its person detection AI dilemma

Wyze offers some of the most affordable smart cameras on the market, but sometimes you get what you pay for. The company added person detection in July of last year, but it didn't last long. Apple purchased the firm providing Wyze with those AI capabilities, and it had to scramble to come up with a new solution. Wyze started beta testing its new person detection feature earlier this year, and now it's ready to roll out more widely — but there are still quite a few caveats.

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Wink smart home platform continues its downward spiral with day-long outage

Wink smart home platform continues its downward spiral with day-long outage

Wink sells smart home hubs that can connect to countless products, including thermostats, door locks, fans, and lights. The company's hubs were a popular option for enthusiasts until last month, when it switched to a subscription requirement for most functionality. On top of all that, Wink is now suffering an outage that has lasted nearly a day, and it seemingly has lost access to its primary wink.com domain.

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August's newest and smallest smart lock is on sale for $219 ($31 off) on Amazon

August's newest and smallest smart lock is on sale for $219 ($31 off) on Amazon

Who needs metal keys when you can have a memory full of PINs anyways? Well, people aren't exactly rushing to replace the hammers atop their deadbolts with smart locks for one reason or another — price may be chief among them. You, though, can take advantage of a sale on August's fourth-gen Wi-Fi Smart Lock for $31 off.

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Philips Hue reveals new and updated bulbs, revamped Iris table lamp, and a lightstrip for your TV

Philips Hue reveals new and updated bulbs, revamped Iris table lamp, and a lightstrip for your TV

Remote IFA festivities today continue, as Philips Hue has announced a handful of new and updated products in its smart home lighting lineup, including a new lightstrip for your TV and the revamped return of the Iris table lamp. On top of that, folks in the August and Nest smart lock ecosystem can look forward to deeper integrations between the two systems starting soon.

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Google Assistant now works with over 50,000 smart home devices

Google Assistant now works with over 50,000 smart home devices

Back in 2018, Google touted that the Assistant worked on over 10,000 smart home gadgets from 1,000 different brands — that's quite a lot of speakers, smart bulbs, cameras, and other hardware that the Assistant can either control or is built into. But in the two intervening years, that number has further exploded, and today Google claims that the Assistant now works with over 50,000 devices from over 5,500 brands. That's some serious growth.

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Save up to $50 on refurbished Philips Hue lighting, today only on Woot

Save up to $50 on refurbished Philips Hue lighting, today only on Woot

Philips makes some of the best smart lighting you can get in its Hue line, but the it's generally more expensive than options from competing outfits like Lifx and GE. If you're in the Philips ecosystem and you don't mind getting some bulbs that aren't brand new, today is a good chance to stock up: Woot's got refurbished Hue products for up to $50 off MSRP.

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Samsung SmartThings update adds UWB device tracking, Zigbee QR scanner, and more

Samsung SmartThings update adds UWB device tracking, Zigbee QR scanner, and more

SmartThings is the app you use to take control of all your Samsung IoT devices, as the company aims to consolidate its other apps into one. Following all the big announcements it made at the recent Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung is now updating the SmartThings app with a bunch of features, including one that leverages the Note20 Ultra’s UWB (ultra-wideband) support.

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The Arlo Video Doorbell is back down to $110 ($40 off) at Woot

The Arlo Video Doorbell is back down to $110 ($40 off) at Woot

Doorbells have found themselves modernized for the 21st century thanks to the addition of video — seeing who's in front of the door before you open it, and being able to speak with them, helps improve safety and makes it easier to know if getting off your couch to answer the door is worth it. Last year we saw Arlo announce its Video Doorbell, which was a great value initially and only got better as new features arrived.

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The excellent Eufy RoboVac L70 smart vacuum/mop is on clearance for $360 ($190 off)

The excellent Eufy RoboVac L70 smart vacuum/mop is on clearance for $360 ($190 off)

Vacuuming and mopping the floor is a lot of work, especially when you have pets. That's where cleaning robots like the laser-enabled Eufy RoboVac L70 come in. Just set up a cleaning routine or shout at your nearest smart speaker and let it do its magic, vacuuming or mopping the floor for you. The RoboVac L70, in particular, is currently available for only $360 ($190 off) on Woot, complete with free shipping for Amazon Prime members. We've seen it at that price before back in February, so if you haven't picked it up back then, now is your chance.

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Get the Wireless Eufy Video Doorbell for $164 ($56 off) on Woot, today only

Get the Wireless Eufy Video Doorbell for $164 ($56 off) on Woot, today only

Turning your house into a smart home can get real expensive, so when products like this Eufy video doorbell are discounted, it's tempting to jump on that deal, fast. If you head over to Woot right now, you can get Eufy's 2K two-way wireless doorbell in white for $164 ($56 off).

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