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Japanese government is the latest to ban Huawei network equipment

Japan follows the U.S., Australia and New Zealand in banning Huawei network equipment.

The hits just keep on coming for Huawei: earlier this week, BT announced that it would be removing Huawei equipment from “key areas” of its 4G network. A week before that, New Zealand blocked the sale of Huawei equipment to regional carrier Spark, saying it identified a “significant network security risk.” New Zealand also said it will not use Huawei equipment for its 5G  [Read More…]

The latest Big Mouth Billy Bass is made to be a rockstar with Alexa support

“Billy Bass, play Despacito.”

Earlier this year, Thrifter reported on Amazon’s upcoming expansion of Alexa functionality with its Gadgets Toolkit release, and some hilarity-inducing products using these new features are now available to pre-order via Amazon.

Releasing early December, the star of this latest lineup of devices might look a bit familiar to you. Big Mouth Billy Bass has been a beloved singing prop that’s graced the walls of hallways and bathrooms since the late 1990s, featuring  [Read More…]

Apple’s latest 9.7-inch iPad is down to just $249 at Amazon

A rare savings from Amazon.

Surprise! Amazon is getting in on Apple’s Black Friday deals this year, and right now you can grab select 9.7-inch iPad tablets for just $ 249 each! That saves you $ 80 off their regular price of $ 329.

Today’s sale includes the latest model of the 9.7-inch iPad with 32GB of storage in your choice of Gold, Space Gray, or Silver. These are Wi-Fi only models, so you can’t attach a  [Read More…]

Verizon’s latest is the rugged Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2

Verizon Wireless this week announced the availability of the Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2, a ruggedized smartphone aimed at construction and public safety workers.

Priced $ 444, or $ 18.50 per month for 24 months, the phone is housed in a hard rubber exterior and meets the mil-spec 810G rating. In other words, it can withstand drops, shock, vibration, radiation, extreme temperatures, sleet, rain, and high elevations.

Additionally, the DuraForce Pro 2 has an IP68 rating for protection against water; it  [Read More…]

Google details the latest state of Android security, and it looks great

If you install from Google Play, your chances of being compromised are steadily approaching zero.

In the name of transparency, Google has released another Android security report (officially, the Android Ecosystem Security Transparency Report) that details many aspects of exactly how secure different parts of the Android ecosystem are, and how often they’re being exploited in the real world. The goal is of course to show that Android is very secure purely based on the numbers Google  [Read More…]

Oppo’s two latest Android phones were cheating on processor benchmarks

The Find X and F7 are the latest Android phones to juke the stats.

The Oppo Find X and F7, two of Oppo’s latest Android phones, have recently been outed for cheating on processor benchmarks with the popular 3DMark benchmark app.

UL Benchmarks revealed this info on October 18, saying that the two Oppo phones were designed to know when 3DMark was running and then crank themselves into high-gear to get the best possible results. When a  [Read More…]

Amazon’s latest Echo devices are already discounted in India

The Echo Dot (3rd gen) is discounted by 33%, and the Echo Plus (2nd gen) picks up a 20% price cut ahead of its debut.

Amazon’s latest Echo devices are set to go on sale in India from October 11, and the retailer is offering enticing discounts on the products as part of its Great Indian Festival sale. The sales features lucrative discounts on the new Echo Dot and the Echo Plus, as well as the standard  [Read More…]

Amazon offers its latest Echo devices in discounted bundles, pre-order now

Amazon Alexa is now integrated into even more home essentials.

Alexa is getting a makeover! Amazon just announced several new Echo devices which incorporate the Alexa voice assistant. There’s an Echo Wall Clock, an AmazonBasics Microwave, new editions of the Echo Dot and Echo Plus, and even an Echo Input to add Alexa to speakers you already own! Newly announced products rarely receive discounts, but you can already save on these Amazon devices by purchasing them in a bundle  [Read More…]

Hot Take: Everything announced at the latest Amazon event (Episode 27)

Join us as we sit down and discuss some of the hot tech topics out there today. Amazon held an event at its headquarters in Seattle and unveiled a slew of new products. We take a look at everything being offered and what it means for the smart home industry.

What we talked about today Amazon announces new lineup of products and more including: Echo Auto AmazonBasics Microwave Echo Wall Clock New Echo Show New Echo Plus New Echo  [Read More…]

Amazon’s latest Fire TV and Kindle deals rival Prime Day’s offerings

Exclusive, but worth checking out!

Amazon is no stranger to offering exclusive discounts to members of its Prime service, and right now the company has a few deals going on that are definitely worth checking out. If by some chance you aren’t a Prime member already, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial right now to take advantage of all these deals. We’ve been covering the deals as they went live over on Thrifter and now we  [Read More…]