Yale Smart Delivery Box is ready to battle porch pirates


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Prime Day is nearing and holiday gift giving is just around the corner. Even if you’re a Scrooge who doesn’t like Amazon’s deals, you’re probably getting more packages delivered to your home this year. Whether it’s office supplies, groceries or another set of “comfy pants” (hey, no judgment here), you might be concerned about keeping your deliveries safe. 

Today, Yale introduced a smart delivery box that works with the Yale Access and August Home apps, which normally control each brands’ respective smart locks, and major voice assistants to do just that.

The Yale Smart Delivery Box comes in two styles, at $230 Brighton style and a $280 Kent style. Both include a Connect adapter to connect them to your Wi-Fi network for smart home integration. Add a smart keypad for another $50. Yale partnered with with Kingsley Park, a Step2 Company for box design and production. You might recognize Step2 from its lines of children’s playsets, wagons and outdoor toys. 

Hands-on 

I gave the smart delivery box several test runs at my own home prior to today’s release. I’ve had it just a few days and haven’t received any deliveries quite yet. Stay tuned for a full

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When could the IRS send more stimulus checks and who might get them first? Here’s an estimate

How soon could your second stimulus check come? We lay out some possible dates, from when the bill is passed to when your money could actually arrive.


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Now that negotiations to pass a new economic rescue package with a second direct payment appear to be inching forward, we can forecast when qualifying Americans could get paid. If a new stimulus check becomes a reality, the priority group that you’re a part of and how quickly the IRS can start sending out money in general will determine the speed of the payments. (Here are some more important stimulus payment facts.)

Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi directed House Democrats to bring a new relief proposal to a vote as early as this week. Pelosi also agreed to resume negotiations with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

“I’m hoping for a deal,” Pelosi said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

Try CNET’s stimulus calculator to estimate your potential check and keep reading to learn some possible timelines for when you could get a new stimulus check. This story updates often.

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