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If you have been eyeing an Echo Dot, now is the time to bite. The Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation is currently 40% off on Amazon’s website. Amazon Prime members will also get free shipping. The Echo Dot 3rd Generation is on sale for $29.99 USD, and the discount applies to all three color variations of the Echo Dot: Charcoal, Heather Gray, and Sandstone. Customers can also add on a Kasa smart Wi-Fi plug mini by TP-Link for an additional $15 or a Sengled smart lighting kit for an extra $20. If you would you like to add several Echo Dot devices to your home, you can currently buy three devices and save $80 off the original price. Other stores like Best Buy and B&H Photo are also selling... Read more...
Anyone working on expanding their home automation and smart speaker reach inside the home or office will want to check out the latest deal that Amazon is offering. Right now Amazon has its new third-generation Echo Dot on sale at a price we haven't seen in several months. The new deal isn't quite as good as the bundle from December, but it's close. The Echo Dot is on sale right now for $39.99, which is $10 off the regular $49.99 retail price. Prime members will also get free shipping on the smart speaker. Amazon offers the deal on all three available colors so buyers can choose charcoal, heather gray, or sandstone. Amazon also has a bundle that includes the third-gen Echo Dot along with a free... Read more...
A family from Sandusky, Ohio claims to have returned home over the weekend to find their kitchen filling with smoke and their third-generation Amazon Echo Dot in flames. Joe Jachym says that he and his wife returned home and as he was heading outside he saw that "smoke was banked down" in the kitchen and he says he yelled to his wife "Your Alexa is burning!" Jachym is a retired firefighter having been on the job for 26-years. He noted that neither the electrical outlet in their home nor the device charger cord was damaged by the flames. He says that only the device and the counter around it were damaged, indicating that the fire started inside the unit itself. The retired firefighter noted that... Read more...
No one thought that it would be easy to take on Amazon in the smart speaker market; after all, the company got the jump on the competition with its first Echo in late 2014. However, if any company stood a chance against Amazon, it was Google, and the newest numbers from research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) show that to be somewhat true. According to CIRP's analysis of the U.S. market, there was a total installed base of 66 million smart speakers during Q4 2018. Of that total, Amazon accounted for a commanding 70 percent of installs with its Echo family of smart speakers according to the research firm.  The Google Home family of smart speakers was... Read more...
If you’re looking to expand your footprint with regards to smart home integration, or are simply looking to get started from scratch, we’ve got an excellent deal for you today. Best Buy is currently running a promotion that nets you two third-generation Amazon Echo Dot smart speakers plus two TP-Link HS105 Smart Wi-Fi Plug Minis for just $70. The Echo Dot really needs no introduction, but the third-generation model launched back in late September with an all-new design. It shucked its completely hard plastic exterior for a more welcoming fabric finish around its “waist”. According to Amazon, the new Echo Dot is up to 70 percent louder than its predecessor. The... Read more...
Microsoft is extending its partnership with Amazon in a big way, as the Microsoft Store is now selling both the second-generation Echo and the third-generation Echo Dot Alexa-powered smart speakers. The Microsoft Store offers both the Echo and the Echo Dot at their regular MSRPs of $99 and $49 respectively. This is a striking turn of events given that Microsoft is currently marketing the Cortana-powered Harman Kardon Invoke AI smart speaker. The Invoke hit the market priced at $199, but is now selling for $99 from the Microsoft Store -- only the Pearl Silver model is available, as the Graphite version is currently out of stock.  Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation)... Read more...
Black Friday is still over three weeks away, but retailers are already showing their hand with respect to what deals they will have. So far, we've seen the tech goodies that Costco, Sam's Club, Kohl's and Target will have on the biggest shopping day of the year. Amazon doesn't want to be left out, but it isn't quite ready to give us a look at its hottest Black Friday deals. Instead, the company is giving us a rundown of its pre-Black Friday deals what will run from November 16th through November 22nd. Without further ado, here's what to expect: November 16th: Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet -- $69.99 ($30 off) Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet -- $89.99 ($40... Read more...
Kohl's isn't a retailer that we typically think of when it comes to smokin' Black Friday deals on your favorite tech gear, but the company is definitely getting our attention today. In addition to the low prices across the board, Kohl’s is handing out $15 in Kohl’s Cash -- which can be spent November 24th through December 5th -- for every $50 that you spend. There are a number of good deals littered throughout the ad, but we'll highlight a few here today. For starters, Kohl's is knocking $350 off the cost of the Samsung 58-inch 4K Smart TV, bringing the price down to $549. On top of that, you’ll get $165 in Kohl's Cash that you can spend at a later date. If smart home... Read more...
Just as Microsoft previously started rolling out its October 2018 Update for Windows 10 PCs (and then paused it to investigate reports of missing files), there is also a new system update available for Xbox One consoles that is packed with new features. One of them is an Xbox skill for Cortana and Alexa. To celebrate the latter, Microsoft has teamed up with Amazon to bundle a free third-generation Echo Dot with select Xbox One X and Xbox One S consoles. "Anyone who buys a qualified Xbox One S or Xbox One X bundle at Amazon.com will also get a new Amazon Echo Dot, but don’t wait too long because this offer is only available while supplies last," Microsoft says. The deal is supposed to go... Read more...
When it comes to electronics, one way to stretch your dollar is to stay a generation behind. This can prove particularly savvy if you strike right when a new product is announced, as the 'old' one might not be all that old or outdated at that point. Following that philosophy, you can snag a 2nd generation Echo Dot smart speaker with Alexa integration for only $22.99 right now. There are a couple of caveats. One is that Amazon just announced a 3rd generation Echo Dot, which releases on October 11. You'll spend more than twice as much, however, as the asking price is $49.99 on Amazon's website. The other caveat is that the discounted 2nd generation Echo Dot is used. Deal site Woot (owned by Amazon)... 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...
Saint Louis University (SLU) has announced that students will have another roommate living with them when they return to classes this month. SLU will place Amazon Echo Dot smart speakers into each room and apartment that is offered for student housing. Each of the Dots will be running a custom SLU skill that is designed to answer questions that are specific to the university. The idea is to help reduce the number of calls to school helplines and keep students aware of important aspects of campus life. That custom SLU skill, which was developed by n-Powered and is hosted on AWS, can give instant answers to more than 100 questions that new and returning students might have that are specific... Read more...
Amazon's Echo family has expanded over years with the addition of the Echo Dot, Echo Spot, and Echo Show (among others). Last year, Amazon unveiled a second-generation Echo and it appears that this year the company is looking to launch a third-generation Echo Dot.  The first- and second-generation devices were codenamed "pancake" and "biscuit" respectively, and the new third-generation device is rumored to have been developed under the codename "donut". Rather than the flat top of the current Echo Dot, it appears that its newer counterpart has a more rounded appearance. Second-generation Amazon Echo Dot The biggest change, however, is with the addition of what looks to be fabric covering... Read more...
We are still a few days away from Amazon's annual Prime Day sales event, which kicks off Monday and runs for 36 hours. However, if you're itching for a deal ahead of the big the event and happen to be in the market for a laptop, good news—Amazon has partnered with Acer to bundle a free Echo Dot with the purchase of an Alexa-enabled Nitro, Spin, or Aspire laptop. There are half a dozen laptops to choose from. As an added bonus, each one is currently marked down $50 from their respective MSRPs, so you are saving a chunk of change right off the bat and getting an Echo Dot. On top of all that, each system comes with four months of Amazon Music at a discounted rate of $0.99—after that... Read more...
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