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Canary’s home cameras now have two-way voice chat and less lag - The Verge

I've been using a Canary for monitoring our australian Labradoodle @meetkona . It is a great secruity came, However until today there has been some lag in the stream. 

"Canary, the maker of connected home security cameras, issued a firmware update today that it says will give users a more accurate look at what's happening in their home. The update will reportedly provide users with a more up-to-date stream. Until now, users experienced a five-second delay when streaming, now they'll be seeing what's happening exactly when it happens."

Whistle GPS Tracker For Dogs & Cats | Whistle Pet Tracker

Over the weekend we picked up a Whistle 3 GPS trackers for our 4month old Australian Labradoodle @meetkona . 

Our intention it to have some form of tracker on her when we begin off leash training and to have something generally on here when we are out and about. Not so much something to be on around the home as she doesn't wear a collar at home. 

Our priority was to find the smallest GPS tracker as possible. The Whistle 3 is by far the smallest dog tracker on the market. I would still have liked it to a bit smaller as Kona is only about 14lbs at four months and still seems a bit big on her. It is very light, and it's something she will grow into over time.

The software was very intuitive and clean. Some of the features of this device we will not be used to it's fullest, such as the fitness tracking stuff. Or the safe zone which notifies you when your pet leaves the areas. As I mentioned before, Kona will not be wearing it all the time, but it's still nice to have the options when away from home.
  
 So far the Whistle 3 works as expected. At $60 for the unit and a monthly subscription, it may not be for everyone. 

This article is not a review but just my first impressions, keep an eye open for the full review in the coming weeks.

Pandora Premium opens to all, invites no longer needed | TechCrunch

I've been waiting on Pandora's Premium service, ever since they picked up Rdio. I loved Rdio and since it was sold I was forced to find another service, Which turned out to be iTunes music because of price and library. 

Back to Pandora, It's premium service is what you would expect and feels exactly like Pandora but with on demand but at this point, I find it hard to suggest it to people because of its limitations. Currently, the premium service is only supported on mobile. Desktop and other devices will have to wait along with family plans.

The 60day trial is enticing and you should check it out if you're curious, however, I don't see it worth the cost just yet. Who knows maybe in two months it will be.

Ring Video Doorbell for Your Smartphone | Ring

Over the weekend I picked up a ring "Video Doorbell" and I must say I am impressed with it out of the box. 

For those that have not heard of ring, they are a California-based company bringing video doorbells and security cameras to homes.

I was impressed as soon as I opened the box seeing everything I would need for installation included, screwdrivers, drill bits, and even a level it made installation a cinch. 

Setup on our iPhone was simple and quick, connect to its wifi run through the settings and switch it over to your home wifi. These video doorbells also use inferred for motion detection given you and alert even before they press that button. I'm still playing with the sensitivity to find that sweet spot

You also get two-way audio communication through the bell. 

Keep a look out for a full review, but so far I'm impressed with the company as a whole.

First Impressions Apple AirPods

My advice, Try not to think of the Airpods are a headphones replacement but rather than an upgrade to an earbud like a Jawbone. The ease of pairing and moving across devices does make you want to take it everywhere.  As an earbud, phone calls are clear on both ends, I heard no signs of clipping and the directional mic was impressive. As for Bluetooth, I found no signal drops or noise in any of my pockets.

First Thoughts Eero

My experience so far has been positive, with speed tests over wifi hitting 160mb's and what seems like no dead spots in my 3200sqft home. I'm a happy camper even though I feel the price is sill a bit steep. It may be possible as eero matures a bit more it may grow into its price tag. As is, it's a bit steep for the average user.