How to fall asleep to a voice-activated sunset – CNET

If you’re anything like me, you sometimes struggle to fall asleep at the end of the day. One thing I’ve found that really seems to help: having a light in my bedroom that slowly fades out as I drift off.

If you’re anything like me, you sometimes struggle to fall asleep at the end of the day. One thing I’ve found that really seems to help: having a light in my bedroom that slowly fades out as I drift off.

There are lots of smart bulbs that can do the job quite nicely, but you’ll want to put some thought into how you’re going to trigger the fade each night. A lot of bulbs will let you schedule a fadeout to run at a specific time, but most of us don’t go to bed at the same time every night. For my money, the better approach is to kick things off with a simple voice command as you climb into bed. If you want to try it out for yourself, here’s how to do it:

Step one: Get the right gadgets

Voice control platforms like Siri, Alexa, and the Google Assistant can all turn your lights on and off when you ask, but none of them can tell your lights to slowly fade out. For that, we’ll need a little help from IFTTT. Both Alexa and the Google Assistant can trigger anything on IFTTT with a custom voice command, so either one will work. Siri doesn’t have an IFTTT channel, so she’s out — sorry, HomeKit fans.

Your lighting options are even more limited. Lots of smart bulbs work with IFTTT, but you’ve only got two options that let you trigger timed fades. The first is the WeMo Lighting IFTTT channel, which supports Belkin’s now-discontinued WeMo LEDs as well as a number of smart bulbs from Osram. The other, easier option is Lifx — not only does its IFTTT channel let you trigger customizable timed fades, but its bulbs use Wi-Fi and don’t require an extra hub device like the Osram and Belkin bulbs do. Just screw one in, sync with it on your phone, and you’ll be good to go. For the sake of this post, let’s assume that’s what you’re going with.

As for your two assistant options, the only difference is that Google offers options for crafting your custom voice command that are more flexible and robust than what you’ll get with Alexa. You don’t need to start your command off with the word “trigger” like you do with Alexa, for instance, and you also get the option of adding in one or two extra variations on the phrasing. You can even tell the Google Assistant what to say in response to your command, which is nice if you enjoy having an artificially intelligent, disembodied voice in your bedroom tell you not to let the bedbugs bite.

At any rate, either assistant will work, just so long as you have a way to talk to it in your bedroom. An Amazon Echo Dot or a Google Home Mini on your nightstand will do the job just fine.

Step two: Set everything up

Once you’ve got the devices you need, you’ll need to connect with everything. Lifx, Alexa, and the Google Assistant all make this pretty simple — just screw in your bulb or plug in your speaker, then follow the instructions in its app to pair it with your phone.

Next, you’ll need to get up and running with IFTTT, which is also pretty easy To do so, download the IFTTT app or go to IFTTT’s website and set up a free account. Once you’re logged in, you’ll need to activate the channels for your devices. To do so, go to IFTTT’s list of services and find the Lifx channel for your bulbs and either the Alexa or Google Assistant channel for your speaker. Click “connect” in each one and follow the instructions to bring IFTTT into the fold.

Step three: Fine-tune your trigger command

IFTTT is short for “if this, then that,” and that’s the basic structure when you’re using the platform to link two devices together. In this case, we’re going to make a rule (IFTTT used to called them “recipes” but now calls them “applets”) that tells our Lifx bulb to fade out over 45 minutes whenever we trigger it with an Alexa voice command (the steps are essentially the same if you’re using Google — just swap the Google Assistant channel in for the Amazon Alexa channel where necessary).

To make it, just tap the little plus icon in the IFTTT app to start putting the pieces together. Up first: the voice command (the “if this” part of the Applet). Select the Amazon Alexa channel as your trigger service, then select “say a specific phrase” as the trigger. That specific phrase is what you’ll say after saying “Alexa, trigger…” so pick something that won’t be too tough to remember or too clunky to say. I went with, “a sleep fade,” which makes the trigger command, “Alexa, trigger a sleep fade.”

As mentioned before, you don’t need to say “trigger” before saying your customized phrase if you’re using the Google Assistant — you’ll just say “OK Google,” or “Hey Google” to wake the speaker up, then you’ll say whatever phrase you’ve chosen.

Step four: Customize your action

Next, you need to craft the action — the “then that” part of the equation. That’d be your smart bulb fading out.

To do so, just continue to follow the instructions in the IFTTT app’s Applet creator. Like before, it’ll ask you to pick which service you want to use, and this time, you’ll select Lifx. From there, select “Turn lights off” as your action of choice. IFTTT will ask you which lights you want to turn off — you can pick a single bulb, or if you’ve grouped your bulbs in the Lifx app, an entire room of bulbs. And, critically, it also asks you to select a fade duration. From my own experience, I’ve found 45 minutes to be a good length, but go with whatever you like.

That should do it. The IFTTT app will give you one last look at your applet before you confirm its creation. Just tap “Finish” and you’ll be all set.

Step five: Hit the sack

All that’s left to do now is finish a busy day, retire for the evening, and tell Alexa or the Google Assistant to hit the lights.

Don’t feel like you need to stop there, though. For instance, if you want, you could create another IFTTT applet that changes the color of your Lifx bulb to a random shade each evening before bed (this works even if the bulb isn’t actually shining). Then, when you turn the bulb on and activate your sleep fade, it’ll be a different color each night.

If you don’t have a voice-activated smart speaker handy, don’t worry, because there are lots of other ways for you to trigger this applet. You could, for instance, sync up with an IFTTT-friendly wearable, or just use IFTTT’s “Do” buttons to create a shortcut on your phone that triggers the fade with a single tap. For even easier access, try adding that shortcut into your iPhone or Android device’s home screen using the IFTTT widget.

And hey, no matter what you want to do, you’ll have an easier time being creative if you get a good night’s rest. There’s nothing that isn’t smart about that.

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Roku Express Plus (2017) review – CNET

“So there’s this thing called Netflix, and it lets you watch TV over the internet. You don’t need to pay for cable or futz with an antenna. Want to check it out?”

“So there’s this thing called Netflix, and it lets you watch TV over the internet. You don’t need to pay for cable or futz with an antenna. Want to check it out?”

If you’ve had this conversation with a friend or family member, the next question might be “How do I get it on my TV?” After you confirm that they have Wi-Fi, you might recommend a device like the Roku Express: Cheap, simple, and it plugs into their TV’s HDMI port.

But what if their TV is so old it doesn’t even have an HDMI port? That’s when you tell them about the Roku Express Plus.

Almost as cheap and sold exclusively at Walmart, it’s just like the Express but includes an analog AV cable complete with red, white and yellow plugs. There’s no reason to buy the Plus if the TV you’re connecting to has HDMI, but there are plenty of older TVs that don’t. This little device is the best way to revive an old TV in the streaming age.

In fact, short of buying an old game console, it’s one of the only ways.

Roku Express Plus streams to analog-only TVs too

Old TV, meet new Roku

If you’re not familiar with Roku, it’s our favorite streaming system for a few simple reasons. It’s extremely easy to use and it supports more apps than any other competitor like Fire TV or Google Chromecast. In addition to big names like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and YouTube, it has thousands of smaller apps and niche services. Some of the best, like the exclusive Roku Channel, are free (although many have ads).

Despite their cheap prices, the newest Roku players like the Express Plus are quick satisfying to use — provided you have good Wi-Fi. And no, the Express Plus doesn’t work with wired Internet connections.

The next Microsoft Surface might be powered by the Snapdragon 845

Microsoft seems to creating some kind of new Surface device powered by ARM and featuring the Snapdragon 845 chipset and LTE connectivity, judging from a new job listing spotted by WinFuture.

Microsoft seems to creating some kind of new Surface device powered by ARM and featuring the Snapdragon 845 chipset and LTE connectivity, judging from a new job listing spotted by WinFuture.

The post doesn’t give much information about the actual device, but there’s a good chance it could be the new two-screen Courier-like device as it, too, is thought to be powered by ARM.

The job listing is specifically for a Hardware Test Engineer /Manufacturing Engineer that has experience working with Wi-Fi and other radio-style data connections. The job itself will be based in Microsoft’s Redmond 85 building, which is typically associated with the Surface. The preferred candidate must be willing to travel to China frequently to work with the actual manufacturers there.

ARM-ed to the teeth

The listing is interesting because it expects the engineer to have completed manufacturing tests on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, which hasn’t even been officially announced yet (although that will likely change after next week’s Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit rolls around).

Rumors about the chipset have been swirling about in talks about other devices like the Samsung Galaxy S9 for months now so it wouldn’t be impossible that it would make its way into a Windows device.

The Courier-style device seems like a good guess for what’s being discussed here, but of course the actual product could end up being anything from a new Surface tablet to come kind of Surface smartphone.

Whatever it is, it’ll likely be something that commands attention, considering the combination of LTE connectivity and Qualcomm’s highly anticipated processor.

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Arizona Homebuilder Takes The ‘Leed’ In Green Homebuilding

The demand for green homes has continued to grow year after year. In fact, 91 percent of buyers in the 2013 National Association of Homebuyers (NAHB) study, “What Home Buyers Really Want,” listed Energy Star® -rated homes as their most-desired feature.

The demand for green homes has continued to grow year after year. In fact, 91 percent of buyers in the 2013 National Association of Homebuyers (NAHB) study, “What Home Buyers Really Want,” listed Energy Star® -rated homes as their most-desired feature. However, in 2016, only 10 percent of new homes built were Energy Star® rated, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). And, in 2014, just 1 percent of single-family homes were certified with LEED®, the industry standard for green development.

“Our road toward sustainable building practices began more than a decade ago when we committed to building only homes that were Energy Star® -rated,” said Andy Warren, Maracay Homes President. “To date, all of our homes are Energy Star® certified, and building LEED® is just the next step in our journey to become the most sustainable homebuilder in Arizona.”

In 2017, Maracay introduced three neighborhoods containing homes with the opportunity for LEED® certification, including The Preserve at Adora Trails in Gilbert, Hawthorn Manor in Chandler and Cottages at Rio Paseo in Goodyear. The Vista at Granite Crossing and Villages at Rio Paseo, two additional LEED® communities, are scheduled to open in January of early next year.

LEED® Certified homes are designed to use 30 to 50 percent less energy than typical homes and include sustainability design elements such as water-efficient fixtures, LED lighting, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, wi-fi enabled, programmable thermostats and more. Additionally, Maracay plans to build over 600 homes this year that are Energy Star® certified and include Maracay Homes’ LivingSmart® program for high performance and cost efficiency.

LEED®, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a widely used green building rating system created by the USGBC, a third-party rating system that verifies criteria and compliance across several areas regarding sustainability. Its certification is a globally recognized symbol of achievement in sustainability and environmental design. The USGBC created the LEED® certification in an effort to encourage sustainability-focused standards and practices used in design and construction.

For homebuyers looking to see first-hand the latest in green building from Maracay Homes, The Vista at Granite Crossing is scheduled to open in early 2018. The intimate community of 37 single-family homes is located near the Superstition Mountains of east Mesa. The community will feature five, one- and two-story floor plans ranging from 2,685 to 4,363 square feet, with Flex Design® options for optimum customization. The Vista at Granite Crossing homes will also be registered with the goal of achieving the LEED® Certified designation from the USGBC.

For additional information about Maracay’s LEED® Certified homes or to learn more about The Vista at Granite Crossing, please contact Maracay Homes New Home Specialist Pam Meyer at (480) 889-3713, or visit

About Maracay Homes®

For more than 25 years, Maracay Homes has been a leader in the Arizona real estate industry, providing homebuyers with smarter choices that serve both their lifestyle and the environment, while constructing more than 9,000 homes for families throughout Phoenix and Tucson. Maracay Homes’ exclusive FlexDesign® program gives homebuyers the unique ability to tailor their new home to the life they want to live. The company’s Energy Star® and LEED® certified homes feature the latest generation of high-efficiency technologies and sustainable building materials and practices, and the LivingSmart® program continues this comprehensive approach to green living. Maracay Homes has earned numerous awards including the 2017 Nationals SM Silver Award by the National Association of Home Builders, back-to-back Major Achievements in Merchandising Excellence (MAME) Awards by the Homebuilders Association of Central Arizona in 2016 and 2017, and was previously named Builder of the Year by the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA). Maracay Homes is a member of TRI Pointe Group® (NYSE: TPH), a family of premium regional homebuilders. For more information about Maracay Homes, please visit

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Samsung DV8750 Dryer review – CNET

You’re sure to notice this Samsung dryer’s stylish looks, but its fantastic speed and drying power are what really sets the machine apart. The $1,199 DV8750 model zips through wet laundry with astonishing quickness.

You’re sure to notice this Samsung dryer’s stylish looks, but its fantastic speed and drying power are what really sets the machine apart. The $1,199 DV8750 model zips through wet laundry with astonishing quickness. It’s packed with tons of extras, too. An onboard Wi-Fi radio provides mobile app control and remote monitoring. The dryer has plenty of special cycles and steam modes as well.

While it has lots going for it, the DV8750 has a few problems. Its angled control panel may be attractive, but it’s tough to see at a distance. The 7.4 cubic foot capacity drum inside this machine is far from roomy. Also, I could only get the appliance’s smart features to work with a Samsung phone. Consider this model if you must own a distinctively styled dryer with power galore — and if you already have a Samsung phone.

Otherwise the $649 Samsung DV7750 is a better deal. It isn’t as eye-catching and lacks smarts, but it’s much easier to use and almost as powerful. And for bigger loads plus speed and style, check out the $1,100 Kenmore 69133.

A modern appearance

The black stainless steel version of the Samsung DV8750 is an imposing sight. Its chassis is chiseled from darkly painted steel with just a hint of silver on one edge of its door. Like its cousin the DV7750, the door is large. It covers almost all of the dryer’s front face, in fact. The door is very wide too and longer than what you’ll find on most other laundry appliances. This plus the door’s huge tinted glass window make the machine appear bigger than it really is.

The dryer actually has a standard size drum (7.4 cubic feet), common to all but the most expensive home appliances, such as the undeniably massive $1,400 Maytag MEDB955FC (9.2 cubic feet). Neither can it match the drum capacity of the $1,100 Kenmore 69133 (8.8 cubic feet).

Tricky controls

Instead of a vertical back-mounted panel, Samsung embedded this dryer’s controls directly in its top surface. Angled upwards from front to back, this top section has a gentle slope. It gives the DV8750 a sleek, sophisticated shape that stands out from a sea of boring laundry boxes.

Unfortunately, the shallow angle also makes the controls and the panel’s small LED screen difficult to see at a distance. Likewise unless you’re standing directly over the dryer, its buttons’ tiny text is tricky to read. Compounding the issue is the lack of a cycle knob, a simple but more sensible interface. Instead you’re confronted with a confusing expanse of touch-sensitive keys.

If the panel were closer to the front of the machine it would be less of a headache to operate. With the controls close to the dryer’s back edge, you have to extend your arm fully to reach them. A similar dryer, the LG DLEY 1701V, has a panel that’s front and center. Of course its minuscule keys aren’t much fun to use either.

Choose your cycle

If you often separate your laundry, the Samsung DV8750 has you covered. The dryer offers a wide variety of special cycles to target specific fabrics and tasks. Thirteen in all, they include cycle programs for delicates, heavy duty, perm press, bedding and so forth. In the mix are multiple steam modes too, such as “refresh,” “wrinkle away” and “steam sanitize.”

The refresh cycle processes small loads (one to four dry items) to remove lingering odors. Use the wrinkle away mode to smooth creases in two to three dry items at once. Steam sanitize takes standard size loads of wet laundry and hits them with hot water vapor to destroy germs lurking within.

The best mobile phone deals in December 2017

So here they are – the lowest prices on the very best phones on the market. This is the place where you can easily find the best mobile phone deal for your needs and budget.

So here they are – the lowest prices on the very best phones on the market. This is the place where you can easily find the best mobile phone deal for your needs and budget. So sit back, relax and prepare to bag a bargain.

We’ve rooted out the cheapest deals on the best handsets from the major UK networks. Use TechRadar’s custom made price comparison chart above to find your ideal phone and contract – simply pick your desired handset, budget and allowances and we’ll tell you the very best phone deal around.

Below, you can browse through our individual handset guides for all of the best mobile phone deals out there, whether you’re after the new iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or something a little older (and cheaper!). Want a free phone? Lots of data? The lowest possible monthly cost? We’ll help you find the perfect deal. We’ve even picked out the best SIM only deals, in case you’re not quite ready to part with your current handset.

Get £10 off the upfront cost of any mobile phone deal (except the iPhone X) at with our exclusive 10OFF discount codeBuying a mobile phone – what you need to know

Of course you want to find the cheapest price for your new smartphone – and our comparison chart at the top of the page will narrow that down for you – but we know there are likely to be dozens more questions you’ll want answering. Keep reading below, where we answer some of the key commonly asked questions about buying a new mobile.

Can I keep my old number?

You can indeed, and it’s really easy – so no need to send one of those texts to everybody in your phone book telling them your new digits.

What you need to do is grab a PAC – or Porting Authorisation Code – from your old network. We’ve listed the direct numbers you need for the four major networks below. As soon as they’ve sent it to you, which should be within a day or two, you just need to give it to your new network. Voila – brand new phone with the same old number. Easy.

It becomes slightly less easy if the deal you pick out above is on the same network as your current one. They won’t let you keep your number, so you have to use this workaround. Buy a free pay-as-you-go SIM from any other network and tell your network that you’re moving. They’ll release the PAC code, which you then give to the substitute network. Then, you immediately get another PAC code from them. Take that to your old network, and they’ll move your number to your new contract. Long winded, but worth it.

EE 07953 966 250O2 0344 8090202Vodafone 03333 040 191Three 0333 300 3333ID 0333 003 7777GiffGaff 43431 from your handsetVirgin 0345 6000 789BT 0800 800 150Tesco 0345 301 4455Sky 03300 412 524Asda 0800 079 2732

Which phone network is best?

Loyalty is an admirable trait, but could end up costing you money when it comes to the perfect phone deal. If you don’t mind leaving your comfort zone, you may find that heading to one of the other major networks may well be worth it…

Despite what Richard Branson’s adverts might suggest, EE is the Usain Bolt of phone networks. Nobody else can come close to EE’s 4G speeds in the UK. So if you rely on fast internet while away from WI-Fi, then EE is the obvious choice. Plus, EE gives you three free months of BT Sport (or more if you get a Max plan) when you sign up, as well as six months of Apple Music. The EE coverage checker will confirm how strong it is where you live.

The biggest lure to O2 is the network’s Priority rewards (well, that and Sean Bean’s mellifluous tones). From cheap lunches and free coffees to first refusal on big gig tickets, O2 is the network for regular goodies. Plus, they have 1000s of Wi-Fi hotspots in shops and cafes that you can connect to. Use the O2 coverage checker to see whether you’ll be able to access 4G.

Good news for jet-setters – Vodafone lets you use your data, calls and texts allowances in 50 countries around the world without charge. But things really start to get good when you splash out on its bigger Red Entertainment data plans, as Vodafone will give you your choice of a NOW TV Entertainment Pass, Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile subscription. Click to check if Vodafone covers your home.

3 remains the king of the big data deals, and still the only one of the big four networks to offer unlimited, uncapped, all-you-can-eat delicious data. We also like that you can use 4G to make calls and texts via the dedicated Three inTouch app, and you can connect to Wi-Fi in the London Underground if you ever find yourself in the capital. But 4G coverage isn’t as strong as the other networks – check whether your postcode is covered with the Three coverage checker.

What phone contract length should I get?

Well if you’re buying a new phone plan with a contract, you haven’t got much choice. It’s 24 months or nothing, these days. If you don’t want to be tied down to that kind of commitment, then you’ll have to go down the SIM only route and buy the handset separately – we’ve rounded up the best SIM free phone deals to help you make your chocie.

How much phone data do I need?

The answer to this one will be different for everybody. If you only really carry your phone for emergencies, then go for the minimum amount of data and save a packet. If you like to scroll through Facebook on the bus and stream Spotify, you’ll need a bit more. And if you frequently stream videos and download masses of files, then 30GB or even unlimited may be worth paying extra for.

As well as checking your phone to see how much you tend to use a month at the moment, the below guidelines will also help you pick out the perfect plan:

1GB Some networks offer 500MB plans, but realistically we think you should get at least 1GB. It won’t be much more expensive (if at all) and will afford you a little bit of Google Mapping, WhatsApping and emailing when you need them.2-3GB If you like to scroll through your social media feeds and emails while out and about without fear of extra cash to pay on your monthly bill, then up your data.4-8GB The likes of Spotify and Apple Music have promised us all our favourite tunes wherever we roam. Kit yourself out with a bit more data and you’ll have plenty for music streaming and the occasional video, too.
10-16GB This should be more than enough for most users. Loads of data for streaming music, downloading podcasts and enjoying social media videos. Because there’s no such thing as too many cats falling into bins.20-30GB Big data for the big phone user. Perfect for watching Netflix videos, downloading content and streaming loads of music. And these plans often have extra freebies thrown in, too.Unlimited The 3 network is still the only one of the ‘Big 4’ to offer unlimited data. It can be really pricey though, so think long and hard whether you really need it.

Should I get unlimited calls and texts?

Actually these days, the vast majority of phone contracts feature unlimited calls and texts. We do see some of the cheaper plans sometimes limit them, but even if they do, you can use your data allowance on popular apps like WhatsApp, Skype and Hangouts to make calls and texts if your minutes run dry.

How much phone memory do I need?

You’re likely to be one of two kinds of person:

Person 1: You like all your photos, music, downloads and other media to be saved directly on to your phone. If that sounds like you, 16GB or 32GB handsets may not be enough and you should use our comparison chart to find the most affordable 64GB, 128GB or 256GB models.

Person 2: You’re a stream demon. You’ve got subscriptions to Spotify and Netflix and you save all your Word docs and snaps into the cloud. Save your money and go for a cheaper, lower memory handset.

OK person 3, calm down – you fall somewhere between the two, right? If you can afford to get a smartphone with more memory, that is probably safest. But don’t forget that most phones do allow you to insert an additional SD card if you run out of space – most phones apart from iPhones, that is.

Are refurbished phones good to buy?

Refurbished phones can provide a alternative to a new handset if you’re budget is a shoestring. ‘Refurbished’ often means that the previous owner simply changed their mind about the phone soon after buying it, so it’s still practically brand new – and the potential savings can be substantial.

If you do spy an unbelievable deal on a refurbed phone, the main thing to make sure of is the warranty. Double check that you are properly covered for a decent length of time. A year’s warranty is preferable.

TechRadar’s unbiased and independent mobile phone deals comparison

Thanks for visiting TechRadar’s mobile phone deal comparison page! Our price comparison system includes 2.47 million mobile phone contracts from all of the major networks and resellers so that you can always find the one that suits you best.

Unlike some other major sites, our philosophy is to always display you with the absolute cheapest deals for the criteria you select. So you’ll always be able to see the cheapest prices for the best phones with contracts with the most generous data allowances.

How does TechRadar make money from affiliates?

If you buy a phone after visiting this page, TechRadar will be paid a small commission by the network or reseller you buy from. This money is paid by the site you buy from and thus does not affect the amount you pay for your phone contract. If you go direct to the site you buy from, you would pay the same amount.

The money that TechRadar makes from this free service allows us to improve our product comparison tools and pay the editors who trawl through all the sites and select the best deals every month.

While some sites out there will be paid larger fees for pushing people to specific deals that aren’t necessarily the cheapest, TechRadar will always find you the absolute cheapest deal. Trust and integrity is important to us, so if you ever think we’re not displaying the very best deals let us know.

How do we order these mobile phone deals?

Our mobile phone deal comparison tools sift through millions of different deals and surfaces the ones we think are the very best. Essentially that means finding deals that work out the cheapest over a 24 month contract while still supplying at least 1GB of data, as you’ve told us that 1GB is your absolute minimum. If you need more data, use the filters and we’ll display the cheapest prices for your increased amount.

On this specific page, we have many mobile phone options displaying in one comparison table. In this case, we try and find you a balance between paying the cheapest price and getting the best phone for your money.

How do the mobile phone deals comparison tools work?

The comparison tools you find on the page above will hopefully be very easy to use. You can select what your budget is, whether it be upfront cost or monthly fee or both. And you can say how much data you need or how many minutes and texts. You can even filter by network if you really want to be on a specific carrier. The deals will automatically update as you drill down in your search, always favouring the cheapest options over the more expensive ones. If you ever want to refresh and start your search again, simply select the ‘CLEAR ALL FILTERS’ option to begin again from scratch.

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TechRadar is Europe’s largest technology reviews website with over 22 million visitors every month. It’s our aim to provide you with the very best buying advice, always. If you’d like to read reviews of the mobile phones you see on this page, you can visit TechRadar’s reviews homepage.

How do we select which networks and resellers to display?

TechRadar strives to include all mobile phone deals from all UK networks and resellers so that you can search through all the available deals in the UK without having to look on all the websites separately. However, for sites to be included they need to supply us with a feed of their deals. This is the only reason why a phone reseller or network wouldn’t appear in our system – but the vast majority do.

Best value mobile phone deals of the month:

Our editors look at all of the available deals for all of the best smartphones every week of every month of every year – not just when the going is good around Black Friday. In this section, we’ve picked out the best deal available right now for each phone, as well as a link through to the ‘best deals’ guide for each individual handset.

iPhone X deals

We know it’s a word that bugs a lot of people, but please let us use it this once – GAMECHANGER. After years of incremental gains and upgrades, Apple finally unveiled a radically improved handset to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone.

We’ve found the best iPhone X deals

iPhone 8 deals

It’s really the iPhone 7S by another name, as it’s little more than an incremental upgrade on the iPhone 7. And it has had its thunder stolen by the iPhone X somewhat. Wireless charging is the big new feature – the first time we’ve seen it on an Apple phone.

Here are the best iPhone 8 dealsand iPhone 8 Plus deals

Samsung Galaxy S8 deals

We were a little surprised by how expensive Samsung’s latest flagship was on release, but prices have fallen significantly since then. If you need something bigger and can’t stretch to the Note 8, the even larger Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is closer to a phablet.

See more Samsung Galaxy S8 deals and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus deals

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 deals

Big in stature and price tag, this 6.3-inch monster will only appeal to people who use their phone as a multimedia hub. It has a QHD+ display and 6GB Ram – phones like the Note 8 don’t come around too often.

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iPhone 7 deals

Prices on Apple’s recently surpassed flagship phone are now finally starting to fall to more palatable levels. We’ve seen prices as low as £22.99 a month on the UK’s fastest 4G network EE!

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LG G6 deals

LG’s new flagship phone has a longer screen with a rather fetching rounded-corner design. A fine alternative to the Galaxy’s Edge screen and for a lower price.

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iPhone SE deals

By far, the cheapest way to get an Apple smartphone, you’ll find the iPhone SE for £17.99 (and sometimes even lower!). It has all the power of iPhone 6S with the design of iPhone 5S. A brilliant bargain.

Read our guide:iPhone SE deals

Samsung Galaxy S7 deals

It may now have been superseded, but the Samsung Galaxy S7 is still a brilliant phone. And now it’s a year old, it means you can get big data deals for a reasonable price.

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Google Pixel and Pixel XL deals

The Google Pixel replaces the Nexus 5X, comes with a 5-inch 1080p display, 4GB of RAM, 12 megapixel camera and we’ve seen prices for less than £17.99 a month. The Google Pixel XL is larger and more premium but dearer.

Read our guide toGoogle Pixel and Pixel XL deals

iPhone 6S deals

Grab the best possible deal on the still excellent iPhone 6S with our dedicated page. You can get very attractive plans for well under £30 per month.

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iPhone 6 deals

Prices just absolutely dived on the iPhone 6. Great news, considering it remains an excellent way to own an awesome Apple phone for meagre amounts of money.

See more ace prices with ourbest iPhone 6 deals and iPhone 6 Plus deals

Nokia 8 deals

If the Nokia 3310 is a fun bit of nostalgia, then the Nokia 8 means business. It’s The Finnish brand’s first rue flagship for a few years and it’s well worth a look if you’re on a budget.

Learn more about thebest Nokia 8 deals

Nokia 3310 deals

Had you told us last year whether we’d be featuring Nokia 3310 deals on these pages, we would have laughed you right out of the building. But it’s back and it costs an unfeasibly reasonable £39 from Vodafone.

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Nokia 8 deals

We’re big fans of the Honor 9. It’s a genuinely good, new Android mobile at a price you’d expect to pay for a Samsung Galaxy a few generations old. The design is a treat and the 20MP main camera is better than we could have dreamed of.

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HTC U11 deals

Much has been made of the new HTC U11’s Edge Sense technology, but some of the tariffs available are also newsworthy. Click the link below to find the best deals.

For more deals and free handset offers, head to ourHTC U11 deals

Sony Xperia XZ deals

The Sony Xperia XZ is a great handset offering everything you’d expect from a brand new flagship phone. Want something more powerful? Then you can pay extra for the XZ Premium.

Pick your ownSony Xperia XZ deals or Sony Xperia XZ Premium deals

BlackBerry KeyONE deals

Blackberry spent many years in the wilderness, but its return with the BlackBerry KeyOne is a massive return to form.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 deals

Like the older iPhones above, the Samsung Galaxy S6 presents an ideal way to get a superb mobile for a much lower tariff. use our dedicated deal pages to see tariffs for less than £600 over two years.

More Samsung Galaxy S6 deals, Galaxy S6 Edge deals and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus deals

iPhone 5S deals

All it takes to get this classic iPhone 5S is around £17 a month. Other than that, it’s completely free, with no upfront costs. You can upgrade it to Apple’s latest iOS 10.3.2, so you’ll have the latest software on your cheap, cheap iPhone.

Read our guide to thebest iPhone 5S deals

Sony Xperia X deals

Sony worked hard to strike a balance between top-of-the-range premium features and affordable prices – it hit gold with the Xperia X and smaller Xperia X Compact.

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HTC 10 deals

HTC’s follow up to the One M9 was a worthy upgrade. In fact, we still think it’s brilliant, and a genuine alternative to the newer, pricier U11.

Read our guide to thebest HTC 10 deals for more cheap prices

LG G5 deals

Get modular with LG’s innovative former flagship phone. And if you just want to pick up a cheap handset that runs Android, these LG G4 deals are still worth a look, too.

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HTC One A9 deals

The HTC One A9 is a brilliant budget smartphone that could well do the job if you don’t want to spend the earth.

Discover even more cheapHTC One A9 deals

Moto X Style deals

If you want a 20MP camera and 2K display without busting your bank balance, then the Moto X Style is worth considering.

All thebest Moto X Style deals in one convenient place

Sony Xperia Z5 deals

Sony’s Z5 range put the iconic Japanese tech company back on the mobile phones map. You can’t get them on contract any longer, so you’ll have to team your Z5, Z5 Compact or Z5 Premium handset with a cracking SIM only deal.

Cheapest prices on the Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia XZ Compact and Xperia XZ Premium

SIM only deals

If you need to plug the gap between iPhone launches or are simply happy with the phone you already have, grabbing a free SIM card may be the best option. If you have the cash, you may even find that teaming up a cheap SIM only deal with a new handset is a cheaper way of getting your new smartphone, with tariffs for less than a fiver a month.

Visit our dedicated round-up of thebest SIM only deals

Wondering what phone to choose?

If you can’t decide what phone your should buy, check out our best mobile phones buying guide. On that page you should find everything you need to make the choice of handset.

2018 Chevrolet Camaro review – Roadshow

After driving the track-conquering Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE earlier this year, you may think I would find the Camaro SS a bit of a let down. The SS version of Chevy’s four-seater coupe doesn’t have a ridiculously powerful 650-horsepower supercharged engine or insane handling prowess, but on regular streets it’s anything but a disappointment.

After driving the track-conquering Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE earlier this year, you may think I would find the Camaro SS a bit of a let down. The SS version of Chevy’s four-seater coupe doesn’t have a ridiculously powerful 650-horsepower supercharged engine or insane handling prowess, but on regular streets it’s anything but a disappointment. In fact, it has just the right combination of power, handling, styling and creature comforts I’d want from a pony car for driving on normal roads.

Powerful and agile

Setting up shop under the hood of the SS is a 6.2-liter V8 producing an admirable 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission with an excellent automatic rev-matching function. When I wanted to heel and toe it, I could deactivate rev-matching with a pull of a steering wheel paddle. With superb throttle response and thrust throughout the rev range and an easy-to-modulate clutch pedal and fluid shifter, I found nothing to gripe about in the driveline.

Considering the displacement and power, fuel economy isn’t bad, either, returning 16 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway according to the EPA.

Meaty 20-inch Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 run-flat tires help to get all the power down during launches. The wide rubber delivers a ton of grip, serving the Camaro well in corners, while the optional Magnetic Ride Control suspension keeps the 3,700-pound car relatively flat in Sport and Track modes.

Through bends, steering is weighty and fairly responsive to inputs, while the Brembo brakes with four-piston front and rear calipers quickly slow the SS down, allowing for deep dives into braking zones. Again, it’s not ZL1 1LE levels of agility, but more than I would ever need for bombing around back roads.

For daily driving, which the majority of Camaro SS models leaving dealer lots will mostly do, toggling the car to the Touring setting unlocks a surprisingly comfortable ride. Steering lightens up and the suspension offers more ride compliance, and even bigger bumps don’t punish occupants badly, impressive considering the low-profile tires.

2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Sharper Redline edition looks

Redline looks

I’ve been a fan of the sixth-generation Camaro’s sheetmetal since its debut, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. Case in point, the Redline edition package that my tester is wearing adds a number of blacked-out features such as 20-inch aluminum wheels, mirrors, bowtie emblems, decklid decal and dark finish tail lamps. There’s also a slathering of red accents, such as around the front fender decals, a design element from Chevrolet’s motorsports history.

Normally, I’m not a huge supporter of styling packages, but I can definitely get behind the Redline treatment on the Camaro. The subtle changes do give the Chevy muscle car more visual attitude.

A better cockpit

As for the cabin, the $2,345 Redline edition package only adds premium carpeted floor mats to surroundings that are leaps and bounds better than the previous gen Camaro. The layout is clean and intuitive, built from nicer materials, and sports comfortable cooled and heated front seats and a heated steering wheel that is awesome with colder temps upon us here in the Midwest.

A deep dive into the cabin tech of the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS

Safety aids helps drivers cope with the Camaro’s sizable blind spots.

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Infotainment is handled by a responsive Chevy MyLink system with an 8-inch touchscreen controlling a nine-speaker Bose audio system, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth and is capable of running both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The optional $495 navigation system works as advertised and quickly calculates routes to destinations.

For a coupe, smart device charging options are plentiful with two USB ports in the center armrest, a regular power outlet on the center console and a wireless charging pad that comes standard on 2SS models of the Camaro.

However, there are still some problems inside of the Camaro. Difficult ingress and egress to a snug backseat remains a major issue, as is the narrow opening for loading and unloading items into the 9.1 cubic-feet trunk and the terrible rearward visibility.

To help with the visibility problem, the Camaro has a backup camera, rear park assist and rear cross traffic alert to help not hit anything or anyone in parking lots. On the road, lane change alert and side blind zone alert help cope with the Chevy’s very large blind spots.

My Camaro SS

If I was on the market for a Chevy Camaro SS, I’d spec out a car that is identical to this 2SS test car. With the 2SS I get the Bose audio system, heated steering wheel for Michigan winters, wireless charging pad for my Samsung Galaxy S8 and the blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert to better deal with the Camaro’s rear visibility issues.

I would also spring for the $1,695 Magnetic Ride Control suspension, as it’s worth every penny to have a car that can be both tight and entertaining on twisty roads and then be comfortable and forgiving for slogging through traffic at the press of a button.

Since I still like onboard navigation systems and Chevy’s is a good one, I’ll throw on that $495 option, too, along with the Redline edition package because I do fancy the slightly more sinister appearance the styling touches bring. The options and destination charges would bump the $42,000 base price of my Camaro 2SS to $47,530.

The class of the pony car field

That price tag seems reasonable for what is the most refined and best all-around American muscle car available today. The Camaro SS delivers performance, ride comfort, looks, a healthy list of tech features and respectable interior surroundings. It still has a few issues, but if I were shopping for a pony car, I’d take it over a comparable Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger.

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The wireless audio market is expected to grow from USD 16.13 billion in 2016 to USD 31.80 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 10.06% between 2017 and 2023

NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The wireless audio market to grow at a CAGR of 10.06% between 2017 and 2023

The wireless audio market is expected to grow from USD 16.13 billion in 2016 to USD 31.80 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 10.06% between 2017 and 2023.

NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The wireless audio market to grow at a CAGR of 10.06% between 2017 and 2023
The wireless audio market is expected to grow from USD 16.13 billion in 2016 to USD 31.80 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 10.06% between 2017 and 2023. The major factors driving the growth of the wireless audio market include smartphones as a source of entertainment, consumer preferences for portable devices, and advancements in wireless technologies. However, compliance issues in operating frequency, and negative health effects on children and other user groups are the major factors restraining the growth of the wireless audio market

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The Bluetooth technology to hold the largest size of the wireless audio market by 2023
The wireless audio market for Bluetooth will witness a significant growth in the coming years, with initiatives underway for a higher throughput, more ubiquitous usage, and links with Wi-Fi and ultra-wideband (UWB) broadcast technologies. In addition, the Bluetooth technology makes it easy for advanced electronics devices to interact with one another without relying on traditional wired connection

Wireless audio market in APAC to grow at a high rate between 2017 and 2023
The wireless audio market APAC region is likely to grow at a high rate between 2017 and 2023. The market for consumer electronics, including smartphones, tablets, and wireless audio devices, in APAC is increasing rapidly with a high rate of development in most of the countries in this region. In addition, factor such as rising urbanization, individuals’ acceptance for the developments based on innovative technologies, and increasing popularity of streaming music services are contributing to the growth of the wireless audio market in this region.

In the process of determining and verifying the market size for several segments and subsegments gathered through secondary research, extensive primary interviews have been conducted with key industry people. The breakup of the profile of primary participants has been given below:
• By Company Type: Tier 1 – 35%, Tier 2 – 45%, and Tier 3 – 20%
• By Designation: C-Level Executives – 35%, Directors – 25%, and Others – 40%
• By Region: North Americas – 45%, Europe – 17%, APAC – 30%, and RoW – 8%
The report profiles the top players in the wireless audio market, along with providing their respective market ranking analysis. Prominent players such as Bose Corporation (US), Sonos. Inc. (US), Harman International Industries, Incorporated (US), Apple Inc. (US), and Sony Corporation (Japan) have been profiled in this report.

Research Coverage:
• The wireless audio market, by product, includes speaker systems, soundbars (active and passive soundbars), headsets (traditional headsets and wireless earbuds), headphones, and microphones.
• The wireless audio market, by technology, covers Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Radio Frequency (RF), Bluetooth +Wi-Fi, and AirPlay.
• The wireless audio market, by application, comprises home audio, consumer (smartphones, laptops/computers, gaming consoles) commercial, and automotive
• The geographic analysis has been done with regard to—the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), and Rest of the World (RoW)

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• Market penetration: Comprehensive information on wireless audio products offered by the top players in the wireless audio market
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• Competitive assessment: In-depth assessment of market ranking analysis, strategies, products, and leading players in the wireless audio market

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The best Amazon Kindle deals for Christmas 2017

This is TechRadar’s dedicated page for Amazon Kindle deals. Here you’ll find the cheapest Kindle deals for all models, whether it be for the classic ereaders or the Fire tablet versions.

This is TechRadar’s dedicated page for Amazon Kindle deals. Here you’ll find the cheapest Kindle deals for all models, whether it be for the classic ereaders or the Fire tablet versions. We cross check every model of Kindle with every retailer every day to pull in the best deals so that this page is always up to date with the cheapest prices.

You’ll find the latest prices from a wide range of retailers for the latest Kindle ereaders. We’ve found the best prices on the basic yet impressive regular Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite and you’ll also find the best deals on the more luxurious models of the Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis. Want more functionality from your slate? Then take a look at our best iPad deals.

We’ve highlighted a few prices on multiple Kindle devices below. Keep looking further down the page though and you’ll find extensive price comparison charts on every model, complete with details and advise about the device.

What makes a good Kindle deal?

If this is your first Kindle, you’ll be wanting to know – how do you tell a good Kindle deal when you see one? Luckily, there are so many good ones out there it’s pretty easy!

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The early Kindle ereaders don’t have LCD screens or powerful internal components which means they’re usually a lot cheaper than tablets and phones. The lack of a glass screen is fantastic for glare-free reading though and an immediate improvement over using the Kindle app on your phone or tablet.

The Kindle Voyage normally has a price of about US$220/£170/AU$299 so if you can get it for cheaper than that you’re onto a winner. After that, there isn’t a huge difference in features so it all depends how much you want to spend. If you can find the Kindle Paperwhite for under US$120/£110/AU$169 you’re getting a good price, while the Kindle 2016 model (which has all but disappeared from Australian stores) has a fairly static price of US$80/£59, but every now and then it dips lower. With the new Kindle Oasis model arriving recently, we may see the older models’ prices drop soon.

For the tablets, the best thing to do is just work out how much you want to spend and pick up the model that sits closest to your budget. The HDX models are the good ones so do go for one of those if you can.

What do ‘Special Offers’ mean on the Kindle listings?

When looking at a Kindle ereader listing, whether it’s on Amazon’s website, or on a different retailer’s site, you’ll often see ‘includes special offers’ in the title or item description. Choose without special offers and the price will jump up £10/US$20.

Essentially, these Special Offers act as Amazon-based screensaver-style advertisements on your Kindle device. So when you pop your Kindle on from sleep mode you’ll see an ad for a book on Amazon’s Kindle store, or maybe a third party ad.

Annoying right? Actually, I opted for with Special Offers (I do love a cheap deal), and it’s not bothered me one bit. You can swipe the ad away easily (no trying to find the tiny X icon here) and get on with your reading straight away. When in sleep mode, the ads cycle on the screen, but they’re not illuminated and they don’t seem to consume any power. They don’t slow anything down when powering on the device after shutdown either.

Seeing as they don’t interfere with the experience at all, I’m glad I didn’t spend the extra £10 to block them. Hey, some of them (sales ads etc) have been worth clicking through to. If you really don’t like them though, you can always pay the difference at a later date to get them removed. So we’d opt for the cheaper ‘includes special offers’ option first.

Here are the best Kindle deals currently available…

Kindle Paperwhite deals

The best standard Kindle ever is a value-for-money winner

The 6th generation Kindle Paperwhite is the best standard Kindle yet, it’s the most cost effective ereader on the market and it easily beats the Kobo Aura on performance and design. Unlike the cheaper model, this one comes with screen lighting. Amazon has managed to create a fast e-ink tablet with inventive reading apps. You can lookup words in the dictionary without leaving your page, or even flick through any relevant Wikipedia entries for most words or terms. The latest version’s screen is now just as good as the more expensive Voyage model. As far as value for money goes, this is the one to beat.

Amazon Kindle (2016) deals

The new 2016 Kindle (also known as the ‘All-New Kindle’ and ‘Kindle Touch 2016’ in Australia) is the updated version of the entry level Kindle last released in 2014. If you want the cheapest option, this is the one you should go for as the 2014 version has been discontinued and any deals you see are probably for preowned or refurbished units. With prices starting around £60/US$80/AU$109 you’re getting a bargain. The 2016 model is also available in white (the 2014 was black only), it’s lighter, thinner, has double the RAM speed and double the storage capacity at 4GB. The lack of a lit screen is the only thing holding it back really.

Kindle Oasis deals

The luxury waterproof ereader you’ve been waiting for?

The reinvigorated all-new Kindle Oasis costs US$249/£229/AU$389 for the cheapest Wi-Fi version. This is an upgrade over the older Oasis (which is no longer available) and a huge improvement. It’s 15% cheaper, bigger and also the first waterproof kindle, arguably justifying the top end price-tag. The Kindle Oasis is also the first kindle to support Aubidle audio books, although you’ll need a pair of bluetooth wireless headphones to use this feature as there’s no built-in speaker or 3.5mm headphone port. This new Kindle ereader’s 7-inch screen makes it the largest in the current Kindle range and tempting for readers wanting to view a larger page, meaning you won’t have to turn pages as often. The page turn buttons are given a wider bezel on the side than the Kindle Voyage, making it easier to hold one-handed – the screen will flip over to accommodate left-handed readers too. The considerably cheaper Voyage and Paperwhite models are excellent alternatives and feature the same screen resolution. That larger screen and waterproofing for peace of mind are pretty tempting though.

Kindle Voyage deals

A modest improvement over the Paperwhite

The Voyage used to be the most expensive Kindle around before the Oasis arrived, but at least we’re seeing the price drop now. Amazon’s Voyage is still one of the best ebook readers available. It’s more compact than most other Kindles and the screen is sharper than the standard Kindle. Although, the latest version of the far cheaper Paperwhite now comes with the same 300ppi screen, leaving this model looking a tad overpriced by comparison. Modest improvements on the Voyage include a flush display making the device easier to keep clean, adaptive screen lighting for easier lighting adjustments and additional page turning buttons.

Amazon tablet deals

Want something a bit more advanced than a Kindle ereader? If your needs are a bit more media-intensive as you want a handheld device for gaming, viewing movies (especially on Amazon Prime) and browsing the web, an Amazon tablet could be for you. Naturally, there’s a Kindle app, but the glass screen can be a hindrance for extended reading sessions.

Australian readers should note that these Fire tablets aren’t available Down Under.

Amazon Fire 7 deals

Amazon’s most popular Fire tablet

Sitting at the budget end of Amazon’s Kindle tablet range, the Fire 7 is generally the cheapest of the lot as it doesn’t have a HD screen. Amazon has just refreshed the Fire 7 range though and it now comes with Alexa, the virtual assistant from the Amazon Echo devices. You can also have different profiles – some for the kids – through Amazon FreeTime.

Amazon Fire HD 8 deals

The All-New Amazon Fire HD 8 is an improved beast

For this low price, the Amazon Fire HD 8 is one of the best tablets around, especially if you’re happy to jump into Amazon’s ecosystem. Mobile gamers will appreciate the improved tech inside the more recent versions as it comes with more storage, 50% more RAM and a 1.3GHz processor. Better yet, the 2017 edition seen below now comes with integrated Alexa – the excellent virtual assistant from the Amazon Echo range. You’re not paying any more for the privilege either, so we’d only recommend the latest version.

Amazon Fire HD 10 deals

The All-New Amazon Fire HD 10 is a much-needed upgraded

The new and improved Fire HD 10-inch tablet finally joins Amazon’s other Fire tablets with the ‘All-New’ treatment. This is good news for buyers as this replacement is cheaper than the scant few deals available for the old Fire HD 10.

The cheapest model now comes with 32GB of storage instead of 16GB, has a clear full HD 1080p screen and has twice as much RAM to run even faster than before. All this and the RRP comes in at just £149/$149. The headline feature though is the introduction of the voice-controlled Alexa app (one and the same as the Echo devices) to the tablet.

We’re a bit sad to see the old aluminium body go, as it looks a little less premium with the plastic finishes (black, red and blue available at launch so far). But seeing as we’d be putting a protective cover on it anyways, it doesn’t really make any difference when we think about it.

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

Got tech-hungry children, but don’t want them to get their grubby mitts on your tablet or phone all the time? The Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet could be the answer. In addition to enhanced durability (look at the size of that housing), it also comes with a two-year guarantee, which covers the tablet -even if the kids break it- no questions asked. There are plenty of software safeguards too, such as making sure they can only watch appropriate content online, adjustable screen-time limits and access to loads of age-appropriate games.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Bigger and better than the Fire 7 Kids. You’re getting a larger screen with HD visuals. The sound is better too as the mono speaker has been banished for Dolby Atmos and dual stereo speakers. The battery has been boosted up to around 12 hours, compared to the eight offered by the smaller model and you get 32GB of storage instead of 16GB. You’re still getting that same tough build quality and two year guarantee too. Come on, don’t make your child grow up with SD visuals. Doesn’t everyone deserve HD, even if they are going to smear jam all over it and throw it around a bit?

We check our Kindle deals every day to make sure they’re always up to date and available!