From TechCrunch: Let’s review some of tech’s big second quarter financial stories

 Now that the second-quarter “earnings season” — when all of the biggest public tech companies spill their financial guts to the public — is over, and it was filled with a lot of weird stories that seemed a little outside of the mold that we normally see. There weren’t any blockbuster product launches, huge advertising beats, wildly surprising numbers (outside… Read More

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From BetaNews: Amazon hands out $5 credits after accidentally making Echo Dot available free of charge

Anyone shopping for an Amazon Echo Dot a couple of days ago may have spotted that the online retail giant was making its second-generation assistant available free of charge. But the old adage “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is” turned out to be completely accurate. The $49.99 “Audible Promo” discount that led to the device being reduced in price to $0 was a SNAFU — but Amazon is going to make up for it. As noted by Engadget on Friday, a discount related to Audible results in the Amazon Echo Dot being made available free of… [Continue Reading]

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From Gizmodo: Head Back To School With a Ton of Amazon Device Discounts, Including the Echo For $100

While not nearly as enticing as their Prime Day discounts, Amazon’s back-to-school price drops on their Kindle, Fire, and Echo devices are solid deals if you’re in the market.

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From Engadget RSS Feed: Sorry, Amazon is canceling your ‘free’ Echo Dot

If you thought that free Echo Dot was too good to be true… well, you were right. Amazon is cancelling zero-cost orders for the tiny smart speaker, informing buyers that a “technical error” was responsible for the surprise Audible discount. You won’…

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From Digital Trends: Were you one of the lucky few who snagged a free Amazon Echo Dot yesterday?

Folks who were meandering their way around Amazon yesterday received a delightful little surprise – a free Amazon Echo Dot. Alas, my friends, the deal for this $50 smart speaker has since expired.

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From Digital Trends: The best new shows and movies to stream: ‘The Defenders,’ ‘Better Things,’ more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream this week. On the list: Marvel’s ‘The Defenders,’ ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ and more.

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From GeekWire: Week In Geek Podcast: A scary game bot, snooping via smartphone, and Google’s Seattle startup deal


On this episode of the Week in Geek Podcast, we start with two fascinating tech advances with not-so-great implications for humanity. First, researchers from the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science in Seattle reported this week that they were able to hack smart devices and use them as makeshift sonar systems to track people’s movements, even through walls. The research is designed to raise awareness of a new way to use smart devices for nefarious purposes, but the preventative measures don’t sound very practical. Sound-proofing, emitting a jamming signal, or disabling a device’s speaker and microphone would… Read More

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From Gizmodo: This $23 Boogie Board Is a Whiteboard For the Digital Age

I didn’t know it was possible to improve upon the handheld white board, but Boogie Board might have done it. This $23 gadget (an all-time low price, by the way) includes a stylus to draw on its LCD display, and will keep its image indefinitely without any power until you hit the erase button, and of course, the “pen�…

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From Engadget RSS Feed: The Echo Dot was free on Amazon for a hot minute

The Echo Dot, Amazon’s $50 in-home assistant, was briefly free on Amazon today, thanks to an “Audible” discount that got added at checkout. The discount applied to both black and white models, though it now appears people trying to score a free Echo…

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