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Midweek deals: $5 off Echo Wall Clock, savings on a pocket-size USB-C power bank, and more

We're officially into fall, if you can believe it. Is it too early to start shopping for stocking stuffers? We've got plenty of good candidates this week, including Amazon's Echo Wall Clock (I don't know how big your stockings are), a pocket-friendly power bank from Anker, and a bunch of accessories by Aukey.

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My Echo is the one that says 'Bad Motherfucker:' Samuel L. Jackson will be an Alexa voice

Amazon just reported that Alexa is now available on over 85,000 devices, a 41% spike from May, from 9,500 brands — up another 28.3% from four months ago. With those kinds of numbers, it is paramount that more thought be put into a user's sense of privacy and security when they own an Alexa product. Today, the company announced a number of improvements, features, and skills it has worked towards in the past year with some new features available from today — notably including the coming addition of Samuel L. Jackson as a voice for Alexa.

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Amazon's Echo Show can now identify objects to assist visually impaired users

To many of us, a simple command such as "Alexa, what am I holding?" might seem redundant, but it could be indispensable for blind or visually impaired users. To that end, Amazon has introduced a new object recognition feature for its Echo Show devices, something Google should take note of now it also has a camera-equipped smart display in the Nest Hub Max.

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Amazon might announce Alexa earbuds and high-end Echo tomorrow

In this day and age, it's surprising when a major new tech product isn't leaked before its official announcement. While Google's upcoming phone is already in the hands of many YouTubers, we've barely heard a peep about the hardware Amazon plans to announce at tomorrow's event. Reportedly, Amazon will unveil a pair of wireless earbuds, a more powerful Echo smart speaker, and possibly other devices.

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Amazon Prime's latest bonus is free mobile game content, starting with exclusive PUBG Mobile loot

Amazon has introduced a new perk for Prime members that offers exclusive mobile game content, and to start this new feature with a bang, Amazon has chosen PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile as the first game to participate. The title's exclusive Prime content can only be claimed in-game, and you'll have to ensure you're on the latest version to participate. There are six loot drops total that will be available for PUBG Mobile, and this initial campaign will run until December, but only the first item (Infiltrator Mask) is currently available to Prime members, with the rest rolling out in the next three months.

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Aukey’s tiny 18W USB-C wall charger is only $11 ($9 off) with this coupon

Take $9 off your purchase of the pint-sized powerhouse charging brick from Aukey, a must-buy for anyone looking for an affordable way to replace a broken charging adapter or add an extra adapter to their collection.

The Aukey 18W USB-C wall charger is an ultra-sleek charging brick with a foldable plug that’s easy to carry in your pocket, purse, bag, or just about anywhere you can fit a stack of quarters.

At 18 watts and USB Power Delivery 3.0, Aukey's universal USB-C port is capable of pushing power at fast-charging speeds, giving your favorite mobile devices, like Google’s Pixel phones and newer Samsung handsets, the juice they need to make it through the day at just a fraction of the time.

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Amazon's new Music HD offers Tidal HiFi quality, but starts at just $13/mo

In April, we received word that Amazon was working on a high definition music streaming service to rival Tidal’s HiFi subscription offering, and after months of waiting, a contender has finally emerged.

Starting today, Amazon Music HD promises listeners access to more than 50 million 16-bit lossless high definition songs sampling at 44.1kHz, or the sound equivalent to tracks found on CDs. Subscribers will also have access to “millions” more 24-bit Ultra HD songs sampling at 192kHz, which is the highest audio quality available in the music industry.

Current subscribers can upgrade to Amazon Music HD for free for 90 days.

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Get this 256GB USB-C drive for $45 ($12 off) on Amazon's Deal of the Day

Another day on the Amazon Deals of the Day carousel and this go-around, we're hitting up the storage device manufacturer PNY. If you want a 512GB SD card for well under $100, a 256GB microSD for under $40, or the best price on a 256GB USB-C drive, all of them are on sale until midnight PDT.

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[Update: It's back] Anker 60W USB-C + USB-A super compact wall charger is at an all-time low of $32 for the next few hours

It just so happens that we all tend to lose a wall charger every now and then, be it because of a power surge or because we're in a rush trying to make it out of the hotel before checkout time. Fortunately, Anker runs sales on its chargers pretty often on Amazon and we think its PowerPort Atom III block pulling 60W is a swell steal at $11 off, but you gotta get it before midnight PDT.

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Monday deals: $25 off Echo Show 5, plus savings on Anker Nebula Capsule and more

Welcome to the last week of summer! As you mourn the decline of daylight hours, console yourself with some deals. This week, we've got a great price on Amazon's new Echo Show 5, plus money off the Anker Nebula Capsule, a cool wireless charger, and more.

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