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Amazon Prime Day 2018: The best tech, electronics, PC, and mobile deals

Mac World - 4 hours 52 min ago

For Amazon Prime Day 2018, the retailer's upped its game considerably. Its annual summer sale may not yet rival Black Friday, but this year's event is a bright spot in an otherwise ho-hum season of bargain hunting.

Tech enthusiasts will find plenty to dig into. Discounts range from good to excellent in multiple categories--you'll find everything from cables to TVs on the cheap. Additionally, Amazon is supplementing the bargains with additional promotions, like deeply discounted trials for various Amazon services and a ton of free PC games via Twitch Prime.

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B&H and Costco make up for Apple's Prime Day absence with great deals

Mac World - 6 hours 56 min ago

Yes, it's Amazon Prime Day, and there are plenty of deals over at Jeff Bezos' massive marketplace if you're looking to save some dough. We've already covered a few.

Thing is, very few of those deals cater directly to us, the Apple faithful. The most you'll find are deals on accessories, such as an Otterbox Defender case for the iPhone 8 or Beats Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones. (Yeah, the headphones technically count as Apple, but let's not be picky.)

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Best Amazon Prime Day deals on fitness trackers and smartwatches

Mac World - 8 hours 24 min ago

While Prime Day is a great chance to grab a cheap TV, PC, or DVD set, it’s also a good excuse to get the tools you need to get in shape. Amazon is running a few awesome deals on fitness trackers to help Prime members on the road to their workout goals, and we’ve collected the best ones here:

Fitbit Alta HR Fitbit/Thinkstock

If you’re looking for something a little simpler, Fitbit’s Alta HR might fit the bill. Even with a slim design, it still brings a heart-rate sensor, sleep tracking, full fitness tracking, and 7-day battery life, as well as notifications and call alerts. It retails for $150, but Amazon is selling it today in black, blue, coral, or fuchsia for just $90Remove non-product link. We’ve previously seen it as low as $99, so this is an incredible deal.

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Best Amazon Prime Day deals on fitness trackers and smartwatches

PC World - 8 hours 24 min ago

While Prime Day is a great chance to grab a cheap TV, PC, or DVD set, it’s also a good excuse to get the tools you need to get in shape. Amazon is running a few awesome deals on fitness trackers to help Prime members on the road to their workout goals, and we’ve collected the best ones here:

Fitbit Alta HR Fitbit/Thinkstock

If you’re looking for something a little simpler, Fitbit’s Alta HR might fit the bill. Even with a slim design, it still brings a heart-rate sensor, sleep tracking, full fitness tracking, and 7-day battery life, as well as notifications and call alerts. It retails for $150, but Amazon is selling it today in black, blue, coral, or fuchsia for just $90Remove non-product link. We’ve previously seen it as low as $99, so this is an incredible deal.

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Best Amazon Prime Day Android smartphone deals for every carrier

PC World - 8 hours 28 min ago

Prime Day is here and if you've been waiting for just the right moment to upgrade your smartphone, today might be the day. Whether you want a top-of-the-line gaming phone or just something that will get you though a day of messaging and music streaming, Amazon is running some killer deals for Prime members on some of the year's most exciting phones. Here are the best ones we found for every carrier and taste:

Fully unlocked Phones Galaxy Note 8 Doug Duvall/IDG

The Galaxy Note 8 is our pick for best phablet phone, and today you can grab the Orchid Grey version for just $650Remove non-product link, $300 off the list price. That's the best price we've seen this side of a BOGO deal and a killer price for a phone with a 6.3-inch screen and incredible all-around specs. Of course, Samsung is gearing up to release the Note 9 next month, but rumors are all pointing to a minor upgrade, so you don't have to worry too much about new phone envy. But you might have bargain regret if you pass on this deal.

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Best Amazon device deals on Prime Day 2018

Mac World - 8 hours 35 min ago

Lest we forget, Amazon made e-readers ubiquitous, tablets affordable, and smart speakers a thing. And just like clockwork, the retail giant is using Prime Day 2018 to drop prices on Kindles, Fire tablets, and Echo smart speakers. Oh, and don’t forget Amazon owns Ring now—so Ring Video Doorbell products are on sale too, along with Amazon's own Cloud Cam.

If you want to see the whole line-up of Amazon device price reductions, go to this Amazon page that showcases all the gadgets Amazon makes itself. Or just keep reading for a rundown of what’s on sale by category.

Kindle E-reader deals

Our recommendation: Get the Paperwhite. It’s our favorite overall E-reader.

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Best Amazon device deals on Prime Day 2018

PC World - 8 hours 35 min ago

Lest we forget, Amazon made e-readers ubiquitous, tablets affordable, and smart speakers a thing. And just like clockwork, the retail giant is using Prime Day 2018 to drop prices on Kindles, Fire tablets, and Echo smart speakers. Oh, and don’t forget Amazon owns Ring now—so Ring Video Doorbell products are on sale too, along with Amazon's own Cloud Cam.

If you want to see the whole line-up of Amazon device price reductions, go to this Amazon page that showcases all the gadgets Amazon makes itself. Or just keep reading for a rundown of what’s on sale by category.

Kindle E-reader deals

Our recommendation: Get the Paperwhite. It’s our favorite overall E-reader.

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Pokémon Go Fest 2018 made up for last year's disastrous debut

Mac World - 8 hours 37 min ago

Last July, Niantic kicked off the first-ever Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago’s Grant Park—and things quickly spiraled out of control. Both cellular networks and the game's servers struggled to keep up with the intense demand of 20,000 attendees bunched up and frantically refreshing their phones, and Pokémon Go was nigh-unusable for most of the day.

In the end, Niantic refunded ticket costs, provided $100 worth of in-game coins to attendees, and then later agreed to a $1.575 million class action settlement to reimburse travel expenses.

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Apple highlights new emojis coming with iOS 12 and macOS Mojave to celebrate World Emoji Day

Mac World - 9 hours 1 min ago

World Emoji Day is tomorrow, July 17, and Apple is celebrating by highlighting some of the 70+ new emoji that will be featured in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave.

Apple says “more than 70 new emoji characters are coming to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac” later this year with the arrival of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. They’re based on the Unicode 11.0 standard, which was completed and released on June 5.

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The new 2018 MacBook Pro has a silicone membrane under each key

Mac World - 10 hours 13 min ago

Leave it to the teardown experts at iFixit to figure out what Apple is doing to address reliability issues with its “butterfly” MacBook keyboards.

The site has begun tearing down the new MacBook Pros—the ones with eighth-generation Intel Core processors—and it’s discovered something interesting under the keycaps. Covering the butterfly mechanism is a very thin, flexible silicone membrane. 

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A LIFX A19 LED lights four-pack is $98 from LIFX and half off Amazon's price

Mac World - 13 hours 7 sec ago

The LIFX A19 LED light, one of the best smart bulbs we've tested, is available from LIFX's website today for $97.98 for a four pack, using the code B2G2Remove non-product link. That’s a steep discount from the $240 list price and Amazon's price, where the same pack is $196.

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A LIFX A19 LED lights four-pack is $98 from LIFX and half off Amazon's price

PC World - 13 hours 7 sec ago

The LIFX A19 LED light, one of the best smart bulbs we've tested, is available from LIFX's website today for $97.98 for a four pack, using the code B2G2Remove non-product link. That’s a steep discount from the $240 list price and Amazon's price, where the same pack is $196.

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4 non-Amazon Prime Day deals: A $450 GTX 1080, a $95 SSD and more

PC World - 13 hours 28 min ago

The best non-Amazon Prime Day deals take the "holiday" created for members-only and make it a great shopping time for the rest of us, too. We’re only a few hours away from the Prime Day kick-off, and we’ve rounded up a bunch of solid deals for a Monday morning from all over the web. If you put them all together you’ve got one heck of an upgrade for your average gaming rig or home PC.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

Newegg’s got the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 (GV-N1080WF3OC-8GD) for $460 after code 18FANST05Remove non-product link, and if you do the mail-in rebate thing you can get $10 back, bringing the total cost to $450. This model of the GeForce GTX 1080 has three fans, 8GB of GDDR5X RAM, 2,560 CUDA cores, a base clock of 1,632MHz, and a boost to 1,797MHz. There’s also a non-gaming boost up to 1,657MHz. Ports include one DVI-D, one HDMI 2.0b, and three DisplayPort 1.4.

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Best Amazon Kindle and Fire tablet deals for Prime Day 2018

Mac World - 14 hours 13 min ago

Hopefully you haven’t purchased an Amazon Kindle or Fire tablet in the last few months—because now is the time to buy. Amazon has been hyping Prime Day savings for weeks now, and like Prime Days past, its own branded mobile devices receive some of the best discounts of all. 

Obviously, you’ll need Amazon Prime to score these deals, and if you don’t yet have a membership, you can sign up hereRemove non-product link. You may also consider our suggestions for getting a short-term Prime membership for free.

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Best Amazon Kindle and Fire tablet deals for Prime Day 2018

PC World - 14 hours 13 min ago

Hopefully you haven’t purchased an Amazon Kindle or Fire tablet in the last few months—because now is the time to buy. Amazon has been hyping Prime Day savings for weeks now, and like Prime Days past, its own branded mobile devices receive some of the best discounts of all. 

Obviously, you’ll need Amazon Prime to score these deals, and if you don’t yet have a membership, you can sign up hereRemove non-product link. You may also consider our suggestions for getting a short-term Prime membership for free.

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Best Amazon Echo and Fire TV deals for Prime Day 2018

Mac World - 14 hours 25 min ago
Prices for Echo Look, Echo Show, Echo Dot and more are dropping as Amazon battles to own voice-activated home control and the smart speaker space.

Best Amazon Echo and Fire TV deals for Prime Day 2018

PC World - 14 hours 25 min ago

With Google Home and Apple HomePod gaining ground in the smart speaker space, it looks like Amazon wants to cement its popularity in the U.S. with some major price drops for the Echo LookRemove non-product link, Echo Show, and Echo Dot. Echo savings range from 40% to 50%, and two Fire TV devices are on sale as well. 

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Roku will ship its first wireless speaker in October and surprise! It’s not a soundbar

Mac World - 14 hours 58 min ago
Designed specifically for Roku TVs, the Bluetooth speakers will be bundled with Roku's voice remote and an all-new tabletop voice remote.

Roku will ship its first wireless speaker in October and surprise! It’s not a soundbar

PC World - 14 hours 58 min ago
Designed specifically for Roku TVs, the Bluetooth speakers will be bundled with Roku's voice remote and an all-new tabletop voice remote.

Adobe Photoshop on iPad? This ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ artist is ready for the revolution

Mac World - 16 hours 58 min ago

Lizzie Nichols tells me she’s mildly insulted that painting programs like Procreate get stuffed under “Entertainment” on the iPad App Store.

I can’t say I blame her. Nichols is one of the visual development artists for Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which hit theaters late last week and has consistently racked up praise for its art and animation (if not its crass humor). Art is her business—specifically, the painting of environments and props that inform 3D designers how a production should look, along with the painting of characters—and she does it well. She worked on the previous Hotel Transylvania film, and her long list of credits include The Emoji Movie, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Futurama, along with freelance work for the likes of Disney Television and Cartoon Network. And she does almost all of it with Adobe Photoshop on a Mac Pro with an attached Wacom Cintiq Companion display.

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