With this $25 gadget, Amazon will finally get you to stop scoffing at the idea of a ‘smart home’

Dave Limp, Senior Vice President of Amazon Devices, introduces the 'smart plug' during an event at the Amazon Spheres, on September 20, 2018 in Seattle Washington.

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Dave Limp, Senior Vice President of Amazon Devices, introduces the ‘smart plug’ during an event at the Amazon Spheres, on September 20, 2018 in Seattle Washington.

Earlier this year, Amazon launched a $25 smart plug that lets you control any outlet in your home by voice with an Amazon Echo. That means you can control any lamp, appliance or anything else that plugs into an outlet by speaking a phrase to Alexa like “turn on the living room lamp,” without having to find a switch. It even lets you add other smarts, like a schedule so the light turns on and off at certain times.

It’s a really easy way to turn a “dumb” home into a smart one that you can control with your phone or by voice. You don’t need to fiddle with complicated hubs or spend too much time trying to get something to connect to your WiFi network.

If you can plug in a lamp, you can get the smart plug working. I’m going to show you how to get the most out of it.

This is the smart plug

Amazon smart plug

Amazon smart plug

It’s very simple. Think of it as a sort of adapter that adds the brains to anything you want to plug into an outlet. It will let you schedule an appliance to turn on and off at a certain time, enable you to turn it on or off even when you’re away from home and let you activate it by speaking to Alexa.

All you need to do is take the smart plug, plug in the appliance to one end —it makes the most sense with a lamp because it’s a simple on/off appliance, but you can use anything from a humidifier to a fan — and then plug it into the wall.

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Flipkart Grand Gadget Days Sale Offers Deals on Mobiles, Tablets, Laptops, Smartwatches, and More

Flipkart Grand Gadget Days Sale Offers Deals on Mobiles, Tablets, Laptops, Smartwatches, and More

Flipkart has returned with its Grand Gadget Days sale, and is offering a plethora of deals on mobiles, laptops, tablets, gaming hardware, and audio accessories. Additionally, there are offers on personal grooming gadgets as well. However, the e-commerce website has not revealed the duration of the sale.

Under the Grand Gadgets Sale, Flipkart is offering a Rs. 1,000 discount on the Lenovo Phab 2, while the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro now comes for Rs. 22,999 (down from Rs. 30,000). That’s it for mobiles in this sale.

For laptops, the Flipkart Grand Gadgets Sale is offering up to Rs. 4,000 discount on its best-selling laptops. The website has listed laptops with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors with prices starting at Rs. 36,990 and Rs. 49,990 respectively. Laptops with Celeron processors are also a part of the sale, and prices begin from Rs. 13,990. Additionally, there are “Home Use” laptops listed in the Flipkart sale, starting at Rs. 11,990 and budget laptops from Dell at Rs. 17,990 and Lenovo from Rs. 18,990. Also part of the offer are “all in one” desktops from brands like Lenovo, HP, and Apple.

Gaming laptops are also a part of the sale, as Flipkart is offering up to Rs. 12,000 of on exchange on laptops like Acer Predator Helios, MSI GL Series, Acer Nitro 5 Spin, and more.

When it comes to tablets, the devices from brands like Apple, Samsung, Lenovo, Micromax, iBall, and more have massive discounts and offers. The price of the new Apple iPad models start at Rs. 24,900. There is a no-cost EMI option available on the iPad models as well. Meanwhile, Flipkart is offering up to 25 percent discount on the new Lenovo Tab 4 series. Additionally, there is a Rs. 10,500 discount of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3.

In terms of cameras, price of the Canon DSLRs start from Rs. 22,990. The Nikon D750 is available at Rs. 1,14,000 and the Nikon D3400 camera dual lens kit is priced at Rs. 35,990. Also available is the GoPro Hero 6 Sports and Action Camera priced at Rs. 31,000.

Audio accessories like headphones and speakers have also been listed. Similarly there are deals on smartwatches and fitness bands as well, including bands like Apple, Noise, Xiaomi, and more. Other deals include computer peripherals, gaming hardware, and other accessories.

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4 Smart Watches That Every Gadget Geek Must Have

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4 Smart Watches That Every Gadget Geek Must Have

Let your wrist candy get smarter too

Gone are the days when watches only told the time. Today, they play music, tell you the temperature and keep a track on your fitness routine. But these aren’t ordinary watches; they’re smart watches. By now, every gadget lover knows that the digital world now extends to their wrists too. Smart watches are wearable tech that pack in a number of features without the bulkiness of being carried around like a cellphone while doing more than an activity tracker. If you’d like to upgrade to the latest in the digital space, choose from these 4 smart watches.

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