Foscam R2 IP Security Camera review

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Quite a few security cameras have come across my desk the past few months, some that were not so great and others that could be considered as the best technology on the market. Now, I’ve got the R2, an IP camera from a company called Foscam, who has been in the security camera business since 2007. They’ve manufactured a lot of great IP cameras in the past, but this latest one, the R2, truly demonstrates the company’s ability to not only provide great hardware, but good software as well.

At first glance, there’s not much that sets apart the Foscam R2 from other home security cameras, such as the Nest Cam and Netatmo Welcome; however, Foscam believes that it offers far better value at an affordable price range. Read more

Giveaway: Win a CleverLoop Home Security System from Talk Android! [Update: winner picked]

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Home security systems are nothing new to the world. We’ve all been trying to protect our homes and offices for years, but CleverLoops’s range of products is smart. CleverLoop has three pieces to create a seamless all-in-one smarter, safer home. The Base Station is what allows everything to work and communicate while the indoor and outdoor cameras keep an eye on your home. Our very own Brad Ward easily ranked CleverLoop ahead of the other home security systems on the market today. The straightforward setup, easy design, and always-running capabilities are behind an appealing price that varies based on the bundle you need.

Both CleverLoop and Talk Android want to send you a one of these home security systems for free. So hit the break and enter our giveaway!

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Holiday Buying Guide 2015: Gifts for the home

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This year, some of the best holiday tech gifts are for the connected home. Over recent years, home automation and the internet of things has become a major area of focus among manufacturers. Some of the most popular ones being light automation, smart thermostats, virtual locks for your home, unified remotes, and of course, video games and TV. Streaming media saw an incremental increase this year and manufacturers are making sure you have the right tools to stay right at home. There’s no better time to get invested in gadgets for the home than the holiday season because of all the hot deals.

Buying gifts can be a difficult process because of the wide range of devices available. At Talk Android, we made the process easy for you. Here’s what we believe are the top gifts of 2015 for the connected home.

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[Deal] Nest Thermostat + Nest Protect bundle, Nest Cam get big discounts

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Through Monday, Nest is offering its three core products at quite attractive prices.

Home automation is on the rise and Nest designs some of the best hardware and software around. So this deal is even more amazing considering you’re getting huge savings on premium devices. In all, you could get three Nest products that work together for less than $600.

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Withings Home review

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Over the past five years, home surveillance cameras have grown more popular. Gone are the days of having to book an appointment with a security specialist to have one installed. Now you can simply visit your local electronics store, purchase an extremely reliable Wi-Fi camera, take it home and configure it yourself.

Due to the increase in demand for these can-sized CCTV units, manufacturers are constantly thinking of new ways to innovate — and that’s exactly what Withings has executed with its brand new ‘Home HD’ camera. This system allows you to remotely keep tabs on your home via a companion application, which is available to download for Android-powered smartphones and tablets via the Play Store.

But does the Withings Home stand up to the competition? Hit the break below to read our full review.

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You can now buy the Home Monitoring Kit from the Samsung-owned SmartThings

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The latest wave of SmartThings products is finally available for you to purchase. The Samsung-owned company announced today that its new Home Monitoring Kit is available from retailers online and throughout the United States. SmartThings says that the Home Monitoring Kit makes it possible to monitor, control, and secure your home from just about anywhere. Paired with the SmartThings apps, you view the status of your home and receive actionable alerts on your mobile device.

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Amazon’s Echo now works with SmartThings hardware

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Quite rapidly, Amazon has been expanding the products and services that work with its Echo digital assistant. SmartThings, the home automation platform purchased by Samsung last year, is now supported by the Echo. The only requirement is that the SmartThings hardware is setup and connected through the company’s apps before asking the Echo to detect devices on the same network. Controls for different appliances are then accessible by the Echo and you can use your voice to control them.

SmartThings’ new hub and sensors will be available starting next month, so now could be the perfect time to pair your Echo with a home automation platform. Your other option is to invest in Wink’s products.

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Piper NV Security Camera review

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Security cameras for the purpose of home automation are becoming more and more popular with devices available like the Netatmo Welcome or the Nest Cam. The Piper NV is yet another security camera that can be controlled with your mobile device.

Many smart home cameras are lacking in a lot of areas but Piper claims its NV to be top-of-the-line when it comes to automated home surveillance.

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Weekend Contest: Win a Satechi Spectrum iQ Bulb from Talk Android!

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Every room needs light because windows can only get the job done during daylight hours. Regular light bulbs, though, are awfully boring. You need something that can illuminate a room with color! That’s why we are giving away a Satechi Spectrum iQ Bulb this weekend. Satechi’s bulb offers 16 million different colors and lasts 25,000 hours. And the companion app allows you to create a schedule, so you’ll be using one less switch at home. The Spectrum iQ Bulb costs $39, but our contest can have you taking one home for free.

Hit the break to enter.

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