Results: would you buy a discounted phone if the retailer uses it to serve you regular ads in exchange?

Amazon’s Prime exclusive phones have been a hot topic last week. With the Nokia 6 added to its roster, the discounted phones got a bit more attention than usual and had users asking themselves “Would I go for this deal?”.

Prime phones are usually midrangers, which you can buy at a $30 – $180 discount, depending on the phone, but there’s a catch. If you get one of these devices, you will also have to endure Amazon ads and offers popping up on your lockscreen at all times. That’s right, no more pictures of your dog or your cousin’s toddler — your lockscreen is now Amazon’s personal “your …


Would you buy a discounted phone if the retailer uses it to serve you regular ads in exchange?

Amazon’s Prime exclusive phones have been quite the topic this week. There are a couple of reasons behind this. For one, Nokia 6 has been added to the roster and we all know that this brand evokes quite a lot of feelings in phone fans. Secondly, Prime phones, usually midrangers, come with a nice discount — from $30 to $180 off, depending on the model.

Of course, there is a catch. If you get a bargain on a Prime exclusive phone, you will also have to endure Amazon ads and offers popping up on your lockscreen at all times. That’s right, no more pictures of your dog …

Android Things can serve up M&M candies, and recognize dogs

A couple years ago, Google unveiled Project Brillo, an Internet of Things platform designed to operate automated products like smart lightbulbs, thermostats, and remote cameras.

While Project Brillo was based on Android, feedback from uncertain developers about which SDKs and APIs could be used prompted Google shelve it and create Android Things.

Android Things currently works on multiple low-power computer broads, the NXP Pico, NXP Argon, Intel Edison, Intel Joule, and Raspberry Pi 3, meaning that a good mix of Intel and ARM-based CPUs are supported (32 and 64 bit). Those that follow …