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The best of early Amazon Easter deals, market-leading Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus deals, and more

Save money on early Amazon Easter deals,  the best Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus contract deals, and more.
Save money on early Amazon Easter deals,  the best Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus contract deals, and more.

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Today, announces its biggest ever Easter sale event: eight days of Early Easter deals with savings on thousands of essentials for Easter weekend and beyond.

Early Amazon Easter deals will stop running on 00:00 on Monday, March 19. After this, Amazon Easter deals will start and carry on until 23:59 on Monday, March 26. There will be a range of “Deals of the Day” and also thousands of “Lightning Deals”, which are products available at a discount, in limited quantities, for a short period of time.

However, these deals will be given on offer to Amazon Prime customers 30 minutes prior to going on offer to the public. If you’re an Amazon regular, it may be worth getting an Amazon Prime membership for Amazon’s Easter sale. If you’re interested in Amazon’s Easter sale but not a regular Amazon shopper, you can sign up here for a free 30-day trial.

Here are my hand-picked deals for Thursday, March 15: 

Early Easter Amazon deals

Breville HotCup Hot Water Dispenser£47.99, now £34.99

Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey, 70 cl£42.95, now £33.99

Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey, 70 cl£42.95, now £33.99

Netgear Nighthawk Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender£109.99, now £69.99

Braun Silk-Epil 5 Power Epilator£109.99, now £43.99

Thorntons Milk Chocolate Nuts and Pralines Egg (Pack of 4)£24.00, now £15.20

Ferrero Eggs Cocoa (Pack of 10)£28.10, now £20.00

Kinder Choco Bons Milk Chocolate (Pack of 6)£16.32, now £12.60

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus market-leading contract deals

Are you interested in Samsung’s new flagship phone? It is being released tomorrow and if you are interested, I’ve got the best contract deals for you right here, both of which were released today. 

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

  • Vodafone network

  • 32GB 4G data

  • Unlimited minutes

  • Unlimited texts

  • 24 month contract

SEE THIS DEAL£89.99 upfront, £51/month

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • Vodafone network

  • 16GB 4G data

  • Unlimited minutes

  • Unlimited texts

  • 24 month contract

SEE THIS DEAL£94.99 upfront, £43/month


LG OLED55B7V 55-inch Premium 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart OLED TV£2299.99, now £1799.00

Panasonic TX-58EX750B 58-inch Smart 3D 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV£1349.00, now £999.00

Gaming and Tech

Xbox One X Console£449.99, now £399.99

LG 34UM68 34-inch Ultrawide Height Adjustable IPS Gaming Monitor£464.99, now £329.99

ASUS VP278H 27-inch FHD Gaming Monitor£326.16, now £154.97

PS4 Gran Turismo Sport Limited Edition DualShock 4 V2 Controller£59.99, now £42.85

Foxnovo Levitating Wireless Speaker£99.99, now £199.99

2x Amazon Echo£179.98, now £154.98

Seagate 5TB Backup Plus External Hard Drive –  £129.99, now £121.10


Lovehoney have some amazing deals on sex toys, lingerie and stockings which you may want to take advantage of before they run out:

Sexy stockings£7.99, now £3.00

Top rated sex toys – up to 50% off

Top rated lingerie – up to 50% off

The cryptocurrency market is taking a pounding

It's not looking good right now.
It’s not looking good right now.

Image: Chesnot/Getty Images

Bitcoin, Ethereum, and all other major cryptocurrencies are continuing their downward slide. The prices of all top 10 coins are down by double-digit percentages in the last 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap.

Bitcoin is currently trading at $7,951, a 13.4 percent decline, while Ethereum is at $592, a 14.6 percent drop. 

The sell-off is likely a result of an onslaught of bad news for the crypto market, and the continuation of a bearish trend that started in January. 



On Wednesday, Google announced it will ban cryptocurrency-related ads on its AdWords platform starting June. 

And last week the market was shook by the news of a hacking attempt on popular cryptocurrency exchange Binance, as well as the SEC announcing more stringent regulations for crypto-exchanges (a similar sentiment was expressed during a congressional hearing on cryptocurrencies on Wednesday). It was also revealed that a trustee for the now-defunct crypto-exchange Mt Gox had been selling a large amount of bitcoins on the market since December, likely contributing to Bitcoin’s price decline. 

Overall, the market cap of all cryptocoins put together is around $317 billion at the time of writing — a far cry from its January maximum of $835 billion. The last time this number was this low was in early February, when the total crypto market cap briefly fell down to around $281 billion. 

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Duolingo’s next language course: Star Trek’s Klingon

Duolingo has a gift for nerds: a free Klingon course. 

The course launched on Duolingo’s website today, under license by CBS. It will launch on the Duolingo app for Android and iOS at a later date.

It’s a highly anticipated release, with a waitlist of over 170,000 prior to launch. You’ll learn vocabulary, sentence structure, common phrases, and everything you need to write and speak the Star Trek language. 

This isn’t the first constructed language that Duolingo has endeavored to teach: The platform also offers courses in Esperanto and Game of ThronesHigh Valyrian

Aspiring extraterrestrials will learn some of the following phrases: 

  • The Klingon does not understand English. – Dlvl’ Hol yajbe’ tlhIngan.

  • What do you want? Speak! – nuqneH? yIjatlh!

  • Success and honor! – Qapla’ batlh je!

  • A Klingon will die. – Hegh tlhIngan

  • The ship is big. – tln Duj.

  • Mara is brave. – yoH mara.

  • You are as incompetent as a topah. – bItlhIb; toppa’ Darur.

  • That Klingon is drinking bloodwine. – ‘Iw Hlq tlhutlhtaH tlhInganvetlh.

Like Duolingo’s other courses, Klingon learners will complete a variety of tasks. You’ll match words to pictures and translate words and phrases back and forth between Klingon and English, learning spelling as well as pronunciation. 

For the average language learner, this course may not mean much. But for the massive Star Trek superfandom, and groups like the Klingon Language Institute, which promotes Klingon as “the galaxy’s fastest-growing language,” it’s a huge step forward.

“Many Star Trek fans become curious about the Klingon language at some point, but learning a language takes time, energy and regular practice, especially when you’re just starting out,” said lead course creator Felix Malmenbeck. 

“Therefore, if the language isn’t one of your primary interests, chances are you’ll end up investing that energy elsewhere, whether it’s cosplay, fan fiction, reading novels or any of the multitude of forms that fandom can take. The Duolingo course should help lower that barrier to entry by giving people a simple way to get regular exercise with the language.”

So remember, never give up on your dream — even if that dream is learning an alien language made up by the writers of a TV show.  

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Nest is ready to take over your smart home now

When Google first launched its assistant-enabled Google Home, many onlookers wondered why Nest, the Alphabet-owned smart home gadget maker, wasn’t more closely involved with the speaker. 

From the outside, it appeared to some as though Nest was a mere afterthought in what would be Google’s most important product for the home. Now we can safely put those fears to rest. 

Not only is Nest now officially back together with Google, the company is ready to make good on its promises of Google Assistant-fueled smart home future.

On Wednesday, the company’s two latest products go on sale: the $229 Nest Hello video doorbell and the $249 Nest Yale smart lock. The company is also opening up pre-orders for a new $39 temperature sensor for Nest thermostats. 

Nest Hello is Google’s answer to the Ring (which was recently acquired by Amazon for more than $1 billion). The core features are mostly the same — it allows you to remotely check who is outside your door at any given moment, and comes equipped with a camera and speaker. 

Google’s video doorbell will also let you record canned responses for when you can’t get to the app and send you alerts when it detects people outside your door. 

The Nest Yale Lock.

The Nest Yale Lock.

Image: nest

The Nest Yale lock is a Wi-Fi-equipped lock that doesn’t require a key to use. Instead, you enter a code to unlock the door and homeowners can control who has access from an app on their phone.

Finally, Google is taking pre-orders for a new temperature sensor for Nest thermostats. The $39 gadget is meant to be a solution for households where not every room stays at a consistent temperature, which can be problematic if, say, your Nest is in one of the warmer rooms of the house.

Now, you can place a sensor in a room separate from the thermostat and let the Nest adjust based on the temperature in that room. 

But perhaps most compelling is that all of Nest’s products are now closely integrated into Google Assistant. If you have a Google Home speaker, you can control Nest’s full lineup (including the previously announced outdoor security cameras and alarm system) by talking to the Google Assistant. 

And for Nest, which now finds itself with an even more massive competitor in Amazon, that might make all the difference. Even if you only own one or two Nest products, the promise that they can be part of a bigger Google Assistant-enabled smart home (and one that you know will be free of the headaches that come with integrating a bunch of third-party gadgets into one house), only makes Google’s vision for the smart home that much more appealing.

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‘Tears of Joy’ emoji no longer sufficient to describe the surrealistic hellscape that is now

Sad face.
Sad face.


Times right now are … weird, and your emoji use proves it. 

Or, rather, we should say your disuse. That’s because everyone’s once-favorite way to pictorially say haha omg that shit is so hilarious I’m crying right now, the so-called “Tears of Joy” emoji, has experienced a major falloff in use. 

You know the one. This little dude: 😂.

According to Emojipedia, while the TOJ emoji is still popular, its use seems to have peaked in early 2017. These days, people are turning less and less to our jovial friend and more and more to its coked-up Dadaist cousin: Rolling on the Floor Laughing (🤣). 

Whereas Tears of Joy invited you to share in a moment of brief respite from the madness all around, ROFL demands that you throw caution to the wind and embrace the chaos with absurdity-fueled arms. When Tears of Joy suggested that, just perhaps, there may have been a reason for laughter in the world, ROFL laughs at the world itself. 

And, well, shit. It’s not like any of that is wrong. 

A graph from Emojipedia helps to put things in perspective. TOJ is still kicking ROFL’s ass in terms of pure numbers (so all you ride or die TOJers out there can breathe easy), but even with society collapsing in on itself we can still see which way the emoji winds are blowing.

Specifically, they’re blowing us onto the floor. Where we’ll no doubt remain. Laughing. 

Times they are a changing.

Times they are a changing.

Image: emojipedia

Now, it’s important to note that this data comes from emoji page views on Emojipedia — not, say, records of actual usage in text-based conversations. However, the site does a decent job of explaining why that’s a good proxy.

Without “one true source of emoji data,” there isn’t a foolproof way to determine which emoji are used most often, writes Emojipedia Editor in Chief Jeremy Burge. “Emojipedia page view data tends to track fairly closely to usage on public platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and as such seems a reasonable method of determining popularity over time.”

And anyway, there’s room for both TOJ and ROFL in these surrealist times. Just, whatever you do, stay the hell away from the Upside-Down Face. We’re not that far gone. 

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