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Alto's Odyssey for Android: Everything you need to know

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Alto's Odyssey for Android: Everything you need to know

Alto's Odyssey is coming to Android next month — are you pre-registered?

Alto's Odyssey has been out on iOS since February, and it's AMAZING. Developed by the same group of folks responsible for the masterpiece that is Alto's Adventure, Team Alto has taken everything we loved from the first game — the gorgeous graphics, beautiful atmosphere and butter smooth gameplay — and stepped it all up a notch while giving us a brand new story and a beautiful and diverse new environment for us to endlessly explore.

If I sound excited, it's because Alto's Adventure is hands-down one of the best free-to-play games ever released for Android. Period. Seriously, if you've never played Alto's Adventure go download it right now. and then come back.

July 17, 2018 — Alto's Odyssey Android release date confirmed for July 26!

Alto's fans rejoice! We're just over a week away from getting our hands on Alto's Odyssey on Android with an official release date set for July 26.

Follow the link below to be notified when Alto's Odyssey is ready for download.

Pre-register at Google Play

What new in Alto's Odyssey?

Alto and his pals have traded the snow-capped mountains of the original Adventure for the rolling sand dunes of a mystical desert complete with hot air balloons and other surprises to contend with.

Awesome features such as Zen Mode are included right out of the gate, and there are new tricks available and new ways to interact with the procedurally-generated areas. I mean, the developers drew specific inspiration from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (which explains the emphasis on intuitive controls) and that era in the THPS franchise is celebrated for adding subtle improvements to the gameplay that opened up a new way to link tricks and explore levels.

By all accounts, Alto's Odyssey is the perfect sequel to an amazing game that, too, took its time coming over to Android in 2016 after becoming a smash hit on iOS in 2015.

How much will it cost?

This is the other really interesting question that we don't have an answer for yet.

Both Alto's Adventure and Alto's Odyssey were released as paid apps in the iTunes App Store, but when Snowman partnered with Noodlecake Studios to bring Alto's Adventure to Android, they opted for a free-to-play model that included video ads to revive Alto and in-app purchases for premium upgrades. It was an experiment of sorts that offered a great game for free to Android users with minimal ads — and tens of millions of downloads from the Google Play Store.

Of course, the iOS and Android app markets are unique beasts, and while Team Alto has been hush on a firm release date, they also haven't said anything about whether Alto's Odyssey on Android will be free-to-play or require an up-front purchase.

Either way, we're eager to hit the sandy slopes of Alto's Odyssey just as soon as it's available for download.

Pre-register at Google Play

Are you excited about Alto's Odyssey?

Let us know in the comments!

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12 min ago

Google Assistant just got proactive - and a lot more useful

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Google Assistant just got proactive - and a lot more useful

What more can you do, Google Assistant?

A bit of the old and a lot of something new are going to make Google Assistant seem more like an assistant.

One of Android's killer features for a lot of us was Google Now. Google Now could tell you when your Mastercard payment was coming up, let you know that you might need to take an umbrella for your trip to Cleveland, and remind you about things like that dentist appointment you made 6 months ago and forgot about. Once given access to your Google account — and mind you, it needed a lot of access to everything you have stored in Google — it seemed like a real assistant.

Fast forward a few years, and the debut of Google Assistant proper left many a bit disappointed. Assistant is smart enough to turn on your lights or set your thermostat for you, and that's really cool, but as an assistant, it just wasn't as useful as Google Now. It seemed like a small regression to the dark days before Google was all up in your business, but being helpful about it. Today's news about Assistant getting more proactive looks like it might change that up and make Assistant a bit more ... assistive.

Google Assistant Coming UpExploreKeeping track with Google Assistant

Assistant will do things a bit differently than we're used to seeing. Before the age of smartphones, folks used planners or Dayrunners to lay out the days itinerary and activities. Pick up the dry cleaning at 9, then lunch with Susan at P.F. Changs. Meet with a business contact at 2, then take your little brother to baseball practice at 5. Whether your life is incredibly mundane or if you're some sort of RockGod, a planner you carried around kept track of everything.

Google Now tried to recreate that but use a different format where cards would pop into view when and where they were relevant. That was really cool and really smart. Now you would have directions to the cleaners available at your fingertips or the menu for P.F. Changs on your screen (the Mongolian Beef is to die for). That was helpful information that we didn't have to go looking for, and the fact that we didn't need to search it out is what made Google Now great. Not the interface, nor the way it knew everything. How it presented that bit of extra information was the icing on the cake.

It looks like Assistant is going to give us that bit of extra information, but do it in a way that is a bit retro with a scrolling day planner style view. This allows for some nice changes from how things used to be by keeping everything there to see at a glance on the same screen or card, while still dropping those bits that make it special like a button to make a call or a live traffic map. It's not anything new in itself — Google Assistant will already give you all of this through regular notifications if you provide it with the information — but it's far more useful than a mess of notifications that we will probably end up dismissing by accident or a set of cards that we'll inadvertently swipe away.

No more poking around because we mistakenly swiped the card with our boarding pass away.

I'm looking forward to seeing what I need to know in a modern take on the Today theme from an old Palm Pilot or BlackBerry, but the addition of some extra bits of information like a discovery section that can help me find something to do where I'm at when I'm there, or integration with apps like Google Keep or Todoist are the fascinating features. Allowing Assistant to suggest app actions and dig into an app's data (with our permission, of course) mean that your daily overview will look very different from my daily overview, but we'll both have what we need at our fingertips.

It's the little things that separate a good piece of software from a great piece of software. Checking the traffic or reminding you to pick up a package are little things that we can use plenty of other apps to do, but now that they are bundled into Google Assistant, a good app might become a great one again.

31 min ago

The Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot touchscreen deadbolt is only $134

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The Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot touchscreen deadbolt is only $134

Upgrade your front door.

The Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt is down to $134.13 with the 20% off for Prime on the product page. This deadbolt has been regularly selling around $170 recently, and it was selling as high as $180 toward the end of last year. It has never dropped below $150 directly before, so this is a new low price.

While the Schlage will work with Alexa and other voice assistants, it uses Z-Wave to connect. You will need a Z-Wave compatible hub like the SmartThings Hub or the Wink Hub. Unfortunately, Amazon does not have any native devices with a Z-Wave radio. The deadbolt uses a touchscreen keypad and can store up to 30 user codes at a time. It has a built-in alarm with three settings and uses AA batteries. It is rated ANSI Grade 1.

You will need Amazon Prime for this deal.

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42 min ago

5 things YouTube Music needs to fix in offline playback before it can be worth paying for

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5 things YouTube Music needs to fix in offline playback before it can be worth paying for

Offline goes offline sometimes

When you pay for YouTube Music Premium, you pay for three things, and one of them doesn't work properly right now.

Since streaming music can chip away at your data plan — and streaming video will eat your data cap alive — offline music is especially important to YouTube Music and the users who pay for YouTube Music Premium. There's just one problem: offline playback on YouTube Music has more pitfalls than an Indiana Jones soundtrack, Downloaded music downloads and redownloads and redownloads itself at the most inopportune times, and the app doesn't handle offline mode or offline playback consistently. No matter how careful you are, chances are one of these traps is going to put a thorny poison dart in your side.

How to download music for offline playback on YouTube Music

42 min ago

Google Assistant: Everything you need to know

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Google Assistant: Everything you need to know

There's a lot going on with the Google Assistant — let's break down the important stuff.

In May 2016, we got our very first taste of the Google Assistant with the debut of Allo. The Assistant was a big draw to Allo at the time, with Google marketing it as a helpful bot that could make restaurant reservations, search the web, and more within your conversations.

Since then, the Assistant has gained heaps of new features and expanded to smartphones, tablets, speakers, and more. Google's shown no interest in slowing down development for the Assistant, meaning that it's likely here for the long-haul.

Whether this is your first encounter with it or you just need a quick refresher, here's everything you need to know about the Google Assistant.

The latest Google Assistant news

July 17, 2018 — New Google Assistant page shows commute times, packages, upcoming flights, and more

Starting today, the Assistant on your phone is getting a big visual overhaul. After prompting the Assistant, tap the icon near the top right that previously opened up the Explore page for finding new Assistant actions and it'll now show a visual overview of your day.

Similar to old Google Now cards, this page shows things like your commute to work, the current weather, upcoming flights, packages that are on their way from recent online orders, calendar appointments, and much more.

In the near future, Google says it'll let you see a quick overview of notes/lists from Google Keep, Todoist, Bring!, and more, a discovery page that'll help you find nearby events/activities, reminders of where you last parked your car, and recommendations for songs and podcasts the Assistant thinks you'll like.

This new interface is rolling out today and is available on Android and iOS for all languages the Assistant supports.

July 10, 2018 — Google updates the UX for selecting the Assistant's voice

During Google I/O this past May, four new voices were added to the Assistant's existing male and female voices to help give it some more personality. Starting today, English users in the United States will see a new user interface when changing the voice.

With the new UX, users will now see a horizontal row of colors that denotes each voice rather than a vertical list of Voice 1, Voice 2, etc. The colors are entirely random and consist of Red, Orange, Amber, Green, Cyan, Blue, Purple, and Pink.

Google says the new look should be live for everyone by the end of the week!

July 10, 2018 — Deezer Premium is now supported on Google Homes in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Italy

Deezer may not be as popular as rivals like Spotify and Pandora, but for subscribers of the paid Deezer Premium service, you'll be happy to know that you can now listen to all of your Deezer songs and playlists through your Google Home.

Deezer Premium streaming has been available through Google Home since August 2017, but it was initially only live in France and Germany. This was later expanded to the United Kingdom in April of this year, and with this latest rollout, Deezer Premium now works on Google Homes that are in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Italy.

To link Deezer Premium to your Google Home, open the Home app, go to Music, and link your Deezer account.

The service regularly costs $9.99/month, but if you're a new member, Google's offering three months for just $0.99. If you want to take advantage of this offer, it's good until September 20.

June 26, 2018 — All Google Home speakers now support Spanish

While users have been able to talk to Assistant in Spanish on their phones, we're just now getting the ability to do the same on Google Home speakers.

Now, users in the United States, Spain, Mexico and other countries can choose to speak to Google Assistant in Spanish. If you want to change what language Google Home uses, open the Home app on your phone. The tap Settings -> Preferences -> Español.

All Google Home Speakers now support Spanish

June 12, 2018 — Google Home can now handle up to three commands at once

It can get old trying to ask multiple questions to our smart speakers — "What's the weather" and "How's my schedule" — but nowGoogle Home can understand up to three commands. Now, you can get your calendar, find out the weather and start playing music by only saying "Okay Google" once.

Another new feature is support for Multiple Actions. So now, instead of asking, "What's the weather in New York and the weather in San Francisco?", you can ask, "What's the weather in New York and San Francisco?" This is a subtle change, but it makes conversing with Google Assistant much more like conversing with a human.

Google Home can now handle up to three commands at once

May 9, 2018 — Google announced a heap of new features at I/O

To little surprise, the Google Assistant was the star of the show for a good chunk of I/O's opening keynote this year.

A lot of new features were announced for the Assistant, including new voices, the ability to ask follow-up questions without having to say "Hey, Google" each time, and an option for making your own custom Routines.

However, the most exciting thing was a system called Google Duplex. With this, the Assistant can call businesses and make appointments/reservations on your behalf. It's wickedly cool and definitely one of the wildest things to come out of this year's conference.

What's new in Google Home and Assistant at Google I/O 2018

All the important details

Google Now paved the way for Google Assistant

The Google Now page compared to the new Google Feed.

Before there was the Google Assistant, we had Google Now. Google Now was introduced to the world all the way back in 2012, offering contextual info through the Google Now page and helpful answers to random questions with an "OK Google" voice command.

A lot of what made Google Now so great can still be found in the Google Assistant today, with the exception of the Google Now page. The Google Now page used to be home to cards showcasing the weather, information on packages that had shipped from online orders, boarding passes, and more. It's since been replaced by the Google Feed – a collection of news stories Google thinks you'll be interested in – and it's definitely the biggest departure between the two services.

The Google Assistant as a whole is still more powerful than Google Now ever was, but long-time Android users like myself are still mourning the loss of that Now page. RIP, old friend.

Read more: Google Now is being left to wither and die as Google Assistant takes the focus

It's available on just about everything

In just a few short years, the Google Assistant's gone from being exclusive to a now-failed chat app to being integrated into just about anything you can think of.

You'll find Google Assistant built right into most Android phones, it's the star of the show for the Google Home lineup, and it's even making its way into sound bars.

Here's the full list of devices with Google Assistant

Setting up the Google Assistant is as easy or complex as you want

When you set up a device for the first time that has the Assistant, getting started is pretty simple. Accessing it is just a voice command or tap away depending on what gadget you're using, but if you want to really fine-tune your experience, Google's got you covered.

Take a quick dive into your Assistant settings and you'll find options for just about everything – including your weather preferences, changing the Assistant's voice, retraining your voice model, picking out preferred news sources, and much more.

How to set up and customize Google Assistant

Google Assistant is available in multiple regions and languages

Of course, a smart voice assistant isn't any good if you can't actually use it. Fortunately, Google Assistant will be available in 52 countries —adding 38 countries this year — and 17 languages by the end of 2018.

More: Google Assistant will expand to 38 countries and 17 languages in 2018

Google Home's the premier way to get the Assistant in your house (at least for now)

It's great to have the Google Assistant on your phone, but if you want to truly experience just how helpful it can be, you'll want to consider picking up a Google Home.

Google Home is Google's line of smart speakers that put the Assistant on full-display, allowing you to control smart devices, ask random questions, set timers, play music, and more by just using your voice.

You can spend as little as $49 for the Google Home Mini, $129 for the original Google Home, or a whopping $399 for the Google Home Max.

However, as great as the Home series is, don't forget that Smart Displays are just on the horizon.

Announced at CES 2018, Smart Displays are essentially smart speakers with the Google Assistant and a touch screen display that can show you helpful visuals when talking to them. It's basically Google's answer to the Amazon Echo Show and Echo Spot, and we can't wait to see more from them.

Everything you need to know about Google's Home speakers

Then again, is an always-listening speaker the right fit for your home?

However, the convenience of a Google Home (or any smart speaker for that matter) does come at the cost of privacy. Speakers like the Google Home are "always listening", meaning they're constantly on the lookout for a hot word to know when you're talking to it (such as "Ok, Google" and "Hey, Google").

This means the microphone on a Google Home is always active, but it's not necessarily storing all the audio it hears when it doesn't detect its hot word.

Most all speakers allow you to restore some privacy by being able to mute the microphone, but if you want to start asking the Assistant questions, you'll need to unmute it first.

To learn more about these "always listening" speakers, I'll pass the mic over to Jerry

Big upgrades are coming to the Assistant on Wear OS

Switching gears for a second, the Google Assistant on Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) is about to get a big upgrade.

In the near future, the Assistant on Wear OS will support Assistant Actions (basically apps for the Assistant) and give you the option to hear its responses through your watch's speaker or a pair of connected Bluetooth headphones.

Along with this, Google will be adding something called "smart suggestions." After asking the Assistant for the weather, for example, you'll see little bubbles for "weather tonight", "use celsius", and more so you can continue the conversation with just the tap of your finger. Google Assistant on Android offers something similar, and it's a great tool to have.

IFTTT supercharges the Assistant's usefulness

IFTTT (If This Then That) is a powerful online tool that allows you trigger something (that) if a certain event (this) happens. You can connect IFTTT to the Google Assistant to create your own recipes using this formula, and it can allow for some incredibly helpful combinations.

Some of our favorite uses for IFTTT and the Assistant include adding contacts to your Google account, setting your Google Calendar status to Busy for a certain period of time, and much, much more.

Getting started with IFTTT can take some time and patience if you're new to it, but once you're all set up and ready to go, it can prove to be a lifesaver.

How to connect Google Home and IFTTT to do amazing things with your connected tech

You'll get the same experience no matter what devices you use

With so many devices capable of running the Assistant, it'd be easy to think that the experience you get on one gadget would be different from another. This is something that Google struggled with for a while at first, but we're finally in a position where the Assistant experience you get on a smart speaker, for example, is the same you'll get on your phone.

There are a handful of features here and there that still create for some discrepency, but for the most part, the Assistant you use on your Pixel 2 is the same one found on Google Home.

Google Home and Google Assistant finally offer the same experience

Google Duplex is actually going to be a thing

Google showed off Duplex — Google Assistant making natural-sounding phone calls on your behalf — at I/O 2018, but quickly noted that it was just an experiment. Flash forward a couple months, and Google announced that certain users have started testing Duplex, and a public release will be here in the next few months. Before you know it, Google Assistant will be able to book hotels, dinner reservations, hair appointments and more without you lifting a finger.

More: What is Google Duplex?

Updated July 2018: Added the Google Duplex and language support sections, as well as links to recent Assistant news.

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T-Mobile brings unlimited data and texting to 70 more countries

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T-Mobile brings unlimited data and texting to 70 more countries

There's also a new $5/day data pass that includes unlimited calling and faster data.

While T-Mobile continues to work on its Sprint acquisition in the background, the Un-Carrier today announced a couple upgrades for its international network coverage.

T-Mobile previously offered unlimited texting and 2G data across more than 140 countries, but it's now adding 70 additional markets to that list to expand the total number to over 210.

If you want to up your data speeds and also have access to unlimited calling, T-Mobile's launching a new $5/day data pass that grants you unlimited international calling and 512MB of LTE data each day.

Like usual, the unlimited texting and 2G data are still free for all T-Mobile One subscribers as part of Simple Global.

The 70 new countries and $5 data pass are both launching July 22.

T-Mobile and Sprint Merger FAQ: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Best Amazon Prime Day Deals

Schlage Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt $134.13 $170.00 Save $36

Connect this deadbolt to your home automation for voice control and control from your smartphone.

Instant Instant Pot 6-quart Multicooker Prime Day Deal $58.99 $99.95 Save $41

This regularly sells for $100, and today's deal beats the best price ever by $10.

$50 $50 Regal Theaters gift card $39.50 $50.00 Save $11

Don't miss out on this Lightning deal for $10 off a Regal Entertainment gift card! It can be used at Regal Cinemas, Edwards Theaters, and UA theaters.

$60 $60 Spotify Gift Card $47.40 $60.00 Save $13

Amazon has the $60 Spotify gift card discounted to $47 as a Lightning deal right now!

Check out more Amazon Prime Day deals!

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Best Amazon Prime Day Canada Deals (2018): Echo, Movies & More

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Best Amazon Prime Day Canada Deals (2018): Echo, Movies & More

Prime Day 2018 is here! A day and a half of deals is upon us and we're going to keep tabs on the very best that Amazon has to offer over the next 36 hours so you can make some significant savings.

Prime Day 2018

This year's Prime Day kicks started on July 16 and will last for 36 hours. Amazon has promised an action-packed day for Canada, with double the deals on Amazon devices and the biggest deals yet on home security, smart home and Alexa-enabled products.

Here are the absolute best deals and promotions being made available to Prime members.

There's 3 months of KindleUnlimited for $0.99, 3 free audiobooks from Audible and free games each day in the run up to July 16 and beyond from Twitch Prime.

Not to mention the 25% off selected AmazonBasics and Pinzon products, up to 50% off Kids' and Baby clothing and accessories, and $10 Amazon.ca credit for your first stream on Prime Video between Monday, July 9 and Prime Day.

There's no better time than Prime Day to make the most of the Amazon Prime 30-day free trial.

This year's top picks

Last year's top-seller, Echo Dot, has already had its price cut to $34.99 making it cheaper to add Alexa to (more) rooms in your house. Many other Amazon devices followed suit with $40 off the Amazon Echo (2nd Generation), $40 off the Echo Spot and significant discounts to Fire tablets and Kindle Paperwhite, too.

Amazon devices:

There are plenty of deals to be had on third-party products too, with some of the best listed below.

Tech:

Gaming:

Home:

Entertainment:

Remember, these deals are exclusive to Amazon Prime members. If you're not already a member, there's no better time than Prime Day to make the most of your 30-day free trial.

It's impossible to keep up with the hundreds of thousands of offers and promotions during Prime Day, but the teams at Thrifter Canada will be doing their best to curate the deals and surface the ones worthy of your time. Keep it locked on Thrifter Canada, follow them on Twitter and sign up to their Canadian newsletter to get the best deals delivered directly into your inbox.

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Best Amazon Prime Day UK Deals (2018): Books, Echo, Games, More

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Best Amazon Prime Day UK Deals (2018): Books, Echo, Games, More

Prime Day 2018 is here! A day and a half of deals is upon us and we're going to keep tabs on the very best that Amazon has to offer over the next 36 hours so you can make some significant savings.

Prime Day 2018

This year's Prime Day kicked off on July 16 at 12pm and lasts for 36 hours — 6 hours longer than last year. Amazon has promised an action-packed day for the UK, with 40% more Spotlight Deals than last year.

Here are the absolute best deals and promotions being made available to Prime members in the UK.

There's 4 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for just £0.99, free games each day in the run up to July 16 and beyond from Twitch Prime, and 3 free months of KindleUnlimited.

Not to mention the 20% off selected AmazonBasics products, 50% off selected Amazon Video movie purchases, 20% off selected products from Amazon Brands, 20% off Amazon Warehouse Deals and up to 54% off certified refurbished Amazon devices.

There's no better time than Prime Day to make the most of the Amazon Prime 30-day free trial.

This year's top picks

Last year's top-seller, Echo Dot, has already had its price cut to £29.99 making it cheaper to add Alexa to (more) rooms in your house. Many other Amazon devices followed suit with £30 off the Amazon Echo (2nd Generation), £100 off the Echo Show, £30 off the Echo Spot and significant discounts to Kindle Oasis and Kindle Paperwhite, too.

Amazon devices:

There are plenty of deals to be had on third-party products too, with some of the best listed below.

Tech:

Gaming:

Home:

Entertainment:

Remember, these deals are exclusive to Amazon Prime members. If you're not already a member, there's no better time than Prime Day to make the most of your 30-day free trial.

It's impossible to keep up with the hundreds of thousands of offers and promotions during Prime Day, but the team at Thrifter UK will be doing their best to curate the deals and surface the ones worthy of your time. Keep it locked on Thrifter, follow them on Twitter and sign up to the UK newsletter to get the best deals delivered directly into your inbox.

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Best Amazon Prime Day Deals 2018

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Best Amazon Prime Day Deals 2018

At Thrifter, we are dedicated to finding you the best value deals. We have a team of researchers and writers who wake up before sunrise to catch new offers as they appear. For Prime Day 2018, we are putting in the biggest effort ever to ensure that you have a great shopping experience.

Amazon Prime Day has finally arrived. Of course, there's no such thing as a good deal on a bad product, and that's why the folks at Thrifter will be searching Amazon (and other major retailers) relentlessly all throughout Prime Day to bring you all of the real deals. Bookmark this page, because we'll be updating it for the whole duration of the 36-hour event.

Prime Day Live Chat

Top Amazon UK Prime Day Deals

Top Amazon Canada Prime Day Deals

Top Deals

If you have just a few minutes to look at deals today, you are not going to want to miss these ones. From all-time low prices to products we haven't seen discounted in months, this list comprises the best offers which are available from each of the categories in this article.

$50 $50 Regal Theaters gift card $39.50 $50.00 Save $11

Don't miss out on this Lightning deal for $10 off a Regal Entertainment gift card! It can be used at Regal Cinemas, Edwards Theaters, and UA theaters.

iRobot iRobot Roomba 671 robot vacuum $229.99 $350.00 Save $120

DJ Roomba can now be controlled with your voice.

SanDisk SanDisk SSD Plus 1TB solid state drive $149.99 $250.00 Save $100

I would get this deal if I didn't already have an SSD. This is so much space for such a small price.

Dyson Dyson Pure Cool Link Air Purifier $348.99 $500.00 Save $151

Get it? It blows because it's a fan. And I'm a fan of that price.

Remington Remington 1-inch Flat Iron $3.91 $19.99 Save $16

This is a crazy-good deal for this hair tool, which can be used to straighten or to create waves and curls.

Save Save on Apple MacBooks on Prime Day

Big savings to be had on the whole line of Apple MacBooks.

Razer Razer Phone 64GB memory gaming phone $524.25 $699.99 Save $176

This is the best discount we've seen on the phone, so be sure to take advantage of it.

Zippo Zippo Chrome Lighters $7.90 $11.81 Save $4

This lighter is windproof, refillable, and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Lego Lego 1,151-piece Air Race Jet kit $111.97 $160.00 Save $48

The only thing this doesn't do is fly... unless you throw it hard enough.

LG LG 34UC98-W 34-inch UltraWide IPS monitor $664.00 $830.00 Save $166

Amazon Lightning deals only last for a few hours, so take advantage!

Amazon Devices

Devices like the Amazon Echo and Fire TV Sticks always receive the best discounts during Prime Day compared to products from other brands, considering it is Amazon's exclusive event after all. Early Prime Day offers already brought a selection of them down to can't-miss prices. If you haven't met Alexa yet, what are you waiting for?

Vaux Vaux Speaker & Battery Pack for Amazon Echo Dot $29.99 $50.00 Save $20

A new and improved home for your Echo Dot.

Amazon Amazon Fire TV Game Controller $29.99 $45.00 Save $15

Easily control games and menus with this handy device.

Ring Ring Spotlight Cam HD security camera $139.99 $199.00 Save $59

This is $10 better than last year's Black Friday deals.

Blink Blink XT Home Security 3-Camera System $75.00 $130.00 Save $55

Don't blink, you might miss this deal.

Amazon Amazon Fire 7 Tablet $29.99 $49.99 Save $20

At this price, this is simply THE TABLET to buy if you're in the market.

Amazon Amazon Fire TV 4K $34.99 $69.99 Save $35

If you missed out on the last deal, you're in luck. The Amazon Fire TV 4K is down to an insanely low price.

Kindle Kindle Paperwhite e-reader $79.99 $120.00 Save $40

Time for summer reading!

Amazon Amazon Fire TV Cube streaming media player $89.99 $119.99 Save $30

Add Alexa voice control to your entire entertainment system.

Ring Ring Video Doorbell Pro $174.00 $249.00 Save $75

If you can't answer your doorbell from your phone yet, you are doing 2018 wrong. Correct that with this great deal on a Ring Video Doorbell Pro.

Toshiba Toshiba 50-inch 4K Fire TV $289.99 $399.99 Save $110

We were expecting to see the first deal on this TV today, but we weren't expecting such a large drop.

All Amazon Devices Deals

TVs

How's your TV at home treating you? If you're one of the many who have yet to discover the glorious clarity of media in 4K, maybe this Prime Day will help you change that. Whether you're searching for a humble 32-inch option or a massive 70-inch screen, there are a few interesting offers to consider in Amazon's selection.

Hisense Hisense 43H6080E 43-inch 4K Smart TV $239.99 $350.00 Save $110

This price puts the Hisense firmly in budget range. If you need a bedroom TV or something for a kids' playroom, this would be a great option.

Toshiba Toshiba 43-inch Fire TV Edition $249.99 $329.99 Save $80

Toshiba's 43-inch Fire TV Edition is currently on sale for just $249.99, which is $380 off its regular price.

LG LG 55UK6300 4K LED TV

The price may not have dropped directly, but the gift card makes up for that here.

VIZIO VIZIO 65 Inch 4K LED Smart TV - M65-F0 UHD TV

The deal comes in the form of a gift card, but how can you pass up $300 of free money?!

VIZIO VIZIO 70 Inch 4K Ultra HD TV E70-E3 UHD TV

The discount may not be huge, but you'll find lots of things to spend the $300 gift card on.

TCL TCL 32-Inch 720p Roku TV (32S305) $129.99 $169.99 Save $40

This 32-inch Roku Smart TV can connect to Wi-Fi and gain access to over 4,000 streaming channels like Netflix and Watch ESPN.

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Smart Home

Automating aspects of your home might sound expensive, but stepping into this next phase of home life is becoming more and more affordable every day. You could dip your toes in with something simple like a discounted smart plug, or dive into the deep end with something a bit more serious.

Sylvania Sylvania Smart+ smart plug $15.28 $25.00 Save $10

The best price we've ever seen and works with ZigBee compatible hubs.

Schlage Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt $134.13 $170.00 Save $36

Connect this deadbolt to your home automation for voice control and control from your smartphone.

TP-Link TP-Link HS100 Wi-Fi Smart Plug (Two-pack) $26.99 $42.71 Save $16

This two-pack of TP-Link smart plugs can be controlled from anywhere in the world via the free Kasa app on iOS or Android devices.

TP-Link TP-Link Kasa BR30 multi-color dimmable smart bulb $34.99 $50.00 Save $15

Save some money and color your hanging lights.

Wemo Wemo Mini Smart Plug $20.99 $30.00 Save $9

These smart plugs are small enough to stay out of your way but can be super helpful to have around the house. Don't miss this deal.

Circle Circle with Disney - Parental Controls and Filters for your Family’s Wireless Devices (B019RC1EI8) $69.99 $100.00 Save $30

The circle recognizes and manages every device on your home Wi-Fi to add parental controls for your kids.

Philips Philips Hue Candle Bulbs $22.99 $29.94 Save $7

If you have smaller lamps around the house, these candelabra bulbs may be just what you need.

Kasa Kasa Smart Wi-Fi LED Light Bulb by TP-Link (LB110) $17.99 $23.41 Save $5

This dimmable A19 bulb can be scheduled to turn on and off from anywhere in the world via the free Kasa app available on iOS and Android.

Philips Philips Hue Color Ambiance Flood Light (BR30) $34.99 $49.99 Save $15

It's time to replace your floodlights and recessed lighting with something a bit smarter.

TP-Link TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch $25.49 $51.07 Save $26

Who doesn't love speaking to their lights?

All Smart Home Deals

Unlocked Smartphones

Unlocked smartphones have become far more popular in the past few years, and if you are looking to treat yourself to a new one, Prime Day may be just the time to do it. We have already begun seeing a bunch of deals hit, and there will be some great offers to come as well.

Anker Anker 3-foot PowerLine Lightning Cables (3-pack) $16.79 $22.00 Save $5

Replace your old cables with these shiny new ones at a great price.

Moto Moto G6 64GB unlocked smartphone $259.99 $350.00 Save $90

This is a smartphone that is here for today and today only. Don't miss it.

Samsung Samsung Qi fast charge wireless charger stand $29.99 $66.00 Save $36

This charger works with both Android and iPhone smartphones, and works especially well with Android phones that have Fast Charge enabled.

Razer Razer Phone 64GB memory gaming phone $524.25 $699.99 Save $176

This is the best discount we've seen on the phone, so be sure to take advantage of it.

LG LG V35 ThinQ 64GB unlocked smartphone $599.99 $900.00 Save $300

Not a normal deal. Prime Day only and $300 off the price.

iOttie iOttie Car Phone Mounts

Your phone deserves a safe place to hang out in your car while you're driving, and this may be one of the best ways to do it.

Prime Prime Day Deals in Unlocked Cell Phones

Phones like the Huawei Mate 10, Honor 7X, and Essential Phone are included in this limited time sale.

Moto Moto X4 Prime Exclusive Phone $199.99 $349.99 Save $150

There's no more lock screen ads, but you do have to deal with a few extra apps to save some money.

SanDisk SanDisk Prime Day Storage Sale

Whether you need an SD card, SSD for your computer, or a flash drive, this one-day sale has you covered.

Huawei Huawei Mate 10 Pro $499.99 $799.99 Save $300

High-end unlocked smartphones can be quite expensive, so when you can save $250 you shouldn't miss the opportunity.

All Unlocked Smartphone Deals

Kitchen

Everyone loves the Instant Pot and its status is well-deserved, however, there are a bunch of other must-see discounted kitchen appliances and gadgets which are worth your time too. Along with the essentials are a variety of enticing offers on products like cookbooks and food.

Philips Philips HD9220/28 Viva Airfryer $99.99 $164.68 Save $65

This air fryer features a large 28oz frying basket and comes with the Philips Airfryer cookbook which includes over 150 recipes to try with the appliance.

Instant Instant Pot 6-quart Multicooker Prime Day Deal $58.99 $99.95 Save $41

This regularly sells for $100, and today's deal beats the best price ever by $10.

Royal Royal 40-piece cutlery set $21.00 $35.00 Save $14

The set includes knives, spoons, and forks, both salad and dinner. Get it while it lasts.

Keurig Keurig K-Elite Single Serve Coffee Maker $99.99 $207.05 Save $107

This single serve coffee maker is on sale in Brushed Slate or Brushed Silver for under half of its regular price for the first time ever.

Hamilton Hamilton Beach 33969A 6-quart programmable slow cooker $34.08 $48.00 Save $14

This is a Lightning deal, so it could sell out or run out.

Vitamix Vitamix Explorian 64-ounce professional-grade refurbished blender $189.95 $332.00 Save $142

Even though it's a refurb, it has a three-year warranty, which is fantastic.

Simplehuman Simplehuman Trash Cans

Score 20% off your choice of a couple discounted Simplehuman trash cans. Your garbage never looked so pristine.

Zojirushi Zojirushi Stainless 20-ounce Mug $20.79 $30.00 Save $9

These highly-rated mugs have never sold for less than this.

Oster Oster Cordless Electric Wine Opener with Chiller $23.99 $29.99 Save $6

This cordless electric wine opener can open up to 30 bottles on a single charge and works with all traditional wine bottles. A wine chiller is included as well.

OXO OXO Good Grips 2-Blade Handheld Spiralizer $14.99 $19.99 Save $5

Get in on the spiral food trend and save some money in the process.

All Kitchen Deals

Audio & Headphones

There are more than a few Thrifter deal-hunters who are obsessed with music; as such, we're always looking for the latest deals on audio equipment, accessories, and even vinyl records, and Prime Day will be no exception. Some great deals have already come down the pipeline with new ones being added daily as the big day approaches.

Logitech Logitech UE Boom 2 portable Bluetooth speaker $59.99 $90.00 Save $30

Low price but a limited sale. Bookmark the page so you'll be ready when it goes live.

$60 $60 Spotify Gift Card $47.40 $60.00 Save $13

Amazon has the $60 Spotify gift card discounted to $47 as a Lightning deal right now!

Doss Doss SoundBox XL 32W Bluetooth speakers $54.39 $80.00 Save $26

This is a Lightning deal and it's already almost 90% claimed. Grab it while you can.

Edifier Edifier R1280T powered bookshelf speakers $69.99 $100.00 Save $30

Powerful sound. Highly rated. Great price. Go for it.

Audio-Technica Audio-Technica ATH-M50X Professional Studio Monitor Headphones $111.75 $148.98 Save $37

The ATH-M50X headphones feature 45mm large-aperture drivers and earcups which swivel to a 90-degree angle for one-ear monitoring.

Audio-Technica Audio-Technica AT-LP120BK-USB Professional Turntable $229.00 $299.00 Save $70

Starting a record collection is a blast, but you'll need one of these first.

Logitech Logitech Z906 5.1-Channel Surround Sound speaker system $199.99 $270.00 Save $70

Surround yourself in savings with this deal.

Blue Blue Yeti USB microphone $89.00 $130.00 Save $41

One of the best prices we've seen on the Blue Yeti recently.

Jabra Jabra Elite 45e Alexa Enabled Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones $69.99 $99.99 Save $30

These in-ear headphones feature 2-microphone technology and last for up to eight hours on a single charge.

Sonos Sonos One Amazon Gift Card Bundle

You don't save any money off the top, but you'll get a $50 gift card to spend on a future Amazon purchase.

All Audio & Headphones

Gaming

Last year's Prime Day saw deals on consoles like the PlayStation 4 Slim console and the Xbox One S. Will this year's event discount the upgraded versions of those consoles — the PlayStation 4 Pro and the Xbox One X respectively — or will Amazon focus on offering games and accessories instead? Only time will tell.

Microsoft Microsoft - Xbox One X 1TB Console $374.99 $499.99 Save $125

Start gaming in 4K with this discounted Xbox One X.

Lego Lego Disney + Pixar's The Incredibles $29.99 $59.99 Save $30

This game follows the story of the two films in The Incredibles movie series and is discounted by 50% during Amazon Prime Day.

Xbox Xbox Wireless Controller (Minecraft Creeper) $39.99 $64.99 Save $25

Play games on your Xbox One, Windows 10 PC, or tablet with this special Minecraft edition of the Xbox wireless controller.

Three Three months of Xbox Game Pass for free with purchase of six month subscription $59.99 $89.98 Save $30

Gain unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games via Xbox One and Windows 10 with a subscription to Xbox Game Pass.

Oculus Oculus Rift + Touch Bundle $349.00 $400.00 Save $51

It's time to ditch the real world and step into a virtual one for a little bit.

Nintendo Nintendo Switch console + 64GB microSD card + $20 eShop gift card $299.99 $341.99 Save $42

This bundle includes one essential accessory every Nintendo Switch owner needs.

Nintendo Nintendo New 3DS XL - Super NES Edition + Super Mario Kart for SNES $149.99 $199.99 Save $50

This limited time sale marks the first major discount this version of the console has ever had!

All Gaming Deals

Home Improvement / DIY

Some DIY and home improvement projects leave you with a huge sense of pride, once the job is finished and you can fully take in the fruits of your labor. Saving money on the tools you'll need to accomplish those tasks can feel the same way with deals this good.

Greenworks Greenworks 40V 150MPH Variable Speed Cordless Blower $78.95 $120.00 Save $41

Leaf season is coming, but with this deal, you can be prepared.

Lowe's Lowe's 10% Off Sitewide

If it's at Lowe's, it's 10% off. You'll also get a free Google Home Mini if you spend $150 or more.

Kenmore Kenmore gas and electric washers and dryers

Got some empty washer and dryer hookups? Or old machines that need replacing? Stop using public facilities from now on.

Scotts Scotts EZ Seed Sun & Shade Dog Spot Repair $7.69 $13.00 Save $5

Keep your lawn looking nice with this dog spot repairer. You'll have to buy something else to deal with the holes Fido digs, though.

Dremel Dremel 4000 2/30 rotary tool kit with 160-piece accessory kit $73.50 $132.00 Save $59

This rotary tool comes with a flexible attachment and 160 accessories for a super low price.

Gerber Gerber Dime Purple multi-tool and Suspension Multi-plier

It's a multi-tool with a lifetime warranty, and it's less than $20. What else is there to say?

Dewalt Dewalt 100-piece Screwdriving & Drilling Set $34.99 $50.00 Save $15

This will give you a ton of tools to help you get your DIY projects done.

Little Little Giant 4' to 6' QuickStep Ladder $74.00 $98.80 Save $25

The QuickStep can convert from a 2' step stool into a 5' or 6' stepladder.

Leviton Leviton DW15S-1BZ Decora Smart LED switch $31.98 $39.97 Save $8

Add smart home control to a switch that didn't have it before.

Toto Toto A100 washlet electronic bidet toilet seat $208.59 $261.00 Save $52

Feels good to save money. And use a bidet. Try both.

All Home Improvement / DIY Deals

Everyday Essentials

Instead of heading over to your local Walmart or Target for products you always buy like paper towels, toothpaste, or vitamins, consider grabbing those products on Amazon. There are always deals to be had on everyday essentials, and the impending Prime Day event has unleashed a steady stream of exclusive discounts for Prime members. These are always great to look through if you're trying to find something to buy with an add-on item.

Royal Royal 40-piece cutlery set $21.00 $35.00 Save $14

The set includes knives, spoons, and forks, both salad and dinner. Get it while it lasts.

Anker Anker 3-foot PowerLine Lightning Cables (3-pack) $16.79 $22.00 Save $5

Replace your old cables with these shiny new ones at a great price.

Homecare Homecare Essentials $20 off $60

Another Prime Day deal that saves you money on stuff you need anyway.

Prime Prime Day Luxury Beauty Sale

From hair, skin, and nailcare to fun products like makeup, this is an easy way to save on items that are rarely discounted.

Såk Såk Gear DrySak 10-liter Waterproof Dry Bag $15.95 $21.00 Save $5

Great low price. Highly rated bag. Perfect for facing the elements with electronics in hand.

Dude Dude Wipes 30-count flushable wet wipes $6.11 $9.00 Save $3

These Dude Wipes have never dropped this low. Clean those dirty regions.

Zojirushi Zojirushi Stainless 20-ounce Mug $20.79 $30.00 Save $9

These highly-rated mugs have never sold for less than this.

Remington Remington 1-inch Flat Iron $3.91 $19.99 Save $16

This is a crazy-good deal for this hair tool, which can be used to straighten or to create waves and curls.

Up Up to 40% Off PetSafe + Greenies

Treat the kitties to some sweet discounts on the stuff you'll be buying anyways.

Mama Mama Bear organic baby food 12-pack 4-ounce pouches $11.03 $16.00 Save $5

These baby food pouches have never been discounted on Amazon before.

All Everyday Essentials Deals

Kids & Toys

From Nerf blasters and Lego sets to Disney Princess dolls and baby strollers, this section features kid necessities and toys for all ages. We've already seen a slew of exciting toys on sale in the past few days, making now a perfect time to start stashing toys away for Christmas.

Razor Razor E100 Electric Scooter $70.24 $115.00 Save $45

Go for a ride at a great price with this electric scooter.

Tegu Tegu 8 Piece Pocket Pouch Magnetic Wooden Block Set $18.79 $29.33 Save $11

This 8-piece set of magnetic wooden blocks is 20% off with Prime during Prime Day.

Cozmo Cozmo the Robot $149.99 $181.57 Save $32

This robot can express hundreds of emotions and is discounted by $30 for a limited time.

Save Save up to 40% on select toys

This limited time offer is discounting toys at varying price ranges for kids of all ages.

Howl's Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Castle Book 1) Kindle Edition $0.99 $3.99 Save $3

This beloved story is down to $1 for a limited time. You can also save on the Audible narration of this novel with this purchase.

Lego Lego Creator Outback Adventures $12.99 $19.99 Save $7

This 225-piece set can be built up into three different models, from a toy truck to a campsite to a winch helicopter.

The The Pokémon Cookbook: Easy & Fun Recipes $7.22 $10.00 Save $3

Your little Pokémon fan will love creating these fun, kid-friendly recipes.

Macy's Macy's Kids Backpacks Sale $15.00 $35.00 Save $20

Get ready for the new year with a character-themed backpack at a great price.

Early Early Prime Day Everyday Essentials Sale

The easiest way to save on things you'll have to buy anyway.

Monopoly Monopoly Deal card game $3.49 $5.64 Save $2

When someone tosses this card version of Monopoly off the table, there are so many fewer pieces to pick up afterward!

All Kids & Toys Deals

Entertainment

With stores like Best Buy, Target and Walmart shrinking the shelf space available for media like Blu-Rays, DVDs and CDs, Amazon is slowly becoming the best place to find sales on those items, and Prime Day has already had some early discounts on products like TV show seasons and vinyl records. The event is also offering price drops on digital media including digital HD films and e-books.

Add Add to your Blu-ray collection with 20% off over 3000 movies and TV shows via Amazon

From recent releases to classic films and binge-worthy tv shows, this Amazon discount is worth checking out and available today only.

Death Death Note: Complete Series Blu-ray $22.05 $36.29 Save $14

"I'll take this deal... AND BUY IT!" - Light Yagami... I think.

$50 $50 Regal Theaters gift card $39.50 $50.00 Save $11

Don't miss out on this Lightning deal for $10 off a Regal Entertainment gift card! It can be used at Regal Cinemas, Edwards Theaters, and UA theaters.

$60 $60 Spotify Gift Card $47.40 $60.00 Save $13

Amazon has the $60 Spotify gift card discounted to $47 as a Lightning deal right now!

Serenity Serenity movie in 4K $11.99 $15.00 Save $3

Ever get in the mood to stream Firefly like I do? Finish it off with the movie this time around.

The The Wife Between Us: A Novel (Hardcover Edition) $11.81 $19.99 Save $8

This bestselling novel has gained wild popularity recently, which is why you should buy it while it's on sale.

Humans Humans of New York: Stories $13.02 $25.00 Save $12

This Lightning deal will give you something to think about.

Enjoy Enjoy various 4K UHD movies for $14.99 each

From the Harry Potter series to DC and Marvel superhero films, this sale has a little bit of something for everyone.

Harry Harry Potter 8-film Collection 4K UHD $79.99 $155.74 Save $76

Prepare for Fantastic Beasts 2 with over $50 off this Harry Potter set which comprises the original eight films of the series.

Game Game of Thrones Seasons 1-7 Blu-ray Set $74.99 $150.00 Save $75

Daenerys or bust.

All Entertainment Deals

Fashion

Though it may surprise you, Amazon is working its way up in the fashion world. Its exclusive brands such as GoodThreads and Buttoned Down rival premium brands with affordable prices already, so getting the opportunity to add some of these clothes to your wardrobe at even lower prices is a deal you'd be wise to check out.

Up Up to 50% Off Jeans

86 options, all steeply discounted. Get fitted with this Prime Day deal.

Up Up to 60% Off Bestselling Watches from Top Brands

Tell the time in style, sans the distractions that come with electronic methods.

eBags eBags Professional Slim Laptop Backpack $67.99 $115.00 Save $47

This is an amazing price, and as a result, the item's selling out quickly. Hurry up if you're interested.

Under Under Armour Apparel

Whether you actually work out or you just want athleisure apparel, this discount is definitely worth checking out.

All Fashion Deals

Baby

Babies grow quickly, and they need lots of clothes, toys, and things to stimulate their minds. All of that can add up super quickly, but if you're an Amazon Prime member, you can easily reap the rewards of Prime Day and save big on tons of baby gear so that your little one can keep healthy and happy, and you don't have to tear your hair out when you see your empty wallet.

Mama Mama Bear organic baby food 12-pack 4-ounce pouches $11.03 $16.00 Save $5

These baby food pouches have never been discounted on Amazon before.

Radio Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll 'N Trike $55.53 $86.55 Save $31

This Radio Flyer trike can be adjusted to support children from 9 months old up to 5 years old.

Safety Safety 1st Grow and Go Car Seats

Keep your baby safe in the car with a trusted car seat from Safety 1st.

Baby Baby Nursery Essential Items

From cribs to sheets, sleepsacks, and even dressers, this one-day sale can help you complete your baby's nursery.

Skip Skip Hop Stroller Organizer $16.09 $22.99 Save $7

Keep your keys, credit cards, wallet, and more organized while pushing your stroller.

Summer Summer Infant Pop N' Play Portable Playard $51.05 $68.99 Save $18

Whether you're heading to the beach or sitting by the pool, this portable playard is a must-have.

Skip Skip Hop Vibrant Village Smart Lights Activity Gym $56.69 $80.99 Save $24

Activity mats are great to help entertain your kids and allow them to develop basic skills as they grow up.

Melissa Melissa & Doug Toys

Save on well-made educational toys that will make your kids as happy as your bank account.

Graco Graco Pack n Play Playard $33.24 $49.48 Save $16

From a place to play to somewhere to sleep, playards are essential to just about every new parent.

Graco Graco Baby Swing $51.02 $99.99 Save $49

This thing is a life saver, take it from the parent of a 5-month old who would only nap in this.

All Baby-related Deals

Amazon Prime Day is officially underway!

Be sure to check back often, as this page will be constantly adding fresh new deals. If you're looking for deals on Amazon's Echo hardware, Kindle Unlimited, Prime Pantry and more, we've got you covered.

Echo Hardware

To kick things off, the company slashed $100 on the price of the Echo Show, dropping it down to just $129.99. This is the lowest we've ever seen it go and makes it the same price as the smaller screened Echo Spot. We've seen Amazon offer Voice Shopping exclusive deals in the past during Prime Day, so if you don't have an Alexa device, or want another, this is a no-brainer purchase.

The Echo Dot is also down to $29.99, which is the lowest we've seen it hit this year.

Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Music Unlimited

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If you've yet to try out Amazon's Music Unlimited service, you can get a four-month membership for just $0.99. That's right, all four months of unlimited access to all the music in the company's library (which is rather extensive) for just one dollar. Prefer to read books instead of listening to music? No worries, Amazon has three months of Kindle Unlimited available for $0.99 as well. This gets you access to over a million book titles, and you can read as many of them as your heart desires during that time frame.

You can also go all-in on a Kindle Unlimited subscription and save 40% when you checkout with the coupon code PDKU18. This drops the one-year subscription down to $80.32 and the two-year subscription to $143.86. If you want to just buy a few books, you can get $10 towards any Kindle, print, or Audible book purchase when you buy any Kindle book for $5 or more before July 15.

Audible

Through the end of July, Amazon is offering Audible subscriptions at just $5 per month to new and returning members. The deal will remain active for three months, after which the service will begin billing you at its regular monthly price of $14.95. You can also choose to cancel the service at any time if you decide it's not for you.

Amazon's In-house brands

Amazon has a bunch of its own brands, and right now it's offering 20% off home, kitchen, and other AmazonBasics gear, 30% off Amazon Elements multivitamins, and up to 25% off Stone & Beam furniture. There are a bunch of other Amazon brands from AmazonFresh to Mama Bear and Goodthreads that will also have discounted items available.

Twitch Prime Games and Gear

For the gamers out there, Amazon is offering a free PC game each day through July 18 via Twitch Prime. There are popular titles like Pillars of Eternity, Q.U.B.E, Hue, and more. You'll also get exclusive in-game look for Warframe and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and if you're looking to load up on Twitch apparel, the merch is 50% off right now.

Prime Credit Cardholder Offers

Normally, the Amazon Prime Store Card and Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card extend shoppers 5% cash back on all Amazon.com orders. You can put the cash back rewards towards your monthly statements or a future Amazon purchase.

Last year during Prime Day, Amazon upped its cash back offer from the standard 5% to 20% on thousands of items exclusively for cardholders. That means smart deal hunters with an Amazon Prime Store Card or Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card were essentially saving an additional 15% on Prime Day. Eligible items included GoPro action cameras and Garmin fitness trackers. In fact, Amazon's already running some bonus cash back offers for cardholders including 10% back on LG 4K OLED TVs and 20% back on the GoPro Hero action camera.

What's more, Amazon is sweetening the pot by throwing in a free gift card upon approval. New Prime Store cardholders will receive a $20 gift card, while Prime Rewards Visa cardholders will get a $70 gift card. Both the credit card and gift card are automatically loaded into your Amazon account following the approval process, meaning if you apply now both will be ready to use during the big event.

American Express Rewards points

We already know that we will see millions of deals across the world on Prime Day, but did you know that you could drop the prices even lower by just shopping with your American Express points? Amazon frequently offers an additional percentage off select purchases when you checkout and pay for part of the transaction using your Rewards points, and come Prime Day, the company is offering 20% off on a variety of items.

When it comes to saving money, this may be one of the easiest ways you'll be able to do it on Prime Day. The first step is to head to this page and click to activate the offer. Once the offer is activated, you'll want to make sure that your American Express card is one of the payment methods in your account, and that you have linked your accounts successfully. The last, and easiest part, is to find an eligible item, add it to your cart, and pay using at least one American Express Reward point.

This discount can be redeemed on any item physical goods that are sold and shipped by Amazon. You won't be able to redeem it on items sold by third parties, digital goods, or Amazon gift cards. It can only be redeemed once and has a maximum benefit of $100. The offer is currently live, so if there is something you want to buy now, you can save 20%. The promotion can end at any time, so be sure to activate the offer now and link your accounts to avoid missing out.

Of course, to take advantage of any of these offers you need to be an Amazon Prime member. If you aren't already, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial so you can access all these deals and save during the big event.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 rumors: Release date, specs, price, and features!

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 rumors: Release date, specs, price, and features!

This will probably be the Android tablet to buy in 2018.

Android tablets are pretty much MIA in 2018. Huawei's got a few different models to check out and Amazon's still pushing its Fire lineup, but that's about it.

Within the next couple of months or so, however, Samsung will once again throw its hat in this ring with the Galaxy Tab S4 — a successor to last year's Galaxy Tab S3. Here's what we know about the device so far!

The latest Galaxy Tab S4 news

July 17, 2018 — Snapdragon 835, 10.5-inch 16:10 display, and more revealed in full spec leak

If you've been waiting for a huge Galaxy Tab S4 spec dump, today's your lucky day.

The folks at SamMobile recently got their hands on a full specification lowdown for the tablet, and as we were expecting, this will be one of the most powerful Android tablets you can buy in 2018.

Starting first with the display, the Tab S4 will have a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 2560 x 1600 resolution. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 7,300 mAh battery.

Other specs include Bluetooth 5.0, 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, Samsung DeX support, and Android 8.1 Oreo.

July 11, 2018 — Galaxy Tab S4 shown off in white w/ keyboard and pen accessories

A little over a week since that first render was released, Evan Blass how now taken to Twitter to share two more pictures of the Tab S4.

The first of the two photos (the one at the very top of this article) shows the Tab S4 in what's likely a first-party keyboard cover next to an official pen/stylus.

The other render gives us another look at the back of the tablet, this time showing it in a white paint job.

July 2, 2018 — First render reveals the Tab S4's design

Thanks to the renders sent into AndroidHeadlines, we now have our very first look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4.

To not much surprise, this looks a lot like a modernized version of the Tab S3. There's a single camera on the back, large display up front, and what appears to be a metal or glass design.

Although nothing's radically different, one of the biggest changes compared to last year can be seen with the shrunken bezels. The Tab S4 appears to make even better use of its screen, and while it's not entirely bezel-less, this is still a big step in the right direction.

Also different is the absence of a physical home button. The Tab S3's button doubled as a fingerprint sensor, so when it comes to biometric authentication, we're probably looking at Samsung's iris scanning rather than an in-display fingerprint sensor.

All the big details

What specs are we anticipating?

Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablets typically come equipped with top-of-the-line specifications, and with the tab S4, that's no different.

The below specs are what we're anticipating thanks to the rumor mill, and while Samsung has confirmed none of them, we're reasonably sure this is what we'll be seeing when the Tab S4 is announced.

Spec Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Specs Operating system Android 8.1 Oreo Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Screen 10.5-inch 2560 x 1600 Super AMOLED panel
16:10 aspect ratio RAM 4GB LPDDR4X Storage 64GB Cameras 13MP rear
8MP front Battery 7,300 mAh Connectivity USB 3.1
3.5mm headphone jack
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 ac Security Iris scanning

When will the Galaxy Tab S4 be released?

Similar to the upcoming Galaxy Watch, there are two possibilities as to when we'll get our first official look at the Galaxy Tab S4.

Samsung's holding an event on August 9 to announce the Note 9, and while there's a chance we could see the Tab S4 here, I bet that Samsung will keep this event exclusive for Note 9 talk.

Instead, I think it's more likely that the Tab S4 will be unveiled during IFA. This is also where Samsung will probably announce the Galaxy Watch and the trade show's scheduled to take place between August 31 and September 5.

How much will it cost?

As great of a tablet as the Tab S3 was, we were never fans of its $599 asking price.

Samsung was clearly trying to compete with the iPad Pro with that pricing, but in 2018, I can't imagine anyone willing to hand over $600+ for an Android tablet.

Since the specs for the Tab S4 are still up in the air, it's difficult to say what the price tag will look like. If Samsung's once again trying to target the iPad Pro market, we could be looking at something between $600 and $650. If it wants to instead go for the regular iPad, it'll likely be priced around $350 or so.

Updated July 17, 2018: Added a spec sheet based on current rumors.

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1 hour ago

How to clear search and location history in Google Maps on Android

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How to clear search and location history in Google Maps on Android

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Just because you searched for it once doesn't mean it has to live on forever.

We all search for plenty of wacky and one-time things in Google Maps, and despite what Google thinks we don't always want that sitting in our history forever. There are also plenty of times when we navigate somewhere that we'll never go back to, and there's no reason to have it saved in the app's history. And of course sometimes we just enter the wrong address — we don't need that coming back up later as a suggested destination.

Though the real power to wipe this all out from your account lies on the web, you can quickly remove specific searches and locations that you've recently navigated to right from Maps on your phone. Let us show you how to do it.

How to clear your Google Maps history on your phone

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If you want to clear out individual items in your search or location history in Google Maps, it takes just a few moments:

  1. Open Google Maps, swipe in from the left edge and tap Settings.
  2. Tap Maps history to see a scrolling list of every search you've made and destination you've routed to.
  3. To remove an item, simply tap the x at the right of the entry.
    • A box will pop up confirming the item you're about to delete, and you can tap Delete to confirm.
  4. If you deleted a search, it will no longer show up as a suggested entry when you go to make new searches.
  5. And if you deleted a route, it will no longer show up when getting directions to a location nearby.

Of course this is really only an option if you have just a few different recent locations to remove — you won't want to be endlessly scrolling through and deleting individual items from your phone. For a more comprehensive look at your location history for all devices connected to your Google Account, be sure to check out the Google Maps history dashboard on the web and adjust your location settings on your phone accordingly.

Update July 2018: Google Maps has changed slightly, and so we've updated this guide to reflect the steps for clearing your history in the latest version.

2 hours ago

Net neutrality could be making a comeback thanks to newly introduced bill

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Net neutrality could be making a comeback thanks to newly introduced bill

The bill's being led by Republican Representative Mike Coffman.

Net neutrality may be no more, but thanks to the efforts of various members throughout the government, steps are being taken to reinstate its principles back into the country. On July 17, Representative Mike Coffman announced his bill to push forward with these efforts.

The bill, referred to as The 21st Century Internet Act, aims to bring back the guidelines that were introduced in 2015 with the FCC's Open Internet Order. As such, Coffman aims to stop ISPs from being able to throttle network speeds, block content, and offer fast lanes to those with more cash.

As noted in a letter sent to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Coffman said:

The Internet has been and remains a transformative tool, and I am concerned any action you may take to alter the rules under which it functions may well have significant unanticipated negative consequences. I believe Congress can find the right balance of light-touch regulatory authority while celebrating the same open Internet protections that exist today.

In addition to the net neutrality laws we previously had, Coffman plans on going a step further by deeming it illegal for ISPs to partake in "unfair or deceptive acts or practices."

The 21's Century Internet Act is going to be faced with an uphill battle before it even makes it to the floor, but this isn't the only bill that's in motion to revert Pai's repeal. The California Senate passed a vote in late May to restore net neutrality in the state, and on May 16, the national Senate officially voted 52-47 in favor of bringing the legislation back.

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2 hours ago

Build the smart home of your dreams for less with these Prime Day deals

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Build the smart home of your dreams for less with these Prime Day deals

Looking at Prime Day 2018 for the smart home deals? Haven't invested in a voice-control ecosystem yet or just need some more lights you can schedule on and off anytime you want? We've seen quite a few smart home deals that could definitely help make your life a little easier.

A smart home really isn't worth it if you can't say "Alexa, turn on my living room lights." Start with the Echo Dot for its lowest price since last year's Black Friday at just $30. There are several Alexa-enabled devices on sale today since it's sort of Amazon's big day. Amazon's newest hardware, the Fire TV Cube, is also on sale for $90.

Once you have your hub, you can start adding items to it. Plenty of TP-Link smart bulbs are on sale right now. Get white A19 bulbs for $18 or multi-color BR30 bulbs for $35. These are great options because they don't require a separate hub and will easily connect to your Echo Dot once you've connected them to your Wi-Fi network.

Of course, TP-Link bulbs aren't as advanced as the Philips Hue system. The Hue ecosystem has a ton of options, including a 2-bulb starter kit that comes with an Echo Dot for just $120 total. The starter kit comes with the Philips Hue Bridge that will control up to 50 bulbs and unite them with your Echo Dot for voice control. With your Bridge in place, you can add plenty of smart bulbs to it including $37 A19 color bulbs, $23 dimmable candle bulbs, and more.

Smart lights and bulbs are the simple way to start to your smart home, but there's plenty more you can do. Add smart functionality to your door with the August 3rd-gen smart lock bundle for $238. With this, you'll be able to check that your front door is locked from any room in the house or even while you're away from home. It works with Alexa voice control and lets you track everyone coming and going.

Enhance your safety whether you're home or not with smart security systems, too. The Blink XT 3-camera system is down to $230 today. Some of the Blink XT kits have already sold out, and some are back-ordered, but these prices are legit the best we've seen. You'll be able to use this camera to monitor movement inside and out, get push notifications, and store video footage for viewing later. Add some spotlight cameras from Ring on sale for $140 and you'll be able to see who is messing around in the dark, whether it's a raccoon, your children sneaking out, or someone trying to get in.

All of these deals are just the tip of the iceberg for smart home possibilities. We'll keep adding more smart home deals to this roundup as we find them, so be sure to check back for more.

2 hours ago

3 Best Drone Launch Pads in 2018

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3 Best Drone Launch Pads in 2018

Ensure every take off and landing is clean and safe with a durable drone launchpad.

At first glance, a drone launchpad might seem like a somewhat frivolous accessory. However, there's a number of valid reasons why a drone launchpad can really improve your flight sessions out in the wilderness.

For starters, they're big and colorful with high-contrasting colors (and sometimes even glow in the dark) which makes it easier to find your launch point when flying manually. Pinning down a launch mat in a grassy field can help clear away any tall grass which might affect your takeoff or landing, and it will also cut down on your drone kicking up dust which can dirty up your camera lens or gunk up your motors. This is a great option, too, if you're apprehensive about hand launching or catching your drone. Realistically, this would be overkill if you're still flying a cheap beginner drone but if you're flying a high-end camera drone such as the DJI Mavic Air or Phantom 4 it's a handy tool to add to your drone kit.

SunfyreTek XL Drone Landing Pad

We'll start out with this heavy duty landing pad made out of a thick rubber which means it will help absorb impact from landing and doesn't need to be staked to the ground. Featuring a high-contrast black and yellow pattern, you'll be able to find your launch site from the sky easily.

This pad is 22 inches by 22 inches and is capable of accommodating even the larger DJI Phantom drones while offering good protection against dust and debris getting at your drone. Its waterproof with a non-slip backing so you can use it practically anywhere. When it's time to pack up and head home, the pad rolls up easily or can also be folded without leaving ugly creases.

Get this heavy duty landing pad for just $30 on Amazon.

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InnoGiz Luminous Landing Pad

This is the ideal drone launching pad for those who enjoy nighttime flights. Made At 33 inches in diameter, this is a large and lightweight launch pad made of nylon that folds down to just 13 inches with a convenient carrying bag.

This launch pad is double-sided, with the orange and white side doubling as a luminous pattern for flying in low-light scenarios. The pad also features compass directions that, if set up properly of course, can help you keep your orientation while flying your drone. You'll need to stake this landing pad down with the four included pegs.

Get this portable launch pad kit for just $22 on Amazon.

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PGYTECH Foldable Landing Pad

Lastly, we've got this most basic landing pad for those who don't need anything flashy but also want to keep their drones free from debris.

This double-sided launch pad features two high-contrast sides to choose from — blue or orange — and is durably made of a waterproof nylon material. This pad is 30 inches wide and folds down to just 12 inches for storage. The kit includes eight reflective strips that you can attach to your pad to help with visibility in low light situations and includes three pegs for staking it down in the ground.

If you're simply after a basic pad to protect your drone from dust and debris, this is your best value at just $15.

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3 hours ago

Google brings back blob emojis with sticker packs for Android Messages and Gboard

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Google brings back blob emojis with sticker packs for Android Messages and Gboard

The blobs live on ❤️

Android Oreo's quickly approaching its one-year anniversary, and while many of its features like picture-in-picture and Autofill have proven to be truly useful over the last few months, some people are still feeling the sting of Google's decision to remove its blob-style emojis in favor of a more conventional design.

Thankfully, we've got some good news. In honor of the 2018 World Emoji Day, Google's adding blob sticker packs to both Android Messages and Gboard,

A similar sticker pack was added to Google's Allo messaging service exactly a year ago today, but since Allo's been put on the backburner in favor of further development for Android Messages and its "Chat" feature, it makes sense that Google would bring this over to its other, more widely-used platforms.

To grab the sticker pack on Android Message, go to a conversation within the app and then tap the + icon, tap on the sticker icon, and then another + button near the top to add it. In Gboard, just tap the emoji shortcut, tap the sticker icon, and you should see a shortcut for it already.

The blob stickers are already showing up for me in Gboard, but they're still MIA in Android Messages. However, as Google advances with its rollout, they should be live across both platforms for all users over the next day or so.

From blah to blob: The history of Android emoji

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