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Exclusive: How to Mount Your Smart Cameras Without Drilling – TalkOfNews.com

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A camera mount attached to a home's gutter system.
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If you’re looking to get wall-to-wall (or fence-to-fence) video coverage of your home or yard without drilling holes in everything, we’re here to help.

Why Avoid Drilling?

Although drilling a secure mount for your smart security cameras is the gold standard for security and stability, we can certainly understand why you might not want to drill holes and sink anchors into your home.

The most obvious reason is that you’re renting, and it’s against your rental contract (or at least puts your deposit at risk) to drill into anything inside or outside your home.

Patching a little drywall is one thing, but most landlords would frown on you putting a bunch of holes in the siding—which is one of the reasons these no-drill video doorbell mounts are so popular.

But even if you own, maybe you don’t want to drill-mount things for the same reason: if your old aluminum siding is still going strong, why ruin a good thing by punching holes in it? The same goes for nice brickwork or old ornamental woodwork. Or maybe you don’t want to commit to a particular location for your camera. Many of the mount suggestions we highlight below aren’t just no-drill, they’re also extremely easy to move to a new location.

So whether it pains your wallet in fear of a deposit lost or your pride in terms of keeping your home’s exterior in mint condition, you can skip the drilling and use these alternative methods to mount your smart security cameras.

You Can Tape Just About Anything

All things considered, smart security cameras are really light. Just like with smart home video doorbells, you can use quality mounting tape to secure them.

If you’re mounting the camera indoors, you can get away with using a less aggressive tape, as it won’t need to withstand the elements. Indoors you might find large 3M Command tape strips to be sufficient to hold the camera mount in place, though we would certainly recommend testing it out first with something soft for the camera to fall onto should the tape fail (a laundry basket with a pillow in it should do the trick).

Outdoors, while you could try outdoor-rated 3M command tape strips, the gold standard for seriously sturdy outdoor tape-based mounting is 3M’s Very High Bond (VHB) tape. If it’s good enough for RVers to secure solar panels to the roof of their RV, then it’s definitely good enough to stick a camera weighing a few ounces to your house.

Mounting a smart camera with tape is much easier if the existing mounting base has a relatively flat and smooth surface. If the base that came with your camera is intended to be screwed to the wall, it may have a lot of empty space and a rib-style hollow cavity that offers little surface area for the tape to find purchase.

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You may find you need to seek out a third-party base. In some cases, you can even find bases intended to be taped or, like this magnetic mount for Arlo cameras, that already come with a disc of 3M VHB tape in the kit.

The downside of taping, of course, is that you have to get the tape off without damaging the surface. And even if you don’t damage the surface, you’ll need to loosen the adhesive and clean it off somehow—which is exactly why the specialty mounts in the next section are so appealing.

Use Specialty Mounts for Gutters, Doors, and More

Another example of a gutter-mounted smart camera.
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A significant number of the smart home cameras on the market, including those from Arlo, Blink, Eufy, Ring, and Wyze, use a standard screw mount hole.

That screw mount hole will be familiar to any photographer as it uses the 1/4-20 mount screw found on tripods—it’s 1/4th inch in diameter and has 20 thread turns per inch of length.

This makes shopping for mounting accessories really easy. You can still search for specific brand names if you prefer, but as soon as you identify whether or not your particular camera brand uses the standard “photography” mount, you’re in business, and you can buy any mount—of the hundreds and hundreds that support it—on the market. You could even put the smart home camera right on an actual tripod, for that matter.

Let’s take a look at a variety of smart camera mounts that take advantage of this compatibility.

Gutters

Gutters are a pretty convenient place to mount a smart camera. They’re sturdy, project out from the house, and the lip makes it super easy to attach a mounting bracket.

This gutter mount bracket kit is a great value and includes both a 1/4-20 screw mount as well as an included flat-plate that attaches to the screw mount. So you can either screw the camera directly into the post or use VHB tape to attach it to the plate if there is no mount point on your camera.

It’s also quite useful for mounting camera accessories like a solar panel charging kit, like the Ring Solar Panel, the Arlo Solar Panel Charger, or one of the many third-party solar panels, if you want to position the camera in one place and the solar panel in a sunnier place nearby.

If you plan on putting the camera and solar panel in the same location, however, you might be more interested in this 2-in-1 mount that includes two mounting points on one bracket.

Doors

Sometimes you’re really limited with where you can attach a no-drill mount. If you’re in an apartment with no gutters handy and you want to avoid sticking a patch of VHB tape to the communal wall outside your apartment, a door mount might be in order.

They work just like wreath-hangers and other over-the-door things like closet-door shoe racks. You slip the metal bracket over the top of the door and snug down the tension screw, and then mount your camera to the screw post.

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Railings

You can use the same type of mounts you would use for a gutter or door on a railing, as the majority of the brackets on the market sold for both purposes have fairly wide clearances.

The same brackets we recommended for the gutters will also work for railings (though if the top of the railing is particularly wide, you may have to mount the bracket to the ballisters and not the top rail).

Siding

Most siding has an interlocking design where the top and bottom of each strip of siding fit into each other. You can take advantage of that design by purchasing siding mounts with a matching piece that mates cleanly with the interlocking part of your siding.

You’ll find very tiny, lightweight options intended for petite smart cameras like those offered by Blink.

There are also beefier options that support larger cameras like the Ring and Nest smart cameras.

When in doubt, it’s not a bad idea to go with the larger mounts because they include an integrated 1/4-20 post (the really petite siding clips usually require you to screw the original camera mount to the clip and are a bit less stable on account of their size).


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Exclusive: Disney Plus is Taking Longer and Longer to Stream New Marvel Movies – CNET – TalkOfNews.com

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After the depths of social distancing pushed a wave of big-budget movies straight to streaming, theatrical exclusives are the norm again. But for a while, it seemed like Disney and other big Hollywood movie studios might be falling into a new post-COVID rhythm for how long they kept flicks in theaters before streaming them, one that was much faster in shuttling films to a streaming service than before.

But now streaming release dates are all over the map. And for the biggest films, like Marvel’s, the waits seem to be stretching out longer and longer.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will take longer to start streaming on Disney Plus than any other Marvel movie in the pandemic era — and that may not bode well for how long you’ll have to wait to stream the Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy sequels hitting theaters soon.

When will Black Panther: Wakanda Forever start streaming? 

Disney Plus will start streaming the Black Panther sequel early Wednesday, starting at 12:01 a.m. PT/3:01 a.m. ET. Its streaming-release date is more than three months after it hit theaters. 

How long will it take to stream Marvel’s next big movies?

It’s anybody’s guess, but it probably won’t be quick. 

Last year, Marvel released three films in theaters: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in May, Thor: Love and Thunder in July and Wakanda Forever in mid-November. Doctor Strange took 47 days to reach Disney Plus. Thor hit Disney Plus 62 days after its theatrical release.

Now Wakanda Forever will take 82 days to start streaming. 

That’s the longest that a Marvel movie has spent in theaters before streaming on Disney Plus since the company resumed theatrical exclusives in 2021. That year, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was in theaters for 70 days and Eternals for 68 days. 

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(Coincidence or not, the Marvel film that Disney gave the shortest theatrical window among them also had the best overall box office performance. Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness grossed more than $955 million worldwide. Wakanda Forever has generated $840 million.)

However, Wakanda Forever may have been held off Disney Plus so long because of a consideration that doesn’t apply to those other Marvel films this year: The movie, with a Black director and predominantly Black cast, is debuting on Disney Plus on the first day of Black History Month. Disney hasn’t stated any connection in the timing, but it’s possible the film’s wait to start streaming may have been drawn out to coincide.  

Still, big Hollywood companies like Disney aren’t prioritizing streaming-subscriber growth nearly as much as they did, depressing the incentive to bring big movies to a service quickly. 

Paramount, for example, kept Top Gun: Maverick off its streaming service for 209 days, nearly seven months. The strategy paid dividends at the box office, with the Top Gun sequel grossing nearly $1.5 billion.

Disney has been much more aggressive than Paramount at putting its movies onto its streaming service quickly, but Disney is starting to show that it may be holding back its big-budget films longer in theaters as well. With Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania set to hit theaters next month, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 following in May and The Marvels arriving in July, you could be waiting more than three months to stream each of them if they stick to Wakanda Forever’s pace. 

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Exclusive: OnePlus 11R and OnePlus Pad set to be launched alongside OnePlus 11 on Feb 7 Cloud Event – TalkOfNews.com

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Although OnePlus has already launched its flagship device for the year, OnePlus 11 in China, they are yet to launch the device in India and the rest of the world. OnePlus has confirmed that the global launch of the OnePlus 11 will take place in India on February 7. However, it seems that OnePlus may be launching a bunch of other devices as well.

OnePlus 11R and OnePlus Pad set to be launched alongside OnePlus 11 on Feb 7 Cloud Event

OnePlus has a bunch of products lined up for its upcoming Cloud Event, including the OnePlus 11, OnePlus 11R, OnePlus Buds Pro 2, the OnePlus Keyboard, a new OnePlus TV and the OnePlus Pad.

OnePlus will also launch the OnePlus 11R along with the OnePlus 11. The OnePlus 11R hasn’t been launched anywhere else and was actually expected to be launched sometime in March or April. 

Amazon India pushed a notification prompt via its app yesterday, which said that the OnePlus 11R 5G will also launch on February 7th, 7:30 PM in India. OnePlus though is yet to make any such announcement.

OnePlus has a bunch of products to offer during its upcoming February 7th Cloud Event, including the OnePlus 11 5G, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2, its first-ever Keyboard, and the new OnePlus TV 65 Q2 Pro. It only makes sense that OnePlus, instead of just launching one of their premium smartphone devices at the event, may choose to launch the entire series on the same day.

A rumour has also surfaced which says that OnePlus may launch the OnePlus Pad as well at the event. Rumours of the OnePlus Pad have been going around since 2021 with more recent speculation suggesting a launch in 2023.

There isn’t much information out there about the OnePlus Pad. However, given the close ties that OnePlus has with Oppo, the OnePlus Pad may be a rebadged Oppo Pad or Oppo Pad Air.

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Coming back the smartphones, the global version of the top tier OnePlus 11 is expected to with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2 SoC, a 6.7-inch E4 QHD+ OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 50MP primary camera sensor with two additional cameras, 48MP and a 32MP unit, all of which have been tuned by Hasselblad, up to 512GB storage, and a large 5,000mAh battery which supports 100W fast charging. The OnePlus 11 is expected to be priced around the Rs 50,000 mark for the base variant.

The OnePlus 11R, on the other hand, is expected to come with a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, which will likely be paired with up to 16GB RAM and up to 512GB storage. As for the cameras, the OnePlus 11R 5G is tipped to come with a 50MP + 12MP + 2MP triple rear camera setup and a 16MP selfie snapper. Lastly, the device will reportedly feature a 5,000mAh battery with 100W fast charging support.


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Exclusive: Tesla Cybertruck mass production won’t start until 2024 – TalkOfNews.com

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Tesla’s long-anticipated Cybertruck won’t be seeing full volume production until 2024, Elon Musk said during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call today.

During the call, Musk was asked whether the forthcoming vehicle would meet a mid-2023 production target that was set in Q2 last year. Musk cagily confirmed that Cybertruck manufacturing would start “sometime this summer,” but concluded that mass production of the polarizing pickup won’t start until next year. “I always try to downplay the start of production,” Musk said. “It increases exponentially, but it is very slow at first.”

Cybertruck was originally announced in 2019 to widespread interest, but has seen its production delayed several times. Pre-production was originally supposed to start in late 2021, but was delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was then slated for sometime in 2023, a projection made a year ago. Additionally, last year Musk told investors Cybertruck’s specs and price “will be different,” (read: will be more expensive).

As a consolation prize, Tesla revealed on Wednesday that it has started installing the production equipment needed for the Cybertruck’s assembly, including the castings that will produce the electric pickup’s body. The Cybertruck is expected to be largely manufactured at the company’s Gigafactory in Austin, Texas.

Industry experts warned that the timeline needed to be sped up in order for the Cybertruck to have its desired impact. “Cybertruck will be hitting an increasingly crowded sector of the EV market amid the F-150 Lightning, GMC Hummer EV, Rivian R1T, and likely the Chevy Silverado EV and RAM 1500 EV following closely behind,” said Edmunds executive director of insights Jessica Cawell in an email to The Verge. “The downside for Tesla is that the Cybertruck almost seems like old news.”

There’s still a lot of attention on the Cybertruck after its over-the-top unveiling that introduced its aggressive, post apocalyptic design. Maybe if Tesla throws more metal balls around it can get production rolling.

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