Screencast, Facial Recognition and Other Apps to be Showcased on the Vuzix Blade at CEATEC in Japan

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Vuzix® Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI), (“Vuzix” or, the “Company”), a leading supplier of Smart Glasses, Augmented Reality (AR)) technology and products, is pleased to announce that the Company’s Vuzix Blade® and M300 Smart Glasses will be showcased at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC), Japan’s largest IT and electronics exhibition and conference October 16-19 in Japan.

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Vuzix® Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI), (“Vuzix” or, the “Company”), a leading supplier of Smart Glasses, Augmented Reality (AR)) technology and products, is pleased to announce that the Company’s Vuzix Blade® and M300 Smart Glasses will be showcased at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC), Japan’s largest IT and electronics exhibition and conference October 16-19 in Japan.

At CEATEC Japan 2018 several notable applications will be demoed at the Vuzix booth on Vuzix Smart Glasses including Device Connect WebAPI, a screencast application developed by GClue with NTT DOCOMO’s opensource software on the Vuzix Blade and M300 Smart Glasses. Using Device Connect WebAPI, Android phone users can wirelessly cast content from their Android mobile phone screen to the HUD of the Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses over Wi-Fi and wirelessly consume real-time content hands-free via the HUD of the Vuzix Blade. Device Connect WebAPI is an open source software application listed on GitHub and is available now for download via the Vuzix app store.

Vuzix’ partner Toshiba Client Solutions will be demoing Windows 10 applications for business with the Toshiba “Powered by Vuzix” AR100 Smart Glasses; Japan Media Systems will be demoing Live On, a web conferencing system for enterprise on the Vuzix M300 Smart Glasses; KDDI Research, NID, OPTiM, Shinko Shoji and Atos will be demoing remote support applications for enterprise on the Vuzix M300 Smart Glasses.

Vuzix Blade® Smart Glasses supporting a 3rd party facial recognition app will also be showcased at the Vuzix booth #S014-20 located at the American pavilion in Hall 5 from October 16-19 at the Makuhari Messe convention center located just outside of Tokyo, Japan. Vuzix will also be presenting an abstract on ‘Successful Enterprise Deployments’ in Co-Creation Park from 12:00-12:30 pm JST on Thursday, October 18th.

About Vuzix Corporation

Vuzix is a leading supplier of Smart-Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and products. The Company’s products include personal display and wearable computing devices that offer users a portable high-quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, wearable displays and augmented reality. Vuzix holds 62 patents and 71 additional patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field. The Company has won Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) awards for innovation for the years 2005 to 2018 and several wireless technology innovation awards among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (NASDAQ: VUZI) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK, Barcelona, Spain and Tokyo, Japan.

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Certain statements contained in this news release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward looking statements contained in this release relate to, among other things, the success and future potential business from this tradeshow event and the Company’s leadership in the Video Eyewear and AR display industry. They are generally identified by words such as “believes,” “may,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “should” and similar expressions. Readers should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are based upon the Company’s beliefs and assumptions as of the date of this release. The Company’s actual results could differ materially due to risk factors and other items described in more detail in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Reports and MD&A filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and applicable Canadian securities regulators (copies of which may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). Subsequent events and developments may cause these forward-looking statements to change. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise these forward-looking statements as a result of changed events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release, except as required by applicable law.

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The cybersecurity measures needed to protect flexible workers

In an age where technology has transformed the workplace and employees can work from anywhere at any time from different devices, businesses are facing new challenges to their cybersecurity. People working away from the office may use a combination of business assigned equipment along with their own personal laptops, PCs, tablets or mobiles which might not be protected adequately or are shared with other family members, increasing the risk of data becoming exposed to information-gathering malware.

In an age where technology has transformed the workplace and employees can work from anywhere at any time from different devices, businesses are facing new challenges to their cybersecurity. People working away from the office may use a combination of business assigned equipment along with their own personal laptops, PCs, tablets or mobiles which might not be protected adequately or are shared with other family members, increasing the risk of data becoming exposed to information-gathering malware. According to a recent survey by HPE, 31 per cent of people have lost corporate data via mobile device misuse, emphasising the need for companies to ensure that there are strong policies in place to allow employees to work flexibly safely.

We’ve also highlighted the best antivirusCommunication and education

It is vital when creating a cybersecurity policy for flexible working that businesses understand what is required, the desired outcomes and the obstacles that may be faced for both employee and employer. Staff need to be educated on policies for using business and personal devices remotely, informed of which applications and websites are permitted for business use and situations where access to company networks or data is prohibited. Workers also need to be educated about who to contact in their company in the event of an issue or data breach.

Understand your data and who needs to handle it

Businesses need to categorise data and limit access based on the role the employee is playing in the organisation. Personal and sensitive data must only be used in-line with the consents agreed. Policies must prohibit the communication of company documents/data using employees’ personal emails and prohibit the storage of that data on any personal cloud storage sites. The IT team may enable Server level Encryption to provide a further layer of data protection.

Check your Wi-Fi

Open and free Wi-Fi is available at most hotels, coffee shops and some restaurants, and so is commonly used by flexible workers for getting work done on the go. Many people may have auto-attached set-up on their devices, for convenience. However, once attached to a free unknown Wi-Fi connection, account login details could be compromised. Public Wi-Fi connections often do not require authentication and are therefore vulnerable to ‘evil twin’ Wi-Fi attacks, where hackers set up a fake network to mirror the real one, and can steal account names, passwords, and intercept files, causing damage to company reputations or compromising a business’ network. Flexible workers should set devices to ask for user permission to connect and rely only on trusted Wi-Fi networks or connect via a 4G connection on their own mobile device.

Play it safe

The basic security measures of device login/authentication at startup and after devices are idle must be in place, along with remote wipe capability to enable the IT team to cleanse ‘lost’ devices. Additionally, ensuring automatic software and antivirus updates are in place and local firewalls configured to safeguard against malware and viruses provides a solid base for employees to work from.

Secure private cloud technology that enables collaboration between colleagues to continue working even while away from the office is an easy way to ensure data and the business network are segregated. Businesses should enable multi-factor authentication for these applications in order to safeguard against the compromising of login credentials. This can occur because some applications now support multiple devices and allow workers to be logged-in across multiple devices concurrently. If login credentials are compromised, someone could be accessing accounts alongside the worker.

By implementing clear policies and educating workers on simple ways to employ cybersecurity best practice, businesses will ensure employees can reap the benefits of working flexibly and foster a more productive and satisfied workforce.

Chris Martin, CTO at PowWowNow

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Telit Introduces New Smaller IoT Form Factor Module Family

LONDON, Oct. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the xE310 family of miniature IoT modules. With initial models planned in LTE-M, NB-IoT and European 2G, the new form factor will enable Telit to meet growing demand for ultra-small, high-performance modules for wearable medical devices, fitness trackers, industrial sensors, smart metering, and other mass-production, massive deployment applications.

LONDON, Oct. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the xE310 family of miniature IoT modules. With initial models planned in LTE-M, NB-IoT and European 2G, the new form factor will enable Telit to meet growing demand for ultra-small, high-performance modules for wearable medical devices, fitness trackers, industrial sensors, smart metering, and other mass-production, massive deployment applications. Telit will start shipping xE310 modules in Q4 this year.

For more information, visit info.telit.com/nbiot.

The xE310 family is one of the smallest LGA form factors available in the market with a flexible perimeter footprint supporting various sizes from compact to smaller than 200 mm2. The xE310’s 94 pads include spares to provide Telit the flexibility to quickly deliver support for additional features as technologies, applications and markets evolve. Spares can be used for modules supporting Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or enhanced location technologies – in addition to cellular – while maintaining compatibility with cellular only models. They can also be used for additional connections that may be required for new 5G-enabled features.

The new form factor also gives OEMs greater flexibility, efficiency and yield during design and manufacturing. The xE310 family provides easy PCB routing while minimizing manufacturing process issues such as planarity and bending. The unique circular pad facilitates correct package orientation for automated assembly.

“The new xE310 is among the smallest form factors available today despite being packed with technologies and capabilities that developers and designers say they need to enable tomorrow’s IoT applications,” said Yossi Moscovitz, Telit president of products and solutions. “With this new form factor, xE310 modules can comfortably take IoT integration across all industries seamlessly from current standards, way into 5G many years from now; much the same way the standard setting xE910 has done over the past 10 years.”

To learn more about the new xE310 family, visit the Telit stand 431 at IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on October 16-18.

For a look at how this new design is enabling smart metering applications, register for the Telit webinar on November 15: “From 2G to 5G: 5 things you need to know for smarter utilities”: https://www.smart-energy.com/industry-sectors/data_analytics/webinar-15-november-5-things-you-need-to-know-for-smarter-utilities/.

About Telit
Telit (AIM: TCM), is a global leader in Internet of Things (IoT) enablement, with an extensive portfolio of wireless connectivity modules, platforms, virtual cellular IoT operator services, and professional services, empowering hundreds of millions of connected ‘things’ to date, and trusted by thousands of direct and indirect customers, globally. With nearly two decades of IoT innovation experience, Telit continues to redefine the boundaries of digital business, by delivering secure, integrated end-to-end IoT solutions for many of the world’s largest brands, including enterprises, OEMs, system integrators and service providers across all industries, enabling their pursuit of enterprise digital transformation.

Copyright © 2018 Telit Communications PLC. All rights reserved. Telit and all associated logos are trademarks of Telit Communications PLC in the United States and other countries. Other names used herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Swisscom en ASSIA ondertekenen kruislicentie-overeenkomst

REDWOOD CITY, Californië, 15 oktober 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc. (ASSIA) de toonaangevende leverancier van breedband- en wifi-beheersoftware en Swisscom, het leidinggevende telecombedrijf van Zwitserland en een investeerder in ASSIA, hebben vandaag aangekondigd dat zij een kruislicentie-overeenkomst inzake octrooien hebben ondertekend.

REDWOOD CITY, Californië, 15 oktober 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc. (ASSIA) de toonaangevende leverancier van breedband- en wifi-beheersoftware en Swisscom, het leidinggevende telecombedrijf van Zwitserland en een investeerder in ASSIA, hebben vandaag aangekondigd dat zij een kruislicentie-overeenkomst inzake octrooien hebben ondertekend.

Volgens de overeenkomst hebben de twee partijen ingestemd met een kruislicentie inzake de octrooien die betrekking hebben op vaste breedbandtoegang, draadnetwerkbeheer en aan DSL gerelateerde optimalisatieproducten en –diensten.

“Wij kijken ernaar uit onze langdurige relatie met Swisscom uit te breiden nu het bedrijf een deel wordt van een groeiende lijst van licentiehouders over de hele wereld die de technologie & het intellectueel eigendom van ASSIA gebruiken,” verklaarde ASSIA. “Wij kijken tevens uit naar een toekomstige potentiële samenwerking.”

“Deze kruislicentie-overeenkomst met ASSIA verbetert onze mogelijkheden om betrouwbaar internet te bieden in heel Zwitserland. Tegelijkertijd opent zij de deur voor de toekomstige wederzijds voordelige volgende generatie producten,” zei Swisscom.

Over Swisscom
Swisscom is de leidinggevende telecomoperator en één van de toonaangevende IT-ondernemingen van Zwitserland. Het bedrijf heeft zijn hoofdkantoor in Worblaufen, dicht bij de hoofdstad Bern. Meer dan 20.000 werknemers realiseerden een omzet van CHF 2,9 miljard tot het einde van het eerste kwartaal van 2018. Swisscom is één van de meest duurzame bedrijven in Zwitserland en Europa.

Over ASSIA
ASSIA is een betrouwbare partner met het leidende marktaandeel inzake oplossingen voor beheers- en optimalisatiesoftware voor mondiale breedband- en residentiële toegangsnetwerken. Het Expresse®-breedbandsysteem van ASSIA maakt het mogelijk de operationele kosten aanzienlijk te verlagen voor Internet Service Providers op het gebied van abonneezorg, een hogere klanttevredenheid en het upgraden van meer verbindingen naar servicelagen die hogere inkomsten genereren. De ClearView®-software van ASSIA zorgt voor zowel breedbandtoegang als analyses van wifi-verbindingen en geeft aanbevelingen wat betreft gepaste stappen om problemen op te lossen door gebruik te maken van een taal die gemakkelijk te begrijpen is voor callcenter-agenten en veldtechnici. De wifi-optimalisatiesoftware CloudCheck® van ASSIA maakt het mogelijk voor de dienstleveranciers en ondernemingen om een premium digitale ervaring te leveren via residentiële wifi-netwerken. ASSIA heeft wereldwijd contracten met meer dan 100 miljoen breedbandhuishoudens. Dankzij de productevolutie en de bijdrages van het bedrijf aan de breedbandnormen zal ASSIA ISP’s in de hele wereld helpen hun netwerken te upgraden met volgende generatie G.Vector- en G.Fast-normen. Voor meer informatie kunt u terecht op www.assia-inc.com.

Expresse®, ClearView® en CloudCheck® zijn geregistreerde handelsmerken van ASSIA.

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Swisscom et ASSIA signent un accord de licence réciproque

REDWOOD CITY, Californie, 15 octobre 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc. (ASSIA), le principal fournisseur sur le marché de logiciels de gestion haut débit et Wi-Fi et Swisscom, la première société de télécommunications en Suisse et investisseur d’ASSIA, ont annoncé ce jour la conclusion d’un accord de licence réciproque de brevets.

REDWOOD CITY, Californie, 15 octobre 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc. (ASSIA), le principal fournisseur sur le marché de logiciels de gestion haut débit et Wi-Fi et Swisscom, la première société de télécommunications en Suisse et investisseur d’ASSIA, ont annoncé ce jour la conclusion d’un accord de licence réciproque de brevets.

Selon l’accord, les deux parties ont convenu d’accorder des licences réciproques de brevets portant sur l’accès à haut débit par ligne fixe, la gestion de réseaux filaires et les produits et services d’optimisation liés à la technologie DSL.

« Nous sommes impatients de pouvoir étendre notre longue collaboration avec Swisscom, qui rejoint la liste grandissante de licenciés à travers le monde qui utilisent la technologie et la propriété intellectuelle d’ASSIA », a déclaré ASSIA. « Nous nous réjouissons également à l’idée de futures collaborations possibles. »

« La conclusion d’un accord de licence réciproque avec ASSIA renforce notre capacité à fournir un Internet fiable sur l’ensemble de la Suisse et ouvre la voie pour de futurs produits de nouvelle génération, qui seront mutuellement profitables », a déclaré Swisscom.

À propos de Swisscom
Swisscom, le principal opérateur de télécommunications sur le marché suisse et l’une des principales sociétés spécialisées dans les TI du pays, est basée à Worblaufen, à proximité de la capitale, Berne. Plus de 20 000 salariés ont généré un chiffre d’affaires de 2,9 milliards CHF à la fin du premier trimestre 2018. Swisscom est l’une des sociétés les plus viables de Suisse et d’Europe.

À propos d’ASSIA
Partenaire de confiance, ASSIA détient une part de marché de premier plan dans le domaine des solutions logicielles de gestion et d’optimisation pour les réseaux mondiaux d’accès à haut débit et résidentiels. Grâce au système haut débit Expresse® d’ASSIA, les fournisseurs de services Internet sont en mesure de réduire considérablement leurs dépenses d’exploitation dans les domaines de l’attention aux abonnés, l’augmentation de la satisfaction de la clientèle et la mise à niveau d’un plus grand nombre de connexions, vers des niveaux de services générateurs de revenus supérieurs. Le logiciel ClearView® d’ASSIA fournit à la fois l’accès à haut débit et l’analyse des connexions Wi-Fi, tout en recommandant les étapes adéquates pour résoudre les problèmes, en utilisant un langage aisé pour les agents du centre d’appels et les techniciens sur le terrain. Le logiciel d’optimisation CloudCheck® d’ASSIA permet aux fournisseurs de services et aux entreprises de proposer des expériences numériques de grande qualité sur les réseaux Wi-Fi résidentiels. Plus de 100 millions de foyers à travers le monde sont équipés du haut débit avec ASSIA. Grâce à l’évolution de ses produits et à sa contribution aux normes du haut débit, la société ASSIA est en mesure d’aider les fournisseurs d’accès à Internet dans le monde entier à mettre à niveau leurs réseaux, à l’aide des normes G.Vector et G.Fast de dernière génération. Pour en savoir plus, veuillez consulter le site : www.assia-inc.com.

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Swisscom y ASSIA firman un acuerdo de licencia cruzada

REDWOOD CITY, California, 15 de octubre de 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc. (ASSIA), el proveedor líder del mercado de software de gestión de Wi-Fi y banda ancha, y Swisscom, la principal empresa de telecomunicaciones de Suiza e inversora de ASSIA, han anunciado la firma de un acuerdo de licencia cruzada de patentes.

REDWOOD CITY, California, 15 de octubre de 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc. (ASSIA), el proveedor líder del mercado de software de gestión de Wi-Fi y banda ancha, y Swisscom, la principal empresa de telecomunicaciones de Suiza e inversora de ASSIA, han anunciado la firma de un acuerdo de licencia cruzada de patentes.

En virtud del acuerdo, ambas partes han acordado la concesión de patentes cruzadas relativas al acceso de banda ancha de línea fija, la gestión de redes cableadas y los productos y servicios de optimización relacionados con sistemas de DSL.

“Esperamos ampliar nuestra larga relación con Swisscom a medida que se unan a una creciente lista de licenciatarios de todo el mundo que utilizan la tecnología y la propiedad intelectual de ASSIA”, ha declarado ASSIA. “También esperamos una colaboración potencial en el futuro”.

“Alcanzar un acuerdo de licencia cruzada con ASSIA mejora nuestra capacidad de ofrecer Internet fiable en toda Suiza y, a la vez, abre la puerta a futuros productos de próxima generación que puedan beneficiar a ambas partes”, ha declarado Swisscom.

Acerca de Swisscom
Swisscom, uno de los principales operadores de telecomunicaciones de Suiza y una de sus principales empresas de TI, tiene su sede en Worblaufen, cerca de la capital, Berna. Con más de 20.000 empleados, alcanzó una cifra de ventas de 2900 millones de francos suizos hasta finales del primer trimestre de 2018. Swisscom es una de las empresas más sostenibles de Suiza y Europa.

Acerca de ASSIA
ASSIA es un socio de confianza que cuenta con la mayor cuota de mercado en soluciones de software de gestión y optimización para redes globales de banda ancha y acceso residencial. El sistema de banda ancha Expresse® de ASSIA permite reducir significativamente los gastos operativos de los proveedores de servicios de Internet en las áreas de atención al abonado, de aumento de la satisfacción del cliente y de ampliación de conexiones a servicios de terceros que permitan generar más ingresos. El software ClearView® de ASSIA proporciona acceso de banda ancha y análisis de conexiones Wi-Fi y recomienda los pasos que deben seguirse para resolver los problemas utilizando un lenguaje que sea fácil de entender para los agentes del centro de llamadas y los técnicos de campo. CloudCheck®, el software de optimización Wi-Fi de ASSIA, permite a los proveedores de servicios y a las empresas ofrecer experiencias digitales de primera calidad a través de redes Wi-Fi residenciales. ASSIA cuenta con más de 100 millones de hogares con contratos de banda ancha en todo el mundo. Gracias a la evolución de los productos de la empresa y a su contribución a los estándares de banda ancha, ASSIA está preparada para ayudar a los proveedores de servicios de Internet de todo el mundo a actualizar sus redes con estándares G.Vector y G.Fast de última generación. Para obtener más información, visite www.assia-inc.com:

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The best video doorbells you can buy today – CNET

Video doorbells are a relatively new category in the smart home space, but they closely overlap with standard home security cameras. They’re half doorbell, half security camera.

Video doorbells are a relatively new category in the smart home space, but they closely overlap with standard home security cameras. They’re half doorbell, half security camera.

With a video doorbell, your guests will ring the buzzer just like normal, but you’ll get a push alert on your phone and a live video look at whoever’s there (in addition to a regular ol’ chime sound). The two of you can then chat via a built-in speaker and microphone in the doorbell. In some cases, they also work with smart locks so you can let the person in without physically opening the door yourself.

Most of today’s Wi-Fi-enabled doorbells offer features like these, but the designs, video storage subscriptions and general installation can vary a lot. Let’s take a look at what’s out there so you can make a more informed buying decision if the time comes to upgrade your doorbell.


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Buzzer testing

Testing a smart doorbell is similar to testing any other home security camera. First I download the corresponding app and create an account (if I don’t already have one). While a lot of products include tutorial booklets in the box with your purchase, I prefer to start with the app. A good app includes detailed steps on the installation process, as well as how to connect to your Wi-Fi network and actually get the product up and running. It’s your one-stop shop for taking your doorbell setup from start to finish.

Make sure the doorbell is installed based on the manufacturer’s specifications — either hardwired or battery- or solar-powered. As soon as it’s connected and you’re able to view the live video feed, I check the settings. I make sure features like motion detection or activity zones are enabled (they aren’t always enabled as a default) to get a complete sense of what it’s like to use the product — and to see how well it actually works as a replacement to a regular, non-smart doorbell.

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I look for several things once the doorbell is fully configured:

How’s the latency? If it takes a long time to get a push alert after someone rings your doorbell, then you risk missing your visitor completely. The same might even be true when the doorbell simply detects motion — you can set most video doorbells to notify you to activity happening near your door, even if no one rings the buzzer.

If you have latency problems, start with your Wi-Fi connection. If it isn’t strong where the doorbell is installed, you might consider moving it (or, more easily, getting a Wi-Fi range extender). But it could also be the way the software works.

How’s the live view? Doorbells are often exposed to direct sunlight, but many others are installed under porches, near shady trees and in all sorts of other settings. It’s important that the camera can handle any of these scenarios so you don’t get stuck with a non-functioning product that can’t see faces under a porch.

How’s the two-way audio? If the doorbell’s microphone and speaker don’t work well, you’re going to have a tough time communicating with whoever’s there. I test this out multiple times to see how the doorbell’s audio sounds over my phone.

Does it work with smart home platforms?If so, do they work well? It may not be a deal-breaker, but nowadays smart home devices are expected to work with at least one major smart home platform — Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, etc.

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Best of smart doorbells

Here’s a list of some DIY video doorbells sold today:

Arlo Audio Doorbell
August Doorbell Cam Pro
Blink Video Doorbell
Nest Hello Video Doorbell
Olive & Dove RemoBell
Ring Video Doorbell
Ring Video Doorbell 2
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell
Soliom Video Doorbell

So, how do they compare to one another? Let’s find out.

Best install: Soliom

The Soliom doorbell has an integrated solar panel, so you don’t have to hardwire it. In fact, Soliom doesn’t even give you the option to hardwire. That makes this setup incredibly simple and straightforward. The company even provides a strong adhesive backing in case you don’t want to deal with power tools and a more permanent installation. I’ve had a Soliom installed for nearly a week with just the adhesive backing and it’s holding up well, despite humid weather, rain and more.

Best value: Ring

Although Ring now sells a bunch of smart doorbells, its first-gen Ring Video Doorbell is still available for purchase. They’ve dropped the price down to $100 too, so you can snag a video doorbell with optional battery or hardwired installation for less than half the price of the $229 Nest Hello Video Doorbell.

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Best smart home support: Nest Hello

The Nest Hello works well with Alexa, Google Assistant, and, of course, Nest. It isn’t the only product that works with a variety of platforms, but it does offer fairly comprehensive online support if you have questions about connecting your doorbell to your smart speaker or other smart home platform. It probably doesn’t hurt that Google owns Nest.

Best features: Nest Hello

In addition to the basics like 1080p HD live streaming and motion alerts, the Hello camera also offers free person detection. Person detection won’t tell you who’s at the door, but it will tell you it saw a person. For a monthly or yearly fee, you can also upgrade to the Nest Aware cloud subscription service. Along with access to saved video recordings, this service also adds in facial recognition.

Best cloud storage: SkyBell HD

The SkyBell HD has been around for awhile now without any significant updates, but its cloud storage plan remains the best around. When you buy this smart buzzer, you automatically get access to free 7-day event-based cloud storage. That means if your SkyBell detects motion — or if someone rings the doorbell — and you miss the push alert to view the event live, you can still watch what happened in the app’s saved video history.

Best overall: Nest Hello

From design to performance and features, the Nest Hello is hard to beat. At $229, it’s priced high, but it is a truly great option if you’re looking for an all-around solid product that looks nice and works well. Still, it isn’t perfect. I wish Nest offered free cloud video storage and free facial recognition; hopefully the Google-owned company will add more free features in the future.

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Two brains are better than one: inside Huawei’s new Kirin 980 chip

The new Kirin 980 SoC is an upgrade to the previous-generation Kirin 970 chipset. That older SoC paired with the quality cameras in the Huawei P20 Pro to earn it the highest DxOMark mobile score to date, beating out even the newer Galaxy Note 9 from Samsung and iPhone XS Max from Apple.

The new Kirin 980 SoC is an upgrade to the previous-generation Kirin 970 chipset. That older SoC paired with the quality cameras in the Huawei P20 Pro to earn it the highest DxOMark mobile score to date, beating out even the newer Galaxy Note 9 from Samsung and iPhone XS Max from Apple.

Apple has its A12 Bionic and just about all flagship Android phones have the Snapdragon 845 chipset, but Huawei sees the future in AI. And, with its new Kirin 980 system-on-chip (SoC), Huawei is doubling down on AI and dialing up the performance at the same time.

Not only does the new Kirin 980 stand to improve in basic performance thanks to higher clock speeds, but it will improve Huawei’s future phones in even more ways. The Kirin 980 is the first 7nm SoC chipset for an Android phone, and that small CPU process will help it achieve improved efficiency. The SoC is also the first to feature dual Neural Processing Units (NPUs), giving it even more of the AI-driven performance that helped the Kirin 970 shine.

Performance and efficiency both upgraded

Compared to the Kirin 970 that powered the Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 10 Pro, Huawei claims the Kirin 980 improves performance by 20%, ups power efficiency by 40%, and leads to an overall energy efficiency improvement of 58%.

The Kirin 980 is an octa-core chipset featuring two super cores; two large, high-efficiency cores, and four small, ultra-efficient cores. Anything that you need your phone to do quickly can go to the super cores, while the large cores offer sustained performance, and the small cores handle everyday, light activities while sipping on your device’s battery.

The Huawei P20 Pro’s 4,000mAh battery already got it a good 1.5-2 days of battery life in our testing, and we could see a similar battery solution paired with an even more efficient SoC carrying us through two days on a regular basis.

AI in the camera

With all that AI, you can shoot video more easily, make real-time adjustments to hue, saturation, and brightness; and keep your shot in focus.

The performance improvements are one thing, but it’s not all about the cores in the new Kirin 980. A key aspect of the new SoC is the inclusion of two NPUs to drive Huawei’s AI performance to even higher levels. The dual-NPU design goes even further than doubling performance, offering a 120 percent increase in image recognition over the Kirin 970. In a single minute, the Kirin 980 can recognize 4,500 images.

The high-performance image recognition can help Huawei’s cameras really shine. It enables more advanced autofocus, as the camera can understand what the subject is. If you want to take a picture of a moving person, the Kirin 980 can map out a skeleton and follow their movements. Huawei even has an AI-powered AI Image Stabilization to help novice filmmakers use their phone to take better handheld video than ever.

Connectivity is icing on the cake

With high-speed connectivity, high-performance internals, and cameras boasting even more advanced AI than the already class-leading P20 Pro, Huawei’s upcoming Kirin 980-powered phones are set to dazzle.

For an extra bit of sparkle, Huawei’s Kirin 980 SoC will have the first modem to support the high-speed LTE Cat.21, which offers peak download speeds of 1.4Gbps. And, when you’re not using an LTE connection, you can get extra fast Wi-Fi thanks to the Hi1103 Wi-Fi module, which Huawei boasts is the fastest Wi-Fi chipset, offering a maximum download speed of 1.7Gbps.

Roku Premiere Plus (2018) review: The best value in 4K HDR streaming, if your Wi-Fi is solid – CNET

If streaming devices are a commodity like rice or paper towels, Roku deserves a lot of the credit. (Or maybe that’s the blame, depending on your point of view.

If streaming devices are a commodity like rice or paper towels, Roku deserves a lot of the credit. (Or maybe that’s the blame, depending on your point of view.) The streaming specialist has been making the same basic boxes and sticks for the last five years, iterating and improving along the way and selling them at crazy-low prices. And the formula works.

Roku routinely tops CNET’s list of best media streamers, and its outsells giants like Amazon, Google and Apple year in and year out. Rokus are simple to use yet powerful enough to deliver snappy performance with the latest versions of Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and thousands of other apps.

For 2018 Roku has two new streaming players — the $40 Roku Premiere and $50 Roku Premiere Plus reviewed here. They’re basically just as good as existing players, which Roku continues to sell, and they’re cheaper than ever for 4K streaming.


Roku Premiere Plus hits the 4K HDR streaming value sweet spot
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The Premiere Plus is my favorite between the two, but my favorite Roku overall is still the Streaming Stick Plus from 2017. For an extra $10 over the Premiere Plus it gives you the potential for superior Wi-Fi reception: It can pull in 5Ghz Wi-Fi networks, which in many places perform better than standard 2.4 GHz ones (see below for details). The Stick Plus also has Wi-Fi 5 (aka 802.11ac), which offers the potential for faster speeds over the Premiere Plus, which maxes out at Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n). That said, Wi-Fi 4 is more than fast enough for 4K video in most cases.

Beyond Wi-Fi differences, the new Rokus are “more of the same,” but that’s not a bad thing, and Roku continues to add new features to all of its streamers. Coming soon is support for Google Assistant for example (you’ll need to add an Assistant-capable device to your network), which should help it even the voice control odds against its chief competitor, the $50 Alexa-powered Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K.

Two other caveats: The Roku Premiere Plus is available exclusively at Walmart, and only in the US.

Roku Premiere Plus vs. the rest

If you’re buying a streamer today your first task is to decide between one that does 4K HDR and one that doesn’t. If you have a 4K HDR TV and you don’t love its built-in Smart TV functions, you should definitely get a 4K HDR streamer.

Even if your current TV doesn’t do 4K, there’s a good argument for going with a budget 4K HDR device like the Premiere Plus anyway. The price difference between 4K and non-4K streamers is so small ($20 in Roku’s and Amazon’s cases) it might be worth paying in case you do get a 4K TV soon, and want to be ready without having to buy a new streamer then.

Here’s how the Premiere Plus stacks up against the other choices.

Vs. the $50 Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K: For the same price it has better voice support thanks to Alexa built into the remote, but Roku’s remote has voice search and play/pause commands too, and its forthcoming Google Assistant integration could even the playing field for far-field (hands-free) commands. If you have a Dolby Vision TV the Fire TV Stick 4K becomes more appealing, but Roku’s interface is more neutral: it doesn’t pummel you with Amazon’s own TV shows and movies. Look for my full review of the Fire TV Stick 4K once it becomes available.

Vs. the $40 Roku Premiere: For $10 less the Premiere drops the Plus’ voice remote with TV control, and its remote requires you to aim it at the device. Otherwise the two Roku streamers are identical. In my book that remote is worth the money, so I like the Plus better, but I can see super-budget buyers (or Harmony users) going with the basic Premiere.

Vs. the $60 Roku Streaming Stick Plus: For $10 more the Stick Plus’ only advantage over the Premiere Plus is compatibility with 5GHz Wi-Fi networks. Most people will be fine with standard 2.4GHz streaming, but if you’re not, or you travel with your Roku and could encounter less-than-ideal network performance, consider stepping up to the Stick.

Vs. the $70 Chromecast Ultra: For $20 more, the Ultra lacks a remote and relies on your phone to control streaming. Yes it does have Dolby Vision, but for most people a traditional remote and on-screen interface is better. Chromecast also lacks compatibility with Amazon Prime Video, which is a huge hole for many viewers.

Vs. the $100 Roku Ultra: For $50 more the Ultra’s remote adds a headphone jack for private listening and the remote finder function so you don’t lose it among the couch cushions. There’s also an SD card slot to expand the memory for faster app loading, a USB port and a wired Ethernet port. These features are neat, but not worth the extra money for most people.

Vs. the $180 Apple TV 4K and $200 Nvidia Shield: These two cost about three-and-a-half and four times as much as the Premiere Plus, respectively, and for most people that premium isn’t worth paying.

Free Kangaroo motion sensor when you buy one for $29.99 – CNET

Home security comes in all shapes and sizes: Traditional alarm systems, smart DIY kits, “Beware of dog” signs (regardless of veracity) and so on. Many of them are complex, expensive or difficult to install.

Home security comes in all shapes and sizes: Traditional alarm systems, smart DIY kits, “Beware of dog” signs (regardless of veracity) and so on. Many of them are complex, expensive or difficult to install.

Let’s hear it for simple, inexpensive solutions. For a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get two Kangaroo Motion Sensors for $29.99 shipped with promo code cheaparoo. That’s some BOGO goodness right there: Normally the sensors are $29.99 each.

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This is a relatively new product, something that boils security down to its most basic: motion detection. The Kangaroo is a wireless, battery-powered sensor that you simply peel and stick, then pair with an app. When it’s armed and it detects motion, it triggers an app alert.

Got pets? Kangaroo says the sensors’ pet-detection technology will prevent them from triggering false alarms.

Each sensor comes with a pair of AA batteries, which Kangaroo says will last for up to two years.

The company offers two monitoring plans: Basic (free) and Pro ($9 per month or, way better, $60 annually). The former provides the aforementioned app notifications and two user invites (meaning you can loop in, say, a relative and neighbor to also get notifications).

When you step up to Pro, you get unlimited invites, text and phone-call notifications, Alexa integration, 24/7 live-agent monitoring and assistance negotiating a home-security discount on your homeowners’ insurance.

Kangaroo has three additional products in the works: a siren, an entry sensor and an environmental sensor. Presumably, these will be similarly dirt-cheap.

For now, I love the price and simplicity. Something like this might be especially ideal for an apartment or small office, where basic while-you’re-away motion-detection is all the security you really need.

That said, reality check: Why not just deploy a Wyze Cam Pan, which costs under $36 shipped? It gives you not only motion-detection, but also a live camera feed. Well, it requires AC power and a strong Wi-Fi signal, which limits where you can put it. There’s no option for professional monitoring, either.

All that is to say, maybe you put cameras in some rooms and Kangaroo sensors in others? Me, I’m just happy to see yet another super-affordable security option.

Your thoughts?

Bonus deal: Let’s talk about a different kind of security — the kind that protects your phone, laptop and tablet from prying hacker eyes when you connect to open Wi-Fi networks.

It’s called a VPN, and if you’re not using one, you should be. There are countless options available (see CNET’s VPN directory), but I continue to be a fan of this product and this deal on it: A lifetime subscription to KeepSolid VPN Unlimited for $39.99.

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I use this one myself. In fact, I just used it on my flights to and from San Francisco. (In-flight Wi-Fi is notoriously unsecure.) It worked like it was supposed to work, and I noticed no real hit in connectivity speed (though I was doing little more than email and some basic browsing, so your mileage may vary).

I definitely recommend doing your homework before selecting a VPN — read the reviews, try the trial versions first, etc. I like VPN Unlimited because it’s cheap (KeepSolid proper charges $200 for a lifetime subscription) and you’re not paying yet another monthly fee. One and done!

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