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    Amazon studio plans lighthearted show of Ring surveillance footage / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 11 August, 2022 - 22:13

Amazon's combining its endless reach with its constant surveillance—but for laughs.

Enlarge / Amazon's combining its endless reach with its constant surveillance—but for laughs. (credit: Getty Images)

For some people, the term "Ring Nation" might evoke a warrantless surveillance dystopia overseen by an omnipotent megacorp. To Amazon-owned MGM , Ring Nation is a clip show hosted by comedian Wanda Sykes, featuring dancing delivery people and adorable pets.

Deadline reports that the show, due to debut on September 26, is "the latest example of corporate synergy at Amazon." Amazon owns household video security brand Ring, Hollywood studio MGM, and Big Fish, the producer of Ring Nation

Viral videos captured by doorbell cameras have been hot for a while now. You can catch them on late-night talk shows, the r/CaughtOnRing subreddit, and on millions of TikTok users' For You page. Amazon's media properties, perhaps sensing an opportunity to capitalize and soften Ring's image, are sallying forth with an officially branded offering.

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    A bunch of Amazon devices are on sale for Prime Day, some at more than half off / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 13 October, 2020 - 13:34 · 1 minute

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Enlarge / Amazon's waterproof Kindle Paperwhite. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

Amazon Prime Day is upon us once again, folks. As it does every year, the sales event brings discounts to thousands of products—with the company’s own devices getting some of the biggest price cuts. This year, we have markdowns across the board , ranging from services like Amazon Music and Audible to Kindle, Fire, and Echo devices.

So, if you’re seeking to set up your smart home, buy a new e-reader, tablet, streaming device, DVR alternative, or even a set of security cameras, we've gathered Prime Day's best Amazon device deals in one place for your convenience. As a reminder, the Prime Day offers below are only available to Prime subscribers , and the event itself will last until 12am PT on October 14.

Best Kindle e-reader and Fire tablet deals of Prime Day 2020

The Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet.

The Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

For the budding or long-time bookworm, the Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader you can buy . The waterproof device is available in a classic black casing or a handful of playful, colorful alternatives for kids, who unfortunately aren't waterproof. The former in particular is down to $80, which is the lowest price we've tracked.

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    New Amazon hardware: Ring drones, Echo Dot 4th Gen, Wi-Fi 6 Eero and more / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 24 September, 2020 - 21:20 · 1 minute

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Enlarge / One of many devices introduced today, the 4th-generation Echo devices is a cloth-covered sphere with a halo at the base, contrasting with the squat plastic cylinders of earlier generation Echoes. (credit: Amazon)

Today at Amazon's hardware launch event, the company announced new Ring, Echo, Eero, and Fire devices. Amazon also announced a new gaming service called Luna , which we're covering in its own article .

Ring Always Home Cam

The Ring Always Home Cam is the newest device in the Ring family, which is better known for doorbells with cameras in them. The Always Home Cam is a tiny, self-docking drone designed to fly around inside your home, streaming video off to the cloud for review in smartphone apps. Ring founder Jamie Siminoff says the Always Home Cam is intended to provide multiple interior viewpoints without the need for multiple interior cameras and that it's an "obvious product that's very hard to build."

The drone operates fully autonomously, but the setup procedure involves mapping areas of the house in which it's allowed to fly and what paths it's allowed to take. After setup, the drone can be asked to fly directly, or it can fly on its own to visit disturbances detected by Ring alarm systems. Its 1080p camera is blocked by the dock itself, so if the drone is not in flight, it's not streaming or recording. Like most small drones, it integrates automatic obstacle avoidance and uses propeller shrouds to protect both the blades themselves and any objects, persons, or pets that might otherwise encounter them.

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