The Samsung Galaxy S10 is at its lowest price ever for Prime Day


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If you’re in the market for an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S10, today is the best day to pull the trigger, as the entire line of S10 phones is at their lowest price ever for Amazon Prime Day. Amazon is cutting $300 off of the S10 and S10 Plus, while the S10E is selling for $200 below its launch price. Since these are US unlocked models, they are compatible with all four major carriers (and their related subsidiaries), have full US warranties, and do not require signing up for any specific service plans.

In addition to the S10 line, Amazon is discounting last year’s Galaxy S9 and Note 9 models, the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL, some Motorola devices, the Razer Phone 2, and a handful of Nokia phones, including an aggressive $200 discount on the…

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Ring has made it ridiculously easy to surround your house with smart lights and cameras


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<em>Ring Stick Up Cam.</em>

It wasn’t that long ago when installing security cameras and lighting around your home was an expensive, cumbersome process. You needed to wire power and connectivity to the cameras, dig trenches or run wiring for the lights, and then rig up a system to control and monitor it all.

Ring’s latest products this year address those challenges head-on: they are inexpensive, easy to install, and run on batteries or even solar so you don’t have to run wiring to them at all. Ring has had battery-operated doorbells for a few years, but now, it has a whole suite of products that require no wiring and very little work to install.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been testing Ring’s Stick Up Cam, Smart Lighting, and Door View Cam, each of which addresses…

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iOS 13’s best upgrade is in your car


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Apple is planning to release iOS 13 this fall to iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads (under the guise of the new iPadOS). It has a lot of improvements under the hood, but the most dramatic overhaul is coming to Apple’s in-car interface known as CarPlay.

CarPlay was first introduced four years ago, and aside from gaining the ability to use third-party mapping apps last year, it hasn’t really changed since then. But in iOS 13, it’s getting a major overhaul that makes it much more competitive with Google’s similar Android Auto platform. I’ve been testing the new CarPlay in beta form and have been immediately impressed with the changes, though Apple does still have a little bit of work to do before this launches publicly later this year.

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Samsung launches new SmartThings camera, smart plug, and light bulb


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<em>Samsung’s new SmartThings Cam, Wifi Smart Plug, and Smart Bulb.</em>

Samsung is expanding the range of its SmartThings line of connected smart home gadgets today with the new $89.99 SmartThings Cam, $17.99 SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug, and $9.99 SmartThings Smart Bulb. The new products work within the SmartThings ecosystem and are available starting today.

All three products fill some gaps in the SmartThings lineup with entry-level devices that are ideal for smart home beginners. They also are aggressively priced, either matching or undercutting the main players in their respective areas. The Cam and Smart Plug can be used with or without a SmartThings hub, while the Smart Bulb uses Zigbee 3.0 and relies on the hub for connectivity. All three devices work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung’s…

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Hasselblad’s new X1D II is a less expensive, faster medium format camera


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Hasselblad X1D II 50C medium format camera

Hasselblad has announced the new X1D II 50C, a follow-up to the company’s first mirrorless camera, 2016’s X1D. The new camera is very similar to the prior model, from its design, size, and appearance to its 50-megapixel, medium-format sensor. But Hasselblad has upgraded a few things, such as a new, larger touchscreen, higher resolution viewfinder, and significantly improved performance. The main difference, however, is the X1D II’s price: it’ll be available in July for $5,750 for the body, a significant drop from the $8,995 the first model commanded at launch.

Almost six grand is still expensive, but it makes the X1D II far more competitive with the medium format mirrorless cameras Fujifilm has released over the past couple of years,…

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Amazon’s new Echo Dot Kids Edition comes in blue or rainbow colors


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Amazon is refreshing its line of Echo speakers geared toward kids with the new Echo Dot Kids Edition. The new Kids Edition is based on the third-generation Echo Dot released last fall and comes with all of the improvements of that model, such as much better sound quality and a nicer design. Instead of coming with add-on bumpers, like the previous Echo Dot Kids Edition, the new model is available in either frost blue or rainbow fabric colors.

The Kids Edition versions of the Echo speakers have age-appropriate experiences for kids, including different responses to questions, voice-based educational games, and kid-focused podcasts. A year’s subscription to Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited is included with the Kids Edition, which provides access…

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The gold version of the OnePlus 7 Pro is now available


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OnePlus has announced that the gold color version of the OnePlus 7 Pro is available to purchase in the US and Canada starting today. Dubbed “almond,” this color joins the mirror gray and nebula blue models already available. It has the same glossy finish as the mirror gray model, as opposed to the matte finish of the nebula blue, and has an off-white back with a polished gold metal frame.

That could make the almond OnePlus 7 Pro a little easier to handle than the blue model, since it should be a little less slippery. It’s still a big phone, though, and you’ll probably want a case for it either way. Unlike the other colors, the almond OnePlus 7 Pro comes in just one configuration: 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for $699 directly from…

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Nokia’s strategy for breaking into the US market is to attack the low end


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HMD Nokia is expanding the breadth of its smartphone lineup in the US today with the launch of the Nokia 3.1 A for AT&T and the Nokia 3.1 C for Cricket. The Nokia 3.1 A is the company’s first phone for AT&T’s network since HMD relaunched the brand in 2016, while the 3.1 C joins the larger 3.1 Plus from earlier this year on Cricket’s network.

Targeted at the entry-level of the market, the phones are essentially identical in terms of specs and features. They have 5.45-inch, 720 pixel wide displays; 8-megapixel rear cameras with LED flash and 1080p video capture; 5-megapixel front cameras; 2,990mAh batteries that Nokia says is good for two days of battery life; Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 processors with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage with…

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Fujifilm’s GFX 100 is a medium format camera that performs like a mirrorless


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Fujifilm has just officially announced its next medium format camera, the GFX 100. The latest GFX, the new model joins the GFX 50S and GFX 50R, released in 2016 and 2018, respectively. The GFX 100 introduces some major leaps over the prior models, including a much higher resolution, in-body image stabilization, and much faster performance. It will be available starting on June 27th for $9,999.95.

Unlike Fujifilm’s prior medium format bodies, the GFX 100 features a full-size design, meaning it has an integrated vertical grip and a much larger stance than the typical mirrorless camera. It’s much closer in size to Canon’s EOS-1D X than even Fujifilm’s own GFX 50R. Inside that hulking, three-pound frame is a new, 102-megapixel sensor and…

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Peak Design’s new tripod is full-featured but surprisingly compact


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Peak Design just announced its latest product: the new Peak Design Travel Tripod. The five-section Travel Tripod is available in either aluminum or carbon fiber and comes with Peak Design’s custom ball head attached. Peak Design is launching the tripod through a Kickstarter campaign today, with pricing set at $349.95 for the aluminum version and $599.95 for the carbon fiber model. It is expected to ship to retailers for the holiday season this year.

Like Peak Design’s popular bags and other camera accessories, the Travel Tripod is full of clever design and engineering bits. Since it’s designed to be as portable as possible, the tripod can compact down into a very small footprint and easily fit in the side pockets of many of Peak Design’s…

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Google clarifies Works with Nest shutdown, provides extension on existing connections


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Google has issued a response to criticisms of its recent announcement to close the Works with Nest program, a set of connections and controls that link third-party smart home devices with Nest thermostats, cameras, and other products. The company had originally announced that the Works with Nest program would be shutting down on August 31st, 2019, and all existing connections will stop working on that date. Nest customers would have to migrate their accounts to Google accounts and use Google Assistant controls to rebuild their smart home connections and setups.

In a blog post published today, Michele Turner, director of product and smart home ecosystem for Google Nest, says that existing Works with Nest connections will continue to work…

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