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Amazon Prime Day deals: Don’t believe the hype 2017

Amazon Prime Day deals: Don’t believe the hype 2017

Amazon Prime Day 2017 isn't all that much better than the same event last year - and right now I'm going to explain why. One of the most major reasons why there's so much hype in Amazon Prime Day is the opportunity it brings to blogs VIA the Amazon Affiliate system. Granted, most blogs that make articles with affiliate links make certain to mention this in their articles - we've done it here in this very article, in fact. But not every deal is great - and in fact the vast majority of the stuff that's discounted on Prime Day is a deal of the worst kind - the kind that isn't much of a deal at all.

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Amazon Prime Day Echo deals give Alexa big cuts

Amazon Prime Day Echo deals give Alexa big cuts

Amazon really, really wants you to have an Echo smart speaker, and it's using Prime Day to coax your credit card out of your wallet. The retailer's annual promotion doesn't kick off until this evening - before running through Tuesday for a total 30 hours of deals, albeit with some better than others - but Amazon is already teasing a price cut on Echo hardware. That includes an Echo at half price.

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Here’s how to get rid of ads on your Amazon Edition phone

Here’s how to get rid of ads on your Amazon Edition phone

About two weeks ago, Amazon proudly announced the addition of the Nokia 6, Alcatel IDOL 5S, A50, and A30 PLUS to its roster of exclusive unlocked phones. It coincided with the first anniversary of this “Amazon Edition” lineup that offered a few mid-range smartphones at heavily marked down prices. The was, however, a catch to this deal. After all, there always is a catch. In exchange for $25 to $50 off the retail price, these smartphones come preloaded not just with Amazon apps but with tons of Amazon ads. Fortunately, since this is Android, there is a way to get rid of those.

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Alexa’s newest ability: telling you when Amazon orders are out for delivery

Alexa’s newest ability: telling you when Amazon orders are out for delivery

Amazon may be keeping busy lately by expanding its Echo line of devices, along with Alexa, the voice assistant that powers the devices, but the connected speaker has received a small but useful new feature this week. Simply put, Alexa can now notify users when their packages from Amazon are out for delivery, something frequent shoppers can expect to get some use out of with next week's Prime Day sales event.

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Jay-Z 4:44 album downloads released to Apple, Amazon, soon Best Buy

Jay-Z 4:44 album downloads released to Apple, Amazon, soon Best Buy

Today the Jay-Z album 4:44 was made available on platforms outside of Tidal. This album was originally released on June 30th, 2017 on Tidal exclusively. It was immediately streamed by iHeartRadio for a full day with talking breaks, and was given away in a promotion with Sprint. Promotions such as these make us recall his deal with Samsung to give his Magna Carta Holy Grail album away with a rare deal that resulted in the album being "sold" 1-million times before going on sale in the retail space.

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Amazon reveals Alexa’s Prime Day deals

Amazon reveals Alexa’s Prime Day deals

Prime Day kicks off for the third year in a row on July 11, and as expected, Amazon is offering all sorts of incentives for voice shoppers using Alexa. In fact, Amazon want so badly for you to use Alexa to shop deals that it's rolling out an bunch of Alexa-exclusive offers today and keeping the deals rolling until July 17. That means almost two weeks of deals that are exclusive to Alexa shoppers.

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New AOC monitors go near-borderless, modular

New AOC monitors go near-borderless, modular

There are a lot of different monitors out there vying for your hard earned cash, each one with some (generally small) feature meant to make them stand out from the crowd. Regardless of which monitor you end up buying, cable management is usually still a concern. AOC has teamed up with Studio F.A. Porsche to solve that very problem in a new pair of monitors, the AOC PDS241 and the AOC PDS271.

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Amazon Echo Show teardown shows glue, lots of glue

Amazon Echo Show teardown shows glue, lots of glue

Inside the Amazon Echo Show is a set of components that would likely be cheaper to replace entirely than to repair. That's what the folks at iFixit seem to have concluded from their initial teardown of Amazon's latest Alexa-infused smart device. This is the first Echo device from Amazon that utilizes a display - and it bares some striking resemblances to the insides of the Amazon Fire Tablet.

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Amazon Prime Day returns next month

Amazon Prime Day returns next month

Amazon has announced that its annual Prime Day sale will return again this summer. This is the third year in a row that Amazon has offer its Prime-only sale, and this year promises to be bigger than the last two. Not only is Amazon expanding Prime Day to three new regions this year, but it will also be offering these Prime deals for more than 24 hours.

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Amazon’s exclusive phone lineup add five new unlocked Android models

Amazon’s exclusive phone lineup add five new unlocked Android models

Amazon has announced the addition of five new unlocked Android smartphones to its Prime Exclusive Phones lineup for the company's Prime customers. These phones all run Android, and counted among them is the newly unveiled Nokia 6 model. Why buy one of these handsets? They're steeply discounted versus what you'd pay elsewhere.

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Amazon’s “creepy” Echo Show feature is being overhyped

Amazon’s “creepy” Echo Show feature is being overhyped

Listen to the critics, and Amazon's Echo Show represents be a honeypot of privacy intrusion and creepy surveillance. Though Alexa, the retailer's virtual assistant, isn't new, the addition of a camera to the Echo Show smart speaker gives her eyes in your home for the first time. It's the circumstances around when those eyes are open - and who can turn on that camera remotely - that is triggering privacy fears.

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These are the things you can do when you buy an Amazon Echo Show

These are the things you can do when you buy an Amazon Echo Show

When the Amazon Echo launched nearly three years ago, barely anyone knew how to make heads or tails of it. Fast forward to today, even the likes of Google and Apple are seen as trying to catch up with the retail giant. Amazon stepped up its game when it announced the Echo Show, which goes on sale later this week. And to remind everyone what they're really getting when they purchase one, Amazon released some videos showing off what can be done on what is probably the closest we'll get to a real-world Star Trek LCARS.

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