Amazon adds antenna service for satellite data; courts space industry

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, August 8, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File photo

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Inc on Tuesday said it was starting a new antenna service for uploading and downloading data from satellites, in a bid to lure more space industry customers to the cloud.

The world’s No. 1 cloud computing company said it was aiming to make data transfers to and from satellites cheaper and easier through ground stations associated with its data centers across the globe. It listed Lockheed Martin Corp as one of the customers or partners already previewing the service.

“It’s not so simple dealing with satellites if you actually want to be able to upload and download data,” Andy Jassy, Amazon Web Services’ chief executive, said in Las Vegas announcing the service, which he called a “total game changer for how people can interact with satellites.”

Reporting By Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco; Editing by David Gregorio

Cyber Monday 2018: 40 Extended Deals You Can Still Buy

If you slept in yesterday, or were lucky enough to spend a day away from screens, you missed a bunch of sales. Cyber Monday is the epic conclusion to what has become an extended weekend of deals beginning with Black Friday (or Thanksgiving for some retailers and shoppers).

No big deal. We combed through our many Cyber Monday guides and found more than three dozen deals that are still active as of noon on Tuesday. These are all items we like here at WIRED. These deals tend to be volatile so we don’t know how long they will last, but have a gander if you’re still bargain hunting for the holidays.

TV and Home Theater Deals

43-Inch TCL 4K Roku TV

$350 ($50 off) from Amazon

TCL’s 5 Series 4K TV with Roku has all the basics of a good 4K HDR TV, with great picture quality and a better interface than some $1,000-plus sets, thanks to Roku.

LG OLED C8 55-Inch 4K TV for $1,697 ($400 off)

Amazon, Walmart

Once you spend a day with LG’s OLED screen tech, you won’t go back. Visually, nothing compares to it. Read our C8 review to learn more.

49-Inch Sony X900F for $898 ($202 off)

Amazon, Walmart, B&H

The Sony X900F is one of the best-looking TVs money can buy, with deep blacks and high contrast and works well for absolutely anything, including gaming. Sony also chose Google’s Android TV for its interface, which means you may not need to buy a Roku.

Roku Streaming Stick Plus for $48 ($22 off)


This is the Best Overall TV streaming device and our favorite Roku.

Home and Kitchen Deals

Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart for $70 ($30 off)

Amazon, Target

The Instant Pot is a multi-purpose cooking device that cooks food faster than competitors like a Crock Pot, and can do more.

iRobot Roomba 690 for $249 ($126 off)

Amazon, Target, Lowe’s, Best Buy

This is one of our favorite mid-range vacuums. It’s Wi-Fi-enabled and has the same impressive floor navigating tech as iRobot’s other, pricier models.

Dyson V8 for $345 ($254 off)

Amazon, Target

Dyson cordless stick vacuums are our favorite stick vacuums. The V8 has a very decent 40 minutes of run time and hassle-free HEPA filtration. It might be more efficient than a Roomba if you have a smaller house.

Wemo Mini Smart Plug for $25 ($10 off)


The Wemi Mini is compact enough to stack two in the same outlet. It’s also compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit.

ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide for $159 ($40 off)

Amazon, ChefSteps, Sur la Table

This smart sous vide immersion wand takes a lot of stress out of cooking.

Primula Cold Brew Coffee Maker for $20 ($10 off)


This Primula holds 51oz and is sized small enough to fit on most shelves. It also doesn’t have quality issues some makers suffer from, like glass cracking or poor filtering.

KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer for $190 ($132 off)


This is the stand mixer. It’s a classic and sticks around because it works well.

Uuni 3 Pizza Oven Bundle for $268 ($67 off)


We’ve tried the Uuni Pro. The only difference with the Uuni 3 is that it’s smaller. It cooks 12-inch pizzas instead of 16-inch ones. This bundle includes a skillet pan.

Bose Audio

Bose QuietComfort 35 II (Wireless) for $299 ($50 off)

Amazon, Jet, Dell

These are Bose’s killer travel headphones. Almost nothing can match the noise canceling abilities of these cans.

Bose SoundSport Free for $169 ($80 off)

Amazon, Walmart, B&H

The Bose SoundSport Free are some of the best-sounding and most comfortable wireless workout buds.

Bose SoundLink Revolve for $179 ($20 off)

Amazon, Walmart, B&H

The SoundLink Revolve is one of the Best Bluetooth Speakers available. It shoots sound out all directions, has a 12-hour battery life, and sounds incredible.

Bose SoundLink Micro for $69 ($31 off)

Amazon, Walmart, Target, Nordstrom

The SoundLink Micro sounds extraordinary when compared to other tiny speakers. It’s small enough to clip onto a bike’s handlebars thanks to its stretchy silicone strap.

Other Audio Deals

New Amazon Echo Dot for $30 ($20 off)


The new Echo Dot has improved sound and a classier look to it. It has Alexa to answer questions, and can connect to all manner of smart home devices.

Sennheiser HD 4.5 Wireless Noise Canceling for $138 ($62 off)

Amazon, Walmart ($150)

These Sennheisers are an upgrade of the BT4.4 we reviewed earlier this year. They sound great, and the noise canceling in this model is a bonus.

Jaybird Run for $129 ($51 off)

Amazon, Best Buy

We loved the Run’s rich, detailed sound. You can also use just one earbud, which is useful if you like to run outside and keep track of incoming cars.

Jabra Elite Active 65t for $160 ($30 off)


These workout headphones are waterproof (and sweatproof). You’ll get five hours of play time between trips to the charging case—15 hours of total listening time.

Gaming Deals

Two Nintendo Labo Kits for $99 ($40 off)

Best Buy

The Nintendo Labo is like Legos meets videogames meets cardboard, and we love it. The Vehicle Kit is our favorite, but the Variety Kit is also a lot of fun.

Nintendo 2DS + Super Mario Maker for $80 (New Bundle)

Walmart, Best Buy

The 2DS can do everything the 3DS can except 3D, and you don’t really need that feature to enjoy most (or all) games. Super Mario Maker lets you construct your own Super Mario Bros. levels and play levels made by others.

Nintendo 2DS XL for $130 ($20 off)


If you like the clamshell design and crave larger screens, the 2DS XL is just about the best version of the 3DS you can get.

Turtle Beach Stealth 300 Headset for $45 ($35 off)


This Stealth 300 headset will work on Xbox, PS4, Switch, PC, etc. It’s a lot like our top-recommended Stealth 600 sets except it’s wired.

Laptops, Phones, Watches

Fossil Sport Smartwatch for $179 ($76 off)

Fossil (use code ‘BF30’), Amazon

Confession: Our tester model is still en route, but word on the street is that this sport smartwatch is an excellent value for the money, and we’re very excited about checking it out.

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Sapphire for $650 ($150 off)

Amazon, B&H Photo, Dell, REI

If you do any kind of outdoor activity, the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus is the best GPS-enabled fitness watch you can get for this kind of money. The sapphire glass version is stronger, but both are worthwhile.

Samsung 11-Inch Chromebook 3 $129 ($70 off)


This is a petite, lightweight Chromebook for lightweight tasks. It’s good for email, browsing, and other basics.

Dell Inspiron 11 2-in-1 Chromebook for $250 ($50 off)


This is one of the better low-end Chromebooks on the market. It weighs just three pounds and has an 11-inch screen that bends back into a tablet-like configuration.

Lenovo Ideapad 720S Laptop with 4K Display for $997 ($500 off)

Lenovo, Newegg ($1,030)

With an Intel Core i7 (8th Gen), 8GB RAM, a fingerprint reader, and a 512-gigabyte SSD for storage, this Ideapad should be able to handle most work tasks with ease.

Mophie Wireless Charging Pad for $23 ($37 off)


This Mophie charging pad will charge any phone or device with Qi charging, and it’s especially optimized for iPhones.

Motorola Moto Z3 Play for $370 ($80 off)


The Moto Z3 Play doesn’t lag much for a mid-range phone and we really like the Moto Mod that comes in the box. It’s a magnetic battery pack you can snap on the back, and it’s thin enough that I just kinda left it on for days at a time. It works on all major wireless networks.

Motorola Moto X4 for $180 ($70 off)


The Moto X4 is a dependable budget phone that won’t drive you nuts. It works on any U.S. wireless carrier.

Toys for Kids (and Parenting Gear)

Anki Cozmo for $140 ($40 off)

Amazon, Walmart ($150), Target ($150)

Cozmo is so fun, and cute, that you might be excused for forgetting that he’s actually teaching your child (and possibly you) to code.

Thule Chariot Lite 2 Convertible Stroller for $680 ($170 off)

REI, Nordstrom

This is the Thule trailer that Gear writer Adrienne So uses to tote around her two children. Once you get to your destination, just unhook it from your bike, pop the rugged wheels on, and be on your way down the trail.

Radio Flyer Kids Balance Bike for $35 ($64 off)


This is an unbelievable price on a classic balance bike, which is better for learning how to bike than a tricycle.

LittleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit for $100 ($50 off)

LittleBits, Amazon

Why build superheroes when you can become one? Kids who are eight years and older can use the included light sensor, accelerometer, and LEDs to built their very own superhero gauntlet.

Other Great Tech

AncestryDNA Kit for $59 ($40 off)

Amazon, Ancestry

We here at WIRED have mixed feelings about sending out your DNA to be tested. But if you’re going to buy Mom or Dad a DNA testing kit, AncestryDNA has the biggest user database, which means better Family Tree matches.

Furbo Dog Camera for $169 ($80 off)

Amazon, Furbo

Furbo is one of our favorite devices for pet parents who have to work out of the home.

Otterbox Venture 25 Cooler for $210 ($60 off)


Otterbox is currently holding a sitewide 25 percent off sale, if you’ve been looking for a cooler that will last forever or a case that will protect your phone when you drop it off a cliff.

Vivobarefoot Primus Swimrun for $120 ($40 off)


We thought these were the perfect outdoor traveling and running shoe when we reviewed them last summer.

All of WIRED’s Cyber Monday Deals Roundups

*The deals in these roundups are expiring quickly, but you’re welcome to peruse to get a feel for some items we like.

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