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OnePlus may have to come up with a new name for Dash Charge, thanks to Amazon

One staple of OnePlus phones over the years has been 'Dash Charge,' the company's proprietary fast charging technology. The OnePlus 3 was first to include it, allowing the phone to charge two-thirds of the battery in roughly 30 minutes. If you watched the OnePlus 6 announcement live stream, you may have noticed that Dash Charge wasn't mentioned once - and there's a reason for that.

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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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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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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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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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Google and Amazon are closing 'domain fronting' loopholes used to bypass web censorship

For years, governments around the world have tried to block various web services. This has often proved tricky in recent times, as the recent Telegram bans in Iran and Russia revealed. For example, Russia broke countless other sites while attempting to block Telegram, because they shared the same infrastructure (AWS, Google Cloud Messaging, etc).

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How to keep paying $99 a year for Amazon Prime

Last week, Amazon announced it would be increasing the price of its yearly Prime membership subscription from $99 to $119 starting May 11 and June 16 for renewals. Prime has gradually become more expensive over time — the last time the price of a yearly subscription increased was in March 2014, from $79 to $99 — and while it's hard to argue that you're not getting plenty of value for what you're paying, no one likes to have to pay more for something. Fortunately, there's an easy way to save $20 off your subscription, allowing you to lock in the current price of $99 for the foreseeable future.

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Amazon Prime increasing to $119/yr starting May 11 for new subscribers, June 16 for renewals

It's pretty safe to say that Amazon Prime is a very popular service, what with over 100 million subscribers. Many will call Prime invaluable, from the great shipping options to the wide selection of media to consume. But a change is coming and it's coming soon: Amazon is raising the U.S. annual fee for Prime to $119, versus the $99 it is currently. This price hike will affect new subscribers starting on May 11 while renewals will still get the $99 price until June 16.

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[Deal Alert] $50 off Amazon Fire HD 10, starting at $100

Looking to pick up a cheap tablet? Amazon has you covered. Right now, you can get $50 off all variants of the Fire HD 10, meaning that you can pay as little as $100 for a 10" FHD tablet (32GB with ads). That's pretty great.

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