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9to5Toys Black Friday: Sabrent 10-port USB charger $20, Macs up to $200 off, Made In America deals, Anki $99, more
Made in America Black Friday Deals: This is Ground, Spool Dock, DODOcase, more
Anki Drive Starter Kit, iOS-controlled killer robot car racing game $99 shipped (Reg. $150)
Continue on for the rest of our favorite Black Friday tech deals:
Dropcam Stories August 26, 2014
Home security cameras that send you alerts when they detect movement have been around for a while now. We reviewed Dropcam, one of the better-known names in the business, last October.
The problem, though, is that most movement isn’t likely to be of interest – especially if you have pets or are susceptible to changes in nature from sunlight/wind. What we really want to know is when a person arrives, and that’s what Simplicam aims to deliver through face-detection software. You can thus choose to be notified about any one or more of three types of event: movement, sound and face-detection … expand full story
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Dropcam Stories July 9, 2014
While you’ve probably heard of Dropcam (which we like), you may not have heard of Manything – the cloud video service that allows you to use iOS devices as the smart cameras. You might want to check it out now, though, as the app has just added IFTTT support – giving access to a whole new world of automation.
Previously, Manything could use motion-detection to alert you to something moving inside or outside your home and send you an alert plus live video stream, enabling you to check it out remotely. Adding IF This Then That support makes it much more powerful – examples below … expand full story
Dropcam Stories May 7, 2014
Dropcam adds $29 motion sensors (and teaches its cam to recognize cats)
Dropcam, whose Wi-Fi video security system impressed us when we previously tried it, is now adding separate motion sensors to its product range. Costing just $29 each, Dropcam Tabs are small, weather-resistant devices that can be attached to doors, windows, and valuables. They use Bluetooth LE to connect to your existing Dropcam Pro camera which then sends push alerts when motion is detected, turning it into a much more comprehensive security system.
Dropcam says battery-life is rated for around two years, making Tabs close to fit-and-forget. Tabs can be pre-ordered today, and will be shipped in the summer.
The company has also made the Dropcam Pro suitable for more households by allowing it to recognize and ignore cats. Previously, the system would send push alerts any time it detected any movement, creating lots of false alarms as Tiddles engaged in her hectic schedule of moving from the sofa to the food dish and back.
Detecting pets usually requires 3D sensor systems which can measure the size of moving things, but Dropcam says that it has analyzed many hours of publicly-shared video in order to teach the system to recognize cats using only analysis of the visual data.
Dropcam Stories December 17, 2013
9to5Toys Last Call: EA iOS games mega sale, $49 Kindle eReader, iTunes 15% off, WeMo light switch $40, more
Today’s can’t miss deals:
Game/App Deals: Up to 90% off 50+ EA iOS games: $1 each, 75% off Civ V + DLC for Mac, iOS freebies more
Amazon Kindle Wifi 6-inch eReader: $49 shipped ($20 off)
$100 iTunes gift card for $85: Save 15% on future apps, music, movies, more
Belkin WeMo iOS/Android enabled light switch $40 shipped (Reg. $50)
Giveaway: Dropcam Pro Wi-Fi video monitoring camera ($200 value)
Other great deals from today:
- New! Pioneer 50W x 4 MOSFET iOS/Android enabled car stereo $50 shipped (Reg. $100)
- New! PNY Polaroid 64GB SDXC Card $19 shipped ($10 off)
- New! Logitech UE 4000 On-Ear Headphones w/ In-Line Mic & Controls $30 shipped (Reg. $100), Beats Studio over-ears: $175 (Reg. $300)
The best deals that are still alive:
- Logitech UE Mini Boom portable Bluetooth speaker $72 shipped (Reg. $100)
- Olloclip 3-in-1 iPhone lens kit $56 (Reg. $70), Telefoto lens $80 (Reg. $100)
- Pebble Smartwatch in Red or Black: $90 shipped ($60 off) with .edu email ($120w/o)
- Beats Speakers/headphones combo w/$50 Amazon/Best Buy Gift Card starting at $398 shipped
- Bluetooth Speaker: JLab Bouncer $100 (Reg. $250)
- Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player $30, $25 for Amazon Students (Reg. $35)
- USB Hub Deals: Anker 7-port hub w/ charging: $30 (Reg. $70), Satechi 4-port Apple-style hub: $17 (Reg. $40)
- Klipsch S4 II in-ear headphone in black or white: $30 shipped (63% off)
- Logitech K400 Wireless Touch Keyboard in Black or White for $20 shipped
- Take $75 off any iPhone 5s when you sign a new 2-year agreement (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint)
- Dell UltraSharp 32″ Ultra HD 4k Monitor $3,000 shipped (Reg. $3,500)
- IGN’s FREE iOS game of the month: Infinity Blade II ($7 savings)