Set up your gadget on the stand and point the camera in the direction you want to watch. When the app detects movement, it can alert you via e-mail or text, take pictures of the thief and even sound an alarm to scare them off.If you already have an old smartphone or tablet lying around, you can be up and running in no time.If you're really feeling adventurous, Manything has IFTTT support for triggering updates to social media or even triggering Internet-connected home appliances like some LED light bulbs. Use Manything to record activity around a bird feeder or know when a child leaves their room at night. As I said, Manything is free, but it has some paid options that let you use it with more than one gadget at a time or get more than 12 hours of video recording storage in the cloud.

This one seriously stings: Northern Spy Food Co., a beloved East Village restaurant that championed locally sourced ingredients before it became super trendy to do so, will permanently close on February 17 after six years of business.

Owner Chris Ronis writes: We’ve had a great run and are very proud of what we accomplished in this space in the last six years, but 2015 was a tough year and we did not manage to pull the nose up to restore the flight altitude we once enjoyed.

It’s the platonic ideal of a neighborhood restaurant: excellent comfort food, kind staff, and a warm, welcoming vibe.

At least its many regulars will have time to eat one last serving of pork sticky rolls.

Then it starts capturing photos of the thief and uploads them online to a free cloud storage account.

A few seconds later, it triggers an audible alarm that, hopefully, scares the thief away. For the notification and uploading features, you will need to have your gadget connected to a cellular or Wi-Fi network.

In these days of non-stop hacking, phishing and data breaches, it's easy to forget that regular old burglars are still lurking around to steal from your home. In these days of non-stop hacking, phishing and data breaches, it's easy to forget that regular old burglars are still lurking around to steal from your home.

That's why I'm a big fan of home security systems, especially ones that let you watch your home from a distance and alert you automatically when someone breaks in.

The name is little odd, but the features are top notch (click here for tips on using security camera apps).

It uses your phone's camera to sense motion, and alerts you via e-mail or text.

We’re hanging it up while we still have the buttons on our pants.