Logitech’s Circle View is an OK security camera if you want to go all in with Apple

The $160 Logitech Circle View weatherproof security camera only supports Apple HomeKit, Siri and HomeKit Secure Video. There’s no Logitech app — and the company doesn’t have plans to add Alexa or Google Assistant into the mix.

Like

  • The camera performs well and has a sturdy weatherproof design for outside use
  • Ask Siri to show your security camera and your phone will display the live feed

Don’t Like

  • It only works with Apple HomeKit and the iOS-only Home app
  • HomeKit Secure Video’s promised 10 days of free cloud storage isn’t actually free

It really is Apple or nothing with this one. 

For some folks, that’s just fine. Use Apple’s Home app on your iOS device of choice to set up your Circle View camera, to view its live feed and to adjust your settings. You can also enlist Siri to show the live video feed if you want to use voice commands.

It’s a huge bonus that HomeKit Secure Video includes 10 days of free cloud storage, but you have to set up a compatible Apple hub to enable that feature and it isn’t *really* free (I’ll go into more detail on this below). 

Overall, this

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Galaxy A01 review: Bare-bones smart phone for the budget conscious

The Galaxy A01 is a no-fuss, low-priced Android phone that is the cheapest member of Samsung’s A-series of budget phones. Priced at $150 (though we’ve seen it on sale for as low as $100 unlocked from Samsung), the phone’s bare-bones hardware and features — like its plain design and low-resolution display– aren’t much to get excited about. But the handset covers the basics well enough that, for its low price, it should be a decent device to snap photos, check email, watch videos and, of course, make calls.

Like

  • Affordable
  • Headphone jack
  • Decent camera

Don’t Like

  • Meager onboard memory
  • Camera’s Live Focus is inconsistent
  • Can be slow at times

Thanks to its better camera specs and updated OS, I prefer the Galaxy A01 over 2019’s Motorola Moto E6 and 2018’s Moto G6, which also can be found for $100 to $150 now. However, the A01 lasted just under 12 hours in our battery tests, so if you want something with more juice and can spend $100 more, consider the Moto G Power ($250 at Best Buy) instead. In addition to a triple rear camera system and a sharper display, the G Power lasted more than 24

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Top 6 cheap home security devices in 2020

From professionally installed systems such as ADT and Brinks Home Security to DIY home security solutions like Simplisafe, security systems can cost an arm and a leg. But if you know just where to look, you can find affordable deals on security equipment including detectors, video doorbell camera options, lights, contact sensors, night vision and other smart security systems that don’t require professional installation. So how do you avoid hurting your pocketbook while trying to keep your house or apartment secure? 

Check out these cheap home security devices, including window sensors and door sensors, security cameras and motion detectors — many often on sale for under $20. These cheap home security options, security kits and smart home devices can help secure your house and bring you peace of mind when you’re away from home.


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How to turn off battery throttling on your iPhone

Worried that Apple is throttling your device without your permission? Find out how to disable it and use iOS 13’s new optimized charging to extend the life of your battery.

Editor’s note: This article was updated to reflect that Battery Health is no longer in beta and to include how to enable optimized charging.

Way back in iOS 10.2.1, Apple introduced a feature called battery throttling that was designed to slow down devices with aging batteries. The feature would kick in automatically when battery wear was bad enough that a charge wouldn’t last a whole day, but people weren’t thrilled with it, especially since Apple did it without notifying iPhone owners that their devices would be slowed down to preserve battery life.  Pushback from iPhone users led to  Apple offering discount battery replacements and added a new feature to iOS 11.3: The ability to disable battery throttling.

Fast forward to 2020 and iOS 13, and battery throttling is still built in to Apple devices, but with an additional feature that should reduce the need to use it at all: Optimised charging. If you’re worried about the life of your iPhone battery, want to check to see if it’s being throttled,

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5 ways Siri Shortcuts can automate your workday

Siri Shortcuts add a layer of functionality to Apple’s digital assistant, and it could be a huge boon for business users.

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Since the 2018 release of Siri Shortcuts, Apple’s digital assistant has become more useful than ever—if you know how to make the most out of the myriad possibilities of Shortcuts.

Shortcuts are quick actions and suggestions that Siri will provide and that users can build themselves, but Shortcuts go beyond IFTTT-like call-and-response commands. Shortcuts use connected email accounts, calendars, social media, and other apps that keep track of your life to predict messages you may want to send and what apps you’re likely to use, and to predict other ways you may want to use your device based on what it knows about you.

Google Assistant has been able to perform similar tasks for quite some time, so the arrival of these features on iOS are sure to excite Apple users–especially those who use Apple devices for work.

So, what can you do with Siri Shortcuts on an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or HomePod to streamline your workday? Here are just a few possibilities.

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