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Save $80 when you buy a Google Home Hub with select Nest products

Google Home Hub has some neat integrations with various smart home products. You can, for example, use it to adjust thermostats, or see who's at the front door. Google-owned Nest just so happens to make both smart thermostats and smart doorbells, among other things — and right now, you can save 80 bucks by buying a Hub with select Nest products on the Google Store.

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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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These Ring and Nest doorbell bundles from Costco come with a year of free video cloud service

Even the most jaded smart home cynic can see the use in connected security systems, locks, and doorbells. Our own David Ruddock recently called his new smart door lock "the most sensible smart home gadget I've used," and, by his own admission, he's difficult to impress. For those interested in getting in on the smart home doorbell/lock/security kit game, Costco is currently offering discounted Ring and Nest bundles, some of which offer year-long subscriptions to cloud services for storing security video.

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A smart door lock might be the most sensible smart home gadget I've used

When it comes to home security, peace of mind and convenience are what matter to me, making a smart lock pretty damn appealing. We know that homes generally aren't targeted by burglars for a lack of obstacles, but for an abundance of opportunity (like an unlocked door!), and a smart door lock leaves one less thing to chance when you're away on vacation or at the office. All the locks in the world probably aren't going to stop someone truly determined to break into your home - so unless you're barring your windows and using solid exterior doors (and most US homes aren't), I don't think the physical security argument has many legs to stand on.

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Nest Thermostat 3rd gen and Google Home Mini bundle is just $170 ($70 off) at Costco

If you haven't yet outfitted your house with any smart home products and you'd like to get started, Costco is currently offering a Nest Thermostat 3rd gen and Google Home Mini bundle for just $169.99, $70 off the bundle's regular price and a huge savings over the individual prices.

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[Update: Coming back online] Smart home halt: Nest is down for many

If you're having issues with your nest devices right now, you aren't alone. By all appearances, the service seems to be in the midst of an outage. According to the company's Twitter account, and Twitter support account, it's looking into it.

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Best Buy will give you a free Nest Cam with your Verizon Pixel 3 purchase

As much as we like it, there's no escaping the fact that the $800-plus Pixel 3 is pricey. Bundles can help take the sting out of that sticker shock, though, especially when the freebie is a high-quality product. Right now, Best Buy is including just such a quality item: the Nest Cam is free with any Pixel 3 or 3 XL purchased and activated on Verizon.

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Nest Thermostat E over half off ($79) at some Walmart locations, plus a free Google Home Mini

The smart home ecosystem has two primary components: You need something that accepts commands to do stuff and something that gives them. Take this deal, which gets you both a Nest Thermostat E and a Google Home Mini, giving you both the mechanism to control your home environment, and the means to issue those commands. As a basic entry into the concept, it's a pretty good combo, and right now you can snag both together for just $79 (down from ~$169) in-store at some Walmart locations.

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[Deal Alert] Get Google Home Hub for $99 ($50 off) in select Nest promo bundles

One of the most interesting things you can do with a smart display is to pair it with a doorbell that streams and records video, making it easier to identify visitors before you get to the door. If you have neither of those devices, Google is currently offering a bundle deal for its new Home Hub plus a Nest Hello doorbell that reduces the smart display to $99 from $150, bringing the total for the two devices to $328. Both the Google Store and Best Buy are also offering the discount when customers pair the Home Hub with a variety of other Nest and Google products, including the third generation Nest Learning Thermostat. 

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[Deal Alert] Get a Nest Hello doorbell and Google Home Mini for $199 ($79 off)

Google's Nest family or products have particularly tight integration with Assistant. For instance, the Nest Hello doorbell can announce visitors if you've got a Google Home on the same network. Now, you can get both components of that setup (at a discount) in a single purchase from B&H.

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