Best smart home devices of 2020 that aren’t made by Google or Amazon

Google and Amazon dominate the smart home industry. Beyond Amazon’s expanding lineup of Echo smart speakers, the tech giant also owns home security brands Ring and Blinkand Wi-Fi router brand Eero. Smart thermostat maker Ecobee gets funding from Amazon. Google owns Nest and brought the company further under its control this year, rebranding most of its connected devices from “Google Home” to “Google Nest,” like the Google Nest Mini and the Google Nest Hub

Our current list of best smart home products features 12 products; seven of them are Amazon or Google devices — or devices made by Amazon- or Google-owned (or funded) companies. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They’re all solid gadgets and we heartily recommend them. As much as Google and Amazon (the latter especially) deserve credit for bringing some much needed organization to the smart home category via

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Amazon Shoppers Are Making a Mad Dash to Grab These Record-Low Prime Day Prices on Apple AirPods


Amazon’s Prime Day deals are here, and the best offers — including these impressive Apple markdowns — are going to sell out fast. 

Amazon launched not one, but three Apple AirPods deals as part of its huge Prime Day sale. While supplies last, shoppers can get the brand’s latest AirPods Pro for an all-time low of $199, which is 20 percent off their usual $249 price tag. Both the wired charging and wireless charging AirPods are also marked down and going for their lowest prices to date. 

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The AirPods Pro, launched last year, are the brand’s newest Bluetooth-enabled wireless earbuds. While all three feature fast pairing and come with portable charging cases, this newer version offers a sweat- and water-resistant design, three silicone tips for a more customizable fit, and two listening modes, including active noise cancellation.  

Budget-minded shoppers can still get all

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Even Funeral Homes Are Getting Pinched by Amazon

Cremation boxes at a funeral home in New York City.


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When death gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Many American businesses have seen demand slump during the Covid-19 pandemic while others have seen it unexpectedly surge. Yet even those in the latter category haven’t always been able to capitalize. Take a sector that has received some 215,000 customers and counting courtesy of the coronavirus: death care.

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said it had a 7.3% increase in services performed in the second quarter but basically no bump in revenue as a growing share of families asked for “direct cremation,” which is cheaper than burial. Not that it didn’t try to upsell: “To further enhance revenue opportunities, we continue to focus on our cremation customers’ preferences and remaining relevant by developing additional memorialization merchandise and services,” wrote the company

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Amazon Prime Day 2020: Top tips for navigating this year’s big sale events

The time has come for big-box retailers to roll out some of their biggest shopping events of the year.

While it might sound like a win-win for those with the privilege of taking advantage of the deep discounts, it can also be overwhelming without the right guidance.

“Amazon Prime Day seems to be the shopping event most people are excited about,” Sara Skirboll, shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot, an online platform that helps shoppers find the best deals, promo codes and cash back, told “GMA.”

While experts agree Amazon Prime Day is what many people have their eye on, it’s still a shoppers market and people

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Looking for 3M N95 masks for sale? Even better masks are under $3 at Amazon

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3M N95 Mask For Sale

  • 3M N95 masks are for sale at numerous retailers now, including Amazon, but prices are sky-high right now as sellers continue to gouge prices.
  • That’s why BGR Deals readers are swarming Amazon to get Powecom KN95 face masks instead.
  • Powecom’s masks are the only KN95 masks on Amazon that are FDA-authorized, and they were found by NIOSH to work even better than most 3M N95 masks.
  • After selling out last week, these highly sought-after masks are now back in stock at a surprisingly deep discount.

People in regions all across the country are bracing for yet another massive wave of coronavirus infections now that schools have reopened and the flu season is right around the corner. It seems to be inevitable at this point, and we’ve already seen tens upon tens of thousands of students and teachers forced to quarantine due

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Beat the Crowds! A Sneak Peek at 9 Amazon Prime Day Deals You Can Buy for Your Home Right Now

Amazon’ s biggest sale of the year is nearly here! The company’s popular Prime Day usually falls in July, but due to supply chain issues related to the coronavirus, this year the annual shopping marathon is on Oct. 13 and 14.

Prime Day is a two-day event started in 2015 by the megasite to persuade those of us who aren’t already Prime members to sign up for the benefit, says Kristin McGrath, editor and shopping expert at

And since many homeowners and their children are still working and attending school remotely, Prime Day is an excellent opportunity to finally pick up what’s missing around the house, from electronics and pantry supplies to early holiday presents.

Some of these deals have already dropped early to whet shoppers’ appetites. And since many of the best ones might sell out fast, don’t leave items lingering in your cart for too long.

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JioMart gets ready for its festive sale debut amidst tough competition from Amazon and Flipkart

  • The barely one-year old JioMart will pose a tough competition to Amazon and Flipkart’s years of experience.
  • JioMart has recently forayed into fashion, consumer electronics while it continues to bet on the grocery segment.
  • But it’s experiments come right before the festive season – with Diwali and Dussehra around the corner.

Mukesh Ambani’s JioMart has many things in its favour – billions of funding, technological prowess backed by Facebook and Google, and Reliance’s already existing reach across 6,700 cities in India. But during this festive season, the barely one-year-old JioMart will try to give a tough competition to Amazon and Flipkart’s years of experience.

JioMart has recently forayed into fashion, consumer electronics while it continues to bet on the grocery segment. And it’s experiments with fashion come right before the festive season – with Diwali and Dussehra around the corner.

With the year having seen tepid retail sales so far,

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COVID-19 Halloween Masks for Sale on Amazon and eBay Spark Outrage

Coronavirus Halloween masks sold on Amazon are being removed from the website after a charity advocating patient rights described the listing as a “terrible lapse of judgment.”

The mask and other similar COVID-19 Halloween disguises, which aim to resemble a view of the virus under a microscope, are also currently available on eBay.

The controversial masks sparked criticism from the U.K.-based Patient Association. The charity’s chief executive, Rachel Power, told The Sun: “These masks show a terrible lapse of judgment by the manufacturers and sellers, and I hope they will be removed from sale quickly.”

“I’ve no doubt the great majority of people will find them hugely distasteful, and I can’t imagine that many people would wish to wear one,” she added.

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A spokesperson for Amazon told Newsweek “We are removing these costumes.”

“All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will

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Creepy COVID-19 Halloween masks are for sale on Amazon

Just in time for Halloween, COVID-19 masks dotted with viral spikes, bulging eyes and an evil grin are being hawked on Amazon.

The ghoulish listing amid the coronavirus pandemic was made by YTFU, a company based in Guangdong, China, the country where the real bug originated in Wuhan, The Sun reported.

The latex “horror mask” – available for $24.59 — is “environmental and non-toxic,” according to the listing, which says wearing it “will give you an amazing and lasting impression.”

The various styles include a green head and purple spikes – the telltale SARS-CoV-2019 markers – and a white head with red spikes, both apparently aimed at injecting some infectious humor during the holiday.

“These masks show a terrible lapse of judgment by the manufacturers and sellers, and I hope they will be removed from sale quickly,” Rachel Power, CEO of the UK-based Patients Association, told the news outlet.


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Amazon blocks sale of merchandise with “stand back” and “stand by”

Amazon and other online retailers are pulling merchandise from their sites emblazoned with the words “stand back” and “stand by” and displaying the insignia of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group. 

Shirts bearing the words cropped up for sale after President Donald Trump uttered the phrase on Tuesday night, referring to the white supremacist group, during his debate with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Individuals associated with the Proud Boys online took Mr. Trump’s directive as words of encouragement, and products displaying the phrase quickly made their way onto sites including Amazon and Teespring, an online platform that lets users create and sell their own merchandise. 

But Amazon began blocking sales of the items on Wednesday, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed. “All sellers must follow

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