Echo Stories August 20

expiredSnag an Amazon Echo Plus and Philips Hue Smart Bulb for $100 shipped (Reg. $150)

Amazon is currently offering its Echo Plus with Philips Hue Smart Bulb for $99.99 shipped. Also available at Best Buy and B&H. That’s $50 off the going rate that this combo typically fetches and is the lowest price we have tracked. Amazon’s Echo Plus packs a built-in ZigBee hub, eliminating the need to purchase them from Philips and many other companies. Rated 4.4/5 stars.

Echo Stories June 11

expiredGreen Deals: ECHO 21-inch 58V Cordless Lawn Mower $299, more

Home Depot offers the ECHO 21-inch Electric 58V Lawn Mower for $299 shipped. For comparison, this model usually sells for $399, making today’s offer a 25% discount. Features include a 21-inch deck, 58V electric motor, and a three-position height-adjustment design. Rated 4.3/5 stars.

Other notable Green Deals today include:

  • Dostyle 8000mAh Solar USB Power Bank: $13 (Reg. $22) | Amazon
    • w/ code E9G27GJR
  • WORX Electric TriVac Blower/Mulcher: $40 (Orig. $150) | eBay
    • certified refurbished
  • Sun Joe 24V Electric Lawn Care System: $90 (Reg. $120) | Home Depot

Echo Stories June 4

expiredControl smart home accessories hands-free with two Echo Dots for $60 (Reg. $100)

Amazon is currently offering two 2nd Generation Echo Dots for $59.98 shipped. Note: Two must be in your cart and the price change is not reflected until you reach the final checkout page. That’s $40 off the rate that Amazon typically charges and is a match for the lowest price we have tracked. Echo Dot ships with Alexa built-in, allowing you to control smart accessories within your home hands-free. Rated 4.3/5 stars.

Echo Stories February 7

expiredEcho Connect turns your Alexa device into a phone for $28 shipped

Amazon offers its Echo Connect Home Phone Service Device for $27.99 shipped. Regularly $35, this is the first discount that we’ve tracked since it was announced back in September. This device converts your existing home phone into an Echo-compatible device, allowing you to take phone calls via your Alexa speakers. Nearly 50% of reviewers have left a 4+ star rating.

Amazon’s Echo Look first hit the scene last April as a fashion-forward product that also includes Alexa Voice Services. Since its release, Amazon has unveiled a handful of new Echo devices, seen increased competition from Google and Apple, and has added a host of new voice-enabled skills. During that busy stretch, we’ve not heard much about Echo Look and what’s ahead of the camera-wielding device.

Today, a new report from Digiday says that Vogue and GQ will now be testing new content in partnership with Echo Look. This is the first notable news that we’ve heard about this device in some time, which has seen meager sales to date. Bringing in two of the biggest names in fashion might change the course for ambiguous Alexa accessory.

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Echo Stories January 12

expiredAmazon takes $50 off Echo Show for Prime members: $180 shipped, more

Update: Amazon also offers its Prime members the 2nd generation Echo speaker for $79.99 (Reg. $100).

Amazon offers Prime members its Echo Show in white or black for $179.99 shipped. That’s a $50 savings off the regular going rate and a match for the second best offer we’ve tracked there. It still goes for full price at most online retailers like Target. Rated 4/5 stars.

Echo Stories August 29, 2017

Amazon today has announced a new feature that allows users to play, synchronize, and control music playback across multiple Echo devices with support for voice commands. The news comes ahead of Apple’s HomePod launch in December and Sonos likely unveiling a new smart speaker in October. Amazon has also announced new tools for developers.

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Echo Stories July 24, 2017

Get a 2-pack of the original Amazon Echo for $160 ($80/ea, $100 off)

Today’s the day to grab an original Amazon Echo at the lowest price we’ve ever seen it. Simply add 2 to your cart in either Black or White for $259.98 and add coupon code ECHO2PACK at checkout to drop the price for 2 $100 to $159.98 shipped. That’s $20 less than the original price for 1 and the best price we’ve seen on this 4.4/5 star rated smart speaker with the Amazon Alexa Ecosystem.

Echo Stories December 13, 2016

This year, our favorite gadget pick was a no-brainer. The currently $39.99 Echo Dot took an already revolutionary Echo speaker, released in 2014 for $199 and made it so much better and accessible for everyone, in every room.

Knowing how much this changes people’s lives for $40 makes this the no-brainer Christmas technology item.

The original Echo was pretty cool but had its quirks. Alexa, the speech recognition behind it was still learning. The ecosystem was non-existent and frankly the speaker wasn’t – and still isn’t – fantastic, especially for its $199 price tag (currently $139 but ships after Christmas).

But Amazon kept plugging away at its Alexa speech recognition/responses and with its retail might and influence was able to sign up partners from all over the smart home ecosystem and internet services. Example of how hardcore they’ve been: Even Alphabet’s Nest works well with the Echo Speaker and my Google domains calendar works with Echo but not with Google’s own $129 challenger the Google Home(!!).

In, fact, Google’s Home attempt and its mediocre debut, still in its early stages, proved to me how well Amazon had done over the past 2 years with feedback and differentiation, while Apple and Google let the smart speaker business pass it by. Next year might be different with Google Home learning a lot more tricks and Apple releasing a ‘Siri Home’ type of product, but it is clear, 2016 is Amazon’s Echo Dot’s year.

Incidentally, I think Google and Apple thought that having a smartphone on you at all times would obviate the need for a smart speaker – and initially I thought this as well – and that’s why they are late to the game. But truly being hands free has changed my thinking entirely.

Let’s drill down the hardware and software and see why this is our best product for 2016:

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Echo Stories May 17, 2016

Amazon announced today that it will be bringing its popular Alex voice service to Fire TV. First made popular on its Echo Smart Speaker, the intelligent assistant will be able to control a variety of functions on the streaming media player. Of course, Apple TV has had Siri functionality since the current generation was released last October. How does the Fire TV’s new found feature stack up? Head below for more.

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Echo Stories April 28, 2016

When Amazon first launched its Echo Smart Speaker last year, it also set up a $100 million investment fund to help bring its Alexa developer kit to additional third-party devices. Today, that money is coming to fruition with the new Triby voice-controlled smart hub and speaker.

This is the first non-Amazon device to utilize Alexa’s Voice Service, although we have seen DIY projects that are able to leverage it. Not only does it offer support for the popular virtual assistant, this portable speaker is packed with other features like VoIP, Spotify Connect and more. Full details below.

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Echo Stories March 3, 2016

We heard a couple of months ago that Amazon was working on a smaller, more portable version of its Echo voice assistant speaker, and now it’s here. Actually, Amazon has announced today two new Alexa-enabled devices, the Echo Dot (which is the aforementioned smaller version of the larger Echo), and the Amazon Tap, which is essentially an Alexa-enabled portable speaker…

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Echo Stories January 11, 2016

Amazon announced its Echo intelligent speaker just about a year ago, and now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Seattle, Washington-based company is planning to introduce a smaller, more portable version of the device…

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Echo Stories December 9, 2015

expiredAlgoriddim’s djay 2 for iPhone is now available for free (Reg. $3)

Update (12/9 10:06am): Algoriddim has now dropped the new djay Pro for iPad with Split View, tons of keyboard shortcuts, 4 track support, much more. It is currently available at $19.99 for a limited time before it shoots back up to $30. All the details can be found right here.

Algoriddim’s popular djay 2 for iPhone is now available for free. The regular $3 app hasn’t been this low in over 6 months. Along with its 4.5 star rating from nearly 3,000 reviewers, it also comes with an Apple Watch app for iPhone.

Head below for more details on day 2’s fully-featured mixing environment, audio FX and more:

Echo Stories November 26, 2015

expiredAmazon Black Friday: Fire TV Stick $25 (Reg. $40), Fire tablet $35 (Reg. $50), echo $149 (Reg. $180)

Amazon has launched several of its hottest Black Friday deals:

Free shipping is available for Prime members (free trial) and on all orders of $35 or more.

Echo Stories November 24, 2015

Amazon has announced its Cyber Monday intentions, shortly after we got wind of other major retailer’s plans for next week. The online giant will be offering an additional eight days of deals with new listings popping up as quickly as every five minutes. All of this will go down at Amazon’s official Cyber Hub. Of course, we still have Black Friday ahead of us, you can see all of Amazon’s intentions for the end of the week here.

We’ll be tracking all of the price drops as they occur throughout the day. Be sure to give us a follow on Twitter so you can see the latest news as it happens. Head below for a full list of Amazon’s publicized deals.

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Echo Stories July 29, 2015

Livescribe’s smartpens are not a new product in the world of technology accessories. The first model launched a few years ago but today the company is back with an update to one of its most popular pens. This new device, the Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro Edition, has increased storage and features to match other more recent products from Livescribe. Head below for all the details and pricing.  expand full story

Echo Stories June 23, 2015

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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