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6 excellent early Black Friday TV deals you can get right now at Walmart and Amazon

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Save big on TV brands like Samsung, Vizio, and more when you shop pre-Black Friday sales. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. Black Friday is still over a week out, but already major retailers like Amazon and Walmart are offering incredible savings on some of the most popular TV brands out there--with one model clocking in below $250. If you're hoping to get a new TV during the holiday season, these deals are some of the best we've seen yet.


Listen up! Take Talking Tech on the road with these daily podcasts

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Jefferson Graham shows the many options for finding audio podcasts to listen to, from apps to connected speakers, TV and the car, on #TalkingTech. In July, we've covered everything from how to get the beat deals on Amazon Prime Day to tips on creating and publishing an e-book and we previewed the new website with Netflix's Phil Rosenthall on Talking Tech, USA TODAY's daily, seven-days-a-week podcast. You can listen to Talking Tech on Stitcher, Apple or Google Podcasts or wherever you enjoy online audio. Talking Tech offers the latest tech news updates, gadget reviews, opinion on tech trends and interviews with insiders. Here are the July Talking Tech episodes.


Google pulls YouTube from Amazon's Echo Show in a tech face-off

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The spat is the latest in Silicon Valley in which competitive tensions stood in the way of customers. In a statement, Amazon said, "As of this afternoon, Google has chosen to no longer make YouTube available on Echo Show, without explanation and without notification to customers. There is no technical reason for that decision, which is disappointing and hurts both of our customers." Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, said instead that the development was no surprise. "We've been in negotiations with Amazon for a long time, working towards an agreement that provides great experiences for customers on both platforms," it said in a statement.


Magid: Amazon's Echo brings to mind Star Trek and Hal

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In a previous column I mentioned the Amazon Echo ($179 on Amazon.com) as a useful device for listening to music and podcasts. But, after using the Echo for the past month and hearing others talk about it at CES, I've come to the conclusion that it's far more than that. I bought the Echo as a music player because I was impressed at how easy it is to use your voice to play songs from your own music library that you've uploaded to Amazon Music along with the million or so songs on Amazon Prime Music, your Pandora playlists and the podcasts, music and online radio stations on TuneIn and iHeartRadio. You address the Echo as "Alexa," Amazon's persona that's equivalent to Siri or the OK Google voice commands for Android devices. Amazon also gives you the option to address Echo as "Amazon," but I prefer calling her Alexa.