Amazon Echo – Lowest Price This Year!

Amazon Echo
Will it make its way to your counter?

Today only, Amazon is offering the lowest price yet this year on its Amazon Echo home speaker product, coming in at $129.99.  This amounts to a savings of 28% off of the list price!  Note that the offer ends at 8:59 PM PST today, so make sure you take advantage if you’ve been waiting for a price drop like this.

The Echo holds a place on our counter top and we have loved ours.  In the kitchen, it can come in extremely handy for multiple timers.  Say you have something on the stove, but also have something baking in the oven at the same time.  You can name the different timers, so that way you know which one is ready to go.  We also love it for its integration with Alexa, where you can order Alexa-exclusive voice shopping deals.  There’s also hundreds of Alexa skills you can utilize with it, such as ordering a pizza from Domino’s.  It also integrates nicely with Amazon Music Unlimited, producing a decent quality sound.

See below for more details on the product, and let me know if you have any questions on our usage!

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Amazon Prime Members – Get Dad a Last Minute Echo or Kindle Today!

Father's Day
Credit: ZDNet

At Script-Notes, we like to spend time to save our readers time, and money.  If you’ve run out of “time” for shopping for Dad for Father’s Day, Amazon has some great deals going on Echo and Kindle devices!  The catch though is you have to be an Amazon Prime Member for them to reach you (or him) in time for Father’s Day.

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West MI Company Herman Miller Developing The ‘Smart Workplace’

herman miller
Stand up and stretch…

If you work at a desk job in a corporate environment, more than likely the exact chair you’re sitting in came from Herman Miller.  The West Michigan company, which is known mainly for its infamous Aeron chairs, unveiled a new product today named Live OS, with a goal of workplaces and employees being more efficient, energized, health, and happy.  Read on for more about the features.

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Columbus State Community College Rolling Out Apple Swift Course

Columbus State

You’ve heard the phrase – “there’s an app for that.”  You may have even wondered how you to get into developing “an app for that” yourself, but didn’t have a clue on how to get started.  If you live in the Columbus, OH area, you may have a chance to get to do that soon.  Read on for more…


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5 iPhone Photography Tips for Better Pictures

If you have an iPhone, particularly an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, you probably already know how to take a picture with the camera.  You probably also know that it takes great pictures.  But, do you know really know how to take a great picture with your iPhone?  As an iPhone owner myself, I love the convenience of being able to take a picture at a moment’s notice, especially with a little one.  Also with Mother’s Day coming up as well as other holidays, users might be interested in taking some of the best photos with family members.

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However, even though we may know most of the features of the camera, it can’t hurt to still have a bit of a refresher.  Apple unveiled a new site today, as well as series of videos to its YouTube channel, entitled “How to Shoot on iPhone 7.”  Currently there are five videos on YouTube, all designed to show users the best methods for capturing photos like panoramas, portraits, action shorts and more.

See below the jump for more on each video.

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Snap Stock Whiffs on Q1 Earnings

Snap Stock misses
Investors had the same face.

It wasn’t a great day for Snap stock.  Perhaps due to the onslaught from the likes of Facebook and Instagram, Snapchat had its lowest pace of growth in years, as their parent company Snap Inc, missed Wall Street’s expectations for its Q1 earnings, its first as a public company.  The stock price was down 26.2% at the time of this post per Business Insider.

Snap had added 8 million new daily users in the first three months of the year.  This time last year, the company was growing its DAUs by 52%.  As mentioned above though, the slow growth is happening at a time when Instagram Stories outpaced Snapchat by hitting 200 million daily users.

The reasoning for Snap’s net loss of $2 billion during the quarter was due in part to stock-based compensation that was related to its February initial public offering.

Other Notes from Snap’s Q1 Earnings:

  • EPS (adjusted): Net loss of $0.20 vs. $0.16.
  • Revenue: $149.6 million vs. $159 million expected, up 286% from $39 million in the year-ago period.
  • Daily active users: 166 million, an increase of 36% from 122 million in the year-ago period.
  • Net loss: $2.2 billion.

Read more after the jump for highlights from the earnings call.

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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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New Apple Park Drone Footage – The Spaceship is Almost Ready

Apple Park Spaceship
It’s almost time.

By now, we all know that Apple’s “feat of engineering” new campus, dubbed Apple Park, resembles a spaceship, and what better way to keep track of its progress than with drone footage?  MacRumors reports that drone videographer, Matthew Roberts, has uploaded a new video to his YouTube channel yesterday, which has been covering the ongoing construction at the new campus in Cupertino.

Despite being close to completion, the building still isn’t quite ready yet to open its doors to the company’s employees.  However, construction has picked up rapidly in recent weeks, and the latest footage shows solar panel installation on the roof nearly complete, with large amounts of construction still going on in the main courtyard due to the large pond and neighboring fauna still being added.

See the new video after the jump:

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