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A $27 box is all it takes to keep your DVR after you’ve cut the cord

The first thing you did after you cut the cord was buy a good HDTV antenna so you could keep watching live network TV in 1080p HD for free. Well, the first thing you did was your happy dance, but you know what we mean. Now that you have live network TV, wouldn’t it be nice to have your DVR back so you can record your favorite shows? Guess what: you can have it back. The Mediasonic Homeworx HW180STB OTA HDTV DVR only costs $27 right now on Amazon, and it can record OTA TV at full 1080p resolution just like the old DVR you just returned to your cable company.

Here are the highlights from the product page:

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Amazon’s samples let you try before you buy and give you credit back

Free shipping is nice, but free food is better!

Did you know Amazon Prime members get access to entire pages of samples and sample boxes that Amazon will actually reward you for trying? Whether you want some Optimum Nutrition protein bars for $7.99 or an $11.99 variety of treats for your pupper because he’s such a good boy, Amazon’s collection of sample boxes is growing every day. The fun thing about these boxes is after you’ve paid for the samples, Amazon will give you an equivalent credit on your account to spend on a full size item.

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Apple’s new ‘Close Your Rings’ ad definitely wasn’t well thought-out

The HomePod, Apple’s opening salvo in the war against Amazon Echo and Google Home, is off to an inconspicuous start. Despite fawning reviews about the speaker’s sound quality, the HomePod failed to sell out, and a number of features like multi-room support or stereo pairing don’t work at launch.

To make a bad launch worse, it was revealed this week that the $349 speaker can leave a white ring on some wooden surfaces. Apple tried to downplay the issue, saying that it’s ‘not unusual’ for a speaker to do that, but by that point, the ‘Ring of doom’ narrative was already too strong.

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‘Halo Gray’ Essential Phone now available for pre-order, includes Alexa and costs $450

Just yesterday, Essential announced three new colors for its flagship phone – Ocean Depths, Stellar Gray, and Copper Black. While the colors are appealing, the $599 price tag definitely isn’t, especially when the first model has been as low as $300. Today, Essential announced another new color, with Alexa built-in.

The new ‘Halo Gray’ color is now available for pre-order, with a shipping date of February 21. Unlike the other colors, it’s an Amazon exclusive, and Essential says it is “the first Essential Phone to come with Alexa built-in.” Presumably, this is similar to the Alexa integration that the Huawei Mate 9 has. Read More

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