1:53 See All Smart Home Security Cameras reading • More security camera companies should offer free cloud storage Here’s how to install the Ring Door View Cam on your peephole Amazon’s Blink XT2 outdoor security camera survived a heat wave and a rainstorm For a free security camera, look no further than your old phone How to install the Ring Door View Cam Free cloud storage is kind of a big deal The RemoBell S isn’t the first smart doorbell from Remo Plus. Its battery-powered $199 RemoBell has many limitations that make it tough to recommend. Fortunately, the RemoBell S is a significant improvement. I first spied the RemoBell S at CES 2019 and liked its black finish and simple design. It’s hardwired, meaning it can’t be powered by batteries like its predecessor and some of its competitors, such as the $199 Ring Video Doorbell 2. Your RemoBell S purchase includes a Power Kit, which is required for installation with mechanical chimes. This process is pretty straightforward, but be sure to ask a qualified professional if you have questions, or consult Remo Plus’s walkthrough video. The RemoBell S also supports Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. Basically, you get access to a lot of the same things without the headache of a monthly subscription plan. Of course, the RemoBell S isn’t perfect. I don’t like the Remo Plus app. It’s minimal, but somehow manages to look outdated and clunky too. It also has an optional fisheye view on the live feed screen that makes it more difficult to pick out details. At least the fisheye view is optional. Screenshots by Megan Wollerton/CNET Ring still sells its original Video Doorbell for $100 (the closest competitor to the RemoBell S), but Ring charges $3 per month to view any recorded, saved clips captured when it detects motion. No, $3 per month isn’t much to spend, but why pay for a subscription plan when you don’t have to? And most of Ring’s doorbells cost $199; the high-end hardwired Ring Video Doorbell Pro costs a whopping $249. Pricing in the $200 range is pretty standard across the board for DIY smart doorbells. But the RemoBell S is quietly changing things. (Maybe we really will have another Wyze trend on our hands at some point. It’s a little too soon to tell.) Ring did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment. Now playing: Watch this: The RemoBell S has three-day free cloud storage. I like that. Chris Monroe/CNET Earlier this month I wrote about Wyze, a smart home company whose uber-affordable products hold their own alongside Nest and other high-end brands. That trend continues with the RemoBell S from startup Remo Plus. The RemoBell S has all of the regular stuff you get with every live streaming doorbell, like HD resolution and night vision. It also has three-day free cloud storage. In a market dominated by brands with optional subscription services — that are actually quite necessary if you want any access to saved video clips — free cloud storage is a unique offering and kind of a big deal. Factor in its $99 upfront cost and the hardwired RemoBell S is well worth considering. The Remo Plus app is a bit clunky, but it’s a small price to pay for such a great value. Why pay for a monthly subscription when you can get roughly the same thing for free? (Honestly, I’m asking. Let me know in the comments.) • Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Comments Share your voice CNET Smart Home CNET Smart Home Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house 12 smart doorbells to watch over your front stoop Is it better than Ring? It’s hard to argue with the value of the $99 RemoBell S. Its relatively low upfront cost and generous three-day free cloud storage has a ton of appeal. Add on its decent performance and integration with Alexa and Google Assistant and it’s easy to see why the RemoBell S has replaced the $100 Ring Video Doorbell as the best value for a smart doorbell. I wish the Remo Plus app were better and I don’t know why Remo Plus gave the live feed a fisheye effect, but the RemoBell S is a strong competitor alongside brands like Ring. Definitely consider the RemoBell S if you’re looking for a hardwired video doorbell with free cloud storage. Also, I have a plea for companies that don’t currently offer any free cloud storage. Apple is going to make it look like you’re nickle-and-diming when it turns on Secure Video and its 10-day free clip storage requirement for HomeKit cameras when iOS 13 hits in September. Please consider it. Even a few hours of free access makes a difference. 6 Tags Read more Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) 13 Photos
Amid growing clamour by Opposition parties to defer the Union Budget till March 11 in view of upcoming polls in five states, Assocham said on Sunday that the Budget advancement to February 1 would help the government to begin its capital and other expenditures right from April and revive the economic growth in the country.Assocham warns of export disruptions as Donald Trump ups the ante on free tradeOpposition parties have slammed the move arguing that by presenting the Budget on February, the government is trying to bypass the Election Commission’s (EC) model code of conduct whereby it can announce sops through the Budget before the assembly elections and hence gain politically.While appealing to political parties to let the Union Budget for 2017-18 be presented on February 1, the apex industry body said the decision of the government for advancing the date of the Budget is well thought out from the point of view of a revival of the economic sentiment.”As is evident, the consumer demands as also corporate investment have rather been subdued owing to a host of factors. Under these circumstances, the only option in the immediate future is the government expenditure gathering pace and creating a positive cycle of economic revival,” Assocham secretary general D S Rawat said in a press statement. He clarified that, in the earlier arrangement, when the Budget was presented on the last working day of February, its full and final passage could take place in the middle of May with the result that by the time the money is available with the individual ministries and departments, half the financial year is completed.”This typically leads to back-loading, rather than front-loading of the government expenditure of the order of Rs 20 lakh crore, which itself is a strong trigger for boosting the economic activity. The bundling of expenditure in the last few months also affects the quality of government spending as the pressure to exhaust the allocated outlays in the set period leads to rush jobs,” Rawat said.Assocham highlighted that with early Budget allocations, the quality of spending would certainly improve, particularly in sectors like roads, highways, ports, irrigation projects and the railways.
Prime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh will become a failed state again if the anti-liberation forces return to power.”If the anti-liberation forces and patrons of killers return to power, the country will become a failed one again,” she said while addressing a reception here on Sunday.Canada Awami League arranged the event at Metro Toronto Convention Centre.The prime minister said today Bangladesh is marching forward and the trend of this progress should continue. “The country can’t be developed unless there is continuation of the government.”Talking about her party’s election manifesto, Sheikh Hasina said they did much more than what they wanted to do. “As Bangladesh is making progress, it now gets invitation to join the G7 Outreach Session.””When our country makes progress, we get such invitations,” she said adding that she also got invitations and joined G7 Outreach Session in 2001 and 2016.Hasina said her government is working aiming to ensure the development and welfare of the country’s people.She said her government has placed a Tk 4.64 trillion national budget for the 2018-19 fiscal, but once the budget size was only Tk 610 billion.In the proposed budget, the size of the annual development programme (ADP) is Tk 1.73 trillion, which was only Tk 190 billion. Some 90 per cent of ADP cost now comes from government funds, she added.In the past, the prices of essentials used to go up with the announcement of national budget. “But, now the prices remain under control as the present government has been able to bring down the inflation at 5.6 per cent.”Now, she mentioned, the per capita income in Bangladesh has increased to $1752.Coming down heavily on BNP, the prime minister said they do not see any development of Bangladesh, but they enjoy the benefits of the development.About BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, she was convicted in the court after the trial process continued for 10 years. “But, big lawyers failed to prove that Khaleda didn’t embezzle orphans’ money.””A comfortable environment has been arranged for her in jail. I’ve no right to release Khaleda Zia from jail as it’s the jurisdiction of the court. Their (BNP’s) big lawyers should solve it moving to the court,” Hasina said.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif also addressed the reception event presided over by Canada Awami League president Golam Mohammad Mahmud Miah.