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New Ecobee smart doorbell beams video to thermostat screen


You're on camera via thermostat screen, complete with vertical field of view and smart sensing.
You're on camera via thermostat screen, complete with vertical field of view and smart sensing.
Photo: Ecobee

The new Smart Doorbell Camera that Ecobee rolled out Tuesday offers an “industry leading” vertical field of view and a “first of its kind” live video stream beamed to a thermostat screen, the company said.

For any smart home powered by HomeKit or Amazon Alexa, the camera offer clear vision day or night, radar-sensing tech for accurate detection and a battery-free enclosure that allows reliable usage in extreme temperatures, Ecobee said.

How to opt out of Amazon’s mass wireless sharing plans


How to opt out of Amazon Sidewalk
You have until June 8.
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Amazon plans to combine every Echo speaker and Ring security camera in the United States into a shared “mesh network” to ensure devices stay online even when disconnected from their owners’ home Wi-Fi connection.

The system, called Amazon Sidewalk, faced scrutiny over the lack of transparency with regard to its rollout. Many people also express concerns about the potential privacy issues it could raise.

Not interested in taking part? Here’s how to opt out of Amazon Sidewalk before it goes live on June 8.

Save 40% on an Amazon Smart Plug with Alexa support


Amazon Smart Plug
Get yours for just $14.99.
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Pick up an Amazon Smart Plug with Alexa support and enjoy 40% off the usual price for a limited time only. The device adds voice and smartphone control to any electrical outlet, and allows you to schedule lights, fans, and other appliances to turn on an off automatically.

Get yours today for just $14.99 — down from $24.99.

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Save 30% on Amazon’s newest Echo Dot — now under $35


Save on Amazon Echo Dot
Save $15 before this deal ends.
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Why spend $99 on a HomePod mini when you can get Amazon’s newest Echo Dot for a mere $34.99? It looks and sounds better than the previous model, and it’s smarter than ever.

Bag yours before this 30% discount disappears!

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How to update your Amazon Echo Buds to avoid overheating


How to update Amazon Echo Buds
Get the latest firmware as soon as possible.
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Amazon today instructed Echo Buds owners to urgently update their headphones to avoid a “potential safety risk.” The company says that in rare cases, Echo Buds can overheat while charging.

A new firmware update addresses this problem, and helps ensure that headphone batteries last as long as possible, by making charging more efficient. Here’s how you can install it.

Marshall’s tiny new smart speaker will blast you with huge sound


This stylish little box packs big sound.
Photo: Zound Industries

One of the most iconic brands in rock ‘n’ roll amplification is ready to give Apple’s HomePod some fresh competition.

Zound Industries unveiled its newest portable speaker today, the Marshall Uxbridge Voice. It comes with Bluetooth and Spotify Connect, plus you can control it with your voice using Alexa. Best of all, though, this thing is really freaking loud.

Uconnect 5 brings CarPlay to all Fiat Chrysler vehicles in USA


The new Uconnect 5 home screen.
Photo: FCA

Apple’s CarPlay infotainment system is finally coming to all of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in North America thanks to a little help from Android.

Fiat Chrysler revealed its new Uconnect 5 platform for cars today that is five times faster than the previous version. FCA says Uconnect 5 was built with future growth in mind and comes with support for CarPlay along with Android Auto and Alexa. It’s basically the Swiss-army knife of in-dash infotainment systems.

Apple joins rivals to create open standard for smart home devices


Abode Iota is a security system by itself
Building your smart home is about to get a whole lot easier.
Photo: Abode

Apple is teaming up with Amazon, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance to create a new open and royalty-free standard for smart home devices.

Project “Connected Home over IP” aims to increase compatibility among smart home gadgets and make development easier for device manufacturers. It should also simplify smart technology for consumers.