It’s really not clear what the future of Google’s home security plan is. We don’t know of any upcoming replacement hardware, and Google just had its big hardware event for the year. The company signed a $450 million deal with the home monitoring firm ADT in August; the partnership “will combine Nest’s award-winning hardware and services, powered by Google’s machine-learning technology, with ADT’s installation, service and professional monitoring.” Hardware like Nest Secure seemed like a big part of that deal, since the combo of a keypad and sensors is the foundation of a home monitoring system like ADT’s. Nest Secure
The new $50 Beats Flex are a very smart play from Apple’s Beats division. One reason why is obvious: with the iPhone 12 lineup no longer shipping with included earbuds, this neckband-style option could prove to be a popular substitute. The Beats Flex earbuds are significantly less expensive than the Beats X they’re replacing — not to mention AirPods. They offer a lengthy 12 hours of battery life, have a comfortable fit, and eliminate the anxiety of losing a truly wireless earbud.
But the other reason why the Flex buds are an important product is, well, Android. Instead of using