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You can now buy LeEco’s well-priced smartphones and TVs from Amazon

LeEco entered the US market in October with its own online store called LeMall. In hopes of increasing sales, the company teamed up with Target about a week ago. The retailer is currently selling two LeEco smartphones on its website.

LeEco knows that it must do more if it wants to increase its presence in the US, which is one of the most important markets for tech companies. So in addition to teaming up with Target, the Chinese manufacturer has also started selling its products on Amazon. There are just a few LeEco products listed on Amazon’s website right now. You can choose between three TVs and two smartphones — Le Pro 3 and Le S3. The first one retails for $399.99, while the Le S3 can be yours for $249.99. The prices are the same as those on LeEco’s website.

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However, it is worth mentioning that the three LeEco TVs listed on Amazon are currently on sale. The company is offering a $100 discount for a limited time, so if you are interested, visit the retailer’s website by clicking the button below to find out more.

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By selling its products on Amazon, LeEco will be able to showcase its TVs and smartphones to a wider audience. This is especially important because the LeEco brand is not well established and known in the US, therefore, the company can’t expect that people will be flocking to their own online store. But they can expect to increase sales with the help of Amazon, especially because their products do offer a great price-performance ratio, which always sits well with consumers.

PSA: PIN protect your Amazon Echo to prevent unwanted purchases

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It might be time to set up a PIN code for your Amazon Echo following a string of incidences regarding unwanted purchases. News broke yesterday of a six-year-old girl who used Alexa to order a doll’s house and 64 ounces of cookies, trailed by a news anchor — reporting on the story — inadvertently creating similar requests in other households.

The Dallas girl made the accidental purchase when talking to Alexa, reputedly asking: “Can you play dollhouse with me and get me a dollhouse?” During the exchange, Alexa ordered the products, costing the girl’s family $170 before the story later appeared on news channels.

When a reporter from San Diego’s CW6 News commented on the incident, stating: “Alexa ordered me a dollhouse,” some Echo units in homes where the broadcast was being watched took those words as an order request.

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It’s believed that none of those resulted in a confirmed purchase, however the ease of buying items an Amazon Echo product might cause you to consider setting up a PIN or turning voice orders off altogether (visit echo.amazon.com and log in with your Amazon account details to change your Alexa preferences). If you do create a PIN, note that Alexa will require you to say it out load to place an order; try not to say it when your kids are around.

The Amazon Echo Dot also recently made headlines after misinterpreting a request from a toddler. Alexa said: “You want to hear a station for ‘Porn’ detected,” before announcing a string of lewd words. Seemingly, the child had actually wanted Alexa to play a nursery rhyme.

Deal: Amazon is selling the Nextbit Robin for only $139

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If you’re in the market for a new Android device that stands out from the crowd, you’ll be happy to hear that the Nextbit Robin is on sale over at Amazon. The online retail giant is selling the device for just $139, which is about $40 off its normal price from the past weeks. The offer is valid for both the Mint and the Midnight color options.

The Nextbit Robin was launched around a year ago and initially retailed for $399. The device, which raised over a million dollars on Kickstarter, sports a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 32 GB of onboard storage and 100 GB of cloud storage, and a 13 MP primary camera. It also features the Snapdragon 808 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 2,680 mAh battery, and ships with Android Marshmallow on board.

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The Nextbit Robin looks quite interesting as well thanks to its rectangular design combined with a few circular elements — camera, speaker, proximity sensor, and flash. If you’re considering getting the device, visit Amazon’s sales page by clicking the button below.

Get the Nextbit Robin

We don’t know how long this deal will last for, so if you’re thinking of getting it, you better do so sooner rather than later.

Alexa is the quiet star of CES

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Alexa, the “AI” assistant that powers Amazon’s range of smart home speakers, has already proven popular after the strong launch of the Amazon Echo and Dot last year, and the company is stepping up the expansion of its ecosystem this year. At CES 2017, a huge range of products sporting Alexa have popped up in a variety of segments, making it one of the hidden stars of the show.

Beyond speakers, Amazon’s intelligent assistant is now being packaged in with televisions, lamps, and even refrigerators. This distribution strategy is a departure from Amazon’s previous focus on in-house hardware, but this doesn’t mean that the Echo range is going anywhere. With competition heating up from the likes of Google Home, focusing on getting its software into as many products as possible is Amazon’s big play to secure itself a dominant market position.

LG, Whirlpool, Belkin, and Lenovo are just some of the major brands to have packed in Alexa software into some of their CES hardware releases. Here’s a list of just some of the more interesting products announced at CES 2017 which are powered by Alexa.

  • Lenovo’s Smart Assistant Speaker. Essentially an Amazon Echo clone with a 5-watt tweeter and a 10-watt woofer for audio for better sounding music. You can also stump up an extra $50 for a Harman Kardon edition with premium audio features.
  • The C by GE Lamp, an internet-connected desk lamp that can pair with your phone via WiFi and features an integrated mic and speaker for all your virtual assistant needs.
  • Triby smart radio. If you’re more into listening to the radio than MP3, then you might be interested in Triby, a magnetic vintage looking radio with an e-ink display and voice controls.
  • Hopper DVR. DISH has teamed up with Amazon to integrated Alexa into the Hopper DVR to enable a hands-free, voice controlled TV experience.
  • Samsung POWERbot VR7000. Forget the roomba, this is a robot vacuum that you can command with your voice.

That’s just a small sample, a range of other manufacturers have also come out with Alexa compatible speakers, home appliances, lamps, and switches of their own. Although we should point out that these products are mostly listed as compatible with Alexa, and therefore many have their own software and companion apps that are linked to Amazon’s software in order to make use of their individual features. So there’s not necessarily universal feature cross compatibility between devices made by different manufacturers.

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The rollout of a wide ecosystem of compatible products is clearly great news for Amazon, but it’s also a boon for consumers too. By pushing Alexa into many more products, there’s a greater chance of it becoming a household name. The more products that Alexa powers and sells then the more data Amazon is able to collect for analysis, and the more powerful and useful Alexa becomes.

Amazon has gradually been increasing its software integration with other platforms, including Uber, FitBit, and even Domino’s Pizza. Amazon’s system isn’t perfect yet, and more needs to be done to help all of these different gadgets communicate with each other fully if the company wants to power everything in future smart homes, but that’s likely to come in time.

Either way, this is a bold new move for Amazon and certainly keeps the company’s smart home ecosystem as a major player. Expect to see a lot more Alexa powered products hitting store shelves this year.

Amazon starts letting users sell their old stuff in Bangalore, India

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It looks like Amazon may be planning to go toe-to-toe with one of its biggest rivals, eBay – well in India at least. The online retailer has started a pilot program in Bangalore, India called “Sell as Individual”, that allows people to sell their old products via their website.

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Amazon starts letting users sell their old stuff in Bangalore, India

The program not only allows people to sell their used products on Amazon, but the retailer will even package and pick up the items after they are sold. Of course, they will also deliver those goods to the people that have bought those products.

Amazon is naturally going to get a cut of those sales. The pilot program will charge Rs 10 (15 cents) for every item they sell below Rs 1,000 ($15). It will take Rs 50 (75 cents) for every item sold between 1,000 to Rs 5,000 ($75). Finally, it will take Rs 100 ($1.5) if each item cost over Rs 5,000.

It looks like Amazon is going to start very slowly with this new program, but if it is successful, it’s likely that the retailer could expand it to more markets. If that happens, eBay could be in trouble, especially with the retailer’s offer of taking out the burden of packaging and sending out the items. If the “Sell as Individual” program expands, would you use it instead of eBay?

Check out Amazon’s sweet deals on apps, video games, movies and more

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If you got an electronic device – any electronic device – under the Christmas tree this year, you may want to check out Amazon’s Digital Day deals event.

The retail giant has nice discounts on all forms of digital content, including video games, Android apps, in-app purchases, music, movies, books, and PC software. There’s literally a little something for everybody on the list, so make sure to check out the full catalog. If you can’t be bothered with clicking and tapping, here’s a selection of what we consider some of the best deals on Digital Day.

There are many other digital content deals available right now on Amazon, so make sure to check out the promotional page. Amazon Digital Day discounts will be available until the end of the day (Pacific) only.

Happy downloading!

Deal: Amazon has big one-day discounts on Transcend flash memory products

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If you are a regular reader of this site, it’s likely that you got a new Android smartphone or tablet as a gift for the holiday season. It’s also likely that device has a slot to add extra storage. If you are looking to add some more space for your growing photo and video collection on your phone, you might want to take a look at Amazon’s one-day sale on flash memory products from Transcend.

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This sale includes big price cuts on Transcend’s microSD cards. You can get the 32GB version for just $11.79 during the sale, which is a big 41-percent discount from its normal price. The 64GB card is priced at $13.99, a $10 savings. Finally, the large 128GB card can be yours for just $33.99, compared to its usual $53.49 price. Keep in mind that the ship dates for these cards are longer than normal, most likely due to the popularity of this sale.  It could take between two to four weeks to ship these cards out, if you are willing to wait a little while to save some money.

Check it out on Amazon

In addition to the microSD card discounts, Amazon also has some big price cuts on a number of other Transcend products, including USB flash drives, JetDrive Lite storage expansion cards for MacBooks, and even a 480GB SSD drive for PCs for the low price of just $86.99.

Check it out on Amazon

Get heavily discounted apps, games, movies and music on Amazon’s Digital Day

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Amazon’s Digital Day sale, which the company describes as “the deal event for your devices”, kicks off tomorrow. During the event, the online retail giant will offer substantial discounts on various digital content. Amazon has announced that it will take 80 percent off hundreds of video game titles, 50 percent off a bunch movies and TV shows, and 75 percent off hundreds of digital comics.

The sale comes at a great time as a lot of people received new gadgets including smartphones and tablets for Christmas and are now looking for interesting digital content for their devices. Amazon’s Digital Day sale will only last for 24 hours, starting tomorrow, December 30, at 12:00 am (PST).

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If you’re interested in getting new content for your mobile device, make sure you visit Amazon’s website tomorrow. You can already sign up for the Digital Day sale online and get notified as soon as it kicks off.

Sign up for the Digital Day sale

Are you thinking of checking our Amazon’s deals tomorrow? What digital content would you consider getting for your device during the sale? Let us know by posting a comment down below.

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Invi SMS and Messenger

[Price: Free]
Invi SMS & Messenger is an SMS and MMS app that also doubles as a standalone messaging app. You’ll be greeted with a variety of features, including a built-in meme generator, emoji, stickers, group chats, voice to text, and more. Since it supports SMS, you won’t need to invite your friends to use the service. It also includes a new feature called the Awesome Bar which gives you all kinds of fun stuff at the touch of a button.
It rocks a pretty decent design that features Material Design and the app works very well. It’s a simple, clean app that is easy to use and has a ton of functionality. You can pick it up for free with no in-app purchases right now. Give it a shot and show your support for Android Apps Weekly!

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Welcome to the 171st edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • A round of Twitter hacks made their rounds this week. The white hat hacker group OurMine claimed responsibility. Their targets included the official US accounts for Netflix and Marvel Comics along with the verified accounts of Tony Stark and Captain America. The group has also successfully hacked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai earlier this year. Everything is back to normal now, but it was a fun week.
  • There is a new YouTube show out called Devs. The premise of the show is to shine light on how video games are made. On top of that, there are some pretty good insights on things like how the industry has changed over the years. It also talks about why Finland is a good spot for game development. It’s a fun little show and definitely worth a watch if you like this kind of stuff.
  • Amazon announced this week that it intends to start taking India more seriously. During an interview this week, an executive stated that Amazon was ready to make the necessary investments to do just that. This comes just a week after Amazon launched its Prime service in India. The company will receive some competition from Flipkart which is to be expected. The investments made by Amazon so far are the largest in company history.
  • Vine isn’t entirely doomed after all. The company plans on stripping down the app and re-releasing it as Vine Camera sometime in 2017. It’ll still take six second videos like the app did except this time you can upload them directly to Twitter or keep them on your camera roll. Videos should also be compatible with other social networks. We’ll tell you more about it when we get our hands on it.
  • Super Mario Run has made an estimated $14 million in just a few days. The game has already rocketed to the top of the charts on iOS despite mixed reviews from pundits. The game had $5 million along five million downloads in its first day. That’s more than Pokemon Go. We imagine both numbers will rise significantly once there is an Android release. It should be out on Android in early 2017.

For even more Android apps and games news, releases, and more, check out this week’s newsletter by clicking here! There you can find all of the stuff we didn’t have space for here. You can also use the form below to sign up for the Android Apps Weekly newsletter and we’ll send it to you every Sunday! Also don’t forget to check out the Android Authority app!

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyRetro City Rampage DX

[Price: $4.99]
Retro City Rampage DX is an action-adventure game. It’s also reminiscent of very early Grand Theft Auto titles. You’ll engage with an overhead view of a retro world as you complete missions, do challenges, play minigames, and explore the open world. It boasts well over 100 activities, 50 vehicles to steal, 25 weapons, 200 character customizations, and more. The game plays well enough although there are some early release bugs that you may heave to deal with. In any case, it’s $4.99 with no in-app purchases.

Download now on Google Play!


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyGboard

[Price: Free]
Google revamped their Google Keyboard last week and turned it into Gboard. At its core, it still works as it did before. However, there is now Google Search integrated directly into the keyboard. This allows you to search for practically anything and then immediately share it. This includes the GIF search, a feature that was highly touted in the iOS version of the app. It’s completely free to use. About the only downside is that you may run into a few bugs here and there.

Download now on Google Play!


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyTwilight Struggle

[Price: $4.99 / $3.99]
Twilight Struggle is a board game that has been ported to Android. The game puts you in the center of the Cold War and the political drama between the USSR and the United States. You’ll draw event cards, play them out, and strategize accordingly. You can play with people online or against AI opponents if you want to. The mobile controls work rather well and you’ll even have an online profile showing your stats. It’s relatively inexpensive at $4.99 and you can buy additional content as in-app purchases.

Download now on Google Play!


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyOfficial TWRP App

[Price: Free]
TWRP has been the go-to aftermarket recovery on Android for years. Now, they finally have an official app. It’s not a very complicated app. You can open it, find your device, download the recovery, and then you can flash it. It can also keep you up to date on which version you have. As you probably guessed, you will need root access on your phone in order to use the app to its fullest extent. If you’re rooted and using TWRP, you want this app. Thankfully, it’s free.

Download now on Google Play!

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyAngry Birds Blast

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Rovio is at it again with another casual game called Angry Birds Blast. It’s a match-three game where your goal is to break certain blocks each round to free the birds. It works like pretty much every match-three game where you wait for two or more of the same color to line up. You’ll also have boosts and powers to help make things go easier. The game has 250 levels, colorful graphics, and a family friendly demeanor. It’s a casual game through and through, but it’s not bad if you need a time faster.

Download now on Google Play!

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


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Deal: Get the UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker for $129.99 ($70 off) at Amazon

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This post originally appeared on our sister site, Sound Guys.

Bluetooth speakers are very popular among music lovers. Some of them offer great sound, and most of them are relatively portable. If you’re in the market for a powerful, great-sounding Bluetooth speaker, read on.

The UE Boom 2 is currently on sale over at Amazon for just $129.99, which is a hefty $70 off the standard retail price. It comes in a cylindrical form factor, offers 360-degree sound, and has an IP67 water resistance rating. The UE Boom 2 pairs with your mobile devices via Bluetooth or NFC and, according to the manufacturer, offers up to 15 hours of battery life.

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It’s available in quite a few different colors. You can get the device in blue, red, green, black, orange, or white. But keep in mind that Amazon currently does not have all the mentioned colors in stock.

If you’re thinking of getting the UE Boom 2 speaker, visit Amazon’s sales page by clicking the button below.

Buy now from Amazon

Unfortunately, we do not know how long this deal will last for. So if you’re seriously considering buying the speaker, we advise you to move fast and get it while you still can. Do you own a Bluetooth speaker? Tell us which one in the comment section below.