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UPDATED: The best Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals include Fire TV Stick, Bose headphones, 23andMe kits, and more

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Looking for the best Amazon Prime Day sales? You’ve come to the right place. We’ll be updating this post throughout Prime Day with all the best deals we can find, so bookmark this page now and keep checking back. 

Prime Day officially began at 3 p.m. EST on July 16 and lasts 36 hours — the longest Prime Day to date. Remember to sign up for an Amazon Prime membership so you can take advantage of all the deals and that free shipping hookup. Good luck!

Best Amazon Prime Day deals

Read on for more of the best deals below. We’ll be updating the list throughout Prime Day. 

Echo devices

Dash Buttons and Fire TV devices

Fire tablets and Kindles

Amazon services deals

Security cameras

TV deals

Laptop and monitor deals

Headphone and speaker deals

Gaming deals

Kitchen deals

Home deals

DNA kit deals

Stuff for your pet

Other tech deals

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Amazon has tons of Apple MacBooks on sale for Prime Day, but you better hurry

Macbooks + Prime Day = YAY!
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I think it’s safe to say that Apple rules the world right now. Whether its constantly upgrading to the newest iPhone year after year or getting a new MacBook for work, nearly everyone has at least one Apple device. That doesn’t mean Apple products are cheap thought — quite the opposite, in fact. Well relax, Prime Day is here to help out.

If you find yourself in need of a new laptop, Amazon has plenty of MacBooks on sale as part of Prime Day. MacBooks are among the most popular and in-demand laptops on the market today. But they typically run a little on the expensive side. That means almost any deal on MacBooks is a good deal.

Thanks to Prime Day, there are some very, very good deals to take advantage of:

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Hot damn, this Bitcoin cat just might convince me to HODL

Yesssssssss.
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Bitcoin true believers have long promised a blockchain-based revolution, but the only true thing of value to come out of Satoshi’s white paper is this chill-ass cryptocat.  

Sure, the scams and ransomware and general buffoonery in the blockchain space have all been pretty great, but none of that comes close to this Bitcoin maximalist tabby. 

I mean, just check the dude out. 

He’s an absolute unit, with bad-boy appeal. 

Get it.

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And! He’s knows how to accessorize. 

Oh *hell* yeah.

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Let’s not overlook the fact that he believes in saving for retirement. 

Investing in a feline future.

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But he’s not stingy, either. Check this party vibe. 

Crypto rich!

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Also, hell yeah to these shades. My man’s got style. 

Fresh.

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Not only that, he makes a coherent argument about the relative value of cryptocurrency versus fiat. (The tie means he’s legit.)

Farewell to fiat.

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So while the market may be volatile, and the entire blockchain industry is basically a solution in search of a problem, at least it gave us this cat. 🙌 

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10 awesome tech gadgets for your very good doggos and pretty kitties

Be the pet-parent your pet deserves.
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Perhaps we love our pets a little too much, but we don’t care. We are all about giving our good doggos and pretty kitties the absolutely best in life, and bringing you news on devices that can help you do the same.

We’ve introduced you to a speaker that can calm your active (i.e. noisy and annoying) dog and activity trackers that are basically Fitbits for your furry friends. But what you may not have known is that there is an entire world of pet tech out there and we haven’t even scratched the surface.

Have you ever thought about getting your pooch an automatic ball launcher for when you’re too exhausted to play fetch? What about swapping out your feline’s watering bowl for a premium water fountain that keeps the H2O fresher longer?

If not, we’ll tell you more about those products and where you can get your paws on ’em. Here are 8 of the latest (and best) tech items that every pet-obsessed owner needs right now. 

1. iFetch — $115.00 

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The iFetch automatic ball launcher will help you play fetch with your dog and you won’t even have to lift a finger. After your pet places the tiny blue tennis ball into the top of the iFetch machine, this interactive dog toy will toss it across the room or yard at 10, 20, and 30-feet intervals. 

The top of the iFetch device is tilted away from the launching hole to encourage your pet to stand behind the machine for safety. It works with a power cord or 6 C-cell batteries so you can use it indoors or outdoors. It even comes with a training guide to help you teach your furry friend how to use the machine without your assistance.

2. PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain — $44.95 

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The Platinum Pet Fountain provides 168 ounces of fresh flowing water and is great for pets of all sizes. The free falling stream aerates your pet’s drinking water with oxygen and a replaceable filter helps to remove bad tastes and odors for fresher tasting water. 

It is designed with a receiving ramp that reduces splash and an adjustable flow control that allows you to increase or decrease how much water your pet gets. The large built-in reservoir increases capacity and requires less refilling, meaning more water for your pet and less work for you. 

3. PetChatz HD: Two-Way Premium Audio — $349.99 

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You pet parents think and act differently about your pets. They’re a part of the family!  So when you’re away you feel bad — even guilty. PetChatz is a video communications device that allows you to chat and interact with your pet from pretty much anywhere. 

Just open the app on your phone or computer, hit the chat button, and you instantly go into Silent Mode where you can see you pet. When you want to chat, just hit the chat button and the PetChatz device will start to ring to alert your cat or canine. The two of you can “chat,” and you can even press a button to dispense a treat. 

4. Petcube Play Wi-Fi Pet Camera — $149.99 

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Say you want to be able to cure your separation anxiety but don’t necessarily want to give your pet a treat. There’s a smart Wi-Fi home camera for that. 

The Petcube Play is a pet monitoring system that allows you to check in on your pets any time of day, or view video history to see what he or she has been up to. (Video recordings are triggered by sound and motion.) It has a built-in laser toy so you can interact remotely via app, or you can set it to autoplay mode to exercise your pet when you’re busy. The Petcube Play cube has two-way audio and free cloud-based video storage, no subscription required. 

5. AquaPaw — $24.99 

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Bath time can be a great opportunity to bond with your pet. No, we aren’t suggesting you drag your pup in with you next time you need a shower. But we are suggesting that you use AquaPaw next time your pet needs a bath.

Aquapaw is a wearable sprayer and scrubber you can turn on and off by squeezing your hand, so you have total control of the water flow. It can be used inside by attaching it to your shower head, or you can use it outside with a water hose. The water pressure is high enough to penetrate fur, but low enough to still be comfortable. 

6. Whistle — $79.95 

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It’s really stressful to imagine, but sometimes pets go missing. It can hours, days, or even months before some pets are reunited with their loved ones. The Whistle 3 is a GPS device and activity tracker that will help keep tabs on your pet at all times. It’s a small, 1-once device that attaches directly to their collar, so its great for all sizes of dogs and cats. Connect it with the mobile app to monitory your pet’s activity as well as its location. You can even set a custom safe zone to your home and anytime your pet leaves that area you’ll get a notification letting you know where they’ve gone so you can go find them. 

7. Eyenimal Cat Video Cam — $99  

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Seeing the world through the eyes of your pet is actually kind of a reality with the Eyenimal Cat Video collar. Though it’s designed specifically for your feline friend, there’s no reason why you can attach it to your pooch too. Next time you let your pet outside, you can check to see what they’re up to. It’s really light, only weighing 35 grams, and has over 2 hours of battery life.

8. iCalm Speakers – $144

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If you have a restless pup, try the iCalmDog portable speaker — a multi-sensory approach to helping your dog chill the eff out. The speaker plays music that’s been found to ease dogs’ anxiety. This bundle includes the Bluetooth speakers, two micro SD sound cards with 4-hours of the anti-stress tunes, and an hour of music that’s supposed to help you bond with your pet. 

It also includes a calming mist, shockproof carrying case, and all the information you need to get started. iCalmDog is a part of the iCalmPet suite of sound solutions for pet anxiety. Check out iCalmCat if you have feline you’d like to mellow out. 

9. Self-cleaning litter box — $156.99

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Everyone loves their pet. But everyone hates their litter box. ScoopFree is a virtually touch-free, leave-it-and-don’t-worry-about-it pet poop cleaning system. After your cat does their business, the crystals absorb some of the wetness and dry-out some of the solid waste. Then, 20 minutes after your cat leaves, sensors activate the stainless steel cleaning rig, raking the waste into a covered trap so you don’t have to touch it — or smell it — ever. 

10. A robotic dog — $52.99

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If your building doesn’t allow pets, or if you travel too much and just aren’t home enough to take care of a dog, this robot puppy might be the next best thing. Hear us out: This adorable, remote-control puppy sings, dances, and even farts. Your kids are gonna love it. 

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Facebook: LinkedIn, Twitter, Google also collect and share your data

Facebook: We're not the only one who collects your data for ad targeting.
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Facebook has been firmly under the spotlight about how it uses people’s data, but the platform wants to make one thing clear: It’s not the only company doing so.

On Monday, the social network posted an explainer on how it collects your data through its services even when you’re not on Facebook.

The post details the impact of Facebook’s social plugins, which allow users to like or share content on another site, as well as its login tool — when you use Facebook credentials to sign into websites or apps. Other services unpacked include Facebook Analytics, as well as its own advertising and measurement tools. 

As Facebook reiterates, if you’ve used a similar service from other internet companies, they’ve been collecting your data too.

“Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn all have similar Like and Share buttons to help people share things on their services. Google has a popular analytics service. And Amazon, Google and Twitter all offer login features. These companies — and many others — also offer advertising services,” the post reads.

“In fact, most websites and apps send the same information to multiple companies each time you visit them.”

Facebook and other companies essentially collect this data to better target their ads — simply, the more an advertiser knows about you, the better. 

Through Facebook’s social plugins and login function, the platform collects information about what website you’ve visited, plus your browser and device information. 

Facebook Analytics shows which visitors use Facebook, and aggregated demographic data like age and gender. And Facebook’s Audience Network shows ads from the social media platform on other websites, unless you’re not signed up with Facebook.

If you check out your Facebook ad preferences, you’ll be able to see how that data builds a repertoire of interests from your profile, as well as from sites you’ve visited. Apparently I’m into cats and sailing.

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Google has a similar dashboard, and you can find out what Twitter believes you’re interested in based on your activity.

You can turn off personalisation with a click of a button on Twitter, LinkedIn and on Google’s ad settings dashboard, while on Facebook you can opt out of ads based on your use of websites and apps. 

Unless you like being targeted with ads about cats and sailing, of course.

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What type of dog is this? Google Lens can help.

WHAT ARE YOU?
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Snapping someone’s pooch on the sly? Instead of asking a human being, learn what breed their pet is later with Google’s new Lens.

If you’re using Google Photos across across Android and iOS, you can use Lens to identify animal breeds from your snaps and get more information. Only a preview was made available before now, but on Wednesday, it officially rolled out.

Hitting the Lens on photos of cats and dogs in your gallery will immediately bring up what Google thinks the breed is. You can now also search through your photos by breed, species, or emoji. 

Take my family dog Scout here. She is indeed a Pomeranian.

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It’s not perfect, but sometimes it gets things more right than you know. Scout is indeed also people.

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Dogs that are a mix of breeds are trickier. My dog, Padfoot, is a blend of Irish wolfhound and Australian cattle dog and is better than your dog. Google’s results were a little off, or perhaps we need to put Padfoot through an episode of What’s Your Mutt?.

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In some countries, you can label your pet in Google Photos too, so you can easily find them in your files. You can also find photos of them in certain situations, for example, “Padfoot park.”

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You can also create a movie of your pet, in the Assistant tab. There are two new options available, “Meow Movie” and “Doggie Movie,” which will allow you to select a pet, then Google will compile a set of your photos into a movie with super cheesy “pet-themed” music — honestly, it’s preeeetty bad.

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Blockchain was the winner of SXSW 2018

Bitcoin on the brain.
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Do you know anyone in blockchain

Ask any attendee of this year’s South by Southwest, and they’re bound to say they came across “a guy.” When my friend and I asked that question to entrepreneurs and investors at an Andreessen Horowitz cocktail reception on the first Saturday of SXSW, we were told to find “Kyle.” We ended up meeting “John.”

John Lin is an associate partner at Trinity Ventures. That night on the rooftop of Bob’s Steak & Chop House in Austin, his friends and colleagues around him called him an expert in blockchain. But despite their verbal and physical enthusiasm, Lin did not come off as a blind champion of the technology. 

“I do think blockchain is a little bit overvalued, but long-term it will enable amazing technologies,” Lin said. “Now it’s in this new form of digital currency, but in the future, it could enable much more, like real estate and ticketing.”

SXSW of yesteryear was dominated by mobile apps. It’s where Twitter, Foursquare, and Meerkat had their viral moments. In 2018, the SXSW hype bubbled around blockchain with conversations on the best whitepapers, worst ICO scams, and cutest cryptokitties. More than ever before, blockchain-themed discussions were hosted throughout the annual conference. There were at least 38 official panels, along with side events run by software company Consensys, the Token Agency, and The Founders Organization’s Initial Taco Offering.

“At SXSW everyone comes together around tacos, so tacos and crypto seemed like the perfect combo,” Anoop Kansupada, cofounder of The Founders Organization, told Mashable. 

For some attendees, blockchain at SXSW has been an opportunity to learn. For others, it’s an eye roll, filled with hot air from a community dominated by men. 

Experts in the blockchain industry weren’t surprised by the technology’s dominance at the show. In 2017, we saw bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies garner mainstream attention. Blockchain-based startups have filled the inboxes of the tech press. 

“People are like, ‘Yeah let’s blockchain this, blockchain that,'” said Patrick Chang, early stage venture investor at Samsung NEXT. 

Samsung NEXT’s head of investment Brendon Kim added, “Today every business plan you see has some type of blockchain. Last year and two years ago, it was all about AI.” 

Still, Kim’s team is paying attention to which ventures are worth their dollars and what use cases will be important. Kim has directed investments in connected devices and suggested that blockchain could play an important role in helping different machines, produced by competitive companies, speak to each other.

SXSW is famous for an abundance of tacos and house parties, and in 2018, blockchain was among them. 

But conversations around connected devices and business-to-business efforts isn’t really what SXSW is known for.

“At SXSW, the vibe is more consumer focused, and I think a lot of the lower hanging fruit is on the enterprise side. Outside of SXSW, the companies that have pitched us involve around identity and blockchain and supply chain,” Chang said. 

SXSW is famous for an abundance of tacos and house parties, and in 2018, blockchain was among them. Blockchain startup Consensys, led by Ethereum cofounder Joe Lubin, hosted panels and parties in a house on Rainey Street. Across from discussions on AI at Pinterest House and storytelling at Twitter House, blockchain experts and enthusiasts gathered at Consensys House to chat about smart contracts and blockchain solutions to misinformation. 

Consensys House also had cryptokitties, and by that, we mean live cats:

The enthusiasm around Lubin and blockchain was clear by the thousands of people who waited in line to see his official SXSW keynote on Friday. On that day, blockchain was the third most tweeted about theme in reference to speaker discussions throughout the festival, Twitter shared with Mashable. 

Inside a packed theater of one of the Convention Center’s biggest ballrooms, Lubin spoke with crypto reporter Laura Shin about blockchain now and in the future. 

The theater, like the majority of blockchain-related events at SXSW, was packed mostly by men. And yet, Shin was a presence throughout many of the blockchain-related events at SXSW. Formerly of Forbes and now the host of the Unchained podcast, Shin moderated panel discussions at the Initial Taco Offering and in Consensys House as well. 

She’s far from the only female expert in blockchain. Brigid McDermott has been focused on IBM’s blockchain strategy since 2015. As VP of blockchain, she manages the tech company’s work with the technology such as work with shipping company Maersk. 

“Think of [blockchain] as a trusted, shared digital layer. It doesn’t need to be 100 percent open, but there’s a continuum between trust and public submissions. We look at the potential for addressing all sorts of business transformation issues,” McDermott told Mashable. 

But the blockchain industry is still very much nascent. 

“It’s important for [women] to be involved … using this technology for a more equitable society.”

“If you think about back to VCRs, when Betamax made this fantastic technology, but it’s not interesting if you don’t have any content to watch. Blockchain is similar,” McDermott said.

Since blockchain is still in its early days and without any clear leaders, yet, some women in tech have taken it as an opportunity to make a significant impact. 

On Monday morning, about 20 women stood in a room of the JW Marriott for the SXSW official women in blockchain meet up.

“Historically women have been ignored in the definition of systems and products. It’s important for us to be involved … using this technology for a more equitable society,” said Karen Ottoni, co-organizer of Women in Blockchain. 

Ottoni and her co-organizer Nataliya Stanetsky spoke about attendees’ ability to lead. 

“Blockchain isn’t male dominated because they know more about it. We all need to get involved and share our knowledge,” Stanetsky said. 

Not every event looked as inclusive, however. At the Crypto Summit, hosted inside the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt on Monday and Tuesday, women were featured in the front of the event’s informational pamphlet. And yet, their images came off as sexualized rather than empowering.

While SXSW lasts only 10 days, the problems in and the presence of blockchain aren’t going to disappear.  

“You’re going to see a fluctuation in enthusiasm,” said Kim of Samsung NEXT. “This is not going to go away in the same way the social networks and the internet itself didn’t go away. You can argue if the world has become better for it or not, but there’s no arguing that it’s becoming a part of our lives.”

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What’s up with Agile, anyway? Learn why it’s the ‘it’ methodology in tech and engineering

Why do Agile and Scrum work so well? Pay $39 and find out.
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When you were a student, you probably had a few memorization tricks up your sleeve when it came to studying for exams. Whether it was using flashcards, singing songs, drawing diagrams, or leaving yourself a gummy bear trail, there was probably always one study hack that almost guaranteed you an A.

For project managers, however, the highly revered method that’s deemed as the key to getting things done is called Agile. And no, it’s not just some term tech people use to make everyone around them feel alienated. Agile project management is a completely legit methodology, and you can learn all its secrets with the Agile Project Management Training course, which will only set you back $39 — way less than a year’s supply of gummy bears.

What is Agile anyway? Well, to put it simply, it’s an iterative approach to project management. Instead of the traditional waterfall system where a team works on a project in a strict sequence, Agile allows for more flexibility and adjustment. With the Agile Project Management Training course, you’ll find out just how innovative this method is by exploring different case studies. Across ten comprehensive modules, you’ll get to have a working understanding of the principles of Agile so you too, can apply it in your own work. Because guess what? It’s not just solely used in tech.

Throughout the training, you’ll wade through lessons on Scrum, the most popular Agile framework, and how to best implement it across projects. You’ll learn how to create timelines, how to set up sprints, and how to conduct stand-ups. And unlike other online programs, this course does not involve watching a droning instructor for hours on end. Instead, you’ll get schooled using visual demonstrations, multimedia presentations, and exam simulators, allowing you to digest the material better. You can even learn through online flashcards!

Want to find out just how valuable Agile Project Management is? This online course usually costs a whopping $1,295. But for a limited time, you can pick it up now for only $39.

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Google Photos can now recognize the lovable faces of your cats and dogs

I wish this was one of the approximately 8,000 dog photos on my phone.
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Google knows that your phone holds untold gigabytes of snapshots of your favorite animal friends. So the search giant is making it even easier to group those pics all together.

The algorithm behind Google Photos will now be able to recognize your Very Good dogs and cats automatically, and will group the reams of photos you’ve taken of them just like it does with pics of people. Google announced the new functionality in a blog post, which is alone worth a read for the sheer number of paw puns pulled off in five short paragraphs. 

You’ll also be able to assign a label to each grouping of pet photos, so when you’re in need of an Instagram-worthy pupper shot, you can just search your photos by your dog’s name. 

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Google claims you’ll be able search your photos by breed, too, but the company acknowledged to BuzzFeed that the algorithm could have trouble differentiating between multiple animals within that parameter. You’ll also be able to search using 🐶  and 🐱 emoji through all of your animal images, whether they’re actually your own, or just the funny cat pics you download from the internet.  

The new search and organization features are only available for dogs and cats, though. If you love your horse or iguana or massive rideable python, you’re sadly out of luck. You’ll have to organize those pics yourself.       

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