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Turn your Apple gadget into a motion-activated security camera

Turn your Apple gadget into a motion-activated security camera
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Want to keep an eye on your valuables, but don't have the budget for a full security system? Well, you're in luck because there's a less-expensive option you can put together.

This trick is perfect to monitor a single door, say if you're renting a room or staying in a hotel. Or maybe you want to protect something you're keeping in a drawer, closet or jewelry box. Ever thought about how this can be done using one of your Apple gadgets?

If you have an unused iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad lying around, you can turn it into a security camera with very little effort. If you do use a tablet, it will need to have a rear camera.

You'll also need a stand to keep the gadget upright and pointed in the right direction. I sell a good, inexpensive smartphone and tablet stand in my store. With that in place, now you just need the app.

Download the free Manything app. It uses your gadget's camera to detect motion and trigger an alert. In addition to sending you a photo, it can capture video to a free cloud storage account and stream it live to the gadget you have with you. You just need to install Manything on that gadget as well.

Manything also has other fancy features like adjustable motion sensitivity, programmable motion zones so it can watch very specific areas, time-lapse and a built-in remote control. You can also view multiple cameras in one place. If you're really feeling adventurous, it has IFTTT support for triggering updates to social media or even Internet-connected home appliances like some LED light bulbs.

Your only limit is your imagination. While it's great for simple security, you can use it to record activity around a bird feeder or know when a child leaves a bedroom at night.

As I said it is free, but there are paid options that let you use it with more than one camera or get more than 12 hours of cloud recording storage.

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