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There’s Still Time: Amazon Prime Day

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At the time of writing this, there was 8 hours 25 mins left in Amazon Prime Day (which actually lasts a couple of days).

But what I’m most interested in is; what SmallRig and other production outlets are discounting?

Camera cages, LED panels, softboxes and many, many more products are discounted for Prime members.

Other Prime Day deals include:

  • Prime Day technology categories 
  • Computers and monitors 
  • Projectors 
  • Printers 
  • Select Samsung Galaxy products 
  • Amazon Devices
  • Home entertainment 
  • Save up to 20% off on the Sony 55” X90K Bravia TV, live now   
  • Save up to 50% off RRP select Philips 4K UHD LED TVs, from 7 July
  • Home appliances 
  • Save up to 42% off RRP on select Instant Brand appliances, live now
  • Save up to 30% off RRP on the Sunbeam Barista Max Coffee Machine, live now
  • Save up to 35% off RRP on the Miele Triflex HX2 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, live now
  • Save on select ECOVACS Robot Vacuumsm, live now
  • Save on select Roborock Robot Vacuums, live now
  • Save on select Arovec Air Purifiers, Dehumidifiers, Filters and Home Products, live now
  • Save up to 33% off RRP on select ghd Air Professional Hair Dryers, live now
  • Computers and technology 
  • Save up to 43% off RRP on the ASUS RT-AX56U Wi-Fi 6 Router, from 10 July
  • Save on select Prism+ Monitors and TVs, live now
  • Amazon Devices 
  • Save 50% off RRP on the Echo Dot (5th Gen) for vibrant sound anywhere in the home, live now
  • Save 63% off RRP on the brand new Echo Pop, the latest compact smart speaker with Alexa, just $29
  • Save 56% off RRP on the Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen), featuring an 8” HD touchscreen with Alexa, just $99
  • Save 50% off RRP on both the Fire TV Stick Lite and Fire TV Cube for the ultimate streaming experience, live now
  • Save 50% off RRP across the entire range of Fire TV products, including the Fire TV Stick 4K Max, our most powerful streaming media stick just $49
  • Save up to 20% off RRP on the Kindle Scribe, the first Kindle for reading and writing, with included Basic or Premium Pen, live now
  • Save 30% off RRP on the Kindle Paperwhite range, purpose-built for reading with adjustable warm light, from just $174
  • Save up to 28% off RRP on select Ring devices including the Spotlight Cam Pro and Plus, to help you protect what matters most, live now
  • Save 51% off RRP on the Ring Indoor Cam, watch over your home with the compact plug-in HD camera for just $49
  • Save 34% off RRP on the Ring Video Doorbell, to help you monitor your home your way, for just $99

You have until midnight Sydney time to get your orders in.

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Amazon Echo Spot Now Available

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Amazon has just released a new Echo Spot, its latest Alexa-enabled device for the home. It’s essentially a modern bedside alarm clock with way more functionality than my 1980s model.

I really like the Echo Spot form factor and display. It’s one of the best designed Alexa products in the Amazon catalogue. It presents the time, alarms, weather, or song titles in the top half of the device.

The colour screen can be customised to fit the mood of your room with the choice of orange, violet, magenta, lime, teal, and blue. You can also mix and match colours with a variety of custom-designed clock faces.

The Echo Spot includes a 1.73″ front-firing directional speaker, tuned to deliver crisp vocals and solid bass despite its small size.

As an Alexa-enabled device, you’ll be able to access all of your usual Amazon services.

“Customers care about the way they wake up in the morning and go to bed at night and the all-new Echo Spot will transform the way they start and end their day,” said Patrick Walker, country manager, Amazon Devices Australia and New Zealand.

“Thanks to customisable clock faces, personalised designs, new alarm sounds and colourful visual animations, Echo Spot is the best smart alarm clock designed for any bedside table.”

Echo Spot is available now in Black, Glacier White, and Ocean Blue for A$149.

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Xbox Cloud Gaming Comes to Amazon Fire TV

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If you have the Fire TV Stick 4K Max (2023) or Fire TV Stick 4K (2023) streaming dongle then you also have a gaming device.

From this month (July 2024) Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members will be able to access and play hundreds of cloud-enabled games directly through the Xbox Fire TV app. This will be a similar experience to the Samsung Xbox cloud interface introduced a couple years ago. I’ve played Xbox games on several Samsung TVs and it’s excellent.

If you’re already an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member, you’ll have instant access to stream and play any of the hundreds of cloud-enabled titles in the Game Pass Ultimate library. If you’re not a member, you can sign up via the app. ‘Fortnite’ offers a free trial period without membership.

Once the Xbox app is installed, just sign into your Microsoft account and connect a compatible Bluetooth controller. You can use Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless Controller, Xbox Adaptive Controller, PlayStation’s DualSense or DualShock 4 controllers.

Some of the top titles you can get started with straight away are Starfield, Fallout 4 and Forza Horizon 5.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

Fire TV Stick 4K: A$79

Fire TV Stick 4K Max: A$119

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription: Starts from A$18.95/month (available on Fire TV Stick July 2024)

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3rd Gen Amazon Echo Show 5 Finally Available in Australia and New Zealand

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The latest version of Amazon’s Echo Show 5 is finally coming to Australia and New Zealand in July. The 3rd generation device has a redesigned microphone array and faster AZ2 Neutral Edge processor. It also has a better speaker system with extra bass for music and clarity for spoken word content.   

Echo Show 5 is the smallest Alexa-powered Echo smart display with a five-inch screen, making it ideal for bedside tables or tight kitchen spaces. The new Show 5 also comes with support for Matter, enhancing its compatibly with a growing number of smart home products.

The Echo Show 5 packs a lot of functionality into its small frame. You can interact with voice assistant Alexa, watch news clips, check in on your Ring doorbell camera, view shopping lists, learn from recipe videos and make video calls to family and fiends. 

When it comes to security and privacy users can manually turn the mic and camera off or delete voice recordings.  

It’s good to see Amazon looking after the environment by using fabric made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester yarn and aluminium made from 100% recycled aluminium. The device is packaged in a box made of 99% wood fibre-based materials from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources. 

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

The Echo Show 5 (3rd gen) is available for pre-order today (19 June, 2024) from Amazon.

It will be selling at leading Australian and New Zealand retailers from July 10 for A$169 and NZ$199 in white, charcoal and cloud blue.

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