US denies visas to Afghanistan’s all-girl robotics team

Six teenage girls from Afghanistan planned to come to the US to compete in the First Global Challenge robotics competition this month, but those plans were canceled after they were denied visas to enter the country. Forbes reports that the girls traveled 500 miles to Kabul for their visa interviews, and that their robot’s supplies were held in customs for months.

This kit, which the competition organizers issued to every participating team, included different components, like brackets, extrusions, fastening hardware, hardware adaptors, bearings, wheels of different sizes, gears, pulleys, motors, servos, and sprockets. The State Department feared ISIS might try to use these parts on the battlefield, which is why they delayed sending them to the girls.

Still, the team built a ball-sorting robot on a shortened timeline; their kit only arrived three weeks ago. More than 100 other teams have entered the competition, including participants from Iraq, Iran, and Sudan. The girls’ robot will still compete, but the team will only be able to watch over a video call from their homes in Herat, Afghanistan.

Weird game about girls in bikinis is getting a VR sense edition where you can *smell* them now, too

Dead or Alive is a…weird series. And it’s only getting weirder with a new VR-equipped arcade cabinet edition releasing soon.

On the surface, Dead or Alive is a series of fighting games featuring scantily-clad women who, in a spin-off series, adopt a quieter life of playing volleyball and enjoying other beach activities. Since the spin-off series, the games have mostly become about about weird camera pans, zooms, and upskirt-like shots. 

The volleyball-set series somehow gets even creepier by now allowing players to smell the characters in its upcoming, immersive, photobooth-style arcade cabinet.

Dead or Alive publisher Koei Tecmo revealed several games that will be available on its VR Sense game cabinet in Japan, which emits odors, sprays mist on you, and simulates wind while you sit and play games in VR, Dengeki Online reported. Dead or Alive Xtreme is one of those games.

An excited Famitsu reporter tried the game out, noting that he felt a spray of water while he watched one of the characters shower and noticed her fragrant smell.

There’s no getting around how gross this sounds.

Dead or Alive Xtreme, the a spinoff series based on the Dead or Alive fighting game series, features a handful of women who exclusively wear revealing swimsuits and compete in events like beach volleyball and a game where two people use their butts to knock each other off a floating platform in a pool.

Dead or Alive Xtreme is already available for PlayStation VR, which apparently isn’t immersive enough for some people. 

VR Sense will have a number of other titles available in Japan, including a horse racing game, a fantasy action game, and a horror game.

H/T Kotaku

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How Uber can emerge from its scandals as a more ethical company

To put it lightly, Uber has had a rough couple months. After the departure of its CEO Travis Kalanick and many of his top deputies following several months of nonstop scandals and controversies, the company finds itself in the unique position to hit the reset button. Naturally, a lot of experts and pundits have been weighing in with a variety recommendations for how Uber can rebuild its tattered image.

But a new coalition of labor unions, accessibility advocates, and consumer rights groups has emerged with its own list of suggestions. This group is urging Uber to look beyond the insular world of its employees, board members, and investors to a much broader one that includes hundreds of thousands of drivers and millions of customers.

The coalition, which includes groups representing over a million members, sent an open letter to Uber’s board members and top executives. In it, they praise the “Moving Uber Forward” letter, in which the company’s top investors called for Kalanick’s resignation, and the board’s adoption of the recommendations from the investigation into its corporate culture. “Those are good steps,” the open letter states, “but Uber’s stakeholders include a much larger group than private equity, venture capitalists, and other large investors.

The open letter continues, “Making changes only at the corporate leadership level creates a dangerous likelihood that Uber’s sustained ethics challenges will resurface.”

The letter’s signatories include a number of groups that have been at loggerheads with Uber over the years, such as the Amalgamated Transit Union, Teamsters Local 117, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, and the Center for Disability Rights. It also features worker rights advocates like the National Employment Law Project, several Pittsburgh-based groups (Uber’s autonomous driving research division is located there), and The Rideshare Guys Harry Campbell.

They urge Uber to make several fundamental changes to the way it conducts its business. To be sure, Uber is already engaged in some of these changes, like data-sharing with local communities and pivoting from “adversarial to collaborative relationships with local governments.” The company recently discontinued its use of the regulator-thwarting software program Greyball after The New York Times outed its existence.

Other recommendations, such as paying drivers a living wage and making payroll tax contributions to workers compensation, social security, and unemployment insurance, will be a tougher hill to climb to those advocating for a more ethical Uber. The company classifies its drivers as independent contractors, arguing they are in business for themselves and thus ineligible for traditional benefits like overtime and health insurance. Still, it’s noticeable that the advocates don’t call for Uber to reclassify its drivers outright, but simply comply with some core labor standards.

Uber recently launched an effort entitled “180 Days of Change” aimed at improving outreach to drivers. This effort includes adding a tipping option to the app and helping drivers obtain injury insurance protection. Critics note, however, that the insurance policies promoted by Uber could leave drivers on the hook for thousands of dollars.

They are also urging Uber to commit to a more transparent pricing structure, especially in light of recent reports that it routinely overcharges riders for trips. They also want Uber to commit “safe, equal service for all, especially communities of color and people with disabilities.” Wheelchair accessibility advocates recently sued Uber for not providing enough accessible vehicles.

“The best way for Uber to move forward is for the company to make real, transparent, and enforceable commitments to its drivers, its riders, and the communities in which it operates,” the letter states. “A partnership with these constituencies has the potential to transform the company, and to hold Uber accountable to the higher standards to which it aspires.”

Whether Uber will adopt any of these (admittedly unsolicited) recommendations is anyone’s guess. In response to the letter, a spokesperson for the company said, “We’re focused on building a company that we can be proud of. That means improving our internal culture, repairing our relationship with drivers, and being better citizens to the communities we serve.”

Uber likes to tout the fact that it listens to, and makes changes based on, the feedback it gets from riders and drivers. But on huge corporate changes that would affect its advantage over its competitors, as well as its bottom line, Uber typically turns to one group: the wealthy investors whose financing has helped secure its status as the valuable startup in the world.

Syfy’s space opera Killjoys returns tonight — here’s why you should watch

A couple of years ago, Syfy went back to its roots when it greenlit three new television shows: The Expanse, Dark Matter, and Killjoys. All three shows follow the crew of a spaceship in some sector of space, and they all harken back to the days when episodes of Andromeda, Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, or Stargate were easily accessible in broadcast or syndication.

The Expanse wrapped its second season in April; Dark Matter returned in June; and on Friday, June 30th, Killjoys is beginning its third season. Its trailer promised plenty more bounty-hunter-in-space action, as well as cyborgs, green goo, and more one-liners. Here’s why the show’s worth checking out.

Some minor spoilers for seasons 1 and 2 ahead.

What’s this show about?

Killjoys was created by Michelle Lovretta, the mind behind Syfy’s series Lost Girl. Killjoys is about three agents who work for the Reclamation Apprehension Coalition (RAC), a loose union of bounty hunters who will pick up any contract, from delivering cargo to tracking down criminals. They operate in the Quad, a four-planet, inhabited system.

Who are the main characters?

Dutch (aka Yalena Yardeen, played by Hannah John-Kamen) is the highest-ranking RAC agent. She has a secret past: she was trained from a young age to be an assassin, and she’s still grappling with her history. Her partner is Johnny Jaqobis (Aaron Ashmore), who met Dutch by trying to steal her ship. He’s a smartass, but sort of the heart of the group. Finally, there’s D’avin Jaqobis, Johnny’s brother, a former soldier with a traumatic past. He’s also been on the receiving end of some experimentation, something that’s been playing out in the show.

There are a bunch of side characters as well: Pree is the owner of the Royale bar, a frequent location for the show. Alvis Akari is a resistance fighter and monk. Turin is a high-ranking RAC agent. Khlyen is Dutch’s former mentor, a high-ranking RAC agent. Dr. Pawter Simms is a disgraced royal and medical doctor. And then there’s Lucy, the artificial intelligence in Dutch’s ship.

What’s the setting like?

The show is set in The Quad, comprised of a planet and four moons, all in a star cluster known as The J. The planet is Qresh. Earth-like, and home to the people who can afford to live there, it’s pretty good at keeping undesirables out. The largest moon is Westerly, which was heavily mined by The Company. It’s home to a huge population of miners and workers. Many of them don’t really want to be there, though, because of the extensive pollution. The moon is Leith is cleaner, but has tight restrictions on who can travel and live there. Finally, there’s Arkyn, the smallest moon, which was home to the first colonization efforts, until something went horribly wrong. It’s uninhabited, but there’s a mysterious facility there.

What’s also great about this particular world (or worlds) is that each feels completely unique and lived in, like there’s a bit more than meets the eye with everything. So far, the show’s creators have done a good job using this to bring forward some of the background characters, like Pree or Turin.

What are the big plot arcs?

In the first season, the protagonists make their way through the universe: D’avin joins the crew, and they begin taking warrants in the Quad together. A mysterious figure from Dutch’s past begins stalking her (Khlyen), while a war brews between a major company that controls the Quad, and some of its residents. The RAC agents are supposed to be neutral in all this, but Dutch and company are sucked into the middle of everything. At the end of the season, D’avin is captured by a mysterious program, Red 17.

In the second season, the team works to get D’avin back, and begins to unravel the mysteries behind Red 17, the failed experiments that occurred on Arkyn, and how Khlyen fits into everything.

Where is season 3 picking up?

The team suffered a series of devastating losses in the second season, so they’re going to be picking up and dealing with the fallout from that, with Dutch essentially calling for war to avenge them. From the trailer, it looks like Dutch will also be dealing with a dopplegänger, among other things.

What makes Killjoys worth watching?

As with Dark Matter, I’ve really loved Syfy’s return to form when it comes to shows about spaceships. I grew up with shows like Babylon 5, Farscape, Firefly, and Stargate, and I’ve missed the stories about the crew of a spaceship going out on random adventures. Killjoys in particular hits a sweet spot for me: it has a fantastic diverse cast, a vibrant location, and a badass leading lady. While the show doesn’t hesitate to take its characters to some darker places when it needs to, its writers and actors inject quite a bit of humor into each episode, which makes it quite a bit of fun to watch. If The Expanse is a serious guard dog, Killjoys is a carefree Golden Retriever. It’s full of quippy one-liners and action, and it crams in plenty of story and lots of world-building.

Okay, where can I catch up on this?

Unfortunately, the show isn’t on Netflix. If you have a cable subscription, you can stream it on Syfy’s website, and it’s available for purchase in all the usual places. Season 3 starts on June 30th on Syfy.

Here are our 3 favorite Amazon tech deals for Friday

Friday’s Amazon Gold Box deals feature a UBS-powered desk fan, a portable charger, and a wireless headset. Score savings up to $45 and discounts as deep as 66 percent. Read on to browse today’s best Amazon tech deals.

Aceyoon Silent Mini USB Powered Desk Fan

Amazon tech deals Aceyoon Silent Mini USB Powered Desk Fan

Keep cool this summer and be more productive at your workstation with an Aceyoon Silent Mini USB Powered Desk Fan, which is currently 66 percent off on Amazon. Like many of our favorite fans, this mini fan is suitable for your desk, car, office, and more.

The fan has an ultra silent high-quality brushless motor so it’s not a distraction. It can reach up to 2,500 RPM with low noise and will still not affect your working or sleeping. It supports a 360-degree multi-angle manual rotation, you can choose the best wind direction freely.

It’s powered by a 1.2-meter USB cable so you can easily charge it on the go with a USB power bank. The mini fan is portable and will not overtake your desk space. It is suitable for use in offices, homes, dorms, libraries, games rooms, and even outdoor places. A dense protective cover greatly protects anything, such as your little baby’s finger, from getting near the blades.

The Aceyoon Silent Mini USB Powered Desk Fan normally retails for $23 but is currently discounted to $8 on Amazon, providing a $15 (66 percent) discount.

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Poweradd 2nd Gen 3.4A Pilot 2GS 10000mAh Power Bank

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Stay powered up where ever you go with a Poweradd 2nd Gen 3.4A Pilot 2GS 10000mAh Power Bank, which is currently 66 percent off on Amazon. The power bank has classic styling and an average 4.3 out of 5-star review on Amazon, based on over 3,800 customer reviews.

The power bank automatically detects your device and deliver its fastest possible charge speed up to 2.4A. It has a 5V/2A input that is twice as fast as 1amp input, which means you can fully charge it in only 5 hours. The charger can provide four solid charges to an iPhone 6s, or at least two and a half charges to a Galaxy S6, or one and a half charges to an iPad Mini.

Like many of the best portable chargers, it has a compact design with an Aviation Aluminum body designed to ensure lightweight and durability. The compact size makes it easy to carry around as it easily fit into your pocket. The Grade A+ Li-polymer cell premium microchips multi-protect system provides protection against overcharging, over-discharging, over-voltage, over current and short-circuit issues.

The Poweradd 2nd Gen 3.4A Pilot 2GS 10000mAh Power Bank formally retails for $40 but is currently on sale for $13 on Amazon, saving you $27 (66 percent).

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Mpow Bluetooth Headphones Over Ear Hi-Fi Stereo Wireless Headset

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Upgrade your listening experience with a Mpow Bluetooth Headphones Over Ear Hi-Fi Stereo Wireless Headset, which is currently 57 percent off on Amazon. The headset lets you spoil your ears with robust, balanced, and detailed sound.

The headset is a No. 1 Best Seller on Amazon and features passive noise isolating technology. The closed-back design provides immersive hi-fi sound thanks in part to a CSR chip and 40mm driver. A built-in 420mAh battery provides up to 13-hour music time, or 15-hour talking time on a single charge. 

The headset is built to be comfortable with memory-protein ear cushions that simulate human skin texture and ensure lasting comfort. The stainless steel slider and softly padded headband allows you to find the perfect fit and provides extra durability. The headset has a folding design that not just saves space at your desk space but is also convenient for carrying in the included carrying bag.

The Mpow Bluetooth Headphones Over Ear Hi-Fi Stereo Wireless Headset normally retails for $80 but is currently on sale for $35 on Amazon, providing a $45 (57 percent) discount.

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Tintri up slightly after lowering IPO price


Enterprise cloud company Tintri was supposed to debut on the public markets yesterday with an IPO price between $10.50 to $12.50, but then pushed things back a day and lowered its price to $7. Shares were up about 3.5% midday Friday, trading at roughly $7.25 per share.

In what seems to be a tough week for tech IPOs, cooking kit delivery service Blue Apron also significantly lowered its price range after weak investor demand. It could be a sign that the appetite for technology IPOs is cooling.

But Tintri’s business is a lot more like Nutanix or Pure Storage, other venture-backed companies that have gone public in the past two years. Tintri is a flash storage provider, and it also offers cloud storage for large businesses, with a system that will be compatible with Amazon Web Services.

Tintri co-founder and CTO Kieran Harty told TechCrunch they are “providing the AWS-like cloud in your own data center.” He views this as a way for businesses to get “the benefit of the public cloud without the downside.” 

Tintri has over 1250 enterprise clients including Sony Computer, MillerCoors, and The Carlyle Group. Harty says that their systems are better equipped than some of the competition to “support tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of workloads.”

They brought in brought in $125.1 million in revenue for its latest fiscal year, but their losses were almost as big, in the red for $105.8 million. Yet this is a better ratio than last year when revenue was $86 million and losses stood at $100.1 million. The prior year also had losses that exceeded revenue.

“Sales and marketing” is Tintri’s biggest expense and cost the company $108.9 million this past year. The company also spent $53.4 million on research and development.

In the “risk factors” section of the filing, Tintri warns it has “a history of losses and may not be able to achieve or maintain profitability.” Their accumulated deficit is $338.7 million. “We anticipate that our operating expenses will increase substantially in the foreseeable future as we continue to hire additional employees, develop our technology and enhance our product and service offerings, expand our sales and marketing teams, make investments in our distribution channels, expand our operations and prepare to become a public reporting company,” the filing added.

Tintri also recognizes that they face “intense competition” from “numerous established companies that sell enterprise cloud infrastructure systems or storage solutions.” There’s a long list of data center competitor, including EMC, Dell, NetApp, IBM and VMware. Tintri not only competes with Nutanix and Pure Storage in flash storage, but also Nimble Storage from HP Enterprise.

Nutanix went public last year and has had a volatile ride on the stock market, but it is still trading above its IPO price. This may be a good sign for Tintri if investors consider them a comparable. But Pure Storage, however, is trading below its 2015 IPO price, which could be seen as a negative indicator.

The Mountain View, California-based company has raised over $260 million in funding, since 2011. Its valuation at the last funding round was said to be $785 million. This is definitely a “down-round IPO” for the company, with its market cap currently at $225 million. We are increasingly seeing companies debut beneath their last private round, which is a let down for late stage investors and also some employees.

New Enterprise Associates (NEA) had the largest stake at 22.7% prior to the offering. Silver Lake owned 20.4%, Insight Venture Partners owned 20.2% and Lightspeed Venture Partners owned 14.5%.

The company listed on the Nasdaq, under the ticker “TNTR.” Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch co-managed the IPO.

Here’s the tweetstorm tale of why Google pulled YouTube as a default app for the iPhone

If you had an iPhone before iOS 6, you probably remember this setup.
If you had an iPhone before iOS 6, you probably remember this setup.

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When the iPhone launched 10 years ago, it came with YouTube as a default app on iOS 1.

The pairing of the Google-owned video platform and Apple wasn’t as odd then as it might seem today — the first commercial version of Android didn’t debut until 2008. 

But that doesn’t mean that the Apple/ Google collaboration was a happy marriage. The YouTube app was created by Apple with little input from the YouTube team, which limited the video viewing experience, much to the chagrin of iOS users resorting to their mobile browser to watch video content on the platform.  

That changed in 2012 with the introduction of iOS 6, which launched without the Apple-built YouTube app for the first time, after Google didn’t renew its license. This allowed Google to bring its own fully realized version of YouTube to the App Store, but also meant that YouTube was no longer a default app on the phone.

At the time, it wasn’t exactly clear why the split happened. My colleague Chris Taylor, who hated the Apple video player, guessed it was the result of Apple distancing itself from its rival, as it was the same year Maps came as part of the OS, too. 

Now, almost five years later we have an inside look at what went down with the split. 

Hunter Walk, a notable venture capitalist who was on the YouTube team back in the early days of the iPhone, shed a little more light on the story via tweetstorm, which was spotted by Business Insider. In the tweetstorm, Walk gives us some insight about exactly what went down.

You can read the whole story — according to Walk, at least — below:

There you go. A five year old question, answered. 

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Instagram now hides offensive comments and spam, thanks to machine learning

Why it matters to you

Machine learning could help change the way users behave on social media going forward.

Instagram is fighting back at offensive comments. In a blog post titled “Keeping Instagram a Safe Place for Self-Expression,” CEO Kevin Systrom outlined a pair of new features based on machine learning that aims to clean up responses to posts and live video.

The first is an optional filter that simply hides comments automatically determined to be toxic or abusive. It can be toggled on or off in the settings and is launching first in English, with other languages to follow. Instagram points out that if a few comments do manage to slip through the net, you are still free to delete and report them as before or turn commenting off entirely.

Another new feature uses similar technology to automatically block spam, and currently works in a multitude of languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, French, German, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese. This filter has actually been kicking around in some form or another since last fall, according to Wired, which states that the success behind it inspired Instagram to tackle the problem of hate speech using the same kind of algorithms.

As with anything dependent on machine learning, Systrom says these features will improve over time as more users report certain posts and share others. The company considers these measures a critical step toward fostering “kind, inclusive” communities on the network, though admits its work is “far from finished and perfect.”

Instagram is aware of the pitfalls of inadvertently curbing free speech in the name of protecting users, though the system is intelligent enough to take account of the context surrounding each communication. For example, the algorithms are more likely to favor someone you have had frequent and positive experiences with in the past than a stranger. In addition, a user who ends up leaving a blocked comment on one of your posts won’t know their comment has been hidden — preventing people from tempting the censors just for fun.

Comment filtering is just one of a number of new features that have made their way to the photo-centric social network in recent months, with the ability to archive posts recently undergoing testing.

Earlier in 2017, Twitter set foot on a similar path to curb abusive behavior by hiding offensive content and “less-relevant” replies that don’t contribute to a discussion. Unlike Instagram’s approach, the posts are still there — they have just collapsed automatically and can be viewed with an extra tap or click. Twitter also instituted a 12-hour probation-like system for users behaving violently toward non-followers and taken steps to ensure banned individuals cannot simply turn around and make another account to rejoin the network.

Facebook News Feed change demotes sketchy links overshared by spammers


Technically, Facebook can’t suspend people’s accounts just for sharing 50-plus false, sensational or clickbaity news articles per day. It doesn’t want to trample anyone’s right to share. But there’s nothing stopping it from burying those links low in the News Feed so few people ever see them.

Today Facebook announced an algorithm change that does just that. It detects links that are aggressively shared by suspected spammers, and deprioritizes them in the News Feed. Facebook’s research shows that these links “tend to include low quality content such as clickbait, sensationalism, and misinformation,” so showing these links less prominently could improve the quality of what people see on the social network even if this change doesn’t analyze the specific content behind the links.

If you just like to post a lot on Facebook, this shouldn’t affect you. Pages are free to post as much as they want as this change only scrutinizes individual user accounts. And Facebook says only Pages that depend on these spammers for traffic will see a drop in their distribution.

That’s because Facebook’s VP of News Feed Adam Mosseri tells me it’s targeting “People who are sharing deliberately and purposefully . . . who purposely share vast quantities of things. Fifty-plus posts a day. Very significant statistical outliers. People having an outsize impact, inundating the News Feed with public content because they have some sort of agenda.”

Example of clickbait shared on Facebook

Facebook began its ongoing battle with clickbait back in 2014 by demoting links to websites people opened and immediately jumped back to Facebook. Since then it’s changed the algorithm to show fewer hoaxes, trained AI to weed out clickbait and spam, combatted fake news with reporting options and fact checkers, demoted links to crappy ad-filled sites and expanded its attack on clickbait to nine more languages.

You can see all of Facebook’s dozens of algorithm changes in our Ultimate Guide To How Facebook News Feed Works.

“We’re trying to do as much as we can to get false news, clickbait and sensationalism off our platform,” Mosseri insists. “We’re a platform that tries to empower people to share. And so these people are in a grey area. They’re spamming but not necessarily violating any specific policies that we have so we think this is the right type of approach.”

If Facebook can banish this kind of content from its feed, people will spend more time reading, be more confident about what they click and Facebook can better fulfill its new mission statement to “bring the world closer together.” While blatantly false news gets most of the attention, it’s only a small fraction of what’s shared. Sensational and biased content that polarizes society is a more subtle but sizable problem. Downranking this content in News Feed could help liberals and conservatives build stronger bridges across the ideological divide.

The best Amazon prime exclusive mobile phone deals right now

If you’re a Prime member, you can score a new phone at a stunningly low price right now by shopping one of these Prime exclusive phone deals. For a limited time, Amazon is offering impressive deals on unlocked phones from Alcatel, BLU, Moto, and Nokia exclusively for Prime members. The deal prices are reserved for paid Prime members only, but if you’re a Prime Free Trial or Invitee member, you can purchase the phones at full price and automatically receive an Amazon.com Gift Card after becoming a paid Prime member. Read on to browse our favorite prime exclusive phone deals.

Alcatel Idol 5S

Prime exclusive phone deals Alcatel Idol 5S

Snag a high-quality phone that stands out with this Alcatel Idol 5S, which will be discounted to $200 for pre-order for Prime members. (The phone will be released and pre-orders will ship on July 10.) The phone has an already low price for a well-rounded device.

The Idol 5S has fast 4G LTE speeds, complete with a 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, and 3GB of RAM. A true entertainment-ready device, it has a beautiful 5.2-inch full HD (1080 pixel) display to enjoy your videos and pictures. The phone has a nice metal and 2.5D glass design and dual 3.6-watt front-facing speakers with stereo sound. It also has a 12MP rear-facing camera and an 8MP front-facing camera with video stabilization for high-quality photos and videos.

The phone runs Android 7.1 Nougat with split screen view so you can easily access the Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail, and Google Assistant. It has a built-in fingerprint sensor that grants you convenient access to the device. Prime members also get unlimited access to Prime movies and TV shows, Prime Music, Prime Photos storage, deals, and more. 

The Alcatel Idol 5S will regularly retail for $280 but is available on Amazon for pre-order for $200 for Prime members only.

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Nokia 6

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Get your hands on a premium phone that was built to last when you purchase a Nokia 6, which is discounted to $180 for pre-orders for Prime members only. (The phone will be released and pre-orders will ship on July 10th.) The phone is easy to navigate and provides a smooth performance for Android fans.

The latest Nokia model is crafted from a single block of 6000 series aluminum, anodized, polished, and finished with bright diamond-cut edges. It has a vibrant 5.5-inch full HD IPS laminated display with 85 percent color gamut reproduction giving you an extra clean, clear picture. Immerse yourself in entertainment with louder sound and a deeper bass thanks to dual speakers and a smart amplifier with 7.2-watt peak output.

The phone runs Android 7.1 Nougat which brings you the latest Android features such as Android Doze, which makes your battery last longer. The 16MP phase detection autofocus rear camera and 8MP auto-focus front camera allow you to easily capture every moment. The phone comes with a 32GB internal memory and a MicroSD card slot that can support up to 128GB.

The Nokia 6 will normally retail for $230 but is available on Amazon for pre-order or $180 for Prime members only.

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Moto G Plus

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Prime members can score a carrier-friendly Moto G Plus (fifth generation) on Amazon for $180 through Amazon’s Prime exclusive phone deals. The well-received smartphone has an average 4.2 out of 5-star rating on Amazon based on over 1,500 reviews.

The unlocked phone can conveniently be used with any major carrier and you can swap between them with ease. The durable metal phone comes with a high-grade aluminum finish that’s been diamond cut and bead-blasted to perfection. The phone camera is the first camera in its class with Dual Autofocus Pixels that use 10 times more pixels on the sensor, so the camera is able to lock onto a subject up to 60 percent faster than the previous generation Moto G Plus models.

Power up quickly with the included TurboPower charger that gives the phone up to 6 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes on average. The phone has a fast 2.0 GHz octa-core processor, powerful graphics capabilities, and support for 4G LTE. Additionally, you can use the handy fingerprint sensor to instantly unlocks the phone.

The fifth generation Moto G Plus regularly retails for $230 but Prime members can score one for $180 on Amazon right now.

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BLU R1 HD

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If you want a super budget-friendly phone consider this BLU R1 HD phone, which is currently marked down to only $50 for Amazon Prime members. The ultra-affordable phone is ranked No. 4 on Amazon in Unlocked Cell Phones and has received two thumbs up in online mobile phone reviews.

The phone has a vivid curved screen with a 1280-by-720 pixel display that results in a 294 ppi combined with over 420 nit. Well thought out Corning Gorilla Glass 3 gives the smartphone an extra layer of protection against scratches, cracks, and breakage. The phone incorporates high-grade materials such as a curved glass touch panel that ensures excellent sensory feedback and feel, as well as a gorgeous look.

It has a MediaTek 6735 1.3GHz Quad-Core processor that works simultaneously with the 2GB of RAM for a seamless user experience. The phone uniquely has dual sim capabilities that allow you to have two phone numbers in one device. Finally, get near-perfect pictures with the main 8-megapixel autofocus camera, f2.0 aperture, and 4-pixel lens.

The LUE R1 HD normally retails for $100 but Prime members can get one for $50 on Amazon right now.

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Moto E

Amazon prime exlcusive phone deals Moto E

Upgrade your mobile experience with a Moto E, which is available for $100 on Amazon for Prime members only. The newly released phone has a special water-repellent nano-coating to protect the device inside and out.

It has a bright vibrant 5-inch HD display but still maintains a compact design. The phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor and delivers 4G speed so you can swipe and click even faster. It also has 2GB RAM with 16GB internal memory and support for up to 128GB with a microSD card.

The phone runs Android 7.1, which is an updated version of the popular operating system. Taking pictures is easy with the 5MP front-facing camera and 8MP rear-facing camera with a flash. The phone is compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon networks.

The Moto E normally retails for $130 but today Prime members can score one for $100 on Amazon.

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