The $180 Amazon Echo is a friggen game changer. Put it in your kitchen or living room and after about 5 minutes of setup you have an intelligent speaker that you can ask for news, sports, audio books, and of course music. You can also ask the Echo any question you can think of and more often than not (but less often than Google) it returns a good answer. The magic is in the always-on, far field speaker which happens to be able to understand language as good as any natural language processor out there – even from way across the room. You don’t need to have your phone on and nearby – you are hands free anywhere within earshot.
Amazon has added a ton of services that connect the Echo over the past year to just about anything in your home. Most smart thermostats, garage door openers, etc. etc now work with Alexa, Amazon’s assistant. Additionally, Amazon has worked with other partners to do things like order delivery pizza, get rides from Uber, and of course buy stuff from Amazon.
I’ve been using the Amazon Echo Dot which went on sale today (for delivery in October with new colors and combinations now only $50) for the past 3 months and I love it for its portability and its expandability even more than the $130 more expensive original. Let me explain:
After Apple updated its Apple Watch to Series 1 and 2 yesterday, the company has dropped the prices on remaining generation Watches Modestly. However, the even bigger price drops at Best Buy and Best Buy’s Ebay store means that just about anyone can pick up an Apple Watch.
- 38mm Sport start at $171.99 for open box or $189 New
- 42mm Sport start at $198.89 open box and $219 New
- 38mm Stainless starts at $216.99 open box to $249 New
These look to be final closeouts so if you want to jump on an Apple Watch with almost all of the capabilities of the new ones (which are more water resistant and have GPS as well as a faster processor), get in quick. expand full story
Update: OK, maybe you need to check out Amazon’s #1 selling 12-pack of scented markers for $4 after $1 coupon. Or this off brand of colored Pencils for at Walmart for 50 cents.
Just in time for Back to School, Amazon’s got a Gold Box that’s got more crayons/sets, dry erase markers, colored pencils and more than anyone could ever need at deeply discounted 50% off prices. If you are like me, the back to school period can be a little stressful and bam we’re back to the Crayolas for some Adult Coloring Therapy stress relief. Think of it as a two for one Gold Box. Just don’t grind down the sky blue too far
- Classroom supply packs: $13.99 for Kindergarden, 1st-2nd grade, 5th grade, 6-8th grades
- Variety pack: $11.99
- Dry Erase Markers 6 pack: $9.49
BuyDig’s Ebay storefront offers the LG 34-inch (34UM95) UltraWide LED IPS Monitor for $499.99 shipped. This is a savings of $500 off the original price, $355 better than Amazon and the first time its ever gone below $500.
The LG 34UM95 features an UltraWide format with a resolution of 3440×1440 that is capable of displaying two inputs at the same time and has built-in 7W speakers. Additionally, it has HDMI, two Thunderbolt 2 and two USB 3.0 inputs. Thunderbolt 2 features speeds that are significantly faster than the previous generation and can handle DisplayPort as well.
The 21:9 widescreen format is truly an experience all its own. It’s essentially like having two 20.5-inch, 5:4, 1720×1440 displays side by side in one 34-inch panel, and LG also has a Screen Split app that works well for easily docking windows side-by-side in various configurations to get the most out of the wide screen while multitasking. It’s great for pro apps that take full advantage of the wider format for timelines and other features, although it feels a bit vertically challenged in comparison to 4K monitors on the list if a horizontal workflow isn’t your thing.
With your savings, grab an additional Thunderbolt cable to enhance your new setup.
We’re huge fans of the DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter (review) and while we’ve seen some mild discounts here and there, today we’re seeing the first meaningful $200 discounts from Amazon and B&H Photo (which only charges tax at point of sale in New York State). B&H also includes a 32GB MicroSD card if you need a tie breaker. Amazon sells it for the same $1199 price but a few of its sellers will take a few more bucks off the price.
This is the top pro-sumer drone on the market today. Features:
- Gimbal-Stabilized 4K / 12MP Camera
- Visual Sensor for Obstacle Avoidance
- Streamlined Shell / Magnesium Unibody
- Top Speed of 44.7mph in Sport Mode
- Maximum Control Range of 3.1 Miles
- Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
- Up to 32.8′ Vision Positioning Altitude
- TapFly – Fly With a Tap of the Finger
- Avoids Obstacles When Returning Home
- Up to 28 Minutes Flying Time
If you’ve had your eyes on the Phantom 4 like I have, now may be the time to take flight. expand full story
Boom! This product actually exists. The CyberPower CSP600WSU Surge Protector 6-AC Outlet Swivel with 2 USB (2.1A) Charging Ports is somehow under $10 bucks at Amazon. Cyberpower is a great brand and they know their power/surge protection – this one gets 4.2/5 stars. The AC outlets swivel and the USB ports aren’t the wussy 1A ones but will actually quickly charge most devices at 2.1A.
- 6 Surge Protected Swivel Outlets – 1200 Joules of Surge Protection Rating to protect home and office computers, electronics, and home theater equipment
- (2) USB Charging Ports – 2.1 Amp (shared). Perfect for keeping tablets, smart phones, and other rechargeable electronics ready to use.
- Direct plug-in. Two sets of rotatable outlets (3 on each side) allows for convenient angles to plug in equipment
- Green LED “Protected” and “Grounded” indicators. EMI/RFI line noise filtering helps connected components to perform at their peak
- CyberPower Limited Lifetime Warranty and $75,000 Connected Equipment Warranty
I’m grabbing a few of these. See you at checkout. expand full story
We’ve all heard the rumors. Nor more headphone jack on the new iPhone and then of course everyone else will follow suit. All of your 3.5mm stuff goes in the trash heap?
Well, I’m not sure how it will all play out but I wouldn’t mind spending just $30 on a pair of these super premium JBL Synchros headphones with a universal mic in
white or Black at Amazon even if I ditch them with a new round of phones later this year and next. Features:
- Ultra-light, die-cast aluminum construction
- Premium 10mm driver for professional audio sound with PureBass performance
- Angled ear tips for improved comfort and stability
- Tangle resistant flat cable with Universal Remote
- 3 sizes of silicone ear tips as well as 1 pair of Comply foam tips for superior fit