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Amazon Luna is now available on the Samsung Gaming Hub

Amazon Luna landed on the Samsung Gaming Hub today which is pre-installed on Samsung Smart TV and monitors released in 2022. With Samsung smart TVs selling in such high numbers it’s likely that Amazon Luna will see a tidy bump in its userbase, especially since you only need a compatible gaming controller to get started. […]

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Amazon cut the price of the 2021 iPad to $300

Right now, Amazon is giving you the opportunity to score the 2021 Apple iPad for only $ 300.
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[Deal] The Pixel 6a is effectively down to just $399 on Amazon

Google’s latest A-series smartphone is the Pixel 6a which launched a couple of weeks ago for $ 449, which is already a respectable price tag. There’s no need to pay the RRP though because thanks to this Amazon deal you can buy the Pixel 6a for $ 499 and get a $ 50 gift card as an added […]

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[Deal] Save $9 on Anker’s 321 USB-C Outlet Extender on Amazon

Expanding your choice of outlets doesn’t mean you need a clunky extension with yet another cable to get tangled up in, especially when Anker’s 321 USB-C Outlet Extender is marked down from $ 25.99 to just $ 16.99. Packed with an additional 3 mains outlets, a pair of USB-A ports and an ever-useful USB-C port, Anker’s compact […]

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Snag free Pixel Buds A-Series Earbuds when you pre-order the Pixel 6a from the Google Store or Amazon

Last year’s Pixel 5a was something of a snoozefest when it came to its design but this year Google has aligned its new affordable handset’s design with that of the premium Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. With pre-orders for the Pixel 6a live with a reasonable price tag of $ 449/£399, it would seem that Google […]

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The best free Kindle books on Amazon Prime

Prime Reading offers a huge catalog of books to choose from. We’ve hand-picked the best books across a range of genres, so there’s something to suit all tastes.
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The Apple Watch 7 is still on sale at Amazon

Prime Day is long gone, but Amazon is still offering a $ 79 discount for the GPS, 45mm version of the Apple Watch Series 7 that brings its price down to $ 350.
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The best Amazon Prime Day 2022 deals so far

Amazon Prime Day is officially here and a number of our favorite gadgets are on sale. If you’re a Prime member, you can save hundreds on devices from Sony, Razer, Samsung and others over the next 48-hours, plus Amazon has discounted most of its own devices, too. Prime Day can be somewhat tricky — yes, there are thousands of deals, especially across the consumer electronics category, but a good portion of them are not worth your time. We’ve collected the best tech deals for Prime Day 2022 here so you don’t have to go searching for them.

Sony WH-1000XM4

Sony WH-1000XM4
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Sony’s excellent WH-1000XM4 headphones are down to a new low of $ 228 right now. We gave these cans a score of 94 for their powerful ANC, immersive sound quality and multi-device connectivity.

Buy WH-1000XM4 at Amazon – $ 228

AirPods Pro

The AirPods Pro with the MagSafe case have been discounted to $ 170. These remain Apple’s best sounding earbuds, and we liked them for their solid sound, powerful ANC and hands-free Siri capabilities.

Buy AirPods Pro at Amazon – $ 170

AirPods (2nd gen)

The original AirPods are down to $ 90. While they’re a bit outdated at this point, these are still decent earbuds that we liked for their improved wireless performance and good battery life.

Buy AirPods (2nd gen) at Amazon – $ 90

Apple Watch Series 7

The latest Apple Watch Series 7 has dropped to $ 279, which is a new all-time low. That’s the starting price on the GPS-only models, but you can pick up a GPS + Cellular model for as low as $ 379, too. It’s the most comprehensive wearable Apple makes and it earned a score of 90 from us for its larger screen, faster charging and handy features in watchOS 8.

Buy Series 7 at Amazon – $ 279

Apple TV 4K

The latest Apple TV 4K has dropped to $ 110. While on the expensive side, it’s a set-top box that Apple lovers will appreciate. We gave it a score of 90 for its speedy performance, Dolby Vision and Atmos support and much improved Siri remote.

Buy Apple TV 4K at Amazon – $ 110

iPad

The 10.2-inch iPad is down to $ 299. We gave it a score of 86 for its improved performance, excellent battery life, better front-facing camera and increased base storage.

Buy iPad at Amazon – $ 299

Kindle

Amazon’s standard Kindle has dropped to $ 45, which is half off its normal price. We gave this e-reader a score of 91 for its improved contrast display, extra front lights and sleeker design.

Buy Kindle at Amazon – $ 45

Kindle Paperwhite

The Kindle Paperwhite is on sale for $ 95, which is a new record low for the e-reader. The updated model has 17 front lights, a sleeker design, an adjustable warm light, weeks of battery life and Audible support.

Buy Kindle Paperwhite at Amazon – $ 95

Echo Dot

The Echo Dot is on sale for $ 20 while the Echo Dot with Clock is down to $ 33. We like these tiny smart speakers for their good audio quality, compact design and tap-to-snooze feature.

Buy Echo Dot at Amazon – $ 20Buy Echo Dot with Clock at Amazon – $ 33

Echo Show 5

The Echo Show 5 has dropped to $ 35, or $ 50 off its usual price. If you want a smart alarm clock, this is the smart display to get. We like its sharp 5-inch display, ambient light sensor, smart home controls and tap-to-snooze feature.

Buy Echo Show 5 at Amazon – $ 35

Echo Show 8

The Echo Show 8 smart display is on sale for a record-low price of $ 75. It earned a score of 87 from us for its attractive design, stellar audio quality and improved camera for video calls. The first-generation Show 8 is also on sale and you can get a bundle with it and a Blink Mini camera for only $ 65.

Buy Echo Show 8 at Amazon – $ 75

Fire HD 10

The Fire HD 10 has dropped to only $ 75 for Prime Day. It’s the Fire tablet to get if you want the best performance possible. We like its 1080p display, 12-hour battery life and its Show Mode feature.

Buy Fire HD 10 at Amazon – $ 75

Fire TV Stick Lite

You can pick up Amazon’s most affordable streamer, the Fire TV Stick Lite, for only $ 12 right now. It supports 1080p streaming and gives you access to some of the most popular services like Netlfix and Disney+.

Buy Fire TV Stick Lite at Amazon – $ 12

Fire TV Stick 4K Max

The higher-end Fire TV Stick 4K Max has dropped to $ 35, which is $ 20 less than usual. On top of all of the features in the standard Fire TV Stick 4K, the Max version also supports WiFi 6 and live picture-in-picture viewing.

Buy Fire TV Stick 4K Max at Amazon – $ 35

Elgato Stream Deck

Elgato’s Stream Deck is down to $ 100 for Prime Day, or $ 50 off its normal price. This is a handy accessory to have for game streamer because you can customize its 15 LCD keys to do things like open apps, switch scenes, adjust audio and more.

Buy Stream Deck at Amazon – $ 100

65-inch LG B1 OLED smart TV (2021)

65-inch LG B1 OLED smart TV
LG

LG’s 65-inch B1 OLED TV is 30 percent off for Prime Day and down to $ 1,500. This 2021 version runs on LG’s a7 Gen 4 AI Processor 4K, works with G-Sync and FreeSync technologies and has Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support built in.

Buy 65-inch LG B1 OLED TV at Amazon – $ 1,500

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

Samsung’s original Galaxy Chromebook is nearly half off and down to $ 580. The discounted model runs on a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. We gave it a score of 74 when it first came out for its slick design, beautiful display and fast performance.

Buy Galaxy Chromebook at Amazon – $ 580

DJI Mini 2 Fly More combo

DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo
DJI

A combo pack that includes the DJI Mini 2 drone plus a bunch of accessories has dropped to $ 479 for Prime Day. While DJI is on the Mini 3 at this point, this pack is a good option if you want all of the extra things you could ever need for your drone.

Buy DJI Fly More combo at Amazon – $ 479

August WiFi smart lock

August Smart Lock 4th gen
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August’s 4th-gen WiFi smart lock is down to a new low of $ 150 right now, or nearly $ 100 off its usual price. We gave it a score of 80 when it first came out thanks to its minimalist design, easy installation and mandatory two-factor authentication setup.

Buy August WiFi smart lock at Amazon – $ 150

Crucial MX500 SSD

Crucial’s MX500 in 1TB is on sale for $ 85, or 15 percent off its usual price. It’s a good option if you need a standard 2.5-inch drive that works with both laptops and desktops. It also has AES-256 bit hardware encryption and integrated power loss immunity to protect your data.

Buy Crucial MX500 (1TB) at Amazon – $ 85

Samsung Pro Plus microSD card

Samsung’s Pro Plus microSD card in 256GB is nearly half off and down to only $ 28 for Prime Day. It also comes with an adapter, so you can use it with more types of devices. You’ll get read/write speeds of up to 160MB/s and 120MB/s, respectively, and a card that’s temperature, magnet- and drop-resistant.

Buy Samsung Pro Plus microSD card (256GB) at Amazon – $ 28

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
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All of Samsung’s Galaxy S22 smartphones are cheaper than usual for Prime Day. The biggest deal among them is on the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which is down to a new low of $ 840. The Galaxy S22+ and the standard S22 are on sale for $ 700 and $ 600, respectively. We consider these to be some of the best Android phones you can get right now, so they’re worth snatching up while they’re deeply discounted.

Buy Galaxy S22 Ultra at Amazon – $ 840Buy Galaxy S22+ at Amazon – $ 700Buy Galaxy S22 at Amazon – $ 600

Ninja Foodi Dual-Zone air frier

Ninja Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer
Ninja

Ninja’s dual-zone air fryer has dropped to $ 160, which is 30 percent off its usual price. It earned a spot in our best air fryers guide for its large capacity, quick heat-up time and Smart Finish feature, which lets you prepare two different things at once and have them finish cooking at the same time.

Buy Ninja Foodi Dual-Zone air fryer at Amazon – $ 160

NVIDIA Shield TV

NVIDIA Shield
NVIDIA

Both the NVIDIA Shield TV and the Pro model are on sale for Prime Day and down to $ 125 and $ 170, respectively. Both devices run Android TV and can take Google Assistant commands, plus they run on NVIDIA’s Tegra X1+ processor and support 4K HDR Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos and Chromecast streaming.

Buy Shield TV at Amazon – $ 125Buy Shield TV Pro at Amazon – $ 170

Thermacell E-Series Repeller (2 pack)

Thermacell E55
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A two-pack of Thermacell E-Series repellers is $ 20 off and down to $ 60. It gives you a 20-foot zone of mosquito protection and each of them can last for 5.5 hours before they need recharging.

Buy Thermacell (2 pack) at Amazon – $ 60

iRobot Roomba i7+

iRobot Roomba i7+
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iRobot’s Roomba i7+ is half off and down to $ 500 for Prime Day. This is slightly less advanced than the s9+, which is our current favorite premium robo-vac, but it remains one of the most powerful Roombas you can get. It also comes with a clean base, so the robot vacuum will empty its dustbin into the base automatically after each job.

Buy Roomba i7+ at Amazon – $ 500

Shark AV2501AE robot vacuum

Shark AI robot vacuum with base
Shark

Shark’s AI robot vacuum is down to only $ 380 right now, which is 42 percent less than usual. Shark robo-vacs are generally good picks thanks to their solid cleaning power and easy to use mobile app. This one also comes with a clean base, so you don’t have to empty the robot’s debris bin after each job — it handles that on its own.

Buy Shark AI robot vacuum at Amazon – $ 380

Samsung T7 Shield

Samsung T7 Shield portable SSD in blue, black and beige.
Samsung

Samsung’s new T7 Shield portable SSDs have been discounted for Prime Day. You can pick up the 1TB model for $ 100 or the 2TB model for $ 200 — both new all-time-low prices. Samsung just came out with these drives back in April, and they’re designed to be more durable versions of the standard T7 series with extra drop protection and an IP65-rated design.

Buy T7 Shield (1TB) at Amazon – $ 100Buy T7 Shield (2TB) at Amazon – $ 200

Tile trackers

2022 Tile Mate
Tile

Tile trackers are up to 30 percent off for Prime Day and you have a few different designs to choose from. The standard Tile Mate is down to $ 18, the Tile Slim is on sale for $ 24 and the Tile Sticker is down to $ 21. These Bluetooth chips help you keep track of your things digitally and they can lead you to your lost items by emitting a chime.

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Beats Fit Pro

The Beats Fit Pro are 20 percent off and down to $ 160. We gave them a score of 87 for their comfortable, water-resistant design, good sound quality and ANC and long battery life.

Buy Beats Fit Pro at Amazon – $ 160

Sony WH-CH710N

Sony’s affordable WH-CH710N wireless headphones have dropped to a new low of $ 68 for Prime Day. These are a great option if you want deep, punchy bass, solid ANC and 35-hour battery life all in a budget-friendly package.

Buy WH-CH710N at Amazon – $ 68

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

A black Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 on a wrist
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Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 has dropped to $ 150 for Prime Day, or 40 percent off its usual price. We consider it to be the best smartwatch for Android users right now, and we gave it a score of 85 for its comprehensive health tracking, bright screen and improved third-party app support.

Buy Galaxy Watch 4 at Amazon – $ 150

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2

Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 have dropped to $ 100, or 33 percent less than usual. These much-improved earbuds impressed us with their better audio quality, adjustable ambient sound mode and tiny, comfortable design.

Buy Galaxy Buds 2 at Amazon – $ 100

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Samsung’s high-end Galaxy Buds Pro are on sale for $ 110 right now. They earned a score of 85 from us for their comfortable fit, wireless charging and good sound quality.

Buy Galaxy Buds Pro at Amazon – $ 110

Jabra Elite 85t

Jabra’s Elite 85t earbuds are on sale for $ 120, or a whopping 48 percent off their normal price. We like these true wireless earbuds for their strong ANC, comfortable size and wireless charging case.

Buy Jabra Elite 85t at Amazon – $ 120

Jabra Elite 3

Jabra’s excellent Elite 3 earbuds have dropped to $ 50, or $ 30 off their normal rate. These already affordable buds earned a score of 88 from us for their impressive sound quality, good battery life, reliable touch controls and comfortable fit.

Buy Elite 3 at Amazon – $ 50

Roku Streambar

Roku Streambar soundbar on a white table.
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The Roku Streambar is down to $ 90 right now. It’s a compact soundbar that will upgrade any living room relying on an old TV with weak audio. We gave it a score of 86 for its solid audio quality, Dolby Audio support and built-in 4K streaming technology. The more advanced Streambar Pro is on sale for $ 150, too.

Buy Roku Streambar at Amazon – $ 90Buy Sterambar Pro at Amazon – $ 150

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag+

You can pick up a Galaxy SmartTag+ for only $ 30 right now, or $ 10 off its usual price. This is Samsung’s answer to Apple’s AirTags, and it lets you keep track of items via your smartphone. If you’re close enough to your lost stuff, you can even follow directions on your smartphone that will lead you back to it.

Buy Galaxy SmartTag+ at Amazon – $ 30

TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug

A four-pack of Kasa smart plugs is 24 percent off and down to only $ 23 for Prime Day. You can plug in any “dumb” appliance to these attachments to make them a bit smarter, enabling you to control them from your phone, set usage schedules and more.

Buy Kasa smart plug (4 pack) at Amazon – $ 23

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Amazon VP tries to convince sellers to oppose antitrust bill

Amazon made an appeal to its third-party sellers to oppose a Senate antitrust reform bill aimed at helping their businesses. In a post on Amazon’s internal forum for third-party merchants, the company’s vice president of worldwide selling partner services Dharmesh Mehta urged sellers to oppose The American Innovation and Choice Online Act (S.2992), and asked them to contact their senators.

"As we have noted in previous communications to you throughout the past year, Congress is considering legislation, including S. 2992, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, that could jeopardize Amazon’s ability to operate a marketplace service and, as a result, your business’s ability to sell in our store," wrote Mehta. 

Just under 500 sellers have responded to Mehta’s post since Thursday, many of them unconvinced by Amazon’s claim that the Senate bill will harm their businesses. “The bill jeopardizes the way Amazon wants to operate. It would not jeopardize marketplaces. Amazon, get your own house in order before asking us as sellers to defend you,” wrote one seller.

“I am personally sick of the condescending posts by Amazon management directed at us. We are not morons and know how to read and think for ourselves,” wrote another seller.

Mehta’s attempt to recruit Amazon’s third-party sellers into unpaid lobbyists follows a wider push by the company against The American Innovation and Choice Online Act. Last week, a public-facing post by Amazon’s VP of Public Policy Brian Huseman warned of potentially degraded Prime membership benefits for customers if the bill passes into law; similar to Mehta, Huseman also suggested anti-trust action might "make it difficult to justify the risk of Amazon offering a marketplace in which selling partners can participate."

The Senate bill contains provisions intended to prevent tech giants like Amazon and Google from giving their own services preferential treatment, thus putting other businesses at a disadvantage. Amazon over the years has been accused of using a number of tactics to put third-party merchants at a disadvantage, including using sales data on third-party products to develop its own competing products and prioritizing products that use Prime shipping in search results.

Trade groups funded by Big Tech have spent millions in ads that frame the bill as an “innovation killer” and harmful to small businesses, reported the Washington Post. The ads run primarily in states represented by vulnerable Senate Democrats, in an effort to amp up pressure from their own constituents. The Senate is expected to vote on the S.2992 sometime this summer. The House Judiciary Committee passed a similar bill last year, but it has yet to be scheduled for a floor vote.

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Apple iPad Mini is $90 off at Amazon for Memorial Day 2022

Amazon has kicked off its Memorial Day sales early this year, starting with this amazing iPad discount. Get the Apple iPad Mini for $ 90 off today!
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[Deal] Anker’s 24W Dual USB Car Charger is down to $10 on Amazon

If your car isn’t new enough to feature a USB port or you want to add a couple more so that the kid’s phones are powered up and you aren’t repeatedly asked if you are there yet, Anker’s 24W Dual USB Car Charger could be just what you are looking for. Made from a scratch-resistant […]

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How to download movies and shows from Amazon Prime Video

Amazon allows users to download select movies and shows, assuming you live in certain territories. Here’s how to get started, regardless of what device you use.
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Amazon is planning to appeal Staten Island union’s victory

Amazon will reportedly object to a recent union election victory at its warehouse in Staten Island, alleging that organizers pressured workers into voting to organize. The Wall Street Journal reported that the company revealed its intention to appeal JFK8’s election in a legal filing released to the public on Thursday. Roughly 55 percent of workers at the JFK8 warehouse voted to join the Amazon Labor Union, the first victory of its kind for Amazon workers in the US. The company has until April 22nd to gather evidence and formally file its objections to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

In the document, Amazon gave a preview of what objections it plans on raising. The company wrote that it believes that the union threatened employees unless they voted to unionize. Some may think this is a fairly ironic move on Amazon’s part, considering NLRB accused the company of threatening employees unless they did the opposite. Amazon also accused the union of “electioneering” or interfering while employees waited in line to vote. It argued that unusually long waits at polling booths led to insufficient voter turnout. The company also believes organizers loitered by the polling area and intimidated voters, even going as far as to threaten immigrant employees with the loss of their rights if they didn’t vote to unionize.

Eric Milner, an attorney who represents the ALU, believes that Amazon’s objections will be dismissed. "To say that the Amazon Labor Union was threatening employees is really absurd," Milner said to Reuters. "The Amazon Labor Union is Amazon employees."

Meanwhile, a separate labor union attempting to organize an Amazon facility in Alabama filed its own objections on Thursday regarding the pending results of its recent rerun election. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) is accusing Amazon of “countless attempts to intimidate workers” in the Bessemer plant, including firing or suspending workers who supported the union. The results of that election are currently too close to call and will be determined in the coming weeks by an NLRB hearing over several hundred challenged ballots.

“Amazon’s behavior must not go unchallenged, and workers in Bessemer, Alabama must have their rights protected under the law. We urge the NLRB to carefully review our objections and ensure no company, not even with the bottomless pockets of Amazon, is allowed to act above the law,” said RWDSU president Stuart Appelbaum in a statement.

Engadget has reached out to Amazon for comment on both matters, and will update if we hear back. 

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Apple Watch 7, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 get discounts at Amazon

It might be time to invest in a new smartwatch with Amazon’s discounts for the 40mm, Bluetooth Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and the 41mm, GPS Apple Watch Series 7.
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Get ready to pay $20 more for Amazon Prime

Amazon has announced that its Prime subscribers in the US will soon need to pony up an extra $ 20 per year for the privilege as the retail giant attempts to offset increasing costs. The price increase will come into effect from February 18th for new subscribers and March 25th for current members. Besides the annual […]

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Amazon allegedly called union organizers ‘thugs’ to discourage workers from unionizing

The National Labor Relations Board has accused Amazon of threatening, surveilling and interrogating workers at its JFK8 warehouse in New York to discourage them from unionizing. According to the board's complaint as seen by Motherboard, Amazon brought a union avoidance consultant to the facility and told employees that it "would be futile for them to select the Union as their bargaining representative." The consultant reportedly said that union organizing at the warehouse would fail anyway, because the organizers were "thugs."

NLRB's complaint also said that Amazon representatives interrogated workers about union activities and promised to fix their issues if they didn't support the union and didn't distribute union literature. Further, the labor board alleges that security guards confiscated union literature from workers and told them they couldn't distribute the materials without permission. If you'll recall, Amazon's warehouse workers in New York filed a petition to unionize with the board last year, but they had to withdraw it after failing to gather enough signatures to be approved. The JFK8 workers re-filed their application in December and recently reached union vote threshold.

Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel denied the allegations to Motherboard, telling the publication: "These allegations are false and we look forward to showing that through this process."

These allegations come from a series of unfair labor practice charges filed by workers in May and June last year. The board investigated the incidents and found merit that they occurred. It has given Amazon February 10th to respond to the complaint and has set a hearing for it on April 5th. In addition to detailing workers' allegations in its complaint, the NLRB has also outlined a series of remedies it wants the company to follow. In particular, it wants Amazon to train its managers, supervisors, security guards and union avoidance consultants on workers' rights to organize and form unions. 

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[Updated Jan 27] Amazon are once again accepting pre-orders for the Motorola-branded MA1 Wireless Android Auto Dongle

Announced during CES, the Motorola-branded MA1 Wireless Android Auto Dongle is now available to pre-order at Amazon. The dongle plugs into the USB port on your car and makes it possible to connect wirelessly to Android Auto with your smartphone. Updated January 27: Pre-orders for the Motorola-branded MA1 Wireless Android Auto Dongle are live once […]

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Amazon Alexa is coming to your Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch before midyear

Amazon Alexa will arrive on Fossil Gen 6 smartwatches before the mid-2022, according to the company, where it will operate alongside Google Assistant.
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Apple’s 2021 iPad drops back to $299 at Amazon

Don't worry if you missed out on an earlier deal for Apple's 2021 iPad. Amazon is selling the 64GB entry-level iPad for $ 299, or $ 30 off the usual price. The 256GB variant recently dropped a similar amount to $ 449. That matches a previous discount at Walmart and Amazon, and is currently the lowest price we've seen for Apple's latest 10.2-inch slate. Just don't fret over color choices or shipping times — only Space Gray models appear to be in stock, and you'll have to wait around three weeks for it to be delivered.

Buy iPad (64GB WiFi) at Amazon – $ 299Buy iPad (256GB WiFi) at Amazon – $ 449

The basic design of the iPad hasn't changed much in recent years, but the under-the-hood upgrades are particularly notable this year. The tablet now uses an A13 Bionic chip that's reportedly 20 percent faster than in the previous iPad, making it a better fit for gaming or creative tasks. This may also be a good pick for an era of remote work and virtual friend visits, as an ultra-wide 12MP front camera offers Center Stage to keep you in view as you move around.

Just don't expect a revamp on par with the new iPad mini or 2020's iPad Air. You won't find an all-screen design, USB-C, second-generation Pencil support or an improved rear camera. This is for anyone who wants a no-frills tablet that should still last a long while — if that's all you're looking for, you'll probably be happy.

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Don’t miss this fantastic Apple Watch SE deal at Amazon today

The Apple Watch SE is one of the best apple smartwatches out there, and Amazon has it for only $ 230, a whole $ 50 off the $ 280 list price.
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Amazon explains outage that took out a large chunk of the internet

Amazon has explained the Web Services outage that knocked parts of the internet offline for several hours on December 7th — and promised more clarity if this happens in the future. As CNBCreports, Amazon revealed an automated capacity scaling feature led to "unexpected behavior" from internal network clients. Devices connecting that internal network to AWS were swamped, stalling communications.

The nature of the failure prevented teams from pinpointing and fixing the problem, Amazon added. They had to use logs to find out what happened, and internal tools were also affected. The rescuers were "extremely deliberate" in restoring service to avoid breaking still-functional workloads, and had to contend with a "latent issue" that prevented networking clients from backing off and giving systems a chance to recover.

The AWS division has temporarily disabled the scaling that led to the problem, and won't switch it back on until there are solutions in place. A fix for the latent glitch is coming within two weeks, Amazon said. There's also an extra network configuration to shield devices in the event of a repeat failure.

You might have an easier time understanding crises the next time around. A new version of AWS' service status dashboard is due in early 2022 to provide a clearer view of any outages, and a multi-region support system will help Amazon get in touch with customers that much sooner. These won't bring AWS back any faster during an incident, but they may eliminate some of the mystery when services go dark — important when victims include everything from Disney+ to Roomba vacuums.

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Fitbit’s Charge 5 tracker is back on sale for a record-low $130 at Amazon

Don't worry if you missed out on a Fitbit during Black Friday sales — there are now some big deals to help you stay in shape during the holidays. The Charge 5 has returned to a record-low price of $ 130 at Amazon, or $ 50 below its usual sticker. That could make it a solid bargain if you're looking for a high-end, fitness-focused activity tracker from a well-known name. The Inspire 2 is also down to $ 60 (normally $ 100) if you're happy with the essentials.

Buy Charge 5 at Amazon – $ 130Buy Inspire 2 at Amazon – $ 60

The Charge 5 ticks many of the boxes if you're determine to stay in shape. The extensive fitness and health tracking features help, particularly if you get the advanced data from Fitbit Premium. You can optimize your workout performance and understand your sleep quality, for instance. You can track your stress in addition to heart rate and blood oxygen level, and you'll have perks like GPS, Fitbit Pay and multi-day battery life.

There are limitations. Fitbit doesn't share activity data with Apple Health or Google Fit, and you can't steer music from the tracker's screen. There's also the matter of competition: you can find some close-enough alternatives from companies like Amazfit, Xiaomi and Amazon itself that will cost less (at least up front) if you can do without some frills. Fitbit's experience in the field matters, though, and the sale price makes the Charge 5 considerably more tempting.

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Save $50 on the Fitbit Luxe at Amazon for Black Friday 2021

The Fitbit Luxe just got a $ 50 discount on Amazon, making this already affordable wellness tracker only $ 100 for Black Friday.
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Amazon one-day sale knocks up to 30 percent off storage from SanDisk and Lexar

Those looking for new portable drives, SD cards and other storage gadgets have a bunch of discounted items to choose from today. Amazon has a one-day sale that knocks up to 25 percent off drives from Western Digital and up to 30 percent off microSD cards, thumb drives and more from SanDisk, Lexar and other brands. While we'll likely see discounts tomorrow during Black Friday proper as well, most of the devices in these sales have lower prices for today only.

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Some highlights in the drive sale are the SanDisk Extreme portable drive in 2TB, which is 60 percent off and down to $ 185, plus the Crucial X6 in 2TB and the SanDisk Ultra NAND SSD in 4TB, which are down to $ 143 and $ 300 respectively. The SanDisk Extreme portable drive is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and it's pretty durable thanks to its IP55-rated design with two-meter drop protection. It also has optional password protection, 256‐bit AES hardware encryption and up to 1,050 MB/s read and up to 1,000 MB/s write speed. Crucial's X6 is also quite compact, with read speeds up to 540 MB/s and a shock and vibration-proof design.

Buy SanDisk Extreme (2TB) at Amazon – $ 185Buy Crucial X6 (2TB) at Amazon – $ 143Buy SanDisk Ultra SSD (4TB) at Amazon – $ 300

Either of those would make good portable drives for most people, while the SanDisk Ultra NAND SSD is better for anyone looking to upgrade their computer's internal storage. It supports sequential read speeds of up to 560 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 530 MB/s, and when half off like it is today, it's a great choice for PC gamers looking to add a speedy SSD to their setup.

Highlights in the other memory sale include a number of Nintendo Switch-compatible microSD cards and some Lexar Professional SD cards. You can grab an officially licensed 256GB SanDisk microSD card for the Switch for $ 37, or 31 percent off, but if you're looking for the most storage possible, we recommend Lexar's 1TB Play microSD card, which is down to a record low of $ 128. And photographers and videographers may want to pick up one of Lexar's Professional 2000x SD cards to add to their gear while the 64GB model is on sale for $ 60 and the 128GB card is down to $ 100.

Buy SanDisk microSD card (256GB) at Amazon – $ 37Buy Lexar Play microSD card (1TB) at Amazon – $ 128Buy Lexar Professional SD card (64GB) at Amazon – $ 60Buy Lexar Professional SD card (128GB) at Amazon – $ 100

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