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Amazon today announced a slew of new hardware devices within its Ring, Echo, and Fire TV product families. There's a lot to discuss here, so we'll get right to it by starting off with what by far is the most interesting product announced today: the Ring Always Home Cam. Ring Always Home Cam We don't know what to say about this product other than... wow. Should we be stunned in amazement or shake in fear at where security cameras are going? In this case, the Ring Always Home Cam is actually a flying drone that can takeoff from its home base and fly around your home scouting for intruders.  The Always Home Cam integrates with the existing Ring Alarm home security system and... Read more...
Yesterday we brought you some compelling deals on some fast Sabrent SSDs, and we’re back for another round today. This time we’ve got some deals on some blazing fast 1TB PCIe 3.0 and PCIe 4.0 based SSDs that won’t empty your wallet in the process (along with some info on Prime Day 2020). Starting things off is the Kingston A2000 1TB SSD, which is priced at just $99.99, representing a 29 percent discount off its normal asking price. That price gets you plenty of storage in an M.2 2280 form-factor with a PCIe 3.0 interface. Kingston lists sequential read/write speeds at 2,200MB/sec and 2,000MB/sec respectively for the A2000, which is quite good at this price point. Kingston... Read more...
It has barely been a week since Apple introduced its latest generation smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 6, and you can already grab one at a discounted price. Several versions are marked down over on Amazon, including both the 40mm and 44mm variants in different color options, such as Space Gray and Product(RED) as shown above, and a couple of Apple Watch SE models. If you are already rocking an Apple Watch Series 5, you might not be tempted to upgrade just yet. The Apple Watch Series 6 is not a ginormous improvement over the previous generation model, though it does boast a new S6 processor that is supposed to be 20 percent faster, along with the addition of blood oxygen monitoring. The Product(RED)... Read more...
It was right around this time a year ago when Amazon introduced Sidewalk, an initiative to provide more flexibility as to where lower powered smart devices can be installed on your home network. Or as Amazon puts it, Sidewalk is a shared network that helps you and your neighbors' devices work better. Amazon has not forgotten about Sidewalk—just the opposite, Sidewalk will launch sometime this year. In addition to confirming that Sidewalk will launch later this year, Amazon provided some more details about this interesting initiative, noting that it works with two types of devices—Sidewalk Bridges and Sidewalk-enabled devices. "Sidewalk Bridges, including select Ring Floodlight Cams... Read more...
Earlier this month, we brought you news that Sabrent was looking to snatch the speed crown away from Samsung with a new Rocket 4 Plus PCIe 4.0 SSD, which uses the next-generation Phison E18 controller. With an incoming crop of faster SSDs on the way, it stands to reason that Sabrent would be offering discounts on its existing products, and Amazon is leading the charge. The retailer is offering an across-the-board 20 percent discount off both Sabrent’s internal and external SSD solutions, including its popular 1TB Rocket 4.0 PCIe SSD (not the new Plus model, of course). The 1TB Rocket is Sabrent’s first-generation PCIe 4.0 SSD, and offers sequential reads/writes of 5,000MB/sec... Read more...
In case you missed it, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 is the hottest thing to hit the PC graphics scene since... well, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti roughly two years ago. We tested NVIDIA's new mainstream gaming flagship yesterday and came away impressed by the sheer power of the Ampere GPU architecture, which doubles the performance of AMD's flagship Radeon RX 5700 XT and far outpaces the outgoing GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. The only thing left for gamers to do at this point is to actually purchase the GeForce RTX 3080, and luckily, cards from NVIDIA and from its OEM partners go on sale a little over an hour from now at 9am EST. NVIDIA has set the price of the GeForce RTX 3080 at $699,... Read more...
A consumer advocacy group published a study claiming many essential items on Amazon shot up in price during the height of pandemic shopping, and not always by third-party sellers. In no uncertain terms, the study says Amazon "engaged in price gouging on products it sells directly," sometimes by as much as 1,000 percent over the expected cost. The biggest markup, according to the 31-page study by Public Citizen, came on corn starch. Instead of selling for $0.89, as would be expected by on price tracking data from sites like Keepa and Camelcamelcamel, Amazon sold the item for $8.99. A 50-pack of disposable face masks saw a similar massive spike, going from around $4 to $39.99, according the study.... Read more...
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have barely been on the market for a month, and they're already being deeply discounted. We can't say that it's due to poor sales in particular this early in the game, but these discounts tend to be the case for most Samsung smartphones shortly after launch since the same happened with the Galaxy S20 family. In this case, Amazon is knocking $200 off the price of the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, which means that they now start at $799 and $1,099 respectively. Both smartphones are packing flagship-caliber features to justify their high price tags, but we can’t help but feel that this lower price point is more in... Read more...
Well, that was fast. Samsung only launched its latest generation Galaxy Watch 3 barely a month ago, and already it can be had for a deep discount. It is on sale for $365.30 on Amazon, which is 15 percent (or $64.69) below its regular $429.99 selling price. Typically it takes a longer time to see these kinds of markdowns on new products. There is a lot to like about the Galaxy Watch 3. It is the latest in Samsung's line of premium smartwatches, running on Tizen. This latest iteration boasts a slimmer rotating bezel (used for navigation), and is made with premium materials, like a stainless steel case. The version that is on sale is the 45mm model (Wi-Fi) in the 'Mystic Black' color option. Samsung... Read more...
Do you like deals? Of course you do, we all like deals, and we have a heck of a bargain to pass along today. Over on Amazon, you can score the latest generation Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus for $179.99 instead of its regular $229.99 list price, and to sweeten the pot, you also get a free Echo Show 5. The combined value here is $319.98. Bar none, this is the best deal we have ever seen for a Ring Video product. These are both brand new items as well, not used or refurbished, sold and shipped directly from Amazon. And of course if you are an Amazon Prime member, you get free two-day shipping to boot. Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus with Echo Show 5 - $179.99 at Amazon (save $139.99) The Ring Video Doorbell... Read more...
Today is the day that many students are heading back to school across the United States. Whether those students are partaking in virtual learning from home, or doing in-person learning while practicing social distancing, chances are that they will probably need some new tech gear to start the school year off on the right foot. Amazon is currently running some deals on tech gear that can be used for students either while doing their school work, or in their downtime. The first deal is on the Wi-Fi version of the Apple iPad Mini 5. The 7.9-inch tablet is typically priced at $399 for the 64GB version, but Amazon currently has it on sale for $349.99. Likewise, the 256GB SKU is discounted from... Read more...
A California appeals court has ruled that Amazon is liable for defective products sold through its third-party marketplace. The decision was handed down late last week from the California Fourth District Court of Appeals. That court ruled that Amazon could be held liable for damages caused by a defective laptop battery purchased through Amazon Marketplace that caught fire and left a woman with third-degree burns. The battery was purchased from a third-party seller named Lenoge Technology HK Ltd. The California court's decision sets a precedent with this case, becoming the first time Amazon has been unsuccessful in defending itself against lawsuits trying to assign it fault for defective products... Read more...
Vacuuming is a task that everyone has to do, particularly pet owners; but few actually enjoy it. An easy way to never have to manually vacuum again, while still keeping your home or office nice and tidy, is with a robotic vacuum cleaner. Several iRobot Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners are on sale, including a couple that empty their dustbins automatically when they are finished cleaning. The iRobot Roomba i7+ Wi-Fi connected robot vacuum with automatic dirt disposal is one of the units on sale. This robotic vacuum cleaner can be purchased at Wellbots with a 12% discount, which knocks $100 off the standard $799 price tag. That makes the purchase price $699. This robot has some interesting features,... Read more...
If you're looking for a TV upgrade or just need to add another for quality stay-at-home entertainment, Amazon has some smoking-good deals on TCL, Toshiba and Insignia Roku and Fire TV-enabled 4K smart TVs. Some of the options are also HDR enabled, so If you're in the market, check out these solid discounts. The first of the TVs comes from TCL and is the TCL 43S425 43-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV. While this is a 2018 model, it still features current Roku capability and a moderate screen size that will fit into most rooms. The TV is offered with a 31% discount knocking $100.99 off the MSRP of $329.99. That brings the purchase price down to $229 with free Prime shipping. TCL 43S425 43-inch Roku... Read more...
Security researchers recently discovered multiple vulnerabilities within certain Amazon domains that could have allowed an attacker to access sensitive Alexa data, including voice histories and personal data, before they were fixed. A hacker would have also been able to install and remove skills from a targeted Alexa-enabled device, of which over 200 million have been sold globally. As if that is not concerning enough, the attack only required a single click by a user on a malicious link crafted by the hacker, and voice interaction by the victim, according to security researchers at Check Point. At that point, the hacker(s) would be able to access the target's personal information, including... Read more...
Twitch Prime received a facelift and a new name this week: Prime Gaming. This new name seems to be a play at combining extraneous brands under the Amazon Prime umbrella without making waves and changing much, but could it be a sign of an expansion of Amazon’s gaming division? With this new branding, Amazon and Twitch are looking to expand their offering of free games and presumably draw in more “gaming-oriented” customers. It's also a possibility that Amazon's Project Tempo game streaming service will also be baked into Prime Gaming as a rival to Google Stadia and Microsoft's Project xCloud. The ability to have all gaming-oriented brands under one umbrella would seem to make... Read more...
Amazon says that customer data requests from law enforcement agencies around the United States increased significantly during the first half of 2020. Amazon unveiled statistics on the number of customer data requests from government agencies during its latest transparency report published late last week. The figures provided showed that it received 23% more subpoenas and search warrants, and a 29% increase in court orders this year than in the first half of 2019. Requests included data collected from the Amazon.com retail storefront, Echo devices, and tablets in the Kindle and Fire ranges. Amazon also notes that requests for data from the company's cloud services, Amazon Web Services, also increased... Read more...
Following a barrage of leaks and rumors over the past several weeks, Google today officially unveiled the Pixel 4a, an affordable phone that is somewhat the antithesis to those pricey flagships that command a grand or more. In this case, the pre-release chatter was spot on—the Pixel 4a can be had for just $349, and it is available to preorder right now. You can preorder the Pixel 4a at Amazon or direct from Google, both of which have it listed for $349. To put that price into perspective, Apple's iPhone SE starts at $399, and the OnePlus Nord starts at €399 (it's not listed in the US yet). Not that these three phones are exactly the same by any stretch, but on pricing along, the Pixel... Read more...
Earlier this past Spring, Apple launched a revamped version of its 13-inch MacBook Pro family complete with a new Magic Keyboard (replacing the trouble-prone butterfly keyboard) and available 10th generation 10nm Intel Ice Lake processors. We say “available” because Apple still outfits entry-level versions with older 8th generation Core processors. With that being said, Amazon is discounting the higher-end 13-inch MacBook Pro SKUs by $200, which is a pretty nice discount for Apple hardware. That means that you can grab a notebook with 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a quad-core 2GHz Core i5 Ice Lake CPU for just $1,599 instead of the usual $1,799 asking price. Likewise,... Read more...
The heads of some of the biggest technology companies in the world are in Washington, D.C. today to testify before Congress as lawmakers get ready to decide if more antitrust regulation is needed. Specifically, they include Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Out of the four companies they represent, only Facebook has a market cap south of a trillion dollars ($665.12 billion, currently). Collectively, the four tech behemoths have a market cap of around $4.86 trillion. These are some of the largest and most lucrative technology firms on the planet, and with that status comes a fair amount of responsibility. Today's hearing... Read more...
Retro gaming is a passion for many enthusiasts who want to relive some of the glory of their youth. Retro gamers who have a Twitch Prime subscription can get some classic arcade games at no cost courtesy of SNK. Keep in mind that anyone with an Amazon Prime account also has a Twitch Prime account. The seven games fall into the fighting and shooting genres and while there are seven individual titles, one of the games is actually a bundle of 24 games. The seven new titles include: Metal Slug 2 SNK 40th Anniversary Collection (the bundle) Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad Baseball Stars 2 Sengoku 3 Ironclad King of the Monsters For those wondering, the titles that are featured in the SNK 40th Anniversary... Read more...
Notebook shoppers looking for a thin and lightweight machine with respectable performance should check out special deals going at the Microsoft Store, Amazon and Best Buy. At all of those retailers, the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, which is the latest version, is on sale for $200 off. That discount brings the purchase price to under $800. At Amazon, the Surface Laptop 3 with a 13.5-inch touchscreen, 8 GB of RAM, Core i5 processor, and 128 GB of SSD storage space is on sale. The machine is platinum color with Alcantara covering the keyboard. The regular retail price is $999, and the 20% discount knocks the price to $799 with free shipping. Those wanting more storage space can step up to the version... Read more...
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