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Alexa gets Prime Now integration

Need those AA batteries in a hurry, but can't leave the house? Alexa's Prime Now rapid delivery service can help.

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Abode home security system review: Flexible, easy to install, and readily expandable

A basic home security system that you can expand into a powerful smart home system now or later.

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Netgear Arlo Pro review: A great home security camera you can use indoors or out

Netgear's truly wire-free IP cam brings welcome flexibility to home monitoring.

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40% off WeMo Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Works with Amazon Alexa - Deal Alert

Plug in a Wemo Switch, download the free app, and start controlling your lights and appliances from anywhere in the world, right from your phone.

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See the smart home appliances of the future at Panasonic House

Check out Panasonic House at SXSW, where visitors can test smart-home prototypes like a home dry cleaner.

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The Vaux: A portable battery-powered speaker for the Echo Dot

Available for preorder now, it promises a more immersive audio experience and more freedom for your Alexa-powered device.

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Yahoo's Captain is a family assistant that lives in your messaging app

Captain, the latest chatbot from Yahoo, is built for SMS users who haven't yet figured out how to manage their family's schedule and shopping.

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Best home security camera: Our favorite tools for keeping an eye on the home front

A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

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Philips Hue and Sylvania Lightify motion sensor reviews: These add-ons make your smart lighting smarter

The Lightify Smart Sensor is a good add-on for Sylvania smart bulbs, but the Hue sensor demonstrates why Philips leads the market.

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Kwikset, Schlage, and Yale smart locks gain Alexa skills

If you have the right lock and a smart home hub, you’ll soon be able to say, “Alexa, lock my door.”

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26% off Portal Mesh Wi-Fi System (2-pack) - Coverage for Homes up to 6,000 sq. ft., Gigabit Speed - Deal Alert

PORTAL uses patented technologies that steers your devices to exclusive fast channels that avoid speed-sucking range-crushing congestion. The result is consistently fast reliable internet, lag-free gaming and smooth ultraHD video...

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Best water leak detectors for smart homes

Fires can be devastating, but water damage is a far more common risk. These smart devices will alert you if your home springs a leak, so you can take action quickly.

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Save 38% on the TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Works with Amazon Alexa - Deal Alert

Gain peace of mind by checking on your devices remotely and always coming home to a well-lit house. Use away-mode to make it look like you are home when you travel, and have lights turn on/off at set times to conserve energy and save...

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Roost Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector review: One feature short of perfection

Roost's Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector is a great leak detector today, and an upcoming accessory could render it our top pick.

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Aukey Wireless Indoor Surveillance Camera review: Its performance doesn't measure up to the features

Aukey's first home security camera promises panoramic views and motion-triggered alerts, but suffers from hit-or-miss accuracy.

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43% off TP-Link Smart LED Wi-Fi Light Bulb, 50W Dimmable and Alexa Compatible - Deal Alert

TP-Link has discounted its smart bulb 43% to just $20. Use the Kasa app to turn on/off and dim from anywhere in the world. Set up a schedule, set the mood, and even control with your voice via an Alexa-enabled device such as Echo or...

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25% off Kuna Smart Home Security Outdoor Light & Camera - Deal Alert

Night or day, Kuna’s smart outdoor security camera system detects movement at your door and sends actionable alerts to your mobile device, allowing you to safely take action using Kuna’s lights, HD live video feed, two-way intercom,...

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The state of the Apple HomeKit market: Apple's smart-home ecosystem has yet to coalesce

The smart home space remains the domain of the early adopter, but Apple's HomeKit market is more scattered than most.

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