Amazon Echo (her friends call here Alexa) has been steadily improving since it launched a little over a year ago. Starting today, this little electronic monolith has a new trick up its sleeve: it can now play music directly from Spotify.
Playing music on Echo isn't exactly new: owners can already stream from services like Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and TuneIn. On top of that, Echo has always been able to play audio from any Bluetooth-enabled device. However, official Spotify support gives users a lot more control over their listening experience than having to manually manage everything (a common first-world problem). Read More
The information age has not been kind to the humble bookstore. After mega-chains valiantly tried and failed to compete with the 800-pound gorilla that is Amazon, only Barnes & Noble is left in the US (and it's quickly becoming a showroom for LEGO and Pop Vinyl toys as much as an actual bookseller). A few indies are surviving thanks to a small resurgence of dead tree reading and some trendy makeovers, but the writing is on the wall. Read More
It's not often that we post international deal alerts, but we do catch wind of a few every so often. If you've been looking for a good USB Type-C charger or cable to replace all your obsolete Micro USB ones lying around, then you're in luck. Choetech, a company that specializes in building batteries, chargers, cables, and other similar accessories, is running a sale on several of its products on Amazon US, CA, UK, DE, FR, and ES.
These are not just any cables — they've got Benson Leung's seal of approval. That basically means they're safe to use and are up to spec, unlike some other cables Benson has had the misfortune of testing out. Read More
Amazon has been rolling out Amazon Prime Now, its local service for delivering goods from nearby retailers in hours instead of days, in a few cities in the US. In India there is no Amazon Prime, so the same service is simply referred to as Amazon Now. (Not to be confused with Google Now, which doesn't have anything to do with shopping.) There was already a dedicated app for the American version, but now the Indian model gets one too.
Unfortunately Amazon Now suffers from the same drawback as all local delivery services: a limited services area. It's currently only available in Bangalore, and even there, only in specific PIN codes (the Indian equivalent of zip codes). Read More
Huawei's latest attempt to break into the US market comes by way of the Honor smartphone brand, specifically the Honor 5X. David thought it was pretty good for $200, and now you're mere days away from coming to your own conclusion. The Honor 5X goes on sale January 31st (Sunday) for $200. Read More
Craving some juice? How about some lemon juice? Well, I've got ZeroLemons to satiate you and your phone. I know that sounds like a bad deal, but ZeroLemon actually makes really good products that help you avoid any situation in which your phone could turn into a useless juiceless lemon. And today's deals get you some of the best value for your bucks from the company's portfolio.
First up is the 10,000mAh solar battery charger that we've seen sit at $26 at its lowest. It has 2A and 1A output ports so you can charge one phone or accessory faster than another, although this isn't Quick Charge. Read More
You probably haven't owned that USB Type C cable long enough for it to fall apart yet, but that doesn't mean there's no reason not to stock up on a few more. Right now you can grab a couple on Amazon from Cambond for a solid price. These are C-to-A cables, the kind you need to plug in a USB Type C device with something still sporting an older USB port. Read More
Let's start this off by taking inventory. How many USB Type C cables do you have? By now you may have stocked up on plenty of C-to-A cords. You may own a C-to-C cable or two. Some of you Nexus 6P and MacBook Air owning types may be so future forward that you're ready to switch entirely to the latter type.
Thing is, you have a house full of old cell phone chargers lying around that work with traditional USB cables (unless you snagged our last deal). On Amazon you can get one that works with USB Type C and comes with a cable for $25.99. Read More
Smartphone batteries are getting bigger, but you still need to juice them up from time to time. The change to USB Type-C means you suddenly have many fewer compatible cables, but Choetech is selling some for cheap, and yes, they're Benson-approved. There's also a USB solar panel on sale, because why not? Read More
Readers who follow our deal alerts already know that we have a thing for iOrange-E's braided USB Type C cables. We've highlighted them a few times now and have pointed out how Googler Benson Leung says they won't inadvertently damage your USB Type C devices. Thing is, we've only shared USB C to A cables in the past, as in cords with USB Type C on one end and a regular-sized, fat USB plug on the other. Read More