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Monday deals: Cheap Hue bulbs, discounted smart speaker battery cases, and budget Bluetooth earbuds

It's Monday, and you know what that means: we've got some deals for you. Most of them happen to be smart home-themed, like an affordable pack of Philips Hue bulbs and some neat add-on smart speaker batteries, but we've also got a great price on a pair of aptX-compatible Bluetooth earbuds.

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Get a Home Mini and a GE C-Life smart bulb for $45 ($10 off) at B&H

We recently reviewed General Electric's 'C-Life' Bluetooth smart light bulbs, and they're nearly perfect as long as you have a Google Home for them to connect to. Now you can get Google's Smart Light Starter Kit, which contains one GE A19 bulb and one Home Mini, for just $45. That's $10 off the usual price.

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[Update: Other retailers, too] The Google Home Max is down to $299 ($100 off) on the Google Store

The Google Home Max is Google's biggest, loudest speaker. It's really great, but it's also really expensive at $399. If you've been waiting for a discount, today's your day: the Max is $100 off on the Google Store, along with discounts on a handful of other Google goods.

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Best Buy drops the 1080p Lenovo Chromebook C630 down to $549 ($150 off), includes free Google Home Mini

We see a lot of Chromebook deals pop up from time to time, but today's, courtesy of Best Buy, is definitely one worth noting. Right now, you can pick up Lenovo's excellent Yoga Chromebook C630 (1080p model) for just $549, and you get a free Google Home Mini thrown in for good measure.

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[Update: Offer comes to UK] Spotify Premium for Family account holders can snag a free Google Home Mini starting November 1

Spotify has announced a new promotion for members with family accounts. Starting tomorrow, November 1, the master account holder on any Spotify Premium for Family plan in the United States can get a Google Home Mini for the low low price of zero dollars.

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Review: The GE C-Life is an affordable smart light bulb perfect for Google Home, no Wi-Fi necessary

Most smart home products use one of four connectivity options — WiFi, Zigbee, Z-Wave, or Bluetooth Low Energy. Bluetooth products are a little less popular, because they can only be controlled locally via a smartphone, or remotely if the company makes its own Bluetooth to WiFi hub. General Electric's C-Life A19 bulbs use Bluetooth too, but they're special because they're one of the few products that can use a Google Home speaker as their hub.

The C-Life Smart Bulb has no separate account to manage, no additional hubs to plug into your router, and no Wi-Fi connections to deal with. All you need is a Google Home, the Home app, and you're set.

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[Update: Smart display support] Google Home can now add sound effects and music to story time with certain children's books

Some of Google Home's best features are the ones that are just for fun, like playing the "I'm feeling lucky" game show, listening to different animal sounds, and asking for interesting facts. Google is expanding on that repertoire with storytelling sound effects for certain Disney stories. Parents in the US can activate the new feature by saying "Hey Google, let's read along with Disney." Their Home device will then listen along and play appropriate sound effects and music for the chosen story, which can be selected from a library of 11, with more to come.

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Use Google Pay with Visa in the UK and win up to £50 or Home Mini, Aussies can win a golden KFC bucket (no joke)

Google is always keen to encourage more people to use its contactless payment service, which often means enticing promotions for us to make the most of. The latest such opportunity in the UK offers up to £50 in Google Play credit or the chance to win a Google Home Mini.

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[Update: Rolling out in Europe, too] Google Home Mini is now available in aqua from the Google Store

Google announced that its li'lest smart speaker was coming in a minty fresh new color ahead of its hardware event in October. The aqua Google Home Mini was initially planned to release on October 29, but, well, it didn't. It's now available, though, both at the Google Store and Walmart.

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[Update: Now $45] Xiaomi Mi Box S is now $50 ($10 off), or $70 bundled with Google Home Mini

Xiaomi's new Mi Box S was announced just last month, in unison with Google's Pixel 3 reveal, at the reasonable price of $60. That price got even more reasonable recently when Walmart offered the Mi Box S and Google Home Mini as a bundle for $85 — a savings of $24 altogether. Now, for Black Friday, the big box retailer is discounting the gadget even further. 

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