Black Friday 2019: The best early tech deals on Amazon Echo Dots, laptops, headphones and TVs

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Black Friday is nearly upon us - and you'll get even more time to snap up a bargain this year as Amazon is slashing prices a whole week early from November 22. If you can't wait until then, we've rounded up the best discounts on top tech available now, from Amazon Echo Dots and Apple Airpods to TVs, laptops and Roku Streaming Sticks. If you're not an Amazon Prime member yet, sign up for a free 30-day trial to enjoy unlimited one-day delivery on millions of items. With an RRP of £49.99, get £15 off the best-selling Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker with Alexa in this great deal which is on now. If you've still not joined the Echo Dot revolution, you can enjoy music and hands-free phone calls through other Echo devices, Skype and the Alexa app.

Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo Buds earphones have a hidden fitness tracking feature

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Amazon's new Alexa Echo Buds earphones, released yesterday in the U.S., may be hiding a'track workout' function that could be announced soon. The Echo earbuds are priced at £119 ($129.99) Among notable features, including integration with Alexa Amazon's voice assistant, tech enthusiasts now believe the buds have the capability to track fitness workouts. This may set them apart from competitors as one of the first to build the tracking technology into earbuds. The Echo Buds are voice activated, allowing users to execute several commands.

10 most important tech trends of the decade


Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils the iPad on January 27, 2010, in San Francisco. When I hustled out of CNET headquarters in San Francisco on May 26, 2010, and slipped into a rental car with two of my co-workers to head to a meeting across the Bay, one of them slipped me a copy of The Wall Street Journal and pointed to a headline that announced Apple had passed Microsoft to become the world's most valuable tech company. "What do you think of that?" she said. "Unreal," I responded, shaking my head. Just over a decade earlier, Apple had nearly been on its deathbed and needed a $150 million investment from Microsoft simply to stay alive.

Amazon's Echo Buds sound great – but not as great as AirPods

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In the battle of the buds, our "taste test" was striking. A friend and I both compared listening to the Foo Fighters "Learn to Fly" on Amazon's new Echo Buds and the product it aims to emulate, what Apple calls the best-selling headphone "in the world," the AirPods. The Amazon product "sounded tinnier," said Jan Schreiber, a Laguna Beach, California-based photographer. The AirPods had richer bass and a fuller sound. We switched to other songs, and the verdict didn't change.

Apple set to release its next-generation AirPods by end of the month but will cost $260

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Apple is going to update its AirPods this fall, introducing new noise cancelling technology and a price point that's $60 higher than the previous version. The new model of the wireless earbuds could arrive as soon as the end of the month, and will be branded as AirPods Pro. The Pro version of the earbuds will retail for $260, while the current non-Pro version of will continue to sell for $199. According to Cnet, the addition would leave Apple selling two different noise-cancelling headphones this fall, following on the announcement of Beats Solo Pro earlier this week. The new AirPods were first discovered by Guilherme Rambo of 9to5Mac as he was looking for secrets in the code of the recent iOS 13.2 update.

What's Amazon planning to reveal – Alexa in the ear?

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Is there a wireless earbud that answers to the name Alexa in your future? Amazon is staging an event Wednesday in Seattle to introduce its fall lineup of devices. At last year's event, Amazon introduced 70 products, including updates to the Echo speaker line, a microwave that answered to Alexa and a DVR for cord-cutters. This year, CNBC reported, an Alexa earbud could top the list. Apple dominates the earbuds market with the help of Siri.

Microsoft may be developing 'Surface Buds' to take on Apple's AirPods

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Microsoft could be entering the wireless headphone market. The tech giant is reportedly developing'Surface Buds' in an effort to take on Apple's wildly successful AirPods, Thurrott reported, citing sources close to the situation. The device is being developed as part of a secret project, codenamed'Morrison,' and could be coming as soon as later this year. Microsoft could be entering the wireless headphone market. The tech giant is reportedly developing'Surface Buds' in an effort to take on Apple's wildly successful AirPods It's not year clear how Microsoft intends to differentiate its earbuds from others that are currently available from competitors.

Microsoft could challenge Apple's AirPods with wireless Surface earbuds


A new challenger could be approaching Apple's iconic AirPods (pictured above). Microsoft is developing a pair of Surface-branded wireless earbuds, according to Brad Sams' oft-reliable sources at Microsoft surprised the world by releasing the surprisingly good Surface Headphones last October. The sleek, premium-priced $350 headset features an intuitive control scheme and some wickedly good noise cancellation chops, courtesy of four active mics that keep tabs on the sounds around you. "Spin the noise cancellation dial on Microsoft's new cans, and the world fades away," we wrote at the time. Of course, you could also use the Surface Headphones to converse with Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant via its mobile app.

Amazon's earbuds are a shot at Google, not Apple


Late Thursday, Bloomberg reported that Amazon could be working on a pair of wireless earbuds, similar to Apple's AirPods. Just as the latest AirPods offer hands-free access to Siri, the rumored Amazon pair will also likely work with Alexa. They'll also apparently have gesture controls and come in a charging case, again, much like the AirPods. But as much as it seems Amazon is going after Apple with this new venture, the company might really be going after another rival too: Google. When it comes to the virtual assistant wars, there are really two main players: Alexa and Google Assistant.

Apple is ready for its Hollywood closeup, but will consumers bite?

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Apple has once again summoned the media to its Cupertino, California headquarters. Monday's festivities are expected to be a star-studded sneak peak of a new $9.99 monthly entertainment subscription service, offering series and movies from the likes of Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Brie Larson. The place to find the service is expected to be on the Apple TV app, which is available for the set-top box and on iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. Reporters are eager to hear how Apple plans on expanding its base to TVs and other set-top boxes like Roku and Amazon Fire TV Stick. Additionally, Apple is expected to unveil a "Netflix of magazines," that will offer publications like the Wall Street Journal and People for $9.99 monthly.