Google delivered more smart speakers than Amazon in Q1 for the first time ever

Amazon offered the first Amazon Echo back in 2015. As the creator of a new category, the Echo has the largest market share of installed units, and continued to top the sales charts each quarter. That is, until the first quarter of this year. First, let’s step back to look at the big picture. Smart speakers are the fastest growing tech product and are made up of a speaker and a virtual personal assistant. For the three month period that ran from January through March, 9 million units were shipped globally according to research firm Canalys. That is a healthy 210% rise year-over-year.
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For a limited time only, you can save $50 to $80 on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2017) from Amazon

Looking for a serviceable Android tablet at a reasonable price? For a limited time only, Amazon is taking $50 off of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2017) in Black. That is a 25% discount, and it brings the price down to $149.99. The Galaxy Tab A (2017) features an 8-inch LCD screen carrying an 800 x 1280 resolution. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 425 chipset featuring a quad-core CPU (Cortex-A53) running at 1.4GHz. The Adreno 308 GPU handles graphics. 2GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of native storage. Those seeking additional storage can access the 256GB capacity microSD slot.
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Sony Xperia XZ2 price slashed in limited time deal

The Sony Xperia XZ2 is the company’s best phone in 2018, and now it’s getting a nice price cut in a limited-time deal over at B&H.

The Xperia XZ2 price is cut to $736, down $64 from the original $800 price, and that is the full cost of the unlocked phone.
While that’s still a steep price to pay, consider that the Xperia XZ2 is Sony’s most refined design, with a beautiful glass and metal body, a new and improved camera system that supports 4K HDR videos, super slow motion and a few other neat tricks, and it runs on the latest and most powerful Qualcomm …

A gift to our readers: discounted Anker and RavPower wireless chargers and power banks (limited time)

Wireless charging is pretty big nowadays — almost all flagships have glass backs and support inductive charging. It’s about the convenience — you just put your phone down on a designated puck or stand and have it charge. You can still pick it up and set it back down whenever you need to without worrying about cables and whatnot.

And having a power bank on hand is always a good idea. Especially with Summer coming about — having a backup plan for phone charging when out on a trip or hike is essential not only so that you can take all the selfies you wish, but so that you remain connected to …

Preorder the LG G7 ThinQ in Canada and get a free 43-inch 4K smart TV for a limited time

Those north of the border have the option of grabbing a fabulous deal offered by LG. Starting on May 18th and running through May 31st, those pre-ordering the LG G7 ThinQ from certain carriers and retailers in Canada will receive a free 43-inch 4K smart TV from LG. A deal like that just might find quite a few takers. The LG G7 ThinQ features a 6.1-inch FullVision LCD screen with Super Bright Display, and a resolution of 1440 x 3120. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native, expandable storage. A 2TB microSD slot is available for those seeking additional …

Time travelers have been invited to Stephen Hawking's memorial service


A thousand people have been invited to attend a June memorial service for theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, whose ashes will forever be interred next to Sir Isaac Newton’s in the halls of the 11th century Westminster Abbey church.

And travelers from the future, it seems, are permitted to attend.

Anyone over 12 can sign up for the event  on a public ballot put out by The Stephen Hawking Foundation, though only 1,000 will be selected. 

To complete the registration, one must include their birthday, and London travel blogger IanVisits noticed that you can be born over two decades into the future, through December 31, 2018, and still apply. Read more…

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The Apple iPhone SE and the Moto Z2 Play are both $10 a month at Verizon for a limited time

For a limited time only, you can buy an Apple iPhone from Verizon for only $10 a month. No, for that price you’re not going to get the iPhone X, or any other recently released model. You’ll have to make do with the Apple iPhone SE, the company’s lowest price handset. With a 4-inch display, the iPhone SE looks exactly like the iPhone 5s, but is powered by the A9 chipset, which includes a dual-core CPU running at a clock speed of 1.84GHz. A 12MP camera adorns the back of the phone, and in front is a 1.2MP FaceTime camera.

Verizon had been asking for 24 monthly payments of $14.58 for the 32GB …

Apple shares hit all time high on Buffet report; company moves closer to a one trillion dollar value

Thanks to an SEC filing indicating that Warren Buffet’s investment vehicle purchased 75 million shares of Apple last quarter, the stock hit an all-time high today. The company, which Wall Street was in a “full panic mode” over, has soared 13% in a week (see the chart at the top of this story) and traded today as high as $184.25. The total value of the 240.3 million shares of Apple owned by Buffet rose today alone by $1.4 billion. Yikes! Consider that this rally came about simply because of the news that Buffet added to his holdings.

Earlier this week, Apple reported its fiscal Q2 earnings …

Mercedes-Maybach concept car is electric, ultra-luxurious, and ready for tea time


A concept car from Mercedes is revving up car enthusiasts ahead of this year’s Beijing Auto Show.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is an electric idea with an interior to match its “ultimate luxury” name.

The high-end sedan and SUV crossover is imagined as a four-motor all-wheel drive vehicle with a 200-mile range battery with fast charging capabilities. The inside of the car is as important as its specs as Mercedes describes the vehicle as “intended primarily for chauffeur-driven use.” 

Its interior features “Magic Wood” ebony to appeal to the Chinese market and is smooth and curvy with few sharp edges. The color palette includes rose gold, crystal white, and pearl gray. The seats are white leather and very adjustable. The reclining seats also feature calf support. Read more…

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LG G7 ThinQ leaks out again, this time in Aurora Black

The LG G7 ThinQ has appeared in yet another render, although this time it shows off the rumored Aurora Black color. LG has already confirmed that it will be unveiling the LG G7 ThinQ next week on May 2 in New York City. With only a short amount of time left to go, however, the leaks continue coming, with Evan Blass’ most recent tweet revealing the black variant of the device, expected to go by the name of Aurora Black.

The dark color is expected to act as the standard LG G7 ThinQ variant alongside the Platinum Grey option, which itself was also shown off earlier this week by Evan Blass …