Tag Archive: Local


Yes you can have a smart video doorbell and keep your videos local!

Even if you’ve never considered a smart video camera to watch over your property, you might be eyeballing a smart video doorbell. Guess what? Those have cameras too, and the vast majority of them, especially the most popular ones like Ring, store all of your video footage in the cloud. If you’re uncomfortable with this arrangement, or if you just want to know what your options are for storing your video footage locally, then we’ve got you covered.  [Read More…]

Wiz Connected’s IoT lights get a local remote control to lose in the couch

Plus in-home power meter smart plugs are on the way.

What you need to know Wiz Connected has a new remote and a new sensor to control its Wi-Fi lights. The remote control does not require a Wi-Fi connection. The company also announced app updates and hardware plans aimed at optimizing energy usage.

While Philips Hue sells smart bulbs that use Bluetooth and a Zigbee radio hub, sister company Wiz Connected makes light bulbs that work directly  [Read More…]

Save storage with Google Photos by deleting local copies and screenshots

A quick and easy way to open uo storage.

Google Photos is an absolutely incredible service that backs up all of your photos and videos you’ve ever taken, completely free of charge — at least, so long as you’re okay with slightly compressed versions of your shots. For full-resolution uploads, you’ll need to dip into your limited cloud storage space, which means paying for more when you run out.

Of course, even if you pay for extra  [Read More…]

You can follow your favorite Local Guides on Google Maps soon

There are now more than 120 million Local Guides across 24,000 cities

What you need to know Google’s Local Guides program has exploded since its launch in 2015. The company is now testing a feature that would let you follow your favorite guides from within Maps. Each guide will get an Instagram-like feed to show off their latest escapades.

Google Maps is taking a cue from the world of social media and is currently testing a feature  [Read More…]

Google Shopping launches in the U.S. with price tracking, local stock info

Google Lens is also getting a new “style ideas” function.

What you need to know Google is formally launching Google Shopping in the U.S. — a revamped version of Google Express. New features include price tracking, stock availability at nearby stores, and “Buy on Google.” There’s also a new Google Lens feature.

Google Express, Google’s online shopping service in the U.S., is no more. The company announced early last month that Express would be rebranded as Shopping,  [Read More…]

Microsoft Launcher gets optimized local search results in new update

Local results are easier to access in Microsoft Launcher following a recent update.

What you need to know Microsoft Launcher has been updated to version 5.8. The update brings an optimized search experience that makes local results easier to access. The update also allows you to add new apps to the home screen automatically.

Microsoft Launches has a new update available. The update brings the app to version 5.8, and it adds a few handy features (via  [Read More…]

A deal with Amazon lets local police request Ring footage from owners

Departments are also given free Ring products for promoting the Neighbors app.

What you need to know Amazon has partnered with some local police departments to push Ring products. In return for promoting Ring, Police departments get free doorbells for residents. Police can also access a special portal for requesting footage without a warrant.

Ring, the Amazon-owned company behind some of the most popular smart video doorbells, has come under fire once again for privacy concerns. This  [Read More…]

Keep local copies of data for less with these World Backup Day discounts

Amazon is celebrating World Backup Day with big discounts on various storage products. Whether you’re looking to add a microSD card to your Nintendo Switch or Android phone or want an external drive to keep your files safe, today’s the best day to make the purchase. With gear on sale from popular brands like Kingston, Toshiba, WD, LaCie, and more, you’re going to want to stop what you’re doing and check out the sale.

Safe files World Backup Day discounts  [Read More…]

The Fire TV Recast sends local television to your Echo Shows and Fire TVs

Pricing starts at $ 229 for a box with two tuners and a 500GB DVR.

While it’s easy to cut the cord and get national TV networks on your television with apps like Sling, YouTube TV, and more, sending local channels from an antenna to a smart device requires a bit more work. If you live in the Amazon ecosystem, things are about to get a lot more exciting thanks to the Fire TV Recast.

Your local  [Read More…]

New report suggests India’s local manufacturing sector is struggling

Investment in India’s local manufacturing industry is drying up.

Earlier this month, Samsung announced that it opened a new manufacturing plant in India capable of producing 120 million handsets a year — making it the largets phone factory in the world. The move is a win for Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” initiative, which is designed to facilitate foreign investment in India’s manufacturing industry.

The government’s goal is to get manufacturing industry to account for 25% of  [Read More…]