If you’re not texting with Android Messages for Web by now, you’re doing it wrong – CNET

Nothing is more irritating than bouncing back and forth between your computer and phone while trying to work and text someone. For years, Android phone users had no choice but to use other messaging apps if they wanted to chat with friends from their desktops.

Nothing is more irritating than bouncing back and forth between your computer and phone while trying to work and text someone. For years, Android phone users had no choice but to use other messaging apps if they wanted to chat with friends from their desktops. But if you didn’t know, you can use Android Messages on your desktop browser to type. Google calls this Messages for Web.

It’s important to note that your phone has to have service and your computer needs to be connected to a Wi-Fi network. (It doesn’t necessarily need to be the same network, though.) If your phone is off, your computer doesn’t have Wi-Fi or you’re using airplane mode, you won’t be able to use Messages for Web.

Messages is the default texting app for Pixel phones, but there’s also a dedicated app anyone can download from the Google Play store to use instead of the default texting app on non-Google Android phones. It’s easy to use and there’s no penalty from your carrier to switch apps.

As with Apple’s iMessage, Messages for Web lets you carry on conversations from your computer screen. Note that you might have to re-pair your phone with your desktop from time to time.

Make sure your phone’s Messages app is up to date before getting started. Let’s do this!

How to set up Messages for Web on your computer

Open a new browser tab or browser window on your computer (we recommend a window) and navigate to messages.google.com/web/. A QR code will appear.

Open the Messages app on your phone.

In Messages, tap Settings (the three dots in the upper right corner).

Tap “Messages for web.”

Hold your phone a few inches from the QR code you see on your computer screen, making sure it fills the viewfinder on your phone screen.

After you scan the QR code, your contacts will automatically populate on the screen, ready for you to start texting.

A few important tips

Note that the computer you’re texting from won’t save your information unless you toggle on Remember This Computer under the QR code before scanning. If you don’t, you’ll need to pair your devices every time. You’ll only want to save your contacts if it’s a personal laptop or desktop to protect your privacy.

If you do text on a public computer, make sure to sign out afterward. If you forget, you might get a notification on your phone letting you know that you’re still logged in. You can also bookmark the website so it’s easier to text when you need to.

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Once you have Messages for Web set up on your computer, there’s a lot you can do with it. Start by typing in the name of a friend or group and begin texting. You can also add a phone number. You’ll receive texts on Messages for Web just as you would on your phone, and you’ll see a notification banner in the upper right of your screen (and hear a ding) when a new message comes in.

Messages for Web supports much of what you can see and do with Android Messages on your phone. You can send your friends dozens of emojis, GIFs, photos, videos and stickers. You can also enable Dark Mode.

You won’t be able to share your location, send or request funds with Google Pay, use voice-to-text, share contacts or attach a file. You also won’t see predictive text suggestions. However, the time you’ll save typing on your desktop while you work is well worth these few omissions.

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Originally published June 18, 2018.
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Symmons Industries Announces the Launch of Symmons Water Management

  • A non-invasive installation process
  • Data sync to cloud via private network with no impact to hotel WiFi
  • 24/7 monitoring and real-time notifications for water issues
  • Control over water system performance
  • Immediate results

A non-invasive installation process Data sync to cloud via private network with no impact to hotel WiFi 24/7 monitoring and real-time notifications for water issues Control over water system performance Immediate results

Of the platform launch, Tim O’Keeffe, Chief Executive Officer, said, “We continue the spirit of customer-focused innovation on which Symmons was founded by introducing the industry’s first cloud-based water management platform to help our hospitality customers eliminate one of their major pain points: water issues resulting in negative guest experiences.”

Today’s launch of Symmons Water Management builds on Symmons’ 80-year history of improving water experiences. Symmons eliminated the problem of “Shower Shock” with the invention of Safetymix®, the first pressure-balancing valve, which brought about major revisions to plumbing code standards nationally. Most recently, Symmons launched the Temptrol Rapid Install™ shower valve, making the highest quality shower valve in the industry faster and easier to install.

For more information about Symmons Water Management, please visit: symmons.com/water

About Symmons Industries, Inc.

Since 1939, Symmons Industries has been a premier manufacturer of commercial and residential plumbing products, producing a variety of durable, reliable and beautifully designed products for everything from private homes to five-star hotels. Built on an 80+ year foundation of quality craftsmanship, Symmons places a premium on exceptional service. Beginning with the Temptrol® pressure-balancing, anti-scald shower valve, Symmons has always known it’s what’s inside that matters most. Today, we continue to innovate with custom fittings that create distinctive design solutions for commercial projects through Symmons Design Studio. It’s an inner strength and outward focus that makes Symmons the smart choice. Built to last, designed to stand out, and backed by a customer-first culture.

Headquartered in Braintree, MA, Symmons is a privately held company with regional sales offices and local representatives located throughout the United States, Canada, and Asia. For more information, please visit symmons.com or call 1-800-SYMMONS.

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SBA Honors 2019 Phoenix Award Champions for Outstanding Disaster Recovery Efforts

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the 2019 National Small Business Week Phoenix Award winners for their resilience in the aftermath of a disaster.

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the 2019 National Small Business Week Phoenix Award winners for their resilience in the aftermath of a disaster.

Since 1998, the SBA has presented Phoenix Awards to business owners, public officials and volunteers who displayed selflessness, ingenuity and tenacity in the aftermath of a disaster, while contributing to the rebuilding of their communities.

This year’s recipients include a Florida business owner who rebounded after massive inventory and equipment losses from Hurricane Irma; a California County Supervisor whose coordination efforts helped displaced residents after the Woolsey wildfire; and two Puerto Rico volunteers who organized a community kitchen for fellow Hurricane Maria survivors.

The awards will be presented to the winners in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 5, 2019, to kickoff National Small Business Week celebrations that are taking place across the nation. The D.C. award ceremonies will be livestreamed on the SBA’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/sbagov at 6 p.m. (EDT).

The SBA congratulates the following 2019 National Small Business Week Phoenix Award winners:

Phoenix Award for Outstanding Small Business Disaster Recovery
Stephanie Vitori, President
Cheeseburger Baby
Miami Beach, Fla.

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma nearly ended the success of Cheeseburger Baby (CBB). Stephanie Vitori had built a thriving eatery that grew to 20 employees, two food trucks, and annual revenues of $800,000. That all changed in the wake of the mega-storm, Hurricane Irma, that destroyed CBB’s marquee sign, air conditioning units, freezers, cooking equipment, and damaged the roof of a food truck. Lost sales and property damages caused an economic hit of $150,000.

Thinking on her feet, Stephanie used a generator from one of the food trucks to power the restaurant and begin the recovery process. The CBB team cooked food for local officials and volunteers helping with the post-hurricane clean-up. Stephanie received an SBA disaster loan for $197,000 to cover working capital needs and repair costs. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida International University helped restructure CBB’s financial operations and develop a business continuity plan. The SBA assistance powered CBB to get the staff and revenue back to pre-disaster levels.

Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Public Official
Linda Parks
Ventura County Supervisor, District 2
Thousand Oaks, Calif.

The quiet of Thousand Oaks was devastated Thursday, November 8, 2018, when the Woolsey Fire erupted in Ventura County. By Saturday, the fire had expanded to 70,000 acres, with no end in sight. By the time the fire was contained, nearly 97,000 acres had been scorched, three people lost their lives, and more than 295,000 residents, including Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks, were evacuated from 105,000 homes.

Parks cleared out her office and loaned it to county officials for their use as a Victims Assistance Center. She coordinated several fire recovery town hall meetings for displaced residents. In addition to attending fire briefings with the California Governor’s office, the Department of the Interior and FEMA, Parks held numerous press conferences urging residents to follow evacuation and safety orders.

Parks worked to authorize a California Office of Emergency Services debris removal program, and supported firefighters by helping water agencies craft messages urging residents to reduce water use. In the months that followed, she, along with five mayors from nearby cities, co-authored a fire preparedness Op-Ed that called for the future use of underground utility lines, since many fires are caused by sparks from overhead power cables.

Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Volunteer
Christine Nieves Rodriguez and Luis Rodriguez Sanchez
Volunteers/Co-Founders
Proyecto de Apoyo Mutuo Mariana (PAM) (Mariana Mutual Support Project)
Humacao, Puerto Rico

In early 2017, Christine Nieves Rodriguez returned to her childhood home in Mariana, a mountainous area of Humacao, with her husband Luis. On September 20, 2017, the couple found themselves huddled in a tiny bathroom for three hours, with windows and doors exploding, as Hurricane Maria tore through the island with winds of 155 mph.

The damage to their home, they felt, paled in comparison to the destruction of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure. The lack of power, communications, food and water accelerated the physical and emotional decline of the hurricane survivors. Christine and Luis shook themselves out of their own exhaustion and grief and decided to help the Mariana community recover.

Christine and Luis found a large space to set up a community kitchen, recruited volunteers to cook and serve meals, accepted food donations, and found a neighbor with a working pickup truck to load large containers of water from a nearby oasis. Their initiative, the Proyecto de Apoyo Mutuo Mariana (PAM), ultimately fed more than 5,000 people.

Christine and Luis expanded PAM’s operations and recruited more volunteers. They used their local contacts, social media and news coverage from media outlets around the world to get free Wi-Fi for Mariana residents. The couple was also able to secure the largest solar generator on the island, three water towers, several health clinics, and meal deliveries for the sick. Christine and Luis’ resourcefulness, courage, and determination made it possible for the people of Mariana to challenge their circumstances and emerge as victors, prepared to support the rebirth of Puerto Rico.

In addition to national awards ceremonies in Washington, D.C., SBA offices in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam will celebrate National Small Business Week May 5-11, 2019, with additional events for small business owners and entrepreneurs. For more information on National Small Business Week, visit www.sba.gov/nsbw.

About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2019. The SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA/SCORE programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

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Can a $150 smart coffee cup justify its existence?

There’s a pretty narrow window during which a cup of coffee is enjoyable – neither tongue-scaldingly hot nor unappealingly lukewarm. It’s an issue you can easily avoid by being organized with your brewing, but if that’s too much work you can throw $150/£150/AU$260 at the problem and invest in an Ember temperature control mug instead.

There’s a pretty narrow window during which a cup of coffee is enjoyable – neither tongue-scaldingly hot nor unappealingly lukewarm. It’s an issue you can easily avoid by being organized with your brewing, but if that’s too much work you can throw $150/£150/AU$260 at the problem and invest in an Ember temperature control mug instead.

Ember comes two formats: a cylindrical travel mug with a lid, which is the more expensive option, or a regular-looking coffee cup, which will set you back a more modest $80/£80/AU$125).

Both will keep your drink at your preferred temperature indefinitely if kept on their charging saucer, or for two hours if not.

The Ember mug comes in two designs, both of which are available in black and white (Image credit: TechRadar)

I know what you’re thinking: why would you pay so much for a heated coffee cup when you could buy a decent insulated flask for a fraction of the price, which would keep your drink hot for hours?

It’s a good question, and one I faced several times each time I brought it to the office kitchen. “But why?” one colleague demanded. “I got a bottle for £5 that keeps coffee boiling hot all day.”

There’s the rub. Ember helps you avoid the horrors of a singed tongue by allowing your beverage it to cool until it reaches your preferred temperature, then keeping it there. You can reach for it any time, safe in the knowledge that it will be just right. It’s the Goldilocks mug.

Design matters

The mugs both look very stylish, with a smooth finish that’s easy to clean (by hand – only the travel mug’s lid can survive pummelling in a dishwasher). They’re rather heavy and hold less than a ‘dumb’ mug of the same dimensions, but that’s to be expected due to the addition of a heating element.

The travel mug soon became my favorite because, while the regular coffee cup keeps your brew at a pleasantly drinkable temperature, the drink forms a skin after a while due to contact with the air. Gross. The travel cup keeps drinks airtight, and therefore fresher.

The Ember travel mug displays the current temperature and its target temperature of its contents (Image credit: TechRadar)

Although it looks like a thermos flask, it’s worth noting that the Ember travel mug isn’t well insulated (if it was, your drink wouldn’t be able to cool to a pleasant temperature) and once its battery runs flat, your drink will rapidly get cold.

It’s a shame that this will happen after a mere two hours if you take the mug off its saucer. It’s definitely designed for hopping between offices and coffee shops on workdays, not camping holidays in Cornwall.

The charging plate is quite large with the UK plug attached, but you can always pop it inside your bag and plug it in at Starbucks.

There’s another downside to the travel mug that’s worth bearing in mind: its design feature a push-click lid (not unlike a pop-up plug in a bathtub), with a raised lip to prevent spills, and when you drink from it, your beverage tends to collect in the top and dry on. It washes off easily enough, but it’s not a great look.

This style of lid is unsuitable for cookie-dunking, which is less forgivable.

Firmware for flatware

So you’ve just freed your Ember from its (rather copious) packaging and settled it on its charging coaster – but don’t reach for those freshly ground beans just yet. First, you’ll need to grab the Ember app, which is available for iOS and Android, and connect your phone to your mug via Bluetooth.

Once that’s done (and both mug and phone have at least 50% charge), sit back and start munching through a packet of cookies while the mug’s firmware updates.

Apparently there have been some rather large changes since the product first shipped, and although my home Wi-Fi is pretty reasonable, it took half a pack of Hobnobs before the process was complete.

Before you can use your Ember mug, you’ll need to spend some time updating its firmware (Image credit: Ember)

Now dust off those crumbs, because it’s time to give that mug some love. If you have the ceramic version, you’ll be able to choose a color for its indicator light using a Photoshop-style hue wheel. Owners of the travel mug can enter a name, which will scroll across its discrete LCD display when it powers on.

Neither of these options serves much purpose unless your home or office is so full of Ember drinking vessels that you’re in danger of connecting to the wrong one, but it’s a nice touch.

The app will display your drink’s current temperature, and let you choose a target temperature. It includes various presets for different beverages, but you can also set it manually to within 0.5C. The travel cup’s temperature can also be adjusted without the app – tap the ‘Ember’ logo, then turn the bottom of the mug right to dial up the heat, or left to let it cool.

The app also shows the mug’s current fill level, which is very handy when you’re getting used to its weight. There are few things more disappointing than reaching for a cup of tea to find nothing left but a few meagre dregs, however perfectly warmed they may be.

Give the Ember travel mug a name using the app, and it’ll be displayed each time you power it up (Image credit: TechRadar)

When your drink reaches your desired temperature, a notification on your phone will alert you that it’s ready for sipping. Unfortunately, on our Android handset (a Samsung Galaxy S9 running Android Pie), the notification couldn’t be dismissed by swiping and could only be removed by restarting the phone or denying the app permissions.

Smart enough?

They’re certainly not without their flaws, but the Ember mugs do what they promise: ensure your drink is a pleasant temperature whenever you want a sip.

I found I became rather fond of the mug after a couple of weeks – it greeted me by name each morning and dutifully kept my coffee at 60C all morning. It also made me lazy, and after switching back to a regular ‘dumb’ mug, I’d sometimes be caught out by how quickly my drink got cold.

Whether that convenience is worth $150 depends on how passionately you feel about your beverages – enough that you truly enjoy them, but not so much that you actually pay attention and drink them when they’re ready.

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Infusion Express Announces Philadelphia Market Expansion with Three Centers in Convenient Locations

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Infusion Express, a patient-focused alternative to hospital-based infusion centers, today announced its expanded commitment to the Philadelphia-area market.

Infusion Express is redefining the care experience for those with complex chronic conditions by offering a superior level of service in a cost-effective site of care.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Infusion Express, a patient-focused alternative to hospital-based infusion centers, today announced its expanded commitment to the Philadelphia-area market.

Infusion Express is redefining the care experience for those with complex chronic conditions by offering a superior level of service in a cost-effective site of care.

For patients receiving ongoing infusion or injection therapy, Infusion Express offers guaranteed private suites, large screen TVs, high-speed Wi-Fi, leather recliners with chairs for guests, and flexible, on-demand scheduling, including evening and weekend appointments.

“We are thrilled to expand our footprint in the Philadelphia health care community,” said Doug Ghertner, CEO, Infusion Express.” We believe our patient-centric model will give those with a chronic condition a new option for ongoing care. And, we’re thrilled to partner with local hospitals and physicians to bring a unique offering that puts safety, comfort and convenience above all else.”

“Infusion Express’ expanded presence in the Philadelphia market is a needed and welcomed resource,” stated Cade Leitzel, Chief Executive Officer of CritAcuity Medical Group, a regional Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine practice and Intensivist Staffing and Management company.

“They complete the prior authorization and benefits eligibility process on our behalf, which makes referring patients quick and simple. Also, the convenience of their local centers and scheduling flexibility makes it easier for patients to adhere to a prescribed treatment protocol.”

Treatments at Infusion Express cover a wide variety of conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, allergic asthma, multiple sclerosis, plaque psoriasis and lupus. Infusion Express also provides treatments for iron deficiencies, enzyme replacement, and other ongoing conditions.

For more information on Infusion Express and the therapies offered, please visit the website.

Full details below on Infusion Express’ Philadelphia market presence are below.

Three Philadelphia Infusion Express Locations

Currently Open
Malvern
70 E Swedesford Rd, Suite 130
Malvern, PA 19355
(484) 318-2268

Open House Week, May 13-17
Bensalem
710 Rockhill Drive
Bensalem, PA 19020
(267) 678-0184

Opening Summer
Montgomeryville
640 Cowpath Rd
Lansdale, PA 19446

About Infusion Express
Infusion Express (IVXpress, Inc.) is the leading provider of infusion and injection therapy for those with complex chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other conditions. Infusion Express centers are conveniently located and offer flexible scheduling, including evenings and weekends. Patients relax in their own private suite, equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV, and comfortable recliners with room for guests.

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iPad 2 buried in Apple’s ‘obsolete’ product graveyard – CNET

Apple has added the iPad 2 to its list of “vintage and obsolete products.”

Both the Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi/cellular versions of the tablet are included in the updated list, which means that Apple will no longer offer hardware service or parts.

Apple has added the iPad 2 to its list of “vintage and obsolete products.”

Both the Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi/cellular versions of the tablet are included in the updated list, which means that Apple will no longer offer hardware service or parts. The exceptions: Consumers in Turkey and California can still receive service and parts.

Apple, which updated the list Tuesday, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Then-CEO Steve Jobs announced the iPad 2 in March 2011. Jobs surprised the crowd with his appearance at the unveiling because he was on medical leave at the time. (Jobs died in October of that year after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.)

The iPad 2 debuted at $499 with 16GB of storage and a Wi-Fi connection. 3G cellular connection cost an extra $130. Walmart still sells the iPad 2 — for $76.

Apple revamped its iPad Air and iPad Mini in March. Both devices have Pencil support and the A12 processor in the iPhone XS.

Originally published May 1 at 6:43 a.m. PT.
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The best cheap Amazon Kindle sale prices and deals in May 2019

A cheap Kindle sale is never that far away in these parts as Amazon is keen to stay atop of the ereader pile. Kindle prices on most of the devices are already great value given the high quality you get in your hands.

A cheap Kindle sale is never that far away in these parts as Amazon is keen to stay atop of the ereader pile. Kindle prices on most of the devices are already great value given the high quality you get in your hands.

We’re rounding up all the cheapest Kindle deals as various retailers throw down to try to offer your the best bargains. We’ve covered every readily-available model including the basic Kindles, the excellent all-rounder Paperwhites and the super fancy Kindle Oasis luxury ereader. If you’re interested in more than just reading ebooks, the Fire tablet range is covered too – they’re a much cheaper alternative to those pricey iPad deals.

Naturally, we’ll explain the differences between the devices too so you can make the most informed decision about which one suits you best. We provided a quick overview directly below, keep scrolling though and you’ll see an extensive list of Kindle prices for each model.

What makes a good Kindle price?

These ereaders don’t have LCD screens or powerful internal components. So you’ll find Kindle sale prices are far cheaper than tablets and phones. The screens are fantastic for glare-free reading and an immediate improvement over using the Kindle app on your phone or tablet too.

If you can find the Kindle Paperwhite for under US$129/£120/AU$199 you’re getting a good price. The new entry-level Kindle 2019 model will surely see some discounts soon on its $89.99/£69/AU$139 price. The top of the line Kindle Oasis model prices start at $269/£229/AU$389 and rarely drops lower.

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 money 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 cheap Kindle prices currently available…

Kindle Paperwhite 2018 prices

The best value Kindle is now even better

Amazon has an updated version of the excellent Kindle Paperwhite and it’s just been released. And this is no mere by-the-numbers update with a deep dive on internal spec sheet required to spot the differences (let’s leave that to the MacBooks right?). The 2018 version of the Paperwhite is so good you might be tempted to ditch the previous version, which we still love very much.

The backlit screen is now flush with the bezel, meaning no more places for dust or hair to get stuck. And part of the reasoning behind this upgrade is to ensure the Kindle Paperwhite is now a waterproof ereader, just like the far more expensive (but absolutely beautiful) Kindle Oasis. The cheapest model now has double the storage capacity at 8GB which is handy if you you’re reading image-heavy books like graphic novels/comics. And it’s 20 grams lighter. That extra space is also handy for audiobooks, a new addition to the Paperwhite that you can take advantage of via bluetooth speakers/headphones.

We expect prices to drop on the older model to clear stock out, so you could get a decent discount there (see further down this page for the older Paperwhite prices). As for the new Kindle Paperwhite 2018, prices start at $129.99/£119.99/AU$199. The 2018 Kindle Paperwhite is well on its way to surpassing the previous model, which was already the best value ereader on the planet.

Amazon’s latest take on the entry-level Kindle was given a boost for 2019 by including a built-in light, meaning you don’t have to get the Kindle Paperwhite if you want to read your Kindle at night without any extra lighting in the room. It’s a neat upgrade, but it has pushed the starting price up a little compared to the 2016 starting Kindle. The Amazon Kindle with a built-in light starts at $89.99 / £69.99 / AU$139.

The screen itself though is still only 167 ppi, opposed to the Paperwhite’s higher resolution of 300 ppi. The Paperwhite (which is now waterproof and designed with a flush screen against the bezel) does get some chunky discounts at multiple points of the year, so if you time it right, you may not have to pay much more to get that instead of this basic (if improved) Kindle. For the full rundown, check out our latest Kindle review.

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 Paperwhite deals

Still a fantastic ereader, with potentially low prices on remaining stock

The 6th generation Kindle Paperwhite was the best value Kindle around until the newer version landed, easily beating the likes of the Kobo Aura on performance and design. This model comes with screen lighting which was new to the series at such a low price before, although it’s becoming increasingly standard now, even on the entry-level Kindle. Amazon managed to create a fast electronic 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 300 ppi screen is now just as good as the more expensive Kindle Oasis. Unless you see a super cheap price in the comparison chart below though, we’d opt for the newer version mentioned earlier.

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.

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 2018 edition seen below now comes with integrated hands-free 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?

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The best Amazon Fire TV deals, prices and sales in May 2019

Ready to make your TV smarter than it has ever been by adding streaming capabilities? An Amazon Fire TV device is one of the best solutions.

There’s the hands-free Cube, a powerful streamer box, and cheaper streaming sticks.

Ready to make your TV smarter than it has ever been by adding streaming capabilities? An Amazon Fire TV device is one of the best solutions.

There’s the hands-free Cube, a powerful streamer box, and cheaper streaming sticks. All offer access to thousands of apps and games, and almost every streaming service you could want. Amazon has just released its own DVR called the Fire TV Recast too.

We’ve tracked down the top Amazon Fire TV prices for all of the devices to avoid you getting burned by a bum deal. You may be surprised by how little these exceptionally versatile little gadgets cost.

But why choose an Amazon Fire TV over something like a Roku? Many like the simple interface of Roku, but Amazon lets you play with far more apps and games because it’s based on Android. The Fire TV in particular can feel a little like a casual game console, if you want it to. Like Roku’s top-tier player, both the Amazon Fire TV Cube and new Fire TV Stick offer full 4K resolution.

If Roku sounds like a better fit for you, then check out our Roku deals.

For anyone tied into the Amazon ecosphere of products, either the Amazon Fire TV Cube, Fire TV, or Fire TV Stick would make the perfect center for your smart homes. With Alexa built-in, they can talk to devices like the Samsung SmartThings Hub and Nest Thermostats, allowing you to command your smart home using your Fire TV remote.

But you knew all of that already. That’s why you’re here looking for the best deal on an Amazon Fire TV device. Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are the best Amazon Fire TV deals we’ve found today:

Currently only available in the US.Amazon has just released its own DVR (Digital Video Recorder) to record free over-the-air content and watch it via an Amazon Fire TV device or Echo Show (so you’ll need one of those too). There are no subscription fees here, so it’s a tempting option for all you cord cutters out there and with a 500GB capacity on the cheapest model, you’re looking at around 65 hours of storage, so there’s no need to pick up an external drive to save content, which is an issue with some DVRs. There’s a larger 1TB capacity version if you want to double down. Hook it up to a HD antenna and you’ll be able to watch and record content from the likes of ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and The CW. Better yet, just ask Alexa to do it for you if you’ve got a modern Fire TV device with a voice-remote.

Amazon just unveiled the latest edition of its Fire TV Stick, and it’s a doozy. The new streaming media stick packs a wealth of features into a thumb-drive sized stick while retaining a low sticker price. For not much more than the older edition Fire TV Stick, you get 4K capability, HDR, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, and Dolby Atmos Audio—something very few streaming sticks have. Plus, you also get Alexa, Amazon’s smart assistant, and its voice control capabilities.

Currently on available in the US. Released in June, Amazon’s new Fire TV Cube is a hybrid between a smart speaker and a streaming media player. Calling itself the “first hands-free streaming media player with Alexa”. Amazon seems to be betting on this combined functionality to sway consumers away from rival Chromecast or Apple TV devices.

Much as on an Amazon Echo speaker, customers are able to navigate Fire TV and play/pause/fast-forward content without the need for a remote, while still using Alexa for all their weather/shopping/trivia concerns.

The Cube comes with its own Ethernet port, 16GB of storage, and a built-in speaker, circumventing the need to use a TV’s audio output. Users are also be able to control other compatible smart home devices, including additional speakers, soundbars, thermostats, and security cameras.

The new Amazon Fire TV (2017) is a radical redesign of the Fire TV range, both inside and out. It’s been turned into a dongle but also given a huge power boost. Its 4K credentials have also improved with the addition of HDR and it’s always great to see Dolby Atmos getting some love. The new dongle is worth the upgrade for brand-new Amazon Fire TV buyers because it combines the best of the old hardware – it’s just as powerful as the full-size box, but it’s smaller in order to sneak behind your entertainment center without drawing attention.

Looking for the Amazon Fire TV experience without another black box on your shelf? Check out the Amazon Fire TV Stick. It offers all of the same content that you’d find on the full-size box, but in a mini, USB stick-esque form factor. You’ll love how quick and snappy the Fire TV Stick’s interface is, and that it’s intuitively laid out, making most content quick and easy to find. Once you get to your content it streams without any complaints or buffering while playback is smooth and good-looking. The voice search functionality is quick and accurate when searching for Amazon or Netflix content, and it’s also a speedy way of hopping between apps. Most major streaming services are also supported.

Thinking about expanding into smart home tech? Check out our guide to the Amazon Echo family of devices

WatchGuard Expands Award-Winning WatchGuardONE Partner Program With New Specializations and Financial Incentives

“Partners don’t want to jump through hoops to reach lofty revenue thresholds or achieve vendor portfolio adoption criteria that doesn’t fit their customers’ needs – they just want to run their business efficiently,” said Michelle Welch, senior vice president of marketing at WatchGuard.

“Partners don’t want to jump through hoops to reach lofty revenue thresholds or achieve vendor portfolio adoption criteria that doesn’t fit their customers’ needs – they just want to run their business efficiently,” said Michelle Welch, senior vice president of marketing at WatchGuard. “Whether they’re focused purely on network security, secure Wi-Fi or MFA, partners that invest the time can easily capitalize on the same financial incentives and support as our largest partners, regardless of their size, business model or revenue capabilities. We pride ourselves on continuing to make WatchGuardONE accessible to every partner, which in turn allows us to deliver the enterprise-grade security products and services that small and midsize customers need so desperately today.”

Achieving WatchGuardONE Status with Specializations

WatchGuardONE has always been a value-based program, rewarding partners for investing their time into earning knowledge-based requirements. As the company’s product offerings have expanded rapidly, from purely network security solutions to new segments like secure Wi-Fi and MFA over the past few years, these specializations are a natural evolution of the WatchGuardONE program. In the expanded program, partners can earn WatchGuardONE status by specializing in just one of the available product families, and achieve increasingly higher status and benefits by completing specializations in multiple product lines. Financial incentives increase proportional to the number of specializations partners earn. For further details about the expanded program, visit here.

A Continuation of WatchGuard’s Unique Partner-First Approach

Designed entirely to further enable and support partners’ businesses, these new WatchGuardONE specializations are just the latest example of WatchGuard’s enduring partner-first mentality.

The program expansion comes on the heels of the launch of the WatchGuard Cloud platform, which reduces infrastructure costs, accelerates customer acquisition and minimizes time spent on administrative tasks by centralizing partners’ security management and reporting within a single cloud-based interface.

Additionally, WatchGuard takes pride in its extensive integrations with industry-leading remote monitoring and management (RMM) and professional services automation (PSA) solutions like ConnectWise, Autotask, Tigerpaw and SolarWinds. These integrations enable partners to better manage their businesses with streamlined access to automated reporting, inventory management, help desk tasks, invoicing, ticket management and more.

“WatchGuard’s continued portfolio expansion and technology innovation has helped us grow and expand our business opportunity by providing a comprehensive security solution to our customers,” said Lesleigh Watson, COO of BlackPoint IT Services. “Now, with the new WatchGuardONE Specializations, we have flexibility in how our staff learns about WatchGuard’s entire cyber security platform through sales and technical training. Also, the specializations come with newly added incentives that drive profitability and business growth. This program expansion is a major step forward in our partnership with WatchGuard.”

Partners can access free training to achieve WatchGuardONE specializations in Network Security, Secure Wi-Fi and Multi-factor Authentication today. For more information and to begin the process, visit www.watchguard.com/join.

Additional Resources:

WatchGuardONE BrochureWatchGuard for MSSPs WatchGuard Cloud Platform Partner Brief

About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader in network security, secure Wi-Fi, multi-factor authentication, and network intelligence. The company’s award-winning products and services are trusted around the world by nearly 10,000 security resellers and service providers to protect more than 80,000 customers. WatchGuard’s mission is to make enterprise-grade security accessible to companies of all types and sizes through simplicity, making WatchGuard an ideal solution for distributed enterprises and SMBs. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit WatchGuard.com.

For additional information, promotions and updates, follow WatchGuard on Twitter, @WatchGuard on Facebook, or on the LinkedIn Company page. Also, visit our InfoSec blog, Secplicity, for real-time information about the latest threats and how to cope with them at www.secplicity.org.

Media Contacts:

Chris Warfield
WatchGuard Technologies
206.876.8380
chris.warfield@watchguard.com

Anthony Cogswell
Voxus PR
253.444.5980
ajcogswell@voxuspr.com

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What’s New In The Bahamas For May

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Islands Of The Bahamas are having a record-breaking year and there is no end in sight. As international arrivals continue to rise, new excursions, events and property developments are breaking ground, setting up the islands for a busy summer.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Islands Of The Bahamas are having a record-breaking year and there is no end in sight. As international arrivals continue to rise, new excursions, events and property developments are breaking ground, setting up the islands for a busy summer. As the summer travel season approaches, resorts are starting to roll out deals, making May a great time to book a Bahamas vacation.

NEWS
International Arrivals Continue to Climb – The April ForwardKeys survey, which tracks inbound visitor data, revealed that international arrivals to The Bahamas increased by 5.7% in March, with Q1 arrivals 9.6% ahead of the previous year. Forward bookings are running 2.8% and international air capacity increased by 16.9% in March.

Hurricane Hole Marina Project – Paradise Island’s Hurricane Hole Marina is getting a $250 million redevelopment by Sterling Global Development. The project will include expanding the marina, a state of the art pool, two restaurants, gourmet market, office and residential space.

MSC Cruises x Martha Stewart Tour– MSC Cruises is partnering with Martha Stewart to feature culinary and exploratory experiences on the ship and at the destinations it visits. In The Bahamas, visitors can participate in a Bush Medicine Gardens & Tea Tour, includes a guided medicinal plant walk through Retreat Gardens, followed by afternoon tea at Graycliff Hotel. Excursions can be purchased here.

PROMOTIONS AND OFFERS
For a complete, up-to-date listing of deals and packages for The Bahamas, visit www.bahamas.com/deals-packages.

Rosewood Baha Mar Early Booking Bonus – When booking 60 or more days in advance, guests can save up to 10% off the best available rate on luxurious rooms or suites. Complimentary WiFi available.

Gems Beach Escape in Paradise– Book now thru June 10, 2019 to receive 20% off Plus Fly Free roundtrip ticket from Nassau to Deadman’s Cay, Long Island for four night, pre-booked stays or longer at Gems at Paradise Private Beach Resort.

Shop Tax Free in The Bahamas– Look for the blue star or ask for Global Blue Tax Free Shopping and enjoy paying less in The Bahamas. Be prepared to show a passport or other ID, spend a minimum of $25. Both U.S. and Bahamian currencies are accepted when processing Tax Free Shopping refunds.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
Stay up-to-date with the latest Bahamas events and happenings: www.bahamas.com/events

Twilight Electric Festival at Atlantis, Paradise Island(April 12 – June 23) Featuring the cabaret show, “Showtime at the Pink Flamingo,” every Wednesday through Sunday, the festival will incorporate Bahamian art and music. Tickets can be purchased by emailing – box.office@atlantisparadise.com.

Bahamas Hoopfest (November 27 – November 30) – Save the date: The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Thanksgiving Classic will be hosted in Nassau. This will be the first women’s basketball event of its kind to be hosted in The Bahamas. View fan packages here.

ABOUT THE BAHAMAS
The Islands Of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone. Call 1-800-Bahamas or visit www.Bahamas.com, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube

MEDIA
Anita Johnson-Patty
ajohnson@bahamas.com

Weber Shandwick
Bahamas@webershandwick.com

SOURCE The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation


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