Best Canada Prime Day 2020 deals: Echo Dot drops to CA$25, CA$70 off Samsung smart TV and more

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Shopping bonanza Amazon Prime Day 2020 has kicked in countries around the world, and Canada is no exception. The two-day shopping event runs through the end of the day (Pacific Time) Wednesday, Oct. 14. We’ve pulled some the most notable deals we’re seeing at Amazon Canada, including on Echo and Fire TV products and compiled them below. (Check out Amazon Canada’s press release for the full list of discounts the retailer has promised.)

Note that prices and availability were accurate at the time of this update, but are subject to change. As more deals become available, we’ll update this story.

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As in the US, Amazon’s smallest Echo display device is already available at a discount, returning to its lowest ever price

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 deals already available in UK: Huge Echo Show 5 discount, Blink security camera and more

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

 Amazon Prime Day officially begins in the UK tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 13. It will last for two days, though some of the best savings, including tech like headphones, smart speakers, cameras, TVs and more, will last all week — and some notable deals are available already available.

Amazon’s own devices (such as Kindle, Echo and Ring) always offer sure-fire bargains, but you can expect big deals on other brands including Sony, Bose, Toshiba and many others. As the name suggests, you have to be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of the savings. 

But while the big Prime Day sale isn’t set to start until tomorrow, savvy UK shoppers can already find some great deals now and get an early start to

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Best Amazon Canada Prime Day 2020 deals: Echo Show 5 hits CA$60, more deals coming Tuesday

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 kicks off on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and during the two-day shopping event, you can expect to see deep discounts on home appliances, electronics, and all kinds of domestic tech. Ahead of the sales event, however, Amazon Canada has already begun the ramp up to Prime Day by trotting out some sharp deals for early bird shoppers. (Check out Amazon Canada’s press release for the full list of discounts the retailer is promising.)

Here are the best of the early Amazon Prime Day deals we’ve found so far from Amazon Canada. Note that prices and availability were accurate at the time of publication, but are subject to change (as we expect them to on Tuesday).

We’ll continue to update

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Amazon Echo: Alexa’s new smart speaker home just got a bold redesign

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Amazon rounds out the Echo.


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Amazon line of smart speakers is switching up its look; the new Amazon Echo will be spherical. The price will be $100 (£90), which is what the company’s previous, third-generation Amazon Echo went for. The new Echo speaker will be available Oct. 22, and its fabric-covered body will come in three different colors: charcoal, glacier white and twilight blue. It’s open for preorder now.

For specifics about its design as regards sound quality, Amazon says, “Its 3.0-inch woofer, dual-firing tweeters, and Dolby processing delivers stereo sound with clear highs, dynamic-mids, and deep bass that automatically adapts to any room.”

While the woofer appears to be the same as the previous Echo’s, Amazon has packed a second .8-inch tweeter into the speaker, which should

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‘Echo mapping’ in faraway galaxies could measure vast cosmic distances

'Echo mapping' in faraway galaxies could measure vast cosmic distances
A disk of hot material around a supermassive black hole emits a burst of visible light, which travels out to a ring of dust that subsequently emits infrared light. The blue arrows show the light from the disk moving toward the dust and the light from both events traveling toward an observer. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

When you look up at the night sky, how do you know whether the specks of light that you see are bright and far away, or relatively faint and close by? One way to find out is to compare how much light the object actually emits with how bright it appears. The difference between its true luminosity and its apparent brightness reveals an object’s distance from the observer.


Measuring the luminosity of a celestial object is challenging, especially with black holes, which don’t emit light. But the supermassive black holes that lie at the center of

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4 Thoughts on Amazon’s Echo, Fire TV and Cloud Gaming Launches

Like many of its predecessors, the 2020 edition of Amazon.com’s (AMZN) Echo/Alexa event was jam-packed with hardware, software and services announcements.

Among other things, Jeff Bezos’ firm revealed new Echo speakers and Fire TV sticks, a revamped Fire TV UI, Alexa improvements, a cloud gaming service known as Luna, a security service known as Alexa Guard Plus, Ring security products for cars and a $250 autonomous home security drone that for some reason was named the Always Home Cam.

Here are a few thoughts on what Amazon showed off.

1. Amazon’s Cloud Gaming Service Isn’t For Everyone, But it Has a Selling Point or Two

For the time being, the Luna cloud gaming service has more in common with Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Stadia gaming service than with Microsoft’s (MSFT) xCloud service.

Whereas xCloud is bundled with an existing gaming service (Xbox Game Pass Ultimate) and for now only works on Android

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6 of Amazon’s best new features for your Echo and how to use them

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New features are coming to your Echo devices.


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Your Amazon Echo device is getting a slew of new features, which Amazon announced this week at a private, virtual media event. The changes range from a totally redesigned line of Echo speakers (they’re spherical!) to software enhancements that promise to make Alexa on your existing Amazon Echo smarter and more secure. 

The tech giant also announced a rotating Echo Show and a flying security camera drone that can survey your house, along with new Echo devices for kids. They’ll all be able to take advantage of Alexa’s new features.

Here are the six best new Amazon Echo features and how you’ll use them once they become available.

Echo Guard Plus can make your home more secure

Amazon’s Echo Guard was released as

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Ring Always Home Cam and Echo Show 10 may pave way for Amazon robot

  • Amazon launched two new smart home products that can move within the home: the Echo Show 10 and Ring Always Home Cam.
  • The Echo Show 10 can reorient its display, camera, and speakers to face the user’s direction, while the Ring Always Home Cam is a mini security drone that can fly around the home.
  • Both product could serve as a step toward Amazon’s broader ambitions to build an Alexa-enabled home robot, as reports from Business Insider and Bloomberg have indicated.
  • But the company will have to overcome serious privacy concerns along the way. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Amazon’s presence in the home took a big leap forward this week, and not just because the online retail giant announced a completely redesigned Echo lineup and big updates to Alexa.

Amazon’s smart home devices, whether it be an Echo speaker, Eero mesh router, or Ring security camera, have

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Amazon Luna, spherical Echo speakers, Fire TV, a flying Ring camera and more: Every new product announced this fall

Amazon surprised us at its Fall Devices and Services event with its new Luna cloud-gaming service, along with the expected updates to its line of Echo, Fire TV and Ring products. The event helps Amazon generate buzz as we roll into the holiday shopping season, and for the first time, Prime Day. (The annual sale is usually held in July, but this year it is slated to start on Oct. 13.) That means putting Alexa everywhere — inside homes and out — and addressing privacy concerns, which were big storylines in 2019 for both Ring and Alexa. In today’s life-at-home existence, with millions of us hunkered down for the long haul, the connected house concepts that Amazon has been developing for years have become more relevant than ever. 

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The company’s Echo and Fire TV products will be its first to earn sustainability badges, and

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Amazon Echo: The Alexa-powered smart speaker just got a whimsical new design

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Amazon rounds out the Echo.


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Amazon is adding a new, spherical smart speaker to its core lineup of Alexa-driven devices. The price will be $100 (£90), which is what the company’s previous, third-generation Amazon Echo went for. The new Echo speaker will be available Oct. 22, and will come in three different colors for its fabric-covered body: charcoal, glacier white and twilight blue. It’s open for preorder now.

For specifics about its design as regards sound quality, Amazon says, “Its 3.0-inch woofer, dual-firing tweeters, and Dolby processing delivers stereo sound with clear highs, dynamic-mids, and deep bass that automatically adapts to any room.”

The tech giant’s lineup of smart speakers includes its budget-friendly Echo Dot, as well as the high-end Echo Studio announced at last year’s hardware

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