DEAL: Amazon has the Refurbished Echo Priced at Just $140

Amazon is currently selling the Amazon Echo for just $139.99 as a “certified refurbished” unit. That’s a good $40 discount off a brand new unit, which Amazon describes as being “refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new.” So in other words, you are basically getting a unit that has had any issues fixed and then made new again.

In case you need a recap on the Echo, you could think of it has a decent room-filling speaker for playing music from from a variety of sources or via Bluetooth. But on top of that, you can ask Alexa (the brains behind Echo) for answers to questions, about the weather, to set timers, control lights and thermostats, read the news, share sports scores, re-purchase products on Amazon, and even order an Uber or pizza. It’s a bit like a home assistant.

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LG Introduces Action CAM LTE, an 4K Action Camera With LTE

To add to the limited number of “Friends” currently available for the world’s smartphones, LG last night introduced the Action CAM LTE, which as the name suggests, is an action camera that has LTE connectivity.  It’s also powered by a Snapdragon 650 processor and can stream directly to YouTube Live, which is pretty sweet for an action cam.

Since this is an action camera, LG made sure it’s ready for your abuse and built it to be rated at IP67, which means it is dust and sand proof, but can be dunked in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes at a time. It should work with “various” mounts and accessories from third parties as well.  (more…)

Nest Introduces Its First Outdoor Security Cam, Up for Pre-Order Now

We’re barely a month removed from Tony Fadell’s exit at Nest and the company is pushing out its first product, the Nest Cam Outdoor. As the name suggested, this is the outdoor Nest Cam that customers have been begging the smart home product maker to release.

At $199, the Nest Cam Outdoor is very much a Nest product, but yet also your typical outdoor camera. It shoots 1080p video, can see in the dark, is weatherproof at IP65, connects via WiFi, sends you notifications when it notices movement or hears noise, and needs to be plugged into an outlet 24-7.  (more…)

DEAL: Amazon Dash Buttons All $0.99 Today, Include $5 Credit for First Use

Amazon Dash Buttons, the programmable buttons that allow you to order all sorts of your favorite household items with a single press, are discounted today to just $0.99. Since they normally retail for $4.99 a piece, I’d say that this is a deal worth jumping on if you are a Prime member.

How do Dash Buttons work? They are super simple, thanks to setup via the Amazon Android app, and have become a part of my shopping routine, especially when it comes to things like paper towels, toilet paper, tissue paper, air fresheners, and even bottled water. In fact, Dash Buttons have all but killed off any need for me to go to Target, which is an amazing thing to say.  (more…)

DEAL: Jaybird X2 Bluetooth Headphones Just $79.99 Today at Amazon ($70 Off)

Today’s best deal is without a doubt the Amazon “Deal of the day” for the Jaybird X2 Bluetooth sport headphones. At just $79.99 ($70 off), you can own what I consider to be the best wireless Bluetooth headphones on the planet. Well, they’ll be the best until the X3 comes out later this year.

Amazon currently has the $79.99 price available in a variety of colors with Prime shipping, since this is a Prime-specific deal.  (more…)

Samsung Stomps on the MicroSD Card With UFS Line of Cards, Including 256GB Option

This morning, Samsung announced that it has taken expandable storage to a ridiculously fast level. Their new removable memory cards are more than five times faster than the typical microSD cards you probably have in your phones now. Read that again: five times.

The new cards are build on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 1.0 standard, which means read speeds of up to 530MB/s and write speeds of 170MB/s. The current crop of fast microSD cards that we all own are built on the UHS standard and mostly top out around the 95MB/s read mark. That’s nuts!  (more…)

SanDisk Announces Two 256GB MicroSD Cards, Arriving as Early as August

This morning, SanDisk joined Samsung as removable storage makers who plan to offer microSD cards in 256GB options. According to SanDisk, we should expect two new 256GB cards throughout the year, one of the Extreme variety that should be good for action cameras and 4K-ready phones, plus another of the Ultra variety that will be great for casual smartphone use.  (more…)