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    To celebrate being recently named the most reputable company in the US by the Reputation Institute, Amazon does today what it always does best. That’s right, the e-commerce giant slashes the prices of a couple of sizzling hot gadgets for only a few more hours at the time of this writing. Frankly, we’d have expected deeper discounts served on such a special occasion, but then again, Amazon’s own in-house-manufactured Echo and Tap are practically never marked down, not even by a couple of bucks. They’re not like Fire tablets, which essentially go on sale every week in shifts, with ...

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    You may have spoken with Cortana, or asked Siri for her help, but have you checked in lately to see what Amazon's been up to with its own voice-powered service, Alexa? The system finds itself at the heart of the company's Echo smart appliance, which has recently been branching out into new form factors. Amazon's even encouraged fans to build Alexa-connected hardware of their own. Now one set of developers are looking to bring Alexa to our wrists, as they crowdfund a smartwatch featuring tight Alexa integration. The iMCO CoWatch runs Cronologics' custom wearable platform, including access ...

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    It was just a short time ago that Sprint partnered with Amazon to deliver monthly Amazon Prime subscriptions as a third-party attachment to subscribers' cell service bills. Now, Amazon is doing its own thing and going for Netflix's jugular, right as the competitor is set to jack up prices. CNNMoney is reporting that an Amazon Prime subscription, in addition to being offered at an annual rate of $99, will now also be offered in two monthly forms: the Amazon Prime Video service will go for $8.99 while the full Amazon Prime package — complete with free two-day shipping, Prime Music and ...

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    India, with its billion-plus population in some pretty densely packed spots, has been able to develop an immediacy-based economy. Everything can come to you in a snap or two. So, OnePlus is partnering with Amazon.in and product end-of-life management firm ReGlobe in order to deliver instant cash back for a smartphone trade-in. You can see the rules in full detail at our source link, but the gist of it is that you buy a OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 or OnePlus X from Amazon.in, then relay details of that order through a special page. Evaluate your old smartphone as well as your location for ...

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    While the equivalent of less than two Benjamins buys you incredibly high-end Android slabs from fairly reputable OEMs in countries like China or India, it’s still not easy for power users to shop on such a tight budget stateside. You can get the Huawei Honor 5X at exactly $200 unlocked, a $175 or so third-gen Motorola Moto G if you just can’t wait for its sequel, or… a $160 factory refurbished unlocked GSM Samsung Galaxy S5 from Woot via Amazon. Now, we know what many of you think of pre-owned devices. They’re damaged goods, some literally, and they pose no palpable reliability ...

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    Amazon's made no secret of the fact that a new Kindle was on the way, teasing the news early last week. It wasn't long before rumors of battery-boosting accessories gave way to a full-blown leak, and an accidental early publication appeared to confirm the company's plans for the incredibly thin Kindle Oasis. Today, all those teases, rumors, and leaks reach their boiling point, as Amazon goes official with its latest e-ink tablet, the new Kindle Oasis. Not that we had any reason to doubt it, but that early publication really hit the nail right on the head, and the Kindle Oasis we see launch ...

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    In addition to an asymmetrical new “high-end” Kindle e-reader likely dubbed Oasis, Amazon could be gearing up to unveil at least one low-cost follow-up for 2015’s Fire tablets this week. The 2016 Fire HD 8 hasn’t been confirmed by the company’s head honcho yet, but its specs are out in the open for the whole world to see on GFX Bench. The Amazon “KFGIWI” (the previous Fire HD is also known as KFMEWI on the inside) apparently sports the same 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution screen as last year’s model, only bumping up the pre-installed Android iteration from 5.0 to 5.1 ...

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    It's been one week now since Jeff Bezos let us know that there was a new Kindle in our future. After hearing his confirmation that a new e-reader was on the way, we started running across rumors about just what sort of changes we might get from this Kindle: rumors discussed a new, thinner build, as well as some possible accessories – like a battery-extending case. Amazon's sure to announce the new model any day now, but it looks like the cat might be out of the bag a little ahead of schedule, as a early publication appears to reveal the company's plans for the new Kindle Oasis. Somebody ...

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    It was just a couple weeks ago that we saw deals for the 16GB Moto X Pure Edition hit $300. That chunkier 64GB version got a steep drop down to $400 at one point. While we don't have those prices anymore, we do have good news from Amazon while we're taking on the 32GB version — it's at its lowest price in five months. As background, Motorola is now pricing the 16GB Moto X Pure Edtion at $349.99 for a limited time with the 32GB one near $400 and the 64GB edition at $450. Not a bad deal for the thrill seeker, all things considered. But Amazon — in keeping with Motorola — has ...

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    Yesterday, Amazon's Jeff Bezos let us know that his company was gearing up to announce the next generation of its Kindle e-readers, with a new model set to make its debut next week. While we love getting teasers from official sources like that, this one was seriously short on details; we knew that new hardware was just around the corner, but Bezos was mum on specifics. Luckily for us, The Wall Street Journal has its own sources within Amazon's ranks, and this evening sheds a little light on just what we can expect from next week's news. While the sources behind this info don't have much to ...

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    If you want to own a no-holds-barred Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge in the US, why would you head to Best Buy to get one? Well, there is a limited one-year warranty on these phones as opposed to the ones at, say, Amazon or B&H. But is it worth the $50+ markup? That's right, if you're not going to deal with carrier bloatware from either AT&T or T-Mobile and want a little protection beyond the IP68 water resistance, the international variants of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with no US warranty are on BestBuy.com right now. Only the Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium versions of the S7 are ...

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    How do you like to read your e-books? Some of us get by just fine on a phone or phablet screen, while others insist on the larger format of tablets. But regardless of what size smart device you choose, we're likely still talking about a bright LCD or OLED screen. Just like with sizes, how you feel about screen tech is largely a matter of preference, but when you're going to be looking at a display for hours on end, both those options can end up being a little hard on your eyes. That's why so many readers decide to go with a dedicated e-paper device, just like Amazon's been offering for ...

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    Nope, it's necessarily about bringing back the HERE Maps app to Windows Phone. But where is it going to go from there? Well, nowhere, not unless Microsoft helps it along. Or Amazon. Or both. Both Amazon and Microsoft have been working on cloud server agreements with HERE, formerly Nokia-run, now in the hands of a German automaker conglomerate of BMW, Audi and Mercedes. The three plan on producing vehicles with intelligent mapping sensors to relay data about driving speeds, traffic and other bits of road information. Self-driving cars will heavily rely on this data to plan routes and ...

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    Amazon Prime is $99 a year. Now you can get it as a third-party service on Sprint for... $131.88 a year. But the carrier has come to an agreement with Amazon to provide a monthly subscription fee of $10.99, tacked to your cell service bill. If you're looking for the convenience of paying for a pricey annual subscription at a more digestible monthly, if more expensive rate, this may be for you. If you don't rely on Amazon for more than the free two-day shipping and would like to keep Prime for the holiday shopping season, you have the option to hop in and out. You've got nine months out of ...

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    How sweet is that new USB Type-C standard? Extremely, ensuring all charging and data transfer ports and accessories are created equal (we’re looking at you, Apple), and eliminating the possibility of plugging a compatible device in the wrong way. When combined with 3.1 technology, it’s even greater, letting you swap digital content between supporting gadgets at mind-blowing speeds. Unfortunately, the two don’t go hand in hand on mainstream phones yet, and USB-C can often do more harm than good if you’re not very careful about the cables and adapters you buy. On the bright side, a ...

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    Don't let the word "Chromebook" scare you. If you're looking to switch off to a more spartan and streamable digital lifestyle, you'll get everything you need in one of those puppies. Google is lousy with demand from the education sector and those kids can get work done on that thing. That's why Acer has released Chromebook after Chromebook to match persnickety people to the right computer. Now, with the new Acer Chromebook 14, it's upped the feel and focus of the product. While we see a dual-core Intel Celeron processor here along with standard Intel HD graphics integration, you do get a ...

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    Are voice-powered in-home smart appliances going to be the next must-have piece of consumer tech? Amazon's Echo appliance has been off to a strong start, and Amazon's already brought that same Alexa-fueled voice control to a growing family of devices. Rumor has it that Google's even working on building an Echo-like device of its own. And while we may be about to see more and more manufacturers bringing us similar devices, you don't have to wait for one of those to come around to start playing with some Echo-like interactions of your own, thanks to Amazon releasing plans that let you roll ...

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    Sony didn’t exactly play all its cards right in terms of US availability for the Xperia Z5 trio, launching the high-end phones a little late, a little pricey and a little crippled. Worse yet, the Xperia X trio entered the equation perhaps a little early, though they’re only set to commercially roll out in the summer. Can something still be done to save the Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium from premature oblivion? Well, “global” Android Marshmallow updates are definitely a first step in the correct direction, and at least as far as the diminutive model goes, the bang for buck factor is ...

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    The biggest, most profitable corporation in the world cannot be stopped from printing money by the FBI, the US Department of Justice, future American president Donald Trump or the developers of the number one search engine. Google, or rather Alphabet, will occasionally exceed Cupertino in NASDAQ market capitalization, but when it comes right down to it, it doesn’t have the financial muscle to retain the crown for more than a few days. Not even close, according to independent valuation consultancy company Brand Finance, which assesses Big G’s brand at “only” $94 billion, compared to ...

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    Modern flash storage is an almost magical thing: with a little wafer the size of a fingernail, you can double, triple, or easily quadruple the amount of data your phone can store. And while going with as little as an extra 16GB of storage can add $100 to a phone's selling price, doing a 16GB upgrade post-purchase with a microSD card won't even cost you $10. But if you're going to make that kind of investment at all, why not go big? 128GB cards have already been surpassed by 200GB cards, and today we've spotted a heck of a deal on them, with Amazon selling a 200GB SanDisk Ultra card for a ...

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    Undecided between the two cheapest Microsoft Surface Pro 4 configurations around? Redmond makes it very easy to choose now, selling both the Intel Core m3 and Core i5 4GB RAM/128GB SSD models at $900. The latter, which is clearly faster and more desirable, typically costs 100 bucks extra, and we’re guessing the 2-in-1’s budget-conscious adopters were willing to cut the performance corner, since the Core m3 version isn’t on sale. Instead, you can also grab the other Core i5 Surface Pro 4 SKU for less than usual, as long as you see fit to cough up a $300 premium on 8 gigs of RAM and ...

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    Deemed “the most giftable smartphone of 2015” even back when it was available at list price, the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition, aka Moto X Style, has been treated to surprisingly many deals lately, especially in Moto 360 bundles. By itself, the now Marshmallow-powered 5.7-inch handheld commanded a reduced tag of $350 at one point with 32GB internal storage space, and $400 very recently in a 64GB configuration. Naturally, it’s time the “entry-level” 16GB variant finally scores its own compelling discount, going down from $400 to just $300 at Motorola, Amazon and Best Buy. According ...

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    I've had the repeated pleasure of meeting the Boston Globe's Hiawatha Bray — he writes his Tech Lab column for the newspaper — and have appreciated his "big picture" stories on innovation. He gets into the nitty gritty, too: last time I saw him on my way home, he was toting a Moto X for review. It's with that cred that NPR's Rachel Martin invited Bray for a segment a couple weeks ago on Weekend Edition Sunday about the Amazon Echo and the company's voice-powered assistant, Alexa. If you're not familiar with how this up and coming Internet of Things hub works, you prompt the voice ...

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    Whether you’re only curious about the G5 because it’s exotic and ingenious, or you’re actually looking to defy statistics and buy the “world’s first modular phone”, there’s no denying the healthy buzz LG’s managed to accumulate around the 5.3-incher. But will the attention and customer interest last, as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are available today, and the LG G5… not? It depends on exactly how long people need to wait to pick the versatile powerhouse up. Unfortunately, you’re most likely faced with another month or so of waiting, at least stateside, in Canada, and the ...

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    Pretty much unanimously hailed as the most beautiful Android Wear device in the world, the Huawei Watch is by no means affordable. Typically, it starts at $350, but we’ve occasionally seen it go for as little as $300. Today only, it reaches a new all-time low price on Amazon, setting you back $280 in a stainless steel configuration with an elegant black suture leather strap attached. That’s down from an MSRP of $350, yet believe it or not, there’s a costlier model that nets you even higher savings by midnight PST. Namely, a whopping $130, which is the difference between what Huawei ...

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