Amazon Echo smart speaker now available for purchase for $180 shipped

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Amazon today announced that its Echo smart speaker is available for purchase for $179.99 shipped with delivery times extended out until mid-July (initial shipments to be delivered sooner). The original price was $199.99 but initial Prime testers got one for $99.99.

The Echo is the highly acclaimed “Siri in a speaker” that allows users to get information with only voice. iOS and Android apps allow you to configure Echo from your smartphone as well.

It features:

  • Information, music, audiobooks, news, weather, traffic, sports, and more–instantly
  • Controlled by your voice for hands-free convenience
  • Far-field voice recognition hears you from across the room
  • Connected to the cloud so it’s always getting smarter
  • 360º omni-directional audio to fill the room with immersive sound
  • Compatible with Belkin WeMo and Philips Hue connected devices to control lights and switches with your voice
  • Plays music from Amazon Music, Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more
  • Also functions as a highly capable bluetooth speaker for all of your other gadgets.

Many (18,000+) early reviewers gave it an impressive 4.5/5 star rating. Check the videos below and press release for more information.

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Pebble Time now available to pre-order from Best Buy for $200

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Pebble has a long-time friendship with Best Buy, and now the smartwatch maker is launching the first widespread availability of its new Pebble Time through the retailer. Available for $200, the standard 22mm non-steel version of the watch is now available for consumers to put their claim on red, black, and white models.

While the Kickstarter Edition just recently began shipping to those who backed the watch, those just now realizing that they would actually like a smartwatch that has a color e-paper display, more than 5 days of battery life, and cross-platform compatibility are in luck:

We recently reviewed the Pebble Time, saying that while it does have its upsides, it still feels stuck in the past compared to the currently-available Android Wear devices and the Apple Watch. Long battery life is nice, but the lack of a touch screen and sketchy compatibility with iOS hold the device back—especially at this price point.

Opinion: New games and hardware announced at E3 make Xbox One deserving of a second look

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It has already been an eventful week at E3, with Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo showing off the latest titles and hardware advances to be expected over the next 6-8 months. Microsoft made a huge splash yesterday with new games and a killer updated controller that would make even James Bond jealous.

Regardless of which side of the console wars you’re on, or if you are undecided, the Xbox One deserves a second look. Microsoft has rebounded from a tough start to the year with some killer titles coming by Christmas and has pushed itself out in front of the PlayStation 4 as a dominant streaming media player. On top of that, the deal machine has been cranking out solid discounts on some of Microsoft’s flagship bundles. Now is the time to get on board with Xbox One if you’ve been waiting… Read more

Nintendo E3 2015: huge Super Smash Bros. updates, Star Fox barrel rolls onto Wii U + make your own Mario levels

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Nintendo kicked off its E3 announcements with a huge content update for Super Smash Bros. and then dove into some gigantic game announcements including Star Fox Zero, Super Mario Maker, Yoshi’s Woolly World, The Legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes and more.

Wii U and the new 3DS handheld are rocking right now thanks to some major releases over the past year. Nintendo’s E3 announcements only upped the ante for these consoles and set the stage for a strong 2015/2016 showing. Head below for the most important news that Nintendo dropped on us so far this week: Read more

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas: GoPro Bundles, Gift Cards, 2-day shipping, more

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Update (6/17 12:30pm): Best Buy is taking $100 off Apple’s iPad mini 3 with prices starting at $299.99 (Reg. $399) – choose in-store pick up to guarantee delivery by Father’s Day.

Father’s Day is right around the corner, which means in a mere five days your Dad will be sitting at the table expecting a gift from you. No need to panic – there are still a few ways to make sure your Padre gets the goods on Sunday and you can look like the favorite child.

So what are your options? One of the easiest (and fastest) ways of delivering a gift to Dad is a gift card. Of course, that opens up the possibilities to any number of restaurants or retailers. Amazon offers gift cards from a number of retailers, making it a painless and quick transaction.

Most retailers offer two-day shipping, which would ensure delivery by the weekend, but that generally comes with a fee of some sort. Amazon is currently offering free 1-day shipping on a number of products for Dad like watches, clothing and other accessories.

Sign up for a free trial of Prime and you’ll get two-day shipping for the next 30 days, just in time for Sunday. Prime is an excellent gift for Dad as well, aside from expedited shipping he’ll be able to take advantage of Amazon’s Instant Video Library of shows and its Kindle Library.

Head below for the rest of our last minute picks for Dad… Read more

Eyefi announces Wi-Fi support for GoPro and Olympus cameras plus new cloud storage pricing

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Popular camera accessory maker Eyefi has been feeling the need to evolve lately as camera manufacturers have increased the number of models that include built-in Wi-Fi to transfer photos. The very feature that defines Eyefi’s line of Mobi SD cards.

Today, Eyefi has answered the call with new integration for Olympus and GoPro cameras that enables users to skip the included software and transfer photos directly to Eyefi’s ecosystem. Its cloud platform and dashboard were also recipients of a refresh, including a new price point on unlimited monthly storage. We have the full details below. Read more

E3 2015: Microsoft unveils new hardware, 360 backwards compatibility + Forza 6, Halo 5, Tomb Raider

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Today was Microsoft’s big day at E3 2015, taking the stage to detail its latest advancements and upcoming titles for its flagship Xbox One console. There were many announcements worth noting, including new hardware/software upgrades and the ability to play Xbox 360 games on current generation consoles. Oh yeah, you can play a 3D hologram version of Minecraft, too. Head below for full details. Read more

Samsung’s T1 Portable SSDs are smaller than a business card, now on sale: 250GB $98, 500GB $198, 1TB $398

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Update (6/16 9:00am): Lower prices available via Newegg when you enter coupon code AFEXSSD15614: 250GB $89.99, 500GB $179.99, 1TB $359.99

Samsung announced its T1 portable SSD lineup earlier this year at CES. Its tiny size and impressive specs caught our attention, but with retail prices upwards of $500 it wasn’t a practical choice for most people. Now the first significant price drops have put these drives within reach:

samsung-portable-t1-ssdAny of these drives would make a perfect backup solution or a super portable option for working with large photo and video files while on-the-go. Features include read-write speeds of up to 450MB/sec, optional AES 256 bit encryption, a tiny 71.0×9.2×53.2 mm form factor, and a 3 year warranty. The T1 lineup gets a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from Amazon reviewers, while the 250GB is the best selling External Solid State Drive on Amazon. Read more

Seagate 8TB Backup Plus USB 3 Desktop Drive: $250 shipped (6TB: $200, 5TB: $134)

 

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Amazon just dropped their price on Seagate Backup Plus Hard drives to $249.99 for 8TB Model (STDT8000100) and $199.99 for 6TB, the lowest prices we’ve ever seen on these very large USB storage. The prices are the lowest we can find by as much as $50. These external hard drives with a unique blue underside for advanced cooling get 4.2/5 star ratings from Amazon reviewers and feature fast USB 3 bus, 1 year warranty and Mac and Windows compatibility.

Note Amazon also drops the price of the just released Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 model STEB5000100 (pictured above)to $133.99 shipped. That’s the lowest we could find and one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on a 5TB external USB hard drive at Amazon.

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Sony’s new RX100 IV prosumer digital camera is loaded with features that put other devices to shame

Sony has announced a new camera, the RX100IV, with prosumer photographers in mind. This camera has robust photo and video technical specifications that are worth noting. Sony claims its new RX100 IV features the “world’s first” 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor, which essentially means that it that can process images faster than other models on the market.

The sensor isn’t the only thing that makes this product standout, head below for more details and the full PR on the newest addition to Sony’s line of digital cameras. Read more

iPhone/iPad Power Bundle: 4-Port USB car charger + 6-ft MFi Lightning cable $16 Prime shipped (Reg. $31)

Update: iClever is selling their version of the 4 port USB Car adapter with a 6 foot MFi Lightning cable for $15.99 after coupon code D93H6GTA (after both are added to cart). Basically this is a free Lightning cable added to a $15.99 port car charger 

Anker is selling an iPhone/iPad power bundle on Amazon for less than the price of a single Apple Lightning cable.

The pack includes a powerful 9.6A/48W 4-Port USB Car Charger and a 9-ft MFi Apple-certified Lightning cable for $19.99 Prime shipped. For those of you without a Prime membership, you can activate a free trial or pad your order up to $35 to sidestep shipping costs. It would cost you $31 to buy both of these items at their current prices. Each item is highly rated and includes an 18 month warranty.

In order to get the $19.99 pricing you must add each item to your shopping cart and apply coupon code NLMED449 at checkout.

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Just looking for an extra Lightning cable? Use coupon code 6FYTYCMK to knock the Anker 9 footer down to $9.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $16). Read more