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

Friday, November 16th, 2018

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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[Update: Coming back online] Smart home halt: Nest is down for many was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amazon’s doing a week of pre-Black Friday deals, here are some of the highlights

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

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As is tradition, all the big retailers are teasing their upcoming Black Friday deals. In Amazon's case, the company has revealed that its promotions are set to start a full week ahead of the date itself. Better, it has also published a list including many of its upcoming deals, and we've pulled some of the best out for you.

Most of these deals will be "available on various dates and times between November 16 and November 23," so keep in mind not only are they not live now, they won't all necessarily go up at the same time.

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Amazon's doing a week of pre-Black Friday deals, here are some of the highlights was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Certified refurbished Philips Hue products are up to 38 percent off today on Amazon

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Hue lights can be pricey, but buying refurbished is a good way to save some cash, especially when additional discounts are available. And wouldn't you know it, additional discounts are available today! Amazon has a number of Hue bulbs and package deals on sale for up to 38 percent off.

You can pick up a two-pack of White Ambiance bulbs — the ones that can change temperature, but not color — for $29.40, a 30 percent savings of $12.59.

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Certified refurbished Philips Hue products are up to 38 percent off today on Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung’s Black Friday deals are here: Solid Galaxy S9, Chromebook, and TV discounts

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Pre-Black Friday sales continue to trickle out a full week ahead of the day itself, and Samsung is the latest to publish its own preview for upcoming discounts. The variety covers everything from wearables to TVs and even smart home gadgets(and we're happy to tell you about them, too), but the promotions that have us most excited are for the company's latest Note and Galaxy-series phones. Starting on the 18th you can get a Note 9 for $800 unlocked, and a Galaxy S9 and S9+ for $520 and $640, respectively.

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Samsung's Black Friday deals are here: Solid Galaxy S9, Chromebook, and TV discounts was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Alexa now supports adding smart home devices to groups using just your voice

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Smart home gadgets exist to make your life easier, but there's one way they almost universally make it harder: setup. It's easy to say "turn on the kitchen lights," but more complicated to get everything on the right Wi-Fi connection and grouped for that convenience. That is, unless you use Alexa. Turns out, you can add devices to groups with just your voice.

Of note, the current help page for creating device groups actually makes no mention of this functionality.

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Alexa now supports adding smart home devices to groups using just your voice was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Arlo Pro 2 two-camera kit down to $378 on Amazon ($102 off)

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

You'll have a tough time finding a wireless security camera setup that beats Netgear's Arlo Pro 2 bundles. As with most top-of-the-line products, the Arlo 2 usually costs you a pretty penny, but Amazon is selling the two-camera pack for just $378 right now. That isn't exactly cheap, but it's $102 less than the usual asking price. We'll save you a few precious seconds and tell you that this comes out to $189 per camera.

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Arlo Pro 2 two-camera kit down to $378 on Amazon ($102 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Get the Ecobee4 thermostat with an Echo Dot for just $199 from Best Buy ($100 off)

Monday, November 12th, 2018

As Black Friday approaches, tons of deal are already dropping, with Best Buy getting heavily involved in the discount season. Another good one we've spotted there is an Ecobee4 WiFi thermostat for $199, and while that's not that incredible by itself — we've seen it that low before — they're also chucking in a free Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) with it.

Altogether, that means you're saving $50 off the MSRP of the Ecobee4, plus a further $50 that you would usually have to pay for the Echo Dot.

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Get the Ecobee4 thermostat with an Echo Dot for just $199 from Best Buy ($100 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

IFTTT adds 16 new services, including Logitech Circle, Legrand, and Roost

Monday, November 12th, 2018

There's a reason why IFTTT's the most popular automation platform out there, and that's the incredible amount of services it supports. Since we last covered IFTTT additions back in September, 16 new services have been added to the support list. Highlights include Logitech Circle, Legrand, and Roost.

Here's the list of new services:

  • AirTouch - Control your climate control and get notified about changes.
  • Albert Heijn - Get notified by changes and add products to your shopping list.
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IFTTT adds 16 new services, including Logitech Circle, Legrand, and Roost was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Canary View smart indoor camera is $50 (half off) at several retailers

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Smart home security cameras don't always have to be expensive. Case in point: The Canary View — already a good value at its typical $99 price tag — is on sale right now for a mere $50. That's 50% off, making it one of the cheapest ways to get into smart home security, or a good opportunity to pick up a 2nd (or 3rd, or 4th) camera for your existing Canary setup.

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Canary View smart indoor camera is $50 (half off) at several retailers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Kasa Smart Power Strip review: Six smart outlets in one package

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Internet-connected outlets are among the most common smart home devices, partially because they are typically cheap (~$30-50), and partially because they are so versatile. Do you constantly leave the TV or computer on after you leave home? Do you hate using Hue bulbs? Use a smart outlet.

The vast majority of smart plugs only have one outlet. If you need multiple internet-connected plugs in the same place, TP-Link has just the product for you.

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Kasa Smart Power Strip review: Six smart outlets in one package was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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