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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‘The Last Of Us 2’ Drops To $40 For Prime Day, Is PS5 Playable

KEY POINTS

  • “The Last of Us Part II” offers a substantial price drop for Amazon Prime Day
  • Some retailers aside from Amazon are also offering the title for $40
  • “The Last of Us Part II” will be playable on the upcoming PS5 when it launches next month

Naughty Dog’s 2020 hit title “The Last of Us Part II” is on sale for Amazon Prime Day 2020.

An Amazon Prime membership is required for those who want to get “The Last of Us Part II” for just $40, though GameSpot noted that one can get a 30-day free trial to get around that. Other retailers such as Best Buy and Newegg have already matched the $40 pricing, which only benefits the consumers itching to finally get their hands on the title released in June.

Aside from the discounted price, another thing that might make the title more appealing is the fact

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Loop Industries Drops – Hindenburg Makes Claims, Shorts Stock

Shares of Loop Industries  (LOOP) – Get Report lost a third of their market value on Tuesday after the activist investment group Hindenburg published a report lambasting the plastics-recycling company and said it took a short position.

The investment firm said it interviewed former employees, competitors, industry experts and company partners as part of its investigation and concluded that Loop is “smoke and mirrors with no viable technology.”

Loop, Terrebonne, Quebec, didn’t immediately return a request for comment. 

Former employees told Hindenburg that Loop operated two labs, one reserved for its “two twenty-something lead scientist brothers and their father” and one run by rank-and-file scientists who were unable to replicate results. 

The investment firm said that a Loop employee told Hindenburg that scientists were pressured by Chief Executive Daniel Solomita to “lie about the results of the company’s process internally. We have obtained internal documents and photographs to

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Texas Tech drops third-straight Big 12 game in 31-15 loss to No. 24 Iowa State

AMES, Iowa (AP) — With an offense that did just about whatever it wanted and a defense that was dominant deep into the game, No. 24 Iowa State put away Texas Tech to get out to its best start in Big 12 play in 18 years.

Brock Purdy passed for 302 yards and two touchdowns, Breece Hall rushed for 135 yards and two scores, and the Cyclones won 31-15 Saturday for their fifth straight win over the Red Raiders.

Iowa State remained tied with Kansas State atop the Big 12 standings and have won three straight to open conference play for the first time since 2002 and only the second time since 1950.

It was Iowa State’s most complete performance this season, but coach Matt Campbell said there is plenty to clean up before the Cyclones (3-1, 3-0 Big 12) head to No. 10 Oklahoma State after an open date

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NASA drops joyful Jupiter flyover video from Juno’s perspective

Take a moment to bask in the beauty of a Jupiter flyover.


NASA/Kevin Gill; video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

No Earth roller coaster could possibly compare to a 130,000 mph (209,000 kph) flyover of Jupiter. That’s what NASA’s Juno spacecraft experienced in June with a close pass of the gas giant. 

A striking new NASA video re-creates the scenery from this thrilling space adventure.

Citizen Scientist Kevin Gill, who also works as a software engineer at NASA, harnessed data from Juno’s JunoCam, the camera that’s been delivering lavish views of Jupiter since the spacecraft arrived at the planet in 2016.

“The sequence combines 41 JunoCam still images digitally projected onto a sphere, with a virtual ‘camera’ providing views of Jupiter from different angles as the spacecraft speeds by,” said NASA in a statement on Thursday.

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Curaleaf Expands Product Line Featuring Fast Acting Nanoemulsion Technology with NANO Drops

Curaleaf NANO Drops Make National Debut in Florida

WAKEFIELD, Mass., Oct. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (CSE: CURA) (OTCQX: CURLF) (“Curaleaf” or the “Company”), a leading vertically integrated cannabis operator in the United States, today unveiled Curaleaf NANO Drops, a new addition to its lineup of products utilizing nanoemulsion technology. The Company, whose Select brand recently reached $1 million in sales in just one month in Florida, has launched a new precision-calibrated sublingual tincture which is infused with small, water-soluble cannabinoids, resulting in a faster, more efficient cannabinoid delivery system.

“Curaleaf NANO Drops are unique in their versatility and offer a great alternative for customers interested in a faster onset and more efficient dosing product,” said Joe Bayern, President of Curaleaf. “After the successful launch of Curaleaf Sublingual Tablets, we are excited to expand our portfolio of products utilizing this technology to bring customers

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Google drops Australia from News Showcase launch amid regulator rancour

By Byron Kaye

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Google has postponed the Australian roll-out of News Showcase citing regulatory complications, just three months after announcing the product, as the U.S. internet giant grapples with one of the most audacious attempts to police its activities.

After naming Australia, Germany and Brazil as markets where it would start paying publishers to feature their news, the Alphabet Inc <GOOGL.O> unit dropped Australia from the product’s launch this week because its antitrust body has since pushed for laws forcing Google to pay royalties for content industry-wide.

Google said it has therefore “paused” contracts with five local publishers whose news was due to feature on News Showcase, which presents content on swipeable cards it dubs story panels.

“As we work to understand the impacts of the news media bargaining code on partnerships and products, we have put this project on pause for now,” Google’s managing director for

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Tesla Drops Solar Roof Pricing

Tesla has updated their Solar Roof webpage and dropped prices for the product on the final day of the company’s third quarter.

The webpage redesign highlights a new durability comparison video of a Solar Roof tile compared to traditional roof tiles. While not the most scientific of tests, the Solar Roof tile survives the striking blow of a hammer while the other two tiles crack and shatter. The Solar Roof tile seems to have a little more flexibility when struck which could be beneficial for situations such as hail storms.

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Tesla also outlines the installation process for prospective customers, from design to powering on the system. “Our in-house team of energy professionals has installed more than 3.6 GW of clean solar energy across 400,000 roofs—the equivalent of 10 million traditional solar panels. From roof removal to installation, we take care of everything,” writes Tesla.

As for the price reduction, Teslarati

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Apple drops its App Store fee for events forced online by the pandemic

Apple is waiving the customary 30% fee it charges businesses that sell tickets to online events in the company’s App Store for the rest of the year.

Apple suspended the fee to give businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic more time to adapt to operating almost entirely online, a spokesman told CNBC. App store developers such as Airbnb, the home-rental company, has expressed interest in holding more events online, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Earlier this week, Apple agreed to exempt Facebook events from the 30% fee. This summer, the social media company introduced paid online events as a way for small businesses to make some money. Facebook said it would not be taking a cut of event fees until August 2021. Apple’s suspension of its 30% fee means that sellers of online events will be able to keep all their earnings, minus taxes. 

Apple expanded the fee suspension on

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Apple Drops 30% Fee for Facebook Paid Live Events, Excludes Gamers

In an unusual move, Apple has agreed to not collect the App Store’s 30% “tax” on purchases made through Facebook’s app for live paid events — but only through the end of 2020. Moreover, Apple will still take a 30% cut of paid livestreams from video-game  creators using the paid-livestream feature.

The ongoing clash of tech titans is the latest in the public fight some app developers are waging against Apple over its App Store business practices, which they say are unfair.

Facebook complained that Apple agreed only to a short moratorium on collecting in-app fees for paid live events, which it launched last month. For its part, Facebook says it won’t take a cut of creators or businesses’ revenue for livestreaming events until at least August 2021, citing economic hardships inflicted by the COVD pandemic.

“Apple has agreed to provide a brief, three-month respite after which struggling businesses will

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