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Prime members only: Amazon's new Echo Buds 2 are half the price of AirPods right now

Prime members only: Amazon's new Echo Buds 2 are half the price of AirPods right now

Amazon's second-gen Echo Buds punch above their price on delivering great, wireless sound to last a road trip or plane ride. But if you're a Prime member, that punch really perks up today as you can grab them starting at $80.

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Curious about Amazon Luna? 7-day trial offers a peek behind the Early Access curtain

Curious about Amazon Luna? 7-day trial offers a peek behind the Early Access curtain

If you haven't been able to try out Amazon's cloud gaming service yet, you're in luck. Nearly every big gaming company has some kind of cloud service right now, but Amazon's has involved jumping through a few more hoops than most, with invites and then an early access program. But during the upcoming Prime Day sale (which is taking place from June 21 to 22), you'll be able to have a go at Luna without the need for an invitation.

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Amazon schedules Prime Day 2021 for the first week of summer

Amazon schedules Prime Day 2021 for the first week of summer

Amazon's annual Prime Day sale faced multiple delays last year, with the event bumped from its usual summer spot all the way into October. Fortunately, you don't have to wait much longer to take advantage of some big savings. After months of rumors, Amazon has finally confirmed Prime Day will run from June 21st to June 22nd, a little earlier than its usual July date.

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Amazon will share your home Wi-Fi with strangers' devices — this is how to opt out

Amazon will share your home Wi-Fi with strangers' devices — this is how to opt out

Amazon has one of the largest ecosystems of smart home gadgets on the market today. From Echo speakers to Ring's lineup of security cameras and doorbells, millions of users rely on Alexa-compatible gear to stay connected and protected. With a massive IoT presence, Amazon is no stranger to privacy concerns, and it seems like the company is once again facing some public scrutiny. Next week, a low-bandwidth mesh network will be activated across its gadgets in the US, leaving users only a few days left to opt out.

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AutoVoice 4.0 combines Tasker and Alexa to automate your entire home

AutoVoice 4.0 combines Tasker and Alexa to automate your entire home

Tasker's a capable tool for power users, but it's not the only app developed by João Dias. AutoVoice is one of the easiest ways to sync your smart home gear with Tasker and Google Assistant, adding custom actions, routines, and more. The app has lost its Assistant support time and time again, but with AutoVoice 4.0, it can now use integration with Alexa to automate all of your home routines.

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Apple Music just changed everyone else's plans for lossless audio

Apple Music just changed everyone else's plans for lossless audio

Lossless audio seems to be the next significant advancement in music streaming. Amazon has been offering a high-quality plan since 2019, and in February, Spotify announced a new HiFi plan to launch later this year. Leave it to Apple to shake up the entire ecosystem with its announcement of lossless audio. Starting next month, all Apple Music subscribers will gain access to improved audio quality along with select Dolby Atmos tracks at no extra cost.

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Is Amazon Photos the right Google Photos replacement for you?

Is Amazon Photos the right Google Photos replacement for you?

Google Photos is discontinuing its free storage option, but after years of conditioning users to unlimited free space for their images, people are understandably starting to look for alternatives that don't charge as much as Google Photos could in the future. One of the more interesting competitors might be Amazon Photos, which is incredibly similar to Google Photos. There's a big catch, though — Amazon Photos doesn't have a 100% free tier. You need to pay for Amazon Prime to enjoy the benefits.

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Amazon's new streaming video service is totally free, but there's a catch

Amazon's new streaming video service is totally free, but there's a catch

The streaming wars have never been more heated, and Amazon isn't backing down in securing exclusive content for Prime Video. But it's also working on another video streaming service, and this one's totally free and supported by ads. Unfortunately, it's also limited to India.

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Amazon Echo Buds (2nd gen) review: Killer sound, but they kill my ears

Amazon Echo Buds (2nd gen) review: Killer sound, but they kill my ears

As most phones have left the headphone jack behind for good, true wireless earbuds have gone from optional accessories to must-haves for on-the-go listening. While Samsung, Apple, and Jabra fight it out in the premium space, there's still plenty of competition available for low and mid-range options. Amazon is no stranger to providing quality alternatives at lower prices — it's kept the budget Android tablet alive single-handedly with its Fire tablets. Whether it can do the same with earbuds is another question altogether.

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We're this close to smart home hardware actually just working right

We're this close to smart home hardware actually just working right

In December of 2019, several of the biggest companies in tech — including Apple, Google, and Amazon — joined the Zigbee Alliance to establish a new standard for smart home technology. Project Connected Home over IP, or "CHIP," was aimed at improving interoperability and increasing security between gadgets from different brands. CHIP is finally nearing completion, and it's getting a new name and logo to help consumers identify secure IoT tech.

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