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Amazon Pre-Black Friday 2018: 4 Deals On Alexa-Equipped Accessories

Amazon’s Alexa just celebrated its fourth birthday the other day.  Alexa has evolved from being essentially a hands-free gimmick to become one of the most advanced virtual assistants on the market. Just look at the figures. In 2016, Alexa could only respond to around 4,000 commands. By 2017, that number had increased to 35,000. Alexa is picking up new skills and vocabulary faster than a Human four-year-old, at this rate!

The number of tasks Alexa can accomplish is only going to continue to grow and expand at an increasing rate as smart technology becomes more evolved. The number of products powered by Amazon Alexa is growing right along with it. To help increase your arsenal of smart products, we’ve compiled a list of the best deals on Amazon Alexa-equipped products.

TP-Link HS100

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Amazon Alexa-equipped products aren’t just party favors anymore. In fact, you will quickly realize they’re saving you money. The TP-Link HS100 is one of the best selling Alexa products on the market. It’s a simple converter for your power outlet, which transforms anything into a smart device The TP-Link is like The Clapper on steroids, as it does a lot more than just turn appliances on or off. You can set schedules and timers and even control multiple devices at the same time, with the TP-Link’s scene setting.

The TP-Link works anywhere your Alexa voice control does. This surprisingly useful smart device starts to pay for itself in saved footsteps and wasted trips. Spend that time doing something you care about instead of simply walking back and forth!

Here’s your chance to experience smart functionality at an insanely low price. The TP-Link HS100 is 58 percent off, just $16.99 from the $39.99 list price.

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ecobee4 Smart Thermostat with Built-In Alexa

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Utilities can be expensive, especially when it’s cold outside. It’s not necessarily a sign of ‘adulting’ to get excited about saving money on utility bills without having to wear three pairs of socks around the house. The ecobee4 Smart Thermostat saves you up to 23 percent on your heating or cooling bills. The unit will pay for itself in two years or less. Those two years will be much more comfortable than you’d be otherwise, as well.

The ecobee4 comes with a room sensor to place in the most important rooms in the house. The smart thermostat will then regulate the other temperatures around that room instead of the other way around. You won’t have to pay to heat the draftiest room in the house anymore! Not only is the ecobee4 good for your wallet, but it’s also good for the environment as well. Saving energy is one of the simplest ways we can make a difference. It’s best when you can save money at the same time! The ecobee4 is only $209, at the moment. That’s a 16 percent savings from its usual $249 list price.

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Philips Hue Stand Alone Bridge

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Do you remember those lamp timers you used to set when you went on vacation? That would make it seem like someone was home even when you weren’t? Sure, this low-key Home Alone outtake might not seem as flashy or exciting as some other smart home devices out there. The Philips Hue Stand Alone Bridge does a lot more than turn the lights on and off, however.

Philips is the largest retailer of smart light bulbs and lighting fixtures. The Philips Hue Stand Alone Bridge is the brain and central nervous system of your Philips Hue system. You can connect up to 50 smart devices and control them all via the Philips Hue app.

Imagine being able to dim all of the lights in your house without getting off of the sofa. Or even turning off the kitchen lights after you’ve left the house. You won’t even have to press a button, as the Smart Bridge is fully ready to engage with Alexa, right out of the box.

Now you or your gift receiver will be able to experience the futuristic thrills and efficiency of smart lighting for less than $50. The Philips Hue Stand Alone Bridge is on sale for $47.89, at the moment – a 20 percent savings from the list price of $59.99.

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EZVIZ Mini O 720p HD Wi-Fi Home Video Monitoring Security Camera

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Along with basic virtual assistant tasks like voice search, home security was one of the first areas to take advantage of smart technology. It also helps you make the most of your security, which means you barely have to use it, but still, know that it’s there. After all, who has time to sit and monitor CCTV monitors like an overnight security guard? Instead, the EZVIA Mini lets you look when you need to. Just say the word, as the EZVIZ Mini O is equipped with Alexa and ready to take orders!

You can see things you wouldn’t normally be able to, as well. The EZVIZ features night vision and a full 111-degree rotation, to see as much of the scene as possible. You can even look while you’re away, as the EZVIZ can be monitored wherever you are, via the included app. You’ll be the only one who can, however. The EZVIZ Mini O’s video feed is entirely secure, featuring end-to-end video encryption and multilayer security.

You have plenty of storage options to choose from if you don’t feel like monitoring remotely. The EZVIZ Mini O comes equipped with a cloud storage option, with one month free to try out the plan. It also has a slot for a microSD card capable of storing up to 128GB. All of this for only $39.99! A $10 savings!

If you’ve been holding off, this could be the year you finally get connected with smart home technology. It’s finally reached the tipping point where it’s gone past a fad and has become a part of the fabric of daily life. Here’s your chance to check out some of the best Alexa-enabled tech currently on the market while it’s still affordable!

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Looking For More Early Black Friday Deals?

The Holiday deals are starting to come fast and furious, even in the first week of November! Whether you’re looking to keep tabs on the latest Amazon Electra-equipped products, or looking for thorough product guides, we’ll be bringing you extensive Black Friday coverage, each and every day.

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Demdaco To Add To Serving Collection

Demdaco will feature new additions to its byDesign serving collection at the upcoming winter 2019 Atlanta International Gift Home Furnishings Market, Dallas Total Home Gift Market and Las Vegas Market.

The company will highlight new added designs in the byDesign collection of serveware and accessories, as well as its new dish covers, which expands the collection for outdoor gatherings or for taking a dish on the go.

New additions also include expandable trivets that feature enhanced function and wood-burn design. The trivets can also be used as wall art when not in use.

Demdaco will also showcase new designs of its KitchenBoas. The KitchenBoa, introduced in 2017, is a fashion-friendly dish towel that is worn around the neck and neatly lays against the body, said the company.

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11 delicious gifts from online meat companies that carnivores will love

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Some people like receiving fine jewelry as gifts, while others prefer to open the box to reveal cool tech accessories. For some — the ones who are always looking forward to their next meal, cooking up something delicious in the kitchen, or eyeing pictures of food hungrily — if it’s not something they can consume, what’s even the point?

Few types of food can make a person drool like meat. It’s often the protein that forms the foundation of a meal, or its addition immediately makes an unsatisfying dish more appealing.

Sending your friend or family member some meat as a gift is a little weird if it’s just the regular stuff from your local grocery store, but certainly not when it’s of the artisanal, gourmet, and curated variety. Packaged beautifully and combined with other cuts and kitchen accessories, it’s the perfect gift for the carnivore in your life.

Keep their bellies full and happy with these 11 gifts from online meat companies.

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks’ holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

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Meet The Cookware Startup You’re About to See Everywhere

Great Jones is taking on kitchen giants like Le Creuset and All-Clad. 

Award-winning food writer Sierra Tishgart has come across a lot of cookware lines in her career, but none—as she realized not too long ago—that bridge the gap between Ikea and Le Creuset. “I wanted high-quality beautiful pieces that would last and inspire me,” Tishgart told us. “I just kept thinking, why does this not exist?” So she teamed up with her childhood friend Maddy Moelis—they met 20 years ago at summer camp—who began her career working for startups like Warby Parker and the wedding registry company Zola, on Great Jones, a collection of super stylish pots and pans geared towards young cooks. 

Named after famed cookbook author and editor Judith Jones (she published the work of icons like Julia Child and James Beard), Great Jones is focused on the essentials. Currently, there are five pieces in the lineup: an enameled cast-iron Dutch oven (“The Dutchess”); a large, stainless steel pot (“Big Deal”); a saucier pan (“Saucy”); a ceramic (not Teflon) non-stick skillet (“Small Fry”); and a sauté pan-skillet hybrid (“Deep Cut”). You can order each piece individually (prices range from $45 to $145), or buy all five “family style” for $395. “We live in small apartments,” Tishgart said, “so a big question we had from the start was what do you actually need to set you up for success in your kitchen.” 

To help answer that, the entrepreneurs called upon food world friends like David Chang, Jessica Koslow, and Nicolas Jammet of Sweetgreen (all three are currently investors). Jammet was one of the first to test the products, while Koslow was consulted on everything from handle shapes to whether the saucepan should hold three quarts or four quarts. 

And while Tishgart and Moelis don’t play favorites, The Dutchess does lend itself to the season. “It’s so wonderful to do a long stew,” Tishgart said. “It’s beautiful, it’s colorful, we even put flower arrangements in them when they’re not in use.” 

 

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Now Harry Potter fans of all ages can transform their rooms into Hogwarts dorms

Accio everything!

After the supernatural success of PBteen’s initial “Harry Potter Collection” last fall, the upscale home-decor brand is expanding the whimsical collection of official Hogwarts pennants, blankets and throw pillows on Friday with spellbinding new pieces available on the Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen websites.

The exclusive collection with Warner Bros. draws on the wizarding world dreamed up by author J.K. Rowling, which came to the U.S. 20 years ago this weekend, and organizes many of its more than 100 pieces by the magical boarding school’s house colors (gold and scarlet for Gryffindor, yellow and black for Hufflepuff, blue and bronze for Ravenclaw, and green and silver for Slytherin). And you won’t necessarily have to rob Gringotts Wizarding Bank to stock up, since pieces start at just $9.50 for pencil cases and $24 for house pennants — although prices can run up to $1,999 for a child’s bed shaped like the Hogwarts Express train.


The expanded Harry Potter collection for Pottery Barn includes dinnerware. (Pottery Barn)

And now adults who grew up following Harry, Ron and Hermione’s adventures can toast the Boy Who Lived with tumblers ($48 for four) etched with the wizarding school’s four house crests, or put their trinkets inside a $39.50 golden snitch “tidbit bowl” with lid. The Pottery Barn collection also includes luggage (prices to be determined) printed with the Hogwarts school crest, as well as a delicate $39.50 candlepot carousel featuring a pair of young wizards on flying broomsticks playing the fictional sport of Quidditch.

ALSO READ: The $25 billion wizarding world of ‘Harry Potter’ by the numbers

Little ones can lose themselves in the wizarding world with the Pottery Barn Kids bedroom collection of end tables shaped like Harry’s pet owl, Hedwig ($349); a rocking horse — or, rather, hippogriff — shaped like Rowling’s eagle-horse hybrid Buckbeak ($199); and a patchwork quilt riddled with Hogwarts references ($199 to $229).


Pottery Barn Kids’ Harry Potter Hogwarts Express bed. (Pottery Barn)

And the PBteen collection, which already included a Gryffindor backpack ($79.50), striped knit Gryffindor throws ($69) and even a golden snitch clock ($49), now also includes bean bag chairs ($209), a $159 golden snitch lamp and a gold-painted Fawkes the phoenix floor lamp ($399).

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Harry Potter franchise and embark on a new chapter that includes Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids,” said Jennifer Kellor, president of Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen in a statement. “Last year’s PBteen Harry Potter Collection gave our customers the ability to bring home special, one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by the Harry Potter films and this year we’ve expanded into new designs and product offerings inspired by the beloved world.”


Golden Snitch Task Lamp, $159 at PBteen. (Pottery Barn)

Returning pieces that remain enchanting for all ages include decorative pillows with famous quotes from the beloved books, such as “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good” ($49.50) and “Expecto patronum” for $39.50. And you can dream of getting a Hogwarts acceptance letter by sleeping in the magical bedding collection, which includes striped shams starting at $28.50 and sheet sets starting at $32.50.


PBteen has launched an official Harry Potter home collection.

But it’s not surprising that Pottery Barn is trying to capture some more Harry Potter’s magic, as the franchise is estimated at $25 billion and counting even as it celebrates its 20th anniversary in the U.S. on Sept. 1. The seven original books have made $7.7 billion after selling more than 180 million copies in this country and more than 500 million copies worldwide, and spawned eight films that made $7.7 billion. And Harry’s story continues with the live stage production “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” playing in London and on Broadway (it’s making about $2 million a week in the Big Apple).

ALSO READ: Broadway Battle: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is hotter than ‘Hamilton’ right now

“You have this whole wizarding world where anything is possible — and J.K. Rowling went into such detail, and there’s so many beasts and characters and locations — and that really lends itself to creative products and merchandising,” Marissa DiBartolo, co-editor-in-chief of the Pop Insider, told Moneyish. “And with the different Houses, it gives fans another way of connecting with this brand,” she added, as readers and movie viewers identify with being brave like Harry and his Gryffindor friends, or having a darker or more ambitious side like Slytherin, or being studious like Ravenclaw.


PBteen Gryffindor bean bag chair, $209. (Pottery Barn)

So shoppers will show their Gryffindor or Hufflepuff pride by buying a pennant, drinking glass or bedding set that shows off their team.

To see the full collection and start waving your wand — er, credit card — visit Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen.

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Deals for Nov. 9: Save on Cuisinart, KitchenAid, dog DNA test kits, AirPods, and headphones by Beats and Bose

With the weekend finally here, we’ve rounded up the best deals on kitchen products, electronics and audio gear, and Amazon devices for video streaming and home security. We also have deals on Udemy online courses for web development and photography basics.

Macy’s has Cuisinart’s TOA-60 air fryer toaster oven on sale for $199.99 with an additional 15% off, which would knock down the price to just $170, while Amazon has Nutri Ninja’s blender with FreshVac technology priced at $99.95. In addition, Walmart has Frigidaire’s retro eraser board mini fridge going for $99.00.

If you’re looking for home audio gear and headphones this weekend, these wireless noise-cancelling headphones by Sony are on sale for only $99.99 at Best Buy, while the Beats Pill+ Speaker is discounted to $129.99. Meanwhile, Walmart has the Apple AirPods on sale for $144.98, while the retail chain also has the Apple iPad Air 2 WiFi + cellular (16GB) going for $429.99, or $200 off its list price.

Here are the best deals for Friday, Nov. 9:

Kitchen gear

Mix it up with Ninja.

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Electronics and audio accessories

Enjoy your audio with Sony.

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Amazon devices on sale

Watch live TV with the new Echo Show and a Hulu Plus subscription.

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CBD oil and CBD gummies

Save on CBD oil.

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Doggie DNA

Discover your pup’s origins.

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Udemy online classes on sale

Save on wed design and coding courses from Udemy.

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Here are the 5 best Amazon deals right now

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Happy Friday! After a stressful workweek, I think we all need a little break—preferably a shopping break. Each and every day Amazon has amazing deals and price drops on products you were probably going to buy anyways. To make sure you’re getting a good deal on a great product, we vet these deals with price tracking and product comparisons. Today, we found a bunch of sales on products that are perfect for the upcoming holidays.

1. A robot vacuum to do your dirty work

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There’s so much to do during the holidays. You have to go gift shopping, prepare copious amounts of food, and deal with the impending snow. The last thing you want to worry about is when you’ll have time to vacuum your home before guests arrive. Thankfully, robot vacuums exist to keep your floors nice and tidy in between deeper cleanings and will save you during the holidays.

The Ecovacs Deebot 601 is an upgrade version of the N79S, which we loved during our testing. We found that it had above average dirt pickup and rarely got stuck. Plus, it has the bonus of Alexa-connectivity and smart capabilities, so you can start cleaning remotely from your phone when you forgot that Uncle Frank and Aunt Lucy were coming early. Right now, you can knock off an extra $20 off its sale price with the code “GHPOSR98.”

Get the Ecovacs Deebot 601 for $179.98 (Save $80) with the code “GHPOSR98”

2. Single-serving cast iron pans for dessert

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Want to really impress your guests on Thanksgiving? Make adorable individual appetizers or desserts in Pinterest-worthy mini cast iron skillets. Lodge makes the best cast iron cookware out there. It lasts a lifetime, comes preseasoned, and is always very affordable. Right now, you can get these adorable mini skillets for just under $5. It’s just $1 more than the lowest price we’ve ever seen and is still a great price to add some pizazz to your next dinner party.

Get the Lodge 3.75-inch Cast Iron Mini Skillet for $4.69 (Save $1.56)

3. A roasting rack for Thanksgiving turkey

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Thanksgiving is coming. If you’re a first-timer (or seasoned professional), you’re going to want the best roasting pan money can buy, so you can get perfectly cooked turkey on your first try. This one from Circulon is the best affordable roasting pan we’ve ever tested, which is perfect for those of us who don’t want to destroy the bird but also don’t want to spend too much money. We loved this pan because it worked just as well as some of the more expensive models, but the nonstick surface may need to be replaced within a few years. Right now, you can get it for the lowest price we’ve ever seen.

Get the Circulon Roaster with U-Rack for $32.50 (Save $7.49)

4. Light strips to set the holiday mood

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Smart bulbs are good for saving energy, but smart light strips can add the ambiance. These ones from Philips let you change the color to set the mood from your phone, are easy to install, and work with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant. You can also set them up in a low lighted area to add some additional light to your home. Imagine them glowing a cool blue, red, or green to bring in the spirit of the holiday. Although we haven’t tested these strips, we gave their smart bulb starter kit counterpart our Best Smart Bulb award and we’re sure these strips will work just as well. Right now, you can get them for their lowest price.

Get the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance LightStrip Plus for $59.99 (Save $30)

5. An SD card for all of your family photos

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With family coming through, you’re probably going to want to take a lot of photos to capture memories and whatnot. If you choose to snap your pics using a camera instead of your phone, you might want to get a new SD card so you don’t run out of memory while capturing precious moments. Right now, you can get a SanDisk 32GB Ultra SD card for less than $10. SanDisk makes the best SD cards we’ve ever tested and the Ultra is perfect for compact-to-midrange point-and-shoot digital cameras.

Get the SanDisk 32GB Ultra SD Card for $9.95 (Save $2.08)

See all the best deals you can get before Black Friday

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