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Amazon Prime Day is right around the corner (June 21st  through June 22nd), but there are already some pretty sweet deals available right now (as we've seen over the past few days). For those looking for a hot deal on a smartphone, Amazon is already overflowing with discounts, which you could also use as a last-minute Father's Day gift if you're a procrastinator. Kicking things off are two deals on OnePlus smartphones. First up is the OnePlus 8T, which is available in both Aquamarine Green and Lunar Silver. The smartphone is rocking last year's dominant Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC along with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. You'll also find a bright 6.55-inch 120Hz FHD+ AMOLED... Read more...
Amazon’s massive sales kick off next week on June 21st, better known as Prime Day. Previously, Amazon gave us a glimpse at some of its products on sale, but the list is now growing. With only three days to go, Amazon is releasing details about a few of the 2 million deals that will become available during the two-day deals extravaganza. What most of our readers will likely be interested in are the electronics and IoT devices that will go on sale. While customers will be able to save up to 40% on Amazon basics electronics as well as Sony and JBL headphones, you can also save 20% on 4K TVs, 25% on Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit from Nintendo, among much more. Items such as laptops, desktops,... Read more...
This global chip shortage has been problematic for all of us in the enthusiast community, with this most acute impact being with the availability of graphics cards. However, the shortages have also extended to certain processors, particularly in AMD's Zen 3 family. Fortunately, for those that want a potent Zen 3 series processor that won't break the bank, Amazon is currently selling the Ryzen 7 5800X at a $50 discount. The processor has an MSRP of $449 but is now available for just $399. Considering that processors of this ilk were in incredibly short supply just a few months ago, swinging in the complete opposite direction with a discount to boot is definitely great news. The supply of Ryzen... Read more...
Google’s Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) is the company’s attempt to improve privacy around the web by replacing third-party cookies that dominate user tracking. In recent weeks, the FLoC has received quite a bit of scrutiny from WordPress and other organizations. It seems Amazon is the latest to join the FLoC-block as the e-commerce company has blocked the new tracking service on many of its websites. From the main site to WholeFoods and everything else in between, it is being reported that Amazon is now blocking Google’s FLoC from gathering data. Interestingly, analysis collected by Digiday shows that the Seattle-based company is doing this in several different ways.... Read more...
Before Amazon’s Prime Day celebrations kick off properly on June 21st, the company is offering some of its products up for sale early. From smart speakers to smart glasses and several products in-between, take a look at what is on sale on Amazon right here. Echo Buds 2nd Generation If you are in the market for some new earbuds, the Echo Buds may be a decent place to start looking. Featuring Alexa integration and active noise cancellation, these wireless earbuds bring a lot to the table. You can also use these to make phone calls wherever you find yourself without taking your phone out. The only downside to these earbuds is that you can expect up to 5 hours of music playback per charge,... Read more...
In 2020, Amazon Luna was announced as the company’s first foray into video games to compete with Google Stadia and Microsoft’s Project xCloud program. Through many trials and tribulations, the game streaming service is finally becoming more accessible. Starting on Prime Day (June 21st), Amazon Prime members can access Luna for free for seven days, but the Luna controller is on sale for the first time right now if you want to jump in as soon as possible. For just $5.99 a month, players can play a rich library of games from Ubisoft, Capcom, 505 Games, and Team 17, among others. From action to racing games, the Luna library is also constantly growing with both new and old titles like... Read more...
There is still a little over a week to go before Amazon kicks off its annual Prime Day sales event, in which there will be big markdowns on practically every kind of product imaginable—you just have to a Prime member to take advantage of the deals. Don't feel like waiting? This is Amazon we are talking about, and sales are pretty much always going on to some extent. In addition, the etail juggernaut is already specifically calling out early Prime Day deals, so we've rounded up some tech bargains that are already live and worth checking out ahead of Prime Day 2021. Shown above is Microsoft's Surface Laptop 3, on sale for $879.99 at Amazon (save $202.90, 19% off). This is a previous generation... Read more...
Prime Day 2021 festivities won't kick off until June 21st, but Amazon is already rolling out many deals on its hardware products. In this case, we're talking about smartphone devices from Amazon smart home brands Ring and Blink. First up is a rather compelling bundle offer on the latest version (2021) of the standard Ring Video Doorbell Wired. The doorbell connects to your router using Wi-Fi and gives you clear, 1080p resolution video from your front door. It also supports two-way audio using the Ring app, allowing you to talk with folks at your front door without even getting up. The Ring Video Doorbell Wired typically costs $59.99, but it's available today for a low $44.99 with free shipping... Read more...
There's still two more weeks to go before Amazon's annual Prime Day sales bonanza kicks off, and with it will come savings on a wide range of products, exclusive to Prime members (you can sign up for a 30-day free trial). No need to wait, though—if it's a deal you are after, Amazon has plenty of discounts in play, including a nice bonus if you purchase a $40 gift card. Here's what you do—head to the Amazon Gift Card promo page, hit the 'Apply code to your account' button (or enter coupon code GIFTFORPD21 at checkout), add $40 or more in select Amazon gift cards, and you will receive a $10 promotional credit to your account withing two days. This is a neat way to save even more during... Read more...
The state of affairs with current-generation graphics cards is quite grim at the moment. Due to high consumer demand and fabs stretched to max when it comes to production, everything from "lowly" NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards to the flagship GeForce RTX 3090 is hard to find at retail stores (online and B&M). In addition, they are selling for incredible sums on the secondary market. For example, the newly launched GeForce RTX 3080 Ti sold at $2,400 to $2,800 versus its MSRP of $1,199 within the first few hours of availability. Now, a new phenomenon seems to have struck the Amazon Marketplace. And unfortunately, it appears that at least one company is combining two of the most odious... Read more...
Ring is changing how its users are able to respond to public safety requests. Public agencies will now need to post requests for help publicly through Ring's Neighbors app. The purpose of this change is to provide greater “transparency and accountability.” These requests for assistance will be limited to two posts per incident. The request is viewable by anyone who can view the app’s main feed. Each request must contain information that references an active investigation, including the type of incident (i.e. suspected theft), a reference number for the investigation, current contact information for the public agency requesting the information, relevant date/time range,... Read more...
Amazon just recently announced that Prime Day 2021 will occur between June 21st and June 22nd. Some items are already available for a discount while others will not go on sale until June 21st. Here is what you need to know about Prime Day 2021. You must be a Amazon Prime member to participate, but you can sign-up for a 30-day free trial to get access to the sale. There will be over two million deals available over the course of the sale, including the launch of new products. It is important to note that Prime Day is only available in certain countries and will be postponed in Canada and India this year due to the ongoing public health crisis. Amazon will instead donate $1.5 million for COVID-19... Read more...
Several of Amazon's hardware devices are about to become part of a mesh network, with a crowdsourced spin. It is part of an initiative called Amazon Sidewalk, and what it does is allow devices is create is a low bandwidth network from bridge devices, including select Echo and Ring gadgets from you and your nearby neighbors. The kicker, though, is that this sharing-is-caring approach will be enabled by default. That means if you own an Echo or Ring device and do absolutely nothing, it will automatically become part of a crowdsourced mesh network (unless you live in the boonies far removed from any neighbors, of course). This is an opt-out and not an opt-in affair. Should I Use Amazon Sidewalk?... Read more...
Amazon has a spotty track record of delivering electronics in perfect condition to customers, such as the destruction of AMD CPUs earlier this year. Most recently, a farming and photography couple in Colorado ordered a brand-new Sony Alpha 1 camera from Amazon, but only found empty boxes. When you spend $7,000 on a product, you would expect a certain level of care and protection to ensure that it arrives in good, working condition. In an interview with The Denver Channel, Bill and Kelly Chiles explained that they ordered a new camera only to open it and find two empty camera boxes inside the ironically smiling Amazon box that left them anything but happy. "We've bought several cameras from Amazon,... Read more...
With new original content like movies and shows coming out regularly, Amazon’s in-house production company, Amazon Studios, is constantly growing. In the continuation of this growth trend, Amazon announced the acquisition of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) for an impressive $8.45 billion. The purchase of MGM by Amazon will bring thousands of film and TV titles under the company's umbrella. MGM’s catalog of movies includes favorites such as 12 Angry Men, Basic Instinct, James Bond, Rocky, and Tomb Raider, among others in the list of 4000 movies. Furthermore, the acquisition of MGM also brings 17,000 TV shows like Fargo, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Vikings, which “have collectively... Read more...
Apple Silicon kicked off in a big way late last year with the arrival of the M1 SoC. The M1 is a fast and efficient processor that initially graced the 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini. More recently, its footprint expanded to include the 24-inch iMac and iPad Pro. Today, we've got some deals for you on the entire M1 family of products (minus the new iPad Pro) if you're in the market for a macOS-based device. The Mac mini has been a staple in Apple's lineup for many years, and it's a stalwart workhorse that allows you to bring your own monitor to the table. The M1 processor upgrade gave the Mac mini a considerable performance boost over its elderly Intel-based predecessors, and... Read more...
The streaming music wars are heating up now that Apple Music has entered the lossless arena. Earlier this morning, Apple announced that lossless streaming – up to 24-bit at 192 kHz – will be available to all Apple Music subscribers. Not to be outdone, Amazon Music HD, which was previously available at an additional cost, is now coming to all Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers. Lossless options start with 16-bit at 44.1 kHz “CD quality” audio, which is available across 70 million songs in the Amazon Music catalog. The top tier is called “Ultra HD,” offering 24-bit depth at a sample rate of 192 kHz. Ultra HD, for now, is only available on 7 million songs. Like... Read more...
When Microsoft launched the Surface Duo last year, priced from $1,399, we knew it would be a tough sell. Not only was it priced well above what we expect for flagship Android devices, but it also came with an outdated processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, when flagships at the time rocked the Snapdragon 865/865+), just 6GB of RAM, and lacked 5G connectivity. However, the Surface Duo's main calling card was its dual displays, which was enough to capture the attention of a few Android enthusiasts. Unfortunately for Microsoft, sales haven't been as strong as it hoped, and its retail partners are now deeply discounting the Surface Duo. BuyDig earlier this week sold the Surface Duo for a low $699.99,... Read more...
On this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks, Dave, Marco and Chris run down some of this past week's interesting tech news and discuss our in-house research results regarding how many CPU cores you need for a great gaming experience. We'll also give details on our latest AMAZING gaming PC GIVEAWAY in collaboration with Falcon Northwest, AMD and Bungie... Show Notes: 01:30 - Happy Birthday to Dave! 06:02 - Intel 11th Gen Core H45 Tiger Lake-H CPUs Launch To Push Laptop Performance Envelope 13:51 - Sony's PlayStation 5 Refresh Reportedly On Track With 6nm AMD Ryzen SoC 17:41 - Data Breach Exposes Fake Amazon Reviews Scam Implicating Thousands Of Unethical Behavior 23:42 - AMD EPYC Server... Read more...
First of all, we'd like to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and all women who have invested their time and talents into the children in their lives over the years. We don't know where we'd be without you.  There's serious business to discuss: we hope you've already found the perfect gift for your own moms, but just in case, we're here to help. And if that gift has already been found, maybe it's time to invest in something fun for yourself or someone else. Without further ado let's dive into the deals and see what's out there.  Wearable tech is a huge help when it comes to keeping on task, organized, and active. For those who aren't already on the smart watch train, whether... Read more...
Last week, cybersecurity researchers discovered an open Elasticsearch database that exposed an extensive fake Amazon reviews scam ring. The database contained millions of direct messages between Amazon vendors and upwards of 200,000 customers willing to provide fake reviews in exchange for free products. It is presently unknown who owns the database, but it shows the nasty underbelly of some Amazon vendors and online retail. The SafetyDetectives cybersecurity team’s discovery of this Elasticsearch database proved to be incredibly interesting and valuable as it outlined how Amazon vendors went about getting the fake reviews. The team reported that Amazon vendors send to reviewers, or an... Read more...
If you've had your eyes on the GPD Win 3 handheld gaming PC ever since it was first unveiled back in November 2020, we've got some good news for you. The portable gaming device is now available for preorder on Amazon, with an estimated release date of June 2nd. The GPD Win 3 has captured so much attention due to its small form-factor, which looks like a cross between a Nintendo Switch and an old Sony Vaio UX UMPC. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about the device is its 5.5-inch display, which slides upward to reveal a dainty backlit QWERTY keyboard for input. The integrated hardware keyboard allows you to input text on the go without the need for an on-screen keyboard (which would be cumbersome... Read more...
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