Alphabet to deploy Loon internet balloons in Kenya’s skies in 2019 – CNET

Alphabet’s Loon announced Thursday that its balloons will bring internet to remote parts of Kenya next year.

This will be the project’s first deal in Africa, Reuters reports, and will see it working with Telkom Kenya to get high-speed internet to the East African country’s rural and suburban populations.

Alphabet’s Loon announced Thursday that its balloons will bring internet to remote parts of Kenya next year.

This will be the project’s first deal in Africa, Reuters reports, and will see it working with Telkom Kenya to get high-speed internet to the East African country’s rural and suburban populations.

Loon only became its own company last week — having started in 2016 as a project at X, Google parent Alphabet’s research-and-development facility. It uses high-flying balloons powered by on-board solar panels as Wi-Fi carriers to deliver signals from above.

The balloons float at 60,000 feet (20 km) above the sea level — high over air traffic, wildlife, and weather events.

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“Loon’s mission is to connect people everywhere by inventing and integrating audacious technologies,” said Loon CEO Alastair Westgart. “We couldn’t be more pleased to start in Kenya.”

The balloons will be deployed in central Kenya, which Telkom says has been challenging to service due to mountainous and inaccessible terrain.

“We will work very hard with Loon, to deliver the first commercial mobile service, as quickly as possible, using Loon’s balloon-powered Internet in Africa,” said Aldo Mareuse, Telkom’s CEO.

Last year, Alphabet teamed up with AT&T to bring limited internet access to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.

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Galaxy Watch is almost certainly the name of Samsung’s next smartwatch

Rumors and leaks about the next smartwatch from Samsung have been coming in thick and fast for the last few weeks, but the latest evidence of its existence all but confirms the name and that it will support LTE.

Rumors and leaks about the next smartwatch from Samsung have been coming in thick and fast for the last few weeks, but the latest evidence of its existence all but confirms the name and that it will support LTE.

So far we haven’t been certain on the new name for the watch, with Samsung Gear S4 being the originally rumored name. Now – thanks to a listing from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – we’re almost certain it’s called the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Whenever a company submits a product to the FCC, it has to provide an image of the device to show where the ID number will be placed and in this diagram the watch is emblazoned with the name Samsung Galaxy Watch on the rear.

It’s not necessarily going to be there when the final watch is released, but this is the first piece of evidence directly from the mouth of Samsung that its next wearable will be called Galaxy Watch.

The diagram provided to the FCC for the Samsung Galaxy Watch

Some clarity

All four major US wireless providers – Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint – will support LTE on the Samsung Galaxy Watch. Whether that sort of support will be adopted in other countries like the UK and Australia is currently uncertain.

The listing also confirms it will have Wi-Fi connectivity as well as revealing the size of the watch. It will have a 1.2-inch screen and the casing itself has dimensions of 51.2mm x 43.4mm. We don’t currently know how thick it’s going to be.

Rumors are leaning toward the watch running Tizen software rather than Google’s Wear OS platform – one report said exactly that yesterday – but the FCC listing doesn’t share any details on the software.

The release date is rumored for August 9 alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, but it’s still possible the company will wait until the end of next month to launch the watch at IFA 2018.

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Nokia 3.1 enters India to take on affordable phones in the offline market

Finnish smartphone maker HMD Global has launched their latest budget smartphone Nokia 3.1 in India. The phone was first unveiled in May in the Russian market as the successor to the Nokia 3 from last year.

Finnish smartphone maker HMD Global has launched their latest budget smartphone Nokia 3.1 in India. The phone was first unveiled in May in the Russian market as the successor to the Nokia 3 from last year.

Nokia has aimed the device at offline market, probably because of the fierce competition in the online market dominated by Chinese OEMs. It comes under the second generation of devices from the revived Nokia brand. Since India has a huge demand for budget phones, it is among the few countries where the Nokia 3.1 is launched. It joins Nokia’s diverse smartphone portfolio that includes devices like Nokia 6.1, Nokia 7 plus, Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 5.1 and more.

In terms of design, the Nokia 3.1 shares multiple elements with its predecessor Nokia 3. However, there are some much-needed additions like an 18:9 display. Similar to other Nokia phones, it comes with a promise of faster Android updates and security updates under Android One initiative.

The Android Oreo running Nokia 3.1 features a 5.2-inch HD+ display with 2.5D curved coating on top. Further, it carries MediaTek MT6750N chipset with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage. Looking at the hardware, it’s fair to say that the phone isn’t quite competent in the online space.

In terms of optics, the phone has a 13MP primary shooter with an 8MP selfie camera with 84.6-degree wide-angle lens.

The Nokia 3.1 is powered by a 2,990mAh battery and connectivity options on the device include 4G VoLTE. WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio, Bluetooth 4.1 LE and GPS.

Customers can buy the Nokia 3.1 starting July 21 at Rs. 10,499 from offline retail stores, Nokia Store and Paytm Mall from 21 July in Black/Chrome, Blue/Copper and White/Iron color options.

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Fujifilm XF10 is the cheapest APS-C compact yet – CNET

In an age when most people believe phone photos are “dSLR quality,” whatever that means, a camera with an actual dSLR-size sensor and a fixed-focal-length lens is a tough sell.

In an age when most people believe phone photos are “dSLR quality,” whatever that means, a camera with an actual dSLR-size sensor and a fixed-focal-length lens is a tough sell. Fujifilm has carved a niche for its X100 series with enthusiasts who appreciate the image-quality advantages of a large sensor.

But the $700-$1,000 compact models, a price range where fixed-lens APS-C compacts used to reside, now tend to be feature-crammed, with practical zoom ranges and fast operation in exchange for a modest drop in photo quality. Fujifilm’s trying its luck at $500 with the new XF10, channeling the spirit of the excellent (now unavailable) two-year-old X70, but without many of the enthusiast-friendly manual buttons and dials.

The XF10 is slated to ship in August for $500. I don’t have pricing or availability information for the UK or Australia, but the US price converts to roughly £380 and AU$675.

It retains the relatively compact body — as compact as you can get with a sensor of its size — including the same 28mm-equivalent lens. It’s a little lighter, which seems to come from jettisoning the flip-up display. That’s potentially a mistake, since a flip-up screen makes the camera selfie-friendly.

Another cost-saving measure was going with a standard CMOS sensor instead of one of its own X-Trans sensors, which makes a lot of sense. It probably was more accident than decision, as supplies of the latest X-Trans became an issue, but not everyone is a fan of them.

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But while compacts from companies like Sony and Panasonic offer 4K video, fast autofocus and high-frame-rate continuous shooting, the XF10 retains the photo-first, pared-down operation of the X100. While the XF10 adds 4K video support, it’s only at 15 frames per second. Which is fine if you like your video stylized rather than lifelike. It can do some burst shooting, but only for a short interval.

So, it looks like a great option for a niche market: people who care about photo quality above all else, including focal-length flexibility, and want to spend as little as possible.

Specifications

Sensor effective resolution

24.2MP CMOS

Sensor size

APS-C

(23.5 x 15.7mm)

Focal-length multiplier

1.5x

OLPF

Yes

Sensitivity range

ISO 100 (exp)/ISO 200-ISO 6400/ISO 51200 (exp)

Lens (35mm equivalent)

28mm

f2.8

1x

Closest focus

3.9 in/10 cm

Burst shooting

6fps

13 JPEG/ n/a raw

(burst only available with focus and exposure fixed at first frame)

Viewfinder

(mag/ effective mag)

None

Hot shoe

No

Autofocus

91 points

hybrid AF

AF sensitivity

n/a

Shutter speed

30 – 1/4,000 sec (1/16,000 electronic shutter); bulb to 60 minutes

Metering

256 zones

Metering sensitivity

n/a

Best video

H.264 QuickTime MOV

4K UHD 2160/15p

Audio

Stereo; mic input

Maximum best-quality recording time

29:59 mins

IS

None

LCD

3 in/7.5 cm

Fixed touchscreen

1.04m dots

Memory slots

1 X SDXC

Wireless connection

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Flash

Yes

Wireless flash

Yes

Battery life (CIPA rating)

330 shots

(1,800 mAh)

Size (WHD)

4.4 x 2.5 x 1.6 in

113 x 64 x 41 mm

Body operating weight

9.8 oz (est.)

279 g (est.)

Mfr. price

$499.95

Release date (US)

August 2018


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Yamaha slims things down for the RX-S602 receiver – CNET

AV receivers are typically big black boxes, so I welcome units that stand a little shorter. They can squeeze into tighter shelves and, if nothing else, look a little sleeker on your AV rack.

AV receivers are typically big black boxes, so I welcome units that stand a little shorter. They can squeeze into tighter shelves and, if nothing else, look a little sleeker on your AV rack.

Marantz leads the way In compact, full-function receivers, but other brands have also proffered half-size units in the last year or two. The slim-line RX-S601 was one of Yamaha’s first official MusicCast components back in 2015 and so a follow-up has been a long time coming.

The new Yamaha RX-S602 will be available in August for $649 or £599. Australian pricing is yet to be confirmed but expect it to be the same as the RX-S601 at AU$899.

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The Yamaha’s smaller size does mean some compromises. It’s rated at a fairly low 55 watts per each of its five channels (plus subwoofer out), and also offers fewer inputs. But if you want the missing link between a sound bar and an AV receiver, slimline units come as close as anything.

From the outside the 602 looks identical to the 601, and it’s also the same price at $649.95. The biggest change is a reduction in HDMI ports from six to four, but at least those four are now compatible with 4K sources, including HDR and Dolby Vision.

The RX-S602 works with MusicCast Surround, new in 2018, which lets you connect a wireless set of rears. It can also accept a limited selection of Alexa voice commands for users of an Amazon Echo ($100 at Amazon.com) or similar Alexa speaker.

The Yamaha wireless connections include Wi-Fi (Apple AirPlay and Spotify Connect) and Bluetooth. The onboard MusicCast supports numerous streaming services, including Pandora, SiriusXM, Tidal, Deezer and Napster. Yamaha is not an official partner for AirPlay 2 and has made no announcements about compatibility yet.

The receiver also includes Zone 2 audio, but since it uses the rears of the 5.1 channels, you’re limited to a 3.1-channel setup in one room and a two-channel configuration in a second room.

At this price choosing the slim-line $550 Marantz NR1509 or $750 NR1609 looks like a better deal due to those models having more HDMI ports, along with more channels and Dolby Atmos capability.


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Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin launch New Shepard rocket farther than ever – CNET

Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin is one step closer to sending tourists into orbit after successfully completing the ninth test flight of its New Shepard rocket Tuesday from its test facility in west Texas.

Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin is one step closer to sending tourists into orbit after successfully completing the ninth test flight of its New Shepard rocket Tuesday from its test facility in west Texas.

The single-stage rocket launched at 10:11 a.m. Central Daylight Time to perform a high-altitude test of an escape motor. The motor is a safety feature that would pull the crew/passenger capsule away from a failing booster.

After reaching the edge of space, the capsule separated from the rocket booster and a few seconds later the escape motor fired, propelling the capsule laterally away from the main rocket.

A few minutes later, the booster landed softly back in west Texas as the capsule made its way back to the desert floor.

Blue Origin has tested the escape system in previous flights, but the company said Tuesday’s test took things to the next level by firing the emergency motor in the vacuum of space for the first time.

“On Mission 9, we’re firing the crew capsule escape motor at the highest altitude ever. We are stressing the rocket to test that astronauts can get away from an anomaly at any time during flight.”

The New Shepard capsule also made it to its highest elevation ever by 50,000 feet (15,240 meters) on Tuesday, reaching 74 miles (119 kilometers).

Like SpaceX’s Falcon rockets, New Shepard is designed to launch, land and be reused. The booster flown Tuesday has been launched twice previously.

Blue Origin’s trademark flight dummy “Mannequin Skywalker” was aboard the flight, along with a handful of science and technology payloads, including a test of a new in-space Wi-Fi system, textiles for planned company space suits and other research projects.

The company hopes to begin flying humans to space soon, starting with its own employees followed by paying customers. Blue Origin has yet to announce a specific timeline or price tag for flying passengers, despite reports that a ticket to space could be between $200,000 and $300,000.

On the launch webcast Tuesday, company spokesperson Ariane Cornell said launching humans could begin “hopefully after a couple more tests.”

If all those tests go well, perhaps we’ll see great deals on a New Shepard flight for Amazon Prime Day 2019.

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Blanket your house with Wi-Fi for $129 – CNET

Whew! I’m glad that’s over. Prime Day, I mean. I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from Amazon fatigue. (That said, if you want one last stab at super-cheap Amazon gear, here’s how to get it.

Whew! I’m glad that’s over. Prime Day, I mean. I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from Amazon fatigue. (That said, if you want one last stab at super-cheap Amazon gear, here’s how to get it.)

Today, let’s talk about the Wi-Fi in your home. If it’s not as good as you think it could or should be — you have pockets where the signal is weak, for example — it might be time to consider a mesh network.

That may sound intimidating, but it’s really just two to three little plug-in stations that extend the Wi-Fi signal so the whole place gets even coverage.

Some of these kits sell for $300 or more, but for a limited time, Walmart has the Linksys Velop Intelligent Mesh System for $129 shipped (plus tax). It’s normally $149, and similar kits run at least $180 elsewhere.

See it at Walmart

What do I mean by “similar”? This particular configuration is a Walmart exclusive, an AC2400 version of the Velop that’s not available elsewhere. Linksys proper sells an AC2600 model for $230, though it’s currently on sale for $180. Amazon’s AC1300 version is also $180.

Uh, oh: jargon! Let me just say that AC2400 indicates the bandwidth of the system, the size of the wireless pipe through which data can flow, and that it should be more than sufficient for the majority of people.

Beyond that, the Velop is a dual-node, dual-band network designed for homes as large as 3,000 square feet. One node plugs into your modem. The other gets placed on a different floor — or near the other end of the house, if you live on a ranch. Fire up the Linksys app, finish the setup and bam, you’re done.

Back in early 2017, CNET reviewed the tri-band, tri-node version of the Velop and found it overpriced — which it definitely was at $500. I’m not sure how much of that review applies to what we have here, as Linksys has probably addressed at least some of the software concerns.

I will say that user reviews are at least as important as professional ones, if not more so, and the Velop currently has a 4.3-star average from buyers at Amazon, Walmart and Linksys. (Interesting coincidence!) What’s more, both the Android and iOS versions of the Linksys app have high ratings. To me that’s all very telling. It means the vast majority of users are quite happy with the product.

One caveat, though: I don’t see any option to purchase additional nodes if you want to expand your coverage. Looks like you’d need another two-pack like this one.

Even so, I’m thinking seriously about grabbing this kit for my parents, as Wi-Fi coverage has long been a challenge in their house. If you have any experience with the Velop, please hit the comments and share your thoughts!

Bonus deal: Did you buy a new phone on Prime Day? Maybe that sweet Moto X4 for $200? If you’re looking to audition a new carrier to go with it, check this out: For a limited time, Cheapskate readers (and only Cheapskate readers) can get 50 percent off any US Mobile plan for three months with code CHEAPSKATE50FOR3.

See it at US Mobile

It works like this: Use that link (or button) to purchase a Starter Kit for $3.99, making sure to apply the promo code before checking out. Once your SIM card arrives, head to the activation page to choose a plan, choose (or port in) your phone number and set up AutoPay. (This last is required to take advantage of the deal.)

Now you’ll get 50 percent off your selected plan — any plan — for those first three months. You can cancel anytime after if you choose to.

US Mobile offers customizable plans (you choose the minutes, texts and amount of data you want) on its GSM and Super LTE networks (the latter: cough, Verizon, cough) and unlimited plans on just the Super LTE network.

Bonus deal No. 2: Okay, one last Amazon thing — though for once Amazon isn’t the seller. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Bid$buy (via Ebay) has the Amazon Tap Bluetooth Speaker for $61.99 shipped, the lowest price I’ve seen.

See it at Ebay

Has the Tap been quietly discontinued by Amazon? Perhaps. The company currently sells only refurbished ones, and those are priced at $70. Certainly there was no mention of the Tap during Prime Day.

If you’re still interested, read CNET’s Amazon Tap review. Verdict: “Now fully hands free, the Amazon Tap does everything the original Echo can do for less and adds portability to the package.”

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

Amazon Prime Day 2018 has ended — but some deals are still available. The 36-hour sale officially ended at 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.

Amazon Prime Day 2018 has ended — but some deals are still available. The 36-hour sale officially ended at 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 Wednesday, July 18 at 8:15 a.m. PT.

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

Order via Alexa for Amazon device deals

Almost every Amazon device — Echo speakers, Kindle readers, Fire tablets, Fire TV streamers and more — was deeply discounted during Prime Day. Those discounts are gone — unless you order via Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant. Doing so should give you access to those prices throughout Wednesday.

Read more:These Prime Day deals are still available — but only via Alexa

Remaining Prime Day deals still available

We’re still collating, but right now, it’s looking like a short list.

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 Switch + game bundle at Walmart

Amazfit Bip smartwatch for $70: This watch wasn’t discounted on Prime Day — because it’s already crazy cheap. And it still is. If you can live with its somewhat unpolished software, the Amazfit Bip is the best smartwatch you can buy for under $100. Read the CNET review of the Amazfit Bip.

See the Amazfit Bip at Amazon

Bose SoundLink Micro for $70 ($30 off): You can find cheaper wireless speakers, but Bose’s smallest Bluetooth model sounds great, and it’s water-resistant, too. Update: Back to $99.

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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

More deals:AmazonBasics products available for up to 30 percent off

The best Prime Day deals in each category

Looking for specific categories of deals? Find them here:

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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).

See the projector
See the monitor

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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This 45GB SIM only deal for just £18 per month is astonishing value

If you grabbed your dream mobile phone handset over Amazon Prime Day and now need a new big data SIM card to slip into it, then this mega Virgin Mobile SIM only deal has come along on exactly the right day.

If you grabbed your dream mobile phone handset over Amazon Prime Day and now need a new big data SIM card to slip into it, then this mega Virgin Mobile SIM only deal has come along on exactly the right day.

The 45GB data SIM that Virgin is offering in its latest flash sale is an ENORMOUS amount of data to use each month. It’s going to take some serious Netflix binging and podcast downloading away from Wi-Fi to exceed that kind of allowance – and yes, that is a challenge…

Click here to get this Virgin Mobile SIM only deal for £18 per month

And paying £18 for the privilege is truly excellent value. Three’s 30GB for £18 took home last year’s ‘Deal of the Year’ gong at the Mobile Choice Consumer Awards (as judged by yours truly), so you can see why we’re going overboard to tell you about this little Virgin Mobile number.

You need to act fast to grab this Virgin deal, however. The flash sale ends on Tuesday, July 31. That gives you enough time to check out our recently updated guide to the top 15 SIM-free phones you can buy.

Find your perfect SIM only deal with TechRadar

Great value SIM only deal from Virgin Mobile:
Why should I go with Virgin Mobile?

The mobile phone market is pretty cutthroat and networks need to stand out from the crowd to get your custom. SIM only prices like this one in Virgin Mobile’s flash sale certainly help, but Virgin also offers:

– Data rollover: Any unused data from one month becomes available for the next

– Data free messaging: All data that you use for WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Twitter will not be reduced from your total data allowance

– Free Wi-Fi hotspots: Probably less important when you’ve got 45GB to play with anyway, but Virgin has over 2 million hotspots you can jump on to

– Flexibility: Not happy with the tariff you’ve chosen? You can change your plan from month to month

EE reveals new 4GEE Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Mini wonder devices

EE has announced that it will be launching brand new 4GEE Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Mini devices, which are smaller and lighter than ever before.

In the case of the 4GEE Wi-Fi device, it manages to offer, in that small package, CAT 12 4G+ speeds of up to 600Mbps thanks to Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, connections of up to 20 devices at once and 15 hours of use thanks to a 4,300mAh battery which charges via USB-C.

EE has announced that it will be launching brand new 4GEE Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Mini devices, which are smaller and lighter than ever before.

In the case of the 4GEE Wi-Fi device, it manages to offer, in that small package, CAT 12 4G+ speeds of up to 600Mbps thanks to Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, connections of up to 20 devices at once and 15 hours of use thanks to a 4,300mAh battery which charges via USB-C.

The latest 4GEE Wi-Fi Mini is smaller making it more portable but tops out at CAT 7 for speeds up to 300Mbps and 8 hours of use on its 2,150mAh battery. This also offers Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac for up to 20 device connections at once and weighs in at just 85g.

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Both devices are available on a range of plans.

The 4GEE Wi-Fi starts at 5GB for £13 per month and an upfront £30 charge or pay nothing up front and get 15GB for £22 per month, 30GB for £28 or 50GB for £40. These are all on a 24 month plan.

The Wi-Fi Mini on the same 24 month plan has no upfront cost and follows the same data to price plans as listed above.

Jump to a 30 day plan and you’ll pay from £80 up front for 4GEE Wi-Fi and £40 for the Mini with monthly charges of £15 for 5GB, £25 for 15GB, £32 for 30GB and £45 for 50GB.

The 5GB and 15GB plans are capped at 60Mbps download speeds while the 30GB and 50GB plans offer maximum 4G+ speeds.