Best of the Prime Day 2020 security camera deals: $25 for a Blink Mini, $240 for a Ring Video Doorbell 3/Echo Dot Bundle

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day starts shortly, but if you’re looking to beat the rush, there are lots deals already available. We’re covering all of the best Prime Day deals before Amazon Prime Day officially begins, but I’ll be focusing exclusively on home security cameras in this post. Ring, Blink and others have announced some discounts ahead of Prime Day — and I’ll continue to update this list as more sales hit over the coming days. 

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The Blink Mini is one of the Amazon brand’s newer indoor security cameras — and it typically costs $35. Now, with a $10 discount, you can snag one for just $25. It’s similar to the Wyze Cam Indoor, but doesn’t have free cloud storage. 

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Vivo IFEA Concept Smartphone With Detachable Camera Wins Red Dot Award

Smartphone manufacturers have been long trying to achieve all-screen design. And in this process, the Vivo concept smartphone IFEA with a detachable camera module has grabbed Red Dot Award.

Moreover, OEMs have somewhat achieved the all-screen design with the motorized pop-up camera module or flip camera mechanism, etc. But all boils down to the device’s durability.

However, Vivo’s concept phone dubbed as Vivo IFEA that has a modular camera system has won the Red Dot Design Award. Well, it is no denying fact that Vivo is always the front runner when it comes to smartphone innovation.

Vivo was the first OEM to bring under-display fingerprint technology, which was later adopted by other OEMs. And now once again, Vivo is stealing the limelight with its detachable or modular camera system.

As per the official award landing page, the Vivo IFEA is Vivo’s answer to provide new photography system experience on smartphones.

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Vivo’s IFEA Camera smartphone concept with modular design wins Red Dot Award

Smartphone manufacturers have been trying to make several design changes to make their devices stand out from the competition. There are major developments happening for the front-facing camera module, from pop-up to under-display sensor.

At the same time, Vivo has developed a new concept smartphone, dubbed IFEA that has a detachable front camera module. Now, this modular design from the Chinese company has won the Red Dot Design Award.

Based on the description on the award landing page, this new IFEA smartphone design from Vivo is an attempt to offer a new photography system and experience which is totally different from what is usually offered with a smartphone.

IFEA is designed to equip smartphones with a detachable front camera. It integrates enhanced user-friendly shooting features and the users can create and record images and videos anytime and anywhere.

EDITOR’S PICK: Vivo X50, Realme 7, OnePlus Nord, and many more get

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Familiar faces and a few new ones dot Gartner’s ad-tech Magic Quadrant (NASDAQ:GOOG)

The third Gartner Magic Quadrant for advertising technology shows some predictable development arcs for the companies within – but also a few surprises.

Starting with the less surprising, Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and The Trade Desk (NASDAQ:TTD) are ensconced in the leaders quadrant, AdExchanger notes, as is MediaMath, a longtime participant in the demand-side platform space.

They’re joined there by new players, though, including Amobee as well as Beeswax, Centro, MediaOcean and Zeta Global.

Meanwhile, Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) is still only a “challenger” for now. (Gartner’s Magic Quadrant distinguishes “leaders” from “challengers” as the former have the best composite scores in two criteria: “completeness of vision” and “ability to execute.”)

“Amazon appears to have the means, motive and opportunity to be an ad-tech leader,” says Gartner distinguished analyst Andrew Frank. “It’s a question of where the task of integrating their various assets into a seamless platform for advertisers falls on their priority

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If Your iPhone Has a Green Dot in iOS 14, Your Camera May Be Spying On You

If you’ve upgraded your iPhone to iOS 14 already, you may have noticed a little green dot at the top of your screen when using certain apps. It’s a new security feature Apple came up with to help you have peace of mind about your camera privacy.

When you see the little green dot, that means that there’s an app that’s actively using your iPhone’s camera. If you see an orange dot, that means an app is using your microphone.

“An indicator appears at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera,” Apple says. “And in Control Center, you can see if an app has used them recently.”

What this means is that if you see a green dot but aren’t aware of any app needing your camera, there may be an app secretly accessing the camera to spy on you.

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