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[Deal Alert] Bose SoundSport Free truly wireless Bluetooth headphones now $199 at most retailers ($50 off)

Like it or hate it, more and more phones are dropping the headphone jack, which means Bluetooth headphones are changing from an optional benefit to a definite requirement as time goes on. For those looking to pick up a pair, Bose's SoundSport Free were one of Android Police's favorite "truly" wireless earbuds late last year, and now you can grab your own for just $199, a savings of $50.

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Celebrities help Alexa out when she loses her voice for Amazon's Super Bowl commercials

Super Bowl commercials cost fortunes for companies to run, leading to some of the most invested and creative advertisements you'll see all year. This year's Super Bowl ads are off to a good start, with Amazon already showing its ad for Alexa on YouTube. It turns out that Alexa has quite a few famous substitutes lined up for when she loses her voice.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon's Game Day Deals include the Echo Spot for $114.99 ($15 off), Echo Show for $149.99 ($80 off), and more

It's Super Bowl Sunday, which means the culmination of the NFL season is here, an evening of gluttony and imbibing is awaiting some of us, and corporations are ready to flaunt some big-swing commercials. Apparently, this unofficial American holiday also means it's time for Amazon to offer some deals on their Alexa products, including a first-time discount for the Echo Spot.

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Amazon Cloud Cam review: A good value but missing some features

Amazon offers various cloud services to consumers as well as businesses. In fact, some makers of home security cameras use Amazon's web services to store video. It only makes sense for Amazon to get into this market as it increasingly pushes home automation with Alexa. The Cloud Cam is a 1080p indoor security camera with a competitive price point of $120 when it's not on sale. This camera has a lot going for it, but it's clear Amazon is still just getting started with home security—the Cloud Cam is missing just enough that other cameras might be better options, even if they're more expensive.

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[Deal Alert] Pioneer AVH-3300NEX single-DIN Android Auto head unit is just $448 ($152 off) on Amazon and Abt

There is no shortage of Android Auto-capable head units on the market, but as of right now, there is only one of the single-DIN variety: the Pioneer AVH-3300NEX. Considering that a lot of people are still driving around in cars with single-DIN slots, that's pretty incredible. Now you can buy an AVH-3300NEX for just $448, $152 off the MSRP, from Amazon and Abt.

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Amazon Alexa can now send SMS from your Android phone

As the battle of the smart personal assistants continues to simmer, Amazon has just fired another shot, adding support for SMS messages to Alexa's feature list. You can now command your Amazon Echo device to send a text message to one of your contacts, provided you have an Android phone.

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[Deal Alert] ASUS ZenFone AR falls to $499.99 ($100 off) on Amazon

If you're interested in experiencing augmented reality on Android, you have very few options. The ASUS ZenFone AR is one of them. We reviewed it back in August and came to the conclusion that it's not a bad phone. Now you can pick one up for $499.99, $100 off its MSRP, on Amazon.

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[Deal Alert] Get the JVC KW-M730BT Android Auto unit for $298.99 ($51 off) from Amazon

Android Auto is great, but paying $400+ for decent head units (even when they're on sale!) is a bit ridiculous. If you don't mind the lack of most physical buttons, one of JVC's Android Auto-compatible units is just $298.99 right now on Amazon, $51 lower than the usual price.

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Amazon doesn't want ads on Alexa

It's fairly simple to create unobtrusive advertising on computers, phones, tablets, and other devices with a screen - users can simply ignore the ads. However, that doesn't translate to smart speakers, since the only interface is speaking. There's no unobtrusive way to stop in the middle of a sentence and start talking about a sale.

Thankfully, at least for the moment, Amazon agrees that ads have no place on smart speakers. According to a report from The Information, Sony approached Amazon several times about running ads on its Jeopardy Alexa game. The company refused each time, explaining that advertising could alienate users.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Cloud Cam is $89.99 ($30 off) as part of Amazon's Deal of the Day

Indoor security cameras have become increasingly popular over the past few years, and Amazon recently joined the game with the Cloud Cam. The online retail giant is offering a $30 discount on the Cloud Cam, lowering the price to $89.99, but only for today.

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