Wyze's Lock package takes a simplified approach to home security: Users need only place the lock cover over their deadbolt and plug in a Wi-Fi bridge within 50 feet to have a functional smart security system. The package, which includes the lock and a wireless keypad, will be available in February.
Amazon has released a device that's designed to make Alexa and most of its functions portable. The Echo Input Portable, whose battery lasts 11 hours, lacks line-out capabilities and is initially available only in India, but it will eventually make its way to other markets.
The App Store's most downloaded apps list includes all the obvious players with YouTube, Instagram and Snpchat at the top of the list. TikTok has risen to fourth with
Messenger, Gmail, Netflix, Facebook, Google Maps and Amazon rounding out the Top 10.
Some Pixel 4 buyers in Miami got a treat on Cyber Monday when their new phones were delivered -- along with pizza -- in commemorative Domino's branded pizza boxes. The promotion also involved a $200 discount on the 128 gigabyte phone.
Video-sharing app TikTok has been illegally and surreptitiously collecting vast amounts of user data and sending them to two Chinese servers, states a class-action lawsuit filed by a California college student. The lawsuit states that the data TikTok has stolen can be used to identify, profile and track users in the US "now and in the future."
Off Hours is working to put privacy control back in the hands of consumers with an app that turns off network system routers when users are away or asleep. The app can also turn routers on automatically when users are returning home.
Salesforce estimates that 65% of e-commerce sales for Black Friday were conducted on mobile phones, a 35% increase from 2018 with the main drivers being "social media shoppability and retail apps." Adobe Analytics says Black Friday was the "the biggest day ever for mobile" and attributes $2.9 billion to orders placed via smartphones.
Toys R Us opened the first of two planned stores last week at the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, N.J. New owner Tru Kids Brands, which acquired the iconic toy brand's assets last year, was also slated to open a location in Houston on Sunday.