Prime Day is finally here and you know what that means... shop 'til you drop!
Prime Day, Amazon's annual sale for Prime members, lasts through tomorrow with coveted deals on well-known products and flash deals that you have to be quick to catch. There are thousands of items on sale this time around, from fashion to outdoor accessories to the latest technology. Of all the products Amazon has in store this year, here are a few things that every Austinite needs.
Since hot weather is finally here (and here to stay for the next several months), you might want to start investing in your mosquito protection, lest you spend the entire summer covered in bites. If you plan on spending time on the porch, citronella candles are your best friend. You can stock up on 12 of them for just $15 or a heavy-duty 20-ounce candle for $7, saving you 10% and 18%, respectively. However, if you're really trying to amp up your repellent game, consider investing in a freestanding electric bug zapper to protect yourself from all types of creepy crawlies; $27 (you'll save about $7) could keep you safe across 6,000 feet so you'll never have to worry about bites again!
Fret no more about bringing your expensive speakers poolside—now is prime time to invest in a waterproof sound system so you can enjoy it all summer long, whether you're at the pool, beach or the lake. The massive AOMAIS GO Bluetooth Speaker is so water-resistant that you could bring it into the water with you and enjoy over 40 hours of music on one charge. When it is dry, the speaker system also functions as a power bank, all for $56 right now. But if you're looking for something just a bit more portable, the INSMY Portable Bluetooth Speaker is just as waterproof and boasts an affinity for bass at just $27.
Texas summers are hot, which can make it hard to sleep, especially if you've got your thermostat set high to conserve energy. If the heat makes it hard for you to sleep comfortably, you might want to upgrade your bed setup with some cooling linens. The Comfort Spaces Coolmax sheets are more than 30% off at $25 for a king-size set, with five different neutral colors to choose from. If you're really trying to keep cool, the Elegear cooling blanket is woven with yarn designed to keep you comfortable and dry all night long. The blanket is more than 30% ranging from $29-48 depending on the size.
Though it will run you close to $100, you'll be glad you got an air purifier when cedar fever hits. The AZEUS H13 True HEPA Air Purifier claims to remove 99.99% pollen, pet dander, smoke and dust for more than 1,000 square feet, giving your allergies or asthma a break from the outside world. You can grab the Azeus H13 for $141, more than $100 off the original price, or the $80 Dreamegg Air Purifier that works for up to 269 square feet.
You can't enjoy summer properly without a reliable pair of sandals, especially not if you're planning on soaking in the sun. Go the classic, comfy route with a pair of Adidas slides for only $20, or a pair of Birkenstock-esque sandals for the same price. There's also the rugged Rockport fisherman sandals for $30.
Imagine the outdoor summer movie nights you could host if only you had your own projector. DR. J Professional is offering everything you need to open your own home movie theater for Prime Day: a 1080p mini projector with USB and video game capabilities and a 100-inch screen. Just $80 (you save $20) could turn the tide on your weekend gatherings, pool parties or summertime at home with the family.
If working from home has made you realize that your setup is just not up to snuff, now is the time to get all your upgrades in. Chromebooks, Lenovo and HP devices are up to 25% off through the end of Prime Day, meaning you could land yourself a brand new touchscreen HP Chromebook for as little as $290 or a full 27-inch Acer Aspire desktop computer complete with a wireless keyboard and mouse for just $680 so you will never have to deal with your outdated setup again.
Prime Day is targeting your not-so-green thumb with smart planters, which keep your greenery alive and well, even when you don't have time to take care of them. Start small with a Chirisen self-watering planter for only $17.50 or go fancy with the ALISS Pro Hydroponic Growing System that monitors your plants' nutrient levels, featuring a grow light and oxygen circulation system that can support up to 12 pods for $55, saving you more than $70.
Whether your old headphones are starting to sound off or you just want to experience the new, sleek Apple Airpods Pro, you're in luck. You can snag any of the Airpod generations for a fraction of the new price. You can save $60 on the Airpods Pro, which will run you $190 after the discount, wireless Airpods for $150 or Airpods with a wired charging case for $120. No matter what you choose, you're getting a good deal!
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An Austin-based program manager for Apple Maps and one of two leaders for the #AppleToo activist movement said she has been fired after a suspension.
According to the New York Times, Janneke Parrish said she was put on suspension for several days while the company investigated her activities before she was fired by a human resources employee via phone call on Thursday.
Parrish was under investigation for allegedly leaking a recording of an Apple staff meeting to the media, which she said she didn't do.
The report said the company told Parrish, who is 30, that she was being fired for having deleted files off her company-issued phone and computer before handing them in for examination. Parrish said the files she deleted contained her personal and financial information.
Among the files she deleted were the Robinhood app, which she said was to keep Apple from seeing "how much money I lost investing in GameStop," the Pokemon Go app and screenshots of programming bugs she was fixing.
Parrish said she believes Apple was retaliating against her efforts in organizing #AppleToo, a group of employees working to expose the company's "culture of secrecy" that has been "faced disproportionately by our Black, Indigenous, and other colleagues from minoritized racial, gender and historically marginalized groups of people."
Parrish had been publishing weekly accounts of workplace problems that had been shared anonymously with her from other employees, though she did not verify employment on all of them. The accounts she received were in the hundreds, so Parrish said she was hopeful her termination would lead to some justice within the company.
Employees at tech giants have been more outspoken than usual in recent months—with former Facebook data scientist Frances Haugen speaking out against her former employer—and Parrish said the company's desire to keep under wraps has eroded trust by discouraging employees to come forward with issues like harassment or wage disparity.
Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock commented on the matter: "We are and have always been deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace. We take all concerns seriously and we thoroughly investigate whenever a concern is raised and, out of respect for the privacy of any individuals involved, we do not discuss specific employee matters."
Additionally, the email detailing her termination, which was obtained by the New York Times, said Apple had determined that Parrish "engaged in conduct in violation of Apple policies including, but not limited to, interfering with an investigation by deleting files on your company provided equipment after being specifically instructed not to do so."
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Republic Square Park has turned into a Ford-themed fiesta for its Built to Connect pop-up experience, complete with test drives, off-roading and an inside look at the Tesla-rivaling electric vehicles that the motor vehicle company is planning to integrate over the next decade.
The outdoor driving event is free, open to the public and will stay in the park from now until Oct. 24, offering rides on Bronco Mountain, a 0-40 mph zip in the 2022 all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning and a chance to win an original Ford Bronco.
The event kicked off with a panel of speakers, including Austin Director of Transportation Rob Spillar, Ford General Manager Darren Palmer and engineering specialists discussing Ford's goals to make it so that 50% of the vehicles on the road are electric by 2030.
As an eco-conscious city, Spillar said that around 4,000 vehicles, or 22% of the Texas electric vehicle market, as well as over 15,000 plugins lie in Austin, meaning driving electric just got accessible.
"Austin, as you know, is a fast-growing modern city that is committed to protecting the long term health and viability of our communities and strategies that reduce greenhouse gases, mitigate the effects of climate change and improve the drone quality of life here in Central Texas for all of our residents," Spillar said.
And Ford's electric vehicles are putting up some steep competition for newly-Austin-based company Tesla. The new electric Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lighting offer amenities that used to be exclusive to Musk's brand, such as the BlueCruise self-driving network. The cars also boast a 300-mile range on a single charge, assisted reverse technology and access to the biggest charging network outside of the home.
Plus, Ford's got affordability on its side. The F-150 Lightning starts at $39,974 and the Mustang Mach-E starts at $42,895, while the cheapest Tesla model, the Model 3, starts at $41,990 and averages 262 miles on a single charge.
Speaking of price, the numbers on the electric vehicles may look like a little more than you'd like to pay for your transport, but Palmer promises it will pay off. In addition to a $7,500 tax credit you can earn for your sustainability, you'll never have to buy a pricey tank of gas again.
"Personally, I have not found one customer ever, who would go back to gas so that says something," Palmer said. "I realized, at $51,000, that car outruns every childhood hero car I ever had."
Texas buyers: take note. The Ford Lightning can power your house for three to 10 days, just in case the statewide power grid fails. You can take it glamping with you, so you don't have to leave the comfort of modern life behind, and in a pinch, Palmer said he's even seen a wedding party powered by the truck.
Ford is investing $30 billion into the U.S. market to meet demand by 2025 and the new electric truck already has over 150,000 reservations.
"I think they're going to take off much faster than you expect—they're going to be extremely, extremely popular next year," Palmer said. "With the incentives that are available today, this is starting to become more mainstream and viable for more and more families. We couldn't have done that before, we didn't have the technology, or the technology at that price."
The event is ongoing through next weekend from 12-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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