The Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack offers peace of mind for $335 (Reg. $400)

Update (6/27): The SAVE15 coupon code is no longer active, but you can still score the original deal priced at $339 shipped using ALT50N during checkout.

Update (6/26 @ 2:20pm): Trusted seller ProElectronics Distributing Inc. via Rakuten is now offering the Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack for $334.95 shipped when coupon code SAVE15 has been applied at checkout.

Trusted seller Altatac via Rakuten is currently offering the Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack for $339 shipped when coupon code SAVE15 or ALT50N have been applied at checkout. Note: You’ll need to be logged in to your free Rakuten account to use either code. That’s a savings of $60 off the going rate found at Best Buy and is the best price we can find. The Nest Secure alarm system gives you peace of mind knowing that it will send alerts to your phone if sensors detect anything abnormal. Rated 4/5 stars. Learn more from our announcement coverage.

Nest’s new Hello Smart Wi-Fi Doorbell now available for $183 (Reg. $229)

Altatac via Rakuten offers the Nest Hello Smart Wi-Fi Video Doorbell for $182.74 shipped when promo code SAVE15 is applied during checkout. Note: you must be logged into your account to use this discount. Regularly $229 at retailers like B&H, today’s offer is $12 less than our previous mention and the best that we can find. Features include full 1080p feeds at up to 30fps, two-way audio, and noise-cancellation. Read more in our launch coverage. Rated 4.6/5 stars.

The best-selling Nest Cam Outdoor drops to $159 shipped (Reg. $200)

Amazon currently has the Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera for $158.95 shipped. That’s $47 off the list price and an all-time low. We previously had it for $160. The Nest Cam has a 4.5/5 star rating on Amazon from nearly 3,000 reviews.

The Nest Cam Outdoor offers full 1080p video quality with a 130-degree viewing angle. It’s also waterproof, making it the perfect outdoor monitoring device. In addition to its solid reviews, it’s the best-selling security camera on Amazon.

Monitor your home from anywhere with the best-selling Nest Cam for $149 shipped (Reg. $199)

Update (6/9 7:30am): The Nest Security Cam is now available at Amazon for $149 shipped.

Target offers the Nest Security Camera for $149 shipped. For comparison, it carries a list price of $199 and typically sells for that much at Amazon and other online retailers. Today’s deal is a match of our holiday mention and the best price we’ve seen since.

Nest Cam brings 24/7 surveillance to your home, office or outdoor space. It is the best-selling remote monitoring system at Amazon where it has collected a 4/5 star rating from over 3,000 customers. The wired USB-powered camera is capable of detecting movement and offers two-way communication via the built-in speaker/microphone. It also works in conjunction with the full line of Nest products for increased functionality like auto-away and more. I picked up this camera during the holidays and have been very pleased with its quality and software. We use it to check-in on a property that we’re unable to visit daily. The free iOS and Android app offers remote surveillance and access to archived footage (subscription required after 30-day trial).

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Home: WORX 8-in-1 yard cart $130 (Reg. $160+), more

Tanga is offering a 2-Pack of Contigo Randolph 16oz Autoseal Travel Mugs for $19.99 + $1 shipping. However, using code 1OFFCONTIGO at checkout will knock an extra $1 off for a total of $19.98 shipped. That’s more than 50% off the original listing, and the best value we can find. These mugs typically go for between $18 and $30 each, at retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. Today’s deal is available in two colors: red or latte (or one of each).

These 16oz. stainless steel mugs are “spill & leak proof”, and have vacuum-insulated interiors to keep “beverages hot for 4 hours or cold for 12 hours.” Rated 4.4/5 stars from over 310 Amazon customers.

Amazon is offering the WORX Aerocart Multifunction Wheelbarrow/cart for $129.99 shipped. That’s about 24% below the original listing, matching the lowest Amazon has offered it for/our previous new mention and the best we can find by $20. However, if you don’t mind a manufacturer refurbished model, the official Worx eBay store is offering it for $109 shipped, which is within $9 of the lowest we have seen for it refurbished. This is an 8-in-1 wheelbarrow that easily converts in to a dolly or carrying cart, and more. It has flat-free tires, up to a 300lbs. carrying capacity, and fold out extension arms. Rated 4.4/5 stars from over 630 Amazon customers.

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Nest Cam 3-pack bundle launching this week for $497 ($100 savings)

Update (11/18 12:00pm): The new Nest Cam 3-pack is now available at Amazon. Nest Cam, the smart security camera that Google acquired and rebranded under its Nest company after acquiring Dropcam last year, is one of the best of these new breed of Wi-Fi connected, smartphone-controlled home security products. Today Nest is making decking out…

You can score Nest’s 2nd generation Learning Thermostat for $199 if you move quickly

Nest made a splash yesterday with the announcement of its third generation Learning Thermostat. But despite its larger screen and new Farsight feature, the second generation model is the better buy for most people at its new, lower price of $199 (Orig. $249).

Nest did a great job of talking up how its third generation screen is a big deal, but in practice it probably won’t improve your life that much. Farsight sounds like it would be helpful, but how often do you really want to check in on your thermostat from 3-ft or more away or don’t have access to clock? Most thermostats live in hallways anyways, where you’re never more than a few feet away from its display. The other big improvement is Furnace Heads-Up that analyzes your furnace’s shutoff patterns, but that feature will also be rolling out to all previous generation Nest Thermostats later this year.

At the end of the day, it feels like Nest didn’t do enough to make the third generation Thermostat worth the extra $50 over its predecessor. That being said, you won’t always have this option since the second generation’s discounted price of $199 is only going to be around “while supplies last.”

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Review: SmartThings offers an open and flexible home automation experience with a few caveats

The home automation sector of consumer technology continues to grow and generally improve, as more devices gain “smart” functionality. We’ve seen a number of products enter the fray during Q4 of 2014, but it’s yet to be seen whether any one company is ready to bring it all together in a truly mainstream way. While we continue to wait on Apple HomeKit-compatible devices, we had the opportunity to spend some time with products from SmartThings, a Washington, DC-based company that promises an “easy, open and limitless” smart home experience.

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eBay puts the spotlight on cutting edge gadgets and then discounts them

eBay’s new Innovator’s Collective pushes the online marketplace further away from its yard sale roots. This collection features fifteen high-tech gadgets from smaller outfits with crowdfunding backgrounds like Nomad to powerhouse companies like Nest.

Most of the products have a smart home twist, but there are a some playful options like the Boosted Electric Longboard and the Sphero 2.0 app-controlled ball. Each product page has large beautiful images and a simplified layout, which is a welcomed departure from eBay’s typical cluttered layout.

Make sure to apply coupon code CTAKE15 to save 15% on some of these gadgets. Full coupon eligibility and more info follows:

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Amazon’s Cyber Monday plans include new deals every ten minutes and mobile app exclusives

Black Friday is in our rear view mirror, but Cyber Monday is just around the corner. Some online retailers launched Cyber Monday promos this weekend, but the best deals will come over the next 24 hours.

Amazon is looking to make a splash tomorrow by offering new deals every ten minutes as well as exclusive mobile app Lightning deals. The top three promos Amazon is leading with are as follows: 50% off select LeapFrog toys (exact items unknown), Sony 40-inch LED HDTV (exact model unknown) $298Nest Learning Thermostat $199.

Deals will be available across all product categories including electronics, kitchen, home, fashion, wine, and more. You’ll find each deal at Amazon.com/cybermonday.

We also expect Amazon to hit us with a few surprises and price matches of its competitors’ most popular deals. We’ll be posting and tweeting the best Cyber Monday deals as they hit.

Head below for Amazon’s full press release and pre-announced deals:

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Nest Learning Thermostat (2nd generation): $199 shipped (Reg. $250)

Update (11/27 1:45am): Amazon has matched the price of $199 shipped.

Lowe’s has gone live with many of its Black Friday deals. Amongst the bunch is the Nest Learning Thermostat (2nd generation) for $199 shipped. That’s $50 below list and the best price we’ve ever seen. Thousands of Amazon reviewers rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

  • The Nest Learning Thermostat remembers what temperatures you like, turns itself down when you’re away and can be controlled from your smartphone, tablet or laptop
  • Auto-Schedule creates a personalized schedule for your home by remembering when you adjust the temperature
  • Auto-Away automatically turns Nest thermostat down when there’s nobody home so you don’t waste energy heating or cooling an empty house
  • Remote control Nest thermostat over Wi-Fi from your smartphone, tablet or laptop
  • Energy History shows you how much energy you’ve used and what affects your energy use most
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Amazon announces its Black Friday gameplan and prices, new deals every 10 minutes

After sitting idly while its biggest competitors released Black Friday Ads and announced Pre-Black Friday Sales, Amazon has finally detailed its Black Friday 2014 plans.

Here’s how it shakes out:

Amazon will offer eight days of Black Friday deals, with new deals being added “as often as every ten minutes.” Additionally, Amazon will offer three Gold Box Deals of the Day on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Remember, Amazon Prime members will continue to have early access to select Lightning deals. If you aren’t a member than I recommend signing up for the free 30-day trial right now to lock in free 2-day shipping and exclusive offers throughout the holiday shopping season.

Continue on for the full press release and Amazon’s Black Friday prices for a range of HDTVs, Nest Learning Thermostat, Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, and many home items:

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Is the new Quirky Norm really the “death of the thermostat”?

Each week it seems like we welcome a new competitor, or product to the home automation market. It is becoming more difficult to stand out in a very crowded segment of the electronics world. Today, Quirky the crowd-sourced home automation company, announced its latest products to help make your home a little bit smarter. Focusing squarely on the thermostat while dabbling in a few other areas, Quirky is looking to change the way our home temperature is regulated.

The interesting part is how its going to have a better feel for your tempature across the entire house.

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The Homeboy cam simplifies home surveillance with extended battery life and magnetic mounting

Unlike many of the currently available smart home security options out there, the new Homeboy camera offers a simplified take on home surveillance in a tiny all-in-one system. It is a completely wireless solution that requires no additional hardware, taps right into your home WiFi network and offers simple mobile device monitoring.

Along with a built-in mounting system and an impressive battery life, Homeboy has a number of other security features, seamless integration with other smart home products and full functionality with no subscription fees. More details below:

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Nest Learning Thermostat 2nd Generation: $224 shipped (Reg. $250)

 

 

Update: The price has jumped to $244 w/ the below code.

Casa.com has the the 2nd-generation Nest Learning Thermostat for $249. The Coupon code: CASAPLA20H100 brings it down to only $224 shipped. That’s the lowest we could find it for by $25 elsewhere.

The 2nd-generation Nest has a slimmer profile and a 1-piece construction. It will set your home’s temperature based on your preferences and it downloads data and can be controlled from your smartphone via built-in WiFi.

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Nest Learning Thermostat $198 shipped

Amazon today has the Nest learning thermostat built by former Apple engineers including iPod father Tony Fadell for $198 with free shipping. That’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen on this first generation of the product by at least $50.

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