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[Deal Alert] Moto G4 on sale for $50 off via Amazon ($150 16GB and $180 32GB)

The Moto G4 is not the most exciting phone in the world, but it's an incredible value. That's when it's not on sale. Right now, you can get the Moto G4 from Amazon for $50 off, making it almost too good to pass up. It's as cheap as $150 today, and this is the version without lock screen ads.

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Motorola confirms the bootloader on the Amazon Prime Exclusive Moto G4 can't be unlocked

Motorola's relationship with unlockable bootloaders, and thus with the ROM-flashing aftermarket community, can be summed up as "complicated." While its default approach is to offer a consumer-friendly bootloader unlock on most of its phones, it nonetheless bows to the whims of its carrier masters (Verizon and AT&T) whenever they insist that said feature be disabled, and they don't offer those handy full-price Developer Editions anymore, either. Add Amazon to the list, because the retailer's customized, super-cheap edition of the fourth-generation Moto G can't be bootloader unlocked.

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New Kindle Singles Classics provide timeless articles, stories, and essays for 99 cents

For better or worse, Amazon dominates the e-book lanscape. After buying Audible, it commands audiobooks as well. In 2011, the retailer introduced a way to attract readers with content from magazines and periodicals. Alongside digital magazine subscriptions, the company began selling articles and other long-form content between 5,000 and 30,000 words.

Amazon called these stories and essays Kindle Singles. Now it's expanding on the category with timeless well-known stories.

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ZTE's Axon 7 goes up for pre-order promising great specs and better audio for $400

ZTE knows it's not the brand most associated with quality smartphones, but the company is working to change that. Recent Axon devices have been very compelling devices for the price. The Axon 7 is ZTE's effort to take things to the next level.

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[Deal Alert] Nextbit Robin on sale for $239 for Amazon Prime Day [Update: Still live after Prime Day]

The Nextbit Robin is a fine phone with a neat design. The original $399 was a little high, though. Even the new $299 price direct from Nextbit can be pushing it when there are so many great budget phones. If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, this phone is on mega-discount today. You can get the Robin for a mere $239.

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Prime members can get $10 in Amazon credit by purchasing $50 in Amazon gift cards, today only

Amazon Prime Day is here, and the deals are rolling in. Right now you can snag Huawei Watches for up to 52 percent off, and you can knock a quarter of the price off the Nexus 6P. But if you want to make more money to buy stuff with, Amazon is offering $10 in promotional credit when you purchase at least $50 in gift cards.

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GoPro-killer YI 4K action cam goes on pre-order on Amazon in the US, ships July 12

YI Technology is going after GoPro for the action cam market in a big way with the YI 4K. This follow-up to last year's HD camera competes with the GoPro HERO4 by coming with an LCD screen, offering twice the battery life, and costing half the price. Yeah, you're looking at getting two hours of continuous 4K recording for $249.99.

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[Deal Alert] Jaybird X2 Bluetooth earbuds on sale for $79.99 (Amazon Prime members only)

Jaybird's sport-focused Bluetooth earbuds have been very popular in recent years, but they're also very expensive. The new Freedom earbuds are $200, for example. If you don't mind last year's model, the Jaybird X2 earbuds can be yours for the low, low price of $79.99. The catch: this deal is only available to Amazon Prime members.

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[Deal Alert] Anker's 20000mAh PowerCore portable battery pack is only $26.99 on Amazon

Anker is a solid brand in batteries, and 20000mAh is quite a bit of power. Put the two together and you have a compelling product. Drop the price down to $26.99, and you have a good deal.

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I'm going to use Amazon's "Prime Exclusive" $60 smartphone for a month

A $60 smartphone (or rather, $50 - but hold on) is basically a headline unto itself. It is a novelty solely because of its cost. And that makes talking about it in a way that doesn’t always use “yeah, but it’s only $60” as a reflexive crutch difficult. (Which is not to say I won't do that, because I will. Probably even in this post. Several times.)

BLU’s Amazon-supported R1 HD is far from the cheapest smartphone ever. And it’s far from being a revolutionary product - the only thing interesting about it is, frankly, the business model. And in particular, Amazon’s proposition that it being a nag on your lockscreen and in your app drawer is worth $50 if you’re already a Prime member.

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