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6 Weird and Awesome Amazon Prime Day Deals
July 17, 2018 6:55 pm|Comments (0)

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, it’s likely that you’ve had a shopping list ready for weeks. But if you’re just browsing today through July 18, we have a few Prime Day deals on weird or quirky items that you might not have even considered. From robots you can keep in your home to Japanese-style toilet seats, here are the strangest, coolest discounted items we’ve seen this Prime Day.

Jibo, The Social Robot

JIBO

Jibo is kind of like an Alexa speaker… if Alexa had a body, face, and could dance. When we reviewed Jibo a year ago he brought us joy and creeped us out in almost equal order, but we kept him around. In the year since, he’s learned how to play a couple games, give you a daily report, play the radio, tell slightly better jokes, and communicate back and forth just a little.

He’s nowhere near perfect, but for $ 500, it’s a lot easier to give Jibo a try if you’d like to be one of the first homes with an actual robot. He’s the only product you’ll feel guilty about unplugging.

Buy Jibo for $ 500 (Was $ 900)

Nuraphones

Nuraphone

The Nuraphones are the strangest, and most interesting headphones you can buy, as we discovered when we reviewed them. They’re a hybrid between an earbud and over-ear design, and that’s because of their central feature: they use NASA-grade microphones to scan your ear and map out your hearing. Once the Nuraphones know how sensitive each of your ears is to each of a range of high and low frequencies, it makes a custom sound profile just for your ears.

It takes some time to get used to the probing feeling of earbuds inside headphones, but the sound speaks for itself. We also like that Nura just sent out a free firmware update to all users that adds active noise cancelling, more button functionality, and ambient noise pickup, so you can hear the outside world better, if you want.

Buy the Nuraphones for $ 300 (Was $ 400)

Furbo Dog Camera

Furbo

Is your stay-at-home dog so over frozen dog food in Kongs? We loved the Furbo when we reviewed it. It’s clean, simple, easy to use, and you can also remotely toss Cheerios at your crawling infants in a pinch.

Buy the Furbo Dog Camera for $ 139 (was $ 249).

Walabot In-Wall Imager

Vayyar Imaging

We tried the Walabot at CES 2018. It gives you X-ray vision when you’re remodeling your house, letting you spot studs, wires, or even moving rats (er, objects). Nota bene: It doesn’t work for iPhone users.

Buy the Walabot In-Wall Imager for $ 56 (was $ 70).

PicoBrew Model C Beer Brewing Appliance

PicoBrew

Homebrewing is a lot of fun, but unless you have a lot of friends, it’s hard to drink a full keg of beer every other week. The PicoBrew lets you fine-tune your recipes five liters at a time.

Buy the PicoBrew Model C Beer Brewing Appliance for $ 280 (was $ 400).

Toto Washlet Electronic Bidet

Toto

Do you want a fast and easy way to spruce up your bathroom routine? Toto’s washlet electronic bidet toilet seats are heated, and have customizable washing temperatures and pressure settings. Add your pick (out of many!) to your cart to see the discount.

Toto Washlets are 20% Off, starting at $ 257.

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Twitch Publicizes Prime Day In PUBG With Deadmau5, Shroud And Others
July 6, 2018 6:36 pm|Comments (0)

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Deadmau5 will play — in all senses of the word — in a PUBG event on Prime Day.

Twitch Prime will celebrate Amazon Prime Day with a special PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Squad Showdown featuring popular DJ deadmau5 and streamers including Shroud, the controversial Dr DisRespect, Anne Munition and more.

Prime Day may be a made-up corporate holiday, but the entertainment looks pretty good. While you’re there, grab your TwitchCon 2018 tickets — they just went on sale.

Deadmau5 will perform his new single, “Monophobia Ft Rob Swire,” along with music from his Mau5ville Vol. 1 CD and other new music.

The festivities start at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on July 13 on Twitch. Viewers get in-game PUBG goodies, and Twitch promises killer squad action between celebrities and streamers. The full streamer lineup: Shroud, Dr DisRespect, Anne Munition, Chocotaco, chad, anthony_kongphan, Ashek, Lil_Lexi, DizzyKitten, Tsm_viss, Luzu, Tsm_smak, GoldGlove, GiantWaffle, N0thing, and Trick2g.

Details are posted on the Twitch blog. The company is offering daily free games for Twitch Prime members, as well as Twitch and deadmau5 merchandise.

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This Workaround Could Buy You Another Year of Amazon Prime for $99
April 27, 2018 6:04 pm|Comments (0)

Amazon has increased the price on Prime subscriptions. But that isn’t stopping some folks from finding ways around that price bump.

Over at Gizmodo’s deals site Kinja, writer Shep McAllister has come up with a novel way to sidestep Amazon’s $ 20 Prime subscription increase. He suggested you buy an Amazon Prime gift subscription now for the price of $ 99. When it’s time to renew your Prime subscription, simply redeem the gift card and take advantage of the lower price. That said, you’ll need to cancel your subscription ahead of the renewal so you can take advantage of the deal.

Amazon announced on Thursday that it would increase the price of its Amazon Prime subscription from $ 99 per year to $ 119 per year. The change goes into effect on May 11 for new customers and June 16 for those who already subscribe to Amazon Prime. If your subscription is set to auto-renew before June 16, you’ll be able to take advantage of the $ 99 pricing for one more year. If, however, your auto-renewal date is set to after June 16, you’ll need to drop $ 119.

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The workaround McAllister has pitched was used with success the last time Amazon increased its Prime pricing, he said. But it’s unknown whether the company will allow you to take advantage of this loophole this time around or change policies so you can’t use the gift card trick. If it does work, be aware that next year when it’s time to renew your subscription, you’ll be subject to the $ 119.

Fortune has reached out to Amazon to find out whether the gift card trick will be allowed. We’ll update this story when we learn more.

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Amazon boosts monthly fee for Prime by $2, maintains yearly rate
January 19, 2018 6:01 pm|Comments (0)

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) raised the monthly fee for the U.S. version of its fast-shipping and video-streaming service Amazon Prime by $ 2 on Friday, making the case for subscribers to upgrade to an annual plan.

It was the first increase of Prime fees in almost four years and comes at the end of another bullish year and holiday season for Amazon’s dominant online shopping platform.

The move also follows a rise in fees by video streaming rival Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) in October.

Amazon increased the fee for its monthly plan to $ 12.99 from $ 10.99, while maintaining the annual fee at $ 99. It also hiked the monthly subscription fee for college students to $ 6.49 from $ 5.49.

“That’s good value, over time they’ve raised the price. I don’t think they will lose many members,” Tigress Financial Partners analyst Ivan Feinseth said.

“Those who use it the most get the most value and won’t mind the higher price and those who don’t use it are not the best customers, so even if they drop off it is not a big loss to Amazon,” he said.

As of September, Amazon had about 90 million Prime members in the United States, according to research firm Statista. The company itself does not disclose the number. bit.ly/2Dwhqjw.

Netflix has 52.77 million subscribers in the U.S. and its global tally is 109 million.

Existing monthly Prime and Prime Student members will pay the new price for renewals after Feb. 18, Amazon said on its website. amzn.to/2mRHs6C.

Amazon, which along with Netflix faces competition from Hulu and Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) YouTube, has been spending heavily to make original shows.

Only Prime has the added dimension of offering subscribers discounts and other benefits from its shopping platform, which help the company lure more buyers.

The company shipped over 5 billion items worldwide via the subscription service in 2017 and revenue from subscription fees that include Prime jumped 59 percent to $ 2.4 billion in the quarter ended Sept.30. The company reports its fourth quarter on Feb. 1.

“We only expect to see 2 percent churn from this price increase with many customers moving to the yearly subscription which is the ‘golden goose’ for Bezos & Co as once on the annual plan customers rarely churn,” GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives said.

Amazon’s shares rose 0.5 percent to $ 1,300 on Friday.

Reporting by Aishwarya Venugopal and Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila

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