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HURRY: Amazon Echo just dropped to its lowest price of all time

Amazon Echo Price

The Amazon Echo is currently on sale at its lowest price of all time. We repeat: the Amazon Echo is currently on sale at its lowest price of all time. This is not a drill, people, but it is a very limited-time offer. For 24 hours only on Monday, June 26, Amazon is shaving $50 off the regular price of its wildly popular Echo smart speaker. That means you can score one for just $129.99, which is an all-time low. Not even Amazon’s Black Friday pricing last year was able to match this sale, but it ends at one minute before midnight tonight (Eastern Time) so grab one — or several — while you still can!

Here are some highlights from the Amazon Echo product page:

  • Plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
  • Introducing Alexa calling and messaging, a new way to be together with family and friends. Just ask Alexa to call or message anyone with an Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa App.
  • Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
  • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
  • Answers questions, reads the news, reports traffic and weather, reads audiobooks from Audible, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
  • Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino's, DISH, and more

Amazon Echo - Black: $129.99

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How the CIA hacks computers that aren’t even connected to the internet

CIA Malware Wikileaks

Air-gapped computers are supposed to be ultra-secure PCs that can’t be infected with malware that spreads with the help of the internet. That’s because of these computers, often connected to sensitive machines, aren’t also connected to the internet. You’d think these systems would be impenetrable by remote attacks and would require a hacker to be in the same room with the PC. But, unsurprisingly, the CIA developed tools that can infect air-gapped computers.

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AT&T promises massive broadband investment if Trump gives it tax breaks

AT&T broadband investment Trump meeting

There's a tired old trick for internet service providers that want a tax break to continue gouging customers. The ISP will make some vague promise of future broadband investment, in return for immediate tax breaks or approval of an industry deal. On the surface, it sounds good: delivering broadband to rural areas is often uneconomic, so government often wants to cut a deal with private industry to deliver it.

But the problem is that internet providers seem to have a really tricky time keeping to their promises, and unexpected roadblocks just happen to always spring up right around the time the investment is meant to happen.

That's why AT&T's promise to President Trump that it ill invest $22 billion in new infrastructure -- in return for immediate tax cuts -- is so terribly worrying.

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Watch a security developer exact sweet revenge on IRS scammers

IRS Scam

Over the past few years, one of the more prevalent and successful scams going around has involved individuals posing as IRS agents and demanding payment of back taxes. By preying on individuals who are either elderly, unsophisticated, or have limited English-language proficiency, the scammers are able to convince some individuals that they might be subject to hefty fines, jail time, and even deportation if they don't make a prompt payment.

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This speaker sounds almost as good as Sonos, but it’s waterproof and less than half the price

Best Sonos Alternative

The Sonos Play:5 wireless speaker is fantastic, as long as you’re willing to cough up some serious cash. At $500, it’s a serious investment — and remember, it can only play music from supported services! If you’re looking for another option that sounds almost as good but costs less than half as much, definitely check out the FUGOO Sport XL Portable Rugged Waterproof Wireless Speaker. It packs four tweeters, two mid woofers, and two passive radiators that combine to deliver some serious sound. Toss in 35 hours of playback per charge and waterproofing, and you’ve got yourself a winner.

Here are some highlights from the product page:

  • 360 degree sound with 8 symmetrically placed drivers crank out clean highs, midrange punches and deep, roaring lows. 4 tweeters, 2 mid/sub drivers, 2 passive radiators and a 97 db. sound pressure level, the CORE-X fills produces rich audio.
  • 100% Waterproof and the perfect teammate for the beach, paddle boarding and sailing. IP67 rating insures it can go 3' under water for 30 minutes, though it will float as well for easy retrieval. Fully dustproof, mud-proof and shock proof to 3' as well.
  • 35-HOUR BATTERY LIFE - Best-in-its-class battery life means more than a day and a half of continuous jams, uninterrupted experiences and all-out adventures.
  • Portable Power Bank -Quick charge your phones and tablets from the included USB Port
  • SIRI & GOOGLE NOW CONTROL - With Apple Siri and Android Google Now accessible through your FUGOO Bluetooth speaker, you're a voice command away from unlimited searches. There is also a built in full duplex speakerphone for hands free chatting.

FUGOO Sport XL - Portable Rugged Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker 35 Hrs Battery Life with…: $179.00

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