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YI home security camera for under $200Been shopping for your first home security camera, but balked at the $150-plus price tags for the higher-end models? This budget Wi-Fi cam might be just the ticket.

On sale for $30 (that’s 25% off), the wireless YI Home Camera boasts lots of features for the price. It has a wide-angle lens, a night-vision mode, motion detection, two-way audio (meaning you can remotely shush a fussy baby back to sleep), and local video storage via a microSD memory card slot (cards of up to 32GB are supported).

Also, you can stream live video from the YI Home Camera to your iPhone or Android phone. Lastly, you can even get real-time alerts whenever the cam detects activity in the room.

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Beatit Tech 500A portable charger - it can revivew your phone and give your car a jump startI kid you not: this portable charger comes with jumper cables. On sale for $32 (that’s 54% off), the fast-charging Beatit Tech 500A Portable Jump Starter weighs a little less than a pound. I like that it’s small enough to fit in a purse or a backpack.

Armed with a USB port, this portable charger can revive an iPhone or Android phone. And yes, the Beatit Tech 500A can also jump start your car up to 20 times on a single charge. They’ve even included a built-in flashlight to help you find your way under the hood if you need a nighttime jump. Read More

Sonos PLAY 1 smart wi-fi speaker is great for streaming Apple, Amazon, and Spotify musicThey’re not cheap, but Sonos’s smart wi-fi speakers have top-notch sound quality. They put the tinny sound from cheaper Bluetooth speakers to shame. Indeed, my ears were pretty happy when I reviewed an older Sonos system a few years back.

You don’t often see Sonos smart wi-fi speakers on sale, but this Sonos PLAY:1 speaker is currently selling for $180, down 10 percent from its usual $200 price tag. Read More

Anker PowerCore 20100 portable iphone charger is a must have for travelersWhether you’re going on a week-long camping trip or strapping in for a long-haul flight, you’ll never have to deal with a dead iPhone if you bring this portable phone charger along for the ride.

On sale for $34 (it used to sell for $80), Anker sells a 12-ounce portable phone charger, Anker PowerCore 20100. It’s small enough to fit in a pocket, yet packs in enough juice to charge an iPhone 7 up to seven times. It will charge older-gen iPhones too, of course. It will also charge a Samsung Galaxy S6 Android phone more than five times, or an iPad mini more than twice. Better still, this portable phone charger boasts a pair of fast-charging USB ports, perfect for sharing the charger with a friend. Read More

VicTsing bluetooth shower speaker lets you listen to music while you showerGo ahead and croon while you lather up in the morning with this popular, bluetooth shower speaker.

On sale for $19 (normally it’s $25), the VicTsing Shower Speaker streams tunes via Bluetooth from your iPhone or Android phone. It will even let you field incoming calls with its built-in microphone.

A suction cup in the back of this bluetooth shower speaker makes it easy to stick the speaker on the tile near your shower head. And if the speaker comes loose, no worries—in addition to being waterproof and dustproof, the VicTsing Shower Speaker is shockproof, too. Read More

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