Amazon Unveils the ‘Echo Show’ – Coming in June

Amazon Echo Show
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On the tail of yesterday’s report, today brought forth Amazon’s unveiling of their new Echo product, the Echo Show.  Indeed, the Echo show is a smart home speaker system that gives the consumer everything in the usual Echo speaker, but now includes a 7 inch touch screen.

Users will also be able to watch video flash briefings, YouTube, get a visual of music lyrics, check security cameras, swipe through your photos, get a check on the latest weather, edit your to-do and shopping lists, in addition to a host of other features.  Thanks to far-field voice recognition, eight microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, users can be heard from anywhere in the room, in addition to being heard over any loud music that might be coming from the speaker itself.

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WSJ: Amazon to Reveal New Echo as Soon as Tuesday

Amazon Echo
The smart speaker race is heating up.

Apparently “Looks” just aren’t enough anymore in the relationships of the smart speaker world.  Hot off the heals of its release of the customer-invite only Echo Look, per Laura Stevens with The Wall Street Journal, Amazon is due to pull the wraps off a new Echo speaker that will utilize video calling capabilities, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Amazon’s new product, which is expected to be announced as soon as Tuesday, would give users the chance to make internet-based telephone calls, positioning the speaker to be the centerpiece for home communications.

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Roku Premiere Plus Deal on Amazon

Roku Premiere Plus
If you need to upgrade your streaming options, now is a good time.

In addition to the fourth generation Apple TV, the Roku Premiere Plus really helps to complete all of our streaming needs.  While we were able to get ours for free via a special offer through Charter Spectrum, Amazon is currently offering the Roku Premiere Plus at a price of $79 shipped.  If you would prefer not to go the Amazon route though, the deal is also currently being matched for about $1 more at Best Buy and Target.

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Mother’s Day Shopping Savings at Amazon

Mother's Day

Another Mother’s Day is upon us, and if you have been procrastinating and also have an American Express Card, you can potentially save $25 off your purchase of $50 or more at Amazon.

Mother’s Day Deal Notes:

Link your American Express Membership Rewards account with your Amazon account for Shop-with-Point and get $25 off a purchase of $50 or more for anything that is sold by Amazon with promo code AMEX17EVER.

Read more after the jump for how to get in on the deal.

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Deal Alert: Amazon Echo with Alexa – Certified Refurbished

Amazon Echo

Online retail giant Amazon has really carved a lead at the top of the smart speaker category with it’s Amazon Echo with Alexa product, especially with its forthcoming Echo Look.  This has led to Google offering it’s own speaker product, as well as leading many to think Apple could soon enter the fray with a Siri product of its own, possibly as soon as June reports MacRumors.

That being said, with this offer, you can currently pick up a certified refurbished Amazon Echo with Alexa speaker for well below the list price.  Certified refurbished products get tested and certified to look both work and look brand new, as well as coming with warranties.  Normally the typical list price of the product is $179.99, with certified refurbished models coming in at $164.99.  Now though, it’s available for $134.99.

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Amazon’s Echo Look: A Fashionista’s Friend

Echo Look
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There is no doubt that Amazon has continued to make way into our households with its Echo devices and smart assistant Alexa.  Today, Amazon unveiled a new addition to the Echo family, with its Echo Look device, being offered by invitation only to Prime members.  The device is being billed as a “style assistant” camera that will help to catalog your outfits, and assigns your look a rating based on “machine learning algorithms with advice from fashion specialists.”

Each Echo Look comes with a built-in LED light, microphone, as well as a base mount that can either be attached to a wall, or it can be left to be freestanding such as on a nightstand, dresser, etc.  It can also work with a companion app that has a Style Check feature for comparing two outfits.  If you’re not necessarily interested in the Echo Look, you can access this feature by going to your iOS Amazon app, go to Programs and Features, and look for it in that menu.

Similarly to other Echo devices, with the Look, you can still have Alexa read you your daily news flash briefing, play music, or check on how long it will take you to get to work with traffic estimates.  Amazon plans on adding additional skills to the Look also.

From the product page:

  • Introducing Echo Look—everything you love about Alexa, and now she can help you look your best
  • Using just your voice, easily take full-length photos and short videos with a hands-free camera that includes built-in LED lighting, depth-sensing camera, and computer vision-based background blur
  • See yourself from every angle with the companion app. Build a personal lookbook and share your photos.
  • Get a second opinion on which outfit looks best with Style Check, a new service that combines machine learning algorithms with advice from fashion specialists
  • Echo Look helps you discover new brands and styles inspired by your lookbook
  • Ask Alexa to read the news and audiobooks, set alarms, get traffic and weather updates, control smart home devices, play music, and more
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Starbucks, Fitbit, NPR, and more

Amazon Dash Button Deal: Buy 2, Get 1 Free

Amazon Dash Button

If you are an Amazon Prime member and have been waiting for a good opportunity to add to your Dash Button collection, you’re in luck.  For a limited time, Amazon is offering a Buy 2, Get 1 Free Deal on their Dash Button selection, which now includes over 300 brands.

With over 300 brands to choose from, reordering is easier than ever.  Simply press Dash Button when you’re running low and order your favorites at the same low prices offered on

For a limited time, buy two Dash Buttons and get one free.  Receive a $4.99 credit after first press for each Dash Button.

It is worth reiterating however that this is for Amazon Prime Members only.  If you’re not a Prime Member and wish to to give it a try, the retailer offers six month trials for students, and a one month trial for non-students.  Feel free to check out either applicable link for more information.

For those unfamiliar with the Dash Button concept, they are a great way to quickly reorder products at the literal push of a button, but reminding you when you might be running low, by your placing the button near the location fo the item.  For instance, you may wish to place a Tide button near your laundry supplies.  Check out the below image for additional examples:

Dash Button examples

Additional Fine Print Re: Deal

$4.99 Account Credit with First Attempted Order Using Dash Button—Terms and Conditions apply. This is a limited time offer that is available to Prime members only. Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold. To receive the $4.99 account credit, you must attempt to order through the Dash Button by December 31, 2017. Once applied to your account, the $4.99 credit will be allocated proportionally among all qualifying items in your order(s). The $4.99 account credit may only be applied to eligible products sold through Offer good while promotional supplies last. Shipping charges may apply to discounted and free promotional items. Offer limited to one account credit per Dash Button purchased during the promotion period. The maximum benefit you may receive in connection with this offer is $4.99 per Dash Button purchased. The $4.99 account credit may not be redeemed for Amazon Gift Cards. Offer may not be combined with other offers. If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid. Please see Amazon Dash Button Buy 2, Get 1 promotion terms here.

#SundayMorning Gillette Disposable Razor Deal

A Gillette Disposable Razor
Shavings on razor blades is always a great deal.

Both men and women know that needing to get new razors can sometimes take a good chunk out of the monthly budget.  Users of disposable razors will be pleased to know that today Amazon is running a great deal on Gillette Custom Plus 3 Sensitive disposable razor blades when you go and clip a $3 coupon and checkout via Subscribe and Save.

Do note though that you must be logged into your account and that coupons are typically one use per account.  The good news is too that after your order ships, and you do not want to continue the subscription, you can cancel your Subscribe and Save at any time.

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Great Amazon Deal on TP-Link Smart Plug

An image of the TP-Link Smart Plug
“Alexa, order another TP-Link Smart Plug”

During their Black Friday sale last year, we finally took the plunge and picked up Amazon’s Echo with Alexa built in.  We have thoroughly enjoyed being able to use it to listen to music through Amazon Music Unlimited, set timers, and being able to voice control turning lights and the TV thanks to devices like the TP-Link Smart Plug.

With this particular smart plug, you can plug it into any conventional wall outlet, and connect anything like a fan, a coffee maker, or in our case, our living room lamp, and can then use Amazon’s Alexa to turn the device on and off.

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Amazon Meets Nest Thermostat Discount for Earth Day

Recently it was announced that smart thermostat maker Nest was offering a discount on their website for the Nest Thermostat, allowing customers to buy the current generation unit for $219, in recognition of Earth Day.  This amounts to a savings of $30 off of the regular price.  Matt Rogers, Nest’s founder and Chief Product Officer, announced the temporary deal in a blog post this week, which revolves around upcoming Earth Day celebrations.

A picture of the Nest Thermostat

However, customers might be interested to know that Amazon, who is frequently known for trying to either meet most discounts, or beat prices, is also offering the third generation Nest Thermostat for $219 as well!  Rogers said that the discount on their website would remain available to customers on their website until Earth Day, April 22.  Whether or not Amazon will maintain the same price until then is uncertain.

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