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Best Amazon Prime Day deals on fitness trackers and smartwatches

Mon, 2018-07-16 15:34

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

Mon, 2018-07-16 15:30

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

Mon, 2018-07-16 15:23

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

Mon, 2018-07-16 10:58

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

Mon, 2018-07-16 10:30

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

Mon, 2018-07-16 09:45

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

Mon, 2018-07-16 09:33

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

Mon, 2018-07-16 09:00
Designed specifically for Roku TVs, the Bluetooth speakers will be bundled with Roku's voice remote and an all-new tabletop voice remote.

Brinno SHC1000 Peephole Camera review: Combat porch pirates with this concealed camera

Mon, 2018-07-16 06:00
With integrated knock and motion sensors, this upgraded peephole camera will detect wrongdoers darkening your door.

Amazon Echo Dot vs. Google Home Mini

Mon, 2018-07-16 06:00
Amazon and Google are both trying to get a foot through your door with their smart speakers. Here's what you need to consider before buying one.

Sengled Element Color Plus Kit review: These ZigBee smart bulbs don’t raise the bar, but they’re perfectly acceptable

Mon, 2018-07-16 06:00
These bulbs work with the included hub, or with third-party gear.

Watch us unbox Maingear's F131, a glorious hot rod of a gaming rig

Fri, 2018-07-13 14:38

Few computers inspiring drooling as much as the fully kitted-out flagship systems by boutique PC builders. The fire-breathing hot rod of a rig that just showed up in our labs is so gorgeous we just had to share it.

The Maingear F131 Gordon unboxes above packs Intel’s 18-core Intel Core i9-7980X behemoth, scads of RGB illuminated G.Skill Trident Z memory, and not one but two GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. But hardware aside, it’s the artistry that steals the show. This F131 comes equipped with Maingear’s flashy yet functional Apex cooling system, which marries various EK Waterblocks with hardline metal tubing and a huge acrylic block that looks damned fine while working as the liquid reservoir. A fancy custom paint job and red PSU extension cables complete the premium look. The F131 packs customizable RGB LEDs throughout to put all its glorious hardware in a literal spotlight.

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This week in games: More Witcher games, new Commandos, and Darksiders III gets a release date

Fri, 2018-07-13 13:00

It's release dates, release dates, release dates this week as we start to prepare for the just-over-the-horizon fall reviews rush. No, please—sit back and enjoy the summer. Wear sunscreen. Stay hydrated. Just know that games are coming soon, some (like Monster Hunter: World) as early as August.

That, plus release dates for Bard's Tale IV and Darksiders III, a delay for Code Vein, teases for a new Witcher and new Commandos, and Fortnite making so much damn money that Epic decides to give all Unreal Marketplace developers an 18 percent bonus for the last four years of sales. Four years.

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Pump up your summer parties with this killer Prime deal on Anker's SoundCore 2 Bluetooth speaker

Fri, 2018-07-13 11:12

There are a lot of Bluetooth speakers out there, and it can be hard to cut through all the noise. Amazon makes it easy today with this killer deal on Anker's super popular, well-reviewed SoundCore 2. Right now it's on sale for $28Remove non-product link, the lowest price we've ever seen and a sharp discount from its usual price of $42. Like most of the deals this week, you need to be a Prime member to get that price. (You can sign up for a 30-day free trial hereRemove non-product link.)

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Is the GPU pricing crisis ending? Amazon's selling a Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 for $210

Fri, 2018-07-13 09:54

If you’ve been impatiently waiting for the end of the great mining-induced graphics card crisis, today’s deal is for you. Amazon’s selling a 4GB Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 for $210 after a $90 discount and a $20 mail-in rebate. (That means you pay $230 up front.)

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How to pick the best gaming laptop GPU

Fri, 2018-07-13 08:23

A gaming laptop's GPU matters just as much as its CPU and other components. Given that any gaming laptop worth the name has some sort of discrete graphics, we'll go through all the mobile GPUs available and tell you what to expect from each one, and point you to some laptops that carry them. 

Gaming laptop quick picks

If you’re looking for specific gaming laptop recommendations, here are a few suggestions:

For more information and a broader range of options, check out our story on the best gaming laptops.

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TCL 55R617 4K UHD Roku TV review: Great color and HDR for a very modest price

Fri, 2018-07-13 06:00
The 6-series' color and HDR are astounding for this price range, but weak motion handling and problematic backlighting remind you this isn't a high-end TV.

The best online courses for learning Python

Fri, 2018-07-13 06:00

If you’re looking to learn coding or want to pick up another programming language, Python is a good choice. One of the terrific things about Python is how closely it resembles the English language, so you’ll often see words like “not,” “in,” and “or” in its scripts. Because of its readability, Python is commonly the first programming language schools teach. It’s a great launchpad for an aspiring coder.

Now you might be asking: What can you do with Python? Python is the official language of Google, it powers Instagram, and it even runs on chips Intel tests. It’s a scripting language that can automate all sorts of tasks, big or small. You can do just about anything with Python that you can do with other languages. But it also has some distinct advantages.

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The new MacBook Pros only make me long for an Apple custom processor even more

Fri, 2018-07-13 06:00
Apple's new MacBook Pros bring impressive speed boosts over the prior models, but there won't be any real innovation until Apple takes over the processor from Intel.

The PC market actually grew in Q2 2018, thanks to business PCs

Thu, 2018-07-12 20:44

Quarterly PC sales grew the most since 2012, IDC said Thursday afternoon, driven by commercial demand and a growing American appetite for gaming PCs.

Preliminary results for the second quarter forecast unit growth—yes, growth—of 2.7 percent, year over year, to 62.3 million units. That’s the strongest growth since the first quarter of 2012, when the PC market grew by 4.2 percent, IDC said. Rival firm Gartner agreed, estimating that 62.1 million PCs were sold in the second quarter of 2018, a 1.4 percent increase from the second quarter of 2017.

Worldwide, the PC market had been flat over the past three quarters. Within the United States, however, the PC market has grown for two consecutive quarters. Both worldwide and in the North American market, the biggest driver was business PCs. But IDC also pointed to a surge in gaming PCs, helped by lower prices in graphics cards.

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