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In early October 2020, Google overhauled its popular Nest Thermostat with a touch-only interface and slashed its price. Whereas the preceding Nest Thermostat E retailed for $169.99, the "new" Nest Thermostat rung up at just $129.99. Amazon is now selling the Nest Thermostat at its lowest price ever, even beating the previous low set on Prime Day. The device is currently selling for $87.99, or 30 percent off its MSRP. Interestingly, the low price is only available in the Snow color. The Charcoal, Sand, and Fog colors are priced higher at $99.98. One peculiarity with the Nest Thermostat is that it doesn't come with a trim kit like its more expensive siblings; you have to pay extra for it. However,... Read more...
In October of 2019, the Department of Defense awarded Microsoft the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, which could have been worth upwards of $10 billion over the next decade. Afterward, Amazon, which lost the bid, filed a lawsuit with allegations that former President Donald Trump influenced the decision over his dislike for former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Now, in an incredible turn of events, the Pentagon has canceled the JEDI cloud contract with Microsoft after reporting it wanted to reconsider the contract last year. As reported by the Associated Press, the Pentagon has come out explaining that it is now canceling the JEDI contract to pursue a deal with both Microsoft... Read more...
How low can it go? In May, we reported that the Surface Duo Android flagship dropped to a low $599 versus its $1,399 launch price. But it appears that Microsoft still wasn't moving the smartphones fast enough, as Amazon-owned Woot is now selling the smartphones at an even more attractive price point. Today, the 128GB version of the Surface Duo is selling for just $409.99 (brand new, factory sealed), which is nearly a $200 discount from its previous low. If you want to double your storage to 256GB, that'll add $100 to the price tag. Microsoft Surface Duo Dual-Screen Android Smartphone 128GB (AT&T) $409.99 @ Woot Microsoft Surface Duo Dual-Screen Android Smartphone 256GB (AT&T) $509.99... Read more...
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has officially relinquished the title of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the world's second largest retailer (behind only Walmart), a designation that now belongs to Andy Jassy, who himself founded and previously served as CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS) from April 2016 until this month. We knew this day was coming, it just was not clear exactly when. Amazon disclosed what had been a pending change in leadership in February when sharing its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2021. "Amazon is announcing today that Jeff Bezos will transition to the role of Executive Chair in the third quarter of 2021 and Andy Jassy will become Chief Executive Officer at that... Read more...
When it comes to flagship smartphones sporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, the OnePlus 9 is among the cheapest available. The smartphone has a suggested retail price of $729 versus $799 for the Samsung Galaxy S21. While the Galaxy S21 is frequently on sale (often at $699, as is the case currently at Amazon), the OnePlus 9 hasn't been so lucky. However, things are changing today since multiple stores presently carry the OnePlus 9 with an $80 discount, bringing its price down to just $649. That's bargain-basement pricing for a Snapdragon 888 smartphone and might just be enough to persuade some customers that have been sitting on the sidelines to jump in the game. OnePlus 9 Astral Black, 5G... Read more...
Fireworks are not the only thing popping today, so are all kinds of deals on games and PC hardware. If you have not already, check out Steam's Summer Sale, and be sure to claim your copy of The Spectrum Retreat for no cost at the Epic Games Store. Then after stocking up on games, if you decide you could use a gaming laptop upgrade or some fancy new peripherals, we have rounded up some more deals that might be of interest. Let's start things off with the Alienware m15 R4, discounted to $2,279.98 at Amazon (save $120.01). We reviewed the Alienware m15 R4 with the a similar configuration as this one, and donned it with our coveted Editor's Choice award for offering excellent gaming performance and... Read more...
At the Windows 11 reveal event, we got to see several new features, which are quite exciting. One of these new features is the ability to install and run Android apps on Windows 11, as if they were regular programs, via the Amazon Appstore. But what about cases where an app you need is not available for the Appstore? The Android apps feature coming to the Windows 11 is happening is thanks to a partnership between Amazon and Intel with its Intel Bridge Technology. This technology is the important part of the equation here, as it is a “runtime post-compiler that enables applications to run natively on x86-based devices, including running those applications on Windows.” In short, this... Read more...
SpaceX's Starlink opened preorders for satellite internet services earlier this year, largely covering the northern hemisphere's higher latitudes. Since then, Elon Musk's company has continued to expand its services to more people around the world. Now, it is believed that the satellites will be able to provide continuous global coverage come September, provided regulatory approvals are granted. On Tuesday, Starlink's president Gwynne Shotwel spoke at a Macquarie Group virtual technology conference, explaining that the company has deployed roughly 1,800 satellites so far. She then stated that "once all those satellites reach their operational orbit, we will have continuous global coverage, so... Read more...
Today is the second and last day of Amazon's Prime Day 2021 sales event, and you can expect a barrage of bargains right up until the very end. We've already covered a whole bunch of deals, from PC gaming hardware and wireless earbuds, to video games for various different console platforms, and more. Now we're rounding up a bunch of Ring, Echo, and Fire TV products. Shown above is a discounted Ring Video Doorbell (Wired) with Echo Dot (Gen 3) bundle, which is marked down to $44.99 at Amazon (save $54.99). This can help give you an edge against porch pirates (and serve as a deterrent), or just to see who it is that is on your doorstep in 1080p video, with two-way talk capabilities. The Ring Video... Read more...
When it comes to storage, the industry has, for the most part, shifted to SSDs for desktop and laptop PCs. Given falling NAND prices and far superior performance, SSDs are the obvious choice for the consumer market. However, when it comes to external storage, HDDs still command the lion's share of the market by offering vast amounts of storage at relatively affordable prices. Sabrent is now giving external SSDs the upper hand on the storage front, but don't expect to get any relief regarding pricing. Witness the new Rocket XTRM-Q, which is a 16TB external SSD that connects to your PC using a Thunderbolt 3 cable. The Rocket XTRM-Q doesn't actually use a single 16TB SSD, however. Instead, it features... Read more...
If you’re looking for a 5G smartphone that has stellar performance for not a lot of money, you’ll want to jet over to Amazon… immediately. Prime Day discounts have been showering down on us all day, but this latest deal on last year’s OnePlus 8 5G is almost too good to ignore. The original MSRP for the OnePlus 8 5G was $699 when it debuted during the first half of 2020 (as the COVID-19 pandemic was kicking into high gear), but today it’s on sale for 50 percent off at Amazon. However, we must caution that this deal is only available for Amazon Prime subscribers, but these days, it seems as though the “Prime” bug has bitten most everyone. That means your... Read more...
Apple’s fourth-generation iPad Air has been a very popular entry in its tablet lineup ever since it first debuted in October. Even before the tablet started shipping to customers, retailers like Amazon discounted the tablet by $40, making $559 the “everyday” price ever since. However, Prime Day is in full effect, and that $40 discount has now doubled. The limited-time offer sees the iPad Air fall to just $519.99 with free shipping, a 13 percent discount. Unlike previous iPad Air deals, this discounted pricing applies to all available colors: Green, Rose Gold, Space Gray, Silver, and Sky Blue. While most Apple devices released over the past nine months have featured the M1 SoC,... Read more...
Prime Day 2021 kicked off with a bang early this morning, and the deals continue to flow in at a furious pace. We’ve already brought you some discounts on things like laptops and wireless earbuds along with console games. Now we’re zeroing in on solid-state drive (SSDs) for those looking to upgrade their gaming rigs. Before we get straight into the deals, we wanted to remind everyone of Amazon’s current Prime Day promotion, giving you a free $10 promotional credit when you purchase a $40 gift card. You can either enter the promo code GCPRIME2021 at checkout or click this link and hit the “Apply code to your account” button. Now, onto the SSD deals… Samsung’s... Read more...
We are keeping a pulse on Amazon's Prime Day 2021 deals, including discounts on PC gaming hardware, laptops, storage products, wireless earbuds, and more. It's a massive sale, spread out across two days. We can't possibly cover it all, but we did want to give console gaming its own roundup, to cover the many discounts available on games for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Let's get started, shall we? Our spider-sense for discounts has been tingling in the days and weeks ahead of Prime Day 2021, and we're elated to see Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Ultimate Edition for the PlayStation 5 discounted to $49.99 at Amazon ($20 off, save... Read more...
There might not actually be a Christmas in July, but this year there is a Prime Day in June, and with it comes a host of discounts on practically every kind of item imaginable. Wondering where to start in your hunt with a bargain? Well, you have come to the right place. We've rounded up some noteworthy discounts across a few different categories, including PC gaming, laptops, audio gear, and more. Depending on how much you plan to spend, and/or whether you frequently shop at Amazon (as many people do), the first order of business should be to claim a $10 promotional credit that is available when buying $40 in Amazon gift cards. Just hit the link and tap the "Apply code to your account button"... Read more...
Patience might be a virtue, but if you are having a difficult time waiting for Amazon's Prime Day 2021 sales bonanza to kick off, fear not, there are bargains to be had ahead of the big event. Of course, at this point we are only a day away from the annual sales extravaganza. Be that as it may, for those of you are in the market for a television, we have rounded up a handful of discounted sets. The one you see above is Sony's X91J, an 85-inch 4K Ultra HD Google TV that is on sale for $2,998 at Amazon ($501.99 off, save 14 percent). That is a sizable discount—you could tuck the savings away and take your shot at buying an Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 with the money, to put it into perspective.... Read more...
Amazon Prime Day is right around the corner (June 21st  through June 22nd), but there are already some pretty sweet deals available right now (as we've seen over the past few days). For those looking for a hot deal on a smartphone, Amazon is already overflowing with discounts, which you could also use as a last-minute Father's Day gift if you're a procrastinator. Kicking things off are two deals on OnePlus smartphones. First up is the OnePlus 8T, which is available in both Aquamarine Green and Lunar Silver. The smartphone is rocking last year's dominant Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC along with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. You'll also find a bright 6.55-inch 120Hz FHD+ AMOLED... Read more...
Amazon’s massive sales kick off next week on June 21st, better known as Prime Day. Previously, Amazon gave us a glimpse at some of its products on sale, but the list is now growing. With only three days to go, Amazon is releasing details about a few of the 2 million deals that will become available during the two-day deals extravaganza. What most of our readers will likely be interested in are the electronics and IoT devices that will go on sale. While customers will be able to save up to 40% on Amazon basics electronics as well as Sony and JBL headphones, you can also save 20% on 4K TVs, 25% on Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit from Nintendo, among much more. Items such as laptops, desktops,... Read more...
This global chip shortage has been problematic for all of us in the enthusiast community, with this most acute impact being with the availability of graphics cards. However, the shortages have also extended to certain processors, particularly in AMD's Zen 3 family. Fortunately, for those that want a potent Zen 3 series processor that won't break the bank, Amazon is currently selling the Ryzen 7 5800X at a $50 discount. The processor has an MSRP of $449 but is now available for just $399. Considering that processors of this ilk were in incredibly short supply just a few months ago, swinging in the complete opposite direction with a discount to boot is definitely great news. The supply of Ryzen... Read more...
Google’s Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) is the company’s attempt to improve privacy around the web by replacing third-party cookies that dominate user tracking. In recent weeks, the FLoC has received quite a bit of scrutiny from WordPress and other organizations. It seems Amazon is the latest to join the FLoC-block as the e-commerce company has blocked the new tracking service on many of its websites. From the main site to WholeFoods and everything else in between, it is being reported that Amazon is now blocking Google’s FLoC from gathering data. Interestingly, analysis collected by Digiday shows that the Seattle-based company is doing this in several different ways.... Read more...
Before Amazon’s Prime Day celebrations kick off properly on June 21st, the company is offering some of its products up for sale early. From smart speakers to smart glasses and several products in-between, take a look at what is on sale on Amazon right here. Echo Buds 2nd Generation If you are in the market for some new earbuds, the Echo Buds may be a decent place to start looking. Featuring Alexa integration and active noise cancellation, these wireless earbuds bring a lot to the table. You can also use these to make phone calls wherever you find yourself without taking your phone out. The only downside to these earbuds is that you can expect up to 5 hours of music playback per charge,... Read more...
In 2020, Amazon Luna was announced as the company’s first foray into video games to compete with Google Stadia and Microsoft’s Project xCloud program. Through many trials and tribulations, the game streaming service is finally becoming more accessible. Starting on Prime Day (June 21st), Amazon Prime members can access Luna for free for seven days, but the Luna controller is on sale for the first time right now if you want to jump in as soon as possible. For just $5.99 a month, players can play a rich library of games from Ubisoft, Capcom, 505 Games, and Team 17, among others. From action to racing games, the Luna library is also constantly growing with both new and old titles like... Read more...
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