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Smart home appliances and internet of things (IoT) devices are becoming part of daily life for many. You may even have one of these devices near you right now and it's likely connected to the internet in some way. While the product category may offer some innovative solutions, some products on the market currently fail horribly when it comes to security. UK publication Which? bought 11 different smart doorbells from Amazon and eBay and found that they all failed simple security tests. This means if you have one of these devices, you could be at risk for attacks from nefarious intruders. You would think (and would want) the thing securing your home to be secure over the network, but that just... Read more...
Amazon today announced a slew of new hardware devices within its Ring, Echo, and Fire TV product families. There's a lot to discuss here, so we'll get right to it by starting off with what by far is the most interesting product announced today: the Ring Always Home Cam. Ring Always Home Cam We don't know what to say about this product other than... wow. Should we be stunned in amazement or shake in fear at where security cameras are going? In this case, the Ring Always Home Cam is actually a flying drone that can takeoff from its home base and fly around your home scouting for intruders.  The Always Home Cam integrates with the existing Ring Alarm home security system and... Read more...
It’s been a while since we’ve seen any deals on Ring products, or Amazon’s Echo family of smart speakers, so it’s quite convenient that we’ve come across a deal this week that combines the two. The primary deal involves the Ring Stick Up Cam, which normally has a retail price of $149.99. However, with today’s deal, Amazon is selling the device for a new low of $84.99. But it doesn’t end there; Amazon is also throwing in a free Echo Dot with your purchase. The Echo Dot carries an MSRP of $49.99, but can typically be had for around $30 on sale, or even as low as $20 during Amazon’s crazy Prime Day festivities. Whatever the case, it’s still an... Read more...
Back in early March, Ring launched its Video Doorbell 3 and Video Doorbell 3 Plus complete with 5GHz Wi-Fi support, improved motion detection, and Pre-Roll technology (which shows 4 seconds of video prior to an alert being triggered). Today, Ring has unveiled an update to its entry-level Video Doorbell. Like the original, the new Video Doorbell can be run off your existing wired doorbell connection, which makes setup a breeze. Or you can rely on the removable battery pack for power, which will last between 6 months to 12 months per charge depending on the number of alerts you receive per day. It can be easily removed and recharged via an included microUSB cable. With regards to specifications,... Read more...
Amazon fans looking to add a few smart home and other devices to their stable of products may want to take advantage of some special deals the retail giant has just made live. Amazon has a Spring sale going on the Echo Dot third-generation in multiple colors, the Ring Video Doorbell 2, and the Amazon eero mesh Wi-Fi system. For those on a budget during the coronavirus outbreak, Amazon is offering monthly payments on many products as well. And to help with the boredom coefficient, Fire 7 Kids Edition tablets are on sale now as well. The first product is the Amazon Echo Dot third-generation Smart speaker with Alexa built-in. This device is significantly marked down with a sale price of $29.99,... Read more...
Ring Video Doorbell cameras have been in the news recently for security lapses and Amazon's close partnership with law enforcement agencies in the United States. However, the company has been rather silent with respect to releasing new video doorbell models. That changes with the imminent release of the Ring Video Doorbell 3 and Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus, both of which had their product page revealed on Ring's website. While the page was quickly taken down by Ring/Amazon, you can still find the full contents of Ring Video Doorbell 3/3 Plus in Google's web cache. Not that it really matters that much considering that it's just a doorbell, Ring has not really updated the exterior... Read more...
Ring has been in the news a lot lately over lapses in security with its camera products. After thousands of accounts got hacked, Ring took the brunt of the backlash, but explained that user credentials were most likely obtained 1) from unrelated account hijacks and 2) because customers were using the same login credentials across multiple online accounts. Ring made changes to its security regimen and ensured that new customers enabled two-factor authentication to further lockdown accounts. But now, Ring is under fire again with respect to its Android app. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Android version of Ring's app is filled with third-party trackers... Read more...
Ring has faced challenges of late with hackers taking over accounts, among other things. Ring responded earlier this week to questions that five senators had sent to the company in the form of a letter about measures that it is taking to secure its line of video recording devices. The measures the company planned to take weren't good enough for at least one senator. Ring has had several high profile incidents with security, including one where the login credentials of 3,600 Ring Camera owners were leaked. In another incident in December, a hacker took control of a Ring security camera and used it to yell obscenities at an 8-year-old girl in her home. Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff says video of that... Read more...
Ring Video doorbell users have two ways they can install the doorbell. One has users hardwire the device, and the other relies on battery power. The catch with relying on battery power is if you want to hear the doorbell ring, you need have a Ring Chime Pro that can be plugged into an outlet in a different room. The existing Ring Chime Pro is a smallish device that plugs into an outlet. A new image is going around that claims to be of a refreshed Ring Chime Pro with a completely new design. The image appears to show a device with a more significant speaker inside. Speculation is that the new Ring Chime Pro may have full Alexa integration inside along with a full speaker. That would make it a... Read more...
The log-in credentials for 3,672 Ring camera owners have been leaked this week in a security breach. The leak exposed log-in emails, passwords, time zones, and the names people gave to their Ring cameras. Often those names are specific to where the camera is located, such as "bedroom" and "front door." Using the information that was leaked, an intruder could access the Ring customer's home address, telephone number, and payment information. The payment information included the type of credit card, the last four digits, and the security code. The worst thing about this breach is that it gave the intruders access to live camera footage to all cameras associated with the account. It also gave up... Read more...
Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but that doesn't mean that amazing tech deals are dead and buried. In fact, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is available for a low $129 today, and a rather nice freebie is being thrown in for good measure. The deal comes from a rather unlikely source: Lowe's Home Improvement. The retailer is not only selling the Ring Video Doorbell 2 at the discounted price, but it is throwing in a free Amazon Echo Show 5 as well with the promotion. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 has an MSRP of $199.99, while the Echo Show 5 typically retails for $89.99. Even at its current sale price of $59.99 at Amazon, the Echo Show 5 freebie offer at Lowe's represents a great... Read more...
There are often deals to be had on Ring Video Doorbells, but this latest promotion definitely caught our due to the crazy low price that's attached to it. Amazon is currently selling the Ring Video Doorbell 2 -- which is a certified refurbished device -- for just $99 with free shipping.  The device normally retails for $199, but going the "renewed" route saves you $100. In addition, Amazon is also throwing in a free Ring Chime as well (which itself is a $29 value). The Video Doorbell 2 supports live 1080p video that you can view from anywhere with your smartphone or tablet using the Ring app. The app also allows you to get motion notifications when someone comes within the vicinity... Read more...
No one likes to have their property stolen, and many people have turned to Amazon's Ring cameras to keep a watchful eye over their homes and hopefully catch criminals in the act. Last month Amazon was looking for a "Managing Editor" to work within Ring to manage a team of news editors who would deliver breaking crime alerts to neighbors using Ring footage and devices. That crime reporting service appears to have been implemented as Ring has started to share videos of people suspected of a crime. Ring has recently used video captured by its doorbell cameras in Facebook advertisements asking users to identify and call the police on a woman suspected of a crime in Mountain View, California.... Read more...
Amazon is currently the largest e-commerce marketplace and cloud platform in the world. You can purchase everything from groceries to movie downloads through Amazon. The global corporation is now looking to dip their toe in the news industry. A recent job listing revealed that Amazon is looking for a crime news managing editor to work alongside their Ring team. Amazon's “Managing Editor” would work within Ring, a home security company to “manage a team of news editors who deliver breaking crime news alerts to our neighbors”. The Editor is expected to have experience in and a passion for journalism, be a good storyteller, and be able to manage tight timelines. Amazon is... Read more...
Owners of Ring security cameras have reason to feel violated according to a new report. While most thought that the cameras were able to detect what was going on inside and around their homes using automated computer vision technologies, there may have been an entire team of humans watching the footage as well. An unnamed source claims that starting in 2016 Ring gave a team of research and development personnel access to a folder on the Amazon S3 cloud service. This move granted them complete and unfettered access to every video created by every Ring camera in the entire world (that includes indoor cameras for the home like the Stick Up Cam as well as exterior doorbell and security camera... Read more...
Ring is looking to… ring in the new year with a couple of new home security-focused devices that leverage its acquisition of Mr. Beams. Ring, which is owned by Amazon, purchased Mr. Beams in January 2018 and vowed to integrate its smart home lighting products into its own portfolio. The first products to come out of that union are the Ring Beams Spotlight and the Ring Beams Floodlight. The former is powered by four D-Cell batteries, includes a single, high-powered LED light, and includes motion detection. The latter, however, uses a hardwired power connection and includes more powerful dual LED lights to provide a larger coverage area. While the Ring Beams Floodlight also... Read more...
Amazon announced today that it has completed its purchase of video doorbell and security camera maker Ring. The internet retail giant first announced its intention to acquire Ring for $1 billion back in late February, and was able to relatively quickly seal the deal. "Together with Amazon, we will accelerate our mission dramatically by connecting more neighbors globally and making our security devices and systems more affordable and accessible," said Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff. "The entire Ring team is excited to continue working hard to create products and services that bring real benefits to people’s lives and build safer communities for all our neighbors.” "We will continue to... Read more...
Amazon and Ring, the maker of video doorbells and security cameras, have come to an agreement where the former will acquire the latter. The deal is said to be worth over one billion dollars. While nothing has been specifically said about what plans Amazon has for Ring, it's easy to guess what will happen based on what Amazon has done with its past acquisitions like that of Twitch and others. What this will mean is that the Ring brand will likely carry on. Ring already has integration with Amazon Alexa via skills launched in June of last year, and you can bet that Amazon will expand its integration into the Ring line of products, even if some of the products that overlap with what Amazon already... Read more...