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    Sure, there's nothing wrong with reading on a tablet, unless you're like some of us that prefer the feel of a real book. For that in particular, I'm always inclined to recommend a Kindle, mainly because it nails a ton of the peace of mind you look for in a book, like a glare-free experience, enough power to read for weeks, etc. If you want to give a Kindle a try, Amazon just made some changes. The company has just announced a revamp to its entry level Kindle. It doesn't really change much when it comes to design, with the exception of offering a white model along with the typical black ...

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    Apple and around five other publishers have spent the last few years in court under accusations of trying to fix the price of e-books. It's a cut through market out there, and it seems that Cupertino in particular wanted to ensure that its profit margins were strong enough, by getting competitors to not break the bank at a lower price. If you've bought e-books over the last few years, there might be some cash for you. Users who purchased E-books between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012 are entitled to $6.93 in the case of New York Times best sellers, and $1.57 in the case of ebooks that ...

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    Want a different take on the Microsoft Surface 3? Huawei introduced one earlier this year with its MateBook. Since February, the products made its trek around the world. It's only now crawled back around to the US for a launch here. Hardware-wise, Huawei's crafted an 6.9mm thick aluminium chassis to hold in a 12-inch IPS LCD at 2160 x 1440 display with viewable angles through 160 degrees of rotation. Windows Hello takes advantange of dual array of microphpones and a side-mounted fingerprint reader. A 33.7Wh battery should get you through a nine-hour day. Intel's 6th generation Core M ...

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    Just now getting into the idea of having a voice-powered assistant ask you things? Maybe you've been looking into the Amazon Echo, but found it wanting in portability. Well, you can't just order a tiny little Echo Dot right from Amazon — cruel irony will probably let you do so from eBay at a premium. How about an Amazon Tap? It plays back a ton of music with its Dolby-enriched omnidirectional stereo speakers, it has Alexa to let you talk to your home or to the internet, and it has a battery to last it up to 9 hours off the outlet. What, $129.99 too much? It's $20 off today at $109.99. ...

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    As if pro leaksters, regulatory agencies and even company officials didn’t already spoil the surprise well in advance of the OnePlus 3 VR announcement and invite-free commercial launch, the Indian branch of e-tailer Amazon slipped up and listed the phone as exclusively up for grabs earlier today. Needless to point out the blunder was rapidly mended, though the harm is done, and the cat out of the bag with a few hours still to go until the “flagship killer” officially breaks cover. Apparently priced at the equivalent of $415 (INR 28,000) in a top-notch 6GB RAM/64GB ROM configuration, ...

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    One of the world’s costliest, glitziest Android Wear timepieces has been treated to so many discounts lately that we almost forgot both a revised Apple Watch and increasingly independent new wave of Google-endorsed wearables are likely right around the corner. Of course, that’s precisely why the first-generation Huawei Watch is starting to feel quite reasonably priced all of a sudden, at $250 and up instead of $350 across various US retailers. But only one can shave as much as $220 off the MSRP of a premium model, namely Amazon, which currently sells the Huawei Watch in a gold plated ...

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    Amazon Prime is not just about free two-day shipping, as the company has been vain to point out every so often in reminder emails. But as music streaming services continue to grow at rapid pace, Amazon Prime Music feels like an inadequate spotlight for its members-only catalog. That light may grow hot soon. Sources to Reuters have said that Amazon will offer a standalone streaming music service around the late summer/early fall timeframe. Licensing negotiations are ongoing and a more comprehensive offering is expected. Individual monthly plan rates are said to be comparable to Spotify ...

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    As we approach Father's Day, deals are quite the thing, and given the uniqueness of the Nextbit Robin, this might just as well be one to highly consider. Putting the cloud first, the Nextbit Robin adapts to your usage patterns, archiving apps it reckons you don’t need, but keeping them at hand in case you change your mind. If you've been giving it some thought, this might be the time to buy. The Nextbit Robin has just gained another major discount on Amazon, going down to just $300, unlocked. With a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB RAM, 1080p screen, 2,680 mAh battery, and 13 and 5MP ...

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    Sure, Pebble may be taking a few more bites out of wearables market this year, but the center of the world doesn't have to be on Kickstarter. Take Motorola. It's not going to get any help from Google selling its Moto 360 Sport, so it will have to help itself. But apparently, only with the help of an unlisted promo code. Enter "JUNE360SPORT" after you pick up a Moto 360 Sport and you'll save a Benjamin, paying just $199. The code's active until June 13. Curiously, the first Moto 360 is on clearance for $199.99. B&H Photo is also charging $199.99 for the Moto 360 Sport while Amazon is, ...

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    You strap your Pebble Core on before you're out the door. You grin. It feels like an awesome day as you're trying to beat your best mile. You want to know what your pace is as you pass by the Dairy Queen at Great Meadows. And so, you ask the Pebble Core what your pace is. Hopefully, Alexa would be able to figure things out from that point. Pebble announced that Amazon's voice assistant service, Alexa, will be on the Pebble Core. It will dig up information about your goings and doings, switch up your Spotify playlist and query the web about a whole bunch of things. The 3G connectivity of ...

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    When it comes to tablets, Amazon keeps it fairly frugal by giving out some barebone hardware, yet promising a smooth experience. That's recipe for a $50 tablet that became a runaway hit. But its bigger tablets haven't been getting as much love. Competitors have been more price-aggressive in the eight-to-ten inch range. Amazon's token response is to give its Fire HD 10 a new coat. Specifically, a silver aluminium coat. Nothing has changed between the 1280 x 800 display, MediaTek processor or the price — still $229.99 for a 16GB starter. It's a subtle change. Perhaps it may be too subtle? ...

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    Taking a cue from its more respected and popular rivals, which almost always offer great deals on old flagship devices when new ones enter the scene, Asus has a surprise in store for the next 21 hours (and counting) for its cash-strapped fans unimpressed with the $250 ZenFone 3. The 128GB ZenFone 2 Deluxe Special Edition, brought to the US last November at $400, is available today only on Amazon with a sweet $130 discount. In addition to accommodating all the digital content you could ever need, both internally and on microSD cards, this ZE551ML configuration on sale also packs an ...

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    You officially will never need an invite from OnePlus to buy its products ever again. Well, if we're talking about the OnePlus X and the OnePlus 2 in the US. To be clear, you can already get both phones from third-party suppliers on Amazon right now, but OnePlus will soon be officially providing the site with its phones soon. The OnePlus 2 will be $299 on the marketplace — we presume it's going to be the 64GB variant as that's the price it is currently up for at oneplus.net — while the OnePlus X will be up for $199. The UK is already getting some direct love from OnePlus as the ...

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    It's a slow and sure launch of Sony's new Xperia X line of smartphones. Of course the major Asian markets have it, but so does most of Europe and it may be the case that the United States will — sooner or way later. India has a sure thing going for it with Amazon.in taking the online pre-orders for the Sony Xperia X. The 64GB model comes in black, white, lime gold and rose gold. Sony's also offering its SBH70 Stereo Bluetooth Headset and some Rs. 2,700 in content from Amazon Kindle, Gameloft, Sony LIV and Hungama Play for free with the Xperia X. Both that phone and the also-announced ...

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    The pal that helps you and many other people pay up is updating its Android and iOS apps. Unlike many other apps, it's providing customers with a good idea of when to expect an update. Version 6.0 of the app, said to have "a new look and feel," will head to devices with Android 4.0.3 or later and iOS 9.1 or later. Windows Phone users will end availability for the current version of the app while both Amazon Fire and BlackBerry OS users will not be able to use the app beyond June 30. Joanna Lambert, Vice President of Global Consumer Product and Engineering, said in the company's blog post: ...

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    With Amazon's runaway pace found in Alexa and the products based on that service, the voice assistant has gotten very popular with other tech companies. Google Assistant (and Google Home) and Microsoft's army of bots are on their way for the future. If Apple announces its own measure, it will be the last to do so at this year's WWDC. The Information reports that Apple will indeed be opening up Siri with an SDK and announcing an Echo competitor at the conference. Siri will likely hook onto Apple's existing services such as iCloud, HomeKit, HealthKit (we think the company will find a way ...

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    It's no secret that iOS has a huge cash cow with its App Store. App developers typically work projects for that platform first, betting on a secure latch to a major gravy train. Well, in US Two Games's case, it's definitely the case for its runaway mobile gaming hit, "Monument Valley", now in its second year of existence. And that's even with a whole year of expanding to the Play Store, to Amazon, to Windows 10 Mobile and to Chinese app distributor iDreamSky. In a Medium post infographic, the company announced that it had over 26 million downloads with just under 5 million of them paid ...

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    Every company that can afford to build a neural network that can learn deeper than deep is seemingly doing so right now. Microsoft is hiring a software engineer that will work on something called the "Bing Concierge Bot," an AI-based assistant more similar to Facebook M or Google Assistant than Amazon Alexa. The bot would be based over messaging apps like "Skype, Messenger, SMS, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc." and, through human-like conversation, can help users do tasks such as booking dining reservations. Microsoft has been making testing out a whole set of bots for music search, captioning, ...

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    Google knows that machine learning and artificial intelligence needs to be more human. After all, 20 percent of the search engine's queries come from users talking to Google Now. So, why not debut something that not only knows how conversations work, but to deliver results based on that conversation? Well, Google chief Sundar Pichai gave an answer to lead off the Google I/O keynote and that's Google Assistant, a voice service to rival against Amazon's existing open-source Alexa service. It builds off of the search engine's Google Now interactions that takes advantage of its trained machine ...

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    From your hand to your wrist to your home, intelligent devices have been slowly taking over, looking to improve and simplify every little aspect of the modern, always web-connected life. Smartphones are primarily credited for kicking off this second (third?) phase of the digital revolution, with wearables and universal voice-enabled controllers like the Amazon Echo leading the next automation step. The smart speaker that was limitedly released in late 2014 to mixed critical and user response, then expanded in June of last year to widespread acclaim has already spawned two lower-cost ...

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    Though Siri and Google Now both technically came before Alexa, it’s safe to say Amazon caught its competitors and tech consumers at large off guard when unveiling the voice-controlled wireless speaker/home automation device Echo less than two years ago. It of course took a little while for critics and prospective buyers to warm up to the inconspicuous but highly versatile and always flourishing cylinder, which ultimately managed to rack up an impressive 3 million unit shipments. Slowly moving away from a niche it personally carved out towards the mainstream décor, the Alexa-powered ...

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    Still craving a Sony phone in the US? Still want the Xperia Z5 in 2016? Well, you can get a couple more $20 bills off the phone if you so desire it at Amazon, Best Buy or B&H. The Sony Xperia Z5 is now $499 at Amazon (and an extra 99 cents at the other places), down from its $599.99 it originally launched at and further off from the $539.99 it was recently at. It applies for all three color variants — black, white and gold — and you get warranty coverage as well. When paired with the Sony Smartband 2, the price goes up to $621.68. The bundling represents a 23 percent discount. ...

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    Promotions, promotions, boy, is Sprint full of them today. In addition to taking $120 off the HTC 10, its prepaid brand Boost Mobile has juiced up its multi-line plans with 10GB of high-speed data per line. In addition to the $5 per month Auto Re-Boost discount that starts from the second billing cycle, here's how pricing breaks down: [table] ,2 Lines,3 Lines,4 Lines,5 Lines Monthly price,$65,$90,$115,$145 [/table] The promo runs until July 6. At the same time, if you enroll into Sprint's Better Choice XXL plan, you'll also get a free 12-month Amazon Prime subscription. The plan features ...

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    Alexa had made a lot of friends over the past several months. It's with that kind of platform that Amazon has been able to sell its Echo products like hotcakes. Heck, other companies can sell Alexa products, too. You can even make your own "Echo". So, will Google finally make a move in the voice-interactive sector of the Internet of Things? Sources tell Recode it is working on a project called "Chirp" that will integrate the company's existing Google Now assistant. The Echo competitor may end up looking a little like the OnHub router. So, with a well-established neural network growing ...

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    While Amazon intends for you to buy its Echo devices big and small (maybe even smaller) to ask inane questions to and help turn down the thermostat, you can now spend just under $5 and get the power of Alexa voice services on your iPhone. For $4.99, Lexi is a simple app. Tap and hold onto the screen, ask your question, then let go and wait to hear from Lexi. It's a third party app that uses Alexa and works with the typical apps — the App Store page has a review calling out Homeseer compatibility. Hit the download link if even all you want is some witty repartee. Download: App Store Via: ...

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