Do you need to keep an eye on your home when you’re out? It could be for security, to monitor a delivery, or even to keep an eye on your pet. The solution is to install an IP security camera. An IP camera will connect to your Wi-Fi and allow you to view the feed through an app on your phone. You only need to provide power and the details of your wireless network. The camera can record or send an alert when it detects motion. Here are the two best choices for IP cameras:

Netgear Arlo Q

This 1080p/30 fps camera is the best IP camera that money can buy. The camera has excellent video quality along with top-notch motion detection. The software allows scheduling of recording and motion detection. The best part of the device is the intuitive user interface, which most smart home devices lack.

Nest Cam Indoor

There are several good points to the Nest Cam Indoor. The third generation product from Nest increases its native resolution to 1080p and comes with a swiveling magnetic base which makes it easy to install anywhere. The video quality is excellent, and the device is easy to set up. The only reason that the Nest Cam Indoor is not the number one pick is that you need the $10 monthly subscription to make the full use of the camera.

When picking out a camera, avoid mixing and matching vendors to ensure maximum compatibility. The Nest Cam integrates with other Nest products, so that is also a consideration.


A Chromebook is a kind of laptop that runs the Chrome OS by Google, rather than Windows or MacOS. Chrome OS is meant to work online with storage on Google Drive with a focus on applications that run inside the Chrome browser. Devices that run on Chrome OS are popular in schools and workplaces thanks to the simplified management experience.

Applications

It should be no surprise that since Chrome OS is a Google operating system that the OS features Google applications heavily. If you or your workplace uses the Google ecosystem of applications and products, then it will be a natural fit. The downside is that to make the most of a Chromebook; you need an active internet connection. You will not find popular applications like Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop on the platform. If the application runs in a browser, it will run on a Chromebook.

Games

Much like the applications above, if the game runs in a browser, it will work on a Chrome OS device. Platform-specific games that run on Windows or MacOS will not work on a Chromebook. The latest iteration of Chrome OS supports running Android applications, and as a result, will also run Android games. However, those will only work on new devices that also have touchscreen input.

Battery life

The average battery life on most Chrome OS devices is excellent. Although other laptops have caught up, Chromebooks still have something of an edge regarding battery life.