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The best Prime Day deals on tablets and laptops

Prime Day might not compete with Black Friday in terms of the sheer volume of sales, but there are some serious discounts to be had, especially when it comes to things like Chromebooks or tablets. There's even a few decent deals on gaming laptops if you're in the market. For your convenience, we've put together all the best deals we've spotted when it comes to the subject.

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Midweek deals: $150 off HP Chromebook x360, plus savings on Chromecast, Amazon Echo Input, and more

We didn't have a deals list for you on Monday (it was a slow weekend), but we're back at it with some real heavy hitters this afternoon. Today you'll find discounts on all kinds of cool stuff, including the HP's well-equipped Chromebook x360, Chromecast, and Amazon Echo Input.

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Amazon Kindle Fire tablets for kids drop to their lowest price

If you're looking for a kid-friendly tablet for your youngsters, Amazon's Kindle Fire Kids Edition devices are amongst the best offering on the market. Their rugged-case, kid-specific content, easy-to-use parental controls, and guarantee against damages make them perfectly suitable for children. The company has just marked their prices down to the lowest they've ever been, with $40 off the 7" and 8" models, and a $50 rebate on the 10" version.

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Amazon's deals for Valentine's include the cheap $20 Echo Input, $70 2nd gen Echo, and $100 Spot

Just a few days after Google's "Dump your valentine" discount, Amazon has come up with its own deals, in time for February 14. These offers are more relevant, though, and are worth considering if you're short of gift ideas. Most of the giant's connected home devices are on sale, including Echo speakers and smart displays, Fire TVs, cameras, and even Kindles.

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Amazon's Black Friday sales are live: Fire TV Recast for $180, Fire tablets as cheap as $50, new Echo Dot for half off

Every deal season, one thing you can depend on is that Amazon will place its first-party Kindle, Echo, and Fire hardware on discount. It's such a regular part of Amazon's sales that we often overlook it as expected, familiar, and therefore uninteresting. But if you're in the market for an Alexa-powered smart speaker, cord-cutting Fire TV recast DVR, or an Amazon Prime-compatible streaming device, now is the time to pick one up.

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After User Backlash, Amazon Says It Will Return Encryption To Fire OS Devices This Spring

You might have heard that Amazon disabled the option for software encryption in the latest version of its Android-based Fire OS for the Kindle Fire series of tablets. (This isn't new - Fire OS 5 has been rolling out to various tablets since last year.) And if you read news that isn't Android Police, you probably also know that it's not the biggest story involving encryption right now. After consumer backlash following the Apple-FBI encryption case, Engadget reports that Amazon says it will return software encryption in the next major update.

Customers might have had something to say about the loss of encryption capabilities even without the highly public spat between Apple and the FBI over the San Bernardino iPhone case.

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[PSA] Amazon Is Recalling Power Adapters Bundled With The UK Version Of The Fire 7 And Fire 7 Kids Edition Due To Risk Of Electric Shock

We interrupt your morning (it's morning here in Seattle at least) to bring you an important public service announcement. If you live in the UK or Ireland and own one of Amazon's affordable 7in tablets, then you need to request a new charger. Amazon has noted that a small quantity of the chargers bundled with these devices have had their housing detach when being removed from the wall, creating a risk of electric shock (no, they are not a fire hazard).

The recall applies to all Fire 7 and Fire 7 Kid's Edition tablets sold in the UK and Ireland since September 2015.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Is 30% Off Today Only, Starting At $299

Amazon is slashing the price on its top-of-the-line Kindle Fire tablet right before Christmas, coincidentally on the last day you can order one with two-day shipping before the big day. All of the various Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 models are 30% off today. There are technically twelve different buying options for the HDX: 32GB or 64GB, Wi-Fi or GSM LTE or Verizon LTE, and with or without advertising on the screensaver. The cheapest model, 32GB Wi-Fi with Special Offers, is $299 ($130 off).

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Here's a quick breakdown of the retail and sale prices of the various configurations of the HDX being offered today:

  • 32GB Wi-Fi, with Special Offers - retail price $429, sale price $299
  • 32GB Wi-Fi, without Special Offers - retail price $444, sale price $309
  • 64GB Wi-Fi, with Special Offers - retail price $479, sale price $334
  • 64GB Wi-Fi, without Special Offers - retail price $494, sale price $344
  • 32GB GSM-LTE, with Special Offers - retail price $529, sale price $369
  • 32GB GSM-LTE, without Special Offers - retail price $544, sale price $379
  • 32GB Verizon-LTE, with Special Offers - retail price $529, sale price $369
  • 32GB Verizon-LTE, without Special Offers - retail price $544, sale price $379
  • 64GB GSM-LTE, with Special Offers - retail price $579, sale price $404
  • 64GB GSM-LTE, without Special Offers - retail price $594, sale price $414
  • 64GB Verizon-LTE, with Special Offers - retail price $579, sale price $404
  • 64GB Verizon-LTE, without Special Offers - retail price $594, sale price $414

As with all of Amazon's Gold Box Deals, these prices are good for one day only.

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[Update: Now On The Play Store!] Console Classic Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath Comes To Android As An Amazon Exclusive (For Now)

Update: Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath has been released on the Play Store, and glory be, it looks like it's not exclusive to anything. You can download it now on any Android 4.0 or higher device, and the Play Store version has the same external controller support and $5.99 price tag. Thanks to commenters step_jac and Amarus Kh for letting us know.

Update again: It looks like Stranger's Wrath is compatible with Android TV as well. Nice.

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The Oddworld series is one of the hidden gems of gaming: it's never been a blockbuster in terms of sales, but each game is utterly unique and brings innovative elements across setting, story, aesthetics, and gameplay.

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Amazon Plays Catch-Up, Adds A Private Mode To The Kindle Fire's Silk Browser

Until now, Amazon's Kindle and Fire devices have lacked one important feature that sets them far behind their Android counterparts: porn. Wait, that's not true, there's tons of porn on Amazon, you can hardly look on the bookstore without seeing self-published Harlequin-style short stories. But if you want to browse a bunch of sites on the less savory side of the Internet on your Kindle Fire without leaving a trail, you're out of luck.

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Until now. The latest update to Amazon's proprietary Silk browser adds a private browsing mode, which won't record any history, cookies, or searches when enabled. It's basically the same thing that's been in Chrome and other browsers for years.

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