3rd generation Echo Dots are $20 off on Amazon

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The most popular Echo is now even better.
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TL;DR: The voice-controlled 3rd generation Echo Dot is Amazon’s most popular smart speaker made better — pick one up on Amazon for just $29.99 and save $20.


Having all of your smart devices operating separately is so old-school now — if you really want to join the present, you’ll need some sort of central hub that can act as your epicenter for all things “smart,” like your tablet, lights, thermostat, and more. It may sound complicated, but you only actually need one thing to achieve this: A smart speaker

And luckily, Amazon’s Echo Dot is a great option that will barely make a dent in your wallet — you can pick up a 3rd generation Echo Dot for just $29.99, saving you $20 off of its original listing. 

The Echo Dot may be small, but it is mighty. The compact smart speaker functions based on intuitive voice controls that can help control your home’s connected smart devices. The Echo Dot does more than just aid other items, though — it also has a slew of its own features. By simply asking the speaker, you can stream music, live radio, podcasts, and even listen to audiobooks on the fly. And because of the Echo Dot’s fabric design and improved internal speaker, you’ll get a richer, fuller audio experience than ever before. You can even have it make calls for you, tell you the news, relay the weather forecasts, set alarms, and more — just ask, and you shall receive.

Bring your home together — grab a 3rd generation Echo Dot on Amazon and save $20.  

3rd generation Echo Dots are $20 off on Amazon

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Get an Amazon Echo for $64.99, or save $80 when you buy 2

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Take advantage of some special offers available for Amazon Echo smart speakers.
Take advantage of some special offers available for Amazon Echo smart speakers.
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TL;DR: The handy Amazon Echo is just $64.99, or buy two and save an extra $10. Or upgrade to an Echo Plus and get a free smart bulb for only $119.99. 


Dad needs a nice little gift. Possibly the best Father’s Day gift you could give him might be someone to talk to because you don’t call him often enough. And mom is sick of hearing his jokes, so why not get him a smart speaker that doesn’t have a choice in the matter? For the perfect gift, check out some great deals on Amazon Echo speakers.

You can get the second generation Echo smart speaker with Alexa for $64.99. That’s a $35 discount, but if you buy two speakers you get an extra $10 for a grand total discount of $80. So you have extra incentive to get an Echo for both you and your dad.

Whether you get the Echo for your dad or yourself is irrelevant. What matters is that someone will enjoy the incredible everyday convenience provided by the Alexa virtual assistant. Simple voice controls allow you to set alarms, hear news briefs, take phone calls, and connect with compatible smart home devices such as TVs. It’s also the best way to play any music you want since it connects directly to Amazon Music, Spotify, SiriusXM, and other streaming services. And most importantly for dad, you can ask Alexa to tell you a joke. 

But if you want an upgrade for your music, then you can choose the Echo Plus smart speaker — on sale for $119.99. The Echo Plus offers a premium sound experience with larger dual speakers powered by Dolby. Along with that, the Echo Plus has a built-in smart hub and temperature sensor to help you completely set up your smart home and control all compatible devices. Best of all, right now you can get a free smart bulb when you purchase the Echo Plus. Just select the option to add the smart bulb when you add the Echo Plus to your cart, and free light bulbs are probably the best Father’s Day gift you can get. 

With the latest sales on Amazon Echo products, you have quite a few options to make your home a little smarter. No matter if you choose the Amazon Echo or Echo Plus, either you or your dad will enjoy the extra help around the house. 

Get an Amazon Echo for $64.99, or save $80 when you buy 2
Get an Amazon Echo for $64.99, or save $80 when you buy 2

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PlayStation 4 Pro, Echo Dot, Fire Tablet, Blink Camera, and more deals for June 11

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E3 officially starts today. We will be keeping our eye out for the hottest new game releases. Be ready for the latest games by getting yourself a brand new PlayStation 4 Pro and make a $50 saving while you are at it. The saving can go towards purchasing a new game, so it’s a win-win situation.

Amazon is discounting a range of its devices for Father’s Day. You can purchase two Echo Spots and save $40, or buy the Echo Plus and get a free Philips Hue light bulb. Own an Echo device already? Why not try out the Amazon Fire tablets or the Fire TV stick 4k, you will be wondering how you survived without these handy gadgets.  

Check out more of today’s best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Dell Home, Best Buy, and Home Depot for Tuesday, June 11th.  

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Amazon challenges Google with smaller, cheaper Echo Show

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Amazon's new Echo Show 5 is much smaller and cheaper than previous versions of the speaker.
Amazon’s new Echo Show 5 is much smaller and cheaper than previous versions of the speaker.
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Amazon just ratcheted up the pressure on Google in a major way.

The company just unveiled its new Echo Show 5, a smaller and cheaper version of its Echo Show speaker. The $89.99 device is available for pre-order now and will start shipping In June.

With the new model, Amazon has given its camera-enabled speaker a significant cut in size and price. While the previous version of the Echo Show had a 10-inch display and cost $229.99, the latest version is just 5.5 inches, and costs less than $100.

These reductions make the speaker much more competitive with Google’s Nest Hub (née Home Hub), which has a 7-inch display (but no camera) and costs $129.

In addition to the smaller screen, Amazon has made a few other changes to the design of the Echo Show 5. The bezels appear to be a bit slimmer, and the camera has moved from the center to the top right side of the speaker. The camera and microphone also come with a physical shutter switch, a privacy feature likely intended to make people more comfortable with the camera-enabled speaker. 

The new Echo Show 5 has a camera shutter, seen here closed.

The new Echo Show 5 has a camera shutter, seen here closed.

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The Echo Show 5 comes in two colors: charcoal and sandstone (seen here).

The Echo Show 5 comes in two colors: charcoal and sandstone (seen here).

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The company also announced a new privacy-centric feature that will be available to all Alexa users: the ability to more easily delete your voice recordings. Beginning today, you can say, “Alexa, delete everything I said today,” to remove the history of that day’s voice commands. 

The fact that Amazon stores a history of all your “Alexa” voice commands (and sometimes has human reviewers listening to them) recently became a point of controversy after stories in Bloomberg and The Washington Post called attention to some of the less-private aspects of using Alexa.

But the new Echo Show 5 is a pretty clear shot at Google, which just unveiled a larger version of its smart display, the Nest Hub Max. Besides undercutting Google on price, Amazon has also added a couple new features that Google has had in its Nest Hub, like the ability to use the Echo Show as a digital picture frame and ambient sensing capabilities.

All that may not be enough to lure you out of Google’s ecosystem if you’ve already invested in Google’s products. But, if you’re new to smart speakers, putting some of Alexa’s most powerful features in a smaller and cheaper package is certainly enticing.

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Amazon considered letting Alexa listen to you without a wake word

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A patent made public today and filed by Amazon would allow the company’s voice assistant Alexa to start recording audio before users say a “wake word.” According to the patent, it would allow users to more naturally communicate with their devices, saying phrases like “Play some music, Alexa” rather than starting each command with “Alexa” or another chosen wake word. Currently, the voice assistant is unable to listen to or understand commands until the user utters the wake word.

In practice, the patent would allow Alexa to “look backward” at recent things said aloud prior to hearing its name. For example, if a user said something like, “What’s the weather going to be like today, Alexa?” the device would hear the trigger word “Alexa” and quickly go back over the prior phrase to process the command. To accomplish that, the voice assistant would constantly be recording, storing and processing speech, then quickly deleting it if it is not relevant.

Such a feature, if implemented, would provide considerable privacy concerns for users. The patent attempts to account for that, giving users the choice to allow Alexa to record and store audio for between 10 and 30 seconds at a time.

“The technology in this patent is not in use, and referring to the potential use of patents is highly speculative,” a spokesperson for Amazon told Engadget. “Like many companies, we file a number of forward-looking patent applications that explore new scientific ideas that may not make it into customer-facing products. Patents take multiple years to receive and do not necessarily reflect current or near-future state of products and services.”

If the patent ever were to make its way to your Alexa, the recording limit still may not be enough for some people. Amazon has already shown on several occasions that Alexa recordings aren’t as private as you may think. Recent reports revealed that Amazon employs a team of people who listen to and process Alexa recordings — and those auditors may have access to potentially personally identifiable information including location data. Amazon has also accidentally sent a user someone else’s Alexa recordings and was ordered by a court to surrender audio from a person’s smart speaker as part of an ongoing trial.

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