Amazon’s Blink Indoor is a decent, battery-powered security camera for inside your house

This new, $80 Blink Indoor camera system is the indoor counterpart to Blink’s new weatherproof outdoor camera. It shares a similar design with the outdoor model, minus the weather-resistant housing, as well as the same set up, features and performance. That makes it a fine option, particularly if you want the mobility of a battery-powered indoor camera. But the Amazon company’s decision to ditch its excellent free cloud storage plan for the new Blink Subscription Plan is disappointing. 

Like

  • The $80 one-camera kit is pretty affordable.

Don’t Like

  • Blink now charges for cloud video storage.

I’m an advocate for free cloud storage in general, despite many companies (like Nest and Ring) never offering it, but it’s even worse when a company offers it and then gets rid of it later. 

As I mentioned in the Blink Outdoor review, Blink is offering a free trial of its cloud service through 2020. After that, you’ll have to pay for cloud storage, starting at $3 per month. Blink also said existing customers with accounts created on or before April 15, 2020 will continue to receive free cloud storage on Blink Indoor, Outdoor and Mini cameras.

The Blink Indoor camera system

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Second stimulus check: 8 key facts to know about a new payment after a roller coaster week

Here’s what’s happening with a second stimulus check today.


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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi did not reach an agreement on a second stimulus check for eligible Americans on Friday, but will continue to negotiate through the weekend.

It’s an unsurprising end to a surprising week that saw President Donald Trump — who is taking the steroid dexamethasone after being hospitalized for COVID-19 — stop negotiations dead and then restart them in the same day. On Friday, the president said he wants a larger stimulus bill than the Democrats and Republicans, though the White House is expected to offer a $1.8 trillion bill. The package, which now seems more certain the the standalone bills Trump initiated late Tuesday, contains another direct payment for up to $1,200. Exactly when the payment would come is up in the air.

Let’s cut through the chaos with the key facts about qualifications and calculating your next coronavirus relief payment; keep reading for more information. We update this story regularly.

1. Top US leaders want you to get another check

Since the first stimulus check began going out in April, there have been several proposals

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Best MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Builds

Find out a tech expert’s picks for the best Mac laptop for mobile professionals, the best Mac laptop for replacing a desktop, and more.

Matching a computer’s build to its intended use isn’t a perfect science, but thankfully Apple makes it easy to customize various Mac laptop configurations. Whether you usually perform tasks that don’t typically overwhelm a computer’s CPU and graphics capabilities, or even if you do, here are the best configurations years of experience and IT consulting suggest work well as at least a baseline for most users.





Standard 13-inch MacBook Air

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A standard 13-inch MacBook Air, complete with a 1.1Ghz dual-core i3 CPU and Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz, offers a strong mix of portability and capability. The $999 model’s 256 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM meet the needs of most professionals, thanks in part to Apple’s intelligent architecture that maximizes performance. The laptop’s two Thunderbolt 3 ports leave room (after connecting the power cord) for an external drive or other accessory, while still delivering 13-inch portability, a Retina display, and attractive graphics that more than meet most workers’ needs for documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and email.


$999 at Apple



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13-inch MacBook Air

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