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Audible offers free Channels and audiobooks to Amazon Prime members

Audiobooks are a great way to 'read' when you're driving, cooking, or doing some other activity in which you want listen to something that isn't your favorite musical act. Good thing, then, that Audible is offering free streaming audio books and Channels to Amazon Prime members as part of the 'Prime Benefits' scheme.

The number of audiobooks is upwards of fifty, with the selection changing every so often, so there'll likely be something in that list for even the most picky of readers. In addition, Amazon is offering Audible's newest feature, Channels, to Prime customers, which includes things like ad-free podcasts, comedy shows, non-fiction, and narrated articles from some of the world's biggest and most well-known publishers.

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[Deal Alert] The $600 Huawei Watch Jewel/Sapphire is on Amazon for $295

What's this, three Deal Alerts in one day? You better believe it, because the Jewel/Sapphire Huawei Watch is down to $295.32 on Amazon. With the typical asking price of $599.99, this is an absolute steal.

You might be wondering, "What's the catch?" As far as I can tell, there isn't one. The Huawei Watch features a 400x400 resolution screen, a speaker, and of course runs on Android Wear. It's also one of two devices that you can flash the Android Wear 2.0 Preview on, so it's safe to assume it will receive the final update when it is released.

Possibly the only downside is that the Huawei Watch doesn't have the newer Snapdragon Wear 2100 CPU, which recent Android Wear devices include.

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Amazon announces new Fire HD 8 tablet with Alexa integration

Amazon is filling in the gaps in its Fire tablet lineup, small though they are. Starting today, you can order the Fire HD 8. As the name implies, this is an 8-inch Fire tablet with an HD screen; one inch larger than the regular Fire. However, it does offer something new for Amazon's tablets—the Alexa voice assistant.

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Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick update will expand Universal Search, add Alexa voice control for Amazon Video, more

Amazon's hardware ventures weren't all quite popular (remember the Fire Phone?!), but beside the Kindles and Fire tablets, and obviously the Echo, the Fire TV is easily counted one of the company's success stories. It has become one of the best streaming and gaming solutions, battling Roku, Apple TV, and Android TV for a spot on every TV's HDMI port.

That's also thanks to continuous updates and improvements from Amazon who keeps adding features to its products. In the latest update to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick rolling out now (or very soon), Amazon is adding more apps and channels to Universal Search so you have fewer and fewer reasons to open apps individually to do a search in them.

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Moto G4 Play comes to the US on September 15th in standard and Amazon Prime variants

The third member of Amazon's Moto G4 family will be coming to the US after all—the Moto G4 Play launches on September 15th, and you can pre-order it today. You've got some choices to make, though. The regular phone will be on sale via various retail outlets, but there's also going to be a cheaper Amazon Prime version with ads.

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You will soon be able to control Sonos speakers from inside the Spotify app and via Alexa voice commands

Sonos and Spotify may not be exclusive, but they are in a relationship. Last year we watched a Sonos app update gain Spotify radio integration. Soon Spotify will add the ability to manage Sonos speakers from inside the Spotify mobile app. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. That's how some relationships work.

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[Deal Alert] Get an Xperia XA Ultra with a 64GB microSD for $298 on Amazon

If you're in the market for a phablet with an amazing selfie cam (God, I hate myself for using those terms), you'd better check out the Sony Xperia XA Ultra. The 16MP camera up front has a higher resolution than most smartphone rear-facing cameras do. Now, you can pick one up on Amazon for under $300 with a free 64GB Sony microSD card.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon is selling the $500 rose gold Huawei Watch for a crazy low $220

In the early days, Android Wear had a luxury problem. Okay, the early models had a far way to go to be considered luxury. They had to first work their way up to unembarrassing, let alone classy.

But these days you can throw half a grand at a stylish gold watch if you want to. Better yet, you can catch one on sale for less than half that.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung's oversized Galaxy View tablet is on sale for $349.99

Do you want an excessively large tablet? No? Well if you and more people did, maybe the Samsung Galaxy View would have sold better. Instead, we've watched the tablet steadily drop down from its original price point of $599.99. Today you can get the device on sale for nearly half the cost at $349.99.

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Amazon wants to sell a cheaper music subscription service that will only work on its Echo devices

Music subscriptions are all the rage now - most people I know use either Spotify or the services offered by Google and Apple. Not mentioned as much is, erm, Amazon, and its oft-forgotten Music service that acts as a locker for music purchased on and through Amazon. According to Recode, the company plans to reinvent it by introducing two music streaming services with different aims.

The first is similar to what you'd expect: $10 a month for all-you-can-stream music, akin to Spotify or other offerings. The other option Amazon is considering is more unusual. This would only work through Amazon's Echo hardware, so not on phones, tablets, or the web, and cost $4 or $5 a month.

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