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The smart home wars are in full effect, and Amazon is firing another salvo with its Echo family of smart speakers. Amazon, in conjunction with Best Buy, is allowing Best Buy customers to purchase the Amazon Smart Plug for just $4.99 using an Alexa-enabled device. The Amazon Smart Plug typically retails for $24.99, so the $4.99 price represents a whopping 80 percent discount. The deal is relatively easy to obtain, and only require a few simple steps. For starters, you'll need to have an Alexa device like an Echo Dot, Echo Show 5 or Echo Spot, for example. Secondly, you'll need to have a Best Buy account, and have the Best Buy skill enabled within the Alexa app. From there, you'll want... Read more...
If you've embraced the smart home revolution, chances are that you might have an Amazon Echo or Google Home speaker along with a handful of smart plugs to control your "non smart" devices. Well, Amazon is currently running a promotion that will allow you to get its own branded Smart Plug for just $5. The Amazon Smart Plug typically retails for $24.99, but applying the promo code "AMZNPLUG" (without the quotes) will knock $20 off price, bringing it down to just $4.99. No hub is required for the Smart Plug, which means that you technically don't need an Echo device for it to function. You can simply set it up with the Amazon Alexa and app and immediately start running routines with it... Read more...
The Echo Dot has long been one of Amazon's most popular Alexa-backed devices, and it's getting yet another redesign. This time around, you'll find the same four-button control scheme atop the device, but the previous 7-microphone array has been replaced with just 4 microphones. We first reported on this change when the device leaked back in late July. We don't know if this was just a cost-saving measure for Amazon, or if it just feels that four microphones are more than enough for the device to hear your voice from across a noisy room. Echo Dot On the design front, the hard-plastic exterior has been "softened" up a bit with fabric wrapped around its housing (a la the Google Home Mini). When... Read more...