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'OK Google, charge my car' - Assistant adds native control for chargers and batteries

Google Assistant started with native support for basic smart home products like thermostats and lights, but has since expanded to dozens more from locks to vacuums, cameras, kitchen appliances, bedroom furniture, and bathroom equipment. With today's addition of chargers, Assistant has upped its tally to 60 different product types.

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Why you shouldn't be afraid to get a smart door lock, and what to consider before purchasing one

Smart home gadgets are raising a lot of questions about privacy, security, and data mining these days. Speakers that could spy on what you're saying, cameras that could upload your videos to unprotected servers, products from no-name companies that could track your usage or location, and worse yet, devices from lazy providers that could introduce a vulnerability to your network, we've seen it all. In that scary context, it's hard to entrust a connected gadget with your front door lock, the very thing that makes you feel safe inside your own home. Every time I've mentioned smart locks online and in real life, I've gotten the same visceral reaction: No, just no.

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August's new Wi-Fi smart door lock is 45% smaller, doesn't require a hub

Smart locks add a level of convenience, as they let you leave your keys behind and grant access to guests remotely. Unfortunately, many of them are bulky, and often use a Bluetooth connection, which could require a separate hub. With the announcement of the Wi-Fi Smart Lock, August wants to address these issues, with a more compact device that connects directly to the Internet.

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Hampton introduces a trio of new smart locks at CES, including biometric and renter-friendly options

Over the last few years, smart home devices like locks, cameras, and lights have grown to have a significant presence at CES. Home security conglomerate Hampton, the parent company of numerous lock brands including Brinks, just introduced several new smart locks at CES 2020.

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Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt review: A lock this good is 'key' to smartening up your home

Some smart home gadgets seem like solutions in search of a problem, shoehorning IoT connectivity into something that was working just fine without it — unless you're that one guy who really needs to talk to Alexa while playing the keyboard. But on the opposite end of the spectrum, you've got the smart lock, an early leader into the world of the connected home that managed to reinvent a "dumb" product with some genuinely useful new functionality.

There's no shortage of smart lock options out there, running the gamut from fully integrated replacements to add-ons that quickly attach to existing locks.

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Wyze expanding smart home lineup with Wyze Lock that works with your existing deadbolt

Smart home appliance maker Wyze has done its share of bulbs, plugs, and cameras in the past few years all while undercutting the competition on price. That thrifty mentality has led to a a bit of a shaky piecemeal approach for its supporting services, but it's a trade-off some are willing to accept. Soon, the company will be knocking on the door of smart locks with its new Wyze Lock and Wyze Lock Keypad.

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Secure an August Smart Lock for $55 ($65 off), its lowest price ever

If you happen to be looking for a smart lock this Cyber Monday, the third-generation August Smart Lock is currently on sale for $55.30 at Amazon — its lowest price yet. As this lock typically sells at prices within the $95-110 range, this marks a rather sizeable discount on this smart-home security staple.

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Trusted Face smart unlock method has been removed from Android devices

Face unlock is more widely available on smartphones nowadays, but many of us seem to forget that Android has always had a barebones — albeit easily fooled — equivalent of the feature for years. Android Smart Lock's Trusted face was added in 2014 and has been accessible to users on all Android devices until recently. Now, it's completely gone from stock and OEM devices, running Android 10 or below.

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Grab a third-gen August Smart Lock for $77, its lowest price ever

Do you need a smart door lock? If so, the third-generation August Smart Lock is down to $76.62 on Amazon, its lowest recorded price. The lock usually goes for around $100-112, so this is a decent discount if you're interested in bolstering your home's security.

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Android Q can reveal your sensitive notifications on the lock screen when your phone is unlocked

Depending on what you do with your phone, you might not want other unauthorized people to see notification contents on your lock screen. Android has got you covered – the feature to hide sensitive information first surfaced on Android Lollipop and has been with us ever since. In the recently released Q Beta 4, it has changed a bit – you can now only choose to hide sensitive content when your phone's screen is locked. If it's unlocked, it will simply show all notifications.

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