Flic’s New Smart Home Button Comes with a Twist

When Flic first debuted its Smart Button, I thought that we had finally found the perfect alternative to unreliable (and annoying) voice assistants. But you need more than just a simple smart home button if you really want to ditch Alexa and Google. That’s why Flic is working on the Twist smart home controller, a smart home button with a dial that can trigger several custom events and routines.

Google Assistant Now Lets You Delay Actions Within Your Routines

Google has spent the last year trying to improve its smart assistant Routines, the single-command shortcuts that trigger multiple changes across your home. Earlier this year, the company announced one-tap My Actions buttons that let you start Routines from the Google Home app. And now, Google is quietly rolling out a Delay Start feature that lets you adjust when specific actions within your Routines start.

The Latest Nest Doorbell and Cam Are Perfect for Renters

After several years of living the wired lifestyle, Nest Cam owners can finally upgrade to battery-powered devices. Google just announced the new Nest Doorbell (Battery) and Nest Cam (Battery) for $180 each. Launching August 28th, these seem like a fantastic option for renters—though Google also plans to drop a 2nd gen wired Nest Cam and the first Nest Cam with Floodlight later this year.

Nokia’s New Smart Lighting Products Won’t Confuse Your Family Members

Smart bulbs can transform your home into an exciting, automated wonderland—but only if your family members agree to stop flipping light switches. Nokia’s solution is to skip the smart bulbs entirely. Its new line of Smart Lighting switches add dimming, automation, and voice control to an entire room, and can be flipped on and off by family members without any consequence.

All the Wyze Products That Cost More Now (So Far)

In May, Wyze announced that component shortages could lead to sporadic price changes across its catalog. The company has since increased the price of its Video Doorbell, Wyze Cam, and more recently, its Wyze Home Monitoring kit. Now it seems that Wyze has quietly raised the price of its Thermostat, Bulb Color, and several other items.

Limited-Time Deal: Buy a Wyze Lock, Get a Free Keypad

Released in 2020, the Wyze Lock is still one of the most affordable smart locks on the market—but it’s hard to recommend without the $25 Keypad. Now, Wyze is offering a free Keypad with all Wyze Lock purchases, a limited-time deal to help you add a layer of security and convenience to your smart home.
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