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Best Buy Black Friday deals mark down games, TVs, and smart speakers

Best Buy Black Friday deals mark down games, TVs, and smart speakers

We're quickly closing in on Black Friday, and as such, a lot of retailers are getting their planned deals out in the open. It seems that Best Buy will have some of the most extensive deals out there, today releasing a 50-page Black Friday preview ad. Within those pages are deals on pretty much any gadget you can imagine, whether you're looking for a video game, a TV, or a refrigerator.

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Echo Show YouTube support is back

Echo Show YouTube support is back

The Alexa-powered Echo Show has regained YouTube support, following a spat between Amazon and Google, though there have been compromises along the way. The touchscreen-fronted smart speaker launched earlier this year with the ability to search for and play YouTube videos. However, that was subsequently disabled after the Google-owned video service complained about how Amazon had implemented the streaming.

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Amazon Echo PRODUCT(RED) makes Alexa charitable

Amazon Echo PRODUCT(RED) makes Alexa charitable

Amazon has a new Echo PRODUCT(RED) edition, cladding its Alexa-powered smart speaker in a charitable sleeve. The new model joins Amazon's sensible, dare we say rather dour line-up of colors and finishes which, for the first time with the second-gen Echo, are interchangeable.

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Lynx is your Alexa-powered robot assistant

Lynx is your Alexa-powered robot assistant

Company UBTECH Robotics has announced the launch of Lynx, the first ever humanoid robot with Amazon Alexa baked in. The robot utilizes Amazon's personal assistant along with UBTECH's robotics tech to offer a variety of services and abilities, such as a surveillance mode for keeping an eye on your home while you're away and playing music via voice commands.

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Amazon Key hack disables Cloud Cam while courier is inside

Amazon Key hack disables Cloud Cam while courier is inside

Amazon may have pitched the Cloud Cam as a key security feature of Amazon Key, but researchers have demonstrated a huge flaw that could leave customers thinking twice about giving couriers virtual keys. Launched in October, Amazon Key offers Amazon's most loyal users in its Prime membership scheme a way to accept packages even if they're not home, by giving delivery people one-time access to the home with a connected lock. Figuring many would be wary of that, the Amazon Cloud Cam was pitched as a way to ensure everything was above board.

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Amazon abandons plans for bundled TV streaming package

Amazon abandons plans for bundled TV streaming package

With services like YouTube and Hulu rolling out packages that bundle cable and broadcast networks together, the safe assumption is that other streaming providers will soon follow suit. Apparently, Amazon won't be one of them, as it has supposedly abandoned efforts to put together a similar streaming package. It looks like Amazon's video streaming line up will be limited to just Prime Video and Amazon Channels for at least a while longer.

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Amazon Music Chromecast support arrives for Android users

Amazon Music Chromecast support arrives for Android users

If you're an Amazon Prime customer, you have access to one of the company's better services, Amazon Music. This service is available via a mobile app on both Android and iOS, and now one of those two apps (Android) now has support for Google Cast. Thanks to that new support, Android users are able to cast the Amazon Music content to any device that supports Google Cast, including the venerable Chromecast itself.

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Free Amazon Prime Video tier tipped: you’ll watch ads to earn it

Free Amazon Prime Video tier tipped: you’ll watch ads to earn it

Amazon may be preparing a free version of its Prime Video service that is supported by advertisements. This isn't the first time we've heard this rumor, though the last report was a few years ago. This time around, sources say Amazon has been engaging in talks with both movie studios and TV production companies over getting content for the service.

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Amazon Lord of the Rings show isn’t what you think it is

Amazon Lord of the Rings show isn’t what you think it is

This morning Amazon announced that they'd really, truly secured the rights to make a Lord of the Rings TV show. This is likely the biggest win for the company in their short history in creating media content, and should span well into the future with episodic tales from Middle Earth. The first show that Amazon now owns the rights to make is a prequel to The Fellowship of the Ring.

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Amazon Black Friday deals will arrive in Whole Foods stores

Amazon Black Friday deals will arrive in Whole Foods stores

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and that means Black Friday deals will start popping up any day now. The retail holiday has largely become an online thing as many people choose to skip the cold weather and long lines altogether, but that doesn't mean there won't be deals in physical stores. Some of those in-store deals will be happening courtesy of Amazon, which plans to offer some discounted items in Whole Foods stores.

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5 things to consider before buying Amazon’s Cloud Cam

5 things to consider before buying Amazon’s Cloud Cam

A connected camera is often the first place people experience the smart home, and the new Amazon' Cloud Cam wants to be the lens that's watching your rooms. Available from today, the $119.99 WiFi security camera promises easy setup, 1080p video both day and night, and handy extras like person detection and two-way audio. Still, it's not the first to the WiFi camera market, so is the Cloud Cam the best option today? Read on for five things to keep in mind.

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Amazon Cloud Cam Review: Alexa will see you now

Amazon Cloud Cam Review: Alexa will see you now

Alexa is already listening to you, but now the Amazon Cloud Cam wants to watch you, too. The retailer's first connected security camera may not be the first to market, but it does offer some competitive cloud storage pricing and is an integral part of Amazon Key. Question is, with heavyweights like Nest already well associated with the smart security space, can the Amazon Cloud Cam hold up to scrutiny?

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