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Surprise! Soooooo many Nintendo Switch games are on sale for Prime Day
Nintendo Switch Prime Day Deals

We have to be perfectly honest: we weren't expecting very much on Prime Day 2019 as far as Nintendo Switch deals go. Nintendo's awesome switchable video game console sells so well on its own, as do all the awesome games out there. Well wouldn't you know it, Amazon went ahead and launched some killer Switch sales anyway... and they're all still available!

The  Nintendo Switch Gray Joy-Con Console is still $299.99 for Prime Day, but you'll get a $35 Nintendo eShop Gift Card for free when you buy one! Extra Joy-Con controllers are discounted in every color as well, so you don't have to play alone. But the star of the show here is the fact that soooooo many Nintendo Switch games are discounted right now on Amazon for Prime Day 2019, including Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee!, Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (definitely the best game you've never heard of), Super Mario Party, and plenty of other popular titles. What are you waiting for!?

Nintendo Switch Gray Joy-Con Console

  • This special bundle includes the Nintendo Switch gaming system and a $35 Nintendo eShop gift card (digital code).
  • The gaming system includes: Nintendo Switch console, Nintendo Switch dock, Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R), Two Joy-Con strap accessories, One Joy-Con grip, HDMI cable, and Nintendo Switch AC adapter.
  • The digital eShop gift card can be redeemed on the Nintendo eShop only. This item cannot be redeemed on the Wii Shop.
  • The perfect gift for anyone who loves to play—including you. Use the $35 digital eShop gift card to choose from over 2,000 new, classic and indie games – delivered directly to your Nintendo Switch.
  • No returns and no refunds on eShop gift cards.
  • To access the digital eShop gift card on your Amazon account navigate to Orders -> Order Details -> Go to Your Games Library. This can also be found under Digital content and devices - > Games and software

Nintendo Switch - Gray Joy-Con + $35 Nintendo eShop Gift Card [Digital Code]: $299.99 (incl. $35 eShop credit)

Discounted Joy-Con

Nintendo Joy-Con (L/R) - Gray: $59.99

Nintendo Joy-Con (L/R) - Neon Red/Neon Blue: $59.99

Nintendo Joy-Con (L/R) - Neon Pink / Neon Green: $59.99

Discounted Nintendo Switch Games

Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee!: $29.99

Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster - Nintendo Switch: $34.99

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: $49.94

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch: $49.99

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Nintendo Switch: $51.03

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - Nintendo Switch: $49.94

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy - Nintendo Switch Standard Edition: $23.99

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Nintendo Switch Standard Edition: $24.99

Minecraft - Nintendo Switch: $27.99

Just Dance 2019 - Nintendo Switch Standard Edition: $19.99

LEGO Disney Pixar's The Incredibles - Nintendo Switch: $19.99

Carnival Games - Nintendo Switch: $14.99

Super Mario Party - Nintendo Switch [Digital Code]: $39.99

Sid Meier's Civilization VI - Nintendo Switch: $29.99

LEGO City Undercover - Nintendo Switch: $19.36

Mudrunner - American Wilds Edition - Nintendo Switch: $16.89

DRAGON BALL FighterZ - Nintendo Switch: $25.14

BGR Top Deals:

  1. Stunning wireless headphones with active noise cancelling are down to their best price ever for Prime Day
  2. Holy cow: Wireless noise cancelling headphones with 30-hour battery life are only $40 for Prime Day

Trending Right Now:

  1. ‘Stranger Things’ found to be Netflix’s second most popular show – and #1 is pretty surprising
  2. This revolutionary Galaxy S11 design could succeed where the Galaxy Fold failed
  3. Google is slashing $260 off the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL for Prime Day, and $100 off the Pixel 3a XL

Surprise! Soooooo many Nintendo Switch games are on sale for Prime Day originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 at 11:50:27 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


‘Pokemon Go’ adds Team Rocket, better battles, and more in massive update
Pokemon Go: Team Rocket

One of the knocks on Pokemon Go when it launched, and one of the reasons many players lost interest, was its lack of traditional gameplay elements. There simply wasn't much to do in terms of actual interaction outside of swiping on the screen to throw a Poke Ball or tapping on the screen to battle Pokemon in an opposing gym.

Developer Niantic has made significant strides on that front in the years since the game arrived by revamping gyms, introducing trading, and allowing trainers to battle each other directly, but an update rolling out to iOS and Android this week might be the most substantial the game has seen in its three-year history.

Continue reading...

BGR Top Deals:

  1. Holy cow: Wireless noise cancelling headphones with 30-hour battery life are only $40 for Prime Day
  2. Stunning wireless headphones with active noise cancelling are down to their best price ever for Prime Day

Trending Right Now:

  1. ‘Stranger Things’ found to be Netflix’s second most popular show – and #1 is pretty surprising
  2. This revolutionary Galaxy S11 design could succeed where the Galaxy Fold failed
  3. Google is slashing $260 off the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL for Prime Day, and $100 off the Pixel 3a XL

‘Pokemon Go’ adds Team Rocket, better battles, and more in massive update originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 at 11:35:04 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


SanDisk 256GB microSD cards just hit $29.99 for Prime Day, which is completely unheard-of
Best Prime Day Deals

When SanDisk's 200GB microSD cards drop to $29.99, people flock to Amazon and they typically sell out within a few hours. When SanDisk 256GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Memory Cards drop to $29.99... well, we have no idea how fast they're going to sell out because this has never happened before! It's a new all-time low and it's available right now for Prime Day 2019. There are also tons of other capacities on sale, so be sure to click around once this deal on 256GB cards inevitably sells out.

SanDisk 256GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card with Adapter - 100MB/s, C10, U1, Full HD, A1, M…: $29.99

Here are the bullet points from the Amazon page:

  • Ideal for Android smartphones and tablets, and MIL cameras
  • Capacities up to 512GB (1GB=1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user storage less.) to store even more hours of Full HD video (Approximations; results and Full HD (1920x1080) video support may vary based on host device, file attributes and other factors.)
  • Up to 100MB/s transfer read speed (Based on internal testing; performance may be lower depending on host device, interface, usage conditions and other factors.) lets you move up to 1000 photos in a minute (Based on 4.1GB transfer of photos (avg. file 3.5MB) with USB 3.0 reader. Results may vary based on host device, file attributes and other factors.)
  • Load apps faster with A1-rated performance (A1 performance is 1500 read IOPS, 500 write IOPS. Based on internal testing. Results may vary based on host device, app type and other factors.)
  • Class 10 for Full HD video recording and playback (Full HD (1920x1080) video support may vary based upon host device, file attributes, and other factors.)
  • SanDisk Memory Zone app for easy file management (Download and Installation Required)
  • 10-year limited manufacturer warranty

SanDisk 256GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card with Adapter - 100MB/s, C10, U1, Full HD, A1, M…: $29.99

BGR Top Deals:

  1. Stunning wireless headphones with active noise cancelling are down to their best price ever for Prime Day
  2. Holy cow: Wireless noise cancelling headphones with 30-hour battery life are only $40 for Prime Day

Trending Right Now:

  1. ‘Stranger Things’ found to be Netflix’s second most popular show – and #1 is pretty surprising
  2. This revolutionary Galaxy S11 design could succeed where the Galaxy Fold failed
  3. The single best deal of Prime Day 2019: Sony wireless noise cancelling headphones for $90

SanDisk 256GB microSD cards just hit $29.99 for Prime Day, which is completely unheard-of originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 at 11:20:03 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


The Alexa enabled Roomba 690 is somehow only $230 for Prime Day
Roomba Prime Day Deals

With a retail price of $375, the iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum is the most affordable Roomba out there that has strong suction and support for Amazon's beloved voice assistant, Alexa. That's right, you can speak a command and the Roomba 690 will do your bidding! This model is often on sale at an even better price, typically around $300. Right now for Prime Day 2019, however, it's all the way down to $229.99. That's an incredible deal, and there are pretty much only two reasons to pass it up. The first is that you'd prefer to pick up the mid-range iRobot Roomba 891 Robot Vacuum for $299.99 instead of $450 and the second is that you'd prefer the high-end iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum for $549.99 instead of $900!

iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum

  • Sleek, premium design complements your home décor; includes 1 Dual Mode Virtual Wall Barrier for more control over where your robot cleans
  • 3-Stage Cleaning System and Dual Multi-Surface Brushes pick up everything from small particles to large debris
  • Patented Dirt Detect sensors alert Roomba to work harder on concentrated areas of dirt, such as high-traffic zones of your home
  • Full suite of intelligent sensors guide the robot under and around furniture to help thoroughly clean your floors
  • Clean and schedule from anywhere with the iRobot HOME App; compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant
  • Runs for up to 90 minutes before automatically docking and recharging
  • Featuring these other Roomba robot essentials – Wi-Fi Connectivity, Edge-Sweeping Brush, Auto-Adjust Cleaning Head, Works on Carpets and Hard Floors

iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum-Wi-Fi Connectivity, Works with Alexa, Good for Pet Hair, Carpets…: $229.99

iRobot Roomba 891 Robot Vacuum

  • Power-Lifting Suction delivers 5X the air power* for improved pick-up performance
  • Premium 3-Stage Cleaning System loosens, lifts, and suctions dirt, dust, and pet hair. The Auto-Adjust Cleaning Head adapts its height to keep the Multi-Surface Brushes in close contact with different floor surfaces, directly engaging with both hard floors and carpets
  • Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes instantly adjust and flex to stay in constant contact with floors
  • Patented Dirt Detect sensors alert Roomba to work harder on concentrated areas of dirt, such as high-traffic zones of your home
  • Clean and schedule from anywhere with the iRobot HOME App; compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant
  • Runs for up to 90 minutes before automatically docking and recharging
  • Featuring these other Roomba robot essentials – Wi-Fi Connectivity, Edge-Sweeping Brush, Auto-Adjust Cleaning Head, Works on Carpets and Hard Floors

iRobot Roomba 891 Robot Vacuum- Wi-Fi Connected, Works with Alexa, Ideal for Pet Hair, Carpets,…: $299.99

iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum

  • Power-Lifting Suction delivers 10X the air power* for improved pick-up performance. Automatically increases cleaning performance on carpets with Power Boost *(Compared to Roomba 600 Series and AeroVac System)
  • Patented iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with vSLAM technology allows the robot to map its surroundings to clean an entire level of your home, around objects, and under furniture.
  • Ideal for homes with pets. Premium 3-stage Cleaning System cleans the dirt and pet hair you see and the allergens and dust you don't.
  • Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes adjust and flex to stay in constant contact with carpets and hard floors.
  • High-Efficiency Filter traps 99% of cat and dog allergens.
  • Runs for up to 120 minutes, then automatically recharges and resumes cleaning to complete the entire job.
  • Connect and schedule from anywhere. Use Alexa or Google Assistant voice commands to control cleaning. Use the iRobot HOME App to schedule & monitor cleaning sessions.

iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum- Wi-Fi Connected Mapping, Works with Alexa, Ideal for Pet Hair,…: $549.99

BGR Top Deals:

  1. Stunning wireless headphones with active noise cancelling are down to their best price ever for Prime Day
  2. The single best deal of Prime Day 2019: Sony wireless noise cancelling headphones for $90

Trending Right Now:

  1. ‘Stranger Things’ found to be Netflix’s second most popular show – and #1 is pretty surprising
  2. This revolutionary Galaxy S11 design could succeed where the Galaxy Fold failed
  3. Google is slashing $260 off the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL for Prime Day, and $100 off the Pixel 3a XL

The Alexa enabled Roomba 690 is somehow only $230 for Prime Day originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 at 11:05:53 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


The top 5 TV deals from Prime Day 2019
Prime Day 2019 Deals

If you thought you missed all the best deals on flat-screen TVs because Prime Day 2019 day 1 is behind us, think again. Day 2 is here and there's a whole slew of new deals to enjoy, including some truly incredible deals on TVs. Need a smallish TV for your kitchen or a guest bedroom? The $180 Toshiba 32LF221U19 32-inch 720p HD Smart LED TV - Fire TV Edition is down to just $99.99 today! Want a bigger screen and 4K resolution? No problem, just snag a $330 Toshiba 43LF711U20 43-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR - Fire TV Edition for $259.99 or a $430 Insignia NS-55DF710NA19 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV with HDR - Fire TV Edition for $339.99! And then there's our favorite TV deal of Prime Day 2019: a $1,050 Samsung UN55RU8000FXZA Flat 55'' 4K UHD 8 Series Smart TV with Echo Plus Bundle for just $797.99!

Toshiba 32LF221U19 32-inch 720p HD Smart LED TV - Fire TV Edition

  • Toshiba HD Smart TV – Fire TV Edition delivers 720p picture quality with deep blacks and rich colors.
  • With the Fire TV experience built-in, enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, including Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and more
  • Fire TV Edition seamlessly integrates live over-the-air TV and streaming channels on a unified home screen (HD antenna required).
  • Easily control your TV with the included Voice Remote with Alexa—plus, launch apps, search for titles, play music, switch inputs, control smart home devices, and more, using just your voice.
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 29” x 17.2” x 3.3”, TV with stand: 29” x 18.6” x 7.1”. Multiple device input/output options: 3 HDMI including 1 with ARC, USB, composite input, antenna/cable input, digital output (optical), audio output, Ethernet.

Toshiba 32LF221U19 32-inch 720p HD Smart LED TV - Fire TV Edition: $99.99

Insignia NS-39DF510NA19 39-inch 1080p Full HD Smart LED TV- Fire TV Edition

  • Insignia Full HD Smart TV – Fire TV Edition delivers 1080p picture quality for lifelike detail, rich contrast, and brilliant colors.
  • With the Fire TV experience built-in, enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, including Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and more
  • Fire TV Edition seamlessly integrates live over-the-air TV and streaming channels on a unified home screen (HD antenna required).
  • Easily control your TV with the included Voice Remote with Alexa—plus, launch apps, search for titles, play music, switch inputs, control smart home devices, and more, using just your voice.
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 34.8” x 20.6” x 3.2”, TV with stand: 34.8” x 22.3” x 8.9”. Multiple device input/output options: 3 HDMI including 1 with ARC, USB, composite input, antenna/cable input, digital output (optical), audio output, Ethernet.

Insignia NS-39DF510NA19 39-inch 1080p Full HD Smart LED TV- Fire TV Edition: $179.99

Toshiba 43LF711U20 43-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR - Fire TV Edition

  • Fire TV Edition brings together live-over-the air TV, and your favorite streaming content on the home screen. Connect any HD antenna (sold separately) to watch live over-the-air TV, or stream movies and shows from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO and more.
  • Enhanced 4K Dolby Vision HDR picture with an expanded range of contrast and superior brightness.
  • Experience breathtaking 4K Ultra HD picture quality with over 8 million pixels for stunning clarity, deep contrast and vivid colors. Watch movies and TV shows come to life in ultra high definition.
  • Everything you'd expect from a remote - plus launch apps, search for TV shows, switch inputs, control smart home devices and more, using just your voice. With Prime Video, Netflix, HBO and PlayStation Vue buttons, instantly access your favorite apps.
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 38.1” x 22.5” x 3.5”, TV with stand: 38.1” x 23.9” x 9.3”. Multiple device input/output options: 3 HDMI including 1 with ARC, USB, composite input, digital output (optical), antenna/cable output, audio output, Ethernet.

TOSHIBA 43LF711U20 43-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR - Fire TV Edition: $259.99

Insignia NS-55DF710NA19 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV with HDR - Fire TV Edition

  • Insignia 4K UHD Smart TV – Fire TV Edition delivers true-to-life 4K Ultra HD picture quality with over 8 million pixels for stunning clarity, deep contrast, and vivid colors.
  • With the Fire TV experience built-in, enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, including Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, and more
  • Fire TV Edition seamlessly integrates live over-the-air TV and streaming channels on a unified home screen (HD antenna required).
  • Easily control your TV with the included Voice Remote with Alexa—plus, launch apps, search for titles, play music, switch inputs, control smart home devices, and more, using just your voice.
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 48.9” x 28.6” x 3.3”, TV with stand: 48.9” x 30.3” x 10.4”. Multiple device input/output options: 3 HDMI including 1 with ARC, USB, composite input, antenna/cable input, digital output (optical), audio output, Ethernet.

Insignia NS-55DF710NA19 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV with HDR - Fire TV Edition: $339.99

Samsung UN55RU8000FXZA Flat 55'' 4K UHD 8 Series Smart TV with Echo Plus Bundle

  • Dynamic Crystal Color: Millions of shades of color reveal a vibrant, lifelike picture that HDTV can’t create
  • 4K UHD Processor: A powerful processor optimizes your TV’s performance with 4K picture quality
  • HDR: See shades of color that reveal more detail than HDTV can deliver
  • Meet the Echo Plus - Echo Plus has a built-in Zigbee hub to easily setup and control your compatible smart home devices, and an improved sound for streaming music.
  • Enjoy premium sound - New premium speakers powered by Dolby play 360° audio with crisp vocals and dynamic bass response. You can also use your voice to adjust equalizer settings or pair with a second Echo Plus (2nd Gen) for stereo sound.
  • Alexa has skills - Ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, play Audible audiobooks, call almost anyone, and more.

Samsung UN55RU8000FXZA Flat 55'' 4K UHD 8 Series Smart TV (2019) with Echo Plus (2nd Gen) Bundl…: $797.99

BGR Top Deals:

  1. The single best deal of Prime Day 2019: Sony wireless noise cancelling headphones for $90
  2. Stunning wireless headphones with active noise cancelling are down to their best price ever for Prime Day

Trending Right Now:

  1. ‘Stranger Things’ found to be Netflix’s second most popular show – and #1 is pretty surprising
  2. This revolutionary Galaxy S11 design could succeed where the Galaxy Fold failed
  3. Google is slashing $260 off the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL for Prime Day, and $100 off the Pixel 3a XL

The top 5 TV deals from Prime Day 2019 originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 at 10:50:42 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


There’s a huge iPhone bug in the latest iOS 13 beta that you really need to know about
iOS 13 Beta Bug

The latest iOS 13 beta has a serious security bug that will allow access to your stored passwords by anyone with access to your device. For someone to get to your passwords, they need to know how the bug works, and they need to get their hands on your iPhone or iPad. The good news, however, is that this bug will almost certainly be fixed in the coming weeks, maybe as soon as the next iOS 13 beta release.

Continue reading...

BGR Top Deals:

  1. The single best deal of Prime Day 2019: Sony wireless noise cancelling headphones for $90
  2. Google is slashing $260 off the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL for Prime Day, and $100 off the Pixel 3a XL

Trending Right Now:

  1. ‘Stranger Things’ found to be Netflix’s second most popular show – and #1 is pretty surprising
  2. This revolutionary Galaxy S11 design could succeed where the Galaxy Fold failed
  3. Stunning wireless headphones with active noise cancelling are down to their best price ever for Prime Day

There’s a huge iPhone bug in the latest iOS 13 beta that you really need to know about originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 16 Jul 2019 at 10:35:01 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


Hurry: Philips Hue Prime Day deals are even better today than they were yesterday
Philips Hue Bulbs Amazon

Well what have we here, bargain hunters? Remember how good Amazon's Philips Hue deals were on Monday for Prime Day 2019? Well some of them are even better today! There are a few deals in particular that you're definitely going to want to check out, and you're going to want to do it soon because they will absolutely all sell out. Philips Hue Multicolor A19 LED Smart Bulbs are down to $34.99 a piece from $50, and the always popular Philips Hue LED LightStrip Plus is somehow all the way down to $56.94. The Outdoor LED LightStrip dropped from $90 to $69.67 for Prime Day 2019 day 2, and Philips Hue White A19 LED Smart Bulbs are $12 a piece. Don't have a hub yet? The $150 Philips Hue White Ambiance Smart Bulb Starter Kit is on sale for just $86.89 right now!

Philips Hue Prime Day Deals Hub: UP TO 50% OFF

You'll find all the deals mentioned above right here in this post, and there are even more on Amazon's Philips Hue Prime Day Hub. Just keep two things in mind: 1) these deals are going to sell out, and 2) actual prices might be even lower than the prices you see on the hub page because many of the deals have extra 15% coupons on the product pages!

Philips Hue Multicolor A19 LED Smart Bulb

  • VOICE ACTIVATED: The Philips Hue White and Color A19 Light Bulb works with Alexa for voice control (smart hub required , Alexa device and hub sold separately). For the full Hue experience and to take advantage of voice activation purchase the Philips Hue Hub (Model: 458471). Search "Philips Hue Hub" or "B016H0QZ7I" to find this product on Amazon
  • LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES: Choose from 16 million colors to instantly change the look and atmosphere of your room or control your smart lights with your voice device. Requiring the Philips Hue Hub (sold separately) for the full Hue experience
  • TAKE CONTROL: Control your Philips Hue color lights with your voice using Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant. Pair it for home automation with your existing Nest or Samsung SmartThings system
  • EASY INSTALLATION: To install, simply screw in the smart bulbs into your desired light location, download the Hue mobile app and pair your Hue hub. Control smart-bulb-equipped lamps and overhead hue lights via the Philips Hue App. Ideal for your favorite ceiling fan lights, floor lamps, table lamps, pendant lights, and more throughout your smart home
  • EXPAND YOUR SMART HOME: Easily expand your lighting system with smart accessories (sold separately), such as a Hue Dimmer Switch, Hue Tap, or Hue Motion Sensor

Philips Hue Single Premium Smart Bulb, 16 million colors, for most lamps & overhead lights, Hub…: $34.99

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance LightStrip Plus

  • MAXIMUM COMPATIBILITY: Pair your Hue smart bulbs with any voice or Smart Home assistant. Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Microsoft Cortana, SmartThings, IFTTT. Hub required and included
  • HASSLE-FREE CONNECTIVITY: Smart Lights that won’t clog up your Wi-Fi network. Control up to 50 Hue lights on one Hue Hub without adding a Wi-Fi extender or extra router
  • HOW TO USE: Install the flexible 80-inch LightStrip under bars, bed frames, or cabinets, with included adhesive tape. Trim it to the perfect size with the included cut marks. Extend your Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus up to 33 feet by adding the 40 inch Hue Lightstrip Extension to cover larger surfaces and enable wider applications”
  • ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE: Sync your Hue lights with Gaming, Music and Movies using your PC via the Hue Sync app
  • NEXT-LEVEL AUTOMATION: Hue is a Smart Lighting system that remembers your light routines and timers, even when your Wi-Fi goes down
  • CONTROL LIGHTING FROM ANYWHERE: Take your Smart Light control using your mobile device with you when you travel. Control lights, edit routines and set timers even when you’re away from home
  • INDUSTRY STANDARD: Philips Hue is the only smart lighting product with Energy Star certification and its smart light bulbs last up to 22 years
  • LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES: Philips Hue works with the most Voice Assistant and Premium smart home brands. Connect your Hue lights with Nest, Logitech, Razer Gaming, and Xfinity (download for free on Meethue.com)

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance LightStrip Plus Dimmable LED Smart Light (Requires Hue Hub…: $56.94

Philips Hue White A19 LED Smart Bulbs

  • VOICE ACTIVATED: The Philips Hue White Starter Kit works with Alexa for voice control (smart hub required, Alexa device and hub sold separately). For the full Hue experience and to take advantage of voice activation purchase the Philips Hue Hub (Model: 458471). Search "Philips Hue Hub" or "B016H0QZ7I" to find this product on Amazon.
  • LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES: Add additional Smart light points to your smart home and expand your Philips Hue ecosystem with this 4-bulb White Smart Bulb pack. Requires the Philips Hue Hub for full experience, sold separately.
  • TAKE CONTROL: Turn smart lights on/off, dim to the desired level and set up schedules from wherever you have WiFi connection using the Philips Hue App (iOS and Android). Control your Philips Hue lights with your voice using Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant.
  • EASY INSTALLATION: To install the Philips Hue white 4 pack starter kit, simply screw the smart bulbs into your desired light location, download the Hue mobile app and pair your Hue Bridge (sold separately). Control smart-bulb-equipped lamps and overhead lights via the Philips Hue App.
  • EXPAND YOUR SMART HOME: Connect the smart bulbs directly to your other Smart Home Devices like Amazon Echo Plus, Nest, or SmartThings systems. Easily expand your smart lighting system with accessories (sold separately), such as a Hue Dimmer Switch, Hue Tap, or Hue Motion Sensor

Philips Hue White A19 4-Pack 60W Equivalent Dimmable LED Smart Bulbs (4 White Bulbs, Compatible…: $47.99

Philips Hue 530949 Hue Outdoor Lightstrip

  • The Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip is fully weatherproof, meaning it can withstand all weather conditions. The lightstrip can withstand small puddles of water and jets of water from any direction, so no worries when there is unfortunate rain forecasted! Lifetime up to 25,000 hours and 2 year warranty. WET rated, the outdoor light strip requires the Hue Smart Hub (sold separately) for the full Hue smart experience
  • Expand your hue system with a Philips Hue 1.98m/6.5ft Outdoor Lightstrip and bring light to places you were not able to before. Requires the Hue Hub (sold separately). Choose colors to create ambiance when you are having a BBQ outside or pick a nice light setting when you are relaxing. Use the provided mounting clips to installed the strip to any surface, and unreachable spaces. Lightstrip Outdoor 1.98m/6.5ft is WET rated
  • The coating around the lightstrip helps to create a single, bright, and vibrant colored light across the entire strip for a more aesthetically pleasing Smart Home
  • Voice control: Control your Philips Hue lights with your voice using Alexa, Apple Home Kit, or Google Assistant. Pair it for home automation with your existing Nest products or Samsung SmartThings system
  • Easily bend and shape the Philips Hue Outdoor Lightstrip for your application. Place it into the ground to highlight your pathway, or apply it with the included clips and screws to any surface for ceiling or wall lighting; possibilities are endless

Philips Hue 530949 Hue Outdoor Lightstrip, 2m, 7ft, White: $69.67

Philips Hue White Ambiance Smart Bulb Starter Kit

  • Enhance home with white lighting. Can be controlled remotely. Set timers and light schedules, automating lights to make it seem like someone is at home
  • This easy to use kit comes with four A19 LED smart bulbs, able to fit standard table lamps and the Philips Hue Bridge that can control up to 50 lights
  • To install, simply screw the smart bulbs into desired location. Download the Hue mobile app and pair your Hue bridge. Control smart bulb and overhead lights easily
  • Easily expand your lighting system with accessories (sold separately), such as a Hue Dimmer Switch, Hue Tap, or Hue Motion Sensor
  • Control lights with your voice using Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant. Pair it for home automation with existing Nest or Samsung SmartThings system
  • This product comes with years warranty

Philips Hue White Ambiance Smart Bulb Starter Kit (4 A19 Bulbs and 1 Hub Works with Alexa Apple…: $86.89

BGR Top Deals:

  1. Google is slashing $260 off the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL for Prime Day, and $100 off the Pixel 3a XL
  2. Stunning wireless headphones with active noise cancelling are down to their best price ever for Prime Day

Trending Right Now:

  1. This revolutionary Galaxy S11 design could succeed where the Galaxy Fold failed
  2. ‘Stranger Things’ found to be Netflix’s second most popular show – and #1 is pretty surprising
  3. The single best deal of Prime Day 2019: Sony wireless noise cancelling headphones for $90

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Holy cow: Wireless noise cancelling headphones with 30-hour battery life are only $40 for Prime Day
Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones Amazon

There are plenty of headphones on sale for Prime Day this year, but there's one deal in particular that you should definitely check out. People often think of brands like Bose and Sony when they think of wireless noise cancelling headphones, but those brands charge $350 or even more for their ANC headphones. That's a whole lot of cash to spend on headphones, especially when there are deals around like this one. The TaoTronics SoundSurge 60 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones are a top-rated model on Amazon and they're a bargain at $70. But if you clip the $10 coupon on the product page and use the special Prime Day promo code Z4IMU7D4 at checkout, you'll get them for an all-time low price of just $39.99!

TaoTronics SoundSurge 60 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones With 30-Hour Battery Life: $39.99 (use code Z4IMU7D4)

Here's some additional info from the product page:

  • Music On, World Off: Improved Active Noise Cancellation will drown out the noise of the streets or annoying chatter to fully immerse you in your favorite tunes
  • Hi-Fi Sound & Captivating Bass: 40mm large-aperture drivers deliver riveting sound and a thumping bass
  • New Hyper Speed Charge: Just 5 minutes of charging give you 2 hours of full sound; 30 hours playtime on a full charge
  • Bluetooth 5.0: Steady Bluetooth 5.0 connection streams music uninterrupted while the built-in cVc 6.0 microphone ensure crisp, clear calls without ambient noise
  • These headphones are foldable and come with a carrying case. TaoTronics has released new brand logo. PLEASE NOTE that during the transition period you may receive products and packaging displaying the old logo.

TaoTronics SoundSurge 60 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones With 30-Hour Battery Life: $39.99 (use code Z4IMU7D4)

BGR Top Deals:

  1. Google is slashing $260 off the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL for Prime Day, and $100 off the Pixel 3a XL
  2. Holy cow: Sony wireless noise cancelling headphones are just $90 for Prime Day 2019

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Qualcomm Gives Speed Boost to New Mobile Gaming Platform
Qualcomm Technologies aims to push the speed limits of mobile gaming with the added features in its Snapdragon Mobile Platform. The Snapdragon 855 Plus Mobile Platform, its newest processor, performs graphics functions 15 percent faster. It will show up in new devices later this year. Snapdragon 855 Plus is an update to the flagship Snapdragon 855, released earlier this year. The 855 emphasized speed to support enhanced performance and deliver leading experiences in multi-gigabit 5G, gaming, AI and XR.

Making Amazon Prime Day Work for You
For Halloween, we buy all kinds of crap we shouldn't be eating and feed it to our kids. When Valentine's Day approaches, husbands and boyfriends live in fear of getting their significant other's card, gift or flowers wrong again. Fourth of July is when we buy expensive things we can burn and piss off our neighbors. Of course, there are the various gift-giving holidays that are linked to specific religious groups. I wonder -- if we got rid of the gift requirements for all these holidays, would U.S. retail collapse?

Social Media, Crafters, Gamers and the Online Censorship Debate
Ravelry, an online knitting community that has more than 8 million members, last month announced that it would ban forum posts, projects, patterns and even profiles from users who supported the Trump administration. "We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy," the administrators posted on the site. "Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy," the post added. The administrators have maintained that they aren't endorsing Democrats or banning Republicans.

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Isn't It Time to Buy Cyber Insurance?
Every day we read stories about data breaches and cyberattacks on business and government websites, and the resulting the loss of personally identifiable information. Cybercrime is on the rise, and given the ever-evolving methods of attack, meaningful relief and reliable measures to fend off cybercriminals are unlikely in the foreseeable future. It would seem obvious that companies need to insure against cybertheft, but amazingly enough it appears that many businesses, likely the majority, do not have any cyber insurance.

The Subscription Model: The Shining Star of E-Commerce
Subscription sales have become a strong part of e-commerce. Everything from razors to dog toys to movies is being sold on the subscription model, and subscriptions don't show any signs of letting up. "Our customers tell us that opening their BarkBox with their dog is one of the best experiences they share every month," said Allison Stadd, vice president of marketing at Bark, about its monthly dog supply box. "Nothing makes true dog people happier than seeing their dog go nuts with excitement."

E-Commerce Startup Bolt Snags $68M to Grow Checkout Biz
E-commerce checkout platform vendor Bolt has raised $68 million to help it increase its engineering team, invest in additional enterprise functionality, partner with best-in-breed e-commerce platforms, and build and expand advanced features and functionality. Bolt's platform combines checkout, payments and fraud detection to provide a better buying experience for shoppers and maximize conversions for retailers, according to the company. Bolt claims its checkout page is up to 10 times faster than the competition.

Signpost Secures $52M to Expand Its SMB Marketing Reach
Cloud marketing company Signpost has raised $52 million in new funding to "increase the scale of our business and invest in our technology," CEO Stuart Wall announced. The company's Software as a Service platform for small and mid-sized businesses consists of artificial intelligence-based customer relationship management and marketing automation technology powered by automated data collection and cross-channel marketing. Signpost's latest round of fundraising follows a banner year.

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7 tax scams to watch out for this year

7 tax scams to watch out for this yearIn case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.



Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone CallsJeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”



Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States

Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United StatesPope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.



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Highlights from Facebook’s Libra Senate hearing

Facebook will only build its own Calibra cryptocurrency wallet into Messenger and Whatsapp, and will refuse to embed competing wallets, the head of Calibra David Marcus told the Senate Banking Committee today.

Calibra will be interoperable so users can send money back and forth with other wallets, and Marcus committed to data portability so users can switch entirely to a competitor. But solely embedding Facebook’s own wallet into its leading messaging apps could give the company a sizable advantage over banks, PayPal, Coinbase, or any other potential wallet developer.

Other highlights from the “Examining Facebook’s Proposed Digital Currency and Data Privacy Considerations” hearing included Marcus saying:

  • The US should “absolutely” lead the world in rule-making for cryptocurrencies
  • “Yes” Libra will comply with all US regulations and not launch until the US lawmakers’ concerns have been answered
  • “You will not have to trust Facebook” because it’s only one of 28 current and potentially 100 or more Libra Association members and it won’t have special privileges
  • “Yes I would” accept his compensation from Facebook in the form of Libra as a show of trust in the currency
  • It is “not the intention at all” for Calibra to sell or directly monetize user data directly, though if it offered additional financial services in partnership with other financial organizations it would ask consent to use their data specifically for those purposes.
  • Facebook’s core revenue model around Libra is that more online commerce will lead businesses to spend more on Facebook ads

But Marcus also didn’t clearly answer some critical questions about Libra and Calibra.

Unanswered Questions

Chairman Crapo asked if Facebook would collect data about transactions made with Calibra that are made on Facebook, such as when users buy products from businesses they discover through Facebook. Marcus instead merely noted that Facebook would still let users pay with credit cards and other mediums as well as Calibra. That means that even though Facebook might not know how much money is in someone’s Calibra wallet or their other transactions, it might know how much the paid and for what if that transaction happens over their social networks.

Senator Tillis asked how much Facebook has invested in the formation of Libra. TechCrunch has also asked specifically how much Facebook has invested in the Libra Investment Token that will earn it a share of interest earned from the fiat currencies in the Libra Reserve. Marcus said Facebook and Calibra hadn’t determined exactly how much it would invest in the project. Marcus also didn’t clearly answer Senator Toomey’s question of why they Libra Association is considered a not-for-profit organization if it will pay out interest to members.

Perhaps the most worrying moment of the hearing was when Senator Sinema brought up TechCrunch’s article citing that “The real risk of Libra is crooked developers”. There I wrote that Facebook’s VP of product Kevin Weil told me that ““There are no plans for the Libra Association to take a role in actively vetting [developers]”, which I believe leaves the door open to a crypto Cambridge Analytica situation where shady developers steal users money, not just their data.

Senator Sinema asked if an Arizonan was scammed out of their Libra by a Pakistani developer via a Thai exchange and a Spanish wallet, would that U.S. citizen be entitled to protection to recuperate their lost funds. Marcus responded that U.S. citizens would likely use American Libra wallets that are subject to protections and that the Libra Association will work to educate users on how to avoid scams. But Sinema stressed that if Libra is designed to assist the poor who are often less educated, they could be especially vulnerable to scammers.

The hearing is ongoing and we’ll continue to update this article with more highlights


Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick are again Prime Day’s best selling devices (so far!)

Amazon Prime members again snapped up loss leaders like the Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa Remote on the first day of Amazon Prime Day 2019, which has now been stretched out to a 48-hour sale. This is the third year in a row that the entry-level Alexa smart speaker, the Echo Dot, has been a Prime Day bestseller. The Fire TV Stick was a top seller last year, too, and sold well in years past — including in 2016, when it emerged at the overall best-selling device globally on Prime Day.

Amazon never provides hard numbers on Prime Day sales, but claims “millions” of these devices — the Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick combined — were sold on Monday to customers worldwide during the first day of Prime Day 2019.

Last year, Amazon claimed customers bought “millions” of Fire TV Stick devices alone, for comparison’s sake.

The retailer also said this morning that U.S. shoppers saved “millions” on Prime Day sales on Monday. This includes other bestsellers like the Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 6 Qt, LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, and Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitening Strips. The Instant Pot and LifeStraw filter were also two of the non-Amazon top sellers last Prime Day, which says something about the consistency of this sales event as it enters its fifth year.

Though Amazon didn’t officially list the Echo Dot in its round-up of July 15 Prime Day sales, the smart speaker had already been discounted to its then lowest price ever of $24.99 (half off list) before Prime Day even started. As the event kicked off, it dropped again to $22.

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Today, Amazon is keeping the Echo Dot at $22 but is sold out of Charcoal, leaving only the lighter sandstone color available for purchase.

Other notable Day 2 Prime Day deals include:

A $49.99 Echo Show 5 (the smaller, more compact revamp of the Alexa speaker with a screen); savings of up to $140 on Fire TV Edition smart TVs; the $14.99 Fire TV Stick with Alexa Remote; a $59.99 Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet (or 2 for $99.98); and the $139 Ring Video Doorbell 2.

A list of the announced Prime Day, day 2 deals are below:

Amazon Devices:

  • $27.99 off Echo Dot, $22
  • $40 off the all-new Echo Show 5, $49.99
  • $25 off Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, $14.99
  • Save up to $140 on Fire TV Edition Smart TVs
  • $20 off the all-new Fire 7 tablet, just $29.99, or get two for $49.98—a $50 savings
  • $40 off all-new Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet, just $59.99, or get two for $99.98—a $100 savings
  • $60 off Ring Video Doorbell 2, $139
  • Save up to $200 on eero WiFi systems
  • Save up to $50 on Kindle Paperwhite, plus get a $5 eBook credit and three months free Kindle Unlimited

Amazon Brands and Exclusives:

  • Save up to 50% on kids and baby styles from Simple Joys by Carter’s, LOOK by crewcuts, Spotted Zebra, and Amazon Essentials
  • Save up to 30% on furniture and décor from Rivet, Stone & Beam, and Ravenna Home

Electronics:

  • Save up to 25% on select Canon Mirrorless and DSLR cameras
  • Save up to 30% of select Sony and Samsung TVs

Apparel:

  • Save up to 40% off Ray-Ban sunglasses
  • Up to 50% off Dockers clothing and more
  • Deep discounts on Champion hoodies and Herschel Little America backpacks

Smart Home:

  • Save up to 50% off select Sony LED Smart TVs
  • Save up to 30% on Tile
  • Save up to 30% on iRobot Robotic Vacuums

Home, Kitchen & Furniture:

  • Save up to 30% on Blue Pure Air Purifier
  • Save on select Winix Air Purifiers
  • Save on Hoover ONEPWR vacuums
  • Save on Philips XXL Air Fryer
  • Save 30% on Keurig K-Café Single-Serve Coffee Maker
  • Save 30% on Crock Pot 6qt Slow Cooker
  • Save up to 30% on Brother Sewing Machines
  • Save on Philips Smoke-less Indoor BBQ Grill
  • Save up to 35% on Dash Egg Cookers

Toys & Games:

  • Save 30% on games from What Do You Meme?
  • Save up to 40% on select toys and games including favorites from LEGO and Melissa & Doug

Video Games:

  • Save up to 50% on Astro A40 TR headset

Tools & Home Improvement:

  • Save up to 30% on CRAFTSMAN power tools

Lawn & Garden:

  • Save up to 35% on Greenworks yard equipment

Sports & Outdoors:

  • Save up to 20% on Skywalker 15’ Jump and Dunk trampolines
  • Save 20% on Bushnell Trophy trail camera
  • Save 20% on Marvel Spiderman kids bikes

Automotive:

  • Save up to 30% on Pennzoil Motor Oil
  • Save up to 30% on NOCO Jump Starters and Battery Chargers

 


Quirk wants to make cognitive behavioral therapy more accessible

Quirk, a YC-backed company, is looking to bring cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to more people suffering from anxiety or depression.

CBT aims to lessen or stop harmful behavior by changing the way people think, stopping them from falling into established patterns of negatively distorting their reality to justify or account for unhelpful habits.

“CBT has 40 years of research behind it,” says CEO and founder Evan Conrad. “I’ve had severe panic attacks my whole life and saw different therapists who tried what I now know is CBT. I assumed it was a pseudo science. It wasn’t until 10 months ago that I re-discovered CBT on my own and learned about its efficacy. It’s the gold standard.”

The app helps users practice one of the most common exercises in CBT: the triple-column technique.

Here’s how it works:

Users jump into the app whenever they have anxiety or a depressive thought to record it. They then identify any distortions that apply to that thought, such as Catastrophizing, Magnification of the Negative, Fortune Telling, or Over-Generalization, among others. From there, the user can challenge the thought with reasons why that thought might have been illogical to begin with. Finally, the user replaces the thought with something more reasonable.

For example, if I was worried about not getting a response to a text, I might believe (irrationally) that it has something to do with how that person feels about me, rather than the more obvious explanation: they’re just busy.

The hope of CBT is that identifying thought distortions, and manually replacing them with beliefs grounded in reality retrains the brain to experience the world in a realistic way and relieves patients from their depression and/or anxiety.

Conrad says that he went from having two anxiety attacks a week to two every six months.

The problem that Quirk is trying to solve is two-fold. First, people may not know the benefits or the empirical data supporting CBT. Secondly, the process of manually recording this on pen and paper can be more tedious and feel less private out in a public space.

Quirk’s attempt to solve these problems is to make CBT accessible to more people and to make the process of doing CBT slightly more private.

We asked Conrad about the potential negative affects of practicing CBT without the oversight of a mental health professional.

“As for self-administered CBT, we’ve run this by a number of therapists and all of them have said it’s generally a net-benefit,” Conrad said via email. “What would be harmful is if someone with a severe condition decided that they should use Quirk instead of seeing a therapist. But in practice we’ve seen the opposite effect. People who would have otherwise done nothing about their condition use Quirk as ‘first step’ towards therapy or will use Quirk when they would otherwise have no option (either because their isn’t a treatment in their country/area or because they can’t afford it).”

Dr. Daniel A. Fridberg, a practicing CBT psychiatrist from the University of Chicago, says that the triple-column technique is a great CBT exercise, but that it’s just part of the whole package of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He also said that the only way to know if a product like this can do harm is through a study, but that CBT itself is an evidence-based psychotherapy and has been proven effective.

“CBT is an effective, time-limited, reasonably cost-effective psychotherapy for things like depression, anxiety, substance abuse, etc,” said Dr. Fridberg. “The problem is that finding a good CBT therapist who delivers evidence-based treatment isn’t always easy in smaller communities where there isn’t easy access to a research hub. In some respects, an app that is packaged in an attractive way, gets people’s attention and promotes CBT as effective is a good thing.”

Dr. Fridberg also stated that anyone suffering from an issue that’s disrupting their day-to-day functioning should seek professional help.

Conrad says that he hopes Quirk can be a jumping off point for folks suffering from anxiety and depression, with the app suggesting that those suffering seek professional help in conjunction with using the app. He also shared that Quirk hopes to be able to connect users to professionals in their area as soon as they have the scale to do so.

Quirk costs $4/month for users.


Aavgo security lapse exposed hotel bookings

A security lapse at a hotel management startup has exposed hotel bookings and guests’ personal information.

The security lapse was resolved Monday after TechCrunch reached out to Aavgo, a hospitality tech company based in San Francisco, which secured a server it had left online without a password.

The server was open for three weeks — long enough for security researcher Daniel Brown to find the database.

He shared his findings exclusively with TechCrunch, then published them.

Aavgo bills itself as a way for hotels to organize their operations by using several connected apps — one for use by guests using tablets installed in their hotel rooms for entertainment, ordering room service and checking out, and another for staff to communicate with each other, file maintenance tickets and manage housekeeping.

Several large hotel chains, including Holiday Inn Express and Zenique Hotels, use Aavgo’s technology in their properties.

The database contained daily updating logs of the back-end computer system. Although most of the records were logs of computer commands critical to the running of the system, we found within personal booking data — including names, email addresses, phone numbers, room types, prices, the location of the hotel and the room and the dates and times of check-in and check-out.

There was no financial information in the database beyond the credit card issuer.

The database also contained room service orders, guest complaints, invoices and other sensitive information used for accessing the Aavgo system, the researcher said.

Many of the records were related to its corporate hotelier customers.

One of those customers included Guestline, a property management company for hoteliers, which uses Aavgo as the underlying technology for its property management system. Guestline says it facilities 6.3 million bookings a year.

When reached, Guestline’s data protection officer James Padkin said data protection is of “paramount importance” and the company has “ceased our very limited trial of the AavGo housekeeping app.”

After the company failed to respond to the researcher’s initial email, Aavgo shut down the database a few hours after TechCrunch made contact with its chief executive, Mrunal Desai.

“We had no data breach; however, we did find a vulnerability,” said Desai. He said data on 300 hotel rooms was exposed. Brown said based on his review of the data, however, that the number is likely higher. Desai added that the company has “already started informing our customers about this vulnerability.”

Midway during our correspondence, Desai copied the company’s outside counsel, a Texas-based law firm, which threatened “immediate legal action” ahead of publishing this report.

Aavgo becomes the latest hospitality company embroiled in a hotel-related security incident in recent years.

In 2017, hotel booking service Sabre confirmed a seven-months long data breach of its SynXis reservation system, affecting more than 36,000 hotels globally and millions of credit cards.

A year later, Marriott-owned Starwood admitted a breach that affected up to 383 million hotel guests around the world. Earlier this month U.K. authorities said they would fine the company $123 million for the breach under the new GDPR regime, which affected about 30 million customers in the European Union.

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Apply to TC Top Picks before the deadline & exhibit free at Disrupt SF 2019

Does your company have what it takes to be part of an elite cadre of early-stage startups and exhibit for free at Disrupt San Francisco 2019? There’s only one way to know for sure, but time is running out. Apply to be a TC Top Pick now — before the application window closes for good at 5:00 p.m. (PT) on July 19.

Why should you apply? For starters, it doesn’t cost anything, and all TC Top Picks receive a free Startup Alley Exhibition Package good for one full day of exhibiting in Startup Alley, the heart of every Disrupt. It’s the intersection of tech present and tech future — where more than 1,200 pre-Series A startups and sponsors exhibit their products, platforms and services. It’s a breeding ground of opportunity, and you never know who you might meet and where that connection might lead.

TechCrunch editors vet all applications and choose up to five startups in each of these (and only these) tech categories: AI/Machine Learning, Biotech/Healthtech, Blockchain, Fintech, Mobility, Privacy/Security, Retail/E-commerce, Robotics/IoT/Hardware, SaaS and Social Impact/Education.

TC Top Picks also receive three Founder passes and plenty of other perks, starting with the VIP treatment. You’ll exhibit in a dedicated space within Startup Alley, and we promote the Top Pick startups in our pre-conference marketing. Everyone wants to see who made the cut, including journalists covering the show and investors looking to add to their portfolios.

In a classic “but wait, there’s more” moment, a TechCrunch editor conducts a live interview with each Top Pick on the Showcase Stage in Startup Alley. We record the interviews for posterity and promote them across our social media platforms. That’s the kind of marketing tool that keeps on giving.

Take a page from DiaMonTech’s playbook. The company, the maker of a non-invasive glucose monitoring device, earned a Top Pick designation for Disrupt Berlin 2018. Markus Teuber, head of strategic partnerships, had this to say about the Top Pick experience.

“Exhibiting as a TC Top Pick helped us build credibility right away, and it still pays off during pitches as an anchor point for further discussion. The interview and media coverage helped us generate awareness for our groundbreaking approach, and it also helped us identify leads and build substantial cooperation agreements.”

Pro Tip: Every startup that exhibits in Startup Alley has a shot to win a Wild Card entry to Startup Battlefield. Yet another great reason to apply to be a TC Top Pick.

Disrupt San Francisco 2019 takes place October 2-4. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to place your startup in the Disrupt spotlight. Apply to be a TC Top Pick before the deadline clocks out precisely at 5:00 p.m. (PT) on July 19. Show us what you’ve got!

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Mercari’s new Instant Pay feature transfers verified sellers’ balances to their debit cards within minutes

For online sellers, waiting three to five days for e-commerce platforms to transfer their balance is one of their biggest pain points. Mercari is going after rivals with its new Instant Pay feature, which deposits money in a few minutes. Once sellers are verified, they can instantly transfer up to $500 per month of their Mercari balance to a debit card for a $2 processing fee.

Bradford Williams, Mercari’s head of communications, told TechCrunch in an email that the new feature is a first for peer-to-peer selling apps. “Uber and Lyft made instant payments table stakes for U.S. drivers; we’re extending that to casual sellers. Mercari U.S. is focused on casual sellers (versus power sellers); therefore, we’d like to attract sellers from all marketplaces/platforms,” he said. “Frankly, we see our biggest opportunity in influencing U.S. consumer behavior versus taking share incrementally from established competitors.”

To use Instant Pay, sellers need a debit card and to register for ID Check, Mercari’s new verification system. The feature, currently available only through Mercari’s mobile app, involves uploading a government-issued ID and a selfie. Mercari checks to see if the user’s selfie matches the ID’s photo before verifying them, a process that can take up to 48 hours.

Mercari, which has been downloaded about 45 million times in the United States and currently has 150,000 new listings every day, is typically used by people looking to declutter or make extra cash by offloading items they no longer need. It competes with eBay and Amazon, but its most direct rivals are apps designed for peer-to-peer transactions like Poshmark, Depop, OfferUp and LetGo, as well Facebook Marketplace. Mercari competes with a low selling fee, easy listing process (it says most items can be listed in about three minutes). Its Instant Pay feature will help it attract sellers who want to make quick cash.

The platform also offers free direct deposit for transfers over $10, with a waiting time of up to five days, in-line with its competitors.

Mercari was founded in Japan, where it raised $1.1 billion in its initial public offering last year (Instant Pay will be available only in the U.S.). The company entered the U.S. in 2017.


Sony’s new A7R IV camera is a 61 MP full-frame mirrorless beast

Sony unveiled the latest in its line of interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras on Tuesday, debuting the A7R IV, its top-of-the-line full-frame digital shooter aimed at pros. The new camera packs a walloping 61-megapixel sensor, and will retail for $3,500 when it goes on sale this September.

The camera’s image resolution is a “world first” for a 35mm equivalent full-frame digital sensor, Sony notes, and that’s not where the improvements on this successor to the wildly popular A7R III ends: The A7R IV also has 10fps rapid shooting with continuous autofocus and autoexposure tracking capabilities; 567 phase-detect autofocus points that cover 74% of the frame; real-time eye autofocus tracking for stills and movies, which can handle both human and animal subjects; 4K HDR movie recording without any pixel binning and with S-Log 2/3 support for editing (although without a 60p mode, as it caps out at 30p); ISO range of 100-32000 (and 50-102400 expandable); battery life of around 539 shots with the EVF or 670 shots without, and much more.

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This Sony camera is clearly a shot across the bow at recent entrants into the full-frame mirrorless camera market including Nikon and Canon, and it looks like Sony will be upping one of its biggest advantages by offering even better subject-tracking autofocus, which is a category where it already has a strong lead. The high-resolution sensor is another area where the competition will be left behind, since the Nikon Z7 captures at 45.7 MP and the Canon R maxes out at 30.3 MP.

Real-time eye autofocus in movie recording will also help a lot for video shooters, after Sony introduced it to still shooting for the A7 and A7R III via a firmware update in April. Touch tracking allows shooters to just tap the thing they want to maintain autofocus on using the back display LCD while shooting, and a new digital audio interface added to the camera’s hot shoe connector means recording with shotgun mic that support the feature without any additional cable clutter.

The A7R IV also offers five-axis in-body image stabilization, a 5.76 million-to UXGA OLED EVF, boosted weather and dust resistance, wireless tethered shooting capabilities and dual UHS-II SD card slots for storage.

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Learn how to change banking one dollar at a time at Disrupt SF

Fintech startups are the hot new thing. Everybody wants to reinvent the way you manage money, invest and pay for things. That’s why we’re inviting three fintech experts to TechCrunch Disrupt SF to help you learn everything about the space.

They know that the bank of the future is not necessarily a bank and that the payment method of the future is not necessarily a card. And they’re going to tell you all about it.

First up is Chris Britt, the founder and CEO of Chime. While there are plenty of challenger banks in Europe, Chime is a rare success in the U.S. market.

The company has managed to attract over 3 million customers and $300 million in funding with a simple value proposition — a better user experience, an automatic way to save money and no fees for basic features. But Chime isn’t an overnight success. Britt has amassed a ton of experience in retail banking as Chief Product Officer at Green Dot and as a senior product leader at Visa.

We also invited Angela Strange, a general partner at VC firm Andreessen Horowitz . As a founder of a fintech startup, you might want to know what investors are looking for. And Strange is an expert on this front.

She focuses on financial services of all sorts, including insurance, real estate and increasing inclusivity. She’s a board observer at Branch, Earnin, HealthIQ, Mayvenn, PeerStreet and Point. As you can see, it’s an impressive portfolio and she has encountered a ton of different situations in the fintech industry.

And finally, Omer Ismail from Goldman Sachs has seen both sides of the banking coin. After many years working in private equity investing and investment banking, he was asked to lead an unusual team — the consumer business of Goldman Sachs.

Goldman Sachs hasn’t been a powerful brand when it comes to consumer products — until very recently. The company successfully launched Marcus, a banking product focused on personal loans and online savings with high interest rates, and Clarity Money, a mobile app that acts as a financial dashboard.

More recently, Ismail was in charge of the surprising partnership with Apple for the Apple Card. It’s clear that he knows where the industry is heading, so you’ll want to learn a few tips from Ismail.

Buy your ticket to Disrupt SF to listen to this discussion and many others. The conference will take place on October 2-4 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

In addition to fireside chats and panels, like this one, new startups will participate in the Startup Battlefield to compete for the highly coveted Battlefield Cup.


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There’s a secret hidden inside the binary code on Alan Turing’s new £50 note

On July 15, the Bank of England revealed Alan Turing, a pioneer of computer science and artificial intelligence, will be the face of the new £50 note. One thing the announcement didn’t touch on, however, is that there’s a witty easter egg permanently embedded in the note’s design. The note, which will be printed on polymer, has a ticker tape showing a binary code: 1010111111110010110011000. You can see the the code to the left of Turing’s photo. While the number might seem random at first, it actually contains a piece of information about Turing’s life, as spotted by eagle-eyed Twitter users. When converted,…

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What’s a cryptocurrency exit scam and how do I spot one?

Welcome to Hard Fork Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and info to keep you up to date in the cryptocurrency and blockchain world. Google ‘cryptocurrency’ and the likelihood is you’ll see ‘exit scam’ somewhere in the results. But, what are they, how do they work, and more importantly, how can you spot one? What’s an exit scam? Put simply, an exit scam is a fraudulent operation orchestrated by unethical cryptocurrency promoters who disappear with investors’ funds during or in the aftermath of an initial coin offering (ICO). To do so, the scammers typically launch a new cryptocurrency based…

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This $79 portable AC is the eco-friendly way to beat the heat this summer

The alternative? Split the difference by creating a comfortable micro-climate around you that doesn’t involve cooling an entire building. The EvaChill EV-500 Personal Air Conditioner accomplishes just that -- and right now, you can save $20 on this eco-safe and wallet-friendly summer reliever for just $79.

55,000 cryptocurrency users affected in Bitpoint’s $28 million hack

Embattled cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint has revealed that roughly half of its 110,000 users were affected by last week’s $3.02 billion yen ($28 million) hack, reports The Mainchi. Speaking at a Tokyo press conference, Bitpoint president Genki Oda noted that of the 3.02 billion yen stolen, customers owned 2.06 billion yen ($19 million), while 960 million yen ($8.9 million) consisted of the company’s own holdings. According to Oda, customer losses represented 13 percent of the total amount of cryptocurrency users had kept on Bitpoint. He also pledged to repay victims (in cryptocurrency) once standard trade resumes. The theft, which included sums of Bitcoin, Bitcoin…

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Hackers breached Bulgaria’s tax agency and leaked the data of 5M people

Bulgaria has suffered what has been described as the biggest data leak in its history. The stolen data, which hackers emailed to local media on July 15, originates from the country’s tax reporting service – the National Revenue Agency (NRA). The breach contains the personal data of 5 million citizens, local outlet Capital reports. To put that into perspective, Bulgaria has a population of 7 million. Among other things, the trove includes personal identifiable numbers, addresses, and even income data. “The authorities are investigating a potential security breach in the systems of the National Revenue Agency,” the Bulgarian NRA wrote…

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Make a living keeping networks safe from attack with this $39 bundle

You can be the answer to a hiring manager’s prayers (and get paid like a godsend as well) with the instruction in The A to Z Cyber Security and IT Certification Training Bundle. The package is available now at a huge savings off the regular price, only $39 from TNW Deals.

Domestic abusers are using easily accessible apps to stalk and control their victims

For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. Hollywood has us believing that spyware technology is only used by secret-agent hackers who plant tracking devices in car wheels or in the soles of shoes. But in reality, “stalkerware” isn’t as high-tech or inaccessible as we’re led to believe. It’s harnessed to become a dangerous weapon that strips people of their privacy all too often — especially women in abusive relationships.  Today, stalkerware technology, also known as “spouseware,” takes…

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It’s 2019 and Google still can’t keep malware out of its Android app store

Google appears to have a problem with stopping malicious apps from sneaking into the Play Store. In what appears to yet another case of malware disguised as a legitimate app, security researchers from Symantec have found a new app that advertised itself as an unofficial version of Telegram messaging app — only to push malicious websites in the background. Named MobonoGram 2019, the app used open-source code of the legitimate Telegram app, but was injected with malware before it was published on the Google Play Store. The malicious code on the infected device was used to spread “Android.Fakeyouwon” malware, and loaded…

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