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New Whole Foods savings incoming for Amazon Prime members

Amazon announced another new benefit for Prime subscribers today. Over the course of the next few months, members will be eligible for 10% off already-reduced sale items at Whole Foods stores, plus "deep discounts on select best-selling items."

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[Deal Alert] SanDisk 400GB microSD card down to all-time low of $160 ($90 off) on Amazon

It seemed like the microSD slot was becoming a dying breed in smartphones just a few years ago, but almost every phone on the market nowadays has expandable storage. On top of that, storage keeps getting cheaper and cheaper. Case in point: this 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSD card is down to an all-time low of $159.99, a full $90 off retail, on Amazon.

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New Alexa skill lets you manage your Amazon Store Card by voice

Tired of paying your Amazon Store Card bill by hand like a cave person? A new Alexa skill lets you manage your account—performing tasks like checking your balance, reviewing recent transactions, and paying your bill—by talking to your Echo device or app.

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Amazon Cloud Cam adds schedules, ups digital zoom, and more

Amazon's Cloud Cam app received an update that adds and improves some of the camera's features. From schedules to double the digital zoom, Amazon is working to improve the experience of its indoor security option.

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[Deal Alert] Arlo Pro 2 6-pack down to $899 on Amazon ($201 off)

Amazon is running a good sale on the Arlo Pro 2 6-pack. Seven pieces with the siren, this bundle is great if you're looking to cover a wide area with cameras, like an office building or whatnot. At $899, Amazon is taking $201 off the $1,099.99 MSRP, meaning that each camera comes out to about $150, which is a great deal for the Arlo Pro 2.

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August and Schlage smart locks get new Alexa voice unlock skill

If you've been itching to unlock your Schlage or August door locks with Alexa, I have some good news for you. Both companies announced a new skill that allows you to do just that. Some of you might have security concerns about this, but both Schlage and August are quick to affirm that this system is, in fact, quite safe.

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Alexa can now be set as the default Assistant on Android, and here's how

The biggest advantage of Android—and, frankly, the reason I switched to the platform over iOS back in 2012—is its tremendous freedom of choice. You typically aren't locked into using specific apps or services. Whatever app you want to use for a given function can be your default, and third-party apps aren't treated as second-rate. Today is further proof of that, as you can now set Amazon's Alexa as your default assistant—even over the Google Assistant if you so choose.

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Anker's 360-degree Soundcore Flare Bluetooth speaker is available now

Anker's latest addition to its Soundcore line of audio products, the Flare, is available now. The Flare is a cylindrical Bluetooth speaker that pumps out sound in all directions. It's water resistant and has a customizable light strip around the base, if you're into that sort of thing. Anker purports the Flare can manage up to 12 hours of continuous use on a charge.

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[Deal Alert] Fossil Q Gen 3 watches are as low as $150 on Amazon

Fossil Group makes more Wear OS watches than any other company, but most cost over $200. If you've been waiting for a sale, here's your chance. Nearly all of Fossil's Gen 3 smartwatches are heavily marked down right now - as much as $125 off the MSRP.

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Amazon Alexa supports 12000 smart home devices, way more than Google Assistant's 5000

There's no denying that Amazon's Alexa has a leg up on Google's Assistant, both because its smart speakers launched before Google and because Amazon has a huge footing in retail and the best marketing platform ever. Google can only dream of rivaling that. Plus, if you're a company making a smart home product, odds are you're already selling it through Amazon, and the jump from that to adding Alexa compatibility is just a formality at this point. The lead Amazon has taken over Google in the smart home is most apparent when you look at the number of supported devices, and now we have a more accurate picture.

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