The Asus VivoBook S14 launched in India

Are you a gamer who’s frustrated carrying a bulky laptop? The Asus VivoBook S14 is here to help…or maybe not?

If you’re looking for other options in a budget price range, these are the best gaming laptops under Rs.50,000 .Don’t want a gaming laptop but still need something portable? Check out the best 13-inch laptops in India.

Are you a gamer who’s frustrated carrying a bulky laptop? The Asus VivoBook S14 is here to help…or maybe not?

If you’re looking for other options in a budget price range, these are the best gaming laptops under Rs.50,000 .Don’t want a gaming laptop but still need something portable? Check out the best 13-inch laptops in India.

The Asus VivoBook S14 is the newest addition to the Republic of Gamers (ROG) lineup of the company. With 8th Generation Intel Core Processors and a slim-bezel ‘NanoEdge’ display it certainly looks like a sleek laptop that packed with power.

The ROG line up is meant for hardcore gaming enthusiasts and has been advertised as ‘dedicated e-sports gaming notebooks’.

The Vivobook S14’s unique selling point (USP) is its weight. Kept at just 1.4 kilos, it meant for consumers who are on-the-go and need something portable that won’t break their back as they carry it around. Asus ran the following tests on the Vivobook S14 to check its durability:

20,000 cycle open and close hinge test 10,000 feet simulated high-altitude test for 24 hours10-million-key-press test for the keyboard

Its 14-inch Full HD in-plane switching (IPS) screen has been fit into a chassis that’s designed for a 13-inch display. The quality of color reproduction has been addressed while keeping the laptop smaller than most of its counterparts.The Vivobook S14 comes in 3 variations:

The base model with 7th Generation Intel Core i3 processorModel with 8th Generation Intel Core i5 processorModel with 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor

All three of these options come with 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 256GB SATA M.2 SSD and 1TB HDD storage. Essentially, it runs fast and has plenty of storage.

Equipped with a backlit keyboard and a multi-touch-supported touchpad as well as an integrated fingerprint scanner, the laptop has attempted to plug away any accessibility issues that a person can have.

In terms of connectivity, there’s nothing that’s particularly new. It has the usual Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth, two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, a USB Type-C (1st Gen) Port topped off with an HDMI port. It’s nice to see that it supports SD and SDXC memory cards with an integrated two-in-one card reader.

Out-of-the-box, the VivoBook S14 runs Windows 10 Home with ‘Windows Hello’ support. That means users can log in with a single touch and no hassle.

The Taiwanese tech giant seems to have done a decent job with their latest offering claiming upto 8 hours of battery life and fast-charge up to 60% in just under 50 minutes.

In comparison to the S15, that was launched in September 2017, there isn’t much to talk about because very little is different. The screen is smaller but the battery life is shorter. Storage capacity has increased but the RAM has decreased. So, all in all, it’s just a matter a preference and nothing to write home about.

All three are available exclusively on Flipkart with prices that start at Rs 55,990 with an introductory offer between 14 and 28 February.

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Accuris Networks and Eminent Display Launch Passpoint Southeast Asia Wi-Fi Hub

DUBLIN, Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Accuris Networks and Eminent Display SB, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, have jointly launched a Passpoint/NGH Wi-Fi Roaming Hub for Wi-Fi, Broadband and Mobile Network Operators in the Southeast Asian region.

DUBLIN, Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Accuris Networks and Eminent Display SB, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, have jointly launched a Passpoint/NGH Wi-Fi Roaming Hub for Wi-Fi, Broadband and Mobile Network Operators in the Southeast Asian region.

“Southeast Asia includes more than 650 million people and has some of the most advanced telecommunications providers and carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks in the world,” stated Mohd Ezizul Bin Mohd Taib, commercial director at Eminent Display. “Mobile and Broadband operators are looking for innovative ways to add value to their subscribers. By connecting to our ASEAN Hub, their subscribers will be able to enjoy a secure, seamless and low-cost global Wi-Fi roaming experience with access to over 100 countries. Accuris Networks have been the dominant global leader in carrier-grade Wi-Fi Offload, Roaming and Calling solutions and the latest Hub services include support for Passpoint-certified Wi-Fi roaming. We are pleased to bring these to the ASEAN market and help accelerate their adoption within the local mobile and broadband community.”

Accuris Networks is a leader in carrier Wi-Fi services, enabling Wi-Fi roaming, billing/clearing and hub services for Wi-Fi network providers and mobile network operators. With the Accuris CONNECT SaaS platform, service providers can quickly interconnect with other Wi-Fi providers and mobile operators to enable low-cost access to data services while their subscribers are traveling as well as supporting domestic data offload.

“Passpoint-ready networks are being deployed around the world, including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia, and now is the time to connect these networks together in a regional hub,” said Larry Quinn, chairman & CEO of Accuris Networks. “The world’s leading smartphone device manufacturers and operating system vendors have quickly adopted Passpoint as a secure Wi-Fi solution, which is ideally suited to large Wi-Fi networks with significant subscriber traffic, and we are very pleased to work with Eminent Display to launch this important service. We have an established history of deploying strategically based roaming and inter-connect hubs and our strategy is to utilize these to also support the emerging IoT market using multiple technologies, including carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks.”

About Eminent Display

Eminent Display Sdn Bhd is an IT and media-based company in Kota Damansara, Selangor Darul Ehsan. Eminent Display was incorporated on Oct. 31, 2006, with its registered address at NW-03-09, Cova Square, Jalan Teknologi PJU 5, Kota Damansara , 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan. Eminent Display Sdn Bhd’s core business is providing ICT and IT solutions. Eminent Display is 100 percent, fully owned by bumiputra and registered with Ministry of Finance (MOF).

More information at http://eminentdisplay.com.my.

About Accuris Networks

Accuris Networks helps service providers monetize the connectivity between networks. Accuris solutions enable subscribers to move seamlessly and securely between LTE, GSM, Wi-Fi, IPX and fixed networks while ensuring a superior quality of experience. Accuris Networks is a trusted supplier to blue-chip operators around the world including AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile Intl, EDCH, Telekom Malaysia, Telefonica and more. Visit us at www.accuris-networks.com or tweet us @AccurisNetworks.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Modernized infrastructure that I love

802.11ax Wi-Fi. Wireless LANs are critically important to the future of business. Companies are connecting more things to the network, with most of them connecting to Wi-Fi. Also, organizations are looking to capture usage information from the Wi-Fi network to understand what customers and employees are doing so they can offer better services to make consumers happy and workers more productive.

802.11ax Wi-Fi. Wireless LANs are critically important to the future of business. Companies are connecting more things to the network, with most of them connecting to Wi-Fi. Also, organizations are looking to capture usage information from the Wi-Fi network to understand what customers and employees are doing so they can offer better services to make consumers happy and workers more productive.

The problem is, and forgive my language, the Wi-Fi experience sucks in many places. How can that be you may ask? The last release of Wi-Fi, 802.11ac Wave 2 promised Gigabit Wi-Fi, so we should have much more speed. But the problem isn’t about speed, it’s congestion. Consider you are sitting in the audience at your favorite conference, and there are 10 minutes before the keynote address begins. You’re emailing, tweeting, texting and Facebooking with no problem. Then the keynote starts, and nothing works. That isn’t speed; its congestion because too many people are trying to access the Wi-Fi network.

None of the advancements in Wi-Fi have addressed the congestion issue, but 802.11ax does. The technology uses something called orthogonal frequency division multiple access (ODFMA), which is a technical way of saying it can multiplex channels. Traditional Wi-Fi enables one client device to connect to the AP per channel, and it stays connected until the session is finished even if no data is being passed. ODFMA chops each channel up into smaller subchannels so signals can be stacked on top of each other. This lets each channel handle 30 client devices instead of a single one. 802.11ax will lead to a significantly better user experience than we have today.

To date, Aerohive is the only Wi-Fi vendor that has announced 802.11ax products, but I expect by summer will see announcements from every major Wi-Fi vendor. (Note: Aerohive is a client of ZK Research.)

25 laptops with the best battery life – CNET

The most important feature for many laptop shoppers is battery life, and rightly so.

Based on the extensive battery testing conducted in the CNET Labs, these are the 25 PCs with the longest battery-life scores that we’ve seen over 2017-2018.

The most important feature for many laptop shoppers is battery life, and rightly so.

Based on the extensive battery testing conducted in the CNET Labs, these are the 25 PCs with the longest battery-life scores that we’ve seen over 2017-2018. This list includes Windows and MacOS laptops, Windows two-in-one hybrids, and Chromebooks running Google’s Chrome OS. Not included are Android or iOS tablets.

The specific test used here streams a private video over Wi-Fi on an endless loop. Note that these scores reflect the specific configurations we tested, and that screen resolution and CPU choice are some of the major factors that affect battery life.

Read more CNET laptop reviews here, or jump to the last page in this gallery to see all the top performers listed.

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The best 4K TVs of 2018 in India

The Indian television market is no stranger to 4K televisions but it’s still a fairly recent trend.

These TVs are yet to take over the market, but with more and more brands making cheaper 4K TVs, it only a matter of time.

The Indian television market is no stranger to 4K televisions but it’s still a fairly recent trend.

These TVs are yet to take over the market, but with more and more brands making cheaper 4K TVs, it only a matter of time. The high end TVs from Sony, Samsung and LG are still out of reach for most people, but one could expect these to become cheaper in the near future.

Sony announced its Bravia A1 television last year, competing with LG in the OLED market. Samsung’s answer to these OLED panels was with its own QLED technology. Needless to say, there’s really a lot happening in the television market, and we’re here to help you make the right choices.

Xiaomi Mi TV 4ASony Bravia A1 OLEDLG C7 OLEDSamsung QLED Q8CSony Z9DSamsung Frame TVNeed to give your TV’s sound a boost? Check out our guide to the best soundbars available.

Having won the Red Dot award, it’s one of the slimmest TVs on the market. Even at just 4.9mm, it doesn’t compromise on its ports and durability. It comes paired with 3 HDMI and USB ports as well as an ethernet port in case your Wi-Fi fails you.

It may not dazzle most people in the myriad of options available in the market right but it’s the cream of what’s available in under Rs. 40,000.

Sony’s Bravia A1 series is its first foray into the OLED market, unveiled at CES last year.

The television was launched in India during July 2017 and has reigned supreme, in terms of performance, since then.

Sony uses Acoustic Surface technology to deliver excellent audio despite the TV’s thin form factor. That, combined with the absolute best picture quality you can get today, makes this the best television to buy in the market. If you can afford it that is.

Read the full review:Sony A1E OLED

LG’s televisions used to be the best till Sony came along with its OLED TVs. Yet, the LG OLED C7 is a TV that many will like. It’s thin, good looking and runs on the company’s WebOS platform.

While LG’s TVs may not equal Sony’s in picture quality, that’s very tough to determine unless you’re comparing side by side. At the same price range, we wouldn’t be surprised if you’re conflicted between these two.

Read the full review:LG OLED C7

The Samsung Q8C runs on the company’s QLED technology, and its unique selling point is in the punchy colours and high contrast. Much like the two TVs mentioned above, this one also supports HDR playback, though it lacks Dolby Vision support right now.

The QLED Q8C is also curved and combined with Samsung’s no-gap wall mount, making it an excellent addition to any media center. It’s suited to anyone looking for a high end TV that adds to your living room’s aesthetics too.

Read the full review: Samsung Q8C QLED

With 500 dimming zones, the Sony Z9D is without a doubt the most value-for-money television among the high-end offerings. It supports HDR playback and provides picture quality that could rival the best OLED televisions on the market today, including Sony’s own Bravia A1.

The Z9D also provides decent audio quality, and is loud enough for small to medium sized rooms too.

Read the full review:Sony Z9D

The Samsung Frame is perhaps the most beautiful television in the market right now. It’s meant to look like a piece of art, and for the most part it does that job admirably.

The television comes with a built in art collection and that exemplifies itself to look like a picture frame. Samsung has compromised picture quality, but that’s only compared to the absolute high end TVs out there.

The Frame is cheaper in comparison to those. Buy it to believe it!

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JBL Link 20 review – CNET

One of the great things about both the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice-assistant platforms is that they’re both very open. It’s easy for third-party companies to make compatible smart home devices that work with both of them.

One of the great things about both the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice-assistant platforms is that they’re both very open. It’s easy for third-party companies to make compatible smart home devices that work with both of them. In fact, companies can also make their own smart speakers to compete directly with those manufactured by Google and Amazon.

One of the latest companies to take up the Google Assistant smart speaker mantle is JBL, which released a new line of voice-enabled speakers in late 2017 under its new Link sub-brand. The line features a combination of two fully waterproof battery-powered portable speakers — the JBL Link 10 ($150) and Link 20 ($149.99 at Crutchfield) ($200) — as well as two AC-only models, the Link 300 ($250) and Link 500 ($400). The upcoming Link View, meanwhile, is one of a new wave of Google Assistant devices with a screen built into it.

In addition to using Google Assistant for its voice commands, all Link speakers are equipped with Google Chromecast, which enables them to join up not only with other Link speakers but any Chromecast-based audio device to create a multiroom audio setup over a Wi-Fi network. (All Android apps and many iOS apps can send audio to Chromecast speakers at the touch of a button.) The speakers are also equipped with Bluetooth, which offers universal compatibility.

Accuris Networks CONNECT SaaS Platform Enables Sitwifi to Leverage Passpoint-Enabled Devices and Roaming Partners

DUBLIN, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Accuris Networks’ partner Sitwifi has enhanced their Carrier Wi-Fi network deployed in Mexico to support Passpoint (or Hotspot 2.0). This allows Passpoint-enabled devices such as the latest iOS and Android smartphones to seamlessly and securely connect onto any of Sitwifi’s hotspots.

DUBLIN, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Accuris Networks’ partner Sitwifi has enhanced their Carrier Wi-Fi network deployed in Mexico to support Passpoint (or Hotspot 2.0). This allows Passpoint-enabled devices such as the latest iOS and Android smartphones to seamlessly and securely connect onto any of Sitwifi’s hotspots.

“Passpoint is the realization of simple, secure offloading onto our Carrier Wi-Fi network,” said John T. Walker, chief operating officer of Sitwifi. “The Accuris CONNECT platform has helped us monetize our Wi-Fi network and now has enabled us to easily migrate and benefit from this state-of-the-art technology. This will help us continue to expand our Carrier Wi-Fi business.”

Accuris Networks is a leader in carrier Wi-Fi services, enabling Wi-Fi roaming, billing/clearing and hub services for Wi-Fi network providers and mobile network operators. With the Accuris CONNECT SaaS platform, service providers can quickly interconnect with other Wi-Fi providers and mobile operators to enable low-cost access to data services while subscribers are traveling as well as domestic data offload.

“We have enjoyed working with Sitwifi to successfully enable seamless roaming onto their network and are excited to see Sitwifi lead the market in becoming the first large-scale Passpoint Wi-Fi network in Mexico,” said Larry Quinn, chairman and CEO of Accuris Networks. “Many of our Mobile Operator customers are ready to take advantage of Passpoint networks like Sitwifi’s to offer the best possible user experience.”

In 2016, Accuris Networks announced it was providing Sitwifi access to the CONNECT platform which facilitates secure, trusted interworking between Wi-Fi and mobile service providers worldwide.

About SITWIFI

Sitwifi was born over 10 years ago when a group of successful Mexican businessmen detected the need and opportunity to provide managed carrier Wi-Fi services including infrastructure, operation and management to large venues and public locations.

Sitwifi is specialized in providing wireless connectivity solutions Wi-Fi in environments. Today Sitwifi is the largest independent Wi-Fi provider in Mexico with more than 15,000 access points in high-user density locations: universities, hospitals, hotels, airports and more. Sitwifi is responsible for the operation, maintenance and infrastructure management ensuring the availability of it by contract.

More information at www.sitwifi.com.

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About Accuris Networks

Accuris Networks helps service providers monetize the connectivity between networks. Accuris solutions enable subscribers to move seamlessly and securely between LTE, GSM, Wi-Fi, IPX and fixed networks while ensuring a superior quality of experience. Accuris Networks is a trusted supplier to blue-chip operators around the world including AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile Intl, EDCH, Telekom Malaysia, Telefonica and more. Visit us at www.accuris-networks.com or tweet us @AccurisNetworks.

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9 things to consider when choosing a low-cost phone carrier – CNET

It doesn’t seem that long ago that owning a mobile phone meant roping yourself into a two-year carrier contract, to the tune of at least $70 per month. Barf.

It doesn’t seem that long ago that owning a mobile phone meant roping yourself into a two-year carrier contract, to the tune of at least $70 per month. Barf.

These days, you can skip the contract and pay considerably less, especially if you choose an MVNO — a mobile virtual network operator. These carriers lease bandwidth from the Big Four — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon — meaning you get the same core service, but usually at lower rates.

Perhaps you’ve heard of some of them? FreedomPop, Mint SIM, Tello and Ting are among the MVNOs that have made headlines with cheap prices and/or unconventional business models, like paying for a year in advance or paying only for the service you use.

Before you make a change, however, you’ll want to do a bit of homework. Some low-cost carriers impose limits you might not expect, or require you to pay extra for certain features. Here’s a list of questions to ask before you take your phone business elsewhere.

Is your current phone still under contract?

Although the Big Four carriers have largely abandoned the contract model (unless you’re financing a phone), you may still be paying off a previous contract deal — and there might be a penalty if you terminate it early.

Therefore, check with customer service to make sure you’re free and clear to change carriers. (Who knows? They might offer you some incentive to stay.) If not, T-Mobile still offers a contract-buyout option — but only if you lease or finance a new phone.

Is your current phone unlocked?

This is of utmost importance: If your phone is locked to a particular carrier, you can’t take it elsewhere. Fortunately, it’s legal to unlock it, and usually not too difficult. To find out whether your phone is locked and get help unlocking it, check out “How to unlock your phone for use with another carrier.”

Will you have to buy a new phone?

The vast majority of MVNOs let you bring your own device (an option more commonly known as BYOD), which is great if you already own a phone you love. But there are exceptions: Google Project Fi supports only a handful of Google-branded phones, and Virgin Mobile won’t let you in unless you buy a Virgin phone — and it has to be an iPhone. (The carrier no longer sells Android models.)

Does the carrier support GSM or CDMA?

So you’re thinking of ditching Sprint in favor of, say, Mint SIM. Just one problem: Your Sprint phone may not be compatible. See, Sprint and Verizon use cellular networks based on CDMA technology, while AT&T and T-Mobile rely on GSM. Many MVNOs are the same way (though a growing number, including Straight Talk, Ting and US Mobile, support both).

That means you probably can’t hop between CDMA and GSM carriers, because most phones work with only one or the other. There are exceptions, though: most current-gen iPhones, most Google-branded phones and some Motorola models have antennas for use on both networks.

Want to know if a specific carrier supports CDMA or GSM (or both)? Wikipedia’s list of US MVNOs shows you each one’s host network and compatibility. As for which side your phone lands on, some quick web searching should answer that question.

Does the plan include mobile hotspot?

I’m a longtime Cricket subscriber, but the tier of service I’ve chosen is missing one key feature: mobile hotspot. It’s available, but I’d have to pay more to get it. (I thought perhaps I could game the system with a third-party hotspot app, but, alas, it didn’t work.)

Indeed, the hotspot option (also known as tethering) isn’t always available from MVNOs, or at least isn’t always included with the lower-cost plan. If this is an important feature for you, check before switching.

Does the service support visual voice mail?

Similarly, if you’re accustomed to — and rely on — visual voice mail, make sure you can get it from your intended MVNO. A fair number of them don’t offer the feature, and you may have to do a little digging in FAQ and/or support pages to find out. Personally, I don’t get a lot of messages these days, but I cannot go back to dialing into a voice mail archive and listening to one message after another.

How much data do you really need?

This is a big one, because the Big Four routinely entice customers with promises of “unlimited high-speed data.” The cheapest MVNO plans, meanwhile, may limit you to just a gigabyte or two.

To say each user’s data needs vary widely is putting it mildly. If you spend most of your time at home and/or the office, where there’s speedy Wi-Fi available, you might not need much data at all. (That’s my situation, and I typically use only about 2GB per month.) But if you’re out and about a lot, and/or you like to stream Netflix on the train every day, you’re probably better off with an unlimited plan.

Not sure about your numbers? It’s worth tracking your data consumption for a couple months before making a switch. You can do this with My Data Manager for Android and My Data Manager for iPhone.

Want a little more insight? I recently conducted a Twitter poll on data usage. Only 18 percent of respondents said they used more than 10GB per month. Nearly 50 percent indicated just 1-5GB. Bottom line: If you think you can’t get by with anything less than unlimited high-speed data, think again.

Is it really cheaper?

Before you make a switch, make sure to do the math. Sure, a $35-per-month plan may sound appealing if you’re currently paying, say, $60, but does that price include taxes and fees? What’s more, will it give you enough data per month? (See above.) A lot of MVNOs quickly hit the $50-$60 mark for higher data allotments.

Ting, for example, a widely beloved carrier known for stellar customer service, touts an average bill of $23 per month, per phone. Your monthly bill depends on your actual usage. But if you consume more than 2GB (which the average user does), you could easily end up with a bill of $40-50. (Ting charges $20 for the first 2GB and $10 per after that — not including voice minutes and text messages.)

Do you need a family plan?

What’s more, the Big Four carriers tend to offer price breaks on family plans; a lot of MVNOs don’t even have such plans, instead catering primarily to individual users. If you’re looking for service for, say, a family of four, and find plans priced at $35 per line, that seems pretty good — until you realize that Sprint offers five unlimited lines for $100 (with Hulu included free).

Just as cutting the cable TV cord isn’t always the money-saving move people think it is, switching to an MVNO might not lower your bill quite as much as you think. And you might have to give up more than you expect.

That said, if you’ve found an MVNO you love, share the details in the comments!

Editors’ note: This post was originally published on July 27, 2017, and has since been updated with new information.


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Google shipped 3.9 million Pixel phones last year, IDC says – CNET

Google won’t say how many Pixel phones it shipped in 2017, but one analyst from the research firm IDC has a number: 3.9 million.

The analyst, IDC Research Director Francisco Jeronimo, said the figure includes both generations of the phone, the Pixel 1 and 2.

Google won’t say how many Pixel phones it shipped in 2017, but one analyst from the research firm IDC has a number: 3.9 million.

The analyst, IDC Research Director Francisco Jeronimo, said the figure includes both generations of the phone, the Pixel 1 and 2. For comparison, it’s a “tiny portion” compared with the entire 1.5 billion market size for smartphones altogether, Jeronimo said. And it’s just a sliver compared with the 77.3 million iPhones Apple sold in the last quarter alone.

A Google spokeswoman declined to comment.

Though the numbers are small, the good news for Google is that they’re growing. Jeronimo said Google doubled its Pixel sales in the last year.

Google debuted the Pixel, the search giant’s first branded phone, in October 2016, and unveiled the second generation of the device exactly one year later. The company has made a serious investment in hardware. In 2016, Google brought in former Motorola executive Rick Osterloh to lead its hardware division, which includes its Google Home smart speakers, Chromecast streaming devices and Google Wi-Fi routers.

The company also said last year it made a $1 billion investment in hardware maker HTC to bring to Google 2,000 engineers, many of whom worked on the Pixel. And the search giant’s hardware division keeps growing. Last week, Google said it’s folding Nest, the smart device maker, into the Google hardware team, after Nest was spun out into a separate company under Google’s parent Alphabet in 2015.

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Canary security cameras finally work with Alexa – CNET

Canary on Tuesday introduced an Alexa skill for its home security cameras. While you could previously control the company’s All-in-One and Flex cams with Alexa, it was limited to custom rules created through Wink or IFTTT.

Canary on Tuesday introduced an Alexa skill for its home security cameras. While you could previously control the company’s All-in-One and Flex cams with Alexa, it was limited to custom rules created through Wink or IFTTT.

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Now that there’s an official skill, you can enable the skill directly and start using voice commands to pull up your camera’s live video feed without having to use a separate hub or service.

Canary was one of the first startups to introduce an all-in-one home security system. Its All-in-One camera comes complete with a wide-angle lens, a 1080p high-definition resolution, an integrated siren and a variety of other features. Install the plug-in Wi-Fi camera in a central spot at home to monitor everyday activities — without needing a ton of additional sensor accessories.

Its Flex camera is an indoor/outdoor model that runs on a rechargeable battery; you can keep it connected to the power adapter 24-7, too.

Earlier this year, Canary introduced a third camera, the View. Similar to the All-in-One cam, the View is a self-contained security system. It has a lot of the same features as the original All-in-One unit, minus a siren.

Canary cameras already work with Google Assistant and offers free person alerts. The company faced backlash from customers in 2017 when it changed some of its free features to optional paid services; Canary has since reversed these changes.

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