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Best Black Friday 2018 smart home deals: Amazon Echo, Roomba, Google Home, Apple HomePod

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Smart home devices were the hot, gift-worthy items during last year's holiday season and 2018 is shaping up to be no different. A big part of the reason for this is because these smart home devices tend to see great discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, making now the ideal time to shop for loved ones -- or snag a gift for yourself. Trust us, we won't tell anyone. Although some of the deals are not official yet, a large number of them are active right now, so you can take advantage of these fantastic sales from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target before the Black Friday shopping holiday even begins. However, keep coming back to this round-up for new deals on smart home devices popping up throughout the week as soon as they are available.


Best pre-Black Friday deals for Nov. 19: Nikon DSLR cameras, iPad, GoPro drones, Roomba, Fire TV Stick 4K

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Don't wait until Black Friday to do your shopping when there are a ton of great deals you can take advantage of right now. We've rounded up the best deals on all sorts of cameras, kitchen and home products, and Amazon devices, while we also have deals on dog DNA kits from Embark, CBD oil, and Udemy online courses for web development and social media. You can save $191 on an impressive camera bundle that includes the Nikon D5300 DX-Format Digital 24.2 megapixel SLR camera, AF-P DX 18-55mm VR lens, AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm ED lens, and a handy carrying bag. This entire bundle is now on sale for $529.99. In addition, you can save $100 on a Canon EOS Rebel T6 dSLR digital camera, EF-S 18-55mm IS II lens, 75-300mm III zoom lens, and a 100ES shoulder bag bundle, which is going for just $399.99.


Amazon has the Ecovacs robot vacuum on sale right now for Black Friday at its best price ever of $139.99

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And if you've got family coming over soon for Thanksgiving, you're going to have clean up again. Here's a pro tip from us to you: it's time to get a robot vacuum. Lucky for you, we have just the deal. The Ecovacs Deebot N79S robot vacuum is currently on sale for $139.99 on Amazon as the retailer's "Deal of the Day" ahead of Black Friday, making it $159.99 off the original $299.98 price and the lowest we've ever seen this robot vacuum. While you can set it to auto-clean, the N79S has specialized modes for stronger performance.


13 Early Black Friday (2018) Tech Deals: Echo, Dyson, OLED

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Last week, we featured sales on gear from outdoor retailers who were hoping to get a jump on the creeping monolith that is Black Friday. Many other manufacturers and retailers are hoping to entice you into checking out their wares before you fall into a post-turkey stupor. If you're in the mood--or if you have better things to do on your holiday weekend than shop--we've rounded up more than a dozen of our favorite deals to check out. It may not be as beautiful as the Nest, but the Ecobee4 was our smart home thermostat of choice when we reviewed it last year. Temperature sensors ensure that the far reaches of your house remain unbaked (and unfrozen).


Black Friday 2018: The best Kohl's deals on Amazon Echo, Google, and more

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We've found the best Kohl's Black Friday deals of 2018 (Photo: Kohl's) If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. Kohl's sales are always worth the wait with their deep discounts on a huge variety of products and the Kohl's Cash that makes the next shopping trip just as fun. Kohl's has released its Black Friday ad, and there are some serious deals to be had this year. We test and review products constantly, and we're tracking the best Black Friday deals, so we can say with certainty which of these deals are worth your time.


'One day Amazon will go bankrupt': Jeff Bezos warns staff retail giant is 'not too big to fail'

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Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has warned staff not to be complacent, claiming the firm'is not too big to fail' At an all-hands meeting last Thursday in Seattle, days before the firm announced the winners of its HQ2 contest, Bezos was asked about the recent failures of giant retailers like Sears. 'Amazon is not too big to fail,' Bezos said, in a recording of the meeting CNBC said it had heard. 'In fact, I predict one day Amazon will fail. If you look at large companies, their lifespans tend to be 30-plus years, not a hundred-plus years.' Bezos told the meeting the key to survival is to'obsess over customers'.


U.S. retailers could soon adopt facial recognition tech to stop thieves

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Facial recognition has been widely adopted at airports, stadiums, traffic intersections and even some schools. Now, experts say retail is the next industry to become a target of the technology, pointing to a growing number of suppliers and companies willing to put it in their stores. U.S. retailers are expected to begin using facial recognition to stop shoplifters or spot criminals, but many are eyeing it for much broader uses - including customer tracking or loyalty programs, according to Biometric Update. The move has already attracted scrutiny from privacy advocates who fear shoppers may be unaware that retailers are keeping track of their faces. The makers of this facial recognition technology view it differently, however, believing that it would lead to a better consumer experience.


Save on the iRobot Roomba 960, on sale for nearly $250 off at Amazon ahead of Black Friday

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The super popular robot vacuum by iRobot -- the Roomba 960 -- is on sale for just $449.99, or $249.01 off its list price on Amazon (and you should probably get on that.) Tidying up around the home is tedious enough, but taking on this terrible task on a daily basis will drive anyone bonkers. Thankfully, the iRobot Roomba 960 robot vacuum will take the chore out of doing your chores with its easy-to-schedule cleaning modes that are accessible from your smartphone via Wi-Fi. Retailing for $699.00, the Roomba 960 uses iRobot's new iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with Visual Localization to seamlessly navigate through just about any household surface like hardwood and carpeted floors. The robot vacuum can run for up to 75 minutes and then automatically recharges when its battery is low before it goes back to cleaning your home.


SteadyServ Delivers Artificial Intelligence To Retailers With Some Astounding Results - SuperbCrew

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Is there a'New Normal' looming on the horizon for how food and beverage decisions are made? Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to SteadyServ Technologies? A: The mission of SteadyServ is to provide a clear understanding of the best decision options available for retailers and suppliers to grow beverage sales and profitability. Today's retail environment is a chaotic and rapidly changing environment in which competition and costs are increasing at an astounding rate. Consumers and what they expect shifting faster than retailers are used to. Because of this some are beginning to use smarter digital tools to capture the maximum share of wallet of a consumer.


Tempted to expense a strip club as a work dinner? AI is watching

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One employee traveling for work checked his dog into a kennel and billed it to his boss as a hotel expense. Another charged yoga classes to the corporate credit card as client entertainment. A third, after racking up a small fortune at a strip club, submitted the expense as a steakhouse business dinner. These bogus expenses, which occurred recently at major U.S. companies, have one thing in common: All were exposed by artificial intelligence algorithms that can in a matter of seconds sniff out fraudulent claims and forged receipts that are often undetectable to human auditors--certainly not without hours of tedious labor. AppZen, an 18-month-old AI accounting startup, has already signed up several big companies, including Amazon.com Inc., International Business Machine Corp., Salesforce.com