Which Microsoft Surface should I buy? – CNET

In June 2012, Microsoft announced its first Surface hybrid tablet. Not only was it the first of its kind, but the first hardware designed, built and sold by Microsoft to work seamlessly with the software giant’s Windows operation system.

In June 2012, Microsoft announced its first Surface hybrid tablet. Not only was it the first of its kind, but the first hardware designed, built and sold by Microsoft to work seamlessly with the software giant’s Windows operation system.

Since then the company has built out its Surface hardware lineup to meet the needs of students and home and professional users. Microsoft’s new Surface Go, a streamlined 10-inch entry-level detachable two-in-one, could potentially be a fit for all three of those groups depending on the performance needs.

If you’re not sure where to begin or even what Microsoft’s Surface line has to offer, well, you can start right here. Plus, at the end, you can see our recommendations for some of the best Surface alternatives available.

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Surface Pro

The one that started it all (if you forget about the Surface RT, and you should). Microsoft’s current top tablet-cum-laptop is still the gold standard for the category despite being a pretty minor update from the Surface Pro 4.

The Surface Pro’s detachable design is best as a tablet first and laptop second, especially if you use it on your lap more often than not. The keyboard is excellent and certainly makes this a great choice when you need to travel as light as possible. Bear in mind the keyboard cover and pen are not included and they aren’t cheap: The Type Cover is $130 or $160 and the Surface Pen is $100.

Now available in Wi-Fi only as well as Wi-Fi plus LTE Advanced versions, configurations start as low as $800 that have enough performance for basic home or student use, while power users can load it up with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of memory and a 512GB SSD for $1,900. Read CNET’s full review.

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Surface Go

The Go is Microsoft’s latest Surface device and is basically a new-and-improved version of the budget-friendly 10-inch Surface 3. It’s smaller and lighter than that device, which also makes it more travel friendly than the current 12.3-inch Surface Pro.

The little tablet is, however, running on a lower-end Intel Pentium processor so if you need high performance, you’ll want to stick with the Surface Pro. The Go should work well as either a complementary device to a more powerful laptop or desktop or for anyone with basic laptop needs, e.g. web browsing, email, word processing, note taking and simple sketching as well as a tablet for media consumption.

Prices start at $399, but like the Pro, the Go doesn’t come with its $130 Type Cover or $100 Surface Pen. We haven’t tested it out yet, but it does look like promising competition to the entry-level iPad and Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10. Read CNET’s hands-on first impressions.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2

Despite initial appearances, the Surface Book (the original and this update) is a two-in-one design that, like the Surface Pro, is detachable from its keyboard. But its keyboard base is more than just some keys, a touchpad and a couple ports. Inside is an extra battery and enough graphics power for content creation and gaming, courtesy of a discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 in the 13.5-inch version or a GTX 1060 in the 15-inch model.

The Book 2 is tailor-made for creatives who can appreciate the large pen-enabled display and the high performance and design of a full laptop. Read CNET’s full review.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop

If you have no need for a detachable two-in-one of any kind, Microsoft has a straight-up laptop for you. While the Surface Pro targets business types and Surface Book aims for creatives, the Laptop is pitched for students. Its thin-and-light traditional clamshell design makes it a solid choice for toting around campus and with more than 10 hours of battery life in our tests, you won’t have to worry about finding an outlet in between classes.

Prices start at less than $700 (and that’s before any educational discounts), but our preferred configuration will run you about $1,000. Read CNET’s full review.

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Surface Studio

It’s the Surface Pro, but big and definitely not portable. The 28-inch Studio all-in-one Windows PC has a better-than-4K 4,500×3,000-pixel resolution touchscreen that folds all the way down to a low drafting table angle of 20 degrees and has a seriously wide color range (Adobe sRGB or P3 color spaces). It’s also expensive (the base price is $2,999) and runs on outdated hardware.

While we really liked the Surface Pro when it launched in 2016, it’s also well overdue for an update. Unless you can get a good deal on one, we recommend holding off to see if Microsoft loads it up with eighth-gen Intel processors and the latest Nvidia graphics chips later this year. Read CNET’s full review.

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Surface alternatives

The flexibility of Windows 10 (and Windows 8 before it) to work as an OS for touchscreen devices as well as a traditional desktop OS has led to a lot of convertible and detachable two-in-one laptop designs. Here are a few of our favorite alternatives.

Best Surface Pro alternative: Lenovo Miix 720

Good performance, good battery life and a great price, the Miix is undeniably modeled after the Surface Pro. Unlike Microsoft, though, Lenovo includes its keyboard cover and active pen — and they’re excellent to boot. Read CNET’s full review.

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Best Surface Go alternative: Apple iPad

Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s not running Windows and it’s not even a “real desktop OS.” The entry-level 9.7-inch iPad, however, is direct competition for the Surface Go, and if you don’t need to run Windows-only software, it’s your next best bet for the money. Read CNET’s full review.

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Best Surface Book alternative: Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

Although it doesn’t pull apart like the Surface Book, the XPS is the smallest, thinnest convertible two-in-one available at the moment. It’s also one of the first PCs to use an Intel CPU paired with an AMD Radeon Vega M GL GPU, which in our tests turned out some solid performance without hurting battery life. Read CNET’s full review.

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Best Surface Laptop alternative:Asus ZenBook 13

It might not have the build quality of Microsoft’s touchscreen 13-inch laptop, but it does have overall excellent performance from its eighth-gen Intel processor and discrete Nvidia graphics chip, not to mention a nearly 11-hour battery life, all wrapped up in a slim, lightweight and attractive package for just less than $1,000. Read CNET’s full review.

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Best Surface Studio alternative: Dell XPS 27

To be honest, there is no good alternative at the moment for the Studio. The closest is the XPS 27, which is also old (though not as old as the Studio). Its display is excellent, but not as good as the Studio’s, and although it is a touchscreen and can be adjusted all the way down to your desk, it’s not pen-enabled. It is a fraction of the price, however. Read CNET’s full review.

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Samsung launches the budget friendly Galaxy J8 in the UAE

Samsung has finally announced the launch the new budget friendly Galaxy J8 in the UAE. The new handset joins Samsung’s other mid-ranged devices such as the Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus that were launched earlier this year.

Samsung has finally announced the launch the new budget friendly Galaxy J8 in the UAE. The new handset joins Samsung’s other mid-ranged devices such as the Galaxy A6 and A6 Plus that were launched earlier this year.

Samsung Galaxy J8 Specifications

The Samsung Galaxy J8 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung’s custom UI skinned on top. It comes with a 6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED 2.5D curved glass display a resolution of 1480 x 720 pixels.

In terms of performance, the Samsung Galaxy J8 is powered by an octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC coupled with Adreno 506 GPU. It has been launched in two variant which are 4GB RAM with 64GB of internal storage and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage. Both of these devices feature a microSD slot that can further expand storage by256GB.

Coming to the camera department, the Samsung Galaxy J8 features a dual camera setup at the back consisting of a 16MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture and a 5MP secondary camera with f/1.9 aperture. There is an LED flash at the right side of the camera and a fingerprint sensor has been placed below the camera. On the front, the device sports a 16MP selfie camera with an LED flash.

The Samsung Galaxy J8 is powered by a bigger 3,500mAh battery and the connectivity options on the device include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz), GPS, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, FM Radio and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Samsung Galaxy J8 Pricing and Availability

The Samsung Galaxy J8 with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage has been priced at AED 999 while the 6GB RAM with 128GB storage variant has been priced at AED 1,199. It will be available in black, orchid gray and gold color options from major retailers as well as Samsung’s online store.

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Living large with McIntosh audio electronics – CNET

Frank McIntosh started building tube electronics in 1949, and his exemplary build quality and performance standards made McIntosh Labs one of the most admired brands in the business. No wonder McIntosh Labs has a special place in the hearts of audiophiles all around the world.

Frank McIntosh started building tube electronics in 1949, and his exemplary build quality and performance standards made McIntosh Labs one of the most admired brands in the business. No wonder McIntosh Labs has a special place in the hearts of audiophiles all around the world. McIntosh owners loyalty to the brand is unmatched, some have stayed true for over 50 years!

Unboxing the McIntosh C47 stereo preamp and MCT500 CD/SACD transport I immediately felt right at home. The black glass faceplates are classic, and it’s comforting to note that McIntosh still designs and builds its electronics in its Binghamton, NY headquarters. The C47 retails for $4,000 in the US, £4,800 in the UK, and AU$7,495 in Australia; the MCT500 retails for $4,500, £5,995, AU$8,995.

The C47 preamp’s tonal balance is neutral, I was halfway expecting it to sound soft and tube-like but the C47 is a 100 percent solid state design. Dynamic impact and overall liveliness was very good. It may have the classic McIntosh look, but the C47’s features set is very 2018.

This preamp’s abundant connectivity options should satisfy most audiophiles, there are separate moving-coil and moving-magnet phono inputs, three stereo RCA inputs, two sets of stereo XLR inputs, three sets of stereo RCA outputs, two sets of stereo XLR outputs, and a 6.3mm headphone jack on the front panel; digital inputs include one each USB and coaxial, two optical, and one MCT port for use with selected McIntosh CD/SACD players. There’s also an assortment of data ports, voltage triggers, and external controls for use with multi-room home systems.

As you can see the C47’s connectivity is pretty extensive, with the notable absence of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, the C47 stays close to its role as a traditional two-channel preamplifier.

Meanwhile the MCT500 will accept both SACDs and CD discs in addition to popular file formats such as AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD, FLAC, MP3, WAV and WMA via DVD-R or the front panel USB port. its outputs are limited to one each coaxial, optical, AES/EBU, and MCT connectors. As the MCT500 is a transport only there are no analog outputs.

The two components’ slender remote controls are well designed, but their plastic construction feels out of place on high-end audio components in the C47 and MCT500’s price class. Making up for that is the feel of the components buttons and knobs, the tactile quality of the presentation is first rate. They are a pleasure to use.

Pairing the MCT500 with the C47 the combination played SACD discs in pure DSD mode, withoutever converting the data to PCM digital. That’s noteworthy right there, most other SACD playback requires conversion to PCM digital, and audiophiles fret over those sorts of losses.

These two McIntosh components are backed up with three-year warranties. They should hold their value for many years, the C47 and MCT500 are extremely well built, and over the really long term it should make buyers feel secure in their choice knowing Mac still repairs their electronics dating back to the 1960s! That level of commitment to customer service is rare, even for high-end companies.

Listening

I used the C47 and MCT500 with a Pass Labs XA25 stereo power amp and TAD ME-1 speakers. The sound was neutral, pure, and very easy to listen to for hours on end. With alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman’s classic, The Shape of Jazz To Come album the music inhabited my listening room. The album was recorded 59 years ago, but after passing through the C47 and MCT500 the music sounded fresh.

Then I experimented with using an external digital converter, the Schiit Yggdrasil ($2,399, £2,295, AU$3,849), which sounded more three-dimensional than the C47’s built-in converter with Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way. There was more space between the musicians, and the soundstage was deeper. The Yggdrasil consistently sounded more full-bodied and clear. Still, I mostly listened without the Yggdrasil and enjoyed my time with the C47 performing the digital conversion duties.

As for the C47’s phono input, I hooked up my SME Model 15 turntable, fitted with a Kiseki Purple Heart moving-coil cartridge to the C47. No problems there.

I next compared the MCT500 with an Oppo UDP-203 Blu-ray player used as a CD transport (sadly, it’s discontinued, but it sold for $550, £649, AU$949). The MCT500 made CDs sound more like hi-res files, the UDP-203 put up a good fight, but music was less complex and interesting. As to whether you can justify the price differential between the MCT500 and the UDP-203, the MCT500 would only start to make sense if you already own a large collection of CDs and SACDs. After all, if you already paid many thousands of dollars for the music, the MCT500 will make it sound better.

As for SACDs, the sound was brilliantly clear, but I can’t say each and every SACD made me sit up and take notice. The quality of the recording, mix, and mastering determines the sound quality of each SACD. One of my all time favorites is The Allman Brothers Live at Fillmore East, and listening back through time to those concerts was a real thrill.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with these two McIntosh components. While I like the C47, it’s a very competent sounding preamp with a very generous features set, I was more impressed with the MCT500. This high-end transport it will bring out the best in the sound of all your CDs and SACDs.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch: Rumored specs, price and release date – CNET

Samsung’snext big event is coming soon, and the Note 9 is expected to make its official debut there. But Samsung might also reveal a new smartwatch, too.

Samsung’snext big event is coming soon, and the Note 9 is expected to make its official debut there. But Samsung might also reveal a new smartwatch, too.

It’s been a while since Samsung had a new, big watch release. The Gear S3 arrived late in 2016, while a sport-oriented smaller model, the Samsung Gear Sport, launched last fall alongside a slimmer curved-display fitness tracker, the Gear Fit 2 Pro, with many of the same features. It could also leapfrog other hot watches this fall by being announced ahead of the next Apple Watch, and Google’s expected Wear OS smartwatch.

Aug. 9 is Samsung’s Unpacked 2018 in New York, and CNET will be there. Here’s what we think we know about Samsung’s next smartwatch so far.

A name shift: Goodbye Gear, hello Galaxy?

Originally, we assumed the watch would be called the Samsung Gear S4, following previous Samsung watches. But the latest reports increasingly say the name’s shifted to Samsung Galaxy Watch. It would fit into Samsung’s existing galaxy of Galaxy products. (Does this mean that Samsung Gear VR would eventually become Samsung Galaxy VR, too?)

Previous reports also suggested the Galaxy Watch name shift, but in a watch running Google’s Wear OS. Which brings us to another question…

Will it run Tizen, Google’s Wear OS software… or both?

Samsung has followed its own smartwatch path with proprietary software, a whole unique Tizen-based OS and apps that’s run separately from Google’s Wear OS watch ecosystem (formerly Android Wear). The latest reports suggest the Galaxy Watch will run Tizen, in a new 4.0 version.

But previous rumors from noted Samsung leaker Ice Universe said Samsung’s watch would run Google’s Wear OS.

What if both rumors are right? There’s a possibility that Samsung is readying one version now, and another running Google’s Wear OS later.

It’s not impossible, or even all that crazy. Samsung makes Windows 10 PCs, Google Chromebooks and Gear VR headsets running Oculus mobile software. It’s not afraid to play with other company’s OSes. Also, Samsung has done this before: It made one of the first Android Wear watches, Gear Live, even while making a separate Tizen-based smartwatch, the Samsung Gear 2.

Google’s expected to launch a new set of redesigned Wear OS watches this fall, but those watches will have Qualcomm processors, while Samsung’s watches could use Samsung-made Exynos processors like previous models.

Bixby onboard

Samsung’s AI is on its phones and a growing halo of products, and it seems inevitable like it’ll be on Samsung’s newest watch, too. SamMobile’s report of the Galaxy Watch running Tizen 4.0 also says Bixby comes standard as the watch’s voice assistant. (Is there any chance Google Assistant will be on tap, too?)

A similar size to last year’s Gear Sport

Droid Life noticed FCC filings for the Galaxy Watch that seem to confirm a 1.2-inch display, which matches last year’s nicely sized Samsung Gear Sport, and would be smaller than the Samsung Gear S3.

The most likely outcome: The Gear S3’s more ambitious set of features might end up being thrown into a watch that’s smaller and more Gear Sport-sized.

Better battery life?

Whether it’s a bigger battery or a more efficient processor, expect the next Samsung smartwatch to improve on past performance. Samsung’s watches have actually done better than average, and the Gear S3 released in 2016 could already handle several days on a charge. But the Gear S3 is a big watch. Last year’s Gear Sport traded out some features like speakerphone calling for a smaller size. Samsung’s watches already have onboard sleep tracking much like Fitbit and Garmin watches do, but better battery life would still help.

Ice Universe’s recent tweet (above) claims the new battery is 470 mAh. The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier from 2016 (pictured above) has a battery capacity of 380 mAh, and the Samsung Gear Sport’s battery is 300 mAh.

Could it have a sleeker design or a wild new display?

Last year’s Gear Sport brought Samsung’s smartwatches into a slimmer, more universally appealing design range instead of the Gear S3’s megawatch feel. Lots of reports point to some crazy new display ideas which would be very Samsung. The new watch could have a second display in the rotating bezel, indicating modes or extra features. A frequently linked-to patent from 2017 shows a second-screen curved edge that could offer second readouts on the sides, like the curved OLED edges Samsung’s Galaxy and Note phones have had for years.

Samsung’s prowess is in its OLED display tech, and previous smartwatches such as the Gear Fit have explored curved displays, so this is not outside the realm of possibility.

A new type of UX, indicated by previous Ice Universe tweets, could come along with a new display innovation. Right now, this seems like more of a wild card possibility.

LTE calling should be back

Samsung made phone-enabled smartwatches before anyone else, and while last year’s Gear Sport left the feature out, it’s likely to return now that Apple Watch S3 has been featuring cellular calling for months. Droid Life reports that LTE will indeed be on-board, but that a Wi-Fi-only model will exist, too.

Three colors, at least

Black, silver, gold: These could be your Samsung Galaxy Watch color options, according to SamMobile. The June report also suggests two different designs, which could flex into Sport and Classic variants, or something similar. (Samsung has had design variations on its watches in the past, notably with the Gear S2 and S3.)

Added health features

Samsung added telemedicine into the company’s Samsung Health phone app in 2017 via a partnership with Amwell, a US-based telemedicine service. There’s a strong chance that Samsung’s next watch would introduce new sensors, too: perhaps enhanced heart-rate sensors that could aspire to tracking atrial fibrillation or sleep apnea like Apple and Fitbit are aiming for. Maybe it could measure blood pressure: Samsung’s latest Galaxy S9 phones have an experimental blood-pressure-measuring sensor on the back that’s been in trials over the last few months, and more recent rumors suggest blood pressure sensing of some sort onboard the next watch.

Price?

Last year’s Gear Sport cost $300 (£299, or AU$499) when it debuted last fall, and the more full-featured Gear S3 Frontier cost around $350 for the cellular-equipped version in 2016. This seems like a reasonable territory to expect for the next model, with or without cellular onboard.

It looks like it’s arriving alongside the Note 9

Recent reports say a new Samsung watch has already been certified in Europe, indicating something imminent. It could be unveiled in late August in Berlin at IFA, not at Samsung’s upcoming Aug. 9 event in New York.

The latest report from ZDNet South Korea now says the Samsung Galaxy Watch will indeed appear with the Note 9, and go on sale in late August ahead of Apple’s expected September Apple Watch reveal, and Google’s fall smartwatch revamp.

It makes ample sense for Samsung to unveil the Galaxy Watch alongside a new phone, especially if new onboard health features tie into an updated Health mobile app.


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Smart home gadgets aren’t foolproof, even if you skip the installation – CNET

In April my husband and I moved into a new house. It was big step for both us: our first place after moving back to the US from London and our first “suburban” home with a yard on a quiet street.

In April my husband and I moved into a new house. It was big step for both us: our first place after moving back to the US from London and our first “suburban” home with a yard on a quiet street.

The previous owners had fixed it up nicely with new kitchen appliances and a few bits of smart home technology including a Nest Learning Thermostat, two Nest Protect smoke detectors and a Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller. It’s not CNET’s house of the future, but it’s the most grownup place I’ve ever lived.

I’d thought about making our previous two homes more connected, but never followed through either because we were renting (that said, a smart rental is possible!) or I was just too lazy. Though I’m moderately handy around the house, this time I savored the idea of moving into a place with gadgets that were already set up. As I saw it, we had only to unpack and add Wi-Fi. Easy, right?

Well, not completely. I was able to skip installing the equipment — the process for setting up the thermostat is intimidating — but learning to use them brought its own set of challenges.

Watering with the Rachio

After hooking up Wi-Fi (a drama in itself, which I’ll conveniently blame Comcast for), I started with the Rachio to save our browning lawn. As the controller was already there, I figured I had only to create an account, download the Rachio app and activate the controller using my phone. At least that’s what Rachio’s website directed me to do.

The first two steps went fine, but I was unable to finish because the controller couldn’t find a Wi-Fi connection. At first, I thought the problem was that the signal in our basement laundry room was too weak (I was down to one bar one my phone) so I bought a Wi-Fi extender. That boosted the signal nicely, but still I was fumbling in the dark. Grrr.


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Keep calm and give your glitchy smart home a factory reset

I tried a few more times but had no luck. I was just at the point of calling Rachio’s customer support when it finally hit me — the controller was automatically searching for the previous network, which (of course) it would never find. OK, fine, maybe I was being a tad dense at this point, but the minimalist design of both the app and the controller (unlike Nest’s thermostat, it doesn’t have a display) make it difficult to work out exactly what’s wrong. Outside of a series of status lights, there are no clear messages to guide your troubleshooting.

Once I performed a factory reset, I was ready to water. It’s just that now I had to figure out what to do with the Rachio — an even bigger challenge when you don’t have a green thumb. Fortunately, the sellers had left a list of the sprinkler zones. But if they hadn’t been so helpful, there would have been no way to find where the zones covered outside of starting a test run and going outside to watch.

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What’s more, there was a still a lot of information I didn’t know because I hadn’t set up the zones. In one, for example, I had to dig to confirm that it was watered by a buried drip line. Then as I explored the app further, it asked me a bunch of other variables like soil type (surprisingly, “dirt” isn’t an option), root depth and sprinkler nozzles per inch. Seriously… who knows? And what the hell does crop coefficient mean?

I wasn’t just being nitpicky: Rachio suggests watering schedules according to some of those factors. I could make a guess, but in drought-prone California I didn’t want to waste water. Nor did I want to kill plants unnecessarily by drying them out. So I chose the easier option. I asked my gardener and followed her advice. By the way, does anyone want to buy an inexpensive Wi-Fi extender?

Nesting with a Nest

Bringing the thermostat online was much easier, but like with the Rachio, I was then faced with the question of, “OK, what now?” When we’re home and awake, it’s simple: I can adjust the temperature according to how I feel and Nest will learn my habits. But when we’re not there? Well… it’s wonderful that I can use my the app to make remote adjustments and set heating schedules, as long as I know I want them to be.

Suddenly I was asking my myself and husband all sorts of questions, most of which he had no opinion on. How cold should I let it get at night? 55 degrees? 50 degrees? And how long before we wake up should I turn on the heat? When we’re not home, should I set a schedule or use the Eco Mode and let Nest do all the work? And what about the weekend when our schedule constantly changes?

Traditional thermostats had never given me that kind of control and, frankly, so much choice was somewhat overwhelming. In the end, I was probably overthinking it because I’ve barely had to make an adjustment since we moved in. We live in the Bay Area where temperature extremes are rare and microclimates rule. Even in Oakland, which avoids much of San Francisco’s summer fog, we don’t have air conditioning. Winter may bring another story, but for now I’ve learned to relax and let the Nest take care of itself.

Three months after unpacking, and waiting for some of our things to arrive on a ship from England, the house feels like home. The lawn is green and I love that I’ll know if the smoke detector goes off when I’m not at home. I don’t think that I’ll ever be keen on owning a smart speaker, but I’m enjoying my new, smarter home. But using these gadgets isn’t always a breeze, even when you don’t have to install them yourself.

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So what have we learned?

Things to consider when you move into a smart home (or a version of it):

Don’t be like me and overthink things.
If possible, ask the previous owners for any details (like a Rachio’s sprinkler zones) that are critical for using the equipment properly. It’s not always easy to find that information on your own.
As with any internet-connected device, make sure that you have a strong Wi-Fi signal throughout the house.
Perform a factory reset on your equipment to remove any settings connected to the previous owners that may prevent it from working properly. It’s also safer for you just in case they happen to still have access to the equipment via a mobile app.
Don’t be afraid to seek the advice of a pro. Though Rachio will suggest how much to water your lawn, your gardener may know better.

Can technology grow a better garden? We test the latest gardening tech at the Smart Home.

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Leading global smart card developer UBIVELOX enters cryptocurrency market with strategic alliance with Pundi X

Through a strategic alliance signed at Pundi X’s R&D center in Shenzhen on Thursday, UBIVELOX, which is a leading world innovator in smart cards, security and communications devices, will support the deployment and development of the Pundi X POS in South Korea.

Through a strategic alliance signed at Pundi X’s R&D center in Shenzhen on Thursday, UBIVELOX, which is a leading world innovator in smart cards, security and communications devices, will support the deployment and development of the Pundi X POS in South Korea. A global cryptocurrency center, South Korea is one of Pundi X’s primary launch markets for its point of sales (“POS) device that enables consumers to pay for goods in physical stores in multiple cryptocurrencies.

The signing of an agreement will form part of a broader business partnership including the development of options for the distribution of Pundi X’s multiple-cryptocurrency enabled XPASS cards, leveraging UBIVELOX’s deep connections with South Korean businesses.

Pundi X plans a global rollout of its multi-cryptocurrencies enabled XPOS device and smart XPASS card to empower physical retail stores to conduct cryptocurrency transactions. Currently, Pundi X has offices in Jakarta, London, Shenzhen, Tokyo, Singapore, and Sao Paulo, and has actively partnered with payment gateways, global distributors and IT companies to create an environment in which cryptocurrencies can be conveniently used in real life.

As of today, Pundi X has received in excess of 5000 pre-orders for its XPOS devices from Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, and has made contracts for 20,000 XPOS devices with the NEM Foundation over the next three years.

Prior to its entry to South Korea, Pundi X has secured domestic and overseas merchants.

Through their strategic alliance Pundi X and UBIVELOX plan to discuss business partnership across a variety of cryptocurrency business streams including the development and distribution of XPASS cards for payment the development of a mobile payment system for cryptocurrency, support for security technology for commercial cryptocurrency use on the XPOS device.

Jae Kwan Kim, Senior Vice President of UBIVELOX who led the development of the business affiliation with Pundi X said, “The idea behind Pundi X – to make cryptocurrencies easy to use in real life – can be realized more quickly and safely by combining with our smart card technology, patents, and products. Through this, it is expected that the company will play a leading role for global cryptocurrency payment market in the future.” Mr Kim affirmed his confidence in the growth of the company.

Zac Cheah, the CEO and co-founder of Pundi X said: “To have a partner of UBIVELOX’s pedigree in the development of smart card and security solutions is a major boost to Pundi X’s already fast-paced global rollout.

“UBIVELOX has shown itself to be an international innovator in the fields of smart card, mobile and blockchain developments. To have them collaborating with us on the rollout of the XPASS but also to secure important additions to its security and utility will help our deployment considerably, not just in South Korea but also worldwide”.

Pundi X has developed a market-leading blockchain-based XPOS device that can accept not only credit card, cash, and mobile payment apps but also cryptocurrency. Through this, Pundi X enables mainstream consumers to buy cryptocurrency at offline stores using cash, bank card, a mobile app or XPASS, or pay for goods in stores.

UBIVELOX has been supplying smart card chips that are competitive in finance, telecommunication, transportation, public and various fields based on its smart card technology. The company’s development and supply of smart card integration solutions to financial institutions was a market first for domestic technology, and demonstrates its strong enterprise position.

The company has filed other three patents relating to blockchains along with cryptocurrency payment system and payment method using cryptocurrency (in South Korea and China)

About UBIVELOX

Ubivelox Inc engages in the smart card and mobile convergence businesses internationally. The company offers contact cards, dual-interface cards, embedded secure element products, subscriber identity module (SIM) cards, and others. It also provides mobile payment solutions, mobile wallet solutions, and e-coupons. In addition, the company offers various platforms, including Personalization Management System, a data preparation process software; Personalization Authentication System, a small issuance system to generate and personalize products desired by user’s need; Smart Card Management System; Trusted Service Manager, an integrated service platform; and ePurse solution, a pre-paid solution. Further, it provides M2M SIM, a solution that enables secure Internet of Things using encrypted communication methods, including 3G, NFC, BLE, WiFi, and RFID for automotive, metering, remote management, and industrial data collection applications. The company’s products are used in banking and finance, telecommunication, and transportation fields, as well as national ID cards. Ubivelox Inc was founded in 2000 and is based in Seoul, South Korea. For more information, please visit www.ubivelox.com/

About Pundi X

Pundi X (Currency: NPXS), a multi-cryptocurrency point-of-sale (“POS”) solution provider, empowers blockchain developers, exchange platforms, crypto traders and token holders to buy, sell and spend cryptocurrency at any physical store in the world. The company’s solution also enables the retail store owners who are seeking to accept digital currencies so that they can do ‘cryptocurrency to fiat’ or ‘crypto to crypto’ transactions for the mainstream consumers.

The company is aiming to roll out more than 100,000 blockchain-based POS devices worldwide in a major challenge to the status quo of the US$2.2-trillion global retail payments market.

Headquartered in Jakarta, Pundi X has offices in London, São Paulo, Shenzhen, Singapore, and Tokyo. For more information, please visit https://pundix.com/.

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Cambium Networks: El rescate de la cueva en Tailandia demuestra los beneficios de la rápida implementación de Wi-Fi

«La conectividad es de vital importancia para los primeros socorristas, las agencias de ayuda, los servicios médicos y las familias cuando ocurren eventos imprevistos», ha manifestado Rohit Mehra, vicepresidente de infraestructura de red de IDC.

«La conectividad es de vital importancia para los primeros socorristas, las agencias de ayuda, los servicios médicos y las familias cuando ocurren eventos imprevistos», ha manifestado Rohit Mehra, vicepresidente de infraestructura de red de IDC. «La conectividad inalámbrica es una solución que ha demostrado ser clave para la recuperación de desastres cuando se implementa rápidamente y es de confianza, proporciona un alto rendimiento y es inmediatamente interoperable con un conjunto diverso de dispositivos de usuario. Los increíbles esfuerzos de los primeros socorristas que acudieron al rescate y los trabajadores de emergencia en Tailandia fueron apoyados gracias al acceso que tuvieron al Internet y a una conectividad de confianza, que les permitió comunicarse entre sí y obtener información crítica sobre los niños que estaban siendo rescatados».

En el reciente incidente en Tailandia, la conectividad inalámbrica desempeñó un papel fundamental en la entrega de un servicio de Internet de confianza, que conectaba equipos en la remota entrada de la cueva, ubicada a más de 100 kilómetros de Bangkok. En el puesto de comando de rescate del lugar, el proveedor local de soluciones de telecomunicaciones KING IT trabajó con la compañía de telecomunicaciones regional 3BB para crear un punto de acceso a la entrada de la cueva con conectividad Wi-Fi proporcionada por Cambium Networks cnPilot™ e500 puntos de acceso exteriores. «El equipo de Cambium Networks ayudó a proporcionar cobertura Wi-Fi en el sitio de entrada a la cueva durante todo el rescate. Estamos muy agradecidos de haber contribuido con tecnología de conectividad a este increíble esfuerzo», ha declarado Atul Bhatnagar, presidente y CEO de Cambium Networks.

Los detalles específicos de la implementación incluyen:

El equipo de KING IT estableció la red Wi-Fi, que fue administrado de forma remota por otro equipo de KING IT en Bangkok utilizando el sistema de administración de red Maestro™Se utilizaron dos puntos de acceso a la red comercial corporativa cnPilot e500 de Cambium Networks; uno fue colocado frente a la entrada de la cueva, mientras que el otro punto de acceso fue colocado en la «tienda de información» Los usuarios de la red incluyeron buzos de la Marina tailandesa, equipos de rescate y varias agencias gubernamentales, con un total de aproximadamente 50 usuarios en la entrada de la cueva. En la carpa de información tenían acceso aproximadamente 200 usuarios, incluidos los familiares inmediatos de los niños atrapados, así como los medios de comunicación y el personal administrativo

Más detalles de la solución de conectividad y el rendimiento de la red están disponibles en el documento de solución.

En estas circunstancias, al igual que muchas otras, los equipos de emergencia deben establecer operaciones muy rápidamente. Y en el mundo de hoy, conectado a Internet, eso significa crear redes inalámbricas que puedan transmitir información de voz y datos en lugares remotos, accidentados y peligrosos, como el complejo de cuevas de Tham Luang, donde los niños quedaron atrapados. La conectividad de red inalámbrica ha demostrado ser clave para marcar la diferencia en la capacidad del personal de respuesta inicial para coordinar los equipos de respuesta y proporcionar ayuda a las personas necesitadas. Con el despliegue de conectividad Wi-Fi estándar, el personal de emergencia puede conectarse rápidamente, transmitir información vital a otros rescatadores, acceder a información de recursos en línea que respaldan los esfuerzos de respuesta y mantener a las familias y al público conectados e informados.

Similar a otras operaciones de respuesta a desastres, la red de Cambium Networks en Tham Luang proporcionó a los trabajadores de emergencias herramientas de comunicación que les permitieron trabajar de manera más rápida y efectiva, al tiempo que permitían que amigos, familiares y medios de comunicación estuvieran informados. Ejemplos incluyen:

Se desplegaron enlaces PTP 650 en respuesta al huracán Harvey de 2017 en Houston, que aprovecharon equipos cnPilot similares para entregar datos de los servicios de despacho E911 a través de Internet inalámbrico, lo que permitió la entrega continua de información GPS a bomberos y ambulancias; como resultado, los primeros en responder tenían la información más reciente tan pronto como entraron en sus vehículos. Se implementó la conectividad ePMP para reconectar a Puerto Rico tras el huracán María.

«Nuestra empresa se centra en conectar personas, incluso en las circunstancias y lugares más extremos. Y la conectividad inalámbrica de confianza, incluida su implementación en cuestión de horas, no en días o semanas, es parte del hecho de reunir a las personas para que respondan y finalmente mejoren situaciones desafiantes», dijo Bhatnagar. «Estamos encantados de que el equipo de fútbol en Tailandia esté a salvo y felicitamos a los rescatadores por sus esfuerzos». Nos sentimos honrados de haber participado en la solución técnica que ayudó a los equipos de rescate a facilitar las comunicaciones inalámbricas».

Acerca de Cambium Networks

Cambium Networks es un proveedor global líder de soluciones de conectividad inalámbrica que refuerza las conexiones entre personas, lugares y cosas. Especializada en la provisión de un tejido inalámbrico íntegro, de confianza, expansible y seguro, así como de plataformas gestionadas a través de la nube que ofrezcan un buen rendimiento en condiciones muy exigentes, Cambium Networks capacita a proveedores de servicios, operadores de redes industriales, empresariales y gubernamentales para construir una conectividad periférica inteligente. El compromiso de Cambium con la innovación constante para un acceso inalámbrico queda patente a través de los millones de sistemas de radio implementados en miles de redes que ofrecen sus ventajas a comunidades de todo el mundo. Los miembros de su equipo también participan en actividades de responsabilidad social para ayudar a las comunidades en las que viven. Con sede central en las afueras de Chicago y centros de I+D en los EE. UU., Reino Unido e India, Cambium Networks vende sus soluciones a través de un conjunto de distribuidores globales de confianza www.cambiumnetworks.com.

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Amazon Prime Day 2018: The best deals still available (Friday update) – CNET

Amazon Prime Day 2018 is history — and it hit the record books as Amazon’s biggest blockbuster sale ever. The 36-hour sale officially ended on Wednesday, so you’re out of luck if you wanted a sharp price cut on Bose headphones, Toshiba’s Fire TV or the Instant Pot slow cooker.

Amazon Prime Day 2018 is history — and it hit the record books as Amazon’s biggest blockbuster sale ever. The 36-hour sale officially ended on Wednesday, so you’re out of luck if you wanted a sharp price cut on Bose headphones, Toshiba’s Fire TV or the Instant Pot slow cooker.

That said, we’re still seeing a handful of straggler bargains. Deals vary from country to country; we’re only highlighting US deals here. Here are the best deals that were still available as of Friday, July 20, at 7 a.m. PT.

Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.

Remaining Prime Day deals still available

Amazingly, some of these deals are still hanging on. We’ve purged the list of “dead” ones, leaving the ones listed below.

Also note that the Alexa loophole for ordering discounted Amazon devices is no longer available as of Thursday.


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Beyond Prime Day: The best deals for under $50

Brother HL-L2300D laser printer for $65 ($35 off): We haven’t reviewed this model, but we love the step-up Brother printer we have in the office. If you don’t need any bells and whistles — no color printing, no Wi-Fi, no AirPrint or Google Cloud Print support — this is a strong candidate for a basic printer. (This price actually dropped $4 from Wednesday to Thursday.)

See it at Amazon

Google Wifi System ($99 for one-pack, $259 for three-pack): You can extend one of our favorite mesh systems today with a Google Wifi for $30 off a single unit, and $10 off the bulk discount for a triple pack. The Wifi can cover 1,500 square feet with a single unit. It’s also sold as a three-pack, which can cover 4,500 square feet. Read CNET’s review of the Google Wifi.

See it at Amazon

Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Switch for $120 ($40 off): Our favorite in-wall lighting system, Lutron’s Caseta switches replace your wall-mounted switches and work reliably with a number of other smart home devices, including Nest and Alexa. They’re $40 off today. You can get a few bucks off ordinary Lutron dimmers today as well. Read the CNET review of the Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Switch.

See it at Amazon

August third-gen Smart Lock for $120 ($30 off): It was discounted closer to $40 on Prime Day, but one of our favorite smart locks is still more than $30 off. The newest August smart lock installs in minutes and works with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. You’ll need to add a Connect Wi-Fi module for $80 if you want to control it outside of Bluetooth range, though.

See it at Amazon

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller second-gen for $174 ($26 off): This sale makes sense, as Rachio’s third-gen controller is out now, but the second-gen Rachio is still great. In fact, it’s our favorite smart sprinkler to date, and $26 off is a good deal. (Here’s why you need a smart sprinkler if you’re still in doubt.) The $174 price is for the eight-zone model, normally $200. Amazon also has a few package deals combining the Rachio and an Echo Dot. Read the CNET review of the Rachio Smart Sprinkler.

See it at Amazon

Up to 20 percent off select Amazon Basics products: During Prime Day, shoppers were offered up to 30 percent off nearly the entire Amazon Basics line, which now comprises everything from bed sheets to flatware to office chairs. Today’s offering is a tiny fraction (about 30 items), but worth taking a look if you’re in the market for a new backpack, HDMI cable or other odds and ends.

See it at Amazon

Jabra Elite 45e sport earphones for $70 ($30 off): Regularly $100, Jabra’s third-generation neckband earbuds are still on sale for $70. Read CNET’s preview to learn more.

See it at Amazon

Jabra Move Wireless headphones as low as $59 ($41 off): These $100 on-ear wireless headphones will be discounted for the rest of the week, according to Jabra. Price varies according to color.

See it at Amazon

Amazfit Bip smartwatch for $80: If you can live with its somewhat unpolished software, the Amazfit Bip is the best smartwatch you can buy for under $100. Just note that it often dips down to $70 (as it was during most of the past week). Read the CNET review of the Amazfit Bip.

See it at Amazon
Noteworthy Non-Amazon deals

Nintendo Switch plus a game for $330-ish (about $30 off): Amazon was offering a nice bundle on the Nintendo Switch, tossing in a 64GB microSD card and a $20 eShop credit at no extra charge. That deal is gone, but the Walmart alternative remains: A Switch console with your choice of a single title — including great games like Super Mario Odyssey, Zelda or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — for about $330, which is effectively $30 off. (The exact price varies a bit, depending on the title you choose.) See the CNET review of the Nintendo Switch.

See it at Walmart

MSI Vortex G65VR-7RD gaming PC tower for $900 at Newegg ($900 off): Newegg is offering a crazy 50 percent off this monster PC gaming rig: A seventh-gen Core i7 with a VR-friendly GeForce GTX 1060 video card, 128GB SSD plus 1TB hard drive.

See it at Newegg

12 months of Xbox Live Gold for $40 ($20 off): If you want to play multiplayer games on Xbox, this is a must — now with a sweet 33 percent discount. Gold membership includes two free “Games with Gold” titles per month at no extra charge.

See it at Microsoft

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The earlier version of this story follows. Consider any deal listed hereafter as expired, unless it’s listed above.

Welcome to the final hours of Amazon Prime Day. The sale has less than 7 hours left. It officially kicked off yesterday at noon PT (3 p.m. ET), and it ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. PT (Wednesday at 2:59 a.m. ET) — though we expect some straggler deals to continue thereafter. Several hours of serious performance issues throughout Monday created shopping frustrations, but glitches now seem to be at a minimum.

Some of the top deals have since sold out, but many are still available — we’re highlighting the best ones here. The deals herein have been verified in stock as of Tuesday, July 17, 2:28 p.m. PT.

Nearly all Amazon devices are on sale

Echo speakers, Fire tablets, Fire TV streamers, Kindle readers, Ring smart doorbells: With just a few exceptions, the full range of Amazon devices is on sale, likely at the best prices you’ll see between now and Black Friday. And unlike many Prime Day deals, these should stay in stock at these prices.

The full list of Amazon devices on sale

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Echo Speakers starting at $30

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Fire TV streamers starting at $20

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$40 off Kindle Paperwhite, $30 off entry-level Kindle
Amazon Fire tablets starting at $30

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Amazon Cloud Cam for $60 ($60 off)

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro — an Amazon product following the retailer’s recent acquisition — is out of stock, “shipping in 3 to 5 weeks.” But you can still order it at the sale price.

See the Ring Video Doorbell Pro at Amazon

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Great deals on Bose noise-cancelling headphones, smallest wireless speaker

Awesome products at great prices. Get ’em while they’re hot. The Bose QuietComfort 25 isn’t wireless like the top-end Bose QuietComfort 35 II, but you can now get it for almost a third of the QC35’s price: $125 ($75 off). The Android version is now out of stock at the sale price, but the iPhone version is still available.

See Bose QC25 (iPhone version) at Amazon

And Bose’s smallest wireless speaker, the SoundLink Micro, is 30 percent off its normal $100 price: Just $70 for this water-resistant little wonder.

See the Bose SoundLink Micro at Amazon

More deals: Best Prime Day audio deals

Roku- and Amazon-powered smart TVs starting at $130

Looking for a smart TV for the bedroom? These TVs, which have Roku or Amazon Fire smarts built-in, are just the ticket. The 32-inch TCL 32S305 Roku TV is just $130.

See the TCL 32S305 32-inch Roku TV at Amazon

The 43-inch Toshiba Amazon Fire TV Edition TV is $250, which is $50 below its usual price. The 50-incher for $290 appears to have gone out of stock. (The Toshiba offers nearly identical features to the Element Fire TV we reviewed earlier.)

See the Toshiba 43-inch Fire TV Edition at Amazon

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Xbox One, Switch and video game deals

The 1TB Xbox One S Starter Bundle can be yours for $230. That includes three months of Xbox game Pass (access to a huge library of “free” games), three months of Xbox live Gold (online multiplayer and additional free “Games with Gold” options), an HDMI cable — and the Rare Replay game collection.

See the 1TB Xbox One S Starter Bundle at Amazon

The Nintendo Switch bundle — which includes at $20 credit for digital games and a 64GB microSD card — was long gone within 15 minutes of Prime Day starting, but it returned, and we were able to successfully order one. It’s still in stock as of our latest update.

See the Switch bundle at Amazon

Walmart is also offering the Switch bundled with your choice of games — including some of the Switch’s best titles, like Super Mario Odyssey, Zelda or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — for about $330, which is effectively $30 off. (The exact price varies a bit, depending on the title you choose.)

See the Switch + Super Mario Odyssey at Walmart

Plenty of other games, peripherals and controllers — for both console and PC gaming — are on sale, too.

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Fitbit Alta HR on sale, Amazfit Bip remains a great deal

One of the best Fitbits, the Alta HR, is on sale for $90 — $30 off its normal retail price:

See the Fitbit Alta HR at Amazon

Note: We had earlier reported here that the Fitbit Versa was supposed to be discounted too, but that was apparently a miscommunication. So do not expect a big Versa discount this week.

That said, if you want a great smartwatch bargain, the Amazfit Bip remains an awesome “everyday low price” deal for just $70.

See the Amazfit Bip at Amazon

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Moto G6 and Huawei smartphone deals

Our favorite budget phone of the year just got even more budget-y. The 32GB Moto G6 — which works on all US carriers — is $15 off. But the better deal is the 64GB model (with an extra gigabyte of RAM, too) for $260. That’s $40 off.

See the 64GB Moto G6 at Amazon

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Amazing prices on SD cards, USB flash drives, SSDs and more

Need more space on your PC, phone, camera — or any other digital device? We’re seeing amazing deals on storage products from SanDisk and other top-notch storage vendors. We’re talking 128GB for $22.

See the 128GB SanDisk USB flash drive at Amazon

Have a new Mac or PC? Here’s a flash drive with both standard USB and USB-C connectors for just a bit more.

See the 128GB SanDisk USB-C Dual Drive at Amazon

(Lower capacities for each are available for even less.)

More deals: Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals: Storage, SSD and flash drives

Instant Pot deal is gone, but scoop up this Crock-Pot instead

The amazing Instant Pot deal is sold out, but its arch-rival, a 6-quart Crock-Pot, is still available for a mere $52.

See the 6-quart Crock-Pot slow cooker at Amazon

More deals:Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 kitchen and appliance deals

AmazonBasics products now up to 30 percent off

Whether it’s a mouse pad, luggage, bedsheets or silverware, Amazon’s line of AmazonBasics products are generally “cheap but good” choices in their respective categories. And during Prime Day, the bulk of the products are up to one-third off their normal (already affordable) prices.

Up to 30 percent off AmazonBasics products

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Last updated: July 17, 2:28 p.m. PT

What follows is the earlier version of this post. Info and sales below may now be out of date.

What:Amazon’s smorgasbord of deals — pretty much “Black Friday in July.” More than a million products will be discounted, but not all at the same time, and not all for the duration of the event. Some will be available only during certain hours, for example, while others may sell out.

When: Prime Day starts at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT) on Monday, July 16. It runs through 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday night, July 17. It will start at noon on July 16 in the UK and Australia, and run for 36 hours in both countries. Offers will differ from country to country — we’re only highlighting US deals in this post.

Who can participate: Technically, you must be an Amazon Prime subscriber to take advantage of Prime Day deals… but some vendors may offer discounts to all shoppers.

Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.

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Early Prime Day deals available now

Amazon just unveiled a wealth of early-access deals, including an Echo Dot for $30, a Fire TV Stick for $20, a certified refurbished Echo (second-gen) for $60 and the Amazon Cloud Cam for $60 (a full 50 percent off). Check ’em out:

Amazon’s Early Access Deals

Just as Black Friday deals often start appearing well before Black Friday, Prime Day deals have already surfaced. As of Monday, July 16, here’s what you can get:

The Echo Show for $130. That’s a full $100 off the regular price and the biggest discount to date for Amazon’s screen-equipped smart-home companion. The certified refurbished version is also available for $20 less. Read CNET’s Amazon Echo Show review.

‘Show’ time

Free PC games from Twitch. Amazon already gives Prime subscribers free games every month. In the run-up to Prime Day and for a couple days after, it’s giving away a different game every day. Many of the previous ones are still available — but they won’t be much longer, so hurry up. Today’s entry: The puzzle-adventure game Hue.

Free to play

Three months of Kindle Unlimited for $1. Normally $10 a month, Kindle Unlimited lets you read all the books you want, though from a relatively modest library of about 1 million titles. Take note, too, that this is for new subscribers only, and after the first three months, you’ll automatically get billed at the standard rate unless you cancel.

A million books for a buck

Four months of Amazon Music for $1. Another extended trial for newcomers only, Amazon Music rivals Spotify and similar services by offering unlimited access to some 40 million songs. After your first four months, you’ll get billed at the standard $7.99 monthly rate unless you cancel.

Tune-time

$2 movie rentals. Amazon has a smattering of newer movies you can rent, via Prime Video, for $1.99 apiece. The titles include Hostiles, Downsizing and Wonder.

Rent control

3 months of Audible for $4.95 per month. The standard subscription rate for Amazon’s audiobook service: $14.95 per month. Right now, Prime subscribers can get the first three months for $4.95 each, a total savings of $30. Interestingly, there’s nothing to indicate this is for new subscribers only, so if you’ve tried Audible in the past, you may be able to get this deal.

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You can get discounts on other items as well. For example, some of Amazon’s Everyday Essentials brands have been marked down by 30 percent. You can also save up to 25 percent on select furniture and home decor products.

Deals coming on Prime Day

Prime Day deals revealed early. Amazon just lifted the curtain on some of the deals that will be available when the event kicks off. Among them: A Kindle Paperwhite for $80 (the lowest price ever on that model, and that includes Black Friday) and a Blink XT 1 Camera System for $75 (regularly $130).

The first Prime Day deals, revealed!

Amazon has also announced a boatload of back-to-school deals, including 30 percent off select STEM toys, a 32-inch smart TV (brand not specified) for $130 and up to 30 percent off AmazonBasics office-supply products.

A $10 credit when you spend $10 at Whole Foods. Yep, you’ll get a $10 Amazon credit when you spend at least $10 at the Amazon-owned grocery chain. Thankfully, you don’t need to have an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card to score this perk. Just scan the Prime Code in your Amazon or Whole Foods app when you check out.

Free avocado toast!

Huawei phone deals. If you’re in the market for a new phone, Huawei has a pair of deals lined up for Prime Day: The Honor View 10 for $399 ($100 off) and Honor 7X for $169 (a $30 savings).

Dial ‘S’ for savings

Jabra Elite 45e sport earphones for $70. Regularly $100, Jabra’s third-generation neckband earbuds will be on sale for $70. Read CNET’s preview to learn more.

Now hear this

Save on a dashcam, get a Bluetooth speaker free. During Prime Day, you can get the popular Vantrue N2 Pro dashcam for $146 with promo code PRIMEVNP. Add the Vantrue V1 Bluetooth speaker to your cart and you’ll get it for free! It normally sells for $50. The V1 is sold out, so Vantrue is now offering the E1 sweatproof earphones as the freebie. Just add it to your cart before checking out.

Smile, you’re on dashcam camera!

ViewSonic monitors and projectors. The company has discounts planned for about a dozen products, including the PX747-4K projector for $1,000 (currently $1,275) and the XG2402 FreeSync Gaming Monitor for $170 (currently $250).

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Nvidia Shield TV with remote for $139. The jack-of-many-trades Nvidia 4K streaming box is currently $179, but on Prime Day you’ll be able to snag it for $40 less. Read CNET’s Nvidia Shield review to learn more.

stream games ‘n’ more

Save 25 percent on a Yubico YubiKey 4. It looks like a flash drive, but this USB security key adds an extra layer of protection to your PC. Just plug it in and tap the gold button to gain access. The YubiKey 4 normally runs $40, but it’ll be $30 on Prime Day.

One key to rule them all

Samsung Connect Home smart Wi-Fi system 3-pack for $99. Lowe’s will offer up to 60 percent off select smart-home products, including this mesh-network combo, which normally runs $300. It earned a 4.5-star average from Lowe’s customers, but read CNET’s Samsung Connect Home review for a deeper dive. (Interestingly, price was one of the biggest complaints… but you can’t complain about $99!)

make a mesh of it

Target deals on July 17. Not to be left out, Target will run a one-day sale on dozens of items. For example, if you spend at least $100, you’ll get a free six-month subscription to grocery-delivery service Shipt. You’ll also save up to 30 percent on select Google products and 30 percent on Target-exclusive home brands.

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Save 25 percent on a Roccat gaming headset. The Roccat Khan Aimo is a surround-sound USB headset for gamers. It’s normally $120, but on Prime Day you can use promo code 25PRIMEDAY to save 25 percent.

Khaaaaaaaan!

Purify your air for less. The Blue Pure 121 is a compact, attractive air-purifier that normally sells for $350. Starting July 17 (and not July 16 like many Prime Day deals), it’ll be 20 percent off — so about $280. That’s an all-time low; it’s never been below $300.

smell the savings

That’s it for now — check back soon for additional deals as we find them!


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The strangest Amazon Prime Day deals ever

What is Prime Day?

Back in 2015, Amazon celebrated its 20th anniversary with a full day of discounts — not just on Amazon-branded products, but on tens of thousands of other items as well. It was moderately successful — OK, it was wildly popular — despite some hiccups.

In the years since, Amazon has worked to make more products and more inventory available (so items wouldn’t sell out in minutes) and simplify the means of finding sale items.

When is Prime Day?

July 16. It was just announced and, get ready for this, this year it expands to 36 hours (!) and goes global. Australia, Singapore, Netherlands and Luxembourg join the Prime Day fun this year.

In years past, Prime Day has fallen sometime in mid-July. Last year, for example, it was July 11 — though in 2017 it actually started the day before and lasted a total of 30 hours. (It’s kind of like the way Black Friday now starts on Thanksgiving Day or even earlier.) “Prime Day Plus,” anyone?

Who can shop on Prime Day?

True to its name, Prime Day is for Amazon Prime subscribers only. If you’re not a paid member, you can’t take advantage of the deals. Note, though, that Prime Day is merely one of several advantages of being an Amazon Prime member.

As you may have heard, the company recently raised its annual Prime rate to $119. That’s now the price for newcomers and existing subscribers alike. Ah, but will Prime Day bring a Prime subscription deal? Read on.

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What kinds of deals can I expect?

There’s little question that Prime Day will bring deals on many, if not most, of Amazon’s branded products: Fire TV ($70 at Amazon.com) devices, Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers and of course every Echo speaker.

Beyond that, look for a Black Friday-style assortment of deals in pretty much every category. There will undoubtedly be a few standouts: In 2017, Amazon offered sweet deals on a Motorola Moto G5 Plus ($220 at Amazon.com) phone and a 55-inch 4K TV with built-in Fire TV, for example. But don’t get too carried away — many of the discounts are no better than what you’ll find in the average Amazon Gold Box daily deals.

Speaking of which…

How do I know if a deal is really a deal?

On the internet, every day is Black Friday — and Cyber Monday, and Prime Day. That means you should approach every deal with some skepticism — or at least a little bit of research.

One great place to start: CamelCamelCamel, the site that tracks Amazon price histories. (It can also notify you when Amazon products go on sale; here’s how to use it to track Amazon Echo deals.)

Before you pull the trigger on any Prime Day deal, copy the URL, paste it into CamelCamelCamel’s search field and check the results. You may discover that the product has indeed been priced lower in the past, and therefore may be again.

At the same time, consider using a browser plug-in such as Honey, which can instantly inform you if any third-party sellers have the same product for a lower price (which doesn’t happen often, but it’s worth checking).

Finally, be sure to check other sites. Best Buy, Walmart and other major stores usually trot out their own answers to Prime Day, offering loss-leader pricing on popular items.

Read more: How to make sure that Prime Day deal is really a deal.

How can I shop on Prime Day if I’m not a Prime subscriber?

As noted, you can’t — but you might be able to game the system a little. For starters, if you’ve never subscribed before, you can get a free one-month Amazon Prime trial. Sign up right now and you’ll be able to shop Prime Day during the trial period.

Amazon Prime Free Trial

It’s even better if you’re a student: Amazon has partnered with Sprint to offer college students a free six-month trial.

Amazon Prime Student Offer

Finally, be on the lookout for a Prime subscription deal in the days leading up to Prime Day. Although it’s questionable whether Amazon would offer such a deal so soon after enacting a rate increase, Prime Day’s very existence is to help attract new subscribers. Thus, something like an $89 rate for new subscribers wouldn’t be unthinkable.

Where else can I find info on Prime Day?

Looking for even more info on Amazon Prime Day? Check out CNET’s sister sites:

Amazon Prime Day 2018 coverage on GameSpot
Amazon Prime Day 2018 coverage on ZDNet
Amazon Prime Day 2018 coverage on The Guide

Originally published May 22, this story is updated with details, leaks and more as news comes in.

Amazon Prime Day 2018: Complete coverage on CNET.

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Amazon Prime Day 2018 has ended — and it was apparently Amazon’s biggest blockbuster sale ever. The 36-hour sale officially ended Wednesday, midnight PT (3 a.m. ET), so you’re out of luck if you wanted a nice price cut on Bose headphones, Toshiba’s Fire TV or the Instant Pot slow cooker.

Amazon Prime Day 2018 has ended — and it was apparently Amazon’s biggest blockbuster sale ever. The 36-hour sale officially ended Wednesday, midnight PT (3 a.m. ET), so you’re out of luck if you wanted a nice price cut on Bose headphones, Toshiba’s Fire TV or the Instant Pot slow cooker. That said, we’re still seeing a handful of straggler bargains. Here are the best deals that were still available as of Thursday, July 19 at 3:50 p.m. PT.

Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.

Remaining Prime Day deals still available

Amazingly, some of these deals are still hanging on. We’ve purged the list of “dead” ones, leaving the ones listed below.

Also note that the Alexa loophole for ordering discounted Amazon devices is no longer available as of Thursday.


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Beyond Prime Day: The best deals for under $50

Brother HL-L2300D laser printer for $65 ($35 off): We haven’t reviewed this model, but we love the step-up Brother printer we have in the office. If you don’t need any bells and whistles — no color printing, no Wi-Fi, no AirPrint or Google Cloud Print support — this is a strong candidate for a basic printer. (This price actually dropped $4 from Wednesday to Thursday.)

See it at Amazon

Google WiFi System ($99 for one-pack, $259 for 3-pack): You can also extend one of our other favorite mesh systems today with a Google WiFi for $30 off a single unit, and $10 off the bulk discount for a triple pack. Google WiFi can cover 1,500 square feet with a single unit. It’s also sold as a three-pack, which can cover 4,500 square feet. Read CNET’s review of Google Wifi.

See it on Amazon

Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Switch for $120 ($40 off): Our favorite in-wall lighting system, Lutron Caseta switches replace your wall-mounted switches and work reliably with a number of other smart home devices including Nest and Alexa. They’re $40 off today. You can get a few bucks off ordinary Lutron dimmers today as well. Read the CNET review of the Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Switch.

See it on Amazon

August third-gen Smart Lock for $120 ($30 off): It was discounted closer to $40 on Prime Day, but one of our favorite smart locks is still more than $30 off. The newest August smart lock installs in minutes and works with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. You’ll need to add a Connect Wi-Fi module for $80 if you want to control it outside of Bluetooth range, though.

See it on Amazon

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller second-gen for $175 ($25 off): This sale makes sense, as Rachio’s third-gen controller is out now, but the second-gen Rachio is still great. In fact, it’s our favorite smart sprinkler to date, and $25 off is a good deal. (Here’s why you need a smart sprinkler if you’re still in doubt.) The $175 price is for the eight-zone model, normally $200. Weirdly, the 16-zone model is on sale for even less. Get the 16-zone model for $150 today, down from $250. Amazon also has a few package deals combining the Rachio and an Echo Dot. Read the CNET review of the Rachio Smart Sprinkler.

See it on Amazon

Up to 20 percent off select Amazon Basics products: During Prime Day, shoppers were offered up to 30 percent off nearly the entire Amazon Basics line, which now comprises everything from bed sheets to flatware to office chairs. Today’s offering is a tiny fraction (about 30 items), but worth taking a look if you’re in the market for a new backpack, HDMI cable or other odds and ends.

20 percent off select Amazon Basics items

Jabra Elite 45e sport earphones for $70 ($30 off): Regularly $100, Jabra’s third-generation neckband earbuds are still on sale for $70. Read CNET’s preview to learn more.

See it at Amazon

Jabra Move Wireless headphones as low as $59 ($41 off): These $100 on-ear wireless headphones will be discounted for the rest of. the week, according to Jabra. Price varies according to color.

See it at Amazon

Amazfit Bip smartwatch for $80: If you can live with its somewhat unpolished software, the Amazfit Bip is the best smartwatch you can buy for under $100. Just note that it often dips down to $70 (as it was during most of the past week). Read the CNET review of the Amazfit Bip.

See the Amazfit Bip at Amazon
Noteworthy Non-Amazon deals

Nintendo Switch plus 1 game for $330-ish (about $30 off): Amazon was offering a nice bundle on the Nintendo Switch, tossing in a 64GB microSD card and a $20 eShop credit at no extra charge. That deal is gone, but the Walmart alternative remains: A Switch console with your choice of a single title — including great games like Super Mario Odyssey, Zelda or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — for about $330, which is effectively $30 off. (The exact price varies a bit, depending on the title you choose.) See the CNET review of the Nintendo Switch.

See the Switch + game bundle at Walmart

MSI Vortex G65VR-7RD gaming PC tower for $900 at Newegg ($900 off): Newegg is offering a crazy 50 percent off this monster PC gaming rig: A seventh-gen Core i7 with a VR-friendly GeForce GTX 1060 video card, 128GB SSD + 1TB hard drive.

See the MSI Vortex at Newegg

12 months of Xbox Live Gold for $40 ($20 off): If you want to play multiplayer games on Xbox, this is a must — now with a nice 33 percent discount. Gold membership includes 2 free “Games with Gold” titles per month at no extra charge.

See it at Microsoft

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The earlier version of this story follows. Consider any deal listed hereafter as expired, unless it’s listed above.

Welcome to the final hours of Amazon Prime Day. The sale has less than 7 hours left. It officially kicked off yesterday at noon PT (3 p.m. ET), and it ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. PT (Wednesday at 2:59 a.m. ET) — though we expect some straggler deals to continue thereafter. Several hours of serious performance issues throughout Monday created shopping frustrations, but glitches now seem to be at a minimum.

Some of the top deals have since sold out, but many are still available — we’re highlighting the best ones here. The deals herein have been verified in stock as of Tuesday, July 17, 2:28 p.m. PT.

Nearly all Amazon devices are on sale

Echo speakers, Fire tablets, Fire TV streamers, Kindle readers, Ring smart doorbells: With just a few exceptions, the full range of Amazon devices is on sale, likely at the best prices you’ll see between now and Black Friday. And unlike many Prime Day deals, these should stay in stock at these prices.

The full list of Amazon devices on sale

More deals:Prime Day deals on Amazon Echo speakers, Kindles, Fire tablets and more

Echo Speakers starting at $30

More deals: Best Prime Day audio deals, Best Prime Day smart home deals

Fire TV streamers starting at $20

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$40 off Kindle Paperwhite, $30 off entry-level Kindle
Amazon Fire tablets starting at $30

More deals: All Prime Day PC, tablet and peripheral deals

Amazon Cloud Cam for $60 ($60 off)

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro — an Amazon product following the retailer’s recent acquisition — is out of stock, “shipping in 3 to 5 weeks.” But you can still order it at the sale price.

See the Ring Video Doorbell Pro at Amazon

More deals:Best Prime Day smart home deals

Great deals on Bose noise-cancelling headphones, smallest wireless speaker

Awesome products at great prices. Get ’em while they’re hot. The Bose QuietComfort 25 isn’t wireless like the top-end Bose QuietComfort 35 II, but you can now get it for almost a third of the QC35’s price: $125 ($75 off). The Android version is now out of stock at the sale price, but the iPhone version is still available.

See Bose QC25 (iPhone version) at Amazon

And Bose’s smallest wireless speaker, the SoundLink Micro, is 30 percent off its normal $100 price: Just $70 for this water-resistant little wonder.

See the Bose SoundLink Micro at Amazon

More deals: Best Prime Day audio deals

Roku- and Amazon-powered smart TVs starting at $130

Looking for a smart TV for the bedroom? These TVs, which have Roku or Amazon Fire smarts built-in, are just the ticket. The 32-inch TCL 32S305 Roku TV is just $130.

See the TCL 32S305 32-inch Roku TV at Amazon

The 43-inch Toshiba Amazon Fire TV Edition TV is $250, which is $50 below its usual price. The 50-incher for $290 appears to have gone out of stock. (The Toshiba offers nearly identical features to the Element Fire TV we reviewed earlier.)

See the Toshiba 43-inch Fire TV Edition at Amazon

More deals: Best Prime Day TV and streaming video deals

Xbox One, Switch and video game deals

The 1TB Xbox One S Starter Bundle can be yours for $230. That includes three months of Xbox game Pass (access to a huge library of “free” games), three months of Xbox live Gold (online multiplayer and additional free “Games with Gold” options), an HDMI cable — and the Rare Replay game collection.

See the 1TB Xbox One S Starter Bundle at Amazon

The Nintendo Switch bundle — which includes at $20 credit for digital games and a 64GB microSD card — was long gone within 15 minutes of Prime Day starting, but it returned, and we were able to successfully order one. It’s still in stock as of our latest update.

See the Switch bundle at Amazon

Walmart is also offering the Switch bundled with your choice of games — including some of the Switch’s best titles, like Super Mario Odyssey, Zelda or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — for about $330, which is effectively $30 off. (The exact price varies a bit, depending on the title you choose.)

See the Switch + Super Mario Odyssey at Walmart

Plenty of other games, peripherals and controllers — for both console and PC gaming — are on sale, too.

Moredeals:Best Prime Day gaming deals

Fitbit Alta HR on sale, Amazfit Bip remains a great deal

One of the best Fitbits, the Alta HR, is on sale for $90 — $30 off its normal retail price:

See the Fitbit Alta HR at Amazon

Note: We had earlier reported here that the Fitbit Versa was supposed to be discounted too, but that was apparently a miscommunication. So do not expect a big Versa discount this week.

That said, if you want a great smartwatch bargain, the Amazfit Bip remains an awesome “everyday low price” deal for just $70.

See the Amazfit Bip at Amazon

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Moto G6 and Huawei smartphone deals

Our favorite budget phone of the year just got even more budget-y. The 32GB Moto G6 — which works on all US carriers — is $15 off. But the better deal is the 64GB model (with an extra gigabyte of RAM, too) for $260. That’s $40 off.

See the 64GB Moto G6 at Amazon

More deals: Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals: Phones, accessories and more

Amazing prices on SD cards, USB flash drives, SSDs and more

Need more space on your PC, phone, camera — or any other digital device? We’re seeing amazing deals on storage products from SanDisk and other top-notch storage vendors. We’re talking 128GB for $22.

See the 128GB SanDisk USB flash drive at Amazon

Have a new Mac or PC? Here’s a flash drive with both standard USB and USB-C connectors for just a bit more.

See the 128GB SanDisk USB-C Dual Drive at Amazon

(Lower capacities for each are available for even less.)

More deals: Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals: Storage, SSD and flash drives

Instant Pot deal is gone, but scoop up this Crock-Pot instead

The amazing Instant Pot deal is sold out, but its arch-rival, a 6-quart Crock-Pot, is still available for a mere $52.

See the 6-quart Crock-Pot slow cooker at Amazon

More deals:Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 kitchen and appliance deals

AmazonBasics products now up to 30 percent off

Whether it’s a mouse pad, luggage, bedsheets or silverware, Amazon’s line of AmazonBasics products are generally “cheap but good” choices in their respective categories. And during Prime Day, the bulk of the products are up to one-third off their normal (already affordable) prices.

Up to 30 percent off AmazonBasics products

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Last updated: July 17, 2:28 p.m. PT

What follows is the earlier version of this post. Info and sales below may now be out of date.

What:Amazon’s smorgasbord of deals — pretty much “Black Friday in July.” More than a million products will be discounted, but not all at the same time, and not all for the duration of the event. Some will be available only during certain hours, for example, while others may sell out.

When: Prime Day starts at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT) on Monday, July 16. It runs through 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday night, July 17. It will start at noon on July 16 in the UK and Australia, and run for 36 hours in both countries. Offers will differ from country to country — we’re only highlighting US deals in this post.

Who can participate: Technically, you must be an Amazon Prime subscriber to take advantage of Prime Day deals… but some vendors may offer discounts to all shoppers.

Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.

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Early Prime Day deals available now

Amazon just unveiled a wealth of early-access deals, including an Echo Dot for $30, a Fire TV Stick for $20, a certified refurbished Echo (second-gen) for $60 and the Amazon Cloud Cam for $60 (a full 50 percent off). Check ’em out:

Amazon’s Early Access Deals

Just as Black Friday deals often start appearing well before Black Friday, Prime Day deals have already surfaced. As of Monday, July 16, here’s what you can get:

The Echo Show for $130. That’s a full $100 off the regular price and the biggest discount to date for Amazon’s screen-equipped smart-home companion. The certified refurbished version is also available for $20 less. Read CNET’s Amazon Echo Show review.

‘Show’ time

Free PC games from Twitch. Amazon already gives Prime subscribers free games every month. In the run-up to Prime Day and for a couple days after, it’s giving away a different game every day. Many of the previous ones are still available — but they won’t be much longer, so hurry up. Today’s entry: The puzzle-adventure game Hue.

Free to play

Three months of Kindle Unlimited for $1. Normally $10 a month, Kindle Unlimited lets you read all the books you want, though from a relatively modest library of about 1 million titles. Take note, too, that this is for new subscribers only, and after the first three months, you’ll automatically get billed at the standard rate unless you cancel.

A million books for a buck

Four months of Amazon Music for $1. Another extended trial for newcomers only, Amazon Music rivals Spotify and similar services by offering unlimited access to some 40 million songs. After your first four months, you’ll get billed at the standard $7.99 monthly rate unless you cancel.

Tune-time

$2 movie rentals. Amazon has a smattering of newer movies you can rent, via Prime Video, for $1.99 apiece. The titles include Hostiles, Downsizing and Wonder.

Rent control

3 months of Audible for $4.95 per month. The standard subscription rate for Amazon’s audiobook service: $14.95 per month. Right now, Prime subscribers can get the first three months for $4.95 each, a total savings of $30. Interestingly, there’s nothing to indicate this is for new subscribers only, so if you’ve tried Audible in the past, you may be able to get this deal.

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You can get discounts on other items as well. For example, some of Amazon’s Everyday Essentials brands have been marked down by 30 percent. You can also save up to 25 percent on select furniture and home decor products.

Deals coming on Prime Day

Prime Day deals revealed early. Amazon just lifted the curtain on some of the deals that will be available when the event kicks off. Among them: A Kindle Paperwhite for $80 (the lowest price ever on that model, and that includes Black Friday) and a Blink XT 1 Camera System for $75 (regularly $130).

The first Prime Day deals, revealed!

Amazon has also announced a boatload of back-to-school deals, including 30 percent off select STEM toys, a 32-inch smart TV (brand not specified) for $130 and up to 30 percent off AmazonBasics office-supply products.

A $10 credit when you spend $10 at Whole Foods. Yep, you’ll get a $10 Amazon credit when you spend at least $10 at the Amazon-owned grocery chain. Thankfully, you don’t need to have an Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card to score this perk. Just scan the Prime Code in your Amazon or Whole Foods app when you check out.

Free avocado toast!

Huawei phone deals. If you’re in the market for a new phone, Huawei has a pair of deals lined up for Prime Day: The Honor View 10 for $399 ($100 off) and Honor 7X for $169 (a $30 savings).

Dial ‘S’ for savings

Jabra Elite 45e sport earphones for $70. Regularly $100, Jabra’s third-generation neckband earbuds will be on sale for $70. Read CNET’s preview to learn more.

Now hear this

Save on a dashcam, get a Bluetooth speaker free. During Prime Day, you can get the popular Vantrue N2 Pro dashcam for $146 with promo code PRIMEVNP. Add the Vantrue V1 Bluetooth speaker to your cart and you’ll get it for free! It normally sells for $50. The V1 is sold out, so Vantrue is now offering the E1 sweatproof earphones as the freebie. Just add it to your cart before checking out.

Smile, you’re on dashcam camera!

ViewSonic monitors and projectors. The company has discounts planned for about a dozen products, including the PX747-4K projector for $1,000 (currently $1,275) and the XG2402 FreeSync Gaming Monitor for $170 (currently $250).

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Nvidia Shield TV with remote for $139. The jack-of-many-trades Nvidia 4K streaming box is currently $179, but on Prime Day you’ll be able to snag it for $40 less. Read CNET’s Nvidia Shield review to learn more.

stream games ‘n’ more

Save 25 percent on a Yubico YubiKey 4. It looks like a flash drive, but this USB security key adds an extra layer of protection to your PC. Just plug it in and tap the gold button to gain access. The YubiKey 4 normally runs $40, but it’ll be $30 on Prime Day.

One key to rule them all

Samsung Connect Home smart Wi-Fi system 3-pack for $99. Lowe’s will offer up to 60 percent off select smart-home products, including this mesh-network combo, which normally runs $300. It earned a 4.5-star average from Lowe’s customers, but read CNET’s Samsung Connect Home review for a deeper dive. (Interestingly, price was one of the biggest complaints… but you can’t complain about $99!)

make a mesh of it

Target deals on July 17. Not to be left out, Target will run a one-day sale on dozens of items. For example, if you spend at least $100, you’ll get a free six-month subscription to grocery-delivery service Shipt. You’ll also save up to 30 percent on select Google products and 30 percent on Target-exclusive home brands.

Shop Target deals (on July 17)

Save 25 percent on a Roccat gaming headset. The Roccat Khan Aimo is a surround-sound USB headset for gamers. It’s normally $120, but on Prime Day you can use promo code 25PRIMEDAY to save 25 percent.

Khaaaaaaaan!

Purify your air for less. The Blue Pure 121 is a compact, attractive air-purifier that normally sells for $350. Starting July 17 (and not July 16 like many Prime Day deals), it’ll be 20 percent off — so about $280. That’s an all-time low; it’s never been below $300.

smell the savings

That’s it for now — check back soon for additional deals as we find them!


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The strangest Amazon Prime Day deals ever

What is Prime Day?

Back in 2015, Amazon celebrated its 20th anniversary with a full day of discounts — not just on Amazon-branded products, but on tens of thousands of other items as well. It was moderately successful — OK, it was wildly popular — despite some hiccups.

In the years since, Amazon has worked to make more products and more inventory available (so items wouldn’t sell out in minutes) and simplify the means of finding sale items.

When is Prime Day?

July 16. It was just announced and, get ready for this, this year it expands to 36 hours (!) and goes global. Australia, Singapore, Netherlands and Luxembourg join the Prime Day fun this year.

In years past, Prime Day has fallen sometime in mid-July. Last year, for example, it was July 11 — though in 2017 it actually started the day before and lasted a total of 30 hours. (It’s kind of like the way Black Friday now starts on Thanksgiving Day or even earlier.) “Prime Day Plus,” anyone?

Who can shop on Prime Day?

True to its name, Prime Day is for Amazon Prime subscribers only. If you’re not a paid member, you can’t take advantage of the deals. Note, though, that Prime Day is merely one of several advantages of being an Amazon Prime member.

As you may have heard, the company recently raised its annual Prime rate to $119. That’s now the price for newcomers and existing subscribers alike. Ah, but will Prime Day bring a Prime subscription deal? Read on.

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What kinds of deals can I expect?

There’s little question that Prime Day will bring deals on many, if not most, of Amazon’s branded products: Fire TV ($70 at Amazon.com) devices, Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers and of course every Echo speaker.

Beyond that, look for a Black Friday-style assortment of deals in pretty much every category. There will undoubtedly be a few standouts: In 2017, Amazon offered sweet deals on a Motorola Moto G5 Plus ($220 at Amazon.com) phone and a 55-inch 4K TV with built-in Fire TV, for example. But don’t get too carried away — many of the discounts are no better than what you’ll find in the average Amazon Gold Box daily deals.

Speaking of which…

How do I know if a deal is really a deal?

On the internet, every day is Black Friday — and Cyber Monday, and Prime Day. That means you should approach every deal with some skepticism — or at least a little bit of research.

One great place to start: CamelCamelCamel, the site that tracks Amazon price histories. (It can also notify you when Amazon products go on sale; here’s how to use it to track Amazon Echo deals.)

Before you pull the trigger on any Prime Day deal, copy the URL, paste it into CamelCamelCamel’s search field and check the results. You may discover that the product has indeed been priced lower in the past, and therefore may be again.

At the same time, consider using a browser plug-in such as Honey, which can instantly inform you if any third-party sellers have the same product for a lower price (which doesn’t happen often, but it’s worth checking).

Finally, be sure to check other sites. Best Buy, Walmart and other major stores usually trot out their own answers to Prime Day, offering loss-leader pricing on popular items.

Read more: How to make sure that Prime Day deal is really a deal.

How can I shop on Prime Day if I’m not a Prime subscriber?

As noted, you can’t — but you might be able to game the system a little. For starters, if you’ve never subscribed before, you can get a free one-month Amazon Prime trial. Sign up right now and you’ll be able to shop Prime Day during the trial period.

Amazon Prime Free Trial

It’s even better if you’re a student: Amazon has partnered with Sprint to offer college students a free six-month trial.

Amazon Prime Student Offer

Finally, be on the lookout for a Prime subscription deal in the days leading up to Prime Day. Although it’s questionable whether Amazon would offer such a deal so soon after enacting a rate increase, Prime Day’s very existence is to help attract new subscribers. Thus, something like an $89 rate for new subscribers wouldn’t be unthinkable.

Where else can I find info on Prime Day?

Looking for even more info on Amazon Prime Day? Check out CNET’s sister sites:

Amazon Prime Day 2018 coverage on GameSpot
Amazon Prime Day 2018 coverage on ZDNet
Amazon Prime Day 2018 coverage on The Guide

Originally published May 22, this story is updated with details, leaks and more as news comes in.

Amazon Prime Day 2018: Complete coverage on CNET.

CNET Deals: The best bargains we’ve found online.

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