LG Announces the SmartThinQ Hub, Basically an Amazon Echo

Set to be shown off at the upcoming CES in Las Vegas, LG has unveiled the SmartThinQ Hub, a core for your smart home. Much like an Amazon Echo, which can be connected to other smart things in your home, the SmartThinQ Hub is designed to connect to washers, dryers, as well as other smart appliances to deliver notifications to you. Not only does it handle your appliances, but the Hub can also stream music, display upcoming calendar events from your datebook, and so much more.  (more…)

DEAL: $3 Off TechMatte 5-Foot and 3-Foot USB Type-C to Type-A Cables (Benson Leung Approved)

Still getting used to life with USB Type-C in it, even though you have owned a Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X for a couple of months now? Or maybe you haven’t at all and are completely new to the idea of having to buy new cables, because you just received the phone over the holidays? Either way, we thought we should point out a couple of nice deals on TechMatte USB Type-C to Type-A cables that are fully approved by Googler, Benson Leung.

The discounts are on the 5-foot and 3-foot models, with $3 coming off of each after code has been applied. That discount takes the 5-foot from $9.99 to $6.99 and the 3-foot from $8.99 to $5.99. Not bad for cables that are up to spec and also apparently of the quality of Google’s own Type-C cables.

At checkout, use code “4N4GQVAL” for the 5-foot or “X63CJZ9D” for the 3-foot.

Amazon Link | Benson’s review  (more…)

DEAL: Nexus 6 32GB Drops to $249 at Amazon, 64GB to $299

Google decided that a couple of weeks ago, it would end sales of the Nexus 6 by taking it away from the Google Store. That tends to happen each year when Nexus phones are about a year old and Google has newer products it would rather you buy. Thing is, that doesn’t mean these products can’t still be found elsewhere at incredible prices. The Nexus 7 (2013) can still be purchased here and there for rock bottom prices and it’s still getting updated! It has Marshmallow! The Nexus 6 will likely continue on thriving in the same way for years to come, even though Google is no longer selling it.

So when you see deals like today’s at Amazon and you are need of a quality, quality smartphone at a hell of a price, you shouldn’t even hesitate about jumping on it. The Nexus 6 is currently $249 at Amazon for the 32GB model and $299 for the 64GB model. Remember, this phone originally retailed for $649. That’s a hefty discount.

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DEAL: Moto X Pure Edition is Just $349 Today Only ($100 Off)

Amazon does deals of the day that are often easily ignored. Today’s deal, is not one of those deals. For today only, Amazon has slashed $100 off the Moto X Pure Edition with 32GB of storage, dropping it down to $349.

For $349, you get a phone that is easily in the top 3 of 2015. Just a month ago, we called it one of the 3 best phones you can buy today. We also gave you 5 reasons to buy the Moto X Pure Edition a couple of weeks ago as well, in case you were still hesitating. Oh, our Moto X Pure review is worth a look too.

The black or white standard models with 32GB storage at $349 (down from $449). The white and bamboo model is $375.

Hurry.

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DEAL: LG Watch Urbane Drops to $199 in Amazon Lightning Deal ($150 Off)

Looking for a last minute deal on a smartwatch? Amazon is currently (for the next 50 or so minutes) running a deal on the LG Watch Urbane that could get you into the Android Wear device for $199, which is $150 off its normal retail price.

Is the Watch Urbane my favorite Android Wear device? No, it’s actually one of my least favorite because I think it’s about as ugly and ill-fitting as it gets for a smartwatch. With that said, it performs well, still features a great list of specs, and is absolutely worth considering at $199, assuming you can handle its poor wrist presence and ugliness. Since your tastes are likely to differ from mine, here you go.

Again, the deal ends very soon, so don’t hesitate.

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UPDATE:  Deal over.

DEAL: These Tronsmart 2-Port and 3-Port QC 2.0 Chargers are Under $10

Still hunting for last minute stocking stuffers? Here are a couple of options. The guys at Tronsmart sent over a couple of coupon codes they currently have running on a couple of their Quick Charge 2.0 chargers. One is a 2-port QC 2.0 car charger (both ports have QC 2.0) for $7.99 after coupon code. The other is a 3-port QC 2.0 wall charger for $9.49 after coupon code.

Still not familiar with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology? Check out this video to see just how fast it is.  (more…)