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5 security cameras that seem like they’d be way more expensive than they are

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Get some peace of mind with these security cameras that are on sale.
Get some peace of mind with these security cameras that are on sale.

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Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Let us put this in terms you’ll understand: If Westeros gets its own Night’s Watch to protect them from White Walkers, then your home deserves a security camera to keep intruders at bay, too. That’s just sound logic.

GoT references aside, knowing that you have a surveillance camera in place to serve as an extra set of eyes can give you peace of mind, especially if you have a child or a fur baby. And now you can make that dream a reality with this sale on five security cameras for your home:

Equipped with a 1080p CMOS progressive scan camera and split glass lens design, the Loocam captures clear and crisp images so you won’t miss a thing. And when the sun goes down, its Night Vision mode activates automatically for low-light visibility. It also has a 60-feet UL-rated cable that’s certified for in-wall installation, and a metal IP67 weatherproof housing to endure all weather conditions. If you’re planning on installing it in a public area and are worried about strangers trashing it, the anti-vandal cable-through bracket has got you covered.

Get it today for $249.99 — 16% off the usual sticker price of $299.

Want to feel truly secure? This camera offers complete video encryption so no hacker can access your footage. It features an HD panoramic camera that provides you with 360 degrees of uncompromising viewing potential, along with infrared night vision to accommodate low-light conditions. If you’re away and want to have a sweeping view of your space through the camera, you can control and rotate it using your phone to get the perfect angle.

Get it today for $44.99 — 65% off the usual sticker price of $129.99.

With IFTTT integration, this camera works with your smart home so you can control it along with your gate controls, smart sensors, or thermostats. It captures HD live video with a 125-degree wide-angle view that can be accessed securely on your phone. It also comes with a two-way talking capability to communicate remotely, as well as a motion-sensing system that helps in preventing false notifications.

Get it today for $79 — 20% off the usual sticker price of $89.99.

Ideal for indoor use, this smart HD camera comes equipped with advanced monitoring features and a powerful 180-degree viewing angle to keep a close eye on all your valuables. It has motion detection and two-way audio to notify you of potential threats, and a night vision capability to record clear footage in the dark. With cloud compatibility and built-in micro SD card slot, it can save all recordings so you can watch everything at a later viewing.

Get it today for $49 — 37% off the usual sticker price of $79.99.

Some security cameras are so motion-sensitive that they’ll alert you of a possible burglary when what they really sensed was just a strong gust of wind. This camera cuts down on false notifications with its built-in, self-learning motion and sound detection system that learns every hour. It also has a 1.3mpx camera and a design that allows for panning and tilting, allowing you to get the perfect viewing angle.

Get it today for $129 — 23% off the usual sticker price of $169.

This rugged HD camera takes GoPro quality photos and video — and it’s only $40

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Capture your crazy stunts in high-def.
Capture your crazy stunts in high-def.

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It’s never been more affordable to snap quality action photos, an endeavor once relegated to *serious* photographers with pricey equipment. GoPro, of course, changed all that when it charged upon the scene a few years ago. It famously originated during founder Nick Woodman’s surfing trip to Australia in 2002, when he sought to capture his exploits on film and realized there wasn’t an easy way to pull it off.

Just like that, GoPro was born, breaking open a whole new market. But GoPro’s offerings currently start at $200 and scale up to $400 for their Hero 6 and Hero 7 models. Are there any more affordable options for the budget-minded action photographer?

We’re so glad you asked.

Enter the All Pro HD Waterproof Action Camera. This rugged camera is designed for outdoor adventuring, and it’ll survive a trip mounted on your dirt bike or skydiving helmet. It boasts an IPX68 waterproof rating, meaning you can snap pictures or record video in up to 30 feet of water. Like the GoPro Hero, the All Pro features an impressive 12 MP HD wide-angle lens — but with a superior three-hour battery life (in comparison, the Hero clocks in at two hours per charge).

Again, the All Pro’s specs are comparable to those of the entry-level Hero’s. For instance, the higher priced Hero 6 or Hero 7 models feature 4K resolutions versus the All Pro’s 1080p. But pound for pound, the All Pro still weighs in strong as a cost-friendly action cam that won’t leave your wallet hurting.

The All Pro HD camera and accessories normally retail for $149.95, but you can get them for just $39.99 in the Mashable Shop during this sale. That’s compared to the normal $199.99 you’d pay for a GoPro Hero. Choose from one of four colors: silver, pink, blue, and black.

Save $50 on this drone that looks (and flies) like a real bird

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a drone? It's all of those.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a drone? It’s all of those.

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The hot duck has nothing on the Bionic Bird.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a drone? Well, folks, it’s all of the above.

Perfect for drone enthusiasts who are growing bored of the current market offerings and want to play with something new, the Bionic Bird will reignite your passion for flying.

Check it out in action:

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It’s equipped with two flexible wings to conquer the skies instead of the four propellers found on traditional drones. It’s designed to look and fly like a bird so much so that even actual birds get duped thinking it’s part of their flock. When it runs out of juice, just perch it atop the portable egg charger for a few minutes and let it take off again.

The Bionic Bird has an accompanying user-friendly Flying App that you download on your smartphone to pilot the drone. You can fly it with total control either indoors or outside at speeds of about 12 mph and an altitude of more than 300 feet. If you decide to play with it inside the house, just make sure your cat is out of sight to prevent attacks (seriously, it’s happened before). But don’t worry, the package comes with spare wings should the inevitable happen.

Normally retailing for $149.95, you can get the Bionic Bird on sale for $99.95 — a savings of 33%.

Save $125 on Hushed, an app that hides your phone number from stalkers and telemarketers

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A lifetime subscription to Hushed is on sale for$25 for a limited time.
A lifetime subscription to Hushed is on sale for$25 for a limited time.

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Privacy’s a hot topic. Case in point: Facebook’s privacy violations making the news ad infinitum (thus its impending record fine from the Federal Trade Commission), on top of every other company emailing users about security leaks compromising their data.

But with all the focus on social media and email hacks, the phone lays forgotten. Consider all the ways you disseminate your number: on work calls, texts with potential dates, even transactions with Craigslist buyers and sellers. It just takes one unfortunate interaction before your phone’s blowing up with unsolicited inquiries from a persistent stranger or unwanted robocalls from advertisers — which, by the way, have surged to several *billion* calls per month. Not cool.

Anonymity doesn’t have to be a romantic notion of a bygone era. Hushed Private Phone Line is designed to be an easier to use, more versatile answer to Google Voice. Hushed enables you to call and text using a private number, which you can calibrate with hundreds of area codes from across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Simply use the app to manage all your communications, customize voicemail, and set up call forwarding — plus utilize WiFi or data while you chat to avoid service charges.

One Hushed account gives you access to one lifetime number, and you can access a combination of 6,000 SMS or 1,000 phone minutes per year — without the monthly fees. A lifetime subscription to Hushed is normally $150, but it’s just $25 today in the Mashable Shop. That’s 83% off the retail price for a limited time only.

Take advantage of the rise of big data with these training bundles that are on sale

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There's a high demand for data scientists right now.
There’s a high demand for data scientists right now.

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If only someone had told you in high school that the math nerds would one day reign, those snooze-fest calculus lessons might have stuck. Unfortunately, we can’t hop into a DeLorean, so you’ll have to level-up your skillset the old fashioned way. The fact is that consumers are producing data at a faster clip than most companies can handle, which has caused a gap in the talent that can help manage that data. 

Statistics pulled from the job site Indeed showed a 29% increase in demand for data scientists year over year, and a 344% increase since 2013 — but the number of people who actually demonstrated skills in data science grew at a slower pace, only 14% in comparison. You can take advantage of that demand and learn how to crunch data like a pro with these data-analysis driven pieces of training. 

Dive right into the world of big data with this bundle: it includes courses focused on how to use key tools and programs like Plotly, Bokeh, Seaborn, NumPy, and others to break down large amounts of data into digestible insights. From creating data visualizations without programming know-how to developing keen insights from those swaths of data, this bundle shows you what tools you can use to manage enormous amounts of data efficiently. 

Usually $792, you can get this bundle here for $24.90 — that’s 96% off. 

When you think about the first tool you ever used to organize data, there’s a 99% chance it was Microsoft Excel. But believe it or not, you can use Excel and other Microsoft programs for far more than just administrative work. This Microsoft-focused bundle takes an advanced approach to Excel, Power BI, VBA, and Microsoft Access — so that when you complete the courses, you’ll change the way you communicate with data, learn to create cross-functional flowcharts, and even automate tasks. 

Usually $1,104, you can get this bundle here for $25, or 97% off. 

The problem with large datasets is their inability to translate into powerful, actionable insights at a glance — and poring over pages and pages of spreadsheets is enough to make anyone’s eyes gloss over. This Tableau 10 training shows you how to use the platform to create unique charts and graphs that disseminate that information into solid, accessible answers to help guide any business towards profitability. 

Usually $623.96, you can get this bundle here for $19 — that’s 96% off.