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Here’s The First Ever Echo Dot Discount, Plus $40 Off the Full-Sized Echo and Tap

Amazon Echo, $140 | Amazon Tap, $90 | Amazon Echo Dot, $40

The new Amazon Echo Dot is a brilliant little smart home assistant that you can hide in every corner of your home, and Amazon’s taking $10 off the base price for Black Friday. If you’re struggling to think of a gift idea for anyone on your shopping list, this is sure to be a hit with nearly everyone.

And if you were holding out for the full-sized Amazon Echo, complete with its booming speaker, it’s $40 off again right now, while supplies last.

In addition to being a pretty solid Bluetooth speaker, the Echo can check the weather, turn on your lights, read you the news, trigger custom IFTTT recipes, order food, and—my personal favorite—read you Jeopardy questions like a robotic Alex Trebek.

The battery-powered Amazon Tap is also $40 off, but it doesn’t feature the always-on microphone of its plugged-in siblings. So unless you really want to take Alexa on the road, you should probably skip it and get one of the other two.


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Here’s The First Ever Echo Dot Discount, Plus $40 Off the Full-Sized Echo and Tap

Amazon Echo, $140 | Amazon Tap, $90 | Amazon Echo Dot, $40

The new Amazon Echo Dot is a brilliant little smart home assistant that you can hide in every corner of your home, and Amazon’s taking $10 off the base price for Black Friday. If you’re struggling to think of a gift idea for anyone on your shopping list, this is sure to be a hit with nearly everyone.

And if you were holding out for the full-sized Amazon Echo, complete with its booming speaker, it’s $40 off again right now, while supplies last.

In addition to being a pretty solid Bluetooth speaker, the Echo can check the weather, turn on your lights, read you the news, trigger custom IFTTT recipes, order food, and—my personal favorite—read you Jeopardy questions like a robotic Alex Trebek.

The battery-powered Amazon Tap is also $40 off, but it doesn’t feature the always-on microphone of its plugged-in siblings. So unless you really want to take Alexa on the road, you should probably skip it and get one of the other two.


Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more, and don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter. We want your feedback.

Here’s The First Ever Echo Dot Discount, Plus $40 Off the Full-Sized Echo and Tap

Amazon Echo, $140 | Amazon Tap, $90 | Amazon Echo Dot, $40

The new Amazon Echo Dot is a brilliant little smart home assistant that you can hide in every corner of your home, and Amazon’s taking $10 off the base price for Black Friday. If you’re struggling to think of a gift idea for anyone on your shopping list, this is sure to be a hit with nearly everyone.

And if you were holding out for the full-sized Amazon Echo, complete with its booming speaker, it’s $40 off again right now, while supplies last.

In addition to being a pretty solid Bluetooth speaker, the Echo can check the weather, turn on your lights, read you the news, trigger custom IFTTT recipes, order food, and—my personal favorite—read you Jeopardy questions like a robotic Alex Trebek.

The battery-powered Amazon Tap is also $40 off, but it doesn’t feature the always-on microphone of its plugged-in siblings. So unless you really want to take Alexa on the road, you should probably skip it and get one of the other two.


Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more, and don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter. We want your feedback.

Here’s The First Ever Echo Dot Discount, Plus $40 Off the Full-Sized Echo and Tap

Amazon Echo, $140 | Amazon Tap, $90 | Amazon Echo Dot, $40

The new Amazon Echo Dot is a brilliant little smart home assistant that you can hide in every corner of your home, and Amazon’s taking $10 off the base price for Black Friday. If you’re struggling to think of a gift idea for anyone on your shopping list, this is sure to be a hit with nearly everyone.

And if you were holding out for the full-sized Amazon Echo, complete with its booming speaker, it’s $40 off again right now, while supplies last.

In addition to being a pretty solid Bluetooth speaker, the Echo can check the weather, turn on your lights, read you the news, trigger custom IFTTT recipes, order food, and—my personal favorite—read you Jeopardy questions like a robotic Alex Trebek.

The battery-powered Amazon Tap is also $40 off, but it doesn’t feature the always-on microphone of its plugged-in siblings. So unless you really want to take Alexa on the road, you should probably skip it and get one of the other two.


Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more, and don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter. We want your feedback.

Here’s The First Ever Echo Dot Discount, Plus $40 Off the Full-Sized Echo and Tap

Amazon Echo, $140 | Amazon Tap, $90 | Amazon Echo Dot, $40

The new Amazon Echo Dot is a brilliant little smart home assistant that you can hide in every corner of your home, and Amazon’s taking $10 off the base price for Black Friday. If you’re struggling to think of a gift idea for anyone on your shopping list, this is sure to be a hit with nearly everyone.

And if you were holding out for the full-sized Amazon Echo, complete with its booming speaker, it’s $40 off again right now, while supplies last.

In addition to being a pretty solid Bluetooth speaker, the Echo can check the weather, turn on your lights, read you the news, trigger custom IFTTT recipes, order food, and—my personal favorite—read you Jeopardy questions like a robotic Alex Trebek.

The battery-powered Amazon Tap is also $40 off, but it doesn’t feature the always-on microphone of its plugged-in siblings. So unless you really want to take Alexa on the road, you should probably skip it and get one of the other two.


Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more, and don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter. We want your feedback.

Remains of the Day: Steam Kicks Off Autumn Sale

Just in time for Black Friday, Steam is kicking off their Autumn sale of PC games. It’s not a huge blowout in the grand old tradition of surprise Steam sales, but you might want to pick up a discounted game for the long weekend. That and more in the news.

Transport Hot Dishes In Your Car With a Towel-Lined Box

If you’re heading to a potluck dinner or on making your way to a big family meal, this spill-free transport technique will keep your hot dish nice and warm.

You can have somebody hold your dish, or set it on your seat, but when it gets dropped all over the floor of your car all that hard work you put into goes right out the window. That’s why Sheela Prakash at The Kitchn suggests a better transport alternative. Get an empty cardboard box, line with thick bath towels, then rest your dish inside. The food will keep warm sitting all snug in the towels, and it will be almost impossible to spill anything on the interior of your ride. If there are any spills, they’ll be safely contained in the box.

5 Tips to Help You Pack a Dish for a Trip in the Car | The Kitchn

Photo by Personal Creations.

The Lifehacker Guide to Surviving Black Friday

The Friday after Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year to score deals on everything from TVs to gadgets, but braving the swarming mass of shoppers is a challenge. These tips will keep you on your toes and ready to snag the deals you have your eye on.

Last year, 60% of Americans went shopping on Black Friday and spent about $67 billion. If you want to get in on the deal hunting action, here’s what you need to know:

  • Get in line early: Some stores will open as early as Thursday afternoon, and many steadfast shoppers will start getting in line for other stores six to eight hours before they open. It might seem like long hours, but you could net savings of up to $70 per hour.
  • Do your research: Know what deals you want and know where they’ll be inside the store. That way you can get in, grab the goods, and get out.
  • Dress appropriately: The more layers you can put on the better. It’ll be cold while you wait in line, and a little extra padding can help you fend off feisty shoppers.
  • Stay calm, comfortable, and humble: Tensions will be running high, so it’s important to keep a level head as products go flying off the shelves. Stay hydrated and bring a snack so you don’t get hangry. And if you manage to grab an awesome deal on a limited product, avoid gloating to other shoppers. You never know what they might do.

Of course, the best way to take on Black Friday is from the comfort of your own home. There will be tons of Cyber Monday deals, so skip the crowds and shop in your pajamas. You save yourself a bunch of money and a whole lot of stress.

Turkey Trot Throwdown, Week 7: The Final Countdown

Well, tomorrow is the big day. (Or later this weekend, depending on when your race is scheduled.) Don’t panic! You’ve trained. Your body is ready. Here are some last minute tips to prepare your mind.

This post is part of the Turkey Trot Throwdown, a series of mini challenges to spark (or reignite) your love of running. By the time Thanksgiving arrives, you’ll be ready to run a race—or, if you prefer, to jog a victory lap around the block before sitting down to your feast. You’ve earned it.

Hopefully you got in a progression run last week, and reassured yourself that you can run fast, and you kind of like it. Today, it’s fine to take the day off, but if you’d like to go for a run, pick your favorite trail or scenic road—whatever makes you happy.

Don’t run hard today; you don’t want to be sore or tired tomorrow. Do take a minute to plan out what you’ll do on race day, whether you’re competing in an organized race or just challenging yourself on your neighborhood streets. What will you wear? What time will you leave? What will you eat for breakfast?

You’ve already figured out your best gear, so use that knowledge. We have some ideas for race day breakfasts: if you don’t have a go-to, try a banana with or without a side of peanut butter toast. Go through our checklists for race day prep, and finalize your plans.

Plan to get to the race early enough that you can jog a nice slow mile as a warmup—or at least take a brisk walk. A warmup literally keeps you warm, but it also makes the start of the race feel easier.

Whatever happens on race day, make sure to have fun! And if you have any questions about how to prepare or how to calm those race day nerves, ask away below.

Photo by Phil Roeder.

How To Not Be A Jerk On Black Friday

Dead Rising

Black Friday is the Armageddon of retail, and even has the name to fit. On that unholy day, armed soldiers of capitalism move on local games outlets with just one thing on their minds: new shit for less money.

Gaming equipment is expensive. We get it. But games retail employees don’t need to suffer for our thriftiness. Every year, they do. This year, in our urgent fury to grab a new, discounted, PS4 Pro (or in your dad’s confused journey to find you the perfect Christmas stocking stuffer), consider the store employees’ side of things.

They are experiencing the retail equivalent of Dynasty Warriors.

To help advocate for the brave men and women behind your local GameStop, Best Buy or Toys ‘R’ Us counters and in the stacks, we spoke with a few current and former employees who’ve sold games and consoles on Black Friday. They’ve kindly provided Kotaku readers with tips on how to make their Black Friday shifts less miserable:

  • Figure out what you want before going into the store. Call ahead a few days beforehand. Don’t wait in line for an hour, get to the counter and ask a retail employee what’s hot in gaming when there are dozens of people behind you
  • Prioritize. It’s unlikely that you’ll get a console deal, deals on three popular games and every accessory you want at the perfect price. Think about what you’d be okay going without and consider that, often, the console deals are better than the deals for individual games
  • Retail employees are working as quickly as they can. Seriously
  • Research promotions before you head to your local games outlet. All the information you’ll need is online and it’ll take a load off in-store employees if they don’t have to explain the deals to you
  • If you’re being helped by a new employee who doesn’t know the ropes yet, instead of getting upset, just thank them and move on to another employee
  • Know when the sales start. Sometimes, they start Thanksgiving night
  • If you are nice to a retail employee on Black Friday, they will be more likely to help you. Weird, but true!
  • Know the return policy for items you purchase. Also, don’t argue with retail employees about the return policy or cut them off when they’re telling it to you
  • Games retail outlets don’t have an infinite stock (See: NES Classic). That’s not the sales rep’s fault. It’s first come, first serve—especially for the latest console at the lowest price. Don’t get mad if the outlet runs out of something. You can probably buy it online at the same price
  • Don’t get violent! Don’t yell! Calm down. It will be fine. Everything will be okay

Finally—and this is my tip—buy a few things for friends and family! Now’s a great (and affordable) time to get your loved ones into your favorite hobby.