Take 20% off the Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation); pick up the smart speaker for $39.99

What? You don’t own a smart speaker yet? The category remains hot as Amazon continues to add more capabilities to virtual assistant Alexa. You can find out the weather, sports scores and stock prices just by asking for them. Without tapping a button, you can turn on or off smart appliances, make a phone call, send a text, order a Lyft, set timers and alarms, and order a pizza.

And right now, you can purchase the Amazon Dot (2nd generation) for $39.99. That is a $10 or 20% savings from the usual price of $49.99. So if you don’t own a smart speaker, or can use a second one for another room, …


Alleged Huawei Mate 20 with Kirin 980 chipset on deck sets a new AnTuTu record

Huawei just recently launched its latest flagships, the P20 , P20 Pro, and the super-premium P20 Pro Porsche Design, but it seems that the grand Chinese company is already prepping its next emboldening move. Word on the street is the successor to last year’s Huawei Mate 10 just got benchmarked on popular synthetic benchmark app AnTuTu.

It would seem that the Huawei Mate 20, which is most likely coming this autumn, has reportedly scored a truly mind-boggling score of 356,918 points, which sets it ahead of just about any device right now. This performance jump could potentially be linked to …

Charge absolutely anything in the car (including a laptop) with this multi-port inverter on sale for $20

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Even if you have a car charger for smaller things like smartphones, your bigger devices need some love too. That’s where this multi-port car adapter comes in, and it’s on sale today for $10 off.

The BESTEK Car Adapter features plenty of ports, so you’re never without a power source. Not only does it have two USB ports for phones and tablets, but it even has two three-pronged USB outlets so you can plug in absolutely anything while you’re in the car. Just plug it into the cigarette lighter and you’re good to go.

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Amazon daily deals for March 20: DEWALT tools, the Shark ION Rocket vacuum, new bikes, and more

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It’s the first day of spring and these daily deals on Amazon are perfect for breaking in the new season.

For those DIY projects that you need to bring outside, there are discounted DEWALT tools to equip yourself with for the job. Spring cleaners may want to check out this Amazon’s Choice SharkNinja vacuum for only $100 today. There are also great deals on bikes for those who like to use the warm weather to get some exercise.

There are also plenty of other tech items on sale today. Jam to a portable Bluetooth speaker for $22, or test your garden with a soil pH meter for $10. Gamers can also pick up a Nintendo 3DS charger, and adventurers can find lightweight travel backpacks on sale.  Read more…

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Fitbit OS 2.0 arrives on the Ionic: here's what's new

Fitbit just recently announced a new smartwatch, the Fitbit Versa, but it hasn’t forgotten about it’s older products. The company yesterday announced that Fitbit OS 2.0 will begin gradually rolling out to the Ionic line of watches in the coming days. To keep things in order, just around 10 percent of Ionic users will receive the OTA update day one, while everyone else will be able to get in on the fun in a few weeks time, the company assures.

So, what’s new in Fitbit OS 2.0?
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Deal: Nokia Steel and Nokia Steel HR on sale for 20% off for a limited time

Nokia is running yet another promotion on its smartwatches, the Steel and Steel HR. Both have been discounted by 20% until March 11, but you’ll be required to use a certain code at checkout.

As some of you probably know by now, Nokia Steel usually sells for €129.95, but until the end of the week, you’ll be able to buy one for just €99.95. You don’t have to apply any discount codes at checkout when you buy the Nokia Steel, so don’t worry about that.

However, if you want the slightly more advanced Nokia Steel HR, you’ll have to come up with €189.95. Well, that’s pretty expensive in …

Samsung buys AI company Kngine, human-like Bixby 2.0 incoming?

Samsung has just made another step towards improving the next version of its virtual assistant – Bixby 2.0. The company has acquired Kngine – an Egyptian-based startup, fully dedicated to the idea of making an AI which learns and evolves just like a human does.

Kngine is developing a human-like artificial intelligence by allowing it to answer questions after learning from reading documents, books, manuals, searching the web, and more. The engine works in phases – first, it processes the question. Then it proceeds to break it down into sub-questions and forms an answering …

This Apple repair center sends 20 false emergency calls to 911 per day

Emergency 911 dispatchers in Elk Grove and Sacramento County in California have an odd case on their hands. Ever since October rolled in, they’ve been seeing on average of 20 false 911 calls every day, for a grand total of 1600 so far. As per one police dispatcher, Jamie Hudson:

We’ve been seeing these calls for the last four months from Apple. We’re able to see quickly where the call is coming from, so when we get one from Apple, the address will come up with their location.

The times when it’s greatly impacting us is when we have other emergencies happening and …

Google offers some Nexus owners a one-time 20% discount on the Pixel 2 / 2 XL

Google is sending out e-mails containing a one-time 20% discount for the Pixel 2 and 2 XL. The offer is available through February 28 and is sent only to some previous Nexus device owners.

The news for the offer first made it on reddit, where a user reported receiving such an e-mail, with others joining as well. The subject of the e-mail is “20% off Pixel 2, just for you” and is called by Google a “thanks for being a loyal Nexus owner”. Here is what the Pixel 2 and 2 XL prices look like after the discount:
Pixel 2 64GB: $519,20Pixel 2 128GB: $599,20Pixel …

Google rewards loyal Nexus owners with 20% off the purchase of a new Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL

If you’re relatively new to the world of smartphones, you might not remember the Nexus line of handsets that were offered by Google starting back in 2010. Built by different manufacturers (HTC, LG, Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei), the Nexus line’s claim to fame was the stock Android OS installed. As a result, these models were always among the first to be updated to the latest Android build.

In 2016, Google didn’t release a new Nexus model, and instead offered the HTC built Pixel and Pixel XL. Last year, the HTC built Pixel 2 and the LG produced Pixel 2 XL were released and are currently …