Amazon is selling its new Alexa-powered Smart Plug for 40 percent off today


There are lots of Alexa-powered smart plugs out there, but only one made by Amazon. Normally selling for $25, you can grab Amazon's Smart Plug for just $15Remove non-product link, beating its previous low by $5. This sleek smart plug is slender enough that it won't overlap outlets, so you'll be able to plug in multiple devices at the same time. Once you connect it to the Alexa app, you'll be able to control it with an Echo or any other Alexa-enabled device, so you can switch on everything from lamps to coffee makers with just the sound of your voice. You can also use the Alexa app to set automatic on/off schedules around your personal routines.

Toshiba's Symbio is both a security camera and Alexa speaker


Toshiba has integrated a dizzying number of devices into one with its new Symbio. Using the iOS or Android-powered Toshiba Smart Home app, you can "control everything from lights and music to door locks and temperature settings, from any location -- at home, at the office or out of town," the company notes.

The most affordable August Smart Lock is $50 cheaper today


Sometimes smart home devices are loved by everyone, and sometimes opinions differ. That's the case with today's deal, the third-generation August Smart Lock, which is $100 at Amazon today. Amazon users, however, rate it four out of five and seem to love it as of this writing. We'd recommend having a look at our review (link above), and then reading reviews and comments on Amazon to make up your own mind. At only $100 it might be worth the risk.

This Alexa-compatible smart plug is at its lowest price ever


The Wemo mini smart plug is at its lowest price ever (Photo: If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives. Today is a great day to smarten up your home with Wemo's mini smart plug. It only covers one outlet on your wall and is cheaper than its full-size predecessor.

Alexa can unlock Yale's smart deadbolt locks


Amazon's Alexa has been useful for locking Yale's smart deadbolts, but what about unlocking them when there's a guest at the door? Yale has introduced Alexa support for unlocking its Assure Locks with voice commands. You'll need to set and remember a four-digit code, but that still makes it easy to let someone in without moving from the couch. You can always launch the app if you're not within range of a smart speaker. The addition comes right on the heels of Schlage's support and hints at smart locks are becoming much more practical.