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Thousands of Amazon workers across Europe and the US are striking and protesting on Prime Day

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 12:04

  • Amazon workers in the US, UK, Germany, Spain, and Poland are protesting and striking on Prime Day, Amazon's busiest shopping event of the year.
  • Workers in the US and Germany are going on strike, while in the UK, Spain, and Poland, major protests are planned. Thousands are already participating in the demonstrations.
  • Unions said extending Prime Day to two days and promising one-day delivery will push workers to their physical limits, as if they are "trained triathletes."
  • Amazon said the unions are "conjuring misinformation" and that the firm offers "industry-leading pay, benefits, and a safe workplace."
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Amazon workers in five countries are expected to protest working conditions on Prime Day amid calls for better pay and improved working conditions.

Workers in a Minnesota warehouse said last week they will strike for six hours on July 15 for Prime Day, Amazon's busiest shopping event of the year. Now employees across Europe plan to join them.

It follows Amazon raising its ambitions for Prime Day, promising one-day delivery and extending the discounting period to two days through July 15 to July 16 — the first time it has done so.

"By doubling Prime Day's duration and halving the delivery time, the company is testing hundreds of thousands of workers' physical limits as though they were trained triathletes," said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

"This is plain wrong. Operating at these speeds for this duration means Amazon needs to hire more workers, under more sustainable speeds that don't put workers' lives in jeopardy. Instead, we are seeing a callous indifference to worker safety."

Read more: Some of Amazon's highly paid tech workers say warehouse worker conditions are 'a source of shame'

In Germany, workers will also go on strike for at least two days in seven different warehouses across the country. Orhan Akman, the federal secretary for German union ver.di, said workers are "deprived of a living wage."

As of Monday morning, 2,000 workers were on strike in Germany with numbers likely to increase, said a spokesman for UNI Global Union, an international union which represents 20 million workers globally and is helping to coordinate the protests.

Amazon workers in the UK, Spain, and Poland are set to hold protests. Workers in Madrid's San Fernando de Henares warehouse plan to demonstrate for two days. During last year's Black Friday strike at the same warehouse, El Confidencial reported that Amazon approached local police to intervene by going inside the warehouse to force workers to maintain productivity, leaving police "dumbfounded."

UK workers will start protesting July 15 and finish with a large-scale demonstration at the Rugeley warehouse on Friday 19, where they will also be joined by Spanish workers.

Rugeley has a blighted reputation, as undercover journalist James Bloodworth reported that while working there in 2016, the working culture resembled a "prison," and that he found a bottle of urine left by a worker apparently too pushed for time to use the bathroom.

Workers in Poland — who have been in an ongoing struggle with management since May — have said they will begin protests on July 15 and will not cease until they reach a collective agreement with the company. Amazon walked away from the negotiation table on July 2.

Amazon: unions are 'conjuring misinformation'

An Amazon spokesman told Business Insider that the unions leading the protests are "conjuring misinformation,"  and that Amazon offers "industry-leading pay, benefits, and a safe workplace." The spokesman said:

"Events like Prime Day have become an opportunity for our critics, including unions, to raise awareness for their cause, in this case, increased membership dues.

"These groups are conjuring misinformation to work in their favour, when in fact we already offer the things they purport to be their cause — industry-leading pay, benefits, and a safe workplace for our employees.

"We can only conclude that the people who plan to attend the events are simply not informed. We encourage anyone to book a tour of our fulfilment centres and compare our overall pay, benefits, and workplace environment to other retailers and major employers across the country."

SEE ALSO: Amazon warehouse employees speak out about the 'brutal' reality of working during the holidays, when 60-hour weeks are mandatory and ambulance calls are common

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A startup that helps big brands like Starbucks in-house their data has raised $50 million to take on Salesforce and Adobe

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 12:00

  • Amperity has raised $50 million in Series C funding, bringing the 2-year-old company's total funding to $87 million.
  • The firm is one of a handful of marketing tech startups that provides software to help marketers manage customer data. The startups are trying to fend off marketing clouds like Adobe and Salesforce that are rolling out similar technology for marketers.
  • Amperity CEO Kabir Shahani said that competition from marketing clouds actually helps startups by helping grow their awareness.
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The competition between startups and marketing clouds that help marketers corral their customer data is heating up.

Seattle-based Amperity has raised $50 million in Series C funding to grow its staff and products that help marketers group email, web, e-commerce and loyalty program data. The company uses machine learning to help brands with things like sending loyalty program members special emails or creating lookalike models for targeting ads. Amperity's clients include Starbucks, Gap Inc. and Planet Fitness.

Read more: Dun & Bradstreet agreed to acquire a data platform to get a bigger piece of marketing budgets and keep ahead of startups and marketing clouds

Tiger Global Management, Goldman Sachs, Declaration Partners, Madera Technology Partners, Madrona Venture Group, and Lee Fixel participated in the funding round.

Amperity is one a handful of so-called customer data platforms that help marketers wrangle their data. It competes against startups like mParticle and Segment as well as marketing clouds including Adobe and Salesforce.

Startups want to take on marketing clouds

Similar to how agency holding companies pitch marketers on their ability to handle all of their advertising, marketing clouds are increasingly doing the same. Some brands and startups have pushed back, some of them arguing that it's better for marketers to put together their own tech stacks.

Amperity CEO Kabir Shahani said the market was growing because it's based on a Software as a Service (SaaS) model. And as more brands take their marketing in-house, they increasingly need to take responsibility for their analytics and data science.

"Everyone's trying to get into this space because it's a massive problem for the customer," Shahani said. "We think there is tens of billions of dollars in recurring revenue that can be created by solving this problem — it has absolutely become a very highly coveted space."

Shahani said that the company will use the funds to hire more employees, build new products, and move into the financial services, automotive and healthcare verticals. Amperity has 120 employees and plans to grow to 175 people by the end of the year.

One of the advantages of marketing clouds rolling out CDPs is that they support their products with large marketing budgets that make clients aware of the technology, Shahani said.

"We think that's a massive tailwind for us because we have such a huge head start, similar to what AWS [Amazon Web Services] has done in cloud infrastructure," he said.

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Hedge funds are getting swamped by alternative data. Some want to fast-track how they buy it and focus back on trades.

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 12:00

  • New alternative data companies are popping up everyday, and hedge funds are getting overwhelmed by choice. Some have developed a way to evaluate data more quickly.
  • Two hedge funds, Balyasny and WorldQuant, have built online portals where sellers can plug in their datasets. The fund managers then quickly relay what data they find valuable.
  • While the process saves hedge funds time, some sellers believe that the lack of human touch will cause funds to miss out on valuable datasets.
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Hedge funds are trading on unconventional data like satellite images and corporate air travel trackers to gain a competitive edge, but picking out useful information is getting harder as data vendors multiply. Funds like WorldQuant and Balyasny want to streamline that process.  

So they set up online portals — called Data Exchange at WorldQuant and Antenna at Balyasny — to let sellers upload data and get quick feedback on what's valuable for the funds. 

"This is a real transparent way to show our vendors 'here's what we are looking for,'" said Carson Boneck, chief data officer for Balyasny. 

"You're going to be put at the top of the queue if Antenna identifies something of value."

See more: Hedge funds' secret sauce is obscure data like satellite images. Here's how the people in charge of spending millions on this data find the stuff worth buying.

Hedge funds are fighting tooth and nail for every basis point of performance. And the entire industry — including quant firms and traditional stock-pickers — is planning to spend billions on alternative data, which has sparked an explosion of new providers. 

After a year where the average hedge fund lost money, 2019 has been kinder to hedge fund managers, with the average fund posting a 7.6% return through the end of June, according to Hedge Fund Research. This figure however trails the overall market and has not stopped investors from redeeming tens of billions of dollars this year.

Hedge fund managers have traditionally found interesting data sets through data-buyers who attend conferences like BattleFin, but the volume of new data providers and datasets has forced managers to come up with other approaches. The number of alternative data sellers has nearly quadrupled over the past ten years, up to 412 firms in 2018. 

"In sorting through all of these new vendors, we are trying to find a way to increase the probability that we find something our investors would value, and that would be useful for our portfolio managers and quants," Boneck said.

The quicker data can be vetted and integrated, the more useful that data is, portfolio managers say. An investment signal may disappear, or it can be picked up by others who crowd the trade. 

"You get a short-term advantage, but then it closes because everyone else catches on," said Dev Kantesaria, founder of $450 million hedge fund Valley Forge Asset Management.

'Data still needs human interaction'

Balyasny's Antenna is a quantitative review of the dataset that "isn't the end-all, be-all," Boneck said, but the program, which started at the beginning of 2018, "covers a lot of the initial bases."

"It certainly makes me more comfortable purchasing data when I know it's passed all of these objective tests."

See more: Hedge-fund managers are overwhelmed by data, and they're turning to an unlikely source: random people on the internet 

For some vendors in the still-new alternative data space, this type of review is helpful in pinpointing what their product is worth — especially since many companies are selling something that has never been sold before.

"In terms of pricing in the market, it's really all over the place," said Sarah McKenna, COO of Sequentum, which builds software for managers to web-scrape data. "It's almost easier to have them bid then for us to state a price."

But some vendors are concerned a quant system might not be able to pick up on the intricacies of their datasets like a human would.

"Data still needs human interaction," said Zak Selbert, CEO and founder of Indexica, a company that uses machine-learning to review and analyze transcripts, media reports, public filings, and more.

Selbert said he understands why hedge funds want to streamline the data-review process, but warns that "a lot of funds would miss out on a lot of good data, if this spreads."

"My hope is that it's just a screening tool, and not a decider. Because if it's the decider, people will only ingest data that has this statistically predictive, immediate look to it, and not dive deeper into others."

See more: Pricey data, slashed fees, and poor returns are hurting hedge funds' margins —and some are getting in the business of helping their rivals

Boneck understands Selbert's and others' concerns, and said that "we're always going to need to go deeper into data."

Balyasny at the moment has no plans to white-label the Antenna algorithm for general use by other funds. There has been a growth in third parties that are running platforms with pre-vetted data vendors on it like Bloomberg and BattleFin, which recently rolled out a service called Ensemble.

This step will help clean up the space, Boneck said, but won't replace the vetting done by Balyasny and others.

"We're always going to need to test it ourselves."

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Apple is reportedly investigating after an 11-year-old girl says an iPhone 6 exploded in her hands

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 11:02

  • An 11-year-old girl claims an iPhone 6 exploded in her hands while she was using it.
  • Apple is reportedly investigating the explosion.
  • A spokesperson told ABC News that explosions can be caused if customers use unauthorized Apple products with their devices, such as charging cables.
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An 11-year-old girl has claimed that an iPhone exploded in her hands.

Kayla Ramos was playing on her iPhone 6 in her sister's bedroom in Bakersfield, California, when she noticed sparks coming off the device.

"I was sitting down, and I had my phone in my hand and then I saw sparks flying everywhere and I just threw it on a blanket," Ramos told ABC News in California.

Ramos said that while she had a minor burn from the explosion, she was not badly hurt. However, the iPhone burned through the blanket.

A spokesperson for Apple did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

Ramos' mother, Maria Adata, said Apple is investigating and has promised to send her a new phone. She told ABC News that the explosion could have been caused by overcharging the device.

In a statement to ABC News, Apple said there are several factors that can cause an iPhone to overheat. These include using third-party Apple products, such as charging cables, or having repairs done through a company not authorized by Apple.

Samsung was previously forced to issue a global recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after people reported that the device was exploding. The recall cost Samsung $5 billion in losses and lost sales.

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ChefSteps is offering 30% off its top-rated Joule sous vide on Prime Day 2019

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 10:30

If you've heard of sous vide — the process of cooking vacuum-sealed food in a water bath at a precise temperature — and have always wanted to give it a try, Prime Day is your lucky day. July 15 and 16 this year you can pick up one of the best sous vide immersion circulators for 30% off.

The ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide is on sale during Prime Day festivities. The model with a white body and a stainless-steel cap and base is marked down from $199 to $139 (you save $60), and the all-white model is $125, which is down from its usual $179 (you save $54.)

Below, we will look at why you don't want to let this Prime Day 2019 deal pass you by.

Why you need the ChefSteps Joule?

Sous vide cooking has exploded in popularity in recent years. French for "under vacuum," sous vide involves putting your food in an airtight pouch and cooking it at a consistent temperature for long periods of time. One way to keep the water at a consistent temperature is to use a high-quality immersion circulator.

In the world of immersion circulators, there are two big names and dozens of also-rans. The Anova and the Joule are the top dogs. Both are excellent, but we think the ChefSteps Joule is better because of its smaller size and powerful motor.

Thanks to its 1.3-pound weight and 11-inch-tall size, the Joule is easy to store. And, the 1100-watt motor brings the water up to temp faster than the competition.

The Joule is one of my colleague's favorite kitchen tools. Insider Picks' Brandt Ranj was impressed with how it performed in his tests. He especially liked that it allowed him to cook perfect, professional-quality steaks.

The Joule app is constantly being improved and features over 100 cooking guides and a "Visual Doneness" indicator that estimates what your food looks like as it cooks. To operate the circulator, you need a tablet or smartphone with Android 4.4 or later or iOS 8.0 or later, and it works over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

ChefSteps offers a full refund if you are not satisfied with the Joule in the first 90 days. And, it's backed by a one-year limited warranty.

Also, the all-white and white with stainless steel models are functionally the same. The only difference is their appearance.

Why sous vide?

I have used a variety of sous vide immersion circulators over the years. And, my favorite part about it is that a novice home chef can easily make restaurant-quality meals with minimal effort. For instance, prior to the sous vide, I had very little experience cooking barbecue ribs. I'd typically throw the ribs in a slow cooker with some barbecue sauce and call it good. Or, if I had the time and patience, they'd go in the smoker.

The immersion circulator changed that. Now, it takes me five minutes to prepare the ribs for their 24-hour-plus water bath at 150 degrees Fahrenheit. After the sous vide, I slather on the barbecue sauce and grill the ribs or put them under the broiler. Guests always comment that they are the best ribs they've ever had.

I've also made ultra-tender steak, beautifully seasoned salmon, delicious vegetables, super-simple dulce de leche, and even the Starbucks egg bites.

Amazon Prime Day 2019 makes it extra affordable to sous-vide cook with one of the best immersion circulators. We strongly recommend giving the ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide a try.

Buy the all-white ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide from Amazon for $125 (you save $54) or the white and stainless steel model for $139 (you save $60)

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Peter Thiel slams Google's 'seemingly treasonous' links to China, which he says should be investigated in a 'not excessively gentle manner'

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 10:18

  • Peter Thiel gave the opening speech at the National Conservatism conference on Sunday.
  • He used the speech to go after Google for its "seemingly treasonous" relationship with China.
  • Thiel said the FBI and CIA should investigate Google in a "not excessively gentle manner."
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Silicon Valley's most high-profile supporter of Donald Trump has bashed Google for being "seemingly treasonous."

Palantir cofounder and Facebook director Peter Thiel launched an attack on Google during a speech at the National Conservatism conference in Washington on Sunday, Axios and Bloomberg report.

Thiel's criticism centered on Google's relationship with China, alluding to the search giant's attempts to re-enter the Chinese market with a censored search engine, known as Project Dragonfly.

He also raised Google's abandoned contract with the US military to provide AI tools Project Maven, which the company dropped after intense employee backlash.

Read more: Google was grilled about China and other hot-button topics during its investor meeting

According to Axios, Thiel said "three questions" needed to be asked of the company:

"Number one, how many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI?

"Number two, does Google's senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?

"Three, is it because they consider themselves to be so thoroughly infiltrated that they have engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military... because they are making the sort of bad, short-term rationalistic [decision] that if the technology doesn't go out the front door, it gets stolen out the backdoor anyway?"

The venture capitalist suggested that the FBI and CIA should investigate Google. "I'm not sure quite how to put this, I would like them to be asked in a not excessively gentle manner," he added.

Google was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Business Insider.

The company has acknowledged that work has taken place on a new search engine for China, but the company has repeatedly said that it has no plans to re-enter the country after it left in 2010. "There are no plans for us to consider relaunching our service in China," CEO Sundar Pichai told CNN last month.

Thiel's argument about Google's "treasonous" behavior will play well with Trump's support at a time when the president and many Republicans are animated about the company's perceived anti-conservative agenda. It was only last week, at Trump's Social Media Summit, that the president slammed tech firms for their "terrible bias."

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India calls off the launch of its $146 million lunar mission due to a 'technical snag'

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 08:10

  • India's space agency called off its lunar mission on Monday after it observed a "technical snag" just one hour before its scheduled launch time. 
  • The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said in a tweet on Monday that Chandrayaan 2 was called off  "as a measure of abundant precaution," and said it would be announcing a new launch date in the future.  
  • The mission was approved in 2008 and was slated to touch down on the moon's uncharted South Pole on September 6.
  • According to Reuters, the 10 billion rupee ($146 million) mission's success would put India alongside the US, the former Soviet Union, and China as the only global space leaders to have completed a soft landing on the moon's surface.  
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India's space agency called off its lunar mission on Monday after it observed a "technical snag" just one hour before its scheduled launch time. 

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced the delay of Chandrayaan 2, which means "lunar vehicle" in Hindi, on Twitter 56 minutes before the rocket was set to liftoff.

The spacecraft was set to be launched on the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III, or GSLV Mk-III, which the space agency referred to as "India's most powerful launcher to date."

"A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at 1 hour before the launch," the agency said on Twitter. 

"As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today."

It added that a new launch date would be announced in the future. 

We are less than five hours from the historic launch of #Chandrayaan2
Meanwhile observe people being dwarfed by the 14 storey high #GSLVMkIII-M1 vehicle. pic.twitter.com/o6fEK9AxlP

— ISRO (@isro) July 14, 2019

Chandrayaan 2 was approved by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2008, and was slated to touch down on the moon's uncharted South Pole on September 6. The mission has three elements, including a lunar orbiter, rover, and lander, and will be the most complex mission the agency has undertaken. 

According to Reuters, the 10 billion rupee ($146 million) mission's success would put India alongside the US, the former Soviet Union, and China as the only global space leaders to have completed a soft landing on the moon's surface.  

Read more: Israeli scientists' attempt at the first private moon landing failed because of a glitch that caused a high-speed crash into the lunar surface

In April, Israel's Beresheet spacecraft crashed into the moon's surface after a technical glitch in one of its components caused its main engine to malfunction. SpaceIL, the Israeli nonprofit which sponsored the private moon mission, announced days later that it would build and launch a second mission. 

India successfully launched its first lunar mission, Chandrayaan 1, in October 2008, which orbited the moon at a height of 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the lunar surface. The mission concluded in August 2009 after communication with the spacecraft was lost.  

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The 10 best smartphone deals of Amazon Prime Day 2019

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 08:05

The more expensive smartphones get, the more important it is to get a great deal on your next phone. Luckily, Prime Day is here, and with it come many excellent discounts on great tech products — including phones.

We've rounded up the best smartphone deals from top brands like Samsung, LG, OnePlus, and more. You can rest assured that these phones are truly great buys because I've been a professional reviewer specializing in mobile tech for six years and I've personally tested most of them.

Now grab one of these phones before they sell out!

1. Google Pixel 3 XL, $638.29 (originally $899) [You save $260.71]

If you're a big Google fan, the Google Pixel 3 XL is the best smartphone you can currently buy. Although it will likely soon be replaced by the Pixel 4 XL, it is still an excellent phone and one we highly recommend — especially at this price.

It has one of the best cameras in the smartphone world, and many consider the shots taken on Pixel to be superior to the iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy flagships. You also get pure Android software straight from Google that is much more secure and updated with more frequency than other Android phones.

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2. Samsung Galaxy S10e, $547.50 (originally $749.99) [You save $202.49]

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is actually the best of the new S10 phones, thanks to its great specs and remarkably low price tag. On a normal day, it's $150 less than the S10, and today when they're both on sale, the S10e is still about $50 cheaper.

It even has the exact same great camera sensors as the S10, so you're not missing out on much there (beyond the 2x zoom). Its processor is equally fast, too, and you get similar storage options. 

Really, the biggest difference is the screen tech: The S10e does not have a curved screen and its bezels (the black borders around the screen) are a bit wider, however, there is still no notch, so you do get a big beautiful screen, even though it's technically the smallest of the bunch at 5.8 inches. It doesn't have the in-screen fingerprint sensor, either — that's on the power button instead.

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3. Samsung Galaxy S10, $599.99 (originally $899.99) [You save $300] 

Samsung's Galaxy S10 is the brand's flagship smartphone for 2019, so being able to get it for $300 off is a huge deal. The phone is widely regarded to be one of, if not, the best smartphones you can buy. Its 6.1-inch screen is absolutely gorgeous, and it's not interrupted by anything more than a tiny dot where the selfie camera is located. 

The phone runs on a new speedy processor, has tons of storage space, and fantastic cameras. In fact, many reviewers say the S10 has the best cameras of any current phone except maybe the Google Pixel. For this price, you can't do better.

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4. Samsung Galaxy S10+, $699.99 (originally $999.99) [You save $300]

If you love the S10, but you want an even bigger screen, the S10+ is the phone you want, and luckily, it's also $300 off on Prime Day. Its 6.4-inch screen is slightly bigger than the regular S10's, and it's just as beautiful if not more so given its larger size.

You get the same speedy processor and slick design, but with the addition of better battery life and a three-lens rear camera that can take normal, telephoto, and ultra-wide photos.

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5. Samsung Galaxy Note 9, $649.99 (originally $999.99)[You save $350]

Even though Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 is about a year old now and will soon be replaced by the Note 10, it's still a great phone — especially since it's on sale for Prime Day 2019. It has a massive 6.4-inch screen that is notch-free, so nothing mars the big screen. The cameras are excellent, and the S-Pen stylus is better than ever, so those of you who like to draw, take notes, and use the S-Pen for other important things will be very happy with this phone.

The Note 9 has a whopping 128GB of storage built in and you can expand it even further with a MircoSD card. Its processor is zippy and fast, it holds a charge much longer than most other flagship phones, and it can juice up wirelessly. The cameras take great photos as well.

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6. Samsung Galaxy S9, $349.99 (originally $599.99) [You save $250] 

Even though the Galaxy S9 was Samsung's 2018 flagship phone and it's been replaced by the S10, it's still a great buy — especially for this price. The 5.8-inch screen is absolutely gorgeous and it doesn't have a notch, so if those notches infuriate you, you'll like the S9's lovely screen. It's also waterproof.

Tech reviewer after tech reviewer has taken excellent photos with the S9's cameras. The processor is speedy, it has solid battery life, and you can even expand the storage with a MicroSD card — what's not to love?

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7. Samsung Galaxy S9+, $449.99 (originally $699.99) [You save $250]

The Galaxy S9+ is the larger version of the S9, and it too is a great deal for this price even though it's older. It has a 6.2-inch screen that's super sharp and doesn't have a notch, so you have more screen real estate. The processor is still fast, the battery lasts longer than the regular S9's, and it has excellent cameras.

If you prefer big phones but do not want the Note with its stylus, the S9+ is a good choice.

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8. Razer Phone 2, $399.99 (originally $699.99) [You save $300]

The Razer Phone 2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and 8GB of RAM, making it a high-powered phone. Its 5.72-inch screen has a 120Hz refresh rate, so gamers shouldn't experience any stuttering or missed frames.

The phone also charges wirelessly and should have plenty of storage for mobile games and more, thanks to its 64GB capacity and MicroSD card slot for expanding the storage. The Razer Phone 2 also has dual front-facing speakers so you can get more immersed in your game. Normally, we wouldn't recommend this phone because there are so many other great options, but now that it's half off, it's a good deal.

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9. Moto G6, $198.39 (originally $319.99) [You save $121.60]

The Moto G6 is widely regarded as the king of budget phones. It has reasonably powerful specs for a phone that costs just $320 full price, and now that's it's on sale for less than $200, it's an even better bargain.

The 5.7-inch screen is full HD, so you won't get any graininess, and its processor is pretty fast. You get a dual-rear-camera setup with 12- and 5- megapixel sensors and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera on the G6, which is quite good for a phone in this price range.

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10. Moto Z3 Play, $269.49 (originally $349.99) [You save $80.50]

If you want a budget phone that's more mid-range than low-end, the Moto Z3 Play is a decent option — especially at its sale price, which rings in under $300.

For that price, you get a 6-inch full HD screen, a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, and the possibility of adding Moto Mods like speaker and battery attachments. The phone also has a good camera setup with 12- and 5- megapixel sensors on the back and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. If you want the Moto Z3 with a speaker attachment, check out this deal for about $250 off the original $549.99 price of the bundle. There's also a $200 off deal with a battery pack in the bundle, which originally cost $499.99.

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The very best tech deals of Amazon Prime Day 2019

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 08:05

Perhaps the best thing to buy on Prime Day is tech. Usually, tech devices are expensive investments that you really have to mull over, but when a lot of the best devices go on sale, it's a lot easier to just hit "Add to Cart."

We've looked through thousands of deals to find the best Prime Day discounts on all kinds of tech. Whether you want a new laptop, tablet, phone, smart speaker, headphones, smart home tech, or accessories, there's a deal on Amazon for you.

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Keep scrolling to see the best tech deals of Prime Day 2019, running July 15-16.

SEE ALSO: Amazon will be deeply discounting its Echo speakers and devices on Prime Day 2019 — here's every Echo deal you'll find

The best Amazon device deals

Amazon sells lots of different devices now, including smart speakers, tablets, streaming devices, Kindle ebook readers, and more. All of the company's devices are known for being affordable, but on Prime Day, they're even better deals.

Amazon's Echo made the smart speaker go mainstream and it's one of the best smart speakers you can buy — especially at these prices. The Fire Tablets are also great buys, as their already low prices have been slashed. For those of you who need to turn an old TV into a smart TV, there are lots of Fire TV devices on sale, too.

Those of you who have kids might also want to check out the Kids Editions of the Dot and Fire Tablets that are on sale. Lastly, a few Kindles, which are the best ebook readers you can buy, are also getting great discounts.

Here are the best deals on Amazon Echo devices for Prime Day 2019: Here are the best deals on Amazon device bundles for Prime Day 2019: Here are the best deals on Fire TV devices for Prime Day 2019: Here are the best deals on Kindles for Prime Day 2019: Here are the best deals on Fire tablets for Prime Day 2019:



The best TV deals

There's no time like the present to buy a TV. Prime Day has plenty of deals on 4K TVs, smart TVs, and big-screen TVs that normally cost a pretty penny. If you want to get one of the best TVs available for much less than list price, Prime Day and Black Friday are the best times to shop.

Here are the best media streamer deals for Prime Day 2019: The best TV deals for Prime Day 2019 are still to come.



The best smart home deals

Building a smart home requires buying several different devices that will all work together so you can seamlessly program and automate your home. Whether you want smart light bulbs, plugs, doorbells, security cameras, or something else there's a smart home device for you, and because it's Prime Day, it's probably on sale.

Here are the best smart home deals for Prime Day 2019: Here are the best security camera and baby monitor deals for Prime Day 2019:



The best smartphone deals

Smartphones are arguably the most important devices in our lives now. We use them every day to communicate with loved ones, watch videos, listen to music, read, browse the web, take pictures, and so much more. Smartphones can be rather expensive these days, but there are several great phones on sale for Prime Day 2019.

Here are the best smartphone deals on Prime Day 2019:



The best headphone deals

Headphones run the gamut from dirt cheap to quite expensive. If you want a great pair of headphones that looks good, sounds great, and feels comfortable to wear for long periods of time, it'll probably cost a couple hundred dollars at least, so it's wise to buy a new pair when they are so many on sale. Amazon has a lot of great deals on headphones for Prime Day.

Here are the best headphone deals on Prime Day 2019:



The best speaker and soundbar deals

Outfitting your home with a great sound system can really elevate the way you listen to music and watch shows or movies. However, audio equipment can be expensive. Luckily, there are lots of great speakers and soundbars on sale on Prime Day.

Here are the best speaker deals on Prime Day 2019: The best soundbar deals on Prime Day 2019 are yet to come.



The best laptop, tablet, and computing deals

Laptops are perhaps one of the most expensive and important buying decisions you can make, so it's nice when you can find some of the best ones on sale for a much more reasonable price. This Prime Day, there are several great deals on laptops. You can also find a few tablets and computing accessories on sale. We've listed the best deals below.

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The best smartwatch and fitness tracker deals

Smartwatches and fitness trackers can help you stay active and stay in contact with the important people in your life. Smartwatches aren't always affordable, though, so it's great to buy them when they go on sale. Amazon has lots of great smartwatch deals for Prime Day 2019 that just might convince you to pick one up. Several fitness trackers are also on sale.

Here are the best smartwatch deals on Prime Day 2019: Here are the best fitness tracker deals on Prime Day 2019:



The best camera and printer deals

Cameras aren't cheap, so this Prime Day is a good time to find a deal. Here's a list of all the best cameras on sale; we've also found deals on photography accessories and printers. There aren't many, but those that are on sale are good deals.

Here are the best camera deals on Prime Day 2019: Here are the best photography accessory deals on Prime Day 2019: Here are the best printer deals on Prime Day 2019:



The best tech accessory deals

For every tech device, there are dozens of accessories. It never hurts to stock up on charging cables, cases, and other essentials to ensure that your devices stay charged and protected. Whether you want charging cables, wireless chargers, cases, or other unique tech accessories, Amazon has a Prime Day deal for you.

Here are the best mobile accessory deals on Prime Day 2019: Here are the best computing accessory deals on Prime Day 2019: Here are the best gaming accessory deals on Prime Day 2019:



The best tech deals under $100

Tech can be expensive, but when it goes on sale, you can get a lot of great devices and accessories for less than $100.

Here are the best tech deals under $100 on Prime Day 2019:



The best tech deals under $50

You can find lots of great tech for less than $50 — especially when it's on sale. 

Here are the best tech deals under $50 on Prime Day 2019:



The best tech deals under $25

Usually, tech that costs less than $25 is just a bunch of cheaper accessories, but on big sale days like Prime Day, you can find a lot more for a lot less.

Here are the best tech deals under $25 on Prime Day 2019:



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10 things in tech you need to know today

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 08:01

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.

  1. The Federal Trade Commission has approved a record-breaking $5 billion settlement against Facebook, according to multiple reports on Friday. The reported settlement comes in the wake of an investigation by the American regulator into the company's myriad privacy issues and after two years of constant scandals.
  2. President Donald Trump railed against cryptocurrencies and specifically called out Bitcoin and Libra, Facebook's new cryptocurrency that is backed by companies like Uber and Mastercard. Trump tweeted he was "not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies."
  3. Facebook developed an artificial-intelligence poker bot capable of beating world-class human professionals at the game. But the company said its researchers are not releasing the code publicly because of its potential "impact."
  4. Amazon is planning a high-end version of its Alexa speaker, and also a wheeled Alexa robot, according to Bloomberg. The wheeled robot is codenamed "Vesta", and can be summoned with a voice command.
  5. Hyped scooter startup Bird had operational losses of almost $100 million in its first quarter and saw a sharp decline in revenue to $15 million, according to The Information. The company is seeking $300 million in new funding, according to the report.
  6. Bird's CEO, Travis VanderZanden, hit back at the report in a series of critical tweets and said the $100 million loss was an accounting write-off of depreciated scooters. He also said the firm made $1.27 on every ride on its custom Bird Zero scooters.
  7. A group of Amazon's tech workers are openly supporting the planned strike by Amazon warehouse workers in Shakopee, Minnesota, during the online retailer's Prime Day shopping event. Others are publicly sharing letters and words of encourage to the strikers via Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, with multiple employees saying they are ashamed of the treatment of the fulfillment center workers.
  8. Juul's CEO said "I'm sorry" to parents whose teenagers are addicted to vaping. The FDA has said vaping among teenagers is an "epidemic", with 21% of US high schoolers vaping last year.
  9. Jack Poulson, the Google whistleblower who exposed the firm's plans to build a censored search engine in China, has set up a non-profit group to enable other tech employees to speak out. The idea is to harness the growing wave of dissatisfaction among techies in Silicon Valley.
  10. YouTube star and presenter Emily Hartridge was killed after a crash between an electric scooter and a truck in London. Multiple UK news outlets said that it was the first fatality involving electric scooters in the UK, where they are illegal to ride on public roads but their increasing popularity could lead to a law change.

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AR IN SOCIAL MEDIA: How immersive experiences drive sales, improve customer engagement, and boost awareness (FB, SNAP)

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 05:00

Augmented reality's (AR's) ability to link our digital and physical worlds is transforming the way brands engage with consumers on social media. Digital titans Snapchat and Facebook are monetizing consumers' love for AR with ads and branded experiences, opening the door for brands to use a new means of creativity and immersive storytelling to reach consumers in a way they appreciate and respond to.

While the use of AR in social media is still in early stages, the immersive technology is already becoming impossible for brands to ignore. This fun, memorable, and convenient way to merge a brand into consumers' lives is catalyzing the way brands escalate converted sales, drive consumer engagement, and lift brand awareness.

With AR ads expected to generate over $13 billion in revenue by 2022, and, as a result, account for over 12% of all mobile ad revenue by that year, it's crucial brands map out their AR strategies now to secure an early-mover advantage. 

In the AR in Social Media Report, Business Insider Intelligence dives into the growing social media AR ecosystem; explores why brands should integrate AR into their ads and branded experiences; outlines how brands are benefiting from embracing this new, immersive form of content delivery; and probes what's ahead for the space.

The companies mentioned in this report are: Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, Snapchat, and WhatsApp.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:

  • The number of mobile AR users is expected to have grown 100% year-over-year (YoY) in 2018 to pass 1 billion, and social media is quickly becoming consumers' go-to channel for mobile AR experiences. 
  • Consumers' viral acceptance of AR in social media underscores why brands need to embrace the technology to enhance their social strategies, and it's already proving to be an effective channel for engaging consumers and expanding their reach.
  • There are three clear goals brands are striving to achieve when implementing AR in their social media strategies: escalate converted sales and downloads, drive consumer engagement, and lift brand awareness. 
  • Additionally, there are numerous indications that the technology will improve in the near future, which will play a chief role in driving brands' AR usage within social media. 

In full, the report:

  • Sizes mobile AR adoption in social media and identifies the factors driving uptake among both consumers and brands. 
  • Details how brands stand to benefit from leveraging AR in social media and offers an inside look into how it has played a role in helping brands achieve their goals. 
  • Provides an overview of a trends that will heighten the social media AR experience and supercharge the opportunity for brands in the years to come. 

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Amazon Prime Day 2019: Every deals article we’ve written so far

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 04:07

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is happening this Monday and Tuesday on July 15-16, 2019.

It will be live for 48 hours (the longest Prime Day event yet), starting at 12 a.m. PT on July 15 and ending at 11:59 p.m. PT on July 16. The sale will usher in over a million deals sitewide — with new deals starting as often as every five minutes. Unsurprisingly bigger and better than ever, this year even comes with its own concert exclusively for Prime members, headlined by Taylor Swift.  

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To help you sift through the discounts, our team has been cherry-picking the best deals and compiling them into shoppable guides organized by category and interest, useful how-tos, and insider tricks and tips for getting the most out of the yearly event. We'll keep updating it all in real time so you'll never miss a deal you're looking for.

Here's a master list of all our coverage of Prime Day 2019 deals.

The best deals Prime members can expect to see this year

Here's where you'll want to go for all the best deals offered on Prime Day 2019 across all categories. Bookmark this page for easy access once July 15 arrives.

The best early Prime Day deals Prime members can get right now

Although Amazon Prime Day 2019 isn't until July 15 and 16, Amazon has already released a handful of early deals. We're keeping track of them.

When is Amazon Prime Day 2019?

Amazon has officially confirmed that the dates of Prime Day 2019 will be July 15-16. Read on for the official start time and end time of Prime Day 2019

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Learn the history of Prime Day and what to expect on July 15-16.

Amazon Prime Day 2019 FAQs and news

Here's everything you need to know about Prime Day 2019 — we answer all of your frequently asked questions.

All the tips and tricks you need to save the most money possible on Prime Day

If you don't want to get lost in a sea of more than 1 million deals, you'll want to prepare a little and go in already knowing what you're looking for.

The 30 most popular products from last year's Amazon Prime Day

We compiled a list of the deals our readers loved and bought the most last year to help you start making your own easy-to-reference wish list.

The best Bose headphones and speakers deals we're expecting to see on Prime Day 2019

Bose is a household name in audio for a reason. Last year, Business Insider readers got the Bose QuietComfort 25 noise-cancelling headphones for $125 instead of $198. We expect similar deals in 2019.

27 products we recommend waiting until Amazon Prime Day to buy

We've been covering Prime Day every year since its inception, and we've gotten pretty good at spotting the deals that return year after year. If any of these 27 products — from DNA tests to Echo speakers — are on your summer shopping list, we recommend waiting until Prime Day to buy them. 

You can get Audible for more than half off right now in this early Prime Day deal

Audible, Amazon's audiobook app, has been discounted from $14.95 per month to $4.95 per month for your first three months if you're a new member. You can also opt to get $30 off your annual membership (now $119.50) and receive an Echo Dot for $0.99 extra if you've already been a member.

Amazon is running an early Prime Day deal that gets you 50% off popular movie rentals on Prime Video

For a limited time, you can take 50% off rentals on popular movies on Prime Video.

Amazon is running an early Prime Day deal on AmazonFresh, its grocery delivery service

Right now for Prime Day, you can save up to 40% on groceries when shopping AmazonFresh. Plus, new AmazonFresh customers can get $15 off their first order of $35 or more with the promo code "FRESH15" at checkout.

I use Amazon's Prime Pantry on a semi-regular basis since it's so convenient — and it's running a great Prime Day deal now

Currently, Prime Pantry, Amazon's store for household essentials, is offering new subscribers $10 off their first order of $40 or more with a 30-day free trial Pantry membership when they use the code "PANTRY" at checkout. 

Amazon is offering 4 months of access to its music-streaming service for $1 now through Prime Day

As of now, Amazon Music Unlimited is offering new members access to tens of millions of songs for $1 for the first four months (regularly priced at $7.99 per month).

All the Twitch Prime gaming deals and special perks you can get on Prime Day 2019

Twitch Prime is the world's leading social video platform and community for gamers and is included free with Amazon Prime. It'll be hosting its own live shopping show, one on each day of Prime Day, and offering exclusive in-game perks. 

The best Prime Day deals on Amazon devices, including Echo speakers, Fire TV devices, and Kindles

Amazon is discounting many of its top-rated speakers, TV streamers, e-readers, tablets, and security cameras to their lowest prices ever. We show you the differences among the models and also compare the deals to those from Black Friday 2018. 

The Amazon Fire TV Stick deals we're expecting to see on Prime Day 2019

Last year, Amazon Prime members saved $20 on the Fire TV Stick on Prime Day and got the popular streaming stick for its lowest price ever — only $19.99. Expect savings here again. 

Amazon will be deeply discounting its Echo speakers and devices on Prime Day 2019 — here's every Echo deal you'll find

If you're interested specifically in Amazon's popular smart speakers, this is the only roundup you'll need to consult. You can save $50 on the Echo speaker, $70 on the Echo Show, and more. 

30 cool products that just launched on Amazon exclusively for Prime members

One Prime Day-related exclusive is Prime Day Launches, a selection of new products that only Prime members can shop for a limited time leading up to Prime Day. See 2019's Launches here.

10 cool beauty and skin-care launches only Prime members can get their hands on before Amazon Prime Day

The beauty and skin-care launches specifically are worth taking a closer look at if you're interested in up-and-coming brands and new products like makeup, face wash, and pomade. 

Amazon's Prime Day sale includes early deals on celebrity products from Kristen Bell, Kobe Bryant, and Marshmello

Amazon has partnered with a handful of your favorite celebrities, including Kristen Bell, Mark Wahlberg, and Will and Jaden Smith, to introduce new and exclusive products ranging from snacks and drinks to personal-care products. 

How to avoid missing out on 'Lightning Deals' throughout Prime Day

Amazon's Lightning Deals are limited-time, limited-stock offers that are usually available to everyone. On Prime Day, though, they're only available to Prime members. Here's how to make sure you don't miss out on the ones you want

The free trick to gaining access to Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals — even without a membership

In order to access the deals, you must be an Amazon Prime member. If you're not already, you can sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial now so you can shop Prime Day without committing the full $119. Just make sure you cancel the membership after Prime Day if you don't want to continue it. 

Amazon Prime Day is less than a week away — 6 credit cards can get you the best price starting now

The downside of trying to shop a competitive deal is that it might sell out before you have a chance to click 'purchase.' With a credit card that comes with price protection, you can buy the item before Prime Day, and then get a refund on the price difference if it goes on sale during Prime Day. 

Here's what you should buy on Amazon Prime Day 2019 based on past deals

We've been sifting through Prime Day deals and showing you the best ones since 2015, so we have a good idea of the product categories and brands you should be focusing on if you want to get the most bang for your buck. Here's the cheat sheet.

The best vacuum deals you'll find on Prime Day 2019 — including upright, cordless, and robot vacuums

There will be all types of vacuums to fit your cleaning needs and preferences, from traditional upright corded vacuums to robot vacuums that will clean your floors by themselves. 

The iRobot Roomba vacuum deals we expect to see on Amazon Prime Day 2019

Last year, the Roomba 671 robot vacuum was discounted $120 for a sale price of $229.99. They're usually a few hundred dollars, and can even cost up to $1,000, so they tend to be one of our favorite Prime Day deals. Here's what we expect based on past years. 

The Eufy RoboVac deals we're expecting to see on Amazon Prime Day 2019

You didn't think we forgot about Roomba's competitor Eufy, did you? Last year, Amazon Prime members saved $110 on the popular Eufy RoboVac 11 — getting it for just $159.99. We expect similar discounts this year. Plus, you can use the Amazon app to make sure you don't miss Eufy deals on Prime Day.

The best competing Prime Day sales of 2019 from major retailers like Walmart, Target, and eBay — some are promising better discounts

Retail competitors like Target and Walmart aren't going to sit on the sidelines and let Amazon take all the customers. They're hosting their own sales in hopes of attracting online shoppers to their sites. 

All the Kindle deals we expect to see for Amazon Prime Day 2019

Last year, Prime members saved on Kindle Unlimited memberships and the Kindle Paperwhite. Here's what we forecast for the Kindle on Prime Day 2019.

The best Fitbit deals we're expecting to see on Amazon Prime Day 2019

At least one of Fitbit's many multi-talented fitness trackers always goes on sale during Prime Day. The Alta HR in particular was a favorite among Insider Picks readers last year, but you should be able to have your pick of other models. 

The KitchenAid stand mixer deals we're expecting to see on Amazon Prime Day 2019

Every Prime Day, you can expect huge savings on these classic stand mixers — and every Prime Day, you'll have to fit the hordes of other shoppers who want their hands on one, too. Make sure to check out KitchenAid's deals early if you want to have a chance. 

31 useful Amazon Prime benefits to know that go beyond free 2-day shipping

The most notable perk is fast, free shipping, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Don't leave any perks you're technically paying for — or getting access to via trial — still on the table. 

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The very best deals of Amazon Prime Day 2019 — here's what Prime members should buy

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 03:45

Here's what you need to know about Prime Day 2019: 
  1. Amazon Prime Day 2019 officially begins at 12 a.m. PT on July 15 and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on July 16.
  2. The deals last a full 48 hours, with some deals happening early.
  3. Some of the best Prime Day deals have already begun. You can save $100 on the Fire TV Recast (usually $229.99), try 4 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for only $0.99 (save $31), and try 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for free (save $30).
  4. If you're hoping to buy an Alexa-enabled device like an Echo or Fire TV Stick, wait until Prime Day. You'll be able to shop the biggest Prime Day deals ever on Alexa-enabled devices.

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You'll be able to browse featured deals on this Amazon page on Amazon Prime Day, but the real page you'll want to bookmark is this article. We'll be sifting through the more than 1 million deals anticipated to land on Prime Day and showing you only the best deals so you can save time and get on with your day. 

Remember, you must be an Amazon Prime member in order to access Amazon Prime Day 2019's best deals. Check out all the great benefits a Prime membership affords in addition to Prime Day access, then sign up for a free 30-day trial here

If you have more burning questions about Amazon Prime Day 2019, read our Amazon Prime Day FAQ. For any unanswered questions you may still have, email us at insiderpicks@businessinsider.com. 

Learn more about the best Prime Day deals below:

Note: Some deals are not yet live and are based off a preview provided by Amazon. All anticipated deals are marked with an asterisk. Check back on Prime Day for live updates to all the deals below. 

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The best Amazon service deals

Amazon's many memberships include music-streaming services Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music and grocery delivery services like AmazonFresh and Prime Pantry. These are usually the deals that get released early ahead of Prime Day and feature attractive trials that are either free or only cost $1. 

The best Prime Day Amazon service deals: 



The best Amazon Echo deals

Amazon's variety of Echo smart speakers always go on sale during Prime Day. Each one utilizes Alexa to accomplish any number of tasks, from answering questions to reordering supplies on Amazon.

The Echo (pictured) features Dolby speakers that play 360-degree audio with clear vocals and dynamic bass response, plus seven microphones so it can hear your commands even as music is playing.

The best Prime Day Echo deals



The best Kindle deals

Kindle ebook readers are light and comfortable to hold, give you the ability to download millions of books with the click of a button, and let you make highlights and notes. The newest model of the Kindle Paperwhite was released in 2018, and we love it

Among our own readers, a top three best seller last year was a Kindle Unlimited promotional deal, which let Prime members who hadn't yet tried the service get access to over 1 million books for just $1. The service usually goes for $30 for the same time frame. This year, the deal is even better. 

The best Prime Day Kindle deals



The best laptop, tablet, and computer deals

Now's a great opportunity to buy a new laptop, tablet, or PC for school or personal use. Deals from Amazon (hint: lots of Fire tablets), Acer, Google, and Samsung should give you a wealth of choice as you decide which device you need. 

The best Prime Day laptop deals:
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The best Prime Day tablet deals: The best Prime Day PC deals
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The best printer and computer accessory deals

Devices like printers and routers might not be the most exciting tech to shop for, but they're necessary purchases nonetheless. The right devices can make the difference between extreme frustration and relaxed bliss as you browse, work, and play, so save on the best ones with these deals. 

The best Prime Day printer deals:
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The best Prime Day computer monitor deals
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The best Prime Day computer accessory deals
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The best TV deals

TV and media streamers often go on sale during Prime Day. While you can pick up a discounted TV and a separate media streamer such as the Fire TV Stick, there are also TV options that have Fire TV built right into their system. 

The best Prime Day TV deals The best Prime Day media streamer deals:



The best smart home deals

There was an almost overwhelming number of smart security camera and smart lighting deals on Prime Day last year. Amazon-owned Ring usually discounts a number of its cameras, with the Doorbell Pro being the most popular, but the Doorbell 2 and Spotlight Cam are quality alternatives. Other smart home deals you can shop might include smart light bulbs and thermostats. 

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The best speaker and soundbar deals

Upgrade your sound system for less with these Prime Day speaker deals. You'll notice the difference the next time you listen to music, watch a movie, or play a video game. You can even bring a few of these speakers with you on your next beach or camping trip. Some are made for outdoor convenience while others, like the Sonos One above, are made to fill a room with rich sound. 

The best Prime Day speaker deals The best Prime Day soundbar deals:
  • Check back soon for the best soundbar deals. 



The best gaming deals

eSports fans and casual gamers alike: this one's for you. Kids at heart who grew up playing the classic versions of these consoles and games should pay attention to these deals, which include value-packed bundles and new releases. And if you're serious about gaming, get the PCs and accessories to prove it. 

The best Prime Day game console deals:
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The best Prime Day video game deals:
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The best Prime Day gaming PC deals
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The best smartphone and phone accessories deals

Smartphones and their accompanying accessories can be very pricey, but you can get great deals during Amazon Prime Day, especially on unlocked phones. Here are the best smartphones and phone accessories on sale that iOS and Android fans alike can enjoy. 

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The best Fitbit and smartwatch deals

Fitbit is a leader among fitness tracker brands and offers a variety of different models on sale to cater to your needs and preferences. It's successful in part because it incorporates a social component to fitness, pitting you against your friends and co-workers to rack up the most steps per week. 

The best Prime Day Fitbit and fitness tracker deals:
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The best Prime Day smartwatch deals:
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The best headphones deals

Whether you need a good set to help you concentrate during work or to accompany your runs, we'll have you covered with the best Prime Day headphone deals, including wireless earbuds, wired earbuds, over-ear headphones, and Bluetooth headphones. It's hard to pass up on big savings from names like Sony, Bose, and Audio-Technica.

The best Prime Day headphones deals



The best car tech deals

Optimize your drive with efficient car chargers, convenient phone mounts, safety-conscious dash cams, and more car accessories. Here are the best car tech deals. 

The best Prime Day car charger deals:
  • Check back soon for the best Prime Day car charger deals. 
The best Prime Day phone mount deals:
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The best Prime Day dash cam deals:
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The best camera deals

We usually don't see too many many digital cameras on sale during Prime Day and you'll probably have better luck on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. However, GoPro cameras and and home security cameras typically enjoy discounts. 

The best Prime Day GoPro and action camera deals:
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The best Prime Day home security camera deals
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The best Prime Day DSLR and professional camera deals
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The best under-$100 tech deals

You don't have to spend more than $100 to get great tech. Here are the best sub-$100 tech deals you can get on Prime Day.



The best under-$50 tech deals

If you want to spend even less, here's a list of all the best gadgets on sale for $50 or less.



The best under-$25 tech deals

There are some dirt-cheap tech deals on Amazon today. Here's a list of all the best gadgets on sale for less than $25.



The best kitchen deals

Save on big kitchen brands like KitchenAid and newer entrants like ChefSteps (pictured). Of course, Prime Day would be incomplete without a couple Instant Pot deals. Kitchen essentials from small appliances (air fryers, blenders, mixers) to cookware and tools are popular deals to shop. 

The best Prime Day kitchen appliance deals: The best Prime Day cookware deals:
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The best mattress, sheets, and pillow deals

Since you spend a third of your life sleeping, it pays to invest in a good mattress and pillow. Thankfully, you won't have to invest that much with these sleep deals. You'll be able to get the support you need with memory foam or hybrid mattresses and mattress toppers, wrap yourself in soft sheets, and rest your head (without the irritation) on hypoallergenic pillows.

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The best vacuum deals

No one actually enjoys vacuuming, so it's no surprise that robot vacuums are growing in popularity. Vacuums from brands like Ecovacs and iRobot will do all the work for you. But if you prefer a traditional handheld vacuum, you could also save on a fan-favorite that's usually pretty expensive — the coveted Dyson vacuum

The best Prime Day vacuum deals:
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The best AC, air purifier, and fan deals

We're quickly approaching peak summer. If you don't have a good way to cool off, we'll be on the lookout during Prime Day to find you some discounted solutions. If you're still suffering from allergies, we found a couple air purifiers to ease the pain. 

The best Prime Day air purifier deals:
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The best Prime Day AC deals:
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The best Prime Day fan deals:
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The best furniture and lighting deals

Amazon's two in-house furniture brands, Rivet and Stone & Beam, will be offering tons of deals on sofas, chairs, tables and more. You can shop them alongside these furniture deals. 

The best Prime Day living room furniture deals
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The best Prime Day kitchen furniture deals:
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The best Prime Day bedroom furniture deals:
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The best Prime Day lighting deals:
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The best home improvement deals

Don't get caught in an emergency without the proper tools. You can be the ultimate DIY handyman and crisis manager with these home improvement products. 

The best Prime Day power and handtool deals
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The best Prime Day safety and security deals:
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The best beauty and skin-care deals

All types of beauty products and personal-care tools, from simple standbys to the complex and tech-oriented, will be on sale. Skip the trip to the drugstore or department store and shop all your makeup, skin care, and hair needs during Prime Day. 

The best Prime Day beauty deals: The best Prime Day grooming deals

 



The best fashion deals

Amazon's fashion offerings are a mix of its affordable in-house brands, which cover everything from active wear to everyday basics to fashion-forward trends, and designer brands you already know and love. 

The best Prime Day women's fashion deals: The best Prime Day men's fashion deals

 



The best pet deals

Some of us don't like spending on ourselves and would rather funnel that money towards our beloved pets. Stock up on food or pamper your furry friends with the following great pet deals. If you miss your dog during the day, you can see what he's up to with the Furbo camera. Or, get fit together by strapping an activity monitor on him. 

The best Prime Day pet camera deals:
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The best Prime Day pet tech deals:
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The best Prime Day deals for dogs:
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The best Prime Day deals for cats:
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The best Prime Day deals for fish, birds, and other small animals:
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The best travel and luggage deals

If your summer travel plans are far from over, you can find a last-minute suitcase or travel accessory here. It also never hurts to have a good suitcase on hand for future travels.

The best Prime Day luggage set and bundle deals:
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The best Prime Day travel accessories and packing cube deals:
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The best Prime Day travel duffle and backpack deals:
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The best outdoors and camping deals

It doesn't cost a lot to enjoy your time in the great outdoors this summer. Shop important gear like tents, coolers, and even giant paddle boards this Prime Day. 

The best Prime Day overall outdoors deals:
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The best Prime Day camping and hiking deals
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The best Prime Day cooler deals:
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The best baby deals

From food and diapers to toys and onesies, it takes a lot to care for and entertain a growing baby. The job is a little easier when you don't have to spend as much. 

The best Prime Day crib and cradle deals:
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The best Prime Day stroller deals:
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The best Prime Day car seat deals
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The best Prime Day baby monitor deals:
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The best back-to-school deals

Shopping for school supplies is simultaneously exciting and stressful — for parents, however, the latter feeling probably overrules the former as August creeps up on them. Relieve that stress of last-minute back-to-school shopping by getting it all done right now. You can knock out the entire supply list for less at Amazon. 

The best Prime Day school supply deals
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The best Prime Day backpack deals
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The best Prime Day student tech deals: 
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The best Prime Day college and dorm room deals:
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The best sports and fitness deals

Now that you have a good fitness tracker, make sure to supplement your workouts with these accessories and equipment.

The best Prime Day fitness accessories and equipment deals
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The best Prime Day athletic clothing deals:
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The best Prime Day health deals:
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Competing Prime Day deals at Target, Nordstrom, eBay, and more stores

Don't think that other online retailers are going to let Amazon command all the attention today. To compete with Prime Day, all these stores are running similarly great deals and promotions that you should take advantage of if you don't see anything you like here on Amazon. 

  • Target Deal Days: Hundreds of thousands of deals on best-selling national and Target-exclusive brands on July 15 and 16. Save an extra 5% on your purchase with a Target REDcard
  • EBay: Offering over 50% off on top brands like KitchenAid and Apple starting July 15 and promises "a fresh batch of too-good-to-be-true deals that will drop if Amazon crashes."
  • Walmart: Thousands of special buys and rollbacks online, starting July 14 (one day before Prime Day) and running through July 17 (one day after Prime Day). 
  • Nordstrom: Nordstrom card members can shop the giant Anniversary Sale from July 12 through July 18. From July 19 through August 4, the remaining deals will be available to the public. 
  • Ace Hardware: Hosting its first-ever Ace Rewards Day on July 15, which the company isn't positioning as competition to Prime Day, despite the coincidental timing.
  • Dell: The "Black Friday in July" sale promises up to 60% off electronics.

 



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The best early Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals Prime members can get right now

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 01:58

Though Amazon's annual sales extravaganza, Prime Day, isn't until July 15, you can already start shopping some Prime Day deals today. 

Every day leading up to Prime Day 2019, Prime members enjoy exclusive promotions and deals on Amazon products and services. 

To shop these early deals and all Prime Day 2019 deals, you must be a Prime member. Sign up for a free 30-day trial here to get in on the Prime Day savings and try the many other benefits of a membership

The following leaked Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals are available to Prime members only, now through Prime Day.

Products:

Services: 

The best early Amazon device deal is on the Fire TV Recast, a live viewing and recording box that works with a Fire TV device and TV antenna to bring you local channels at home and on the go. We reviewed the Fire TV Recast and found it was easy to set up and integrated seamlessly with our Amazon accounts and Fire TV. If you like watching local, live TV but don't want to be saddled with yet another subscription, it's an excellent one-time purchase to get your live TV fix — and only $130 through Prime Day. 

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These early Prime Day deals are a nice warm-up for the real event on July 15 and 16.

Make sure you're fully prepared by learning how to make the most of Prime Day 2019, looking at what deals were most popular (and are likely to be featured again) last year, and finalizing your Lightning Deal-grabbing strategy

Read all our Amazon Prime Day 2019 coverage here, and bookmark our list of the best deals of Prime Day 2019 here.

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40 Big Tech Predictions for 2019

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 21:00

Digital transformation has arrived.

Not a single industry is safe from the unstoppable wave of digitization that is sweeping through finance, retail, transportation, and more.

And in 2019, there will be even more transformative developments that will  our businesses, careers, and lives.

Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has put together a list of 40 Big Tech Predictions for 2019 across Apps and Platforms, Digital Media, Payments, The Internet of Things, E-Commerce, Fintech, Transportation & Logistics, and Digital Health.

Some of these major predictions include:

  • Amazon will launch an Alexa-powered car product similar to Apple's and Google's.
  • Amazon will buy Snapchat as the social app struggles to add users, compete with Instagram, and make money.
  • Despite the hype around the Chase-Visa deal, it alone won't mark an inflection point for contactless payments in the U.S.
  • Smart speaker prices will hit $20 for the newest models.
  • Social commerce will fail to gain adoption despite social platforms' efforts.
  • US-based trading app Robinhood will go public in 2019 — and it won't be the only one.
  • While drone delivery regulation inched forward in 2018, the rise of 5G will see companies taking their drone delivery tests to the next level. 
  • Telemedicine won't take off. 
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The very best deals from Walmart's competing Prime Day 2019 sale — including Google devices, Apple devices, and 4K smart TVs

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 19:31

Amazon Prime Day has established itself as one of the biggest online sales events since the dawn of online shopping. This year, Prime Day is on July 15 and 16, and Amazon will be offering deals on everything from electronics to baby supplies. But other retailers are starting to catch on, giving Amazon a run for its money and giving you even more opportunities to compare prices and save.

Not to be outdone, Walmart is running thousands of special deals in an even longer window than Prime Day. Price cuts and rollbacks begin on July 14 (one day before Prime Day) and run through Wednesday, July 17 (one day after Prime Day) with new deals being added daily.

Some standout Walmart deals available right now include: Keep reading for a full roundup of the best deals Walmart has to offer. We'll be updating this list as new deals roll out.

SEE ALSO: Amazon will be deeply discounting its Echo speakers and devices on Prime Day 2019 — here's every Echo deal you'll find

Tech deals

While Amazon is offering steep deals on its in-house brand of tech devices like the Echos, Kindles, and Fire Sticks, Walmart has struck an exclusive deal with Google to bring you savings on some of the best smart home devices on the market. Google Week by Walmart runs through Tuesday, July 16 and features deals such as the Google Home for $69 (down from $129) and the Google Nest Thermostat for $189 (down from $249).

Google device deals TVs TV Accessories Laptops Apple Tablets E-readers

If you're hesitant to drop big money before doing your research, check out our guides for best 4K TVs, best laptops, and best tablets and have peace of mind that you're making the right call as you hit the check-out button.



Gaming deals

Walmart is offering tons of gaming bundles that throw in a free game, controller, or other accessory during its Prime Day competition sale. You can also take home amazing freestanding old-school arcade games like Galaga and Pac-Man for up to $30 off their retail price, not to mention steep discounts on individual games like Fallout 76, which is just $17 (a savings of $43). 

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Toy deals

Outside of Black Friday, this week is going to be the best way to stock up on affordable toys for the little ones. Walmart has deals on everything from EZ Bake Ovens to Nerf Guns to wooden swing sets. On second thought, forget the little ones and grab a bunch of Nerf guns for the Great Office Battle of 2019. For the Endgame fans, Walmart has Marvel and Avengers products at up to 50% off so you can snag a Black Panther action figure for just $8.44 (originally $12.99) or an Avengers Monopoly set for $19.99 (originally $29.99).



Baby-care deals

Having a baby and caring for all its needs gets expensive quickly, so if you're a new parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, friend of a new parent, or if you've ever met a baby, jump on these parenting deals to help ease the financial burden.

Walmart's standout deals in Baby Accessories include a Walmart exclusive NUK breast pump for $179.99 (originally $299.99), a Graco infant car seat for $175.99 (originally $219.99), and a Jujube diaper bag for $39.99 (originally $70). They've even got sales on Enfamil powdered formula and baby bottles. Even if you don't personally know a baby who could use them, you might still want to grab some to donate to your local food pantry or hospital.



Home improvement deals

Have you been using the same rusty wrench for as long as you can remember? You probably think the tools you have are good enough to do the job, but using old tools can be unsafe and opening yourself up to risk or injury. Take the opportunity now to save on replacing your worn out tools. Walmart has a 8-piece Irwin plier set for $63.99 (originally 99.99), and you can get tack on a shiny new Viper storage chest to store them in for $92.97 (originally $143.98). 



Sports and outdoors deals

The timing couldn't be more perfect for deals on outdoor and sporting gear. It's the height of summer, and there are still tons of beach days, cookouts, and camping weekends left on the calendar. Grab these deals now and make the most of the dog days still to come.

Walmart has deals on Coleman and Ozark canopies and tents. Plus you can snag a discounted Lifetime adjustable basketball hoop for $149.99 (originally $200) to brush up on your hoop skills while you wait impatiently for basketball season to start up again.



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5G in the IoT: How the next generation of wireless technology will transform the IoT

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 19:00

This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here. Current subscribers can read the report here.

5G is very nearly here, and these lightning-fast networks will change how telecommunications shapes business and offer new and transformative possibilities in the IoT space.

As 5G networks become a reality in 2019 and 2020, the new standard will further increase the appeal of cellular solutions in the areas where it's available. And, as 5G-supported hardware rolls out, companies can use the network to support their IoT business.

But the excitement around 5G doesn't mean it should be selected above all other options whenever available. In fact, in some cases, it's not even the best among cellular solutions. Companies that use IoT devices and providers of IoT-based services and solutions need to be discerning in their determinations of where 5G will help and where it won't.

In The 5G and The IoT Report, Business Insider Intelligence will examine how the introduction of 5G is poised to transform portions of the IoT ecosystem. First, we look at the 5G standard broadly, identifying its strengths and weaknesses in comparison with existing standards, as well as laying out the timeline for rollout and expectations within the wireless industry. Next, we look at the new practices that 5G will enable in the IoT, focusing specifically on the capacity for high-bandwidth remote analytics, as well as the ability to use remote processing centers for mission-critical services. Finally, we examine areas where 5G will leave gaps and how companies will need to cope with the standards’ early limitations.

The companies mentioned in this report are: AT&T, Ericsson, FairCom, InterDigital, Motorola, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Quectel, Sierra Wireless, Telstra, Verizon, and ZTE. 

 Here are some key takeaways from the report:

  • Where available, 5G will enable exciting new IoT use cases, like real-time remote analytics and the remote execution of mission-critical services.
  • While 5G will offer a variety of useful new capabilities for companies that provide and use IoT solutions, there will be areas where it won't be useful within the IoT — at least not immediately.
  • Companies offering IoT solutions need to look at 5G as a tool in their arsenal; the thing they need to figure out is when they can build solutions that amplify its strengths, mitigate its weaknesses, and when turn to alternatives if they can't adequately do either.

In full, the report:

  • Provides an overview of the key differences between 5G networks and today's alternatives.
  • Highlights the ways that 5G will enable new practices in the IoT.
  • Presents some of the expectations for 5G from companies that will bring the standard to the world.
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Walmart is competing with Amazon Prime Day with a great deal on the Google Home Max

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 17:28

Amazon Prime Day is lighting up the internet with thousands of sales and deals, making it one of the best times to shop big ticket items at deeply discounted prices. 

One of the best Prime Day deals we've found is, in fact, not an Amazon offering at all, but is from Walmart's concurrent sale.

Right now, you can get the Google Home Max for just $249 (originally $399) at Walmart — the lowest price we've ever seen.

In fact, you can also find the same deal pretty much everywhere except Amazon; it's also available for $249 at Target, Best Buy, and Bed Bath & Beyond

Since Amazon uses Prime Day as a means to drive shoppers toward its discounted in-house tech products like the Echo speaker, Kindle e-reader, and Fire Stick, it makes sense that they don't carry competing Google Home devices. To capitalize on the gap in Amazon's offerings, Walmart has partnered with Google to offer deals on its smart devices too, such as the Google Home ($69, originally $129) and Home Mini ($25, originally $49), Nest products like the smart thermostat ($189, originally $249) and smart doorbell ($189, originally $249)

These deals are available now through Tuesday, July 16 at Walmart. 

All of the retailers carrying the Google Home Max offer free shipping, but Walmart's will arrive on your doorstep the quickest with their free NextDay option, followed closely behind by Target's free 2-day shipping. Best Buy and Bed Bath and Beyond all offer standard free shipping that takes three to six business days.

Read more: What is Amazon Prime Day? Everything you need to know and what to expect on July 15-16

Google Home Max review:

I've been using the Google Max as my all-in-one home audio system and smart device for about a year. The sound quality is unmatched — it absolutely blows the Echo out of the water, in my opinion. It reaches ear-splitting volume levels that you should probably never max out for your own health and safety, but it's always fun to know that you could probably host a warehouse rave with it if you so desired.

It's capable of pairing with tons of smart devices including Google's line of Nest products and many smart TVs, so you can ask Google to play your favorite show on Netflix or turn the volume up from across the room. The price tag has always been a bit scary, but Google recently slashed the price to $299 to appease those who couldn't stomach the $399 price tag, and at the sale price of $249, the quality, versatility, and user experience offered by the Google Max make it a no-brainer. 

Buy the Google Home Max, $249 (originally $399) from: Walmart | Target | Best Buy | Bed Bath & Beyond 

SEE ALSO: Amazon will be deeply discounting its Echo speakers and devices on Prime Day 2019 — here's every Echo deal you'll find

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'Spider-Man: Far From Home' had no problem crushing newbies 'Crawl' and 'Stuber' at the box office

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 16:45

  • "Spider-Man: Far From Home" wins the domestic box office for a second-straight weekend, earning $45.3 million this weekend.
  • The Sony release now has a global total of $847 million.
  • The movie is on pace to become the highest-grossing "Spider-Man" movie of all time ("Spider-Man 3" is the the top to date with $891 million worldwide).
  • New releases "Crawl" and "Stuber" fell flat, as "Toy Story 4" snuck in to earn the second place finish this weekend.
  • It proves that this summer audiences are only going to the movies for titles they know they will enjoy, like Disney and superhero titles.
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"Spider-Man: Far From Home" continues to dominate the box office. In its second weekend in theaters, Sony's Marvel movie brought in an estimated $45.3 million to be the number one film at the domestic box office for a second-straight weekend.

The movie has brought in $847 million worldwide and is on pace to become the highest-grossing "Spider-Man" movie ever by the time it ends its theatrical run. The highest-grossing Spidey movie to date is 2007's "Spider-Man 3" which made $891 million worldwide.

New releases like Fox's comedy "Stuber" and Paramount's horror "Crawl" were no match for the Marvel superhero, as they fell flat with $8 million and $11.5 million opening weekends, respectively. In fact, neither even got second place, as "Toy Story 4" earned a strong $20.7 million over the weekend to earn the silver with a global cume of $771 million.

This weekend is the latest example that moviegoers this summer are being very selective in what they are going to see. If it's not a sure bet, like a Disney release or a superhero title, they are staying home and watching what's on streaming.

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Right on cue, Disney is set to release another huge title, as the highly anticipated "The Lion King" remake hits screens next weekend after making a splash overseas. Opening in China over the weekend, it took in $54.7 million, which is a better start in the Middle Kingdom than "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast," and the last photo realistic Disney release, "The Jungle Book."

 

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Lyft just got a step closer to bike-share domination. Here's why Uber and other competitors should be terrified.

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 16:04

  • A San Francisco court sided with Lyft last week in a big decision for the company's bike-sharing service.
  • The court ruled that Lyft has an exclusive contract with the city for both docked and dockless bikes.
  • When it comes to e-bikes, Lyft also has first-offer for a contract. The city wants there to be multiple operators.
  • Wall Street analysts say Lyft's exclusive contracts with more cities, including New York, could be a big tailwind.
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Lyft won a major victory in court for its bike rental service last week.

A San Francisco judge on Thursday ruled that Motivate, the bike-share operator that Lyft purchased one year ago, has exclusive rights to rent both docked and dockless bikes in the city.

The preliminary decision in the case, originally filed by Lyft in June when the city first began soliciting dockless bike-rental proposals, also says that Lyft has the "first offer" on electric bikes.

And while the ruling doesn't necessarily mean Lyft's newly reintroduced electric bikes will be the only e-bikes in San Francisco, the decision could prove to be a big tailwind for the company.

"This is a major feather in the cap for Lyft as they put more of a fence around their backyard in SF on bike share," Dan Ives, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, told Business Insider.

"It's all about the last mile and this ruling was a major step in the right direction for Lyft's ecosystem to further penetrate this market opportunity. There were worries about the outcome of this and Lyft came away as the winner," Ives said.

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Lyft doesn't break out individual metrics for its bike and scooters business, but Wall Street analysts believe it could prove beneficial in the long run as the company seeks to grow its total users and trip counts, especially since the company's contracts in other major cities are similarly exclusive.

"We believe that increasing the number of use cases on Lyft, including through options such as shared rides and bikes & scooters can drive active riders higher," JPMorgan said in a research note earlier this summer.

A Lyft spokesperson said the company is looking forward to expanding its e-bike program, which also hit the streets in the East Bay, about 12 miles outside of San Francisco, last week.

"We're pleased that the judge agrees with our position and are eager to move on," the spokesperson said. "We are, and have been, ready to immediately deploy our new hybrid e-bikes in San Francisco and are waiting for the green light from SFMTA."

An attorney for the city of San Francisco told Courthouse News that the city is hoping that having multiple operators could help avoid another situation like that which occurred in April, when a brake issue forced Lyft to pull its e-bikes from San Francisco as well as New York.

"We want to make sure the system is not composed entirely of one type of docked bike provided by Lyft," deputy city attorney Kenneth Walczak told Courthouse News. "We want to make sure residents have access to options."

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